We are currently living out of a 2019 Coachmen Leprechaun 27QB “Class C” RV that we bought used in August 2020.
Upcoming Travel Schedule
We make our upcoming travel schedule available here. Just note that we like to maintain a flexible travel schedule, and flight cancellations and border closures have wrecked our travel plans this summer. So, this schedule may not play out as planned.
How Much Does It Cost to RV?
It has cost us about $22.4k (or about $2,500 per month) to live out of the RV for the first 9 months on the road. That includes ongoing expenses (like lodging, food/drink, maintenance, and gas), one-time costs (an inspection, RV equipment, and furnishings), and some expenses that are prepaid for an entire year (insurance, memberships).
Here’s a full breakdown of our expenses for the first 9 months. Note that this includes expenses before we moved in on September 1:
For a full breakdown of our expenses, check out our post recapping living in an RV for 3 months.
In addition, here’s our live-updating fuel efficiency and costs:
This is for our gas-powered RV with a 2018 Ford E350 drive chassis. Our generator also runs off of the gasoline tank. So, our efficiency drops when we utilize the generator (e.g. at rest stops and when boondocking).
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How We Get Data to Work Full-Time on the Road
When we traveled all around the world, we used (and recommend) Google Fi. The simplicity of landing in a new country and getting connected within a matter of minutes was a game-changer. But, when we got back to the U.S., we found that Google Fi was very unreliable. We couldn’t get data for weeks in Tampa, and needed to rely solely on Wi-Fi. And customer service was a joke.
After looking at a lot of data maps and reading what service others recommend, we switched from Google Fi to Verizon. I got the Play More Unlimited plan, and Katie got the Do More Unlimited plan. Both plans include 15GB per month of high-speed hotspot data.
We were able to stay under this quota for the first few months by limiting our laptop browsing, watching videos on our phones, and using Wi-Fi when available. But, in early November, we had both blown through much of our data. So, we both upgraded to the Get More Unlimited plan — which includes 30GB of high-speed hotspot data each month.
Then, in March 2021, we joined a Visible “Party” plan for just $25 per month (reduced to a net of just $10 after temporary credit card credits). This allows us to stream videos on our laptops to watch them on a large monitor screen – instead of just our cell phone screens.
Honestly, we assumed that data was going to be the biggest hassle and limitation to living on the road. But, it hasn’t been an issue at all. We mostly book sites through recreation.gov, which prompts reviewers to note cell phone coverage in their reviews:
We have found that the reviews actually understate the level of connection that’s at the campgrounds we’ve stayed at. For example, we have “excellent coverage” (per the description) at this campground that has just a 2.7 rating.