On September 8th we said goodby to Dan’s mom who flew out to Portugal where she will be retiring. On the same day, we started our insane cross country trip to the west coast and to explore Michigan along the way. 3,317 miles, 13 states, in 12 days!

Rent Cost

We spent a total of $555.73 for the month of August which includes our Thousand Trails Membership cost of $173.62.


Harvest Host:        1 night
Lotdocked:             3 nights
State Park:              1 night
Thousand Trails: 14 nights
KOA:                       8 nights
RV Parks:               3 nights


Solar/Batteries:   4 days
Partial Hookups: 7 days
Full Hookups:    19 days


7 in MA
1 in PA
1 in OH
14 in MI
1 in MN
1 in ND
3 in MT
2 in WA

Miles & Fuel

Total Miles: 4,089
Towed Miles: 3,317
Days Traveled: 13
States: MA, CT, NY, PA, OH, IN, MI, WI, MN, ND, MT, ID, WA

Gallons of Premium: 434.22
Average Price Paid: $2.76/gal
Fuel Cost: $1,184.25

Toll: $44.97
Parking: $5.85



Laundromat: $14
Laundromat Visits: 1
New Clothes: $99.44 *

Oma and Opa had a fully equipped condo on Cape Cod so we ended up using their laundry once in August. So technically we did laundry 2 times.

* Most of the clothing costs this month were new costumes for Braxton as his old ones no longer fit.


Groceries: $1,248.33
Restaurants: $205.52

RV Connectivity

$70 per month for Unlimited AT&T through OTR Mobile. This is truly unlimited (no throttling) and we use an average of 15 Gigs ber day! Our RV setup consists of a NETGEAR Nighthawk MR1100 SIM Card Router connected to two Proxicast High Gain, Wide-Band, Omni-Directional Antennas.
A writeup of our setup is coming soon!

Phones and Devices

$244.28 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.


$34.00 for Michigan State Park Pass (Annual)

$40.00 Entry Fee to Castle Farms in Michigan

$10.00 Entry Fee to Windmill Island in Michigan

$33.00 Entry Fee to RV Hall of Fame in Indiana

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             $447.72  (Total of Monthly payments to date)
Total:               $2,110.72  (Total to date)

Divided by 83 nights to date, is $25.43 per night!


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