Oct 18

Everything is $300

by in RV Tips

everything-is-300-dollarsDuring our search for the perfect RV, I had done mounds of research to figure out exactly what sort of supplies we needed.  There are several sites out there that suggest what you’ll need so I took the most mentioned items from those lists and compiled my own.

Having never even spent the night in a camper before I was soaking this stuff up like a sponge.  And if you know me, I’d rather be over prepared than under prepared.  But I had to contain myself because having too much stuff now could become a burden.

First and foremost, you have to think lightweight.  So you really need to think about the stuff you absolutely need.  That’s my mindset while shopping.

The grand total for this order was right around:  $300.
Now we’ve got the necessary supplies, it’s time to look at proper towing equipment.

Yep, the towing equipment cost right around $300 as well. 2 orders = $600. : (

Our rainy day fund is quickly depleting and we haven’t even started yet. Crap, I’m getting nervous. Our move out date is quickly approaching.

Now for the other stuff:

  • Now the truck seems to be cranking rather slow. Bad batteries. 2 batteries were just under $300.
  • I took the truck where our RV was stored to get the towing equipment installed. This way they could do the leveling, and everything else they needed on the spot. I caught a break. It was only $200. : )
  • The silverware we had at home was too heavy, our plates were too heavy, etc. So we had to buy something more lightweight. Our towels were too big, our bed sheets were for a king size bed and camper has a queen. It was sort of like we were starting over…..$300
  • Our existing LCD TV’s were too big at at 42″ so we had to get a 32″ LCD…$300
  • How do we get our mail while on the road? My RV Mail. $200 per year if you’re a Passport America member. We joined up for the savings. My RV Mail works GREAT!
  • The cats and dog needed their shots and all their meds before we left…..$300.

With the items listed above and other miscellaneous items we’ve purchased, we’ve probably spent close to $2,000. Ouch!

Long story short, by day 3 in the camper after we were settled, one of my first thoughts were why didn’t we do this sooner. If you’ve been pondering the thought of going mobile, save up, get your stuff in order, and do it. You won’t regret it.

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Brian Gilbert

Prior to August 28th, 2012 we had never spent the night in a camper or RV. Now we're full timers and have never looked back. If you've ever dreamed of doing the RV thing, do it. It's much easier than I ever imagined. The only thing I regret so far is not doing it sooner.

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