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Old 06-29-2014, 07:37 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by pwrstroke2012 View Post
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, 07:59 AM   #32
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More expensive to camp? Let's just break down the numbers. First, there's the cost savings on the "room"... For us that's about $70/night, on average. Then there's meals... Other than when staying in a villa at Disney, we've never cooked a meal in out hotel. So, assuming a free breakfast, you're into $50 for lunch and probably $70 for dinner... I can cook burgers for 4 for about $7 and a steak dinner for about $25... And a Mtn Pie dinner for about $5. So that's around $100/day, on average, I'm not spending on a corporation.
Now we get into some serious cost savings.... Happy drinks... At $3/lager (and that's being generous) and $4 for a mix, the money comes rolling out of your pockets. My hotel bar bill easily hits $30/daily for the wife and I.
In all... that doesn't make up for the 7 mpg I lose towing... And (as many have said previously), I'm sleeping in my own bed (Which, since adding a 4" memory foam and plush top mattress cover, has become the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in).
However, as a family, we'd never spend 35 additional nights a year (on top of our usual two weeks of vacation) on "vacation" (aka, camping). So... You're right, it is more expensive.
I'm an at-home dad with two kids and a wife who's rarely home... So in my case, instead of lounging at the pool all summer... Or trying to fill our days with something, anything... We're out exploring the world (well ok... Exploring amusement parks, mostly).
So, IMO, we'll call it even.

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Old 06-29-2014, 09:24 AM   #33
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I travel all the time for work also, maybe not as much as you did. And I find staying in the hotel and motel rooms all the time gets old really fast. Same looking walls and fast food places. Front desk staff that don't care if you booked a non smoking or king bed room and they gave it away because you get in off the road after 10 pm, and they thought you were a no show. When it comes time for a few days off with the wife no way do I want to stay in another motel or hotel. Its lets jump in the RV and go. No flight delays and I can stop when and were I feel like it. Eat my own food when and the way I like it and sleep in my own bed. And the drinks are a lot cheaper and colder. Hell even the two dogs can come along.
By the way for my job I drive every where I go 98% of the time. Maybe fly 2 times per year. The area I cover is from Canada to NC/VA and out west to KS. So I do spend several hours flying the friendly Ford F150 airways.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:34 AM   #34
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OldCoot, I travel all the time for work also, maybe not as much as you did. And I find staying in the hotel and motel rooms all the time gets old really fast. Same looking walls and fast food places. ...
Did it for 10 yrs for Lockheed and yes it REALLY gets old quick and when you get home, DW who has been home alone says, "Let's go out to eat" and you can't refuse. To others it seems like a wonderful job to travel all the time, but as they say, "The grass always appears to be greener on the other side of the road". Met some absolutely wonderful, brilliant people, but also some on the other end of the spectrum. I prefer retirement. Have only flown maybe 1/2 doz times since, including 1 to Paris, France, compliments of FF miles and a couple of class reunions, etc. Gave most of the FF miles away to family & friends and still have just under 100,000 left for emergencies.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:49 AM   #35
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If we go somewhere for a weekend it will cost us around $800 to stay in a hotel and eat out and if we take Rv it will cost around $575 even if we eat one meal out at our favorite restaurant. So I vote for Rv every time.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:50 AM   #36
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You cannot even begin to compare the 2, I tried and almost drove myself crazy trying to justify the RV lifestyle. We have at a glance on paper over 100k tied up in the TV and trailer with all the goodies I have added and use it 2 to 3 weeks a year tops. Yes I need a truck but an old 90's 3/4 ton from any mfg would do to haul my flat deck to get water for our place once or twice a month vs a loaded super duty. We fly every year to Ontario and Nova Scotia 1 week in each place and rent very nice cars for less for the entire trip than just paying for fuel to drive to Ontario with the truck and trailer. The other side of the coin is the people we meet when RVing and all the little out of the way places we end up along the way and I love hauling a trailer the bigger the happier I am. So I gave up trying and just enjoy the little bit of quality time we do get to spend in our RV and will continue to fly to places far away when we want to save money and time.

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Old 06-29-2014, 10:10 AM   #37
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I haven't really met anyone who bought an RV and all the related toys with the thought of saving money in mind. RVing / Camping is a lifestyle, some people love it, others hate it. I spent most of my 35 years working life "on the road", worked in every Canadian province from Ontario west, and in many US states. I know just about every Alberta hotel / motel south of Edmonton, and after a few months they all look and smell the same, as does restaurant food. If you knew who they hired to clean some of the motel rooms, their personal habits, and what some did when nobody is watching, you'd probably never stay in one again.

That being said, to me spending a night in a motel/hotel isn't a holiday or vacation and I only do it now out of necessity. The last time I was on a plane was 9 years ago to go to a funeral in Toronto, I still have nightmares about Toronto airport, HWY 400 & 401. Instead of spending thousands of dollars going to exotic places and vacations, we spent our money on a 5th Wheel and TV. We have a month booked in a great campground about 50 miles away from us, all services, huge spaces, fishing, mountains, and even cross border travel all within a 20 minute drive of the campground. I don't find pulling a trailer hundreds of miles very enjoyable, but we have just about everything you could ask for within 2 hours of our house, and we get so sleep in our own surroundings every night.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:17 AM   #38
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Thanks everyone for your advice and sharing personal experiences! I am learning a lot from this forum and enjoy reading different posts. I only mentioned price because my family was always on a budget and camping was the "cheaper" alternative back in the day. Now of course, there are cheaper ways to RV too! Some buy a pop-up where some by Class A! Regardless of how you camp, it's a personal preference and I have found that all campers are the most friendliest people!
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:01 AM   #39
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We spend 7 months out per year traveling from Tampa to Los Angeles to Michigan spending time with kids and grandkids. We pull a 21ft Forest River and stay in it always. We had to go to the motel for a couple days to have some work done on the FR and with two dogs, it about drove us crazy. We overnight a lot at Walmarts while traveling from point to point, Used Thousand Trails ($525 per year zone) and Passport America a lot. There is no way we could stay in Motels any where close to what it cost us to RV in our little TT. Say we use a thousand gallons per year of gas at $4 per gallon or $4000 in gas plus I bet we dont spend $1800 in campgrounds for the 7 months. So $5800 total, or around $27 per day. There is no way I can rent a car, sleep in a motel, cook our own food and pay for air flights the amount we travel for $27 per day. The icing on the cake, we rent out house out for 6 months to snowbirds for $1600 per month while we are on the road which pays for everything. When we visit our family, we have our own place to sleep without bothering them. What a fantastic life, if our health just holds up. I am 67 and we are starting to make adjustments to the trailer to to leave in the fall. Ok now you want to talk depreciation. We have a 2010 SP189 that I just bought for $8800 (like new). Maybe we will get 5 years out of it and sell it for 3800. Cost of trailer $1000 per year and still need a car regardless. On the road again, can't wait to get on the road again. Just look out your window and say there goes those crazy old people on the road again. I wish I was back on the road again. I think our neighbors in our stick and mortar house can't wait to get rid of us. Just kidding.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:23 AM   #40
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That is awesome tampajohn! I can't wait for the day when hubby and I can just go!

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