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Old 01-05-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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RVing vs. ... (add your own comparison)

I thought this topic might result in an insightful thread!

RVing vs. staying in hotels: obviously much cheaper, we have everything at our fingertips, and we're not contending with the ills of many hotel rooms such as ... bed bugs, unsanitary bathrooms, or coffeepots used for heaven only knows what!

P.S. All the comments about 'cost' are valid - figuring in purchase price, storage fees, maintenance, etc. vs. flights, rental cars, tips, etc.. For purposes of this post, I am excluding those expenses and was comparing night-over-night and meal costs only.
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I would have to disagree with part about cheaper. Factor in the cost of RV purchase, maintenance, and fuel and I would seriously doubt the money saving part. We like Rving just for the convenience of having everything that's ours close at hand. Don't have to move into a hotel and like you said deal with the hotel conditions. Also nice to have our own head very convenient to us while on the road. Also nice to be able to stop and have lunch anywhere without dealing with fast food or a restaurant somewhere. Just like the life style overall.
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I would have to disagree with part about cheaper. Factor in the cost of RV purchase, maintenance, and fuel and I would seriously doubt the money saving part. We like Rving just for the convenience of having everything that's ours close at hand. Don't have to move into a hotel and like you said deal with the hotel conditions. Also nice to have our own head very convenient to us while on the road. Also nice to be able to stop and have lunch anywhere without dealing with fast food or a restaurant somewhere. Just like the life style overall.
RV'ing is cheaper if you fulltime like I do. And especially if you find free or very low cost camping options. But if you're only using your RV for a few weeks a year, yeah, you're right. Hotels would be cheaper. But not nearly as much fun!
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:01 PM   #4
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No Savings Here!

When I was pulling my 21ft TT, 4 years ago, I estimated the annual cost of owning and operating the TT at $12,000 - $14,000. That included everything from paying for storage to the cost of owning a truck vs a compact to paying for gas and campgrounds. Those numbers went up when I switched to a bigger TT and now my Motor Home.

Cost savings is kind of a tricky number to assess. I could easily do two - three weeks of resort living for what we spend on the RV each year. What is harder to assess is the value of each day. Yes I could get three weeks of resort living and enjoy all of the luxury those accomodations provide... But last year I spent 50 days in my RV travelling to several locations in North America. If I had to pay for hotel rooms and eat restraunt food to enjoy those same 50 days my cost would have at least doubled.

At the end of the day, we do look at the financial side of things, but it is the home factor that makes us choose the RV lifestyle. We like waking up in our own bed, knowing where all of our kicthen supplies are and not having to depend on Rotten Ronnie's for most of our Travel meals. We also enjoy see places that we would not have chosen to go to if we were hotel hopping. Our trip to Tennessee last year was all about the RV, I never would have picked that as a resort destination.

I will say though ... We do like balance! This year my bride and I cashed in our Airmiles and booked a 12 day cruise. We try and spoil ourselves once every 3 years with a trip where someone else can do the driving/flying/sailing! Guess I will only get 38 days in Griswald One this year
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:23 PM   #5
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We camp about 120 days a year. We do it because we love the lifestyle, not to save money.

We have travel with dogs and do not like sleeping in a strange bed or bathroom. Just not for us.

We have not spent a night in hotel for 14 years.
That said, others prefer neither or either. To each his own.
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But if you're only using your RV for a few weeks a year, yeah, you're right. Hotels would be cheaper. But not nearly as much fun!
Actually no, it's a wash. I did the math on this once. I must have been bored or something.

You're right about fun! It's an RVing thing...
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RVing vs extended vacations overseas.

My wife and I will spend three weeks or so this year in France, and possibly a few more weeks in another country or two. Trying to work out the care arrangements for my elderly mother and dog.

There are about 12 popular retirement destination countries one can live in for 3 months a year by simply renting a villa. Costs, all inclusive including air fare, are estimated at $2,000 to $3,000 a month. There are two places in France that draw retirees, for example.

When I think about plunking down $100k cash plus other road ready and traveling expenses for an rv vs say $10,000 to $12,000 for three months a year in an extended living situation overseas, that's more or less 10 years of three months a year of that type of living and the rest spent at my sticks and brick home, that I like very much.

I estimate the rv not to be worth much after 10 years, but ok, say 7 years of three months a year after rv recovery funds, but ignoring road read and rv traveling expenses that probably put it back to 10+ years easily.

Any way I cut the numbers, more or less, makes justifying an RV difficult.

I went through a popular RV blog the other day and looked at something like 100 photos and well, that looked kind of been there done that blah to me. I have traveled overseas and always loved exploring new cultures.

So, a lot depends on how the traveling goes with my Chinese wife. We have only been married six years so this will be our first traveling beyond a one nighter.

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I say go for it. No one here is going to condemn anyone for their personal choices, unless it affects them.
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We can take our dog, and stay places where there are no hotels - in the woods on the side of a mountain, on an isolated beach, etc... We went on a quick 2 night trip to NC recently and stayed in a hotel because the TT was already winterized - we felt like we were betraying our camper staying in a hotel lol! It was 70+ degrees when we got there, and we were wishing we had taken the TT.
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Actually no, it's a wash. I did the math on this once. I must have been bored or something.

You're right about fun! It's an RVing thing...
Well Chuck, I guess your math is your math, and my math is my math. This winter I've spent $180 for 7 months (not per month-total), which includes water, dump and trash. Everything else (gas, food, etc.) I would have spent no matter where I was. So yeah, it can be a heck of a lot cheaper depending on how you go about it.
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