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Old 09-17-2014, 02:50 PM   #111
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Can't sit in the hallway and talk to people walking to their room.


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Old 09-17-2014, 03:13 PM   #112
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Can't sit in the hallway and talk to people walking to their room.


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Sure you can, but you'll probably get some strange looks doing so!


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Old 09-17-2014, 03:31 PM   #113
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We went to Salt lake City Utah from Wisconsin recently and we compared taking the mini van and hotels and the truck and trailer. We knew the mileage was a huge difference. But after factoring in food and the ability to stay at Walmart parking lots, we actually came out ahead. We have 3 small children and hotels would not allow us one room. We saved a ton not eating out and having all our snacks in the camper. We will do it again.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:25 PM   #114
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But you can sit beside a warm campfire and talk to people walking to their unit. A cooler of cold refreshments can also go a long way to making new friends.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:30 PM   #115
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We went to Salt lake City Utah from Wisconsin recently and we compared taking the mini van and hotels and the truck and trailer. We knew the mileage was a huge difference. But after factoring in food and the ability to stay at Walmart parking lots, we actually came out ahead. We have 3 small children and hotels would not allow us one room. We saved a ton not eating out and having all our snacks in the camper. We will do it again.

Growing up when we did stay in a motel, there were 5 of us in one room all the time. Mom and dad took one double, us three kids shared the other. Or on occasion 2 kids in the bed and one on the floor in a mock bed made out of spare blankets.

I think the key in that situation is to do like my folks did. Don't tell them you've got 5.



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Old 09-17-2014, 08:58 PM   #116
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:16 PM   #117
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Last time we tried to stay in a motel (camper was not an option that weekend) Blood on the mattress / no mattress pad they ran out of towels. Lucky there was another bedin the room motel was full / other motels were full. Barely an I'm sorry....... 2 AM people banging on doors yelling (that happens most of the time when we motel but rarely when we camp...... $180 a night to say the least we left next AM..... Large chain name too.....

Camping usually quiet your bed, your towels etc.........

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Old 09-18-2014, 09:48 AM   #118
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We save an unreal amount by camping. Here are my numbers.

We camped 140 nights, give or take, from Oct. 2011 to March 2014.

Costs for camping:

Puma 30 DBSS purchased new for 19,125, tt&l included.
Sold in March 2013 for 16,500.
$1000 in upgrades ( my labor, so parts only)
Total cost of camper: $3625

140 nights camping at $30per night ( we only do COE and state parks): $ 4200

Fuel cost. 200 miles round trip average x 25 trips at 8 mpg and fuel cost of 3.50 per gallon: $2187.50

Total cost for camping: $10012.50

To stay in a hotel or cabin that is reasonably clean and we'll appointed will cost an average of $120 per night. $16,800

If we stay the same distance from home and calculate fuel at 18 mpg, fuel cost is :$972.30

Total cost: $17772.30

We saved over $7000 by camping, had NO risk of getting bedbugs, enjoyed the great outdoors, and had our own stuff and our own space. If I had calculated the food savings from not eating out it would be even more substantial.
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:16 AM   #119
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Now that is the best comparison so far. One point to make in this example, is the savings increases with the number of days camped. Your analysis and dollars saved has allowed you to overcome the fixed costs of the camper depreciation. Thanks .
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:50 AM   #120
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Now that is the best comparison so far. One point to make in this example, is the savings increases with the number of days camped. Your analysis and dollars saved has allowed you to overcome the fixed costs of the camper depreciation. Thanks .
Exactly right. The more you camp, the cheaper the per night cost. Also note that I lost very little money on my camper. It is very important to get a great deal when you buy, take care of it, and then sell it outright as opposed to trading in. I bought from RVWholesalers and saved several thousand over local prices. Therefore, people looking at my camper for $16,500 were comparing it to new ones that had listed sale prices in the $24,000 range at local dealers. Those dealers could be haggled to $22,000 or maybe a little less, but my $16,500 camper that was like new was still going to save a someone ~$6000 over buying the same thing new.
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