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11-07-2019 09:02 AM
johncanfield
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Originally Posted by geroux View Post
What about, for just when you need it, rent one of those Cruise America RVs?

https://www.cruiseamerica.com/rv-rentals
I have no idea what the cost is but that's absolutely a possibility. My #1 nephew and his family (four kids) rented a Class B for a couple of weeks to camp with his brother and his family. #1 nephew and family enjoyed it so much they bought an RV (Class B.)
11-06-2019 12:10 PM
geroux What about, for just when you need it, rent one of those Cruise America RVs?

https://www.cruiseamerica.com/rv-rentals
11-06-2019 08:52 AM
johncanfield
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Originally Posted by Vinman View Post
.....But, Iíll take a weekend of back country camping with a nice campfire over a hotel room every time.
Well said!
11-05-2019 11:26 PM
Vinman If you try comparing a travel trailer to hotel rooms strictly from a financial standpoint youíll never make the trailer work.

We did a 6,000 mile round trip across Canada a few years ago and thought about hotels vs our trailer a lot and ended up taking the trailer. The increase in fuel cost was less than a cheap motel each night (we stayed at truck stops for free). While that particular trip worked out in our favour financially it would have been a wash at best if we were paying campground fees along the way.
However, having our own bed, bathroom, kitchen and not hauling suitcases in and out of hotel rooms along the was more than enough to convince us to take the trailer again next year when we repeat the trip.

Now if you take the total cost of ownership, you will have to spend an awful lot of nights in hotel rooms to justify the cost of the trailer. Insurance, storage fees (if needed) depreciation, maintenance, repairs etc really adds up.

But, Iíll take a weekend of back country camping with a nice campfire over a hotel room every time.
10-11-2019 11:10 PM
hutchman We've been RVingsince. the early 80s and have owned everything from an class A to a tent trailer. I do not believe, there is any money savings when traveling in an RV. The only way it makes any sense to me is if you use it more than 35 or 40 nights a year.

But with that being said, there is something about being in the woods/desert/at the river, you choose, that makes the extra money worth the expense....sometimes.

I really think it boils down to whatever works for you, or puts a smiles on your face!
10-11-2019 09:39 AM
johncanfield
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Originally Posted by aeroshots View Post
Your own analysis is focused upon costs. That being said, you would be hard pressed to be dollars ahead with any type of comfortable camper. We travel with a motorhome and jeep on a trailer. It is far from the cost effective means of travel for us. We made this selection anyway.
Exactly. We pull Rubi on a trailer also behind the motorhome, our fuel cost alone is 50 cents per mile but we really enjoyed traveling with our stuff and pets. We can entertain in the coach don't have to eat out every meal, we have a good selection of clothes and shoes, etc., etc.

We knew a couple that went on a six week vacation staying at motels and they were quite surprised at how much it cost to be on the road like that.
10-10-2019 03:24 PM
aeroshots Your own analysis is focused upon costs. That being said, you would be hard pressed to be dollars ahead with any type of comfortable camper. We travel with a motorhome and jeep on a trailer. It is far from the cost effective means of travel for us. We made this selection anyway.
10-04-2019 11:39 AM
Wildrat
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Originally Posted by WayWestJeep View Post
For me I never stay in hotels unless I absolutely have to. People/general public are largely pretty dirty and more than a little disease ridden. I know, I see patients daily. That said, with a trailer there is never a check in/out time. No pesky bed bugs. You can usually find a beautiful place to park and enjoy spectacular views. You have a kitchen and pantry full of things you like. You can pack a lot more stuff, it's obviously dog friendly. If you ever have more guests than your house will hold you can toss a few in the trailer. Oh and definitely get one with at least two slide outs. Just a thought, and it really all depends on how active you will be, the area's you will frequent and how often it will actually get used. Plus, don't forget its not dead loss, take care of it and you can always resell it if you don't like it. You wont get any of that hotel money back LOL.

All I do is ride my bike and know most people are filthy, disease carrying slugs! LOL It's why I do not eat out. You do not know who is cooking your food. I've stayed in nice hotels and gotten woken up by a bed bug on my leg. It really puts me off of things.
10-04-2019 12:40 AM
katswuy You all mentioned most, if not all, the pros and cons we have talked about. One of the factors we face is that we would also have to pay for a place to store a trailer when we weren't using it. I think that is the final nail in the coffin for the idea....for us. Thank you for all your input.
10-03-2019 01:08 PM
stangmata My wife and I rented a small trailer for a week long vaca last spring. It was an R-POD and was simply too small. I'm with you, $6K buys a lot of hotel rooms. That's not including maintenance, wear and tear, decreased fuel mileage, etc.

And like John said, RV sites can be expensive. I stayed in P-cola, Fl for $15/night (score!) but paid $100/night in Nashville. A hotel wasn't much more expensive.
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