So here we are still in the Aberdeen-Pinehurst area and we are still boondocking in the front of a friend's five acre tract. We only planned to stay here a couple of weeks but we have been here 6 weeks and are going on seven. I am worried we have overstayed our welcome but our friend doesn’t share that thought it seems. What have we learned in these last two months?
- driving a motorhome isn’t as hard as it sounds
- living with the person you love 24/7 isn’t as tough as it sounds
- boondocking isn’t as bad as it sounds
- keeping within budget is harder than it sounds ;)
So we have been at this for two months and although we blew through the budget the first month we got a lot closer the second month. You would think that when you boondock you save a lot of money but with propane and diesel at $4.00 plus per gallon even boondocking isn’t cheap if you have a four door fridge sucking down propane and only two 12 volt batteries to boondock with requiring at least two hours of generator time a day. But the second month was close to budget. So the moral of this story for future full timers is to plan on the first month to cost about twice what each successive month would cost.
We just filled with propane today and got about 50 bucks worth of diesel to get us through the week since we leave for South Carolina next Tuesday. Why only 50 bucks worth you may ask? Well, it is only 140 miles to get to South Carolina and diesel is at least twenty cents a gallon cheaper there than here in North Carolina. Not much of a difference but when you buy 80 gallons it adds up so we plan to refill just across the border…
Gotta save those nickels and dimes where you can… because we are starting to get that hitch itch that we have heard about…