By the numbers:
Days on the road: 23 days from when we pulled out of Raleigh
Total number of miles traveled: 1092
Average number of miles traveled per day: 47.5
Miles travelled towing the camper: 618
Average number of miles towing between campgrounds: 123.6
Number of places stayed: 5
Average number of nights stayed in each place: 5 (well, after we finish up this stay)
Average cost of accommodation per night: $28.55
Accommodation cost extrapolated out to monthly: $856.50. This isn’t a bad number at all – less than a mortgage and it includes most of the utilities needed (water and electric, a sewer or sewer dump) – the only extra thing we need to pay for is the propane (oh, and the firewood. That comes under a separate line item in the budget.)
Lowest diesel cost per gallon: $1.779 at an Exxon in Sevierville, TN
Average MPG: 12.39
Average cost of fuel per mile: 16.2 cents
Hours the truck has been running: 32 hours 47 minutesThat gives an average speed of 33.3 miles per hour. Not bad, when it takes approximately 2.7 hours to back into a campsite, so a good proportion of those engine time hours are spent going backwards, forwards, backwards, forwards accompanied by a healthy dose of shouting directions and maybe a little light swearing added in for good measure.
Packets of Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies consumed: One third. They have to be rationed severely – they’re the only package of Thin Mints in the camper, and it’s not the season any more.
Times we said “That was such a good buy” about the Weber Q100 when cooking out: Every time
Snakes seen: 2
Snakes run away from: 2
Snakes that didn’t give a shit that we were there: 2
Butterflies caught in the front grille: 3. We leave the dead ones in there as warnings to the others.
Number of tanks that have sensors that are sort of accurate: 2. The grey water (shower and bathroom sink) and the galley water (kitchen) tanks sort of have some sort of indicator. The black tank (the one where the nasty stuff goes) is always showing Full, and the Fresh water tank has no lights on there at all – must be a loose connection or something.
How we knew when it was time to empty: The toilet makes a funny noise rather like ‘blurp’ and starts stinking. Try not to put any more in at that point – there’s only one way it could go, and it’s not pretty.
Number of times the tank capacities will be tested again: at least 11 – you can’t make any conclusions without a healthy dozen data points. Which means that sometime around the middle of September we might know with a degree of confidence how many days we can stay out in the wilderness before stinking the joint up.