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Old 08-26-2015, 10:03 AM   #11
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I will offer the counter opinion to Bassdogs...

I was tired of driving a full size truck every day for the sake of pulling a trailer 18 days a year. My roundtrip to work was 80km (45 miles) a day and I was getting killed on fuel. Truly our trucks only purpose was the days we towed, once you arrive at a destination, a family sized vehicle works to get you to your day trips.

We did the math probably 50 times before we pulled the trigger on the MH, for us there was a monthly cost savings of about $140. That was taking into account truck payments, trailer payments, monthly fuel expenses and insurance costs. A big part of that was trading my 1500 in for a Chevy Sonic... Not the most manly commuter car, but my V10 Dually ensured I was allowed to keep the Man Card.

Besides the dollar value we like the advantages on the road as well. With the TT and pickup the kids were limited to 1 friend on any trips and doing that meant my daughter had to squish into the front bench seat. The back seats housed the other two kids and our dog. Now we ride in comfort with 8 seatbelts and all the room the pooch could possibly ask for.

For my wife and I, one of the other factors was the lack of wasted space the overhead bunk offered. Our TT had a bunkhouse in the rear... 8 feet of real estate that would be rendered useless in a few years when our teenagers no longer wanted to travel with us. In the C Class the overhead bunk will be very useable storgae space for us in the future.

So far our only negative is the challenges the toad presents on long trips. We just finished 18 hours of driving to arrive in Myrtle Beach. We had some real frustrations on the first day finding places along the road we could stop for meals. The inability to reverse makes most parking lots impossible to pull into. We alleviated that on day two, once we had groceries, by stopping at the rest areas and makiing our meals.

We have had a 21ft Hybrid, a 34ft TT and now our 32ft Greyhawk... For us this was the way to go, we have loved all our camping adventures but the MH is awsome!!!
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:06 PM   #12
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I will offer the counter opinion to Bassdogs...

I was tired of driving a full size truck every day for the sake of pulling a trailer 18 days a year. My roundtrip to work was 80km (45 miles) a day and I was getting killed on fuel. Truly our trucks only purpose was the days we towed, once you arrive at a destination, a family sized vehicle works to get you to your day trips.

We did the math probably 50 times before we pulled the trigger on the MH, for us there was a monthly cost savings of about $140. That was taking into account truck payments, trailer payments, monthly fuel expenses and insurance costs. A big part of that was trading my 1500 in for a Chevy Sonic... Not the most manly commuter car, but my V10 Dually ensured I was allowed to keep the Man Card.
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Not sure how a $100k MH, a toad, off set by some fuel savings for the daily driver, and payments for a TT and HD truck. But if it works for your family, Great!! My 2014 White Hawk's cost was less than $25k, the upgrade [my choice] to a late model duramax with trade in for my 1500 was another $20k. No payments, so my net outlay compared to a MH was probably a savings of over $65k and it would take a lot of savings on fuel cost to cover that. Insurance on a MH and toad compared to a TT and 3/4 ton has to be way more on the MH side. Now figure in depreciation and there is no way owning and operating a MH is a cost saving.

Like I said, it works for you so Great'
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:45 PM   #13
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Monthly Payments

My math is all about the monthly payments...

If my numbers look high... Remeber I am in Canada... vehicles run 20-30% higher here. And fuel is $1.10L OR $4.40/Gal

Trailer Option - Chevy Silverado $730 + Sunset Trail $220 + Fuel $500 = $1450

MH Option - Greyhawk $700 + Chevy Sonic $220 + Fuel $240 + MH Insurance $110 = 1270

Monthly savings of $140

There is actually a bit more savings there because the insurance on the car is cheaper then the Silverado as are the maintenance costs... I will call that an even swap on the annual licencing fee for the MH.

Those numbers are good for the 6 years the truck would be financed over... With the miles I put on I suspect the truck would not have gone past 7 years so there is one year where my math fails because the truck would have been paid for. Althought what my numbers do not take into accounnt was I had no business pulling a 34ft trailer with a 1500 and desperately needed to upgrade.

I bought the motor home long term... replacing a $40,000 TT and a $45000 Truck. That truck will be replaced at least once in 15 years so $130,000 total investment. The MH and two commuter cars will be about $160,000 in the same 15 years, minus the fuel savings.

At the end of the day though Bass is right... It really is all about preference.
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:42 PM   #14
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[Like I said, try renting a MH and see how you feel after a week on the road. You've experienced the TT thing, so you will be able to contrast the difference. Yes there are +/- with a MH. Maybe that will help. It is a big $$ decision and not one that you want to make on a whim.]

We'll take your advice. Thanks.
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Bassdogs - using that quote option thing didn't work quite right - but anyway, you understand my response. Thanks again.

And thanks Griswald One - looks like you worked the figures and found what works best for you. Not sure what I'm going to do just yet but reading the responses from everyone has been very helpful and I do appreciate folks taking the time to comment.
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As has been discussed already this decision is a matter of life style, personal preference and economics.

However I'll add a 3rd element -- Safety. I have read where Class A MHs are not required to adhere to the same safety requirements as a passenger vehicle, where as Class C and Super C are since the my are built on a convention cab and chassis. For this reason I would only ever seriously consider a class C and likely a super C.

Someone correct if I wrong.
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As has been discussed already this decision is a matter of life style, personal preference and economics.

However I'll add a 3rd element -- Safety. I have read where Class A MHs are not required to adhere to the same safety requirements as a passenger vehicle, where as Class C and Super C are since the my are built on a convention cab and chassis. For this reason I would only ever seriously consider a class C and likely a super C.

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Clubhouse, I've read the same thing - I think you're right.
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Not sure how a $100k MH, a toad, off set by some fuel savings for the daily driver, and payments for a TT and HD truck. But if it works for your family, Great!! My 2014 White Hawk's cost was less than $25k, the upgrade [my choice] to a late model duramax with trade in for my 1500 was another $20k. No payments, so my net outlay compared to a MH was probably a savings of over $65k and it would take a lot of savings on fuel cost to cover that. Insurance on a MH and toad compared to a TT and 3/4 ton has to be way more on the MH side. Now figure in depreciation and there is no way owning and operating a MH is a cost saving.

Like I said, it works for you so Great'
And the 100K sets in the drive/storage for the 18 days a year?
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And the 100K sets in the drive/storage for the 18 days a year?
Not Quite... the 18 days are just the driving days... I am in the unit 45-50 days a year at this point. Right now it is my home for 16 Gloriously wonderful consecutive days.. But yes it sits for the same 315 days a year that the $40,000 TT did.

If that was the basis for my investent... well it probably sucks either way

And on those 315 days, I drive around in my $20,000 commuter car instead of the $45,000 truck. It comes down to personal priorities and preferences. I have picked mine and I love the choice, I am pretty sure Bass is very happy with his set up and sometime in the near future Whitehawk will have finished his research and figured out what rig works for hiim.
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Don't own a MH but please also consider the cost of licensing the vehical. In Michigan you pay for a trailer plate once and our insurance is a rider on our homeowners. For us its about $200 a year
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