Today marks one year since we closed on the sale of the house and moved into the motorhome fulltime. We have visited some amazing places and saw some amazing things.
The year has held some surprises and some twists and turns. We also welcomed 2 new granddaughters in that year and spent time with family.
The stats– since March 18, 2016 we have
*Stayed in 17 states OH, KY, IN, TN, VA, PA, NC, SC, MI, MO, KS, UT, AZ, IL, WV, GA, FL
*Attended 4 Rallies (Newmar Fulltimers, Newmar International, Tampa Super show, Frieghtliner Owners)
*Gone on 1 organized caravan (Newmar Grand Circle Tour) Rallies and Caravans were over $3,000 of our expenses for the year.
*Visited 25 different National Parks, Battlefields, Monuments, Preserves, Lakeshores and Forests. That $10 America the Beautiful Senior Pass has certainly come in handy for free admissions.
*Driven 13,148 miles that’s 1,842 gallons of diesel totaling $4,502. (Some fuel was consumed by 91 hours running the diesel powered generator.)
*Our biggest expense at over $8,000 was Health Insurance (don’t expect this to change until we qualify for Medicare and most probably will increase with DonaldCare)
*Our second highest expense was campground fees at about $7,500.
*We spent over $5,000 on improvements to the motorhome – a big chunk of that was the additional electronics and wiring we added for cell and wifi boosting.
*Groceries accounted for $5,154 and eating out for $4,846 (Funny, that came out to exactly $10k). Total about $192/week spent on food. (This was a surprise – we didn’t think we ate out that much)
Although we miss family and friends, we have decided to give this another year.
The deal we made with each other was to give it a year and if either of us wants to ‘come off the road’ then we would. No questions asked, done deal. Then we would decide what the next step would be – buy a condo, move closer to one of the kids, go back to Cincy, etc. So we’ll give it another year and the same rules apply – one year at a time.
Today is also the baptism of the youngest member of our family – Violet Veronica and it’s painful not to be there with the family. This is the WORST part of this lifestyle. God Bless you VV – Mum and Pop love you.