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ependydad

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Posted: 12/19/19 11:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2019 was the year of Florida for us. We got here in November 2018 and didn't leave until August. Once we left, we weren't gone for long and were back again by November.

We stuck around the summer so that my daughter could shadow a photographer during portrait sessions around Disney hotels. (And, well- it's cheap with Thousand Trails!)

Fortunately, we did get out to the ABQ International Balloon Fiesta (where I met up with a couple of FROGs!). And then we stopped in Texas to see friends and hit a Fulltime Families rally.

The map is a bit messy:
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The stats for the year:
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And then I uploaded pictures of most of the campsites to this post on Imgur:
https://imgur.com/gallery/GdAM9QN


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TenOC

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Posted: 12/19/19 12:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It would be nice if you added your fuel cost to the total. When I tell people I fulltime on between $10,000 and $12,000 a year including food cost they think I am wrong.


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ependydad

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Posted: 12/19/19 12:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TenOC wrote:

It would be nice if you added your fuel cost to the total. When I tell people I fulltime on between $10,000 and $12,000 a year including food cost they think I am wrong.


The problem is, I don't track fuel costs for just towing. I have overall totals in an app ( $4,654.90 for the year ). I average 8 mpg towing and my app tells me I pay an average of $2.80/gallon, that gives me a total of $2,441.25 for towing fuel.

I then have RV and truck payments plus registration costs.

And, $10,000-12,000 a year is what we budget on groceries alone (which also includes things like home supplies like laundry detergent, cleaning products, paper plates, napkins, etc). My monthly food budget line item runs $900-1,400 depending on the month and what's going on.

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Posted: 12/19/19 06:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are the kids happy? What do kids say to their friends, not to you,...their friends?

As a trade, is shooting photos around Disney a worthwhile occupation?


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Posted: 12/19/19 07:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great trip! Are you using Excel or a trip expense planner? I have been out a year now, have all my expenses down on paper, but have not totaled them.

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Posted: 12/20/19 04:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:

Are the kids happy? What do kids say to their friends, not to you,...their friends?

As a trade, is shooting photos around Disney a worthwhile occupation?


HUH?

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Posted: 12/20/19 06:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the info...

I am amazed at your cheap overnights - those Thousand Trails CGs must be losing lots of money on you - you have to use more in just electricity than they get from you.

We are just travelers/campers and we spent almost as much as you on overnights this past year... But those overnights included NYC and the Keys. [emoticon]


As an added thought - I think your kids are lucky!


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ependydad

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Posted: 12/20/19 08:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:

Are the kids happy? What do kids say to their friends, not to you,...their friends?

As a trade, is shooting photos around Disney a worthwhile occupation?


Yep, kids are very happy most of the time. In our travels, we attended 3 rallies of other families who fulltime this year. It's through these rallies that we make connections and develop friendships. The kids friends are other kids who live and travel just like us, so we know we'll meet up with them throughout our travels. And for my teen daughter, her road friends know the challenges of maintaining relationships when you aren't face to face; her friends back home, not so much.

I say "most of the time", because with a now 16 year old daughter - 100% happy all of the time isn't realistic. She had a bit of a rough summer when we were in Florida with very few other folks around. Ironically, we did summer in Florida FOR her. So it's a crapshoot.

And yes, it seems like being a professional photographer in the Orlando area is able to be a career. At least it seems to be for Candi.

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LadyRVer wrote:

Great trip! Are you using Excel or a trip expense planner? I have been out a year now, have all my expenses down on paper, but have not totaled them.


Google Docs spreadsheet (aka Excel but web accessible so it works from my laptop, work laptop, phone, etc). I track each campground that we go to, arrival date, departure date, miles from the previous campground, total cost, and what type of campground/membership was used. I then do manual totaling at the end of the year.

ependydad

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Posted: 12/20/19 08:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fizz wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

Are the kids happy? What do kids say to their friends, not to you,...their friends?

As a trade, is shooting photos around Disney a worthwhile occupation?


HUH?


It's OK- we get a lot of questions about our alternate lifestyle. Most can't imagine that kids can be happy and socialized living this life. Homeschooling is another ball of wax that often gets asked about it.

My 7 year old son has lived over 1/2 his life in the camper and has only ever spent 1 Christmas in a "normal" house. This is normal to him.

He has recently asked a couple of times about us getting a house. But then turned around later and told me that he likes that we spend all of December at this campground but likes that we don't spend a month anywhere else. He likes the travel. I asked him about wanting a house and he grinned, (paraphrasing) "I want a house for space but I also want to travel. I like traveling more."

What it really is- he has a friend near Orlando who has a house there but they also come to the campground for weekends to be with friends. The house is (my nightmare) wall to wall with stuff for the 2 kids. Like over the top. Each room is packed with stuff for the kids. It's like a kid's dream toy store. He doesn't understand at all that is nothing like our house was or will be.

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