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Old 12-16-2014, 09:32 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by tmmar View Post
Also, if you get a Tables in Dining pass (cost is $100/year), you save 10% on meals at most of the restaurants in the parks. We got one on our last trip to Disney and we saved the cost of the pass on just 2 meals.
Just a thought.
Wow lots of fellow Long Islanders here lol. Small correction its Tables in Wonderland and yes WELL worth the money we always end up saving money with it. Annual passes are also great as they entitle you to even more discounts. I'm a Vacation Club owner with WDW and an official Disney addict!

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Old 12-16-2014, 10:41 PM   #12
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Hello and welcome from NC. Typically those that get into camping because it's cheaper are disappointed when they quickly learn it's really not cheaper. Remember you now have a tt to pay for and insurance on that tt as well. As you pointed out your fuel mileage drops. There is more wear and tear on your TV and you have maintenance to do on your tt. There are camping fees, tolls, etc. Then there is all the gear people buy. Will you be keeping it at home or storing it somewhere? Storage costs money every month.

Now if you want to camp because you want family time and enjoy camping then that is a completely different story. Camping is an excellent family activity and has brought my family closer together.

As for towing, run the numbers very carefully on your truck payload. What does your tire loading sticker say inside the drivers door... look for "occupants and cargo not to exceed x lbs". This is your trucks payload before you subtract the weight of your family, the stuff they carry in the truck, and any pets. What is left is what's available for your loaded tongue weight. Loaded tongue weight is typically 13-15% of loaded tt weight. Do not shop using dry tongue weights or dry tt weights as you will never tow a dry or unloaded tt.

Looking at your requests for slides etc, I think a toy hauler will be outside your weight limits. I hate sounding this negative because I do love camping but I think it's important to go into this with your eyes wide open.

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Old 12-17-2014, 02:50 PM   #13
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Hello from a li-er also! I keep all my camping local so far, hate driving through the city! I just picked up a nice coachmen apex 288bhs, nice big bunks for the kids and only weighs 5k lbs!
Def go out of state for a new one if u go new, much cheaper.
Just took my kids to disney for the 1st time, we flew in and stayed at the AK! I would drive every time but the wife cant stand it.
Good luck with your search and if you need any advice on a camper let me know, im on my 3rd new one!
Merry xmas and happy new year!
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:45 PM   #14
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Thanks Cableman. I think we are definitely going to buy a camper just not sure if a TT or Toy Hauler. My boys have ATVs and bicycles and lots of toys so a hauler is attractive. Then again I am considering putting things in my truck bed and on a hitch off the RV depending on the weight. Just checked this thing out online, looks real nice - 2015 Vibe 272BHS

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