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Old 05-10-2018, 01:12 PM   #1
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What is your break over point for not making taking your camper worth it?

I have a 2007 Surveyor, and my Chevy 1500 pickup gets 6mpg when towing it.

We wanted to go up to Canada this year, about a 2000 mile trip.

I found it was a lot cheaper to just rent a cabin up there, rather than pay the gas money to tow the camper and pay for a campsite site rental.

It ended up going about $500 in favor of renting a cabin rather than towing the camper.

I'm a little disappointed since I like having my "space" that I know and feel comfortable in. However, $500 will pay for a salmon fishing charter.
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:21 PM   #2
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I have a 2007 Surveyor, and my Chevy 1500 pickup gets 6mpg when towing it.

We wanted to go up to Canada this year, about a 2000 mile trip.

I found it was a lot cheaper to just rent a cabin up there, rather than pay the gas money to tow the camper and pay for a campsite site rental.

It ended up going about $500 in favor of renting a cabin rather than towing the camper.

I'm a little disappointed since I like having my "space" that I know and feel comfortable in. However, $500 will pay for a salmon fishing charter.

$7,285,239.75 per day.

I'm just not much on sleeping in beds that aren't mine. Neither I nor the wife sleep well on most beds- and what good does it do us to save $500 over a trip if we don't sleep and are tired and miserable? On top of that, the whole bed bug thing irks me. One of the last times I stayed in a hotel my wife found a bed bug crawling on our youngest daughter at the time. Spent probably $100 and several hours at a laundromat washing and THOROUGHLY drying every piece of clothing we had. My wife's aunt and uncle(he travels for work- white collar- NICE hotels) picked up bed bugs and spent no telling how many thousands of dollars trying to get rid of them over a several week span. I'm good with my camper!
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:27 PM   #3
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I have a 2007 Surveyor, and my Chevy 1500 pickup gets 6mpg when towing it.
Yikes!
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I'm thinking Hawaii, Europe or Asia might be a bit much for an RV trip.
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If we want to camp, we camp.
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$500 will pay for a salmon fishing charter.[/QUOTE]

LOL priorities We all need them
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Find a nice used Diesel F-250 or similar size of a different Make Diesel, what ever you like.
Average around 14-18mpg, for me pulling, 18-23 not pulling. pulling is sweet and easy. Yes, the upfront cost is a little more, but the long run is worth it.
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Find a nice used Diesel F-250 or similar size of a different Make Diesel, what ever you like.
Average around 14-18mpg, for me pulling, 18-23 not pulling. pulling is sweet and easy. Yes, the upfront cost is a little more, but the long run is worth it.
What speed do you tow at? If 65, you're getting significantly better mileage than ANY diesel owner I've know and trusted to tell the truth about mileage. I had a 1997 F250 7.3L PSD, 2WD, manual, 3.55 gears- about the most efficient form of that truck available- and it would get around 22 pure highway mileage at 65-70 speed limits. Towing a 6-8K TT, you were looking at mid 11's under normal conditions. Most other 7.3L owners I've known would get around 2-4 less highway mileage and similar towing mileage depending upon configuration. The 1 ton dually 4x4 with 4.10 gears my parents had would get significantly less hwy mileage and slightly lower towing mileage, however.
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All depends on the priority of the trip, and what one is willing to pay for and/or put up with.


$500 difference and it opens opportunity for Salmon fishing charter, I'd leave the camper behind.


Nice if you can do both, but not everyone can. Everyone's priorities are different.


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Old 05-10-2018, 02:31 PM   #10
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Im more against traffic and crowded destinations than cost comparing.

For Instance I will never EVER take my camper from NC to Orlando Fla for a Disney trip and stay in the campgrounds down there, simply because I dont like driving on I-4 and 95 in a commuter car let alone in a truck pulling 38 feet of camper behind me.

I also dont visit the popular beach campgrounds because I dont like camping in a parking lot. So destinations like the outer banks etc, that I love to go to, I typically rent a house which is WAY more expensive by much more relaxing in my book.

2K miles would not be an issue if a great destination awaits and I have a good campground to crash at.
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