We were doing so well with our expenses and then August happened. If you watched our drive to Flagstaff video, you know that we completely blew our August budget. Our RVing expenses this month ended up being the highest one so far! It even surpassed our expenses in May when we paid over $800 for the RV windshield replacement. The reason for the spike is the amount of money we spent on gas at the end of the month. Subtract the outrageous gas cost and our RVing expenses would fall into the normal range.
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August 2016 Expenses Report:
Total Expenses: $3,249
Cost Per Day: $104.81
Total Miles Driven: 3,404
Generator Hours: 1
Jeep MPG: 17.5
RV MPG: 7
Nights At RV Parks: 21
Nights Spent Dry Camping: 10
Meals Eaten Out: 9
August 2016 expenses were $686 more compared to last month. A normal range for our RVing expenses is $2,500-2,700.
Here are a few notes about our expenses this month compared to previous months:
Food costs (groceries, eating out, coffee and alcohol) decreased nearly $174. The decrease in food costs can be attributed to a few things. We were treated to three delicious meals by our YouTube subscribers this month. Spending time at our cousin’s house also meant several home cooked meals. A Costco run at the end of July helped offset our August food costs.
RV park costs were $260 compared to $287 last month. Being in the Midwest has us tied to electric hookups so we can run the AC for our Siberian Husky. We did get to dry camp for a portion of the month. Two of the campgrounds we stayed at were Kenisee Lake Campground and Clay’s Park in Ohio.
Dog costs increased. We stocked up on Leo’s flea/tick treatment which will last six months.
We drove A LOT – 3,404 miles to be exact! Most of our time was spent in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. On August 29th, we started a long road trip from Ohio to California, which resulted in 2,660 miles on our gas coach. The Jeep Wrangler had over 744 miles put on it, 460 fewer compared to July. We also noticed a slight increased in fuel economy. Jeep increased from 17mpg to 17.5mpg. RV increased from 6.5mpg to 7mpg.
Miles on the RV: 2,660 – avg mpg 7
Miles on the Jeep: 744 – avg mpg 17.5
Below is the breakdown of fixed and variable costs.
Some things we learned this month that we’d like to pass along.
Have a plan in case of emergencies or family matters. When we found out we needed to be in California for a family matter, we went through our options and settled on driving to California together. Other options we considered were 1) store the motorhome and drive the Jeep Wrangler to California. 2) one of us fly, the other drive the motorhome and tow car to California. You never know when something can pop up so it’s good to have a plan ahead of time.