The dreamstreamrs had a little spare time this past week while awaiting some annual service on our RV. We spent some of that time reviewing our records, checking our numbers from daily towing log. Debbie faithfully records the numbers every driving day, so we have an excellent record of miles, camping fees, nights spent, and what utilities are available at each campground.
We’re in our sixth year traveling full time. The period we are reviewing is only for 2011-2013, comprising 2 1/2 years. Sometime we might look back at the first three years. These recent 30 months were more easily available and shared.
We are pleased by the numbers, if a little surprised how they work out. All numbers are actuals from Debbie’s daily log. The report shows what we thought the most interesting parts.
Towing and camping statistics for the past 2 1/2 years (or 883 days) (2011, 2012, & ytd 2013)
site rent nites avg times moved miles miles/move
$13,632 883 $15 141 28,133 199.5
Site rental is one of our most expensive budget lines. Our budget is $20/night for the year, and we haven’t gone over budget annually, although some months we are over-budget and some months under. We are well set up for dry-camping or boondocking and enjoy doing these. We’ve paid as much as $35/night for dry-camping in Doheny State Beach at Dana Point California and as little as nothing in Quartzite AZ BLM land in the desert. Guess which one we’ll end up staying more nights? We like to stay within budget, so dry camping or boondocking helps out.. Sometimes we’ll stay a couple of days with friends or family (even longer with family, right?) and it helps our budget a little.
We’ve posited several times a maxim we like, “drive less than two hundred miles, off the road by 2pm, and stay at least two nights. On average, we hit all three points. Our average driving day mileage is less than 200. We stayed an average of 6 days, although admittedly this is a lying statistic — we stayed months in some favorite venues and one night in some Cracker BBL parking lots. Off the road by 2pm? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Hey, we’re not stopping in the middle of the road, right?
As for off the road by 2pm, well, it depends upon how early we left camp. But on average, we likely weren’t too far off. Avoidance of afternoon school bus traffic and rush hour traffic influences us to get off the road not later than 4pm whenever we can. We often like hitting the road by 9 or 10, unless we have an exceptionally long or sweetly short drive ahead of us.
We’re traveling because we enjoy it. We aim for two-two-two, but we aren’t going to knock ourselves out to achieve it every time. Sometimes we’ll choose to do a long driving day to have more days to spend at the other end. Sometimes we just don’t want to stay somewhere for even two nights. Flexibility helps us enjoy what we’re doing.
We hope you are enjoying what you are doing — we sure are!
See you down the road!
Jim and Debbie
chasing 75 degrees