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Old 07-04-2014, 12:15 PM   #31
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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.
Ah, I Googled what you posted and I do not recall that ORG.

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Old 07-04-2014, 04:42 PM   #32
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Google it again.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:15 PM   #33
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We also deduct the interest on our TT loan as a mortgage on our vacation home.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:55 PM   #34
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The maths says camping IS more economical!

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Anyone that uses a hotel had to get there somehow so you can't count the truck and my trailer has 100% more resale than any hotel and timeshares suck.


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OT... But pretty broad statement about timeshares. If you do your homework, find a good price and buy where you want to stay, they can save you quite a bit of money. We own four... We take cheap vacations each year and will make a small profit on them when we decide to sell.
While camping is more economical for us than hotels, our timeshares are a big savings for us as well.


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Old 07-05-2014, 10:20 PM   #35
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Some of my friends think I am nuts...maybe I am but I have run the numbers every way possible. Other than the initial cost of the 5er and monthly insurance cost, we spend WAY less on vacation (including fuel) than we did prior to camping. Previously we would book a cabin or condo for vacations and honestly due to price, we would only go for about 4-5 days once a year. We've always taken food with us (eat out occasionally but most of the time prepare our own meals). Even with fuel cost, we come out ahead by staying in an RV park and towing our own bed. Plus we no longer have to board our dogs. Our vacations cost us so much less that we often stay 2 weeks at a time on the same amount of money plus we go often on weekend get-a-ways. We have been able to see and do so much more with more time...it was completely worth every penny of the 5er. While I do realize that it will take many years to make up the initial cost and by that time we will have probably spent even more on another unit, it us still worth it in my eyes.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:21 AM   #36
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Yeah, I forgot to mention we don't have the added expense of boarding our dog; plus she would usually not eat while boarded. And she loves to travel!!!
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:50 AM   #37
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Some of my friends think I am nuts...maybe I am but I have run the numbers every way possible. Other than the initial cost of the 5er and monthly insurance cost, we spend WAY less on vacation (including fuel) than we did prior to camping. Previously we would book a cabin or condo for vacations and honestly due to price, we would only go for about 4-5 days once a year. We've always taken food with us (eat out occasionally but most of the time prepare our own meals). Even with fuel cost, we come out ahead by staying in an RV park and towing our own bed. Plus we no longer have to board our dogs. Our vacations cost us so much less that we often stay 2 weeks at a time on the same amount of money plus we go often on weekend get-a-ways. We have been able to see and do so much more with more time...it was completely worth every penny of the 5er. While I do realize that it will take many years to make up the initial cost and by that time we will have probably spent even more on another unit, it us still worth it in my eyes.
Yes, some of my friends think that I am nuts too when it comes to my camper and truck. However some have either asked to borrow or rent them. A big NO. We also use to rent a beach house for a week every year to the tune of about $5000 - $7000. I am sure that both sides of which is more economical can be argued. I know that I can camp at the beach and wherever and whenever else I want for the year cheaper that I can stay in a beach house for a week. Most everywhere people visit and or vacation, there is a campground near by. With all of my kids, a stop mid way to our destination would require us to get several rooms at a motel. At a campground most all of my kids can sleep in the camper. Not to mention all of the concern of the cleanliness of motel rooms, dirty sheets, bedbugs and whatever else. Who wants to put up with that? Also might I add that when your truck and camper are paid off you're even more money ahead.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:10 AM   #38
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There is Pro's and Con's to both sides, All I see is you can not put a price on spending time with family, and the kid's grow up so quick.



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Yes, some of my friends think that I am nuts too when it comes to my camper and truck. However some have either asked to borrow or rent them. A big NO. We also use to rent a beach house for a week every year to the tune of about $5000 - $7000. I am sure that both sides of which is more economical can be argued. I know that I can camp at the beach and wherever and whenever else I want for the year cheaper that I can stay in a beach house for a week. Most everywhere people visit and or vacation, there is a campground near by. With all of my kids, a stop mid way to our destination would require us to get several rooms at a motel. At a campground most all of my kids can sleep in the camper. Not to mention all of the concern of the cleanliness of motel rooms, dirty sheets, bedbugs and whatever else. Who wants to put up with that? Also might I add that when your truck and camper are paid off you're even more money ahead.

We would have our truck even if we didn't have the 5er so I don't even consider it in part of the cost. We routinely pull cattle trailers or flatbed trailers and have to have the truck.

I agree, no borrowing or renting of the 5er. We have been asked before but just can't allow it. Those asking do not have the truck or hitch so they'd have to borrow those too. As well, they do not have experience towing...just way too much to risk. I prefer if they want to go that they just come along with us on occasion.
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Do you have a goose neck adapter on your 5er ? That's what I use on mine. My truck came with a goose neck hitch and was covered up with a bed liner. Didn't know it until I went to install a fifth wheel hitch. I have a Cody Cushion Hitch to use with it but it raises the front up to high. More weight distributed to the back two wheels of the camper.
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