I don't think so. I think the opposite, saves money. Cheaper than staying in a hotel and having to go out to eat for every meal.
Not to mention, with bedbugs all the place, couldn't imagine what that would cost if you brought them home from a hotel.
Enough already with hotel bed bugs, have read about them a zillion times on RV Net. We stay in nice hotels about every 3rd night while touring and never had a bed bug problem... Maybe it's because we stay in 'nice' hotels???
Also, my Father had an 11 million dollar 125 ft Palmer-Johnson motor-yacht, at one time it was one of the largest in the country.
He used the same line to justify owning it; how the yacht saved money by not having to stay in hotels or go out to eat every meal
Now that thing was a money pit; upkeep, insurance, docking, crew and fuel ran over million per year.
Happy day for us when we sold it to a front company controlled by Hugo Chevez.
Your father=smart man.
Bed bugs...nice hotel...CA a few years ago, "nice hotel" woke in the middle of the night itching like crazy with red marks all over. When we checked out that day and drove around the other side of the "nice hotel" there were stacks of mattresses in the parking lot.
I don't drop $300-400 a day when I am in my TT like I used to when staying in "nice hotels" and having to eat every meal out in a restaurant.
I will also add we can eat healthy meals that we can prepare our own way.
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The argument that TT's save money over hotels is a bit of a joke IMO. I choose the RV over a hotel because of the comfort, privacy and the feeling of being at home with MY stuff as well as the camping experience.. The reality however is that nowdays campgrounds with services are nearing the cost of a hotel room,some in specific areas are more and the diff in cost is nowhere near the cost of the overhead we all put into owning and transporting our respective RV's. If you took the cost of fuel towing or driving your MH plus the campground fees vs the cost of driving an affordable car to a hotel, take the diff and divide it into the cost of ownership of your RV (That includes the truck and trailer or MH and toad, most are in well over 6 figures I'm sure, don't forget the interest on those loans), I'm pretty sure you can take all the "All inclusive" tropical vacations you can handle over the life of your RV.. well.. maybe I'm exagerting a bit but be honest about the cost of a weekend (outside the ownership).. I can drop a couple hunderd on food, beverages, camp fees, propane, fuel, wood and on and on, I don't like to thik of the other overheads..
I also have a 23' Deck boat (which Im trying to get rid of) and the cost per usage in my case if astronomical if I factor in the cost of the boat or the loan I pay for it. I've heard two saying about boats.. One was "A boat is just a hole in the water you throw money into" and the other was "The two best days of a boat owner is the day you buy it, and the day you sell it" I thnk they both might be true.. I'll comment on the later if/when the time comes..
Just my two cents.. (wait.. think my kids took that)
on edit.. I just did a quick figure in my head..
this is depressing..
So lets say you have a new truck and trailer.. total cost after borrowing is lets say 160k and lets assume you will drive it into the ground lets say 10 years because you're towing every week in my figure..
160K / 10 years is 16K a year take that and divide by 52 weeks (because we're really active) and then add say $200 for the money you WOULD have spent camping (on the low side imo for supplies for a weekend) and you end up with a grand total of $507 and change $200 per week of fees if you want as I assume camping only 2 days, if all week add a bunch more to your $200..
Some will say the RV and truck will last 20 years and perhaps that's true but you also unless full timers wont camp 52 weeks of the year.. maybe half? so it all works out. Depressing.. Hope I do'nt get kicked off here for showing behind the curtain.. really I love camping..
So, buy that 69 camero and restore it and take the last minute deals for vacations.. you're more likely to come ahead when you sell that car in the future.
Not just bedbugs (which a lot of places don't seem interested in taking care of until their hotel ends up on the national bedbug registry), but with the way hotel prices have been going up, it makes sense to pack your bed with you.
For example, if I stay at a hotel chain in a rural area with decent quality for a Friday and Saturday night, I will be paying $150 to $250 for that. That right there can possibly be equal to a monthly payment on a low-end TT.
Then there is food. Eating out can get expensive, and eating at the hotel room tough to do sometimes, compared to just grabbing a beer out of a refrigerator bought before the trip.
Of course, when all is said and done, a rig is likely more expensive than hotels and eating out, but there is a known quantity that is present with a RV -- you know the bed will be there, you have your particular food items stocked, you likely have what you need for events packed and ready to go, and you are not dependent on some place if they have or lack hot water.