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Old 09-18-2014, 11:10 AM   #121
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I think the key in that situation is to do like my folks did. Don't tell them you've got 5.
EXACTLY! lol, that's how my parents did it when we weren't camping... To this day we joke about having to go in in shifts and lay down in the van's benches as he checked in so they didn't see us!

I don't care about the cost. Where else will you get your kids to spend an entire weekend with you?? Priceless!
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:14 AM   #122
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EXACTLY! lol, that's how my parents did it when we weren't camping... To this day we joke about having to go in in shifts and lay down in the van's benches as he checked in so they didn't see us!

I don't care about the cost. Where else will you get your kids to spend an entire weekend with you?? Priceless!
Oh yes, the 'lay down under the seat' approach. Never had to bother with those at the motels, but we did use it all the time at the drive-in. Back then, it used to be "climb in the back of the station wagon and leave the back seat empty" approach.

On a side note (read: hijack) I miss Drive-Ins. It's a shame my kids will never get that experience around here.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:19 AM   #123
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Hotel or Rv well you don't get anything but one night for a hotel and one night = one payment on an rv, you know who slept in your bed in an Rv, you don't get a kitchen usually in a hotel, you have a summer home with an rv where as a hotel you get a night. Could go on and on, short term an RV is not cheaper long term it is and has a lot of benefits you will never see in a Hotel. We don't look at our trailer as anything but a mobile Hotel or summer home. Cheaper or more expensive it's just a frame of mind to an rv'er. My wife will not go to a Hotel if we can go with our trailer. Oh and usually a Hotel is per person where most Rv Parks you can have 6 for the one price.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:34 AM   #124
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... Oh and usually a Hotel is per person where most Rv Parks you can have 6 for the one price.
I usually find the opposite. Must be the places I stay (KOA, Jellystone, etc..). They usually charge per person, but all my nights in hotels I've only ever been charged a flat rate for a room.

That aside, I still prefer camping over hotels any day. If I could swing it I'd be bringing my trailer when I travel for work, but in those cases either I'm flying to the client site, or if I'm close enough to drive I'm also close enough to go home after work too.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:53 AM   #125
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Never camped as a kid-Dad died when I was 8. Camped as Boyscout in teen years. DW and I camped with truck camper in 1970's BC (before children). When we traveled with the kids we moteled it and/or stayed with relatives. We researched full time rving for 3 years prior to retiring and now have fulltimed for almost 2 years. We love it and have been to and have seen amazing, beautiful, and funny things, and have met and become friends with really nice people. We are so glad we have chosen this and we enjoy being FROGS.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:05 PM   #126
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I usually find the opposite. Must be the places I stay (KOA, Jellystone, etc..). They usually charge per person, but all my nights in hotels I've only ever been charged a flat rate for a room.

That aside, I still prefer camping over hotels any day. If I could swing it I'd be bringing my trailer when I travel for work, but in those cases either I'm flying to the client site, or if I'm close enough to drive I'm also close enough to go home after work too.
Koa's I've been to say this Our clean, level sites, located in the heart of the campground with few trees. Some sites have a beautiful view of the sunset & fishing pond. These sites have driveway stone and grass.
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Our clean, level sites, located in the heart of the campground with few trees. Some sites have a beautiful view of the sunset & fishing pond. These sites have driveway stone and grass.
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All the hotels always said 2 adults If you have kids its plus.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:06 PM   #127
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Before we got the trailer we never did anything but HS football and occasional cheap meal out. I mean cheap. Now we do camp at least once every other month. Everybody together(well mostly) somebody is always doing something else. I am patiently waiting on fish/camp... that's the reason I wanted the trailer.

Only problem I have is where to park stuff....

2 boats (bass and fishing)
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:26 PM   #128
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...Up to 8 people.

That's usually just the max allowed per site, but at the time of booking you often see something like this:

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This was the KOA in Emmett, MI. When we stayed we paid significantly less for our 2 adults and 2 kids under 5 than my brother in law did for his 2 adults and 3 kids over 6. And we have the same size 29' travel trailers.




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Old 09-18-2014, 12:47 PM   #129
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2 boats (bass and fishing)
I always thought a bass boat was a fishing boat.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:06 PM   #130
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We threw in a camping membership that included CGs for places we like to visit like the Outer Banks. Staying a week out there during peak season can easily exceed 2K including lodging and food. If you go nuts and rent a beach house the price can get extreme (7500+). Staying at a CG costs us 250.00 for the week we're ahead 1750.00. Now you can look at that as 1750.00 saved or 1750.00 available for other things. Somehow it always seems to be the latter...

Oh and for those of us who have pets that those beach houses don't allow, you also save the cost of boarding the pups. You just have to deal with a little less available space on the bed
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