Originally Posted by DreiHunde
Guess that means more nights at "Fort Wal Mart"!
I can only imagine the "fun" you have with planning your budget for that adventure you are on!!!
To be honest, I just sort of picked a random number for nightly costs. Right now, with a week at the Fort back in June, I'm at $43/night. If I move that to our "vacation" budget, my nightly average falls to $35/night. The next 2 weeks will help as we are at a Thousand Trails park ($0 to $3/night) in Las Vegas.
My budget at $50/night is still significantly cheaper than my house payment (mortgage, escrowed taxes, home owners insurance, and HOA). In fact, I have a good bit of wiggle room before hitting that. BUT, our entertainment budget has gone way up with wanting to do things in each location. That touristy crap adds up!
We do Fort Walmart purely for convenience of stopping and sleeping but don't plan on it outside of that. I'd stay at more TT parks if they were in more places. The dues for the year are already paid (and I have them calculated into my nightly average).
We have hit a couple of hotels now- their costs are surprising as I get used to camping. Crap hole Clarion hotel in Colorado Springs was $85/night and we had to buy dinner out due to no kitchen. Not to mention, sharing a bedroom with the kids. Even the crap hole Elkhart hotel was something near $80/night.
To the OP- sorry for the thread hijack!