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Old 04-01-2013, 11:30 AM   #31
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I look at it this way for my wife and I. We don't look at the cost that way. We don't have any hobbies. We don't go out on the town at all, or go on trips, so this is our own way of treating ourselves. Plain and simple, we LOVE to go camping. We usually go to the same campground when we go which is only 20 miles from the house and is secluded on a river, but it does have electricity. We just enjoy to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

You can take just about anything you do and break it down to look at the cost, but what fun is that. I would rather go to bed in my "own" bed and wake up and go to "my" bathroom & kitchen.

If you would rather spend your time in a hotel, then maybe you should not have a camper I guess.

It is a lifestyle that is not for everyone, even though I am just as comfortable in my camper as I am at home.

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Old 04-01-2013, 12:12 PM   #32
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IMO RVing is an experience/lifestyle that's not for everybody. You can spend as little or as much as you want depending on your budget and what kind of experience you want. The quality of the quality time I spend with my family while RVing is 2nd to none so I don't even begin to put a price tag on that , I consider it a investment in my family.
X2. We mix it up in our vacations between resorts, locations and staying quarters. I stay in enough hotels for work and find that even in the priciest locations there are flaws. It's not a matter of dollars and cents but a quality of time and experience my kids are having with the family unit. We go places, see things and make memories that only camping can offer in most cases. You can't have a campfire outside your second, third or fourth floor hotel room and that is usually one of the most enjoyable things we do as a family.

What I also find is while towing may be a little more taxing on me, having a clean bathroom and area to sit and relax for an hour on the road makes a road trip a heck of lot more enjoyable for everyone. Also there's no unpacking or re-packing to do, just close the slides and shut the door.


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Old 04-02-2013, 12:40 PM   #33
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Last year we spent close to 80 nights in the RV. We drove from Florida to MA and back, much of that off the beaten path rather than on I-95. We spent nearly 2 months on Cape Cod. When traveling, we mosey along driving 5-6 hours at most per day. Sometimes we stay a night, but sometimes stay several days and see the area.

Its not necessarily cheaper, but its an enjoyable way to travel and its fun to meet new friends along the way.

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Old 04-03-2013, 02:01 AM   #34
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Our rv payment per month would work out to about 1 1/2 nights in a hotel. That would be approx 18 hotel nights per year. On longer trips where we do a fair bit of driving maybe a 20 dollar bill for extra fuel. Average 35 to 40 dollars a night for a campsite. Food is where the big savings would be. I'm really to lazy to sit and really look at the numbers but it can't be that much more expensive to pull the 5th wheel on a trip.

The spot we do most of our camping at is on the river. I can go and sit on the bank, sit at our site and watch the river, maybe go catch a fish, roast a weenie on the fire, take the dogs down for a swim, meet some new folks. I know I can't get that in a hotel in the area. Just much more relaxing.

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