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Old 03-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #11
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If you think you can get a hotel style vacation for $100 per night, then dream on. For the few times we did a hotel vacation, the cost was $500 per night for the two of us. Besides, I hate hotels. Much more comfortable in a CG.
Unfortunately I know exactly what hotel costs are...I travel for work on average 50 nights a year. Probably why I prefer my TT, that and I don't have to fly with my TT.

DW on the other hand still wants the "resort vacation" so when buying the TT I made a deal that we will still take a week vacation once a year to a destination of her choice. Christmas 2012 we spent a week at Disney World. Stayed at the Sheraton Vistana Villas, 2 bedroom villa was $140/night. Summer 2011 week in Maui...Westin Kanapalli Villas, 1 bedroom villa was $1000 for 6 nights. These are some extremely nice resorts and are available for far less than $500/ night, and each had a full kitchen so we were able to avoid 3 meals out per day.

My point is why does camping gets billed as a budget vacation option? Maybe in tents, but once you enter the world of RVs those economics go out the window.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:57 PM   #12
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We have a six year old daughter so we'll do 2 weeks per year in a hotel. For example, one week at disneyworld, one week Disney cruise ship. But my favorite vacations are the dozens of overnight weekend trips at the various RV parks within a 200 mile radius here in Puget Sound. Hiking, biking, kayaking, heated swimming pools, kids playgrounds on site with other kids our daughter can play with, campfires, bike riding on pavement within the campground. Kids love that stuff so it works out well. 40 bucks a night, 65 channels on cable tv, etc... Very kid friendly.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:21 PM   #13
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I've not run the numbers and I probably won't. Camping may or not be cheaper, but what matters is, I like camping and, as my wife says, "We're sleeping in our own dirt"! Plus you meet some of the nicest people while camping!
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:25 PM   #14
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For us, it's not about saving money, we had to buy a truck, then an RV (which wasn't a good layout for us), then a small 5th wheel. All is good now, the doggies get to travel with us, we all get to relax more... I was the kind of person watching the clock and God forbid we'd still be in the hitel room at 10 am! Now, I don't care, we sit outside, drink our coffee, check jayco forum and relax.
Also, the hotel rooms were at least 150-190 per night, food in restaurants about 80 per day, 50 dollars a day for doggy sitter.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:23 PM   #15
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Wow! Really comes down to what you are looking for when buying a new/used rv!!! Hope this helps....

This is our experience: (fyi... we have always saved and buy with cash... so this doesn't include interest rate comparisons)


LOL Now I’m having to stop and think… Haven’t had to do the math in a few years… We started ‘investing’ years ago, so we are now benefiting in the long term.

Starting and only quoting 1991 mind you…. Camping for three years to travel the US… (5 weeks each summer)

$800 -(Used - not new) Campground Membership (still own)
-$120 (frozen lifetime per year) with free camping one week at a time and one week out
--$30 reciprocal c/g member ship annual fee…
---…$2 a night to camp across the states (reciprocal agreement)



Camping -Based on the above for those *THREE five week SUMMERS:
$800 Initial
$360 annual fee’s
$90 reciprocal national cg fee’s
$210 nightly fee’s----------
*$1460 total accomodations over three summers



Hotel – based on those same three summers
Now, if we were to stay at hotels for the same amount of days (still we are talking just accommodations, not gas, food, etc)
Average price to stay at hotel for just the cheap basic hotel back then was about $35 per night.
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$3675 if used cheapest hotels for three summers



This membership paid itself off the first year we had it as we made it a goal to Travel the entire “Lower 48” with our kids… which we did during their three middle school summers (that was a win-win! And well worth saving our vacation days for).



LOL… probably more math I could do, but at the moment don’t have the time....
Otherwise, we are using memberships for local camping as well as (now)$10 a night when we travel (like now)…. And yes we do NP, CoE’s, etc and pay regular fee’s

But! this is just another way that we can see America and mix with the locals, stay in our own bed, and not spend huge amounts of time and $$ looking for places to eat. 

Boils down to (bunches of things actually) how much time do you want to camp/stay? Where do you want to go? How much time do you want to spend on the road? What experiences do you want to have along the way? Will you be doing this just once or twice, several times a year? will this be a traveling life style for you? and ???? LOL Sooooooooooo many considerations!
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:31 PM   #16
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Our TT cost ~$19k out the door.
Storage $35/month
Average Campsite ~$40/night.
Taking my family to experience the great outdoors, without having to rely on Ipods, cellphones, computers and television? PRICELESS
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:41 PM   #17
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We spend 100+ nights a year in our rig. If we did not rv we would not travel 1/3 of that or less. It's also about the lifestyle we have chosen. No storage costs involved.

For all the reasons listed: We like to take our pet, I like to know who slept in my bed the night before me. It costs us no more to eat on the road than in the rv. We save money on our at home costs when we travel. Water, power, etc.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:42 PM   #18
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Buy a older TT that's been well taken care of at a great price. Might start seeing some savings after a few years but depends all on how much you use it. I don't think I would ever finace one nor buy new.
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Our situation is probably a little different. We do the vast majority of our camping at a beach about 15 miles away. We will still commute while camping and are planning on about 70 nights this year. We've got water, electric, sewer and ocean views for about $25/night.

The total cost for those 70 nights and 12 months of TT payments comes to be about $4,400. That works out to be about $62/night. How can you go wrong? I know if we didn't have the TT then we really wouldn't be taking a vacation.
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Unfortunately I know exactly what hotel costs are...I travel for work on average 50 nights a year. Probably why I prefer my TT, that and I don't have to fly with my TT.

DW on the other hand still wants the "resort vacation" so when buying the TT I made a deal that we will still take a week vacation once a year to a destination of her choice. Christmas 2012 we spent a week at Disney World. Stayed at the Sheraton Vistana Villas, 2 bedroom villa was $140/night. Summer 2011 week in Maui...Westin Kanapalli Villas, 1 bedroom villa was $1000 for 6 nights. These are some extremely nice resorts and are available for far less than $500/ night, and each had a full kitchen so we were able to avoid 3 meals out per day.

My point is why does camping gets billed as a budget vacation option? Maybe in tents, but once you enter the world of RVs those economics go out the window.
You may know prices you have experienced in USA, but you don't know prices in Canada.
The cheapest one week resort vacation for 2 in the Caribbean costs $3,500.
A week in Disney World Mid-level resort costs $5,500.
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