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Old 06-29-2014, 12:17 AM   #21
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The tt qualifies as a second home depending how much you use it each year, and thus the loan interest is tax deductible per the tax man. Also the tt gives you peace of mind, per the wife. She says she knows who has slept in those sheets and who has used the toilet. Happy wife, happy life!


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Old 06-29-2014, 12:21 AM   #22
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All depends on expected return on investment. CG prices run from around 1/3 to 1/2 of comparable area mid grade hotels. State parks at $24-28 a night compared to $100 a night.

$72 bucks a night adds up quick. Plus how far you tow, how much you paid for your rig, etc.

But, $72 a night.

Plus I spend 70+ nights a year in hotels. Trust me, camping is better.

Reality is it depends on what you wish to get out of it. I'm sure once all the math is done traveling my vacancy light can be done much cheaper.

But, sitting next to a grill, under your awning, listening to nature or sitting in a sterile smelling hotel room listening to your neighbors consummate their relationship? I'll take the camper.

Plus since I work still it's a hobby to me, weekends and the occasional week or two. so getting away for the weekend is really nice, to go sit in the woods for a day or two. Hotels remind me too much of work.

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Old 06-29-2014, 12:43 AM   #23
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Old Coot - What the heck did you do that required you to travel that much?
I personally prefer road-trip type vacations, so cost is unimportant to me, it's the atmosphere I am after.
But something like a Disney World vacation, I can't imagine staying in a hotel for an extended period of time.
Business travel usually moved too fast for me to even consider driving, let alone staying in a trailer.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:04 AM   #24
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MommaHuffman, not sure where you got the idea that RV'ing is cheaper than motels.
on every RV forum i'm a member of, the vast majority state NOT to expect that you'll save money by RV'ing, over moteling.

it's a lifestyle, not a money saver. the best you can hope for is that it costs the same.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:40 AM   #25
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Camping cost is just like any other hobby, it costs you money but your paying for the "experience". Like hunting or fishing, if you figure all the cost of license, gear, ammo, clothes etc, you are probably paying $30 a lb. for meat. It's the memories of the event everyone remembers, not the cost.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:05 AM   #26
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Visiting my son who lives in Las Vegas we stay at the Oasis RV Resort. Last year, my son asked if I would rather stay at RV resort or The Belagio (very upscale hotel) and that was when we were in our 18 ft Work and Play. Without hesitation I told him at the park. We sleep in our bed, everything I touch is mine, we are not dragging suitcases and most importantly, when you pass people in the hotel you are lucky if they nod at you. I usually always end up spending a lot of time talking to my camping neighbors. That's why I like camping. The people are different.

When we were younger with the kids being small we had a tent, van and then pop up. It was a cheaper vacation then and that was all we could afford and none of us would trade those experiences. Now it is only the DW and I and we choose the camping lifestyle. We are about to go on a 3 month trip. I could not imagine sleeping in motels for that period.

Is camping cheaper? I'd say no. But is think it is like old Harley Davidson saying, "if I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand".
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:07 AM   #27
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Old Coot - What the heck did you do that required you to travel that much?...
Procurement Quality Engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Job was to go to LM suppliers and inspect parts for the Multiple Launch Rocket System(MLRS). Last 3 yrs, LM had an "Urgent Need" from DOD for the MLRS Guided Warhead which required traveling EVERY Mon. morning from Charlotte-Atlanta-Evansville, IN and drive to Graham, KY and inspect 25 Guided Warheads, go back to motel, get up Tues am back to the airport to some other supplier, Wed am repeat, Thurs am repeat, Fri head home and get ready to start the same thing Mon. Delta credited me with 999,000+ miles in 2.5 yrs. 01Jan06-31Jul06(retired) only got in 73,000+ with Delta. Over $6,000/mo in airline tickets.
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Wow! That's really impressive Old Coot!
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:27 AM   #29
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I personally stay in a lot of hotels in the midwest and would much rather have the camper. Its mine and even though its smaller than a avg hotel room its much more comfortable as other have said. There is a break even on the hotel vs camper and for one-two night stays you could find a hotel that would save you money. With that said,I could not tell you the last time i found a true 75.00 a night room anywhere!!! Even in the biggest dumps the room with the taxes, tourisiom tax, special district tax and resort fees are always 15-25% of the room rate.

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Wow! That's really impressive Old Coot!
There were 7 of us badged to Camden, AR that covered the entire US. Everything done to Mil Specs (DOD) which gives you an idea of why everything costs so much when it comes to the military. Lives are at stake.

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