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Old 12-16-2014, 04:32 PM   #11
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Back in the early 90's we took the kids to Disney in a truck camper. Stayed in Fort Wilderness.. Absolutely a wonderful experience. Forward 10 years. I got so envolved in work that I sold our campers and didn't take any vacations. The DW and I decided to go back to Disney even tho we didn't have a camper. We stayed IN Disney. It was nice BUT it was a motel room. When you went into your room and closed the door, you could have been in any upscale room up and down the road. At the end of the day we found ourselves back over to Fort Wilderness setting on the porch chewing the fat with the inhabitants of Fort Wilderness. I never took another trip without a camper. Never will!!! It's the experience, not the cost!!! If you truly love camping, the cost is not a major factor.
When I'm not camping, I'm plotting my next trip or I'm adding some component to expand the possibilities. That's what camping is to me!!!
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:59 PM   #12
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The memories you make with your family camping can't be compared to a hotel stay. Life is way to short not to enjoy the great outdoors with family. Take the plunge, you will be glad you did when the kids are all grown and they tell you the best times of their life was spent camping.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:18 PM   #13
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You will meet new friends in the parks..kids will make lots new friends..weekend romances...outdoor play..riding bikes etc. Cooking experiences..outdoor sights and sounds... in a hotel...well...your in a room.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:00 PM   #14
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4 years @ 15 nights a year is 60 nights total.

If you pay $22k then hopefully get $12k for it in 4 years you will have paid $166 + CG site fee for lodging each night

Now there could be lots of other expenses related to TT ownership therefore I think you can easily look at 60 nights over 4 years as $200+ a night. Is that worth it to you?

If I was you I would find something for 1/2 the amount used and plan to keep it 8-10 years.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:11 PM   #15
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Bottom line: you can't consider a travel trailer an "investment" unless you consider memories to be the "return". It can't be about the money, it has to be about the experiences and the memories.

I'll agree with the others who have said that if you need convincing, your heart's not in it, and you'll never experience it like it should be.
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The question has me wondering if there's one "parent" who is not all that hot on making the deal. If that's the case, I wouldn't want to pick a side!
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The question has me wondering if there's one "parent" who is not all that hot on making the deal. If that's the case, I wouldn't want to pick a side!
Good point! It took me over 2 years to convince DW that we needed a TT. We went on a long road trip traveling like she thought she wanted to travel: staying in a different hotel room every night of the trip. She HATED it so much that on our way home, she said "OK, I'm ready to talk seriously about buying a travel trailer." A few months later we were signing papers on our new Jayco.
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:10 PM   #18
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Two ideas come to my mind; first (as previously mentioned) is to purchase a very cheap used one, just for the experience - to see if y'all like it. My second idea is renting one.

I went with option one, we purchased an older/ well used bumper pull. Only used it 6-7 times over two years, for 3-4 day trips. We liked it and found out the additional things we needed, then upgraded to a 5th. Again used - but affordable.

Afterthought: I sold the first one for more than I paid for it!
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:43 PM   #19
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That's a lot of coin for minimal usage. I would find some sucker that did exactly what you want to do and buy his lightly used 4 year old camper. Then you can spend roughly $10-12,000 buying a used camper, use it for 4 years and sell it for $8-10,000. You will save a LOT of money and still have a nice camper.


We are looking to drop about $22 to buy a new Jayco this winter, but we go to Florida for 2 weeks every year... we go to the lake twice a year for a total of 7-8 days... we go to NYC on occasion... go for long weekend trips elsewhere... go to the beach for a week...


In other words, we plan to use ours.
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What are you using for a tow vehicle? Lets not put the cart before the horse.
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