I never did like math. We love to travel and camp with our TC. That said looking to do a 10 or 11 day trip for a long Thanksgiving week and we might end up hoteling it and driving my wife's hybrid It would cost me $ 1,000 just in diesel to get to AZ and back with the truck and TC. I'm working a spreadsheet and it just might be take camper, screw the fuel bill to be able to camp another 10 nights this year. Likes been said cann't take the 80 pound dog into to many hotels, cann't do a fire in a hotel room and the biggest issue is I cann't make s'mores in the hotel room either
Life is not about math, unless your an accountant like me!
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That the costs of owning, using, and maintaining your class A far exceeds the costs of your pre-RV vacations does not surprise me. When I made my original post, I was picturing my readers to be fellow truck campers.
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I just figgered it for a referance point, we don't eat much at all because were on a trail from daylight till dark on most days, so it's trail food for us.
and it will cost alot more to eat if you don't bring your mobile kitchen along.
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Terry, it is pretty simple math to explain it to you but if the $38 is all you think it is really costing you to camp we'd all be wasting our time trying.
Of course it's not. But you have consider the savings over the motel room as going against the price of the TT. In just a few trips, I've saved enough on rooms, to pay for the camper. after the TT is paid for, Yeah, all it costs is gas, and site rental.
Think of it like this. 10 trips to Myrtle Beach in a Motel Room, or Condo, Will cost me more than $30,000. Ten trips to Myrtle Beach in the TT will cost me a little over $25,000, which includes the cost of the TT. So there is a $5,000 dollar difference. to my good. and that does not include the mountain trips. Plus. I started out with a $500.00 popup, and the savings over the past 31 years have more than paid for the any TT I may have bought, or will buy.
I thought the same as you. My neighbor bought a $3000.00 TT. I thought, you can stay in alot of motels for 3K. I learned better. now, your family can't even stay 7 nights in a oceanfront room, in the summer for $3K. But they can stay 7 nights in an oceanfront RV Resort, for $515.00. Any way you look at it, I come out ahead.
Maybe you paid more for your camper than I did mine, and maybe you have to count a TV to tow it. I don't. I had a truck, long before I had a TT. Plus in NC, Once the TT is paid for. you no longer are required to carry insurance on it. It has liability when hooked to the TV.