How Much Does it Cost to Live in a Campervan?

How Much Does it Cost to Live in a Campervan?

Written by mighway

It may sound like a pipe dream, but more and more people are enjoying the life of campervanning full-time. By living in a campervan, you have the freedom to move to a new location, you can tour the entire country with all your belongings, and best of all, you don’t have to be tied down to a 9-5 job. The cost of full time campervanning is far less expensive than paying rent or a mortgage. But how much does it cost to call a campervan your home? Here’s a brief look campervan living costs.

Campervan living cost

Firstly, it’s very difficult to live out of a campervan without a campervan. Fortunately, though, there are a number of very affordable motorhomes for you to choose from. Many cheap campervans average around the 32,000 dollar price mark, but there are some you can get for 60 or 70 thousand. Since what you buy is going to be your home from now on, this is the area to splurge on. Get one within your budget, but comfortable enough that you can see yourself living in it for the next fifteen or so years.


Now since you can’t park your campervan just anywhere, you’re going to need to find a campsite (or multiple campsites if you plan on moving around). There are plenty of campsites to choose from, or if you prefer, you can get memberships which may offer discounts.


Generally when people take a trip in a campervan, they eat out a lot; however, if you’re going to be living in one full time, it’s best to cook as often as you can. Campervans don’t usually have the kitchens or five-star restaurants, but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. One good idea is to make one-pan meals to cut down on the clutter. Also, when you cook, make enough for leftovers to save time. For two people, if you’re thrifty, your food budget will be between 150 and 300 dollars a month.

Emergency Repairs

Finally, always have some money saved up for emergency repairs. After all, your campervan has your whole life in it. If something goes wrong, you don’t want to be stuck without a repair person. Anything from an engine malfunction, to a flat tyre, to a broken refrigerator is liable to occur, so try to have at least 500 dollars saved up, just in case.

You have to sacrifice a lot if you want to enjoy the liberties that full time campervanning grants you, including space, consistency, domesticity and normalcy. If you’re smart, though, you won’t have to sacrifice a large quantity of money.