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Old 05-30-2014, 08:28 AM   #11
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We just completed a 20-day trip with our FW, about 3,800 miles, and it looks like we spent around $100 a day, including food, fuel, parking for the FW and eating with friends when possible. Some days the parking was around $30 and some days around $70. Worst stay was at the $70 per day parking. Usually eat breakfast in the FW and usually fix a lunch for our sightseeing trips. Most of our evening meals were in the FW except for eating with friends.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:44 AM   #12
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We just completed a 20-day trip with our FW, about 3,800 miles, and it looks like we spent around $100 a day, including food, fuel, parking for the FW and eating with friends when possible. Some days the parking was around $30 and some days around $70. Worst stay was at the $70 per day parking. Usually eat breakfast in the FW and usually fix a lunch for our sightseeing trips. Most of our evening meals were in the FW except for eating with friends.
$100 per day. Ouch. Now I'm really curious to see what I spend. Will find out in July when we head up to the Black Hills for a week. I will have to try to do a good job of tracking costs. My weekend trips to the mountains here at home are cheap. 1/2 tank of fuel for the truck, groceries and gas for the ATV's.
On a side note jal0710, do you pull your ATV's behind your HT?
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:54 AM   #13
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If we are traveling long distance, I have a spreadsheet I use to project cost based on where we are staying and how far we are traveling. If you're interested, send me a private message with an email address and I'd be happy to send a copy. It really helps to budget. We often are making reservations on long distance trips up to 12 months in advance.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:56 AM   #14
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$100 per day isn't that bad, compared to $80-$100 per day for a motel and having to eat out every meal plus traveling costs. The biggest cost of our trip was fuel for the diesel truck with prices at least $4.00 per gallon and up to $4.999 in Needles, CA.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:00 AM   #15
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Bobx2, we haven't yet pulled the ATVs behind the FW. But, we have pulled our Crestliner, a SuperHawk 1900, behind it to Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. I went to a professional welder who reinforced the I-Beams and fabricated the hitch for our FW. We haven't had any problems with the hitch so far. Just haven't gone anywhere to play with the ATVs that needed us to stay overnight so we just hook them up to the truck and go.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:04 AM   #16
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No one else has commented on "free" over nite options. We use Wally World but there are many other national retailers who allow you to overnite on their lots. Its free but thats only part of it. WW almost always provides a level and well lit parking area that is out of the main traffic pattern. Most WW's also provide 24/7 security and a couple resturants with in walking distance. No backing in, no leveling, no registration just park / eat / sleep.

Why pay a CG fee when all you're doing is stopping for the nite? Stop early or stop late, there is no risk about finding a place to set up. Gives you the option of topping off your fridge and pantry and adding the things that you remembered you forgot while you were driving. We learned about this option from several friends who were long time RV'ers with absolutely no need to save $$'s. They did it for convenience and time management. There is almost always another [sometimes many] RV's doing the same thing and we have never [that would be never in at least 50 stops] ever been hassled or told we couldn't stay.

Have you ever tried this? If not, why??
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No one else has commented on "free" over nite options. We use Wally World but there are many other national retailers who allow you to overnite on their lots. Its free but thats only part of it. WW almost always provides a level and well lit parking area that is out of the main traffic pattern. Most WW's also provide 24/7 security and a couple resturants with in walking distance. No backing in, no leveling, no registration just park / eat / sleep.

Why pay a CG fee when all you're doing is stopping for the nite? Stop early or stop late, there is no risk about finding a place to set up. Gives you the option of topping off your fridge and pantry and adding the things that you remembered you forgot while you were driving. We learned about this option from several friends who were long time RV'ers with absolutely no need to save $$'s. They did it for convenience and time management. There is almost always another [sometimes many] RV's doing the same thing and we have never [that would be never in at least 50 stops] ever been hassled or told we couldn't stay.

Have you ever tried this? If not, why??
There are some Walmarts that you can not park over night at, but that has nothing to do with the store but the city that they are in. I will be doing this when I go south for the winters and like you said the convenience alone makes it such a great option. Save time and money while having a lot of shopping and food options available as well.

I would imagine that the cost per day with be tied to miles driven daily...if you get around 10miles per gallon, you can decide how many miles per day you want to drive. Cost per mile for gas would be $0.40 if you are paying $4 per gallon. With the average US gas prices around $3.70 a gallon your gas cost would be $0.37 per gallon. Take that and multiple it by the total distance of your trip and you have a fix amount of money to budget for gas cost while traveling. A trip of 3500 miles would cost you about $1295. The amount of miles you drive daily would not change your fuel cost for the trip while towing.
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:10 AM   #18
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My wife and I pulled our 197 to Whitehorse last summer. Didn't budget anything. We didn't get very far some days, overnighted at WalMarts wherever we could. We usually didn't go much farther than a good tank of gas in the old Sub would take us, but we had no hard rules to follow. We stopped whenever we saw something interesting and sometimes didn't get on the road until noon! We had a ball.

One thing for sure, we wouldn't have got very far with the old Sub on $100.
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