Good morning. It is going to be a pleasant day here in the Rio Grand Valley; sunny with a high of around 70º. I’m sure I will find something to do outside.
I was looking back at our first full calendar year as full-timers and thought I would share some of what we did.
As full-timers we spent all 365 days in our motorhome. Although while we were at my daughter Melissa’s, we did sleep 4 nights in her home while our motorhome was parked in front of her house. So technically we spent 361 nights in the motorhome.
Here is a breakdown of our year:
We spent 222 nights in State Parks.
- 103 in Michigan. 71 at Brighton Recreation Area and 21 at Proud Lake State Park
- 21 in Ohio at Caesar Creek State Park
- 10 in Florida. 2 at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center and 8 at Ochlockonee River State Park
- 45 in Alabama at Gulf Shores State Park
- 4 in Missouri. 3 at Lake Wappapello State Park and 1 at Wakonda State Park
- 40 in Illinois at Jubilee College State Park
We spent 28 nights in a County Park (Cameron County) on South Padre Island. Isla Blanca Park.
28 nights were spent in Corps of Engineering parks.
- 14 at Lake Lavon, Lavonia Campground in Texas
- 14 at Waco Lake, Airport Park Campground in Texas
45 nights were in private campgrounds. 9 of those nights were in a KOA.
And, lastly we were able to enjoy 41 nights free.
- 6 were Walmart parking lots
- 1 was a Flying J
- 1 was at General RV while we were getting repairs done
- 33 were at or because of family members. Thank you for your kind and generous hospitality.
We spent $7,752.75 on Camping Fees. That breaks down to $21.24 per night. Which is down $2.00 per night from the year before. I would like to see it come down even further this year.
We drove a total of 6,213 miles and spent $2,078 on gas for the motorhome. We also spent $488.19 on propane. If you add the camping fees, gas and propane together we spent $10,318.94 total which comes out to $28.27 per night or $859.91 per month. We are going to try very hard to bring that total down considerably this next year.
We had some nights with full hook-ups, some with electric only and some with no amenities. We enjoyed the wilderness, lakes, ocean and RV parks. We have seen everything from Motorhomes decked out with everything imaginable to bikers sleeping in a hammock tented. Everyone has been kind and friendly. We had a good year.
I hope this information is helpful for those of you considering our lifestyle. I know we have talked to many of you throughout the year who were either considering it or just curious.
Loving our lifestyle.
Until next time,