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Old 10-16-2012, 09:34 AM   #15
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well my cost was per trip,,,not per day, that will be interesting too when i look at it. in the end i don't think it will be very long till our costs compared to any other way of travel will be so inexpensive that we will no longer be able to afford to stay home.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:36 AM   #16
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I went to a training on bedbugs this afternoon....pretty sure i am never sleeping in a hotel again......time to save a little more to order us a scamp...need to decide what we will need or use and what isn't all that important i think......
lol bed bugs,,,,,
hotel rooms are like sausage,,,,never ask whats in it....
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:42 AM   #17
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cool my per day cost of camping so far, on the purchase pirce of the trailer alone,,, 329 dollars per day,,lol if this keeps up every time i go camping they will have to send me money,,,lol
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:38 AM   #18
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cool my per day cost of camping so far, on the purchase pirce of the trailer alone,,, 329 dollars per day,,
All the more reason to keep traveling John got to get the cost per day of use down!
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:10 PM   #19
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Generally speaking, when I factor in the cost on insurance, tires and etc as well as depreciation, I get a number I don't actually care about anyway.

What I look at is the cost of towing (increased fuel use compared with driving at the same speed sans a trailer hitched on), and then add on the costs of the campground. Then I compare with the costs of staying at a hotel/motel.

Generally the motel option has always been very close in price and is SO much less hassle that it makes NO economic sense to pull the trailer along (sorta like the $800.00 per pound fish!) Prior to my purchase of the big one-ton diesel pickup, it was always FAR cheaper to do the motel thing.

Now add in the costs of having to drive from the campground to where we really would prefer to be, (usually downtown in a major city) and compare to the fact that the hotels are usually already downtown in the city (or the motels are often in the suburbs, much closer in to the city center than a campground) and another factor arises.

And since neither wife nor I enjoy "camping", (in fact staying home is greatly to be preferred over going "camping") the trailer becomes purely a hotel room for those events where nearby motels are not possible.

Thus the trailer actually leaves the driveway as rarely as possible (usually three to four times a year for a weekend at a time) and we are working to reduce that level of usage as well.

This year was VERY unusual. We went to Spring Swap Meet at Monroe, Spring NOG, I went to two races in Alberta where I had been asked to drive a team car, Joyce took it to a group outing for one of her social clubs, then up to Barkerville as a "let's try doing it this way" trip, then to Fall Monroe Swap Meet and fall NOG (as a "lets try once more to see if we can enjoy -or at least endure - a weekend in a campground" experiment). 8 trips in all.

Next year's spring NOG is only 30 miles out of Portland so we may attend that to go see the attractions of Portland
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:46 PM   #20
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Speaking of Opposites

We generally avoid cities, rarely stay in motels though we generally can get a room in very good motels for $39 a night in just about any city, and look forward to being in our trailer home.

The trailer offers a simplification of life, not just in the maintenance and operating cost sense, but in 'stuff' to manage. Beyond cost, there's a stress free life that goes with traveling about and exploring our marvelous world.

A side benefit is all the mental stimulation by the new. Each day is exciting and expanding. Every where we turn there's something to see and learn.

As well there's a physical benefit to travel and exploration (walking, hiking, geocaching and swimming), just returned from our annual doctor's visit and everything is good.

As to cost we feel our trailer is not dropping in value. Though for those depreciating their trailers and those that bought brand new trailers, camping may be seen as expensive. I suspect most used trailers are holding their own in price.

Though staying in motels can be inexpensive at least for us, it generally implies eating out and that can be very expensive and generally means richer foods.

When we were younger motels/hotels were fun but now I can't imagine anymore fun than what we have in our trailer. Interestingly many of the best places we went this year like Craters of the Moon or the Chirachua Mts were not motel heavy.

Since we've started RVing I've been paying attention to my mpgs. When we're home, just buzzing around own, between us we average 23 mpg
(Ginny has a heavier foot than I do), the same as we get towing. A high mpg towing situation like a trailer that doesn't lose value, helps keep cost down.

I do realize we have a marvelous life, being able to travel at will. It is a choice we made that I will never regret. I also realize it's not for everyone. Now entering into our 12th year of extended travel we can not (at least do not want to) imagine life not on the road. It is without a doubt the least expensive way we have lived but more importantly it is the most extended fun we've had.

Wishing each of you happiness in your choices... it's 'on the road' for us... leaving in six weeks...
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:49 PM   #21
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Great thought John!

We got into FG trailers so we could travel with our "large" late pup. Many a time we booked a room advising we had a dog. Upon arrival our late therapy dog (Molly) and ourselves were denied accomodation because she looked too mean. Many places charge up to $75 USD a night for "cleaning" fees. In other words, we don't want your dog here. The high end locations are much more dog friendly, yet much more cost prohibitive.

For us, we travel with our family of dogs. We don't pay cleaning fees or get turned away at the door. Not only is it more enjoyable, we don't get turned away at the door. Well, OK, I miss the occasional hot whirlpool that actually works.

In summary, I see more and enjoy more than I can do otherwise.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:34 PM   #22
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Cost per Trip???

My cost per trip would be quite hard to calculate and vary greatly for each trip. Some trips are thousands of miles and 3 months long, others are 35 miles one way and 3 days long. Nightly fees vary from free to about $20.00 per night (rarely higher).

However as somebody said, every night in my trailer is priceless.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:37 PM   #23
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One thing I have never understood is people who include their grocery costs in the price of a camping trip and complain how expensive the trip was . I plan on eating whether I am camping or sitting at home so to me the cost of food is not part of the trip cost but the price you pay to live
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:50 PM   #24
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Steve,
I agree you must eat where ever you are. I posted our costs because they were surprisingly low after our long trip. I find it interesting how little we eat while travelng compared to being at home.

Maybe there's a different level of contentment.

In reality, particularly with long term travel,costs of travel are pretty low, Partially because the distances traveled on average are small on a per day basis.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:56 AM   #25
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Figuring the cost per...whatever puts me in mind of a trip we took with friends to Montana. The other guy is a fisherman and wanted to fish some particular river there so he spent $15 on a non-resident fishing licence. First time he fished he caught a nice one. He never caught another. I told him he should be glad he didn't catch any more because he had a $15 fish. If he had caught another, the value of his $15 fish would have been cut in half. How could a $7.50 fish possibly be as good as a $15 fish?
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #26
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Steve,
I agree you must eat where ever you are. I posted our costs because they were surprisingly low after our long trip. I find it interesting how little we eat while travelng compared to being at home.

Maybe there's a different level of contentment.

In reality, particularly with long term travel,costs of travel are pretty low, Partially because the distances traveled on average are small on a per day basis.
Norm the cost of food in your post makes sense because you are listing it as living expenses . I have friends who take their kids on a weekend of camping and complain about the cost of food and beer for the trip. My question has always been "Then you and your kids normally don't eat when you stay home for the weekend?" I do not believe that food for a camping trip is an added cost above normal living expenses. You are also correct about motels , one may stay at a motel for the same cost as camping but the cost of eating out can easily add $50 to $ 70 a day to your food costs
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:54 AM   #27
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I sold my house before getting an egg, so that really cut down living expenses. I do have a room in my daughter's household - and an in-law apartment there that's in the works - so I compare my travel expenses to what it would cost me to live at a fixed address. I eat less on the road but I've found food to be a lot more expensive; finding organic in Alabama? a Trader Joe's in west Texas? I'm also chemically sensitive so I can't stay anywhere that uses scented laundry, cleaning, or air freshening products. I've found that the cheaper the motel the stronger the scent - so when I have to use a motel it's usually $80 to $120 a night - way more expensive than even a KOA. I do stop to visit with friends and family, a week in a driveway is free :-). Highway towing the Jr. with my Subaru gets about the same gas mileage as city driving without it. I imagine that cost will go way up with my new (used) Scamp 5er and Tacoma. But camp fees will go down. Now I can stay in the National Parks without freezing, hauling ice, or using outhouses and hoses to wash up! I've found that one of my biggest expenses is my cell phone and mobile hotspot service. Verizon has the best middle of nowhere coverage but you pay for it! Since I travel alone I just grumble and pay... Completely aside from the freedom, adventure, and beauty of life on the road (priceless!), I figure I save about $15K a year. And I never have to see snow again ;-)
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:13 PM   #28
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Let's see. For what my Scamp cost me ten years ago, what I've spent in tires, an axle, awning and assorted maintenance items... I could have taken a two-three week Class A+ cruise. But, what would I have done the other nine years?
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