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What is the cost of living in a camper?

(April 21, 2017) -- The Home & Garden channel has made it tremendously popular to downsize in recent years. Many millennial home buyers are turning their attention to house alternatives like tiny houses and campers instead of a traditional home.

WASHINGTON — The Home & Garden channel has made it tremendously popular to downsize in recent years. Many millennial home buyers are turning their attention to house alternatives like tiny houses and campers instead of a traditional home. These types of homes have just the amount of space the home buyer needs (no extra) but how much does living in a camper cost?

The appeal of living in a camper

When tiny houses and RVs became more popular among people seeking to buy a home I wasn’t too surprised. Most millennials are looking to do some sort of travel which makes living in a camper pretty appealing. You can bring your home everywhere you go.

Millennials are also known to be a bit conscientious when it comes to finance too. Living in a camper, undoubtedly is cheaper than purchasing a home, right?

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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  1. I do both! We live in a home 3 months and travel with our 5th wheel much of the other 9 months. 1st RV park rent at $1400 is something no one looking at cost would do. Although we have stayed at a resort in south FL in winter near the coast at $2400 a month, some are inland or in northern FL at $600 or less. Some find CGs all over the country at $350 and up by the month. I know 1 person with a payment of $1400 monthly and that is on a $600,000 motor home. Most have a payment under $500. The estimate of $70 monthly on propane also sounds high unless in northern states in winter or using the furnace without an electrical hookup. Many newer trailers, 5ers, and MHs have an electric fireplace heater, a heat pump combined with an AC unit, and/or 1 or more electric heaters. Electric is most often included in CG rent. If metered (some long term sites) electric rarely goes over $30 monthly. Food depends on individuals and fuel depends on how much driving and especially if moving the camper. For 2 of us my wife says the $70 is just slightly high.
    I know a couple that budgets $1450 monthly excluding healthcare. I do not budget as we do not “camp” but travel to an area and explore attractions and restaurants then move on. I have spent as little as about $2500 a month and as much as more than twice that.

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