I’m a sucker for stats, and so I’ve kept a meticulous log on Darlene since the day we bought her. From this data I’ve pulled the following stats from our first year on the road – 20 March 2015 until 20 March 2016:
- 16,949 miles traveled, which is surprisingly in line with the national average for non-nomadic folk
- $2,773.71 spent on fuel over 56 fill ups
(highest paid was $4.19/gal, lowest was $1.84)
- 1095.818 gallons of diesel, or roughly 31 full tanks of fuel
- 15.46 average miles per gallon, or $0.18 a mile(best was 22.7, worst was 10.11 – not bad considering we weigh nearly 4.5 tons!)
- $6,324 in repairs and maintenance – much higher than expected but as a result we have an well taken care of rig that will last us indefinitely.
- 321 nights spent in the camper (a few times we took up offers of staying with friends, treated ourselves to a hotel, or had to find accommodations while Darlene was patched up)
- 19 states visited
- 11 jobs worked between both of us
- Fuelio – keeping track of Darlene’s stats. I’ve yet to find a better app
- FreeCampsites.net – find free camp areas just about anywhere. Not everything is listed, but a pretty good amount – it’s geared towards RVs and RV-accesible spots which can be somewhat limiting.
- WanderTheWest.com – an incredible online community forum.
- ExpeditionPortal.com – yet another incredible online community forum.
- Facebook – we’ve actually found work through reaching out on Facebook and had tons of offers for places to stay or help along the way.
- Instagram – probably our most used social media resource. We’ve met some great folks from here and have been inspired to explore some great places because of what we’ve seen.
- Spotify – for listening to all our favorite tunes, on or offline.
- Stitcher – download or stream our favorite podcasts for those long drives.
- WeatherUnderground – best weather app, hands down.
- Craigslist – for selling crap we don’t need anymore and for finding crap we don’t need! We also used it to find work occasionally.
- CoolWorks.com – we’ve found our favorite job through this site, and there are tons more to be found.
- GaiaGPS – fantastic GPS mapping app that not only keeps us from getting lost, but also logs our routes, elevation profile and can be used OFFLINE for when we’re in the middle of nowhere. The plethora of available maps is pretty awesome too!
- NPS website – double check on road conditions within parks, seasonal closures and BLM areas.
- Word of mouth – opening up and talking to strangers has been hands down one of the most valuable resources. We love going to a new town and speaking to the people who run the visitor center, local book store or coffee shop and being introduced to all kinds of fun and exciting experiences and people!