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Old 12-16-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hello from LI-NY

Hello all! Just registered here looking for some solid advice. My wife and I owned a 28' Dutchman Lite a few years back and really enjoyed taking it places with our boys. We sold it after just one summer season because we needed the money. Well we are looking to get a new one but have some concerns.

The majority of our camping will be done locally here on LI or within 100 miles.

However, a big thing we are looking to do is take the trailer down to Florida at least 2-3 times a year. We already do this trip with our truck but no trailer. Our main concern is are we going to be saving any money towing the trailer to FL considering the reduction in fuel economy? I have ready a lot of threads about this and the answer I have come up with is no. From what I have ready, my truck, 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L Black Express Edition, fuel economy will be cut down from the 21/22 mark to about 9-10MPG. We were hoping to buy a 24-27' Toy Hauler but are also considering a large pop-up depending on how and if this will bring our fuel economy back up a bit.

Any advice/guidance would be much appreciated. As luck would have it, and in my last minute style, we are driving down to FL the day after Christmas for a weeks vacation in the sun!

Thanks and glad to be a part of the community!
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:10 PM   #2
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Hi, we're also from Long Island. You're leaving Friday after Christmas and we're leaving Saturday. We're taking our trailer down but we're staying 3 months. If I were staying only 1 week I would fly (even though it scares the hell out of me). What you'll pay for gas and extra tolls (truck and trailer are 3 times the rate of just the truck) gets expensive fast. If I drove I would just stay in a hotel. Whatever you decide have a great trip. Merry Christmas
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:14 PM   #3
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Hi, we're also from Long Island. You're leaving Friday after Christmas and we're leaving Saturday. We're taking our trailer down but we're staying 3 months. If I were staying only 1 week I would fly (even though it scares the hell out of me). What you'll pay for gas and extra tolls (truck and trailer are 3 times the rate of just the truck) gets expensive fast. If I drove I would just stay in a hotel. Whatever you decide have a great trip. Merry Christmas
Thanks for the response jwedell! In the past we've flown but over the past few years it is far more expensive to fly with 4 people and renting a car in FL so we've driven. We are definitely driving this time it's just a matter of if we will be towing something.

Merry Christmas and enjoy FL!!! I can't wait for the day where we would stay a few months over the Winter!
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:30 PM   #4
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GoodTimes,
Welcome to the forums from a fellow Long Islander! Not sure about the mileage you will get while towing a camper, but I don't believe that it would be cut in half. Even if you do get 10mpg, that would be say 300 gallons of fuel for you round trip. Using even $3 for the price of gas (I'm sure it will be a lot less nowadays especially in Virginia and Georgia) so that would be $900 for fuel. Try pricing airline tickets for 4 around Christmas. I'm sure that you won't be able to come anywhere near the $900 you will spend on fuel for your family of 4 (I'm assuming you have 2 boys when you said that you were going with the 'boys'). That would be getting each ticket for $225/ticket.
That's JMHO. What ever way you decide to travel, good luck and have a great trip.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:38 PM   #5
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Thanks Tom. You are correct with what the airline tickets (as well as our two boys) would cost upwards of $1300 which is why we are definitely driving. Now it's determining if the cost of extra fuel for the trip is a savings vs hotel costs. We already booked the Shades of Green Disney Resort for February break so we will be driving down to FL again then. We were considering breaking that trip in half where we would spend 3 days in the hotel and 3 days in the trailer. Each year we try to get down to FL 2-3 times and hopefully in the not so distant future more like 4-5 times during the Winter so really it's a debate over hotel vs trailer cost wise.

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Have you looked into Disney's Fort Wilderness? Great campground and once you are at the campground, you do not need to move your tow vehicle to go to the parks. They have free transportation to all the parks from the campground. Also, don't forget the price of food when you stay at a resort. You will need to buy 3 meals a day as opposed to 1 or 2. Other meals can be eaten in your camper.
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Have you looked into Disney's Fort Wilderness? Great campground and once you are at the campground, you do not need to move your tow vehicle to go to the parks. They have free transportation to all the parks from the campground. Also, don't forget the price of food when you stay at a resort. You will need to buy 3 meals a day as opposed to 1 or 2. Other meals can be eaten in your camper.
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Yes, we went to Disney last February and stayed at the Allstar Sports Resort. We drove through and checked out the Wilderness Resort while there which was very nice. It seems the spaces there are expensive, very close if not equal to what you would pay at another Resort. But I guess it's more of the experience.
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I almost forgot. If you are planning on going to Disney several times a year as we do, look into Annual Passes. Good for a year and you can go into any of the parks as many times as you wish. 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.
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I almost forgot. If you are planning on going to Disney several times a year as we do, look into Annual Passes. Good for a year and you can go into any of the parks as many times as you wish. 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.
Good advice. Our plan is to spend a week at Disney and the other trips at other attractions and the beach. I am in the military and get a great discount from Disney on tickets which really can't be beat, but thanks for the tips.
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Any suggestions on nice tow behind travel trailers or toy haulers in the 27' range? We need to stay around 6500 lbs and want at least one slide preferably two.
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