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Old 06-28-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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RV vs. Motel: Not cheaper!

Camping when younger seemed a lot cheaper. I guess gasoline is the big wallet-crunching issue today. We had a Ford Fusion and stayed in motels and recently decided to buy a hybrid and traded in Fusion for F150. Truck and camper payments are do-able and within our budget (yay!). After taking our rig out two times, I'm just amazed at the cost of campgrounds. I thought we'd be saving a bit more money by RVing. The campground might be a little cheaper than a motel, but you use up that savings in gas! Then there's tolls!! OMG! Our most recent trip we took had a toll of $5 per car. But because we have a truck (considered class 2) and camper attached, our cost was $12! Hubby and I decided it's just a "way of life" choice we made to RV. How does that commercial go?.... "$$$$ for this, $$$$ for that, memories with the family, priceless!" Still love my RV and looking forward to many happy memories!
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You'll also be sleeping "in your own bed" - much cleaner. That's what's priceless.

You'll probably be eating out less often, too.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:35 PM   #3
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You'll also be sleeping "in your own bed" - much cleaner. That's what's priceless.

You'll probably be eating out less often, too.
Yes! You are right about both! I love the "closeness" of the family when we are camping...rain or shine!
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:38 PM   #4
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You'll also be sleeping "in your own bed" - much cleaner. That's what's priceless.

You'll probably be eating out less often, too.
Which is better, all you need to do is decide "paper or plastic" and what to put on your choice.
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I think it also depends upon what types of motels you stay at. Even with the extra gas included using the TT is about 1/3 the cost of a motel for us when we travel.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:42 PM   #6
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I figured out per night cost once on the RV's I've owned and decided that I could have vacationed for a couple weeks every year in a 5 star hotel. Although I think they might have been upset when I started my campfire.
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If you figure in the cost of the TV, camper, cg fees, difference in mpg, it is by far cheaper to stay in a quality motel, BUT, it is not nearly as much fun or relaxing. I traveled for my last 10 yrs, 40-45 wks/yr and stayed in mid/upper price range motels, flew everywhere, rented cars and I much prefer the rv lifestyle in FL for 3 months.
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Less chance of bring home bed bugs
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Less chance of bring home bed bugs
LOL, that's true IF you stay in cheap motels, I was fortunate enough the last 10 yrs to be on an expense acct and got to stay in mid/upper price range motels. Usually made at least 2 different ones ea. wk and sometimes 4.
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I don't count my tow vehicle. I already owned it when we bought the TT. When it comes time to replace it and my current pickup the new TV will be something I had already planned to purchase before we bought the TT. I don't anticipate replacing our current TT for many more years if ever (don't we all say that at first ). Our fuel costs are about double what we would normally spend but we also don't fly to places any more and have rental cars to deal with. At the roughly $140-$150 per night we typically spend on a room, no airfares and no rental cars I figure our break even point isn't that many years off. Plus as has been said above we get to sleep in our own bed and not have to worry about who's on the other side of the wall.
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