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Old 04-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #11
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Yeah, I think you can always assume you're going to save money on food when you camp. Unless you're eating lobster and rib-eyes everynight... which is not a bad idea!

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Old 04-13-2010, 08:21 AM   #12
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JAXFL: What kind of setup do you have? I pulled a HTT with my Land Rover (Small V8) and even at 6 MPG my break-even point was around 800 miles (round trip, assuming no wind and the mountains were reasonable). Are hotels pretty cheap where you like to go? Most of the places we go hotels are WELL over $150/night and in many of those places $200+ is the norm. At those prices my DP's cost effective range is 2000 miles (round trip).
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You asked so here goes. The DW and I are the ones that RV the most. Some times we take the GKs but not always. I pull a Chevy Colorado with a 32' Class C E450 that gets about 8MPG. The normal CG cost is $40 a night and the average hotel I see signs all the time for $49 - 69 a night. SO...at 200 miles the costs are: 2 Nights CG $45, hotel $65 and I get free breakfast.

Car $158.57 - 21mpg
Truck $167.50 - 16mpg
RV $165.00 - 8mpg

at 400 miles the costs are: 2 Nights CG $45, hotel $65.

Car $187.14
Truck $205.00
RV $240.00

Now if yuo are talking a Hilton then yes the milage would change but at a Best Western or Laquantia the $65 a night is right.
So over 300 miles is costing me. Not counting the cost of the MH, Insurance, & maintanance. But if you are in to RVing because of cost then you should re-evaluate.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:06 AM   #13
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You asked so here goes. The DW and I are the ones that RV the most. Some times we take the GKs but not always. I pull a Chevy Colorado with a 32' Class C E450 that gets about 8MPG. The normal CG cost is $40 a night and the average hotel I see signs all the time for $49 - 69 a night. SO...at 200 miles the costs are: 2 Nights CG $45, hotel $65 and I get free breakfast.

Car $158.57 - 21mpg
Truck $167.50 - 16mpg
RV $165.00 - 8mpg

at 400 miles the costs are: 2 Nights CG $45, hotel $65.

Car $187.14
Truck $205.00
RV $240.00

Now if yuo are talking a Hilton then yes the milage would change but at a Best Western or Laquantia the $65 a night is right.
So over 300 miles is costing me. Not counting the cost of the MH, Insurance, & maintanance. But if you are in to RVing because of cost then you should re-evaluate.
Yeah, those hotel rates are pretty reasonable. I can see how it could make a difference. We would normally stay in Hampton, Bestwestern, Laquinta, etc.. also. Places like Sedona, any of the wine country regions of California, San Diego, or near the national parks (types of places we go) hotels are pretty crazy. Depending on the purpose of the trip, we may opt for the hotel then... Assuming money was a big issue regarding the trip.

The good news is, now you know you can travel to some more expensive areas and SAVE money! I highly recommended the central coast California wine country.

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Old 04-13-2010, 12:42 PM   #14
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Yeah, those hotel rates are pretty reasonable. I can see how it could make a difference. We would normally stay in Hampton, Bestwestern, Laquinta, etc.. also. Places like Sedona, any of the wine country regions of California, San Diego, or near the national parks (types of places we go) hotels are pretty crazy. Depending on the purpose of the trip, we may opt for the hotel then... Assuming money was a big issue regarding the trip.

The good news is, now you know you can travel to some more expensive areas and SAVE money! I highly recommended the central coast California wine country.

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Yes, I also highly recommended the central coast California wine country. However on that trip the Airplane is not included and Flying across the USA is the only option for a week trip.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:49 AM   #15
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Don't forget that you will have clean sheets with your RV. You really think hotels change the bedspreads after little Johnny got changed on it?
Try sneaking a dog into the room. Watch him go crazy on the pillows and sheets. And you sleep on that?
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:34 AM   #16
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I modified the calculator for food and that is what made the real difference for us.

I figure that an average hotel chain was Days Inn, not fancy but not a slum either so I checked thier rates at several areas we wanted to camp at ranging from Virginia Beach resort area (just up the road from us) to the back woods of West VA and NY. I figured a free breakfast would be included at the hotel. On average we seem to get something cheap out for lunch so that cost is the same for both trip estimates. The real sticker is dinner. A cheap nite out at anything above an Applebees costs us at least $30 for the meal. Where as when we camp we usually eat at the campsite. I figured that the cost of the food for the trip camping was going to be the same as what we would spend eating the same meal at home which is already accounted for in our food budget making dinners and breakfast at the camper virtually free as the cost is figured into our normal living expenses anyhow. Where as in a hotel we are pretty much stuck eating out lunch and dinner.

To end the rant, here's the results:

an average 2 night excursion with our rig and eating habibts tends to break even at 400 miles which is beyond our current comfort commute distance towing for a single day. I've towed further by myself but with the wife & dogs......

In the end it all boils down to accounting for your normal at home living expenses too. If you eat out all the time I doubt that it will help increase your range using this calculator but if you tend to cook like we do it will nearly double your effective range especially on short 2 & 3 day trips.
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You have to include the cost of bringing your own bed along to wherever you are going. Would you rather sleep where hundreds of strangers have slept before or in a bed that only you and your wife (and kids) have slept? That's why I like RVing!
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