Originally Posted by F and E Damp
When we got our 1985 Class C, back in 2005, gas was around $1.75/gal, WA state parks were $15 (mostly FHU) and the commercial CGs ranged from $15 at KOA to $17 or more at the fancy "resorts".
We sold that old clunker after a couple of seasons - 6 mpg at sea level and 4.5 at altitude just didn't cut it. We waited a couple of years and got a newer 32' Class A. Prices just kept going up. In the 2013 season, gas was $4.50 in the small towns on the Oregon coast, SPs were $28 and we looked at one "resort" that was $100, but didn't stay. The majority of the commercial ones were $60 or more.
We finally concluded that this hobby was just too expensive. We didn't use the MH at all in the 2014 season - too much else going on. We decided to sell on consignment and it finally sold in early December for about 50% of what we paid for it four years earlier. We'd done 6000 miles in the three seasons we used it. The original owners had done 11,000 miles in 8 seasons.
We enjoyed our trips, but the cost was prohibitive.
You are absolutely right. Camping is not about saving money, it is a lifestyle that takes a lot of cash. People just do not realize the huge cost that a TV with towing capacity is. Ask any RV salesman and they will tell you the single biggest problem to selling an RV is that customers do not have a proper TV. New trucks and SUV's capable of towing an RV cost close to $50K now.
Of course the flip side to this argument is that people just do not agree on what camping means. Some say a tent on a primitive site is camping and others will say a 30' TT is camping. Hell I feel my Pop up is not camping sometimes. Can anyone say "Glamping"? lol.