Originally Posted by Blueriver
I just joined the Forum today because we are considering purchasing a Class C. We are just retired, and on a small pension and are being told by many people that this lifestyle has become very expensive with the price of gas now and getting low mileage. We were thinking of this, because we have two dogs and would want/need to bring them with us. We realize Rv'ing is a lifestyle, but do the saving on restaurants and hotels really justify the cost of gas, maintenance and insurance.
Cheap hotels? Cheap restaurants? How much do you camp? How far do you travel?
We belong to a resort and ROD/AOR - annual cost over the 10 year contract is about $10,000, or $1k a year - that covers all the days we want to camp.
Plus the cost of the RV and insurance, maintenance - prolly another $1k a year.
Plus a TV - we had to buy something bigger to tow with than we'd normally use for daily transportation...and it uses more gas everytime we use that the car it replaced... another $2k a year maybe ($150/month in gas adds up!)
Last year we managed 18 nights camping - $222 a night, plus food and gas to get to the campground.
Is that expensive? Depends... Spend a day at disney world and let me know what that costs ya.
When camping we use the pool, mini golf, they have a movie night most weekends, basketball and tennis courts too. All free. If we did this at home we'd have costs to do them or own and maintain them.
I've never ever found a stay at a hotel as nice as a day camping, ever anyplace.
Rarely slept better in a hotel than in my bed in my camper. And I know there's no bed bugs in my camper...not so sure about that in hotels.
Camping is healthier - home cooked food, more excersize than a hotel/restaurant alternative.
But we do it for the kids - it was a big factor in our decision to spend the bucks on the camper /truck.
And I learned if you want to retire this can be WAY cheaper than a house - we can camp 365 days and spend not a dime more (membership has it's advantages!). No utitlities, no grass to cut, no property taxes...