MONTHLY EXPENSES LIVING IN A VAN: Is van life cheap or expensive?

MONTHLY EXPENSES LIVING IN A VAN: Is van life cheap or expensive?

In today’s full-time van life vlog, we take a look at our monthly expenses living in a van.

Is van life cheap? Is van life expensive? The answer is: It totally depends on YOU.

We try to keep our van living cost to a minimum (while still have a blast). But just HOW cheap is van life?

In this episode, we’ll break down all of our van living expenses we have in our Roadtrek and share all our best tricks for cutting down our van life budget to as little as possible—all while visiting some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. and eating delicious food.

If you’re wondering how much does van life cost per month for “normal” people (i.e., people who don’t have unlimited funds to blow) – this van living expenses video is for you.


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  1. Raevenist on November 7, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Very helpful, thank you!! Where them cooking videos!? ♡

  2. Saydoh - on November 7, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Your girlfriend is absolutely beautiful.

  3. Teresita P on November 7, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Yay, New subscriber here, you two are my new fave couple (other than my boo & I) so cool & down-to-earth.💕

  4. Jerrod Dooley on November 7, 2022 at 8:09 am

    I just found y’all’s channel. I love you guys. You keep it real! I’ll be starting vanlife in about 18 months, once my son is off to college. I can’t wait!

  5. Emma Flood on November 7, 2022 at 8:13 am

    you guys should look into getting an EZ-pass for the tolls:)

  6. My Pink Elephant Life on November 7, 2022 at 8:13 am

    My husband and I have purchased a 1992 Dodge Roadtrek 190 Popular and are so excited! We’ve been getting her ready to go on our first small camping trip. We want to test her out a bit before we do any long trips. As we check her out, I am impressed with how great of shape she is in for being so old. Of course age shouldn’t matter. I’m old and in decent shape. LOL Just wondering, what kind of mileage have you found yours gets? We just filled ours this morning and can’t wait to see how far she goes. Plan to do a lot of camping this coming month close to home as we test her out in prep for a bigger trip. So excited to see your adventures in a van like ours.

    We do all our own cooking at home and when we travel. We also are very budget minded, always have been. You kids are doing a great job. Your budget sounds very good to me. We’ve been doing some changes with our van and are hoping to be all electric/solar. We do solar at home as well and have reduced our costs greatly. We have always been conservation conscious and try to care for the planet. Someday I hope to find a way to incorporate some kind of take along garden for greens. I have all kinds of ideas coming into my mind. Small space, but tons of potential.

    Tip for going downhill. Shift down into second gear and let the engine take you down the hill with less braking. Happy Travels!

  7. Cali Emm on November 7, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Years of trucking:

    SHOWERS: * Truck stops give free showers with fuel up in the USA. In Florida alot of beaches have free showers right on the beach, my yrs of trucking doing long haul.

    BRIDGES TOLLS: maps tell you where the non toll bridges are, country roads, etc…it’s just that dodging tolls at scales, end up costing you in more in fuel.

    LAUNDRY: it’s free in your shower to wash

    CURTAILiNG: Body threatening activities
    To avoid high costs of injuries.

  8. Mindy Baker on November 7, 2022 at 8:19 am

    I love how down to earth/ real y’all are. Not everyone doing van life have a Mercedes sprinter van and can afford to fully build it out, so I appreciate your videos.

  9. Archie Millard on November 7, 2022 at 8:20 am

    Cheaper than my rent.

  10. Margie's Van Mori on November 7, 2022 at 8:21 am

    I just found your channel! Thanks for the advice. I’m moving into my van this year. They look so similar. Mine is a 1988 Chevy

  11. Gary Maple on November 7, 2022 at 8:22 am

    okay the clothing thing was cute

  12. Danny H on November 7, 2022 at 8:22 am

    No not E Z pass that is only for North East because Fl uses Sun Pass for tolls. You need to find the toll pass in the west coast

  13. June Bolivar on November 7, 2022 at 8:23 am

    As far as tolls, I would check the address associated to your license plate. They should mail you something. Call the EZ pass company and ask how you can pay the toll fees. They will charge you if you pay them late.

  14. Random Spirit on November 7, 2022 at 8:25 am

    fwiw, a commercial driving manual (like what is used to prepare to take the written and driving tests to get a CDL) is full of good info, like how to drive up and down mountains so you don’t fry your brakes. 😉

  15. Squirrel on November 7, 2022 at 8:29 am

    “Gas buddy” app. It’s your best friend

  16. Project Untethered on November 7, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Do you guys think our van life budget is cheap? Or is that what you were expecting?

  17. Jerrod Dooley on November 7, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Dude, you hit the jackpot on life. Vanlife and an absolutely precious wife. God has blessed you man. Appreciate your blessings every day.

  18. unruffledduck on November 7, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Great video, thank you! And LOL on the tolls comment

  19. Jennie W on November 7, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Very informative y’all! I love your videos and all the information you provide, especially since I’m doing my research to make this change a reality! Also, love that you’re keeping it REAL! The Insta can be very false ha ha!

  20. Mary Ann’s crocheting and knitting tutorials on November 7, 2022 at 8:38 am

    Did you cross any other bridges in San Francisco?

  21. Mary Ann’s crocheting and knitting tutorials on November 7, 2022 at 8:41 am


  22. Joyce Woods on November 7, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Hi! I just found your channel. I am ready to hit the road. I have a question though. What do you do about medical and dental insurance.? Thanks for the info! You rock!

  23. Rosemary Bointon on November 7, 2022 at 8:43 am

    It’s a great life you’re leading. Keep on having fun! And keep the videos rolling.

  24. GiwrgosV.A.L. on November 7, 2022 at 8:44 am

    So,if I camp in the heart of the forest or at the end of a road or next to a river with no people around and don’t pay for camping there, will it be illegal ?

  25. Lore Walker on November 7, 2022 at 8:44 am

    You’re an adorable couple 💕💕☺️

  26. Susan Lombardo on November 7, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Can you explain what kind of insurance you have on your van that only cost you about $500 a year! Thank you so much. Enjoy your travels. 🙂

  27. Marlon Pedrosa on November 7, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Gas expense. $430??? on that 2500miles ????

  28. Don Thompson on November 7, 2022 at 8:51 am

    I love that Van.Great Videos Guys.Fun channel.i saw a 1988 roadtrek with a mini couch up front.Love roadtreks.

  29. Survivor Prepper on November 7, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Hey bro, how did you and your wife or girlfriend meet each other?

  30. DeAr ATBP KURACHA on November 7, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Starting lockown, all tolls are free until today. Mayba some are open, but many are still free. Just drive through it.

  31. daryl on November 7, 2022 at 8:55 am

    You guys are great! I hope you get back to the states sometime and resume your van life and vlogging.

  32. Nick B on November 7, 2022 at 8:57 am

    The tolls should be getting mailed to whatever address your vehicle plates are registered to. Sadly a $5 toll becomes $25 pretty quick with penalties and will top out at $75. There is some extensions due to covid but this is really worth solving ASAP. Thanks for the video. Good luck

  33. Viajero cool on November 7, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Great info! Thanks for that. I would recommend an improvement in audio since it was a bit awkward to listen to. By today´s standards should be a top 3 priority along with the value in the content and decent video. Just my two cents. I hope you keep on doing great.

  34. Jerrod Dooley on November 7, 2022 at 8:58 am

    You can have your van re-titled as an RV and save big on insurance

  35. cierrah reed on November 7, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Get a fast track you can get it from like a CVS Walgreens and you make the account it comes with a small box you put in the front window and when you go through a toll it take the money from the account and you can log in at any time to reload the account with more money or make it auto pay

  36. byron brasher on November 7, 2022 at 8:59 am

    if you havent already do a video on safety while boondocking

  37. Abraham De la torre on November 7, 2022 at 8:59 am

    $1500 a month and I live like a king…

  38. tpax3p on November 7, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Love you van man)

  39. SunVenusMoon on November 7, 2022 at 9:03 am

    I do campgrounds with my daughter – she wants the other kids 🤷🏾‍♀️

    Regarding the cheapest wine – I put gold star barefoot wines against the more expensive bottles anyday of the week.

  40. Jeremy Holmes on November 7, 2022 at 9:04 am

    You can use the app Waze to keep away from tolls.

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