So what does it cost to live and travel full time in an RV? It depends. In this episode, we break down what RVing might look like with a budget of as little as $2k a month up to four or five thousand dollars a month.


  1. Paul Cecil on November 8, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    A good YouTube channel to look at is Next Exit. Pearl and Bob at the beginning of each month look back at their monthly, annual, and total expenses since they started RV’ing. Their life style is different to yours, but their openness of their expenses is refreshing. They are spending between 45 to 50 thousand a year. It is a different perspective of the RV lifestyle.

  2. Sallyjane on November 14, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you for doing this video. I think it is important to look at where you spend money when you are in your house or apartment before you leave. How much are you spending on rent or mortgage now? As it stands your middle of the road would be a huge savings from what my rent is, and my apartment has mold and the ceilings are falling down (Welcome to Atlanta). I personally don’t eat out, but most people I know eat out all the time, but I do love my ribeye’s and seafood cooked fresh by me! I plan to have a chest freezer filled to the rim when I leave with my stash of Ribeye’s for the road! My ribeye’s are affordable because, I don’t eat anything with sugar or grains, so pie isn’t an option! No real reason to go out to eat especially by myself, they don’t like it when I bring my dog out to dinner with me! I love the idea of having the memberships for thousand trails and Harvest Host, as it will give me some peace of mind as a solo RV’r that I have someplace to stay and that I will feel safer at than pulling into a Walmart. I do tend to know where I am going to stop and I don’t change where my planned stops are. Now to just get my road trip mentality out of my head of coast of Cali to the coast of Georgia in 5 days driving by myself with just my dog! This really helped me to plan my journey to really think about what things will cost! I can see where I may be able to live a little cheaper than what you guys live on because I don’t eat out and my kids are grown and out on their own! Then there will be fuel and repairs and just those other things you mentioned. Again as a single person my insurance cost will be less than yours, although for me the connection fees will be probably the same. Interesting… I may have to make a spreadsheet with my projected and then my actual cost. My goal is to always live at 50% or less of what I make and be putting at least that 50% back each month, and to always have savings, plus extra savings to pay for those extra cost I am not expecting. I think you forgot one category and that is the refilling of the savings for emergencies, because you need to be putting so much a month into that emergency fund to be sure that when you have an emergency you can pay for it, and then if you have a second one, that one can be paid for. They say things come in sets of Threes, so be prepared for three of whatever might happen. Also tires are more expensive on an RV than on say my VW bug, although those are more expensive than a normal car… So you need to plan for more expensive repairs. It is like taking a VW Bug to get an oil change, you can’t expect to pay the 29.95 special, no that sob is going to cost you 170.00. With an RV it will be that and probably a lot more.

  3. Donna on November 29, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Have you or anyone used Faithful Parking? It looks to be similar to boondocks welcome or harvest hosts for one night parking enroute.

  4. Cat Harper on January 25, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I think you are totally correct! What you spend when you are in your sticks and bricks on things like food and entertainment has an opportunity to grow when you are on the road. We are looking at going full time when we retire (10 years) which will mean half the income we have now but also half the household to support and, since we live in a super expensive part of the US, a quarter of the payment cost for the rig we want than what we now pay for rent. The good news is that we have been traveling under a strict budget for over 30 years and we live our life under our budget already so I think we’ll make that transition just fine. My only wish is that we could do it now!