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What does it cost to live out of a camper van full time? In this post we share the fourth month of variable van life costs for full time travel. Continue reading for a detailed breakdown of costs.

For a six month average, watch the video below.

Full Time RVing Costs: Van Life Edition – August 2017:


Total Miles Driven: 1,048
Avg. MPG: 14
Nights of Paid Camping: 3 (Cape Lookout State Park)
Nights of Free Camping: 28 (Harvest Hosts, Casino CampingStreet Camping, Driveway Surfing)
Meals Eaten Out: 4

Variable Costs Breakdown:

Food $369 – groceries and dining out
Gas $197
Campground Fees $35
Gym Membership $22
Misc $70
Total Variable Costs: $658
Cost Per Day: $21

Fewer miles on the camper van resulted in a big drop in our gas bill this month. We’re also happy to report that our MPG is back up to 14. Kait likes to remind me that she did more driving in August. Not sure what that has to do with our MPG though ?.

Miscellaneous costs continue to drop and Kait still hopes to get it under $50 every month. As we get more accustomed to van life, we’re finding new ways to keep costs down. One tip if you’re traveling through Oregon is to look for clearance produce at Fred Meyer. They usually have bags of fruits and vegetables discounted to $1.

Fixed Costs

Costs such as cell phone plans, health insurance, vehicle insurance, club memberships like Costco, Escapees, Harvest Hosts, and Elks gym are not included. The reason for this is we’ve found that fixed costs for RVing can vary dramatically depending on your situation. Below are some examples for reference.

If you pay cash for a used RV, you won’t have an RV payment and insurance will be lower on an older vehicle.

We pay about $150/month for an unlimited cell phone plan that we need for all the content we upload. You may only need a pay as you go cell phone or not even need one.

If you work for a company that pays for health insurance, you won’t have that as an added cost. Since we work for ourselves, we pay for our own health insurance.

Being avid readers, we have the Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription which runs about $11/month. There are other subscriptions and services that you may choose to have that can increase fixed costs.

We did share our fixed costs when we started out. If you’d like to get an idea of what those costs were for us, head over Cost of RVing in a Motorhome for One Year.

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Cost of Living Full Time in a RV