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Old 10-13-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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Owning an TT

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I was wondering how expensive it is to own a TT. I'm wondering how much is spent on gas and is it worth it? Do y'all use the TT because yall dont want to use a hotel. Is it more expensive than just getting a hotel. Obviously everyone is different but I'm looking for ballpark number
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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Lots of variables here. How much gasoline depends on how far you want to travel. For us knowing we're the only one sleeping in our bed just happens to be a bonus although we do take hotels on occasion. For us the biggest draw is the hiking, cycling and campfire right outside our doorsteps. Our child made lots of friends camping that he wouldn't have if we were taking hotels. Maybe others could give you a ballpark but that figure would also depend on how big of trailer new or used. I don't think anyone is going to say its cheaper then a hotel but for us its what camping has to offer us.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:18 AM   #3
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Well the rv is 14999 and I have a truck that gives me 21hwy n 15city. Max towing for my truck is 8100. We like the outdoors as well. We do fishing and hunting so we are definitely outdoors people. The max driving we do is about 190 miles. I'm not sure how much lower mpg I will get when pulling. We do camp a lot or fish a lot so we have to stay at hotels cause of family. If it's me and the boys we camp out.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:18 AM   #4
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I don't think you can easily find a break even point of owning a TT vs staying in a hotel. We didn't buy a TT to give us an option over staying in a hotel, we bought it because we enjoy camping, traveling and the outdoors. If you factor in the cost of the TT, insuring it, maintaining it and the added cost of fuel towing it, it can be an expensive endeavor but the memories we create camping are priceless and well worth it in my opinion. Ball park on our TT... $140/monthly payment (financed), $28/month for insurance, $50/month storage, $50 for a weekend of camping fees and the MPG on my TV goes from 13 unloaded to 8-9 towing.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:33 AM   #5
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I would agree with the above approx fees that Iraqvet05 posted. Would also add in Food. At a hotel you would be going out to restaurants, adds up quickly.
Camping your paying the same as what you would be staying home, plus the added bonus of homemade, grilled food that you love.



Also, you must take into consideration start up fees. Like hitch, brake controller, wd hitch and stocking the trailer with bedding, utensils, pots and pans etc.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:39 AM   #6
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Owning a TT and camping is really not about the numbers. Whether it's "worth it" or not depends on what your expectations are. If you're expecting to save money over staying in hotels, it will vary with each trip, and you may be disappointed at times. It's "worth it" for the various family things we do together, and the memories it creates.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:44 AM   #7
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Its not a cost thing. Example: If there is some specific trip we are making where the time spent camping might cut into that purpose then Hotels are best. But if camping is one of the reason for the trip then a hotel is not going to work out.

Camping is fun all by itself, travel needs added attractions....So both are good but nothing like each other.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:48 AM   #8
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We actually bought ours because we took a road trip where we stayed in a different hotel every night. DW thought she would like to travel that way, but after that trip, she changed her mind and let me start shopping in earnest for a TT. There's a lot to be said for sleeping in your own bed, sitting on your own commode, showering in your own shower, etc. The food is generally healthier (from a nutrition standpoint as well as from a social standpoint; dinner is important family time in our house).

As far as cost, you can run the numbers all day long. But the bottom line is there are a TON of variables between people, and even within your own planning (who knows what hotel rates will be? And what type of hotel can you tolerate?). We ran some VERY rough calculations based on one or two trips we had recently taken, and the favor just for that trip came out slightly to the TT side. However, when you factor in that you're paying the note, and storage, and maintenance 12 months a year whether you use it or not, the cost factor swings quickly.

Like many others on here, we are VERY happy with our trailer because we enjoy the outdoors. It's important to us to raise our child(ren?) with an appreciation for the outdoors and a well rounded set of experiences. The TT allows us to do that more on our own terms. The hotels will always be there for those kinds of trips, but for now the TT allows us to spend more time as a family...
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The cost ownership really depends on how much you spend on the TT, do you already have a suitable TV, where you will store it and much you use it.

Don't go crazy on the TT you purchase, if you have access to cheap or no cost storage, already have a TV and you plan yo use it a lot (25+ nights) then you can start finding financial value in a TT.

As a rule, a weekend trip somewhere in decent hotels and eating out will be cheaper than towing the TT and camping. A week long trip cooking your own meals will be cheaper in a TT.

I would guess most of us don't have RVs because it's a cheaper way to get away. We have them because we enjoy them and it's worth it to us.

We keep a fairly stringent budget, here are real life examples of cost...

A 7-night summer vacation to our local mountain lake in the TT cost ~$1775. This encompassed everything; including 1 day boat rental, 1 day jet ski rental, couple hour horse trail ride and of course CG, Fuel, Food etc.

Now we are taking a 3 night/4 day driving trip to Disneyland, staying in Hotels and eating out every meal (including a couple expensive character meals). This trip cost $2025 all in.

Worth pointing out, I don't have a trailer payment, storage is $35/month outside uncovered and I don't factor in wear and tear on either my TT or TV in my trip budgets.

Time is your biggest enemy. If you don't use the TT it's is a total waste on money and therefore very very expensive.
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:17 PM   #10
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I couldn't have said it better Camper bob and your last paragraph sums it up nicely.
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