How Much Does It Cost to Live in An RV? (Summer)

Living in an rv fulltime brings into play some expenses that most people don’t have to deal with. It’s interesting to analyze where your money is going and how much you are really spending on things.

Is our simplistic lifestyle worth it in our 400 sq foot home? How much does it cost to live in an rv? Come find out with me today and check out our REAL expenses for living in an rv.

Propane – $75 total

We’ve only filled up our tanks once this summer so far, although I suspect this amount will be going up since we will have to switch over to propane water heater and fridge with our limited electricity next week. This amount will also be much higher in the winter of course! We have 6 small propane tanks at the moment. (We want to invest in a large one for winter)

Lot Rent – $0 so far

In the beginning of the summer I was workcamping so we did not have to pay for lot rent. Now for a time I will be done with workcamping and this amount will go up of course once we move back onto a regular site at a campground. But so far we haven’t had to pay anything but our time. For the next short while we will also have the added costs of electricity as we’ve decided to move back out to our own land while the house is for sale. This amount will be limited though, as our electric will be limited since our land doesn’t have rv hookups. Should be an adventure!

RV Payment – Β $430 per month

Yes, we chose to have an rv payment over getting something cheaper. Why? This is our home and will be for a while yet, we will be stuffed in here all through the winter (summer is all about the outdoors though!) so we need to be comfortable. We are VERY happy with our rig and have no regrets about this decision. (Although I wasn’t so sure about it in the beginning.)

RV Maintenance – $36 total

We’ve had 2 things fixed on our rv so far, the electric water heater and the washing machine. Our entire rv is under warranty from the factory since we bought it new (last year’s model) so everything is paid for except the service call. I also purchased our washer brand new and it also has a warranty so that was fixed for free (the washer company paid for the service call on that one). I don’t really want to think about how much either of these fixes would have cost us if we didn’t have that warranty.

Insurance – $75

We chose a lower deductible for our insurance since we’ve been living in areas where our rv can be easily damaged by hail, wind, ect. I didn’t really want to have to come up with $1000 if our rv somehow got damaged we added up the costs over the next 2 years for the added cost of our deductible and it still didn’t add up to anywhere close to the $1000 (if we were to save that money out of pocket to pay for something instead.

Internet – $70 per month

Even thought the rv park we were staying at had internet, it was very poor and very slow, and very unreliable. Since 99% of my work is online I couldn’t take that risk so we purchased Millenicom. Millenicom is like Verizon’s discount plan. For $70 a month we get 20 GB of internet with no contracts and it runs off the Verizon 4G network. We can cancel and restart it at anytime if needed. I’ve been very impressed with the service so far.

Total = $575 per month + $111 other expenses for the summer

Of course these are only the expenses we have that are associated with living in the camper. We still have our monthly food budget expenses, car expenses, ect. And we still have not sold our home yet so we have those expenses as well, however all that will go away (plus any debt we have and one of our car payments) when the house is sold. (We flipped a foreclosure and are hoping it will pay off!) So soon our expenses will just be these for the rv and not much else.

However, considering that this total amount per month is just half of our house payment I feel pretty good about this number! We will have more expenses in the winter (including lot rent, possibly electricity depending on where we are at, and propane of course). I will do another analysis in the winter so you can see what it’s like then.

We do plan to have some upcoming expenses on the rv including the addition of some solar and “off grid” features that we will be needing over the next few weeks with our limited electricity. I’ll chat about what we end up getting after we purchase some things and see what really works!

When other rv bloggers do an expenses analysis it usually includes many more expenses (travelling, parks, fees, ect) however we are stationary rv’ers and are simply living in our rig while daily life goes on and we work to go debt free. This saves us a lot of expenses! Of course we don’t get to travel all the time but with our low costs we’ve already been on 3 excursions with our rv and hope to do more when our house has been sold.

Are these amounts what you expected? Or did you think it would be higher or lower? What is your biggest expense concern about living in an rv?

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  1. I wonder if I could squeeze our family of eight (soon to be nine) in a camper for a year or two until we saved up for a sizeable down payment on a house. I loved reading this post and I’d be very interested to read more about RV living.

  2. I just wanted to thank you for your time to blog about the RV living. It’s very helpful to read as we are gonna be full timers in about 1 month or less….

  3. This is good information! I would be interested to know what you spend on propane when time for heating comes around. We have purchased a 34 ft 5th wheel trailer for our son to live in while he’s in college. He’ll be going to K State in Manhattan, KS this fall. The RV has the ground skirts and is heated underneath to keep pipes, etc from freezing. Everything can run off electricity which is included in his monthly rent, except his furnace, and we really don’t have any idea how to help him budget for his propane use. Granted, it will be less than here, as Manhattan will be warmer! His costs living in the RV will be about 1/3 what they would have been in the dorm, which will enable him to leave school with less debt.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Great idea to put your son in an rv for college! Better than a dorm, more privacy and cooking facilities. We live in southern Oregon and live in a 32 ft 5th wheel with slide. The propane in winter when running the heater gets too expensive. We were going through 10 gallons in about 4 days! The solution for us was when we bought an infa-red, electric heater this last winter. That made a big difference in our heating bill. We ran that full time and used the propane to take the chill off in the mornings. While we were home, we ran the propane on thermostat to keep it at a comfortable temperature.

    2. We have lived in a camper for two years and it gets below zero regularly during the winter here. We chose not to use the propane hot air system as our primary source of heat because it drains the power and the propane very quickly. Instead we invested in two different types of kerosene heaters – a convection and a radiant version. When using white or clear kerosene the smell is minimum, maintenance is relatively easy, and it’s far cheaper.

    3. K-State Manhattan, no way! I am about to start school there and am seriously considering living in a fifth wheel trailer, I know this post is a year old, but how did it work out? Where did you find for him to live? Any issues he had to deal with? Sorry, but it’s exciting to hear of someone trying the same thing in the same place and any advice you have would be much appreciated.

      1. Hi David, Congratulations on choosing a great school! EMAW! Our son only stayed a semester at K-State, but it wasn’t because the RV situation didn’t work out; it was because he decided college wasn’t for him. The trailer actually worked out pretty well. The only place we found to park it was a combination trailer park/RV park in St. George (between Wamego and Manhattan) called Countryside. The manager’s name is Tim – nice guy. If you don’t have a trailer yet, ours is for sale at Flint Hills RV on Hwy 24. It’s a 34 ft Teton designed for year-round living. I probably have a couple of pieces of advice for you: don’t procrastinate on your RV maintenance, and get out on campus and make friends because living alone you’re kind of isolated. We did get our son a space heater and an electric blanket to help with propane costs like the other commenters suggested. That’s about all I can think of. Again, congratulations, and good luck!

  4. Have you ever considered living in a mobile home? They are economical as well, and have much more space.

    1. We wouldn’t consider a mobile home for a few reasons. 1. We need to ability to move around and to move our home onto our land when we eventually build. 2. Mobile Homes don’t hold their resale value, even though we bought our rv new we got it deeply discounted for being last years model and should be able to sell it for close to what we paid for it, even if it’s a few years down the road. 3. We get to go on vacations with our rv! There is nothing like taking your whole house with you on the road, no packing or unpacking and also for a child with security issues, having familiar territory with us is a big deal. πŸ™‚

        1. Amen! Now that we are empty nesters, we are trying to sell our almost 4000-sq-ft home just to get out from under the ridiculous mortgage … and because we spend the majority of our time in the master suite. It’s crazy to pay to cool and heat this huge house when we use about 1/10th of it. So we are DOWNSIZING into a 309sf travel trailer! HA! Let the fun times begin. =D

          We already own our eight acres in the mountains and the travel trailer is sitting there waiting on us. We go up every couple of weeks to work on stuff like building a ram pump to pump water from the creek to the trailer. WOOHOOO! Now to sell this house!

    2. Another benefit of RVs over mobile homes, which was the seller for us while we build our house, is that RVs come with all the electrical, plumbing, and heating. To use a mobile home you need to set up a power grid, well, and septic system. RVs are more self-sustaining, which is important when moving off-grid or building a house! And, it’s far cheaper overall.

  5. Hi Merissa,
    Thanks so much for sharing your RV living adventures/expenses, etc!! Yes, I didn’t realize it could be there affordable to do that, great planning to become debt free!! Hopefully your place will sell soon. You must have a 1-ton dullie to put your great looking camper when you do go on excursions?? SO there you have fuel and don’t know if that is the payment you were referring to or not?

    1. I didn’t include the fuel for our trips since they were vacations and not really included in our normal rv’ing expenses. Believe it or not we don’t have a 1 ton or a dually (hubby didn’t like those). We have a smaller truck that we’ve upgraded to be the same as a 1 ton though. (That was part of the deal when we bought it so we didn’t have to pay for that either). I hope our place sells soon too! Just listed with a realtor a week ago today.

  6. That is awesome! I keep telling my husband that I want to sell our house and buy a RV. He says he thinks I’m crazy, but I know that part of him would really like to. The problem would be our three small children during the winter, but technically, since we’re in a RV, we could go somewhere warmer :). We’ll see. I’d love to pay off our debt and live in an RV for awhile.

  7. I just came across your article today and found it hopeful. I am planning to live in an rv until I can get my cob house built as well as my business running. Ill be having a retreat/ farm as my business and have the participants stay in the cob houses. I was wondering how much it would cost to live an rv so I could save money to buy materials. Thanks for the article!

  8. Do you have any children? I would love to do this with our family of 7. Because we are close and it doesn’t bother us to be in close places together. How many people does your RV sleep?
    If you do have children do you homeschool? If so what program do you use?
    Sorry for all the questions sincerely curious and interested.
    Thank you so much.
    Sincerely
    Inga

    1. We have one toddler right now, planning for more though πŸ™‚ Our rv sleeps 7 but since it’s just us 3 at the moment we use the extra bunks for storage. I am planning on homeschooling but Baby J is a little young for that right now! We do plan on starting some preschool things this fall and I’m going to use Rod & Staff. I hope that helps!

  9. Any RV parks I have ever seen have all utilities included. Electricity, internet, water, etc. Everything except propane. One like that would save you even more money. πŸ™‚

    1. My daughter and I are planning to move into a travel trailer in a week or so. So far we have only found one park that will rent to us monthly. They want $450 dep + $450 rent monthly. That seems like an awful lot to me. What are the regular rates? I am in the piedmont are ,NC.

      1. I haven’t heard of a park wanting a deposit before…did they say exactly what that is for? $450 per month is pretty typical from what I’ve seen. Does that include utilities?

  10. Merissa (& all)
    I felt compelled to respond to your post from a different perspective. My husband and I have OWNED an RV Park for 10 years and we love it!

    1. Awesome Patricia! I clicked your website and checked it out, looks so pretty! I will have to remember if we ever travel east. And your monthly rates are excellent!

      1. Thank you! We would love to have you! And who knows? Maybe you could be OUR work camper for a few months!

    2. Patricia,

      I have a quick question and I think you might be the prefect one to answer it. My 10 year old daughter and I are thinking about transitioning into a Tiny Home/RV and I was wondering if you have seen any tweens who live full time in an RV park? It is that unusual? I don’t want her to be TOO isolated, even though we spend most every weekend travelling and backpacking trails in the backwoods so it is pretty much just her and I every weekend, anyway.

      Thank you,

      Amy

  11. We live in a RV full time too while we are paying off debt. I noticed on yours there are two A/C units, do you think that makes a difference in the summer heat?? We live north of Los Angeles and it has been crazy hot here (100+ over the past several days) and we only have one A/C. We have the wiring for the second one, but they did not install one, wondering if it makes a difference and is worth the $1000.

    1. Ours came with the two and it does make a difference, especially if it’s super hot in here. However, I’m not sure it’d be worth $1000 to install a second one. We use fans in the bedrooms and just have on the main air in the living room/kitchen most of the time, I’ve rarely had them both on unless it’s really bad out. HOWEVER we also have a ceiling fan in the living room which makes a world of difference and really moves the air around the rig.

      1. We have a ceiling fan too and the fans are always on. The hottest day was 117, and the humidity was really low like 6%, so we were dying and the A/C just couldn’t keep up. Some other full timers have two A/C units, but they are only on a 30 amp service so they can’t run both at the same time, so they have no advice. We are debating to get the washer/dryer combo or the A/C and I really want the washer/dryer! Our plan is to stay here for the next 3 years at least and then maybe moving out to land to build too. Our stories are similar, just different RVs, we have a 2013 Montana Mountaineer with the rear bunkhouse πŸ™‚

        1. Oh I would so get the washer/dryer! I absolutely love mine! Have you tried the reflective insulating “bubble wrap” for windows? It’s supposed to keep heat out and the cool in, we just bought some today and are going to put it in tomorrow (supposed to be 100 degrees here!).

          1. No, I haven’t heard of the bubble wrap for the windows. Where did you buy it? Even though we live in CA, we definitely have a change in seasons here. It can get 117 in the summer and 12 at night in the winter. I will definitely be following to see how you like it. Did your washer/dryer come in your rig? I saw one on camping world’s website on sale for $900. I think RV stuff must be stuck on $1000!!

          2. We are not Fulltimers but spend as much time as possible in our 24′ 5th wheel. (Me, hubby and our small dog) We have found that as we have aged we do not do temperature changes well. Before we learned that you can buy the reflective bubble insulation in different widths and by the yard at RV centers we purchased some cheap windshield reflectors at the $1.00 Store. Put those up in the windows at night and it made so much difference that we tried it with the AC on during really hot days. It is seriously a very effective way to conserve heat and keep the cool inside.

  12. One way to cut costs in the winter or while paying for lot rent at a campground is to use their faculties, such as showers (no hot water for you to heat) also use the electricity in the bathrooms for drying your hair. Some campgrounds also have rec rooms that have stoves ovens and microwaves for your use.

  13. Great post! It is nice to hear what other boondockers are paying for RV expenses. We have some similar payments and some different – like that $0 bill for example πŸ™‚ We live on family land, so no payment there. We did pay upfront for a cheaper camper though. We were able to pay more, but had a hard time finding campers with four bunks in them, which we ended up really needing! We did hook up solar and wind, 600W total with four batteries, and we’re very pleased with the power they provide. We haven’t needed extra power for a few months now! You might need more to run the washer and dryer, but it would run all other appliances, TV, and laptops, etc. I’m sure you’ll be very pleased once you add your off-grid accessories!

  14. back in 2008 when it all went to hell, i lost the house i was renting. with the only option being another rental with no one willing to take my dogs, or a cheaper alternative had to be found. i purchased a lot for half price(thank god for the housing bust) put my 5th wheel on the lot, connected electric and internet. i truck my water in, and truck septic out. property taxes run 250.00 per year. i don’t lose sleep worrying about a mortgage, or landlord to pay. sleep better at night, rebuilt my credit, and living in a rv for three years on the cheap now. not as bad as i thought it would be.

  15. I have been an avid RVer for 50 years and am glad to see a young person like yourself taking advantage of this wonderful lifestyle. I have written numerous articles about it on HP and continue to do so. Best of luck with your RVing.

  16. I thought your expenses were going to be much higher.
    We looked into living in a RV about 6 yrs ago as we couldn’t find anyone that would rent to a one income family with 6 kids. They didn’t see how we could make it, even though we had been for years.
    Anyways, between the RV payment and payment for the lot, it was just $300 less than what we were paying for rent. Lot rent was for $800 and it didn’t include anything, nor was it anything fancy or big at all. The payment would have been around $400 on up for the RV. There was 8 of us, dog and a cat, and we couldn’t just fit into anything. We also homeschool, so we would be in it all the time and have all the HS stuff. Even bottom of the line trailer that we could fit into was $30,000 on up.
    I’ve never seen a RV like yours before, it is incredible. I showed dh the website and he was amazed as well.
    You guys are doing great!

  17. This is fascinating, thank you for sharing the breakdown. We don’t have any kind of rv now but would like to get a pop up for family vacations. πŸ™‚

  18. I really enjoyed your post and I’ll be checking back to see how things are going! Do you have pets? We have considered getting an RV several times since my hubby works in an industry that is prone to lay-offs and having an RV would allow us to move somewhere easily without the start-up costs of renting a place in an unknown city. But, we have 4 dogs, so I wonder how practical that would be. Thanks for the info – love your site!

    1. We don’t have pets, we used to until we found out we have allergies so we can only have outdoor pets and that doesn’t really work in an rv πŸ™

  19. Our family moved into a nice house on 5 forestry acres with a well, solar panels, a wind mill, wood stove and AGM batteries. The house was 100% off the grid since the nearest power tie in was 15 miles away. The road was dangerous in the winter and we ended up moving when we were expecting our first child as the road condition made it impossible for me to travel it. Living 100% off the grid is rough to say the least. If we had an overabundance of power, there was no way to sell it to the power company so no real money making in it for us. We were just renting the place with an agreement to buy it in a year with 75% of the paid rent to date to be held as a down payment. Good deal all the way around we thought. Nope. The wind turbine, unless you live in a wind tunnel or in a heavily windy area without trees, is completely a waste of resources. If you have lots of wind say 1/2 of the year it may break even for the cost of tying it in. Solar panels are NOT created equal so lots of knowledge and research will be needed prior to making any inquires. Since eco has become the latest fade, solar panels salesmen are just like the used car sales force of yesterday. Ever wonder what became of the used car dealer who loved to make the transmission brand new with sawdust – he sells solar panels. Never buy panels that are fixed in place unless you plan on never moving them to a new house. The panel is not the only thought though. You have to find the right angel and direction for best absorption. I did love the Absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries. Loved that they were sealed, lead free and nothing to leak out plus you can use them in locations with very little air flow. They were huge but the 6 of them held plenty of power. I could use the fan on the woodstove all day and night, run the well for washing dishes while washing a load of clothes as another load was drying, watch our shows on dish network, have the computers on but if I needed to vacuum I had to give up water til I was done. Tons of water pressure with our full size well pump and the 150 ft well. Great water and I miss it. Just a few things to think about. Oh, we found that the panels we had were crap and bought a gas generator (huge thing to forget, right?) at Costco. If you go this route, think about what plugs you use to plug into your converter because there are 4 very different plugs and it is HARD to find a part to change the type of prongs to the ones you need. Been there done that. 5 gallons of gas for 2 weeks as ran it for 6 hours a day. Not bad. Our full sized fridge and water heater were propane and a 25 gal tank lasted just over a month and a half. Good luck on your adventure.

  20. Great post!

    Site rental really can bump up your costs and it’s wonderful you guys have not had to pay for that portion so far in your adventure The cheapest we’ve found for site rental in FL is $425/month. Unfortunately that doesn’t include internet or cable (we don’t care about the cable) but it does include water and electric. We’ve not had to refill our propane since April which has been nice. Our RV payment is $340 and we are kicking it into high gear to have it paid off so we can hit the road “for real” with a lower cost of living (knowing we’ll have to pay for site rentals along the way)

    1. We aren’t interested in having another mortgage so we moved into an rv until we can afford to build a house on our own, even if it’s piece by piece.

  21. We have an RV similar to yours- Open Range 36 ft fifth wheel- we have sold our home and rental house. Presently living in a family home for free to pay off all our debt besides the camper. We will be heading out March 2014 to work seasonal jobs with our 6 year old son being homeschooled more than likely. We hope to be semi-nomadic for 2 or 3 years, maybe more if it still suits us. The plan is to not have too many plans πŸ™‚ I already feel so much more free escaping the so called American Dream. It works for some, but the mortgage and all the things always made me uncomfortable! Best wishes on your goal. I think you might enjoy our website for unbiased food information.

  22. Realy enjoyed what I have read,we are packing three grandkids 9,8, &5. With to. Med sizes dogs. Into a 29 ft..class a older Rv. To save money and. Have adventures .we are. Pulling out on the road in three weeks. Going west for winter. Than north in the summer. We are excited…

  23. my ex sister in-love T, her daddy built a cabin. when each of the kids needed to come home, he had them purchase a mobile home and pull it up next to his house. he built around the home to make the exterior look just like the cabin. it just looks like a really big house, and it save him money of having an extension built onto the house. they use a windmill for power, and the wells were built by them. they also grow their own food, and hunt for their meat, and trade the animals skins in Canada for household monies. my other ex sister in-love, her step father bought 2 old mobile homes and placed the smaller one to the side. then he built an extra large family room/living room onto the home, and a separate housing onto the front to look like it has a porch. it is powered with electricity. But the home was built so they could move the mobile homes at any time, while still using the bathrooms, bedrooms, and regular kitchen as a house kitchen. He also built his own water and sewage wells. they also grow their own food. you cannot tell their home has a mobile home inside of it. it just looks like a huge house, but its actually an empty shell.

  24. My husband, our 3 teen daughters, the dog and I recently moved into a 32 foot RV full time. We have adjusted and on most days love it. We are in Washington state. We’re fortunate for cheap site rent $450 a month with septic, water, electric, dumpsters, cable and Internet. They also have a small playground for those with littles and have a club house complete with laundry mat. Also have showers free to use for those staying here. We even have our own mailbox here πŸ™‚ we love it!

    1. How are your daughters handling the RV life? Is is seen as “weird” by their friends (at that age it makes a difference).
      Thank you,

      Amy

  25. My husband and I have just become empty nesters and have been pondering the idea of fulltime RVing. Any pointers for just starting out,like what type of RV to buy, where to go for the best seasonal jobs, ect?
    Thanks
    Sharon

    1. It’s hard to say about jobs depending on where you want to go and what you want to do. There are definitely plenty out there! As for campers…try a few out first, see if you can do some rentals and get a feel for what you like, the different styles, sizes, if you want a motorhome or a truck to pull, ect. It also depends on where you want to stay, if you are a more secluded type you will want a smaller camper to fit in the state parks. If you love company, a big rig may be a better option for more space and functionality and you can head to the resort style parks.

  26. Hi!

    Thanks for this post, I am contemplating the idea of moving into an RV, but I live in a Midwest, and it gets quite cold here and it snows as well. I was wondering how your expenses been during the winter? Has you propane use increased remarkably?

    I appreciate an tips, I’m so new to this and I want to make a wise decision!

    Blessings!

    1. We live in our rv in South Dakota so we know all about the cold winters! Winter is definitely quite expensive, especially with the price of propane right now. We are filling about a 100 pound tank once a week for heat. It makes a big difference on how insulated your rv is, ours is really good since we got one with a winter package but when the wind blows the cold always seems to seep in somehow. I would say that we spend at least $400 a month on heat right now. Of course it’s been below zero for much of the winter here. Anything above 20 degrees and the heat seems to stay in better.

  27. I am a 68 y/o full-time female living in a 13′ literal camper…one with all the bells and whistles but nontheless, 13 feet. I love it and can’t believe that I love it so much. I’ve lived for two years in moderate climate in Texas at a beautiful park for $360/mo. w/ swimming pool/hot tub/exercise room. Plan on going back to Ca./Ore though. Nice thing about a small space is that it is easy to rig up and move and doesn’t take much to heat or cool. Thinking about getting a slightly bigger one though mostly for guests. Oh, I’m a fiberglass dweller as well. I live in a peapod.

  28. Thanks. Nice. However paying off a loan on a depreciating asset (RV) means, over time, a comparative loss compared to paying off a house loan (assumption that houses in good locations usually appreciate). Love the rig and slide outs. I am happy for you that it’s worked out for you.

  29. Wow! I’ve seriously been saying I’m going to do yhis for a few years. Just I’m a single empty nester. I really want to do this to become debt free. I worry a little because not all parks are safe. Some people live there are pretty rough. Gosh I’d love to find some place where there are people like on this sight. I live in the OKC area any insight on some good RV campgrounds. Also, I have no idea how the sewer work? Lol. Do I have to dump it myself? I’m just afraid I won’t be able to do all this on my own. Please any insight would be wonderful!

  30. I would love to know what model RV you have?

    My husband and I are planning to get our house on the market and full time RV to get out of debt and then figure out here we want to settle!

    I love that you have two bedrooms and would love to know where to start to look for these?

  31. Great article! It has just been 5 weeks since we sold our home and moved into a 29′ Starcraft Travel Trailer. We decided to stay at an Ocean Park, WA RV park and couldn’t be happier. We pay $540 rent space which includes, internet, cable TV, power, water, garbage and security. The park has showers for .25 cents per 5 minutes and the water is hot, hot. Washington clothes is a bit expensive at $1.25 to wash and $1.50 to dry but who can really complain with the ocean only 8 blocks away. Food shopping is 2 blocks away and everything else is on walking distance. What I think is helping a great deal is we took a long time, over 2 years to find just the right trailer. The Starcraft brand – no this is not an advertisement – has excellent quality. The interior is white, bright, very clean with wood floors. I believe the trailers are built by the Quakers and the workmanship shows. We have a 2005 used model but it looks nearly new. So the design and floorplan are very important to research. Make sure there is plenty of storage too. I have so much storage I have not filled it all yet. I honestly felt 264 square feet would be hard to live in but we are adjusting well. I figure we spend about $1100 a month for: rent as listed above, food, gas and car and health insurance. This is about 2/3 less then when we owned a home. At ages 62 and 63 and in pre-semi-retirement age this will do just fine.

  32. I have really enjoyed the posts here, and all the good information.

    My wife and I are considering living in an RV for a while to shed debt, and also because housing rentals in the part of Maryland where we want to live are very expensive. We would mostly sit in place, with maybe a trip or two a year. If we could find a good location to site it and keep our work electronic access going, we just might go for it. We are thinking used for the RV, and are interested in what brands would be solid and insulated enough for year-round use. Advice would be welcome on any part of this.

  33. If you’re Renting a Trailor from Someone, How Much should Basic Electricity,Gas and run per Month?