Where are we today ?Looks like we are going to have a few days of cool, damp, windy and rainy weather here so can do some computing and research, instead of playing outside. But the plus side is No snow and No Tornadoes (that we know of right now).
Suzie went to help her Mom and Dad purge a bit and I got to play with my computer doing stuff like this. I don't play games, there is so many other things to do.
Had an email the other day about costs for our winter hibernation and we do have all the numbers right here. Suzie is still a book keeper and keeps track of all of our expenses.
So below is a breakdown of our costs that relate to a typical winter for us. All of the expenses are converted to Canadian funds at a 10 percent exchange rate.
Total number of days we were in the USA = 175 days
Round trip mileage from Ontario, Canada to
Palm Springs California and places in between = 6,049 miles (9, 735 KMS)
Total cost for fuel (gas) for our coach towing our car = $3,153.00 (.51 cents a mile)
Gas for car drove 3,000 miles (5,000 kms) = $443.00
Camping fees, membership parks and BLM lands = $658.00
We purchased campground memberships many years ago and try to use them exclusively, over 700 parks to choose from from no overnight fees, to 9 or 10 dollars a night.
Entertainment cost includes, sightseeing, shows and restaurants = $979.00
Repairs and maintenance, includes 2 oil changes,
generator repair and new
carbon monoxide detector and propane detector = $805.00
Total cost for our 6 months in the sunny southwest =$6,038.00
Take away the repairs that needed to be done anyway - $805.00
Our winter in the southwest cost us $5,233.00
Some people spend that much for one or two weeks down south. It would have cost us a lot more to stay in the cold blustery winter here in Canada.
All other expenses, like food, alcohol and clothes are day to day living expenses and again would have cost more here in Canada.
Now our membership campgrounds cost us around $10,000.00 over 10 years ago, and about 1,200.00 a year to maintain. But compared to $30.00 a night camping fees we have saved close to $60,000.00 since 2006 factoring in all of our costs. This works great for us because we do enjoying being on the move year round, up to two weeks in most campgrounds and we have that hitch itch. Deals can be had by staying in an RV park for a month to 6 months, but that is not what we like to do. We have wheels on our house and will keep them turning as long as we can.
The rest of the day we did manage to read for while (inside) even though we prefer to enjoy our books outside. Only 45f but feels like 37f (3c) heavy rain and wind for the next few days, so be it, always something to do. We have a couple doctors appointments over the next week or so then we can be on our way.
Now time for supper, still raining, and had planned a nice one dish meal inside. A real easy chicken stir fry. One pan meal again, you can check out the recipe here. But as I am doing this the wind dies down, rain stops and the sun comes out! Go figure, we could have cooked on our Weber Q. Such is the life of an Rv'er. Sure beats working for a living.
|sure was tasty and hit the spot|
|after 6 pm the sun came out|
and is wonderful
All in all it was a pretty productive day, Hope some of that info answers a few questions you may have. And that you had a great day in the process.
Thanks again so much for stopping on by for visit. Too bad you were not here for supper, we had leftovers! Couple nice easy lunches for me then.
Posted by George, a.k.a. "The Weber "Q" Man of Blogland" according to Rick Doyle.
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