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Old 07-02-2014, 11:30 AM   #81
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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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Old 07-03-2014, 04:04 PM   #82
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We saw a few of those "concrete jungle" type RV parks last year in Pigeon Forge. The RVs were literally packed in there slider to slider and awning edge to awning edge.

Those were the ones *just* off the strip, and right up next to the road. HOW can that be a relaxing atmosphere? I think that would negate the "can't hear the newlyweds on the other side of the wall" advantage to RVing instead of staying in hotels.

One word to remember when camping in the smokies...Townsend. Not 20 mi or so from the forge and g-burg and wonderful spacious camp sites in all of the CGs in town plus you are really close to Cades cove


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My friends live in Townsend. You ain't lying-it's gorgeous.
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:32 PM   #84
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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 07-06-2014, 02:11 PM   #85
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I just took a short but sweet trip to the beach with my RV. With the cost of fuel, food and camping fee it was still cheaper than staying in an motel for one night. Add in the monthly cost of storage and insurance it's pretty close but still cheaper than most motels on the beach for a single night. Camping 2 nights or more RVing comes out much cheaper for me and is a clear winner.

Of course the above costs do not include the price of my TT which I do intend on recouping before this is all over with. In the meantime this is a lifestyle I partake in and the investment value is priceless.

While camping in Santa Barbara I met a family that rented 3 RVs for their summer vacation. They said it was cheaper than flying the family to Hawaii and that the kids had such a great time they would be doing it again the following summer. Renting is not cheap either but all they had to do was bring their personal stuff to the campground and the rental company did the rest from towing to setting up & breaking camp.
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Same here - I have traveled all my career - probably over 600 Nights over 35 years. When I travel I get to stay at pretty nice accommodations (Marriott 4 star or better)

I will take the Bear Cave over ANY of these rooms...

(although the blue crab, spinach and munster omelets breakfast at the renaissance in Crystal City make staying at a hotel tempting LOL)

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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.
Boy, can I identify with that one! Buy Honey, I was so looking forward to your wonderful home cooking!
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:09 PM   #88
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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.
X3...winner winner (home-made) chicken dinner!
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:48 PM   #89
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It is even more expensive when you park your RV in the hotel parking lot and check in, instead of staying in the RV - done that too many times and I always seem to be the only one against it. Heck the last time over Christmas, (with the motorhome) We checked in, I went upstairs to use the shower and slept in the RV with the dog while Gram and our granddaughter slept in the hotel! They were even sleeping in the MH when Gram decided she had had enough of the MH (Class C too much noise, too much bounce for her and the reason we went back to a fiver). Maya (the malamute) and I had the whole thing to ourselves and were plenty happy. In case you are wondering, I don't own any pants.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:40 AM   #90
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