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Old 03-30-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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Who thinks a TT/5er/MH provides more affordable vacations?

Frequently I hear that RVs provide a more cost effective vaction option vs that staying in hotels and eating in restaurants. IMO oppinion this can't be further from the truth. Here is our particular analysis...

Our TT cost ~$19k out the door.
Storage $35/month
Average Campsite ~$40/night.

If we kept this trailer 10 years and could average 25 nights a years thats 250 nights. Then assume we could sell the TT and get 1/2 of what we paid orignally, that means we would pay $90.80 night to use our TT. $90/night doesn't get you high-end accomodations, but that $90 isn't factoring in maintenance, accessories, decreased fuel economy and possibly a dedicated TV -- which we have. Also, that $90 is considering pretty modest campground rates, a pretty modest TT and an aggressive sales price in 10 years...reality is I'll probably pay much more than $90/night.

For us the fact is we simply love camping and using our TT. As often as I hear that RVing is a more affordable vacation option, it makes me think that someone isn't thinking it though.

I'd be interested in what some of you determin your cost per night to use your TT/5er/MH. I can only imagine when you get into the $100K + MH, you could spend an awful lot of nights in the Ritz Carlton and still come out ahead.

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Geez, don't even want to figure mine out since all my numbers are much higher. I do think that we spend more than 25 days a year though. We also take our older children, their husbands and grandkids. That alone would mean another motel room maybe 2. Then of course we cook our own food camping as well, that saves on the cost of eating out 3 meals a day. Like many though, we enjoy the experience of camping, and that is what matters the most.

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:50 PM   #3
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Definitely not a money saving option, but it is clearly the lifestyle that draws us to camping and we're willing to spend the extra money to enjoy ourselves. My hubby would probably say that he likes knowing who is sleeping on the mattress! He's pretty easy to please! Must be because buying the TT and dragging him all over the midwest was all my idea!
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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Can spend alot of nights in a nice hotel for the cost of your rv, chances are tho, that it doen't have the same view as backing up your camper on a lakefront and enjoying the sunset.
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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It ain't the cost. From the DW's point of view it is a simple matter of she "KNOWS WHO SLEPT ON THE SHEETS LAST"
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:58 PM   #6
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I have not done the math on my situation, probably better off not knowing. But we just like to camp, that`s all that matters.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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I too have often thought of the expense of camping versus staying in motels and eating in restaurants. Being a camper for years, I tried to talk my father into buying a pick up truck and a fifth wheeler after he retired. He was not a camper. He said that what he would spend for a pick up and fifth wheel trailer he could stay in some pretty nice motels. " Father always knows best" as they say, because now I agree with him. Personally, what I have done all these years of traveling and camping is buy small trailers that I can afford and pulling it with whatever tow vehicle I happen to have. Of course I have always had large autos or vans with v-8 engines, so I think I am ahead of the game. Now I'm retired and old, but when I think back when I would take vacations with a wife and four children with a small trailer, I know I'm ahead of the game. Especially when I figure what it would have cost to stay in motels with four children, plus feed them.

But regardless of cost, I say if we enjoy ourselves camping, do it!
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:17 PM   #8
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I like to look at the cost per trip. Taking the cost of the Rv out of the equation. It's a lot cheaper to camp. We go fishing for a week in June. Used to stay in hotels with 4 people per room and wasting out we average $150 per person. now we drag our trailers up there and average $50 per person.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:18 PM   #9
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Wasting = eating. Oops
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:31 PM   #10
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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.

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