Friday, September 4, 2015

Roadrunner Financials - August 2015

Roadrunner Recap
At the beginning of August, we were in Maynardville Tennessee.  During the month, we moved on to:
  • Roadrunner RV Resort and Campground, Maynardville, TN      
  • Allegro Campground, Red Bay AL
  • Bay Diesel (dry camping), Red Bay AL
  • Campground at Barnes Crossing, Tupelo MS
  • MHC Kenworth (dry camping), Tupelo MS
  • Oak Grove NAS Campground, Pensacola FL
We had an issue with the engine climbing up the hills into Red Bay AL.  We had the 'stumbling, loss of power' issue checked out at Bay Diesel in Red Bay AL.  We spent the night at Bay Diesel hoping they could fix the problem but then took their advice and moved down the road to let the mechanics at MHC Kenworth take a look at it.  
We were there the first thing on Saturday morning but they could not successfully diagnose it in half a day.  So we opted to spend the weekend at the Campground in Barnes Crossing in Tupelo and went back on Monday morning.  Each night during the week we 'dry camped' in the MHC parking lot. Late Thursday afternoon they found the issue and we test drove it early Friday.  
Later that morning we left Tupelo and a large part of our wallet and headed to Pensacola.

Good News Areas We Are Under Budget

The only significant areas were under budget in August were in Campground fees and with Groceries.  We made up for it though with spending way over in Eating Out!

Biggest Expenses
Our biggest expenses in the month were for were in RV repairs and household items.

Large One Time Cost Item
The biggest cost was getting the Roadrunner fixed.  We spent money on diagnostics (trouble shooting @ $128/hr), two fuel pumps and misc items.  The bill would have been considerably higher if they had not taken pity on us and decided to bill two full days of mechanics labor to 'Supervisor Management' -- whatever that is.

Monthly Average
This month vaulted our monthly average from a little over $4400 to almost $6700.  I don't know if we are going to be able to recover and get anywhere close to our yearly target of $4100 but we will see.

As always, if you think this spreadsheet might be useful I'd be glad to pass it along at no cost.  Just let me know.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!

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