Three years ago today I closed the sale on my house in Katy, TX and began full-timing in the Tank.
|I lived in this house longer than anywhere in my life!|
At the side of this blog you can note all the states I've camped in, basically all but the eastern portion of the country. I've been asked a few times which is more expensive, living in a house or full-timing in an RV. The answer is that it varies by individual circumstances. In my case I was still making mortgage payments on my 30 year mortgage (I sold the house in it's 19th year) so for me full-timing meant a very drastic reduction in my monthly living expenses, even when gas was $4.00 + a gallon. I boondock so often now (which is free of charge) that it's rare that my monthly camping cost exceeds $150 which would include state parks and places that charge an overnight fee. When I was living in the nice home in the picture above my mortgage payment was $1300 a month and utilities probably averaged another $250 a month. My neighborhood association fee was $80 a month making my monthly tab something north of $1600! And I skipped landscaping costs by mowing my own lawn (which I hated doing). You might think that I spend a ton on gas since the Tank only gets 11 mpg but, with the exception of times like the last few weeks when I relocate from the Southwest back to Michigan, I tend to find places I like to boondock and stay there. Often time the pickup doesn't get started for a week to ten days!
|Antero Reservoir in central Colorado, I stayed until I ran out of food!|
I've really enjoyed the last three years and I don't regret heading out one bit. I became convinced that my house and all my belongings and "stuff" were really a gigantic anchor holding me in place so I got rid of them and don't regret that either. I hope the mostly strangers I gave the "stuff" to have used and enjoyed it. In my view I was transferring my "anchors" to them but I know they probably didn't see it that way. I hope you've enjoyed the three years of this blog, I'll keep finding places to camp and blog about it.
Thanks for reading!