We spent all of February at Isla Blanca Park, on South Padre Island, Texas. It was a great start to the month, watching Starship SN9 Launch, Bellyflop, and explode on heavy landing! A week later, we found ourselves battling the elements as the Polar Vortex hit Texas. Even with us being as far south as one can get in Texas, we saw a wind chill of 8F! Most of Texas, including us, lost all power for four days and three nights. Our Battle Borns and Solar did a great job the first night, but we had to buy a generator to survive (see Misc. Expenses). We also ended up with no potable water for eight days, but thank goodness we had 85 gallons of fresh water on board. Like so many here on the island, we jumped in and helped rescue cold-stunned Turtles. Between the Turtle rescue and us limiting our water usage, we had an insane amount of laundry to do (see Laundry Expenses). What a month!
We spent a total of $714.58 which includes our monthly Thousand Trails membership of $173.62 even though we did not stay at a TT this month. So that’s an average of $23.05 per night.
ELECTRIC: Isla Blanca Park charges for electricity! We used a whopping 166kWh for the entire month (that’s with our solar substituting) at $0.11 per kWh that’s only $18.26 for the month. We were told that the average most people spend on electric is around $60.
State Park: 28 nights
Technically Isle Blanca Park is a County Park.
Generator: 2 days
Solar/Batteries: 1 day
Partial Hookups: 5 days
Full Hookups: 20 days
Miles & Fuel
Total Miles: 654
Towed Miles: 0
Days Traveled: 0
Gallons of Premium: 49.41
Average Price Paid: $2.75/gal
Fuel Cost: $136.72
Generator Fuel: $28.03
Laundromat Visits: 2
New Clothes: $11.00
After the Polar Vortex and Turtle Resuce, everything needed to be cleaned!
We bought a Harbor Freight Predator 2000 Generator to survive the cold nights during the Polar Vortex. The cost (including replacement warranty) was $678.70. We spent $6 on oil, $28 on fuel (still have 2.5 gallons left), $17 for a cover, and $11 for an Hour Meter.
Total of $740.70 but hey… we have a generator now!
Hour Meters are great as it takes out the guesswork of how many hours you have used your generator so you know when to service it.
We currently run a Cricket Wirless SIM for $90 per month. Our RV setup consists of a NETGEAR Nighthawk MR1100 SIM Card Router connected to two Proxicast High Gain, Wide-Band, Omni-Directional Antennas.
Phones and Devices
$244 for two iPhones 11Pro on the ‘Get More Unlimited’ Plan and one iPad on the Unlimited Plan. This includes monthly payments on the iPhones!
The ‘Get More Unlimited’ Plan includes 75GB of Premium Data, 30GB of Mobile Hotspot Data. This plan includes Apple Music which is 90% of what we use for drive days. This plan also includes Disney+ which is one of Braxton’s favorite apps.
Thousand Trails Cost and Breakdown
We have the Elite Collection Membership. here is the breakdown of our cost:
Downpayment: $600.00 (Downpayment on the Elite Basic Membership)
Annual Dues: $499.00 (Annual Thousand Trails Dues)
Trails Coll. $299.00 (Annual Trails Collection Dues)
Upgraded: $265.00 (Difference to upgrade to Elite Collections Membership)
Monthly $1,142.20 (Total of Monthly payments to date)
Total: $2,978.82 (Total to date)
Divided by 150 nights to date, is $19.86 per night!
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