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Old 11-14-2020, 08:01 AM   #41
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All costs aside the last time we stayed in a motel (good quality chain) one bed had no matress cover, one towel............the bed had blood on the matress (large quanity)...... they we full no way to change rooms....... the towels came at 9PM and were still damp.
We barely got a sorry............ all rooms full no vacancy at any motels in the area......................

Our dogs come with us camping no boarding fees.............

Our piece of mind knowing how clean and our own matress and furniture are....... priceless,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Old 11-14-2020, 08:47 AM   #42
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When we need to travel for any reason, we take the rv to nearest cg. Before I retired would travel and use hotel 2-3 nights every month. learned to hate them for some of the reasons above. Have not stayed in one in 8 years, but have camped over 500 nights. Since I have retired camping is one of the joys we share. Additionally we camp with a very friendly group that is a great social event once a month. Priceless.
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Old 11-14-2020, 08:55 AM   #43
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As far as tt expenses, before we purchased the Motorhome. We used the $300 a niight cost. Devide the cost of rv by number of nights camped. When it is less than $300, you are in the black mentally, compared the number periodically with a couple other rvers and when one would hit the $300 mark, we celebrated. Why not? Chose to use this method over some of the above calculations, fun and I still have my hair. Forget the expense calculation and enjoy the rv ride.
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16 = 77, 17 = 81, 18 = 44, 19 = 83, 20= 45, 21 = 76
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:13 PM   #44
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I figure my RV costs me just a little less than the "free" fish I catch; about $2,400 a pound according to my spouse..
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:20 PM   #45
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About what I got on my end as well, king49
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:24 PM   #46
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NEVER NEVER NEVER figure the cost of a toy. And especially never tell your wife how much it costs.

I saw a quote that is spot on:

"My greatest fear is that I will die and my wife will sell my (choose: camper/toys/tools/cars/motorcycles/racing parts/golf clubs) for what I told her they cost".
The only difference between men and boys is the price of our toys.
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Old 11-19-2020, 09:20 PM   #47
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I didn't keep records so these are estimates but I figured our 2011 $26,500 trailer which we sold a few months ago for 13,500 cost us about $31.48 a night. We lived in it a grand total of 1080 nights, again, and estimates, but we spent about six months in it during a remodel in 2019 and spent several months in it for five Winters wintering over in Arizona plus weekends with the RV Club. I did figure in three grand for the licenses, i.nsurance and things like that. I did not figure in cost of Towing it with my dually nor did I figure any of the extras that I bought for it which were really not substantial other than one or two sets of replacement tires
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Old 11-19-2020, 09:26 PM   #48
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I didn't keep records so these are estimates but I figured our 2011 $26,500 trailer which we sold a few months ago for 13,500 cost us about $31.48 a night. We lived in it a grand total of 1080 nights, again, and estimates, but we spent about six months in it during a remodel in 2019 and spent several months in it for five Winters wintering over in Arizona plus weekends with the RV Club. I did figure in three grand for the licenses, i.nsurance and things like that. I did not figure in cost of Towing it with my dually nor did I figure any of the extras that I bought for it which were really not substantial other than one or two sets of replacement tires

That $31.48 per night was based on 1080 nights. I'm thinking that those who use it for a week, once per year, would have a far greater cost per night.
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Old 11-19-2020, 11:13 PM   #49
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Cost Per Trip

Not sure that it really matters what the cost per trip is in real $. Itís the quality time with family; new experiences and making new friends that is important.
Side benefits: not standing in a security line at an airport; sitting in the middle seat on an airplane for hours; eating overpriced restaurant food and hotel bed bugs.
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:51 AM   #50
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Donít forget residual value

When you consider cost per use donít forget to consider the residual value of the camper.

For example, if the unit cost you $35,000 originally and five years later you sold (or could sell) it for $20,000, then the actual cost for the five years is $15,000 or $3,000/year.

That makes a big difference is thinking about value.
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Old 11-20-2020, 07:10 AM   #51
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First off buying an rv is not a sound financial investment. The only thing worse than buying an rv is a boat.
You cannot put a price on memories.
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:47 AM   #52
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New 35' toyhauler 20grand campground fee 100 dollars a year ( full hook ups lake clubhouse) Very inexpensive
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:47 AM   #53
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Cost - never a consideration

Never wondered what it costs, it is a lifestyle choice to be outdoors and experience the warmth of a campfire with family and friends.
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Old 11-20-2020, 11:56 AM   #54
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Cost of camping in an RV

RVs are depreciating assets so the value isnít straight-lined. The cost is actually higher than your calculation. What it amounts to is buying one makes no sense unless one full-times or uses it for work so that it can legally be written off. That in turn means, donít worry about it; enjoy, have fun, see new country & when your done with it donít even think about value retention. Trade, sell for what you can or donate it & move on to whatever is next in your life.
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Old 11-20-2020, 12:09 PM   #55
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Slo "What it amounts to is buying one makes no sense unless one full-times or uses it for work so that it can legally be written off" So this means all of us that have purchased RVs for the enjoyment is not aloud that enjoyment unless we meet your criteria Sad.
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Old 11-20-2020, 01:22 PM   #56
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What? Read the last 2 sentences again. What do you thinkí ďdonít worry about it, have fun, enjoy, have fun, see new countryĒ means? Anything else i type would be an insult so Iíll leave it at that.
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Old 11-20-2020, 07:46 PM   #57
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If you thought about this and the individual cost of everything else you do in life you would drive yourself crazy. I Give this answer when people ask how much fuel I use when I tow my 42' Heartland fifth wheel, to me it's the cost of my vacation. I could stay at some pretty nice hotels and resorts for what I have invested but we all know that that does not compare to our camping lifestyle. Bottom line is, it just doesn't matter.
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Old 01-21-2021, 04:00 PM   #58
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I toyed with the numbers a few years ago when we first bought our tt. The cost per night in the tt was many, many times the cost to stay in a motel/hotel. (we are both still working and only manage a few weeks total each year) Is it worth it? - EVERY PENNY! Like others said - they're money pits. I close my eyes to the cost and enjoy every minute we have in ours.
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Old 01-21-2021, 04:19 PM   #59
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Old 01-21-2021, 04:27 PM   #60
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No just like I donít calculate how much each fish I catch costs.
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