One of the top questions we get asked about traveling full time is how much does it cost. Now of course this number will be different for every person or every couple that travels, as we all have various needs, comforts, support systems, income levels, and many more factors. BUT, by studying what others have done, you can get a much more clear idea of what it will take to make it on the road and this is something we did ourselves as well.

In October of 2015, we decided to begin saving for this adventure after many talks and long walks. A few months earlier, we were forced to leave behind our new home in Lone Oak, Texas and land we had been investing in to homestead on in Oklahoma and moved into my father’s home to get back on our feet. At first we were trying to get back to Lone Oak and rent another house as soon as possible, but after many discussions, decided that instead of picking just one spot, we should go EVERYWHERE! And then the idea to travel full time was born. And just before Christmas of 2016, we made our big purchase and got our new home. Then we worked on repairs until March of 2017 and then we began our journey on March 20th.

Listed below are the costs that it took for us to prepare to leave, totaling almost $35,000 when you account lost investments and other costs listed, which we raised in under a year and a half. However, this large amount of money was not all earned on our own, we had amazing help with truck repairs and having to pay no rent and bills from my father (which helped us save a ton of money), we had help from my mother and step dad on all the repairs, installs, generator, paddle board rack, etc. and helped us throw a garage sale to earn what we still needed to buy the 5th wheel out right, we had help from Hailey’s grandparents, had a small loan given and paid back to a dear friend, and help from other friends and family by purchasing art.

We also sold Hailey’s car for $1,000 and sold an old camera of mine for $900. And we had a huge failed investment when we put about $3,000 into products to sell at Art Outside, which is one of the largest music and art festivals in the world. However, a hurricane hit Mexico on the west coast and it made it’s way all the way to central Texas and flooded the event out, with NO refunds issued. We lost a ton of money and it was a major set back, but we still made it through!

Check out our detailed costs below and stay tuned for updates on the cost for each month of travel!

Must Have Items Before You Leave:

-Your RV of course-

2009 Sportsmen by KZ 27’ 5th wheel (bought outright) + inspection of mechanical working of 5th wheel. This price will depend on if you are buying outright or financing and how much you have to spend. We are in our twenties, so our abilities are of course less than that of a recent retiree for example.

Our Cost: $8,400

 

-Make sure your vehicle is ready-

Truck repairs to 2001 Ford F-250 7.3L (had to sell anyways, check month 1 costs) and brand new tires

Our Cost: $4,900

 

-If you buy used, there will likely be repairs-

RV repairs and upgrades (major slide out water damage, toilet install, roof repairs, paddle board and generator rack)

Our Cost: $3,000

 

-If you want to boondock or dry camp, the is a must for power-

Generac 7500E Generator

Our Cost: $1,000

 

-We think avoiding dealing with black-water and helping the environment is a must have!-

A Nature’s Head composting toilet, it uses no water and separates the liquids from solids. Get one here!

Our Cost: $955

 

-It is required and you will want it, but find a better rate!-

RV insurance for 1 year Progressive

Our Cost: $950

 

-If you are getting a 5th wheel you need a hitch-

5th wheel hitch/install (I already had the rails in place so saved time on labor and parts)

Our Cost: $862

 

-Don’t get caught without service in an emergency-

weBoost (cell/wireless signal booster)

Our Cost: $335

 

-Everyone has to eat-

Cookware (cast iron skillets, wooden spoons, knives, plates)

Our Cost: $250

 

-Camping gear-

Hiking boots, socks, dry bags, etc.

Our Cost: $400

 

-Hydration is key even if you aren’t hiking-

Water backpacks

Our Cost: $175

 

-You need to be prepared for repairs-

General tools

Our Cost: $100

 

-Internet is a must-

HomeBase AT&T Wifi box & 1st month of internet through AT&T

Our Cost: $105

 

-Protect your plug and power-

RV surge protector

Our Cost: $80

 

-Throw away your microwave please!-

Oster convection oven

Our Cost: $40

 

-Cat safety-

Cat leash and harness (Kiwi hates THIS)

Our Cost: $25

 

-Always have a back up shower-

Solar showers

Our Cost: $20

 

Total = About $21,000

Other Items We Needed & Got Before We Left, But You May Not Need:

-The extra money that made the RV purchase happen-

Loans and credit card debt

Our Cost: $4,000

-To capture the journey and share it-

Canon 6D + TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens

Our Cost: $3,800

 

-I need to see, make sure you check your eyes before you leave-

Cody new glasses to replace broken ones

Our Cost: $600

 

-SUP Yoga-

Paddleboard

Our Cost: $450

 

-For awesome shots!-

GoPro Hero5 Session and adhesive mount

Our Cost: $400

 

-Vegans need juice!-

Omega 8008 Juicer

Our Cost: $300

 

-Branding-

Logos for websites

Our Cost: $220

-Tunes for the road are a must-

New truck radio

Our Cost: $150

 

-For cool video shots-

Recording Sunglasses

Our Cost: $125

 

-Camera needs-

Camera sd card

Our Cost: $120

 

-Audio for video & podcasts-

Camera microphone

Our Cost: $100

 

-Hailey needed a new one-

Yoga mat

Our Cost: $75

-To share our travels-

Website domains

Our Cost: $40

-Veggie life need-

Spiralizer for veggies and fruits

Our Cost: $20

-Everyone makes mistakes-

RV drying rack. We decided not use it because the is no logical way to use it without it rusting or getting the inside wet.

Our Cost: $20

Total = About $12,000

($4k in loans and debt still to be be paid)

Other expenses that we had:

-Vending bust!-

invested in an event called Art Outside to make money for trip and it got rained out with no refund so it was a big loss!

Our cost: $3,000

 

-Dreams achieved-

Hailey skydiving “A” license, this was a major life goal of hers and she wanted to jump across the country. And it will make our footage much more interesting!

Our Cost: $2,500

Total = About $5,500

Our Grand Total Before We Left:

About $34,000

Read our article The Struggle of Saving, Financing, & Buying Our 5th Wheel (RV) For Full-Time Living

This will give you a better idea of how much we were planning on saving and how it actually all played out.

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