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Old 12-12-2015, 08:22 AM   #43
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Well, I've done the math and the per night cost is less than motels if you use the trailer a fair bit.
But the math doesn't tell the story. I've always had a fascination with trailers. There's just something about being cozy in my own little house that's very comforting. It's some sort of primal drive. A friend who, like me, enjoys small spaces suggested that we had been nomads in a past life. I like that thought...

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Old 12-12-2015, 09:01 AM   #44
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Your own toilet, dishes, pillow, your own sheets and quilts goes along way in my mind. Remember Mike Tyson's trial a few years ago? What they found on the hotel bedspread? Yikes! "Stuff" from several people! And what might be in that carpet you walk barefoot on from the shower to the bed? I am no germaphobic or clean freak but I really am glad to have a camper of my own.

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Old 12-12-2015, 09:11 AM   #45
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Hi: Vivian L... I always say if we have "Bed bugs" we own them!!!
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Well Alf you can borrow ownership of all those evil expensive little bugs, in the world. I still get the itchies thinking about them and I can safely swear I will never stay in another hotel or motel in my lifetime. I'll sleep in the barn with critters I know, if I have to.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:07 PM   #46
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Lot's of very good information and valid points in this thread. I make two annual treks between California and Alaska and have done it both ways, towing a 17-foot Bigfoot and either boondocking, or staying in RV parks/campground, and a few trips with no trailer and staying in hotels every night. I lose about 40% of my fuel economy with the trailer.

I've noticed that in the U.S., the cost between each scenario is pretty close. But in Canada, where petrol is expensive even on a good day, the difference in cost is greater, with a slight advantage going to the hotel route even though hotels are also expensive in Canada.

However, when I factor in the dogs, that is a bit of an equalizer since most hotels now charge a non-refundable per pet fee (as opposed to a refundable deposit like they used to do). Those fees can significantly jack up the cost of the room since I have two dogs. Most campgrounds and RV parks on the routes I travel don't charge a pet fee. That seems to be more of a thing in parks in or near urban areas.

So, at the end of the day, if I travel with my dogs, it's pretty much a wash. But if I factor in the average fixed costs of owning the trailer (purchase price, storage, maintenance, supplies, etc.) it costs quite a bit more than the hotel route when everything is averaged out.

If I travel in the winter, which I have done a couple of times, the hotel route is definitely cheaper since you can usually only camp on the warmer portions of the route and as you get farther north, you end up hotelling it anyway. So even though you are still paying the mileage penalty with the trailer you end up also paying for rooms for a portion of the trip. It's a double-whammy

I still prefer the convenience and other benefits - most of which have been mentioned in previous posts in this thread - of having the trailer with me but on a cost basis alone, the hotel route is much more economical in my case.
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If cost is important to you don't ever figure the cost of each fish caught during the life time of your bass boat.

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