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Old 04-12-2016, 11:41 PM   #11
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I have been full-timing since August, and I have a perspective you might be interested in, as it is similar to what I understand you are looking to do.

I think the main thing to keep in mind is what others have said, your costs will vary depending on your standard of living, and expectations. If you are truly wanting to live detached ( I hesitate to say off-grid, as I don't want flame) your expenses can be minimal, and WELL below what you would pay for rent and close to zero.

What you need to eliminate from your estimates:
-things you will need if you lived in a tent(food, water, etc.)
-things you will buy regardless of your housing (health insurance, cell phone)

Things you need to calculate:
-fuel costs for the rig (unless you own the land, you will need to move occasionally)this number will vary greatly depending on how much you move around, and may likely be the single biggest expense
-fuel for cooking, heating(I have spent well less than $100 in 6 months)
-repair costs (tires, oil changes, brakes etc.)
-registration and insurance( mine is less than $1000/year)

So my suggestion is figure what it costs you to LIVE, anywhere( minus rent/mortgage) and add that to the $200-500 it will cost you to operate a bus/house, and you should have an accurate number.

If you can find a place to park your rig(friends/family) for free, a majority, if not all of your expense disappear.
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:19 AM   #12
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If you can find a place to park your rig(friends/family) for free, a majority, if not all of your expense disappear.
That's a new sticky that needs to be added to this forum: a list of people nationwide that are willing to host skoolies, short or long term, for free or for a nominal fee. Basically a "campground directory" for skoolies!
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Old 04-13-2016, 11:11 AM   #13
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Basically a "campground directory" for skoolies!
Here ya go

Free Campground Directory for Skoolies from My Uncle
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Outstanding info Dredman! Many thanks.
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Old 04-13-2016, 11:50 AM   #15
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That's great for the Western states. I'm talking about nationwide. That's one thing I wish we had in the East.....lots of public access land.
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I have been full-timing since August, and I have a perspective you might be interested in, as it is similar to what I understand you are looking to do.

I think the main thing to keep in mind is what others have said, your costs will vary depending on your standard of living, and expectations. If you are truly wanting to live detached ( I hesitate to say off-grid, as I don't want flame) your expenses can be minimal, and WELL below what you would pay for rent and close to zero.

What you need to eliminate from your estimates:
-things you will need if you lived in a tent(food, water, etc.)
-things you will buy regardless of your housing (health insurance, cell phone)

Things you need to calculate:
-fuel costs for the rig (unless you own the land, you will need to move occasionally)this number will vary greatly depending on how much you move around, and may likely be the single biggest expense
-fuel for cooking, heating(I have spent well less than $100 in 6 months)
-repair costs (tires, oil changes, brakes etc.)
-registration and insurance( mine is less than $1000/year)

So my suggestion is figure what it costs you to LIVE, anywhere( minus rent/mortgage) and add that to the $200-500 it will cost you to operate a bus/house, and you should have an accurate number.

If you can find a place to park your rig(friends/family) for free, a majority, if not all of your expense disappear.

Awesome answer! Thank you!
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:50 PM   #17
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I have been full-timing since August, and I have a perspective you might be interested in, as it is similar to what I understand you are looking to do.

I think the main thing to keep in mind is what others have said, your costs will vary depending on your standard of living, and expectations. If you are truly wanting to live detached ( I hesitate to say off-grid, as I don't want flame) your expenses can be minimal, and WELL below what you would pay for rent and close to zero.

What you need to eliminate from your estimates:
-things you will need if you lived in a tent(food, water, etc.)
-things you will buy regardless of your housing (health insurance, cell phone)

Things you need to calculate:
-fuel costs for the rig (unless you own the land, you will need to move occasionally)this number will vary greatly depending on how much you move around, and may likely be the single biggest expense
-fuel for cooking, heating(I have spent well less than $100 in 6 months)
-repair costs (tires, oil changes, brakes etc.)
-registration and insurance( mine is less than $1000/year)

So my suggestion is figure what it costs you to LIVE, anywhere( minus rent/mortgage) and add that to the $200-500 it will cost you to operate a bus/house, and you should have an accurate number.

If you can find a place to park your rig(friends/family) for free, a majority, if not all of your expense disappear.
Indeed, thank you very much. That is the sort of info we were looking for.
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