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Old 06-28-2014, 10:19 PM   #11
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LOL, that's true IF you stay in cheap motels ...
Not even cheap motels anymore. It is becoming a problem in mid to upper level motels/hotels due to changes in the way pest companies have to treat bed bugs. The newer treatments don't have the effectiveness nor are as long lasting as the older pesticides that they used 5-10 years ago.

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Old 06-28-2014, 10:20 PM   #12
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What hotel can you stay at that offers trees for shade while you sit in a gravity recliner drinking your favorite beverage while grilling some steaks and corn on the cob as family members are riding a bike or playing horse shoes and others splashing in a pool?
What hotel can offer a cool spring or lake just a few feet from your door?

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Old 06-28-2014, 10:21 PM   #13
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...Plus as has been said above we get to sleep in our own bed and not have to worry about who's on the other side of the wall.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:33 PM   #14
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I used to think RVers were crazy... because of the cost. DW talked me into getting our first one... which turned out to be too small. I spent a week at a model glider contest where the field was adjacent to the RV park... every day was a holiday and every night was Saturday night! There were over 100 entered in the competition, and easily 40% stayed at the field. Since then my sons and I take the RV to the river a couple of times a year for fly fishing. We stay on the river and it's so much more relaxing than a hotel... and the stars! And... what everyone else said...!
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:12 PM   #17
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RV'ing is actually cheaper for me as I'm on the rd 365.
I refuse to stay in bedbug ridden motels frequented by druggies and ladies of the night so the cost is a bit higher. ~ $80-90/night plus having to eat out each meal. IRS limits how much I can claim in travel housing expenses so much of that cost is not tax-free.
Truck & RV payment + insurance + CG + food/fuel costs are lower for me by a small to moderate amount depending on the locale. Plus I'm buying something that I will own and enjoy for years.
Motel $ are simply thrown away without any return.
Plus you can't put a price tag on the nice folks I meet at CGs around the country. Motels ...not so much .

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Old 06-28-2014, 11:17 PM   #18
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For us the gas mileage isn't necessarily an issue. Yes, we tow with an F250, and we're towing a 5er, BUT:

We are blessed to live in an area with lakes in all directions with three GREAT state parks within 40 miles of us.

One of those parks (Poverty Point Reservoir) was just awarded "World Heritage Status" alongside the Great Wall of China,the Pyramids of Egypt, Yellowstone, etc. (We're quite proud of that.)

For us it doesn't have to be a long trip. Just getting away from the S&B for time to do absolutely *nothing*, if that suits our fancy, is an awesome way for us to recharge our batteries.

Regarding hotels: A former best friend brought her own comforter when she and I travelled. I asked why and got a shock; hotels don't wash comforters between guests. BLECH! that had never dawned on I don't want to stay in any hotel that doesn't have duvet covers. Those are washed between guests, but still I prefer a shower no one else has used, a bed no one else has slept in and dishes/utensils no stranger's lips have ever touched.

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Old 06-28-2014, 11:25 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
LOL, that's true IF you stay in cheap motels, I was fortunate enough the last 10 yrs to be on an expense acct and got to stay in mid/upper price range motels. Usually made at least 2 different ones ea. wk and sometimes 4.
It does not have to be Cheap Motels
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:26 PM   #20
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One more than one ocassion, I've done the math of RV vs. hotel/motel and often times, the motel route is cheaper (even when I'm only considering fuel mileage, nightly rates, and food costs). But like someone said above (OldCoot, maybe)- it's not as fun without the camper.

That said, when you start looking at extended trips; especially if you use memberships like Thousand Trails, the RV cost can't be beat.

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