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Old 06-11-2015, 10:35 PM   #231
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How many have the purpose of saving money when they buy an RV? I didn't. I bought one for family time, recreation, having all our stuff with us, and on and on... I knew it would cost money and perhaps more. Didn't matter.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:41 AM   #232
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The best thing about our 5th is that the washroom is 20 feet behind us at all times when travelling. When my wife wants to go, I pull over. Priceless.

I have never seen hotels convenient when my wife wants to go.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:03 AM   #233
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What I think I was trying to get at in my previous post is that RV'ing is a cheaper alternative over time. Over time meaning you need to use your equipment. I could see how someone who purchases a 35K trailer and uses it 2 weekends a year may not come out ahead but if you use that same equipment lets say 40 nights a year the return on investment starts to add up quick. It might take a few years, but you will get there. However, if you like to get a new trailer every few years and finance each purchase you might never get ahead. As others have stated there is no hotel (at a reasonable cost) that can offer my family what our RV does. It literally has become our second home on a lake, beach, river and in the woods.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:13 PM   #234
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Our break-even point is about 20 nights camping - any less & it's cheaper to say in hotels & eat-out... However, we're both educators (now) w/summers-off so we can fit-in 30+ nights per year. (Previous career w/non-profit provided no time off in summer months, so this is a first for us...)

While we're cooking meals or relaxing I like that our kids spend time making friends & playing outdoors vs. watching TV in the hotel room... I also like that DW & I are also making new friends & planning future outings w/other families.

However, the best part is really more family time with our kids. We're spending over 30 days away from TV, computers, sports programs, etc. Some trips it's just us with time to talk about what's important in life & what's not.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:40 PM   #235
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We're spending over 30 days away from TV, computers, sports programs, etc. Some trips it's just us with time to talk about what's important in life & what's not.
To coin a phrase: "Priceless!"
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:09 PM   #236
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Our break-even point is about 20 nights camping - any less & it's cheaper to say in hotels & eat-out... However, we're both educators (now) w/summers-off so we can fit-in 30+ nights per year. (Previous career w/non-profit provided no time off in summer months, so this is a first for us...)

While we're cooking meals or relaxing I like that our kids spend time making friends & playing outdoors vs. watching TV in the hotel room... I also like that DW & I are also making new friends & planning future outings w/other families.

However, the best part is really more family time with our kids. We're spending over 30 days away from TV, computers, sports programs, etc. Some trips it's just us with time to talk about what's important in life & what's not.

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Old 06-13-2015, 12:38 PM   #237
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Last hotel $140 a night, No towels (finally got them at 9 PM), No mattress pad, dried blood on mattress, no help from from desk, no other rooms they were full. Never go to that chain again........

Our camper, our sheets / mattress pad, our towels, our dirt...... "Priceless!"


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Old 06-13-2015, 01:39 PM   #238
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For us it is about not having the stress in hotel rooms. Traveling with a toddler, an infant, and two dogs, it is way easier (and more polite towards neighbors) to have a little space between us the people next door. And even though they are both girls, I want them to know how to build a fire, bait a hook, and not be afraid of everything outdoors. Like many of you have said, it comes down to lifestyle choice.

It is also a lot less unpacking when we are doing long trips and sleeping somewhere different every night
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Last hotel $140 a night, No towels (finally got them at 9 PM), No mattress pad, dried blood on mattress, no help from from desk, no other rooms they were full. Never go to that chain again........

Our camper, our sheets / mattress pad, our towels, our dirt...... "Priceless!"


Ugh! It sounds as if you were lucky that they finished vacuuming up the chalk outline from around the body before you arrived.
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:16 PM   #240
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My neighbor always takes her own sheets, pillow cases, and blankets when she stays in a motel/hotel. She will not allow her bare feet to touch the floor.

Because we control the entire contents of the MH and how clean it is we would never have this issue.

Some New Your City hotels have bed bugs. I am pretty confident that our MH does not.
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