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Old 04-28-2015, 08:10 PM   #11
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My grandparents house is in Shell Beach. They have had it since the 80s, way more than doubled. But so has the family, so it's hard to get time when we want it. They don't rent it either, but it's used ~300 days a year by our family and their closest friends.

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Old 04-28-2015, 08:23 PM   #12
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We took a 20-day trip last spring to Idaho, Nevada, California and Utah and certainly couldn't have done that with a vacation home. If we were all worried about depreciation, we certainly would not buy FWs, boats, ATVs, etc. We would just buy a house with no furniture, not buy a lawnmower and probably would not put in hot water heaters or furnaces as they all depreciate as well.

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Old 05-05-2015, 06:59 PM   #13
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I enjoy the RV travel adventure. New places to see, new things to do, new people to meet. Most people own a car, never found that to be an appreciating financial experience. Enjoy yourself, do what you want to do, you only go through this life once, and the trip is relatively short. Enjoy and may your trip be a happy and healthy one.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:26 PM   #14
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I love having a new waterfront property every time we move to a new CG. That IMO beats the need to have a Vacation Property. And, we don't have to do yard work at the CG, just keep it clean.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:10 PM   #15
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For what it would cost to furnish a condo you can buy a brand new Jayco and change it out for new about as often as you would furniture.

The other thing to consider is it is far too simplistic to compare real estate that appreciates (historically tracking inflation in most places) and an RV that depreciates. You must also consider lost opportunity cost if you have a pile of cash tied up in real estate. If I had the extra 500K to play with, I'd have 100k spent on the truck and trailer and 400K in a balanced (60% equity ETFs, 40% bonds), diversified portfolio of liquid financial assets which can realistically spit out 7% (28K per year) which covers a lot of 'depreciation' on my mobile vacation property, campground fees and fuel.

I own my real estate free and clear, but believe me I still don't think of it as an investment any more than my RV is. By the time taxes and maintenance and lost opportunity costs are factored in it is still a very expensive place to hang my hat.

I look forward to the day when I can sell the house and full time RV and have my former house pay me to do so. Real estate is over rated in my humble opinion. But to each their own.
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Old 05-10-2015, 07:58 AM   #16
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The other thing to think about is when your spot at the lake/mountains gets ruined by weather events or too much development you can easily move your RV.. the condo/cabin is stuck there.. My co-worker had a cabin at the lake.. the lake dried up now he has a cabin at the dust bowl.

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