My mom aptly called Junebug the “money pit” over Christmas. I didn’t really mind since she contributed $50 toward the money pit as part of my Christmas present. 🙂
I’ve started tallying up what I’ve spent so far on Junebug through http://www.mint.com. She has her own expense category.
- Junebug’s purchase price = $3700
- Tow hitch = $500 (would have been $400, but I got the hitch installed on the Jetta first, then had it removed, then had another one put on the Tiguan. Luckily the owner of the shop let me do a trade and only charged me for labor the second time around!)
- Travel expenses to/from New Mexico to pick up Junebug = $497.65 (LOTS of gas on the way back, one downside to towing a trailer. Luckily this didn’t include an additional $40 that was spent when my travel companion locked my keys in the car at the gas station in Fort Stockton)
- New keys for main door and storage cabinet (because there were none) = $92
- Porta potty = $107
- Waterproof cover = $160
- Leveling jacks = $50
- Material for curtains and cushions, plus foam for seat backs = $260 (foam is really expensive!)
- New leaf springs, rewired tail lights and general inspection = $300
- State inspection and registration = $100 (this would be more if I counted the pain and suffering I had to go through during three trips to the tax assessor’s office and three trips to two different inspection places!)
- Other miscellaneous items (Christmas decor, etc) = $300
- WordPress blog about Junebug = $99
Total Cost (so far) = $6165 (yikes)
And.. I’m just getting started! Below is the list of items that I still have yet to buy but think I need. Guess my mom was pretty accurate in her description.
- RV putty tape (for sealing the external seams) = $10
- Stainless steel screws = $20
- New drill = $200
- Jigsaw = $100
- Pliers with front nose nippers = $10
- Multi purpose oscillating tool = $100
- Birch paneling (at least 4-5 pieces) = $20 x 5 = $100
- New insulation = $270
- Amber shellac (for the interior wood) = $20
- Quilted aluminum for backsplash = $40
- New laminate for table and kitchen counter (probably won’t do that project for a while)= $200 – $300
- New tile or laminate for floor = $200?
- Either paint or new doors for cabinets = $40?
- Several kinds of sealant = $30
- Awning = $100 – $300 (depending on if I make it myself or pay someone)
- Air conditioner (before summer) = $200-300 (depending on what kind I go with)
- New siding and paint job (later) = $3000 or more
- Electrician to fix the wiring = $100 – $200 (if I’m lucky)
Potential total left to spend (and I probably left out a bunch of stuff I don’t even know I need yet) = $5240
Total for Junebug = $11,405
Hmm, maybe I should have just spent the money on a fully restored one. I guess that takes all the fun out of it though!
It’s all about the journey, not the destination.