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post #1 of 36 Old 05-29-2010, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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How much would a month long cross country trek realistically cost?

I was sitting down and trying to figure out how much a trip across america with no real set destination in mind for 30 days would cost, figuring you camp out of a tent most nights except maybe once a week stop and get a hotel for a shower or buy a shower ticket at a truck stop.

Anyone done something like this care to share how much they spent for a trek of this sorts?
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I would anticipate the following items, and then start breaking them down one at a time....

Mileage (your gas mileage) and how far you will travel.
Campground fees (roughly $7-$10/ night
Food / day
Entertainment? (a movie, museum etc...)
A couple nights in a hotel to get a better nights sleep...

Then I would get roadside assistance from AAA or some other source, and set aside a couple hundred just in case you blow a tire or need some other mechanical work.

I would think if you went through these one by one, you would be pretty close on your estimate.

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This figure could be drastically changed if you didn't travel as far, and visited a TON of family and friends for free room and board and a hot meal. But if you go all out and do a coast to coast and back...this is my guess.

Fuel - 300 miles x 22 days = 6600 miles total (coast to coast and back...BIG TRIP!) @ 60 mpg @ 3.00/ gallon
FUEL = 110 gallons = $330
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Food = Late breakfast @ $6.00 per day (30 days) = $180
Skip lunch or cheap snack (30 days) = $50
Dinner = $12.00 per day (30 days) = $360
FOOD = $590.00
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Hotel = $80 / night (4 nights) = $320
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Campgrounds = $9 average/ night (25 nights) = $225
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Entertainment = $150 roughly?
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Roadside assistance = $130 / annual with AAA
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One oil change at a shop = $100

My guess.....$1845

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One oil change at a shop = $100
Holy cow!.........for a hundred bucks they better detail as well..........

Seems steep to me but i guess thats why I do my own. I would just pack a spare filter and some oil in my cases. Find an empty field, pull the plug and let the oil absorb into the ground. Insert new filter and oil and your out 30 bucks tops..... Okay, okay, all you tree hugging hippes can flame away. However; just think where the oil originated from.....

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Just plan your oil change for the beaches of the gulf coast...BP can pick up the bill.

....that was uncalled for.

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Just dont do it in Washington! Obama might want to screw in your drain plug and then tell everyone he plugged the hole.:mrgreen:

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$125 fuel (5 day's riding out of 7)
$100 food (cook for my self)
$20 camp fees (6 nights bush camping)
$80 miscellaneous (beer & entertainment)
$300 a week repeat x as long as necessary(4 month trip round oz )
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In 1997 I did 33 states and a couple provinces in 5 weeks. I camped every night, tried to live cheap and averaged about $42 a day. Gas was under $1.50 then.

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Fuel - 300 miles x 22 days = 6600 miles total (coast to coast and back...BIG TRIP!) @ 60 mpg @ 3.00/ gallon
FUEL = 110 gallons = $330
This seem a little off to me, I would plan worst case. Only 300 miles a day that's not a lot of miles, especially if you do any slab time. I usually average 500+ miles. Also 60 mpg and $3.00 gas seems overly optimistic. I would figure 50 mpg and $4.00/gallon (again worst case).

So that gives you: 500 mile a day / 50 mpg = 10 gallons per day
10 gallons x $4.00/gallon = $40/day
$40/day x 30 days = $1200

So $1200 total for fuel.

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Anyone done something like this care to share how much they spent for a trek of this sorts?
It comes down to you and your travel habits. Most folks find it easier to plan with a per diem cost. The cheapest I can get away with is about $50 a day, but I prefer to travel at around $100 a day.

My advice is to spend a few days on the road and figure your costs based on that.

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