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Old 10-11-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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cost per trip?

ok got to thinking,,, next week we go on our tenth trip since we got the scamp. that means our cost per trip so far is $1150.00 so far, and this is just the first year.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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I calculated a few months ago that based on price paid for trailer 5 years ago & number of nights out in it, I am down to about $14 per night as far as original outlay goes. But when I add in the cost of yearly insurance and maintenance & updates - tires, battery, fans, new brakes, wheel bearings, LED lighting, new upholstery, etc the nightly cost of having the trailer jumps up to about $27 per night based on usage.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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The purchase price of our camper was defrayed after only two hundred nights of use, when comparing the per night price for lodging vis-a-vis a moderate motel room. That is the entire purchase price, not considering the resale value of the Scamp.
The upkeep on the Scamp has amounted to little more than one replacement set of tires, 5 quarts of toilet chemical,and half a tube of grease... over 60,000 miles, 8 years, and maybe 400+ nights.
The fuel usage is mitigated nearly as much by the reduced pace of towing as it is aggravated by the towing itself, resulting in a difference within the margin of other factors.
All that... and our Scamp has depreciated nearly as far as it ever will,while still retaining over half of it's purchase value.
The comfort, convenience,and flexibility, of our little travel trailer has made travel more economical and desirable than any other means.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
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This can be a slipery road to wander down, for example I thought about cost per hr of use of our seadoo and came up with a shocking number, ie gas insurance and repairs. There for a I sold it. Like anything in life if you buy a decent quality item and look after it and keep it a while you will get to enjoy it for a sensible price. With a little care a fiberglass trailer of pretty much any make will last a long time.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:04 AM   #5
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Floyd raises a good point in regards to the depreciation factor. For people such as myself who picked a used trailer in good shape for a good price & do some needed maintenance & updates, there may well be no depreciation but a big increase in value. After 5 years & over 330 days of use, I was at a recent rally where I was offered by two different people a lot more than what I originally paid for the trailer. So if and when I ever sell it the cost per night of use will be much lower than it is today & in fact if the offers made are a reflection of what it will go for & I have good reason to believe they are, the cost per night of usage may well end up being $0. Got to love fiberglass trailers.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:52 AM   #6
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This is like figuring up the cost of fish by the pound for the average fisherman.
I love to fish, especially in the High Sierras.
If I worried about the $800.00 a pound the fish cost I never would fish again.
$800.00 a pound might be a little conservative.
Eggs are far less expensive.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:04 PM   #7
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If I worried about the $800.00 a pound the fish cost I never would fish again.
$800.00 a pound might be a little conservative.
have had several humours evening at the family dinner table attempting to calculate out the real cost of the fish we were eating - your right $800/lb is probable very conservative. The fun of catching it though is priceless.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:22 PM   #8
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It does not matter what it costs us to use our trailer---it is PRICELESS to us because we no longer need to sleep on the ground, worry about seams/canvas/zippers self-destructing with each set-up and take-down, no bed bugs, we can stop along the roadside anywhere and make lunch and a cup of tea without having to do anything more than open the door and we can go anywhere we wish.
....and you cannot beat priceless.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:55 PM   #9
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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......
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:17 PM   #10
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Cost??

315 days this year really reduces the per day cost.

I also expect that my trailer is worth more than its purchase price. As a result the cost of our trailer is really minimal.

Lastly, since I keep track of everything we spend, I know clearly that it is more expensive for us to be home than to be on the road. The entertaining factor is much larger.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:26 PM   #11
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It does not matter what it costs us to use our trailer---it is PRICELESS ....and you cannot beat priceless.
Theresa you said it well!
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:42 PM   #12
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No question about it, the cost of my used camper + the fun of camping + meeting new friends + saving $$ on hotels = way more smiles than I care to count!!
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:39 AM   #13
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And the stars at night, the smell of the campfire, a loon calling out on the lake and a warm, snug safe bed to crawl into when your ready- as Theresa said Priceless!!
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:13 AM   #14
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My s.o. keeps detailed spreadsheets on her (now sold) SCAMP and the Lil' Bigfoot.
I, on the other hand, just throw money at the Hunter C-II as I feel the need.

That said, the factor that's often not included, is the value received from ownership, from the pleasures of restoration and making each FGRV "Ours", to the nights we spend using them and the freedom we gain.

My take; if ya gotta keep track of costs, be sure to assign a number to the value received from ownership. Personally, I put that number at "Priceless", others may be less, some even more (if there is such a value).

If, on the other hand, if your primary concern when buying is getting your money back when selling, maybe you better ask the seller (and/or your s.o.) to sign a "prenup".
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