Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Year End Review

3rd Year of Fulltiming Summation
Posted from Casa Grande, AZ

It's hard to fathom that we've just completed our 3rd full year of fulltime RVing.  The time has really passed rapidly.

As I haven't posted a blog entry in some time (over 3 months now, but who's counting), I decided not to attempt a "catch up" blog, but rather do a summation of "fun facts" for the year 2015.  BTW, we're wintering over again, for the third winter now, at Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort in Casa Grande, AZ.  We've been here since October 15th and will be here until at least April 15, 2016.

Ok, here goes.

We began 2015 in Casa Grande, AZ at Palm Creek Golf and RV and we liked the place so much that we decided to return for wintering over this year, so we ended the year there as well.
After leaving Casa Grande, AZ in the spring of 2015 we meandered slowly up to Las Vegas, NV for a few weeks before slowing heading toward the Southeast. We spent a large portion of the summer in FL visiting several old friends I had worked with in my prior life.  Many great visits and activities, but FL is NOT the place to be in the summertime.
After FL we headed up the Eastern Seaboard and went as far north as VA to visit with family for a bit. We took the southern route back to AZ in the late fall and again arrived in Casa Grande, AZ in October, 2015.

Click on this link if you're interested in viewing a map of our travels in 2015.
Because I'm a bit anal when it comes to numbers and statistics here's a breakdown of our third year on the road showing a comparison to 2013 and 2014.
Transportation Related

                                              2013            2014           2015
    Miles Traveled                   9095               8384          7519
    Ave. MPG                           8.58               8.40            8.20
    Total Cost of Diesel Fuel   $4162.53        $3781.76    $2230.49
     Ave. Price per Gallon        $3.61              $3.78         $2.43

Honda Fit:                   
    Miles Traveled                    8592             7886            6956
    Ave. MPG                           39.34             35.70          34.42
    Total Cost of Gasoline       $777.66          $674.96       $444.52
    Ave. Price per Gallon         $3.56              $3.05          $2.19

Camping Related (Figures include all utilities as well)

Total Cost                          $7387.21          $8942.69     $7421.06 
        Ave. Price per Day          $20.24             $24.50         $20.33
        Shortest Stay(Nights)             1                   1               1
        Longest Stay(Nights)             60                 74             105
Types of facilities (separate locations, not nights)
        Pr/Comm/Fairgrnd             18                  23                  22
        StPks/COE/CoPks                7                    3                   6
        Member Pks (TT, SKP)         9                    6                   6
        Tiffin Service Center            1                    1                   2
        Dry Camp (Boondock)         1                    1                   0
        Casinos                                                                         1
Total Locations                         36                 34                  37

We camped in a total of 14 different states during the year of 2015 and stayed an average of 9.86 days in each location.
I have all of the budget line item figures for the year as well, but because this varies so much from person to person I've decided not to post charts for these figures.
Should anyone be interested in a "budget" item please do not hesitate to either leave a request in the "comment" section below or send us an email at the address listed in the top left portion of this blog page.
Summation and General Comments Pertaining to the Third Year on the Road

Last year I used the phrase “we’ve had a blast during our first year of fulltiming”.  Well, that phrase continues to ring true in 2015. There is just so much to see, and so many places to visit in this beautiful country in which we live.
Here's wishing everyone a safe travel year in the coming year.
Hopefully, we'll meet up with a few of you on the road this year.


Thanks for stopping by to take a look!


  1. Three years for us as well, and like you we have a hard time believing it ... our days continue to be busier than they ever were when we were worker bees ... and we love it.

    1. Erin I know EXACTLY what you mean. We're way too busy to have real jobs now. LOL

  2. Those lower fuel prices have sure come in handy. I miss hearing from you guys.

    1. I know. I've been very, very bad about blogging lately. It's tougher when sitting in one spot for an extended period. Just too busy doing other things here at our winter location.

  3. Interesting recap. I have yet to do ours but our campsite cost per night is similar to yours. Would love to see more posts and pictures of you two enjoying Arizona again. All the best to you and Karen in 2016!

    1. Happy New Year to you and Pam! Some of our costs (like fuel) were definitely impacted by the lower prices last year.

  4. Wow, seems like just the other day we were meeting at Cracker Barrel talking about how we were going to go full time. Congrats on three years and more importantly that you're still loving it!

    Hope to cross paths again in 2016.

    1. Paul I remember the Cracker Barrel meeting like it was yesterday as well. OMG, I think that means I'm getting old. NO! Hopefully, we will again cross paths with you two in the coming year. Travel safe.

  5. Sandy and John HerringJanuary 2, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Wow - impressed with your figures - looks as if you may be slowing down a bit. What was your favorite place that you visited? Take care and thanks for the update...

  6. Always interesting to see how many miles we as newbies travel and then as time passes we seemingly slow down...

  7. Aren't the lower fuel prices great? We find ourselves returning to spots we enjoy along with visiting family a priority. Happy New Year and enjoy your winter at a favorite park.

    1. Yes, the fuel prices have fallen in some areas to prices I thought I'd never see again. Currently, the gasoline prices have risen, but the diesel remains low in our area.