Above you will find our personal RVing budget for 2014. It is based on past years' experiences and our anticipated travels for the year. Remember, we keep track of every single penny and we have zero debt.
We have set our 2014 Budget at $38,320. As we have mentioned many times, we believe that $3,000 per month ($36,000 per year) on average is a really solid budget for a moderate full-timing lifestyle for those that don't stay in one place for longer than a month at a time. We all full-time differently, so we all spend differently, but we hope our budget at least provides a good starting point.
Here are a few additional notes regarding the budget.
We have significant internet connection costs (business expenses) which are not included in the budget above because they are higher than most RVers would need. For most people a range of $50 - $100 per month should suffice.
Also, though we have a fifth wheel, we also have an extra vehicle - a Jeep Liberty. The additional costs of the Jeep run us about $1,200 per year for maintenance, insurance, and property taxes, so those with towables and no extra vehicle won't have those expenses.
One last note. I debated about whether or not to include our Federal Estimated Taxes in the above budget. I opted to take it out. Otherwise, our budget would have been way high and I just didn't want to give the wrong impression of basic RVing living expenses.
For those that have higher incomes and tax-related expenses, those that like to stay on the move, and those with RV or other debt payments, it can be much more expensive.
For those that have lower incomes, those that like to workamp, those that like to boondock and avoid campground fees, and those that simply like to stay put for a few months at a time, it can be much less expensive.
Our experience has been that workamping saves us about $1,000 per month with reductions in expenses primarily in the campground fees, fuel, food, entertainment, and miscellaneous categories. So, if we planned to workamp six months a year, our budget would be in the $2,500 per month ($30,000 per year) or less range. With some sacrifice, we could get that down around the $2,000 per month range, but anything less than that would be really tight for us.
A Second Budget For 2014 - Includes RV Improvements
For 2014, I have also prepared a second budget (below) that includes $9,200 in RV Upgrades & Renovations. After nine years in our fifth wheel, the carpeting was getting worn and our decals are peeling and cracking. So, although renovations certainly aren't absolutely necessary, we've decided to replace our flooring and to do full body paint on the rig.
We've had a couple of good years and we've been able to negotiate some lower costs of these upgrades. Being in the public eye more than most, we're making these changes a little sooner than necessary, and we're making them so we can write about the experiences.