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Our Budget Plan and Some Statistics

The Fergs - Our Full Timer's Budget

Since we have been on the road full time, I have tweeked our budget several times. Here is the newest plan we are living by. Each to their own..... this is ours.

These are the part of the budget that we can control. These vary month to month depending on how much and where we travel.

  $ Bugeted
Campground & RV Park Fees1 225.00
Cat Supplies2 40.00
Clothes3 35.00
Entertainment4 40.00
Fuel - Gas for RV5 250.00
Fuel - Gas for Toad6 150.00
Food - Groceries7 500.00
Food - Dining Out8 65.00
Gifts & Tithes9 55.00
Household Items10 100.00
Maintenance - RV11 40.00
Maintenance - Toad12 15.00
Misc.13 100.00
Medical & Meds14 50.00
Propane15 15.00
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These are our fixed costs each month.

Health Insurance - Donna16 243.51
Verizon Wireless17 126.50
Dish Network18 50.02
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Clubs, Memberships, & Annual Bills (per month)
Thousand Trails19 51.73
Escapees20 3.33
Costco21 4.59
Allied Insurance (RV)22 99.00
Good Sam Roadside Assist.23 8.75
RV Liscensing24 18.13
thefergs.com25 4.15
Elks26 8.67
FMCA27 3.34
Progressive Insurance (Toad)28 66.50
Resort Parks International (RPI)29 13.25
Passport America30 3.67
Jeep Liscensing31 7.78
SKP Mail Service32 9.59
Sam's Club33 3.75

$306.23 goes into savings each month. Bills are paid when they come due.





  1. Campground fees include any additional fees like 50 amp service or Internet, etc..
  2. Cat Supplies - Soft Food, Crunchies, Litter, Treats, Toys.
  3. Clothes.
  4. Entertainment (entrance fees, movies, books).
  5. Fuel - Gas for RV.
  6. Fuel - Gas for Toad.
  7. Food - groceries. Meals at home.
  8. Food while dining out.
  9. Gifts & Tithes, Holiday or Birthdays.
  10. Household Items (clothing, cleaning supplies, sewing material, pet supplies, etc.)
  11. Maintenance for RV.
  12. Vehicle Maintenance for Jeep.
  13. Misc. - anything not covered.
  14. Medical - Dr co-pays, Meds, OTC
  15. Propane - RV, BBQ, Firepit

  16. Heath Isurance - BCBS Blue Advantage Silver HMO 002 (Texas) for Donna (I have Medicare).
  17. Verizon Wireless - 16 gigs (Jetpack), Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple IPhone 6
  18. We own our equipment and use the Dish Network Pay-As-You-Go Plan

  19. Thousand Trails - RV clubs and memberships.
  20. Escapees - RV clubs and memberships.
  21. Costco Membership.
  22. RV - Allied Insurance through Miller's Insurance.
  23. Good Sam Roadside Assist. - In case of a breakdown.
  24. Texas registration fees for Motorhome - $217.50.
  25. thefergs.com - our website & email
  26. Elks - RV clubs and memberships.
  27. FMCA - RV clubs and memberships.
  28. Toad - Progressive Insurance through Miller's Insurance for Jeep.
  29. RPI - Resorts Parks International - RV clubs and memberships.
  30. Passport America - RV clubs and memberships.
  31. Texas registration fees for Jeep - $93.35.
  32. We use Escapees Mail Service out of Livingston, TX.
  33. Sam's Club membership.

Campsite Fees and Fuel for RV get adjusted each month due to our projected travels. Leftover money goes into savings for Emergencies & Unexpected Expenses.

There you have it.

That is $ 2,406.26 per month (for us). You can spend more or less. This is just the way we do things. As of May 2017.

It is all up to you.

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Some Interesting Statistics.

Full timing started July of 2012 (house sold), retired June 3rd, 2013, hit the road in September 4, 2013!!

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  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Totals
Thousand Trails 125 262 162 142 100 33 3 0 0 827
KM Resorts 0 0 0 12 10 0 14 11 0 47
RPI 7 0 24 43 38 2 2 8 0 124
Elks 8 9 17 10 5 0 0 0 0 49
Escapees 7 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 16
Passport America 0 4 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 14
Good Sam 7 1 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 18
Boondock 59 50 101 40 5 1 0 0 0 249
Moochdock 18 0 10 19 79 58 0 0 0 184
State Park/National Park 0 15 11 2 8 0 2 2 2 42
Corp of Engineers 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Casino Parking 10 8 27 19 1 1 0 0 0 66
House Sitting 0 0 0 0 39 68 0 0 0 107
Camping World 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 5
Other 0 36 66 105 73 15 13 8 4 320

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Miles driven Motorhome In July - 462 miles
Total miles driven Motorhome (since 3/10/2015) - 20,003 miles
Miles driven Jeep In July - 994 miles
Total miles driven Jeep since 5/16/2015) - 28,439 miles

Highest price of gas used - $ 3.139 7/10/2015 Monroe, WA AM/PM Mini Mart
Lowest price of gas used - $ 1.369 2/28/2016 Chevron at Livingston, TX

Number of States camped in - 25
Longest drive between camp sites - 495 miles (Oct 7, 2014)
Shortest drive between camp sites - 0.5 mile

Number of States Geocaches found in - 22

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Monthly Stats (Last Month)

Stats for July 2017 - 31 Nights

Total nights camping
- Casino boondocking - 4
- Thousand Trails - 11
- Elks Lodge - 1
- moochdocking - 15
Average Cost per Night - $0.65

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Year Three On The Road Stats

September 2015 thru August 2016
Miles towed/travelled - 7,802
States vsited - 10
States Camped In - 10
New States - 2 Number of times camped - 48
Average days camped per stop - 7.63
Campground fees for the year - $1258.38 $3.44 per night
Highest average camping fees Month - $12.05 per night for December
Lowest average camping fees Month - $1.14 per night for May - August

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Year Two On The Road Stats

September 2014 thru August 2015
Miles towed/travelled - 8,830
States vsited - 14
States Camped In - 14
New States - 6 Number of times camped - 71
Average days camped per stop - 5.14
Campground fees for the year - $2173.74 $5.96 per night
Highest average camping fees Month - $12.24 per night for September
Lowest average camping fees Month - $0.97 per night for August

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Year One On The Road Stats

September 2013 thru August 2014
Miles towed - 9,252
States vsited - 19
States Camped In - 17
Number of times camped - 69
Average days camped per stop - 5.29
Campground fees for the year - $2612.17 $7.16 per night
Highest average camping fees Month - $14.55 per night for September
Lowest average camping fees Month - $0.25 per night for June

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Our Membership Campground Statistics

Good Sam Club - We belong to the 'At Large' chapter of the Washington State Good Sams, and take advantage of the 10 percent discount when traveling, if there is nothing better available.

Elks - We belong to Columbia Basin, WA Lodge # 1930 in Moses Lake, WA. As traveling Elks, we have access to many camping opportunities at Lodges and Elks parks around the contry. Good places to stop. Good prices.

Escapees - We plan on visiting some of their Rainbow Parks, SKP Co-Ops, and Discount Parks while we travel. We also use their mail service. And they produce a great magazine.

FMCA - Family Motorcoach Association. A great club for motorhome owners, and all RVers. And they produce a great magazine.

RPI - Resort Parks International - We obtained this membership when we bought into Thousand Trails. There are many parks out there that we can stay in for up to 2 weeks at a time for only 10 bucks per night. This will be our second choice when we are unable to get into one of our 'free' membership sites. There is a yearly fee.

Enjoy America - This membership also came with our RPI membership. These parks are all over, but restrict the discount to week days only, or a discount on the 3rd night or other such options. Similar to Passport America

Passport America - Good for 50 percent off campground costs. Some conditions apply. Many parks to choose from. Good for us when there is no TT, or RPI parks close by.

Thousand Trails - There are many types of memberships available. We bought a used VIP Platinum membership that includes all the TT preserves and NACO and Leisure Time Resorts too. We can stay up to 3 weeks at a time at no cost and then move to another preserve with no time out of the system and no waiting period. We also get to make our reservations 120 days in advance. After purchacing the membership, there is a yearly 'maintenance fee'. See below for our initial costs and yearly usage stats.

Thousand Trails

  Date Amount # of Nights Per Year Avg. Cost Per Night
Purchased  Nov 2011  $   1450.00
Transfer Fee  Nov 2011  $   750.00
Yearly Maintenance Dues Jan 2012  $   649.00   33  $   19.67
Yearly Maintenance Dues Jan 2013  $   649.00   100  $   6.49
Yearly Maintenance Dues Jan 2014  $   626.72   142  $   4.41
Yearly Maintenance Dues Jan 2015  $   610.54   162  $   3.77
Yearly Maintenance Dues Jan 2016  $   620.08   262  $   2.37
Yearly Maintenance Dues Jan 2017  $   620.69   125 So Far  $   5.05
Total $$$ Paid In          $ 5,984.49
Nights Camped          827
Average Cost per Night    $7.27

After the initial purchace and transfer, we have really benefitted from this membership.

Bought through a re-seller.

Our yearly dues are $1,007.88 for all our club memberships, which is just $ 83.99 per month. We just have to spend 4 nights a month in our parks to make it all worthwhile.

Figures are current through May, 2017. Numbers seem a bit high now? Not to worry....they go down every month!

Comments always welcomed

Either via email or the Contact page.. Thanks for reading.


Cool Stuff!

The Ferg's Home

Here is some of the RVs we have owned, some of the fun places we have visited, and pictures of us having fun! Click on the picture to get a bigger one.

A full time RV life - the way to go!

    Fergizmo the gnome

  • Our motorhome

  • Our 38 ft Bighorn

  • Our 32 ft Cameo

  • Our Rainier TT

  • Our Dutchmen TT

  • Devils Tower

  • Q Mountain

  • Oregon Coast

  • Boondocking

  • Brew Pubs

  • RV Dreams rally

  • SKP WARE rally

  • Christian Fellowship BoF

Thank you for stopping by, hope to see you down the road!