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What does it cost to live out of a camper van full time? In this post we share the sixth 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 – October 2017


Total Miles Driven: 1,386
Avg. MPG: 14
Nights of Paid Camping: 3
Nights of Free Camping: 28 (Driveway SurfingDispersed CampingRest Area, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Free RV Accommodations)
Meals Eaten Out: 5

Variable Costs Breakdown:

Food $490 – groceries and dining out
Gas $221
Campground Fees $218
Gym Membership $22
Dog Food $35
Misc $270
Total Variable Costs: $1,256
Cost Per Day: $41

Going out to eat five times in October kept the food costs high. We usually eat out two to three times a month and make most of our meals at home.

Miscellaneous costs remains almost unchanged. An oil change for the camper van, deep tissue massage and a new winter jacket kept our costs above Kait’s $100 goal.

Fixed Costs

Costs such as cell phone plans, health insurance, vehicle insurance, club memberships like Costco, Escapees, Harvest Hosts, and Elks 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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