One thing I am constantly asked, being a full-time RV’er, “BUT WHAT DOES IT COST?!”
I am going to lay out some of our personal finances/bills that I think might help you get a little better of an idea if YOU can afford this lifestyle and what to consider before diving in! (of course I believe you can make anything happen that you desire, that’s the coach mentality I’ve developed over the past 2 years – but humor me)
–>Read our previous RV BLOG here: “Intro Full-Time RV Living!“
*Also, if you have any suggestions on how we can save EVEN MORE money, we’d love to hear! Hit me up on instagram: @kandacerogersfitness (frugal AF) Always open to learning! EEK!! Here we go…
1. Monthly Space Rent: $830 – Yes we pay THAT MUCH for a piece of dirt.. My husband and I laugh about this all the time. It’s not even that nice of a piece of dirt really (its not even paved). It’s more like dirt with rocks sprinkled randomly… LOL – BUUUT we have a lot of space around our RV, a couple tress that provide us with endless bugs/spiders/mice/shade (LOL), the park is VERY clean and we feel really safe. That’s how we justify it at least. Can’t be living somewhere wondering if your neighbors are creepers! I mean would could totally just pick up and move if they were. 🙂
I feel even bad sharing my California space rent with you guys because you’re gonna be like HOLY F never mind HAHA. But really, location is everything and we live in a really pricey state/area so THIS compared to $2,500 base rent in someone else’s house is good for us! My girlfriend in Florida pays $450-$675 (depending which park she’s at) in space rent for her 45′ RV – just to give you an example.
I don’t know how much of my story you are aware of but if it wasn’t for coaching and discovering the RV LIFE my husband and I might still not be living together!! I couldn’t even imagine!!
(read more about how I fired my boss and became full time RV here)
From what we’ve found Vineyard RV Park is the most affordable park in the Bay Area that does not double as a mobile home park. Our space rent has raised 2x’s since we’ve been here though. I believe it started out at $780. Not cool. Let also me add that I called the nicest park in our hometown (Redding, CA) and the space rent there is $400-$500 per month. HUGE difference in 2 hours distance. Consider location when you’re planning out your living arrangement if you are truly trying to keep costs on the lower end.
2. Electric: $50-$150 – This is purely dependent upon the weather! If it’s cold out the bill is lower because we aren’t running the AC 24-7. We are looking to pick up the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool link to help with not only cleaning out our air – it get stuffy up in the RV and super dusty from pets, but to use as a means of heat instead of the propane heater constantly and as AC in the summer for our bedroom. We also have a mini fridge hooked up in the man cave (garage) for additional drinks/foods/freezer space. I don’t think this uses up too much energy as it’s pretty new and I’m assuming energy efficient?! It’s this one from home depot for $250.
3. Propane: $27-$40 per refill – Depending on where you get your tanks filled (and how big they are), the cost can be NUTS. I suggest searching online for the cheapest refill stations (even gas stations are cheaper) and taking the tanks there. We use a local equipment rental facility called Aaction Rents. RV parks overcharge for propane by A LOT (because you’re paying for convenience).
We have 2 propane 7 gallon tanks and they go A LONG way in the summer time because they are only being used to heat water for dishes/showers (paired with our electric water heater being on) and stove top cooking. In the winter, I run the heater in the morning and then sometimes throughout the day but it burns fast! Hence why we are willing to try out the Dyson heater – hoping to save $$, be energy efficient and stay warm. The Rv’s don’t hold in heat/cold air very well, they aren’t insulated and they typically aren’t meant to be lived in FULL TIME from what I read. But we make it work. 🙂
4. Laundry: $20ish per trip – I do my best to wash ALL the clothes, towels, bed sheets etc at least 1x per month – 2x’s if my husband is lucky. This is his classic line, “It would sure be nice if I had clean underwear for tomorrow Kandace!!” *goes to store and buys him more underwear* not even kidding. LOL. I know, I know..(don’t judge me) I hate doing laundry especially in a laundromat style room.
We don’t have a washer/dryer in our RV yet – we aren’t sure if we even want one since the garage is the man cave – but I would assume that would run up our electricity bill by a lot. Right now we are paying $1.75 per wash and $1.75 per dry at our current RV park. In my opinion it seems HIGH AF but I know nothing about the average laundry cost. Clothes have to get washed and on site is convenient so in this case, we just do it. This doesn’t count husbands dirty ass work clothes.
**To save cost I will wash my whites, pinks/reds/oranges and blues/purples/greens separate and then dry them all together. Same with dark colors, wash as big of loads as I can and then dry together. The dryers seem to be bigger/industrial than the washers.
5. Pets: $30 – Yes, we even pay to have pets. We pay $20 for the first pupperdoo and $10 for an additional. Seems silly since we do all the work for them but I assume it’s because they have a dog run to offer in the back area of the park (that we never use because it’s dirt/sand and hello they are INDOOR dogs so why would I want them dirty?!), a designated grassy poopoo city area and they have these dog poo bag stands all around the park next to trash cans which is REALLY nice if you’re going on a walk and you run out of your own bags. 🙂 Or just stock up on those to get your money’s worth. LOL.
6. Internet: $30 per month – We have looked into multiple options of having a wifi set up that is our personal network from our RV but every option either wasn’t RV friendly, too low of bandwith or the megabites they offered on those hot spots were WAY too little for what we planned to use. I work from home as an online health coach/biz mentor – I prefer to have access to (somewhat) stable internet so I can do fun things like help people start their own wellness journey, build their businesses and write up this blog from my laptop! 🙂 Obviously husband and I could do all of this from our phones but having a computer just makes me happy. So we decided to go with using the park’s wifi and and that’s $30 for 2 devices, unlimited wifi, per month.
5. Rv Payment: $400 – we financed our RV home and currently make a monthly payment on it. I don’t recall how much or how long (I know my husband chose one of the shortest time frames to get it paid off quicker) but I figured it was important to include that in there since I know most people can’t just fork over $20,000+ cash up front for their dream home. 🙂
I LOVE constantly getting messages from everyone with curiosity about my RV LIFE! It helps me know what kind of information I need to share on my blog that will benefit you MOST in your pursuit of the “have more do less lifestyle!” I also LOVE inspiring people to JUST dive straight into full-time RV living!!! SO far I can count 5 people/families off the top of my head that have told me they have become full-time because they were SO inspired by my husband and I!! THAT’S AMAZING!! IF we can do it, SO CAN YOU!
!! If you are one of these people – please shoot me a photo of your rv life via FACEBOOK with a little story of how you got started full timing it, I would LOVE to feature you on my blog!!! If you want to know the details/dimensions and shiz of our RV and how/why we chose the one we chose – check out my prior blog Intro Full-Time Rv living
**DISCLAIMER: Living in California is EXPENSIVE AF! Living near the city (San Francisco, Bay Area) is even MORE expensive! Chances are – your area will be MUCH more affordable. I urge you to call around and ask!
–>Stay tuned for our next RV BLOG: “The Pros & Cons of RV Living!”
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