Last Week of 2017

On Christmas Eve, we left Burbank and moved over to Cougar Buttes Dispersed Camping in Johnson Valley OHV Area.


We were joined by our dear friends Kelly & Dave who we hadn’t seen in two years. As full-time RVers, we usually don’t have campfires, but for some reason this week we enjoyed them almost every night.


Even though I had time off from work, I found myself working every day this week. Finally on Thursday, I insisted we relax, so Brian and I had a “spa afternoon” in the trailer.


By Thursday evening, hundreds of RVs rolled in for the long weekend and our camp turned into a dustbowl, so Friday mid-day we moved on.

Cost of Camping

Below is a chart of our annual camping costs. As you can see, in the last two years our costs have risen due to the lack of free camping in the East. That’s about to change.

2018 Cost of Camping:
1 nights free camping
0 nights paid camping
1 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $0
Daily average cost of camping: $0

2017 Cost of Camping:
129 nights free camping
236 nights paid camping
365 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $8152.21
Daily average cost of camping: $22.33

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6 Comments

  • Reply Amanda January 2, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Looks like y’all still managed to fit in a good amount of free camping! I was just looking at the calendar last night and realized that we haven’t really boondocked since July… we are definitely itching to get back to it.

    I can’t wait to see you, its coming up so soon! And now that I’ve seen this picture of Brian during spa day, I think another one might be necessary? 😝

    • Reply Leigh January 2, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Yes! We can definitely have a spa day next time we’re together. 🙂

  • Reply Toby Rey January 2, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I’m sure you have your total budget down and I know you’ve been doing this a few years. How much do you spend annually/monthly total on this lifestyle?

    • Reply Leigh January 2, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Toby, I really don’t have that broken out. Our driving is very different than the average camper, because Brian is scouting for Campendium and puts on hundreds of extra miles every week. Groceries should be very similar to what you’re spending while living in a house. Otherwise, we aren’t spending anything on Airstream maintenance, so I’d say the only additional cost is an annual National Parks Pass!

  • Reply Box Canyon Mark January 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Ugh…ATVs.

  • Reply Pamela Wright January 3, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Love the spa afternoon!! Brian was so nice to pose for a photo:)

    As we got close to Borrego Springs on Monday, we were passed by literally hundreds of trailers and trucks pulling ATV’s as they were leaving. There was still a huge dust cloud over the areas they came from. Ugh!!

    Happy New Year to you and Brian!!!

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