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Old 11-06-2014, 08:12 AM   #57
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Wow, the actual data bust my budget. Thanks for posting your actual expenses. I was figuring $2500 per month would do it. I may be $1000 per month low!

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Old 11-06-2014, 08:56 AM   #58
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Have you looked at the National Forest sites in Florida, B/A?
Yeah, that's the only place we are having luck. We just stayed at Salt Springs in Ocala, it actually is the only park in the NF that has full hookups.

It was also the only park I found with room for us on Thanksgiving, so we're going back there for Thanksgiving.

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... but everything else comes down to a lifestyle choice...
My sentiments exactly. And that translates beyond just full-time living.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:59 AM   #59
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[QUOTE=jbroedlow;1535525] ...................
There are those that want to retire early and full time on a limited budget I'll designate as ($). There are the silver spoons mentioned here where money is no object, I'll designate ($$$$$). ..........................................

It's the above I'd like to hear from regarding their budgets or expenses.......................................... ..... [QUOTE]

We are retired snowbirds ($$ to $$$ on your scale), chasing 70 degrees. Our home is in NC but we travel to cooler locations during summer and we travel to warmer locations during winter. Our favorite locations while traveling are NPS campgrounds, state parks, and local county parks. We have not tried the free spots in the national forest, but I would if the location is where we wanted to be. We rent a campsite in a 55+ community in FL during winter ($400+electric & CATV=~$525)

Similar to you, we maintain a sticks & bricks home, two trailers, and two vehicles. Since we retired we have lived in our trailers from 4 to 6 months for the last 4 years. DW will not consider selling the house. We do not have any payment or mortgage that includes interest paid to others. No debt is the key to being free!

We keep a monthly record of our expenses & gross net worth, so I looked back at the last couple of years. Our monthly costs have averaged to just over $150 per day, for our expenses, taxes, insurance, etc. But, we have had no large medical expense during these years. I also noticed over the last year our food expenses have risen (inflation?) and our fuel cost have gone down.

When we are away from home for a month at a time we have the CATV/internet put on vacation mode, which saves ~$100 per month. When we travel we set the thermostat at home to 50F during winter or 80F during summer, which saves more than $100 per month. Those two savings will fill my fuel tank a few times.
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:48 PM   #60
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We have stayed places with zero camping fees. We have paid anywhere from $10-45 per night. $20 per night is a good average this year. It creeps up a little each year.
But, all that being said, I was born a cheapskate. I have been a tight-wad all my life. It is a lifestyle for me. My grandmother started me saving at the age of 5. My wife is equally miserly. We get by on just a little. If we could go full time now, we would be faced with gas to drive to work. I would buy a Prius and we would ride in together every morning.
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:14 AM   #61
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Eagle and Bear, thanks so much for the info. Is there a US Government website that the BLM and Federal Forest maps are posted on?

I'm hoping we don't run into anyone that results in a confrontation, that would make it difficult to sleep that night, I would think.

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Old 11-08-2014, 05:47 AM   #63
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Thanks everyone for sharing your $$$ experiences while full timing. I'm reading full timers should plan closer to $3000 a month ($100 a day) to comfortably go full time. The expenses I'm interested in are those surrounded by the Airstream. Some maintain their homes and take extended outings, say for over a year. Some sell everything and "full time" meaning no street address anymore.

I think $3000 a month is a reasonable budget for full timing. Some are shocked it is that much, and some spend more. But those of us who dream of the RV lifestyle and enjoy the adventures of traveling on the road need to go into it with the realization it ain't free.

It would be tough to full time on a social security stipend only.

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Old 11-08-2014, 06:43 AM   #64
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We go for seven to eight weeks at a time and my wife keeps the "books", impeccable records of every penny spent. While we continue to have a large home with all the accompanying taxes, maintenance etc she also breaks down our trip expenses per expenditure.

Overall as an average we spend about $3,881.00 per month while traveling. This is for full hook up campgrounds only. We went and did things we wanted to do, did not eat out much. We only used about 40# of propane the entire trip, which included the Refridge while traveling as well as heat on eight nights. I would think we could do a similar trip, while keeping a tight rein on expenses for about $3,000.00. The $3,800 includes our payments for satellite as well as Medicare Advantage. Fortunately no medical expenses but does include a $180.00 visit to the vets for our puppy who contracted kennel cough.

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We tend to overestimate how much we'll spend. It's never as expensive as we planned.
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What is BLM camping ?
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:24 AM   #67
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Hmm...
Maybe Bureau of Land Management-
I really don't know-
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BLM stands for Bureau of Land Management. Most of the land is out west. Quite a bit of it is accessible to those of us who want to dry camp for free , away from Wal-Marts and truck stops.
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