Approximate budget

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  1. shootingstar1954

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    Hi all, I realise this question is like the proverbial piece of string and has many variables, but approximately what is your budget for full time motorhoming, assuming that your on the move a few times a week. Im trying to get some sort of idea as im new to the game. I have an autosleeper sandhurst, and I am interested in how much it costs from week to week so I can budget accordingly.
     
  2. Peter & Elaine

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    I know one couple that have £800 per month
    And one that have 3 k per month
    Both seem to be happy just differant lifestyles
     
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  3. shootingstar1954

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    I didnt think it would be an easy answer. Im happy with porridge for breakfast, but if I was awash with money, it would be smoked salmon on scrambled eggs with caviar thrown in ! £800 seems a lot, but I guess it depends how much driving is done.:)
     
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    Budget on £15000 per year minimum To live as you would in a house...minus council tax.

    Depends on how often and how far you travel between long term sites.
     
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  5. shootingstar1954

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    Seems reasonable. Given fuel, food , fees and all associated running costs. As I said, I have no idea.. yet .. lol. We have ten days somewhere in France in june, aiming for the south really, so I could use this to work out some figures.
     
  6. BONZO

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    Your site fees will £10 a night you may even get EHU with that. Any thing less is a bonus. Then your gas two small 6k bott at £22. Each Last 30days but you could save by getting bigger ones then food n running costs . ...tax..ins which will be around £10aweek for both (500)per year .
     
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    I have been full time since 2009. My average gas consumption per year is 1,100 litres (550kg). Now that's a lot of bottles even 47kg ones. We fitted an under slung tank and used the gas locker for more batteries. We wild park a lot but also use CL/CS sites mainly to top up batteries after dumping waste. Quick fill up in the morning and off for more adventures. In Spain in the winter we find we need to top up the batteries once a week, despite having 240w of solar and 330Amps of battery, between December and February. Living in Spain in winter is a great saving for us all round. We used 550 litres of gas between November and mid March this year. Gas and 12v for everything. 10 euro per night hook up at Cartagena Aire or 7 euro at Calnegre Aire. Both charge extra for water and to dump. To dump and top up only at La Marina is 4 euro now, Cartagena 2 euro (100litres or 10 minutes) free dump and Calnegre 10 cents per litre and 5 euros to dump. Other Aires and Camper stops are available.
     
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  8. Hollyberry

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    I full timed for 21 months. I paid more or less £300 a month site fees. In the summer I could pay less and go without EHU as I had a good solar panel. The site fees were just for me.
    Add on your usual food, then laundry as you'll have to pay for laundrettes, drying more frequently than in a house.
    Then fuel which will vary on how far you travel.
    Then your road tax and insurance. And gas bottles.

    I lived very cheaply.
     
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  9. scotjimland

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    Hi

    We also fulltimed for three years in a 36ft RV with two children, we did a lot of touring in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco ..we spent about £12k per year. ..
    and that wasn't an extravagant lifestyle or staying on expensive sites.

    Just noticed you are from Woodbridge.. we live in Alderton, if you have any more questions happy to discuss or even meet up sometime.

    I suggest you join the site and have unlimited access to a wealth of information and help for only £10 per year.. there in no better motorhome forum for advice and help.

    Good luck.. hope to see you posting again soon.. :)
     
  10. Chrissy+John

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    John & i are fairly new owners of "Harvey" who is 31 ft in length & 10 ft wide, Ford Hurrican Fourwinds RV & the dream is to go full-time, but have not made the plunge yet, but hope to do it very soon. I feel very jellous Only done short trips out, getting used to the whole workings of it. The ferry trip over to these countries are quite expensive, no one has mentioned that & of course this has to be budgeted. Before we spread our wings to further afield, ie-France, Spain etc we need to find out how long the water would last and reserch Solor pannels for our electric. I must take my hat off to everyone who is allready doing it and best of luck "ShootingStar". Keep us posted
     
  11. Easyliving

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    We did a 17 week long tour of some of Europe back in 2012. Below are a few details about what we spent, copied and pasted from my blog.

    Total mileage: 4389 miles (7063 kilometres)
    Cost of diesel: £778.40 ( 955.78 euros)
    Ferries, including meals and cabin: £155 ( 190 euros)
    Everything else: £3255 (3997 euros)
    Now, 'everything else' means campsite fees, electricity, food, meals out, champagne etc. The only thing not included in this is the cost of small gifts we bought.
    Grand total for 17 weeks (i.e. all the above): £4188.40 (5143 euros)
    That equates to £246.37 (302.51 euros) per week or £35.19 (43.20 euros) per day.
    Its possible that we might have forgotten to record the occasional ice cream or coffee etc but overall the figures are fairly accurate. We think the whole thing was a bit of a bargain!
     
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    or £12.8 k per year

    snap

    but you're costs didn't include, Vehicle insurance and breakdown cover, VED , MOT, Servicing and maintenance
     
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    I fulltime on my UK basic state pension... but in Portugal (mostly) and I rarely use campsites or aires where you have to pay.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Surely in your "budgeting" one has to discount the things one would have paid for regardless of whether one is away or at home?
    So if one has a MH, the fixed costs are always there? The fuel is 'extra'.
    Likewise food & drink - one has to eat. And presumably most of us make (occasional) excursions to restaurants & pubs even when at home?
     
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    I disagree, when you are full timing or long terming (as we hope to do) on a fixed income (i.e. pension) every penny counts. Needless to say we are very interested in this thread.
     
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    Full timing can be as little as you make it . It's all down to how you live.with sola and gas tanks on bord . And picking out good farms and privet sites it can be done . living the dream very cheepley .and if done across seas well free stop offs gas at 50p a lt . Repairs M.O.T servicing you would have any way what ever you did .its learning to live on the cheep that takes a little time . I go on rally sits £6 a night and my mate stays in one place and pays £35 a week . With your RV I would think that if you think a £1 a mile return . Will not be far out . When traveling .
     
  17. DanielFord

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    Totally off topic, does your RV have the name Harvey on the back, and do you have a dog?
     
  18. ianthebuilder

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    I will be fulltiming next year and reading posts above is very helpfull,,unfortunately i will be working as well (bricklayer,builder) but i hope to be able to afford it comfortably,,do you think many people have to work who fulltime? It does seem to me that most people on here have loads of money,lol and dont have to?
     
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    We have been fulltiming for nearly four years and have always needed to work.

    Just like the motorhome truism that your junk expands to fill the available locker space, so does your monthly spending increase to match the available disposable income.

    The belly lockers are always full and the bank account always empty :)
     
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    Lol. Don't sound too bad to me !!
     
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