I promised in my early August blog post that the calculations would be forthcoming for the campground and lodging expenses for our first year as full-time RVers. Admittedly some of the information was entered into Google Calendar entries for each stay, but much of the information was lacking. I’ve spent roughly 20 hours gathering and entering data in the fields. Hopefully I’ve learned a lesson to keep the information current so I don’t have to hunt down credit card statements, go through a stack of papers (nearly all have now been purged since I nabbed the info needed), or search on Accuweather for the temp data and Google for the elevations.
I created a Google spreadsheet to track data in the following fields:
- Name of Campground or Lodging
- Site #
- Hookups (Electric, Water, Sewer)
- Number of Nights Stayed
- Fee Per Night
- Total Cost of Stay
- Elevation (over 9,500’ is where our frig/freezer won’t work with L.P. Gas)
- Day/Night Temps (forecasted by Accuweather on day of check-in)
We now have all of this at our fingertips. Google Drive is even accessible from our phones. Now it’s easy to just review the spreadsheet when planning future stays. In the notes section, I have included some of the pros or cons of a stay, who we visited, what activities we enjoyed, etc.
Year-One Totals for Campground & Lodging Expenses
The grand total for Year One Campground & Lodging (includes seven budget hotel stays with truck-trailer combo in their parking lot) was $8,723.18. Our average nightly stay was $31.15, or $726.93 per month. In 95% of our campsites we’ve had electric, water, and sewer hookups or along with just an electric hookup there’s access to water fill stations and dump stations. We’ve paid roughly $25 during the year in dump station or fresh water fill station fees. Two gas stations provided a dump station for free. When we don’t have direct hookups for water or sewer, most city, county, state, and national park campgrounds have free water and dump stations.
Most importantly, we SO appreciate the family members and friends who extended their hospitality whether enjoying their guest rooms or in two cases, staying in their homes during their absence. We were the recipients of 74 nights thanks to your generosity!!
Numerous times these stays included a space in the driveway or nearby parking for the trailer. In one instance, our trailer went to storage for nearly a month.
Future Data Capturing
If you think of a category that we could add to our data capturing, which may picque your interest, please provide your suggestion.
We are currently in the state of Washington enjoying areas for the first time! May Autumn continue gracing you with nature’s beauty!
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