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Old 07-01-2014, 08:11 AM   #71
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The value of RV'ing can't only be measured in specific dollar amounts. You need to decide what family time in a relaxed atmosphere (with the opportunity to sleep in your own bed) is worth.

The only things I miss is having a maid make the bed and having room service at any time. For that we actually like to take a cruise once in a while.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:35 AM   #72
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Not sure what you age is, but on our budget with old person discount we average $10-15 a day camping cost and drive 50-200 miles on travel day....probably drive 3 days a month pulling rig.....so when on the road for 6 months cost runs about $600 a month....gas/camping....in S Texas groceries are half the cost of Fla or NC.....plus gas is cheaper......so if stay there for 3 mo out of 6 have really good savings not to mention the food ....... sound like you choose the RV lifestyle....people with the type A syndrome may have some difficulty going slow...just like power boat vs sailboat....slow down smell the roses and see America 50-100 miles every several days to a week.....
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:56 AM   #73
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I've read every post on this topic and while some compare the cost of the RV versus hotel, eating out, less fuel - the fair comparison would be accommodations types. If we were to compare the type of RV to most types of hotel rooms, then it would be a room at the Ramada to a pop-up or hybrid (without the kitchen). So $100 or so for per night at the Ramada versus $12,000 or so of the comparable accommodations of an RV.
Now if we stayed at hotels that compared to the accommodations of our RV such as the Villa's at Disney, now you are looking more at $400 - $600 per night.

On our recent trip in Utah, the local hotel was $180/nt the campground was $46/nt.
View from our campground and then the view from the hotel. The only downside of the campground was the red dust around the camp site.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:01 AM   #74
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We have 5 kids. Camping and eating at home is WAY cheaper!!!! We have to get at least 2 rooms. We don't count our TV because we need a big car/truck anyway. But having the camper, their bikes, and groceries- camping is definitely the way to go for us!


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Old 07-01-2014, 09:49 AM   #75
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When we travel for distances for a vacation (other than a cruise, or overseas) we usually take the camper and it usually pays for itself. We usually travel with at least 3 kids, which requires a villa or 2 hotel rooms. Spring break at the beach usually means 2 hotel rooms @ $300 a night ea., 7 nights = $4200. Camping on the beach is $100 a night, fuel from OH to FL & back, is roughly a $600 difference. Even with flying a couple people down ($700), it's still cheaper for us. Food is always cheaper while camping, and most of the time we eat better (healthier). If counting the RV, I figure about $4k use/yr. With just 2 trips per year, I figured we've broke even, not counting our multiple weekend trips. As most have stated, the real savings comes in the form of pure enjoyment while camping, (and the lack of "I'm bored" from kids). Coming from a large family myself, most all of vacations included camping. The memories are priceless.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:50 AM   #76
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I would much rather have my RV then a hotel any day of the week. First off, I know who drooled on that pillow last, I know when the sheet were changed last (we stayed in a very nice hotel once time and the beds were made, however someone wet the bed then it was made, hotel was sold out so there was no moving to another room), I can sit on the couch and watch TV I don't have to lay on the bed, there isn't anyone it the room over me stomping across the floor at 2am, I don't like to go out to eat all the time, and if I want a snack at midnight I don't have to get dressed to go out to get something. And my little dogs love to go camping, and to take them to a hotel the price is outrageous
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:01 AM   #77
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It does not have to be Cheap Motels
We stayed in a nice motel last weekend $178 a night near by campground was $50 a night.................DW checking for bed bugs found none but did find the mattress stained with blood & no mattress pad between it & the sheets. To say the least we will bring the camper next time we visit the area & never stay there again.

Even paying more for an RV we know who has been in the bed!!!!!!!!

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Old 07-01-2014, 10:09 AM   #78
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One of the reasons we got our first Camper was because we got a nasty hotel. We refer to ours as our portable hotel room. No it isn't cheaper but you will break even when you figure in meals because even eating at McDonald's costs more than what you can make and the foods better.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:11 AM   #79
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Can't say enough about having your own home on wheels. If I want to take my time in the morning I can, and I don't have to put up with the cleaning staff knocking at the door wanting to clean my room, and I don't have to put up with lousy free breakfasts in crowded rooms with no table available. In the RV, we have the comforts of home! Works for us, regardless of cost comparisons.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:34 AM   #80
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Cheaper to stay in a motel vs RV?

Hmm... That depends... First, let's consider "value". Granted, it's a little less tangible than $$$ comparison, but no less important.

RV wins - Having a closet and dresser full of my clothes.
RV wins - Having a 4 door refrigerator and pantry stocked with my food / drink.
RV wins - Having my (favorite) recliner in front of a fireplace and big screen TV (with satellite!
RV wins - Being able to cook out on my grill.
RV wins - Being able to sit in my lounge chairs around the campfire.
RV wins - Confidence in the cleanliness and hygiene of the "facilities", kitchen and bed.
RV wins - Being able to sleep on a king size mattress that we BOTH like.
RV wins - Privacy
RV wins - Views

Hotel wins - less money spent on a per day basis, *IF* you bring your own food and don't stay more than 50 - 100 days per year (over the course of 10+ years).

Ummm... I think we'll stick with RV.
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