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Old 07-03-2014, 11:41 AM   #21
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Pfft my "camper mods and maintenance" alone cost more than staying in a hotel!!....its all the internets fault and forums like this for giving me ideas!!...i dont mind one bit....its a "hobby" I enjoy with my family...keep the mods coming !! ;-)
Hobbies...can be big money/time sucks but nobody puts a price on 'fun'! I have a friend that golfs...every weekend and goes to fla 3-4 times a year...another friend is a member of a country club - talk about expensive!

I have a customer that he and his fiance's hobbies are racing cars...and having spend 10+ years in the motorcycle biz I know quite a few people that have 40k+ in their bikes, spend a week at datyona and sturgis.

I feel downright cheap and thrifty now!
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:45 PM   #22
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I have a customer that he and his fiance's hobbies are racing cars...and having spend 10+ years in the motorcycle biz I know quite a few people that have 40k+ in their bikes, spend a week at datyona and sturgis.

I feel downright cheap and thrifty now!
I'm in the motorcycle world and I agree. On the sport side of things it's really popular to take a 5X10 enclosed trailer, hang an AC unit and take that to the track. But they'll have $30K+ tied up in a bike, then leathers, tire budget, crash budget, track day fees on top of that.

I carried my bike to a track day with the camper in tow, got talking to a guy and he commented on how silly it was to spend that much money to sleep in the woods. I returned with how much he spends to ride in circles.

He cocked his head, said I was right and shook my hand.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:48 PM   #23
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I've been justifying this lifestyle for over a decade now. Each time we 'trade-up' the math gets better! Kind of like the fish I caught last night that got away.

Started off with a 16ft single axle TT pulled by our family Mini-van... then as our family grew (both in quantity and bulk) we kept moving up as 'needed'. So, many fun times that none of us will forget. Sharing 180 sq feet of living space for weeks at a time... Makes you get along and build strong family bonds.

Cheaper than a divorce, heather than a drinking problem, and a whole lot more fun! Spend your money on what you want. Save the justification for the end...If your doing it right it will add up!
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:27 AM   #24
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The math says......

I will ask my husband.............when he gets up.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:30 AM   #25
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To one and all: Do not, I repeat do not, join TRA. You will regret it!
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:18 AM   #26
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Get a toy hauler and you can do both!
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:30 AM   #27
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Smile Expense tracking

I'm replying for my wife.
It's not an app although there is probably one available. I programmed an excel spreadsheet to track and calculate all our expenses. I compare each trip with traveling in a car, average hotel costs and eating out costs. It tracks all your expenses.
If your going to the Rally I will share this with you. If interested let me know so I can automate it to make using easier for you. Happy camping
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:40 AM   #28
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To one and all: Do not, I repeat do not, join TRA. You will regret it!
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If not then....
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To one and all: Do not, I repeat do not, join TRA. You will regret it!
Explain pls.

We joined ROD (resorts of distinction). As a part timer..may or not be a good deal, a full timer it's a bargain.

The math: We bought in for a 10 year deal...$5500 up front and $300/year. So 11,500. Cost to camp - zero at any ROD resort. Our home resort is in an area where public CGs run $80-100/night.
A seasonal spot anywhere is $1000-2000 a season - we can leave our camper at our resort for $200 for the season.

All the activities are free. with kids that can add up quickly.

Divide it out and we spend $850/year to 'belong'. We're averaging 13 nights a year or $65/night. Not that bad IMO.

And we could full time and spend $0 more...the bargain of a lifetime IMO.

We have 5 years left on our contract...we can extend it to lifetime for $3k plus the 300/year...2 years ago I'd have said no..now? thinking it may be a quite a deal - one heck of a retirement deal!
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Ford Idaho: No, Travel Resorts of America. A lot of hidden "catches" that were not explained to us. Once you join, it's for life, conceivably, but we were fortunate enough to get out of our contract, with the help of our lawyer.
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