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GR 'Scott' Cundiff

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Our startup costs for full timing
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:54:30 AM »
We've been in the RV full time for a bit over a month now and my official retirement day is tomorrow. As we prepared to go full time I kept pretty good records and I've now shared them in our Blog. I think it might be helpful to anyone contemplating the move. You'll find it here (link in sig line).
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 10:50:08 AM »
Intresting  numbers you came up with didn't see cost of RV listed. ::)
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 10:55:34 AM »
Intresting  numbers you came up with didn't see cost of RV listed. ::)

I mentioned that in the introduction to the numbers.  I think people will have to decide for themselves what they want to spend on the rig.  And, honestly, I didn't want to completely spill our financial guts for the world to see.  ::)
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 01:38:13 PM »
I understand 8)
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013, 03:12:41 PM »
Thanks for sharing!  My start up costs were about one tenth of that. So you clearly made my day!  ;)
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2013, 07:24:27 PM »
Thanks for sharing. Real data is always helpful.

A couple comments, aimed primarily at others who may be reading this:
1. Some of those costs are annual, e.g. memberships of various kinds, while others are one-time costs.
2. Some of the one-time costs are related to the choice of the RV that was not included. For example, the RV might come with a washer/dryer, or with a surge protector. And it may not need a new tv or tires.
3. I think many of these costs would be the same for any RVer setting up a rig for travel, so much of this data is applicable beyond fulltimers as well.
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GR 'Scott' Cundiff

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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2013, 09:45:33 PM »
I've also posted a photo album of many of the projects -- linked in the sig line.
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2013, 05:51:06 PM »
Hi Scott,
  When I click the link in your sig line, I get to the blog, but I can't seem to find any sort of numbers regarding getting started full timing.  What am I missing?

Thanks

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GR 'Scott' Cundiff

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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2013, 05:56:02 PM »
I think it's been bumped off the first page.  The easy way to get it is to scroll down just a bit to where you can see the tag cloud on the right.  Click on "budget" and it will take you right to it.

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2013, 09:24:22 AM »
Thanks, Scott.
  You seem quite well prepared. 
I'd like to see your monthly budget too, when you get it on the blog.  Hope you enjoy the full-time lifestyle. 

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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2013, 02:58:10 PM »
Thanks, Scott.
  You seem quite well prepared. 
I'd like to see your monthly budget too, when you get it on the blog.  Hope you enjoy the full-time lifestyle. 

Ron and Joyce

I have two months of our monthly budget "in the can."  At this point, though, I think it's pretty meaningless.  For instance, this trip is a six month journey with expected towing of just over 4000 miles.  However, we towed a fourth of that amount in the first month.  Obviously, our diesel cost is skewed high that first month.  I think that I'll be ready to put together a quarter's budget at the end of July, although I'll probably combine some items, etc. that I actually keep separate on my spreadsheet.

Anyway thanks for the interest!
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2013, 12:07:51 PM »
Heading west next week (from Florida to Washington State) and was wondering what kind of diesel prices you're seeing?

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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2013, 12:21:15 PM »
Heading west next week (from Florida to Washington State) and was wondering what kind of diesel prices you're seeing?
Ron

I use www.gasbuddy.com to keep up with current/best gas/diesel pricing
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2013, 12:51:42 PM »
It is interesting to note, too, with GasBuddy that not all stations in a given area are listed. We have found a number of gaps, especially in the Utah/Montana/Idaho area.

While it will give you pretty accurate trending of fuel prices, it's not a good solution for locating every available fuel stop. I have located discounted fuel several times that was not in the list.

I don't make the news, I just report it.  8)
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2013, 01:28:32 PM »
GasBuddy, I believe, relies on its users to report current prices, so if no one reports, there are no prices.
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« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2013, 01:49:32 PM »
That is correct.
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2013, 02:00:53 PM »
No resource is a be all to end all, but gasbuddy.com does give one a good idea of what fuel prices are doing in a general region. If you're looking for the best discount prices in any given locale...more research would be in order. I personally do not shop for the lowest price (I am not saying that pennies don't add up to be dollars) when I am traveling, as I am normally looking for the easiest in and out.
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GR 'Scott' Cundiff

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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2013, 05:46:22 PM »
A side note on gas prices: I find I end up paying more when I'm towing.  Most of our moves are less than a tank of fuel but sometimes I push it beyond that and end up filling up while hooked up.  That stops me from getting fuel at some stations, often including places like Walmart that often has good prices on diesel (especially if you buy using a gas card).  I end up buying fuel based on how much room there is at the pump rather than the price.  Gasbuddy doesn't help that much when I'm towing because it's all about location and price rather than room! 

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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2013, 09:46:08 PM »
Gasbuddy doesn't help that much when I'm towing because it's all about location and price rather than room!

I use the station photos on GasBuddy and Google maps very successfully to find the prices and space that I need for my rig. Using the overhead view is a habit picked up from flying into small airports that are not familiar. Some places have better resolution than others but its a good source of reference, especially if you can get a Google street view.
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2013, 11:51:42 AM »
I use the station photos on GasBuddy and Google maps very successfully to find the prices and space that I need for my rig. Using the overhead view is a habit picked up from flying into small airports that are not familiar. Some places have better resolution than others but its a good source of reference, especially if you can get a Google street view.

I can see that GasBuddy + Street View could came in handy for planning stops.  In our case, we seldom fill up while towing.  As the primary drive and primary computer person I would need my darling wife to pick up the pace on one or the other.  8)
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2013, 01:52:43 PM »
As the primary drive and primary computer person I would need my darling wife to pick up the pace on one or the other.

I solve that problem by doing the spotting in the trip planning phase and pick my suspects. As I roll up (and I have rolled up on a pump jam and aborted) if they are different than anticipated, I roll on. Always have an alternate, another flying trick.  8)
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2013, 05:11:55 PM »
I've now posted an expense summary of our first three months of fulltiming.  You'll find it by visiting our blog, listed in my sig line and then searching for the tag "budget."  I hope this information is helpful to others who are considering the fulltime lifestyle.  So far, we're having a blast!
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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2013, 07:05:40 PM »
Why not post that info here? That's what many of us have been doing for 20 years.
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2013, 08:21:52 PM »
Why not post that info here? That's what many of us have been doing for 20 years.

Because if I find an error or want to add some information or decide I want to delete it I have complete control over it because it is on my own web site.

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« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2013, 09:38:19 PM »
Just post it after you've proofed it and fixed the typos. Meanwhile, we can provide editor privileges to our forum library, and have done so for several members  ;)
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« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2013, 09:45:46 PM »
Just post it after you've proofed it and fixed the typos. Meanwhile, we can provide editor privileges to our forum library, and have done so for several members  ;)

Tom, that's a nice offer but I didn't mention that I've linked to it on 3 forums and 2 facebook groups.  Better to have it posted in just one place so it's easier to keep up with than in 5 places.

Really, I'm not just trying to drive traffic to my blog.  It has no advertizing on it, so I'm not just out fishing for blog hits.  At the same time, we are blogging our adventure and spending a lot of time taking, editing, and posting photos as well as writing reviews and other RVing information.  I'd like to think that people who find the link here on this great forum will (1) consider the announcement and link to such information as something that makes this forum even more valuable to them and then (2) might decide our blog in general is worth bookmarking and visiting once in awhile.
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« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2013, 09:57:17 PM »
Will your blog be around in 20 years, as we have  ???
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #27 on: August 01, 2013, 08:09:08 AM »
Will your blog be around in 20 years, as we have  ???

Will my 2013 monthly expenditures be of any value to anyone in 20 years?  :)
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« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2013, 08:19:21 AM »
Sorry I mentioned it.
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Re: Our startup costs for full timing
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2013, 07:53:05 PM »
It's hard to believe that we've just finished our first 6 months as fulltimers.  We are loving this lifestyle!  As we move toward cooler weather, we are planning on staying in our home area, Houston, TX for 5 or 6 months before beginning another adventure.  If anyone is interested they are welcome to check out our 6 month expense report on our blog, listed in my signature.  Overall, we're pleased with where we stand, although we've been hit with several significant repair/maintenance expenses like tires, batteries, etc. over the past few months. 
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