Is it cheaper to buy a pick up truck and a towable trailer than buying an RV or Motorhome (Winnebago, Excursion, Roadtrek, etc).
The Roadtrek motorhome is very expensive. It cost anywhere from $70,000 to close to $200,000. Wouldn't buying a pick up truck for $20,000 (Ford F-150) and a towable trailer home for the same price be cheaper?
Motor homes are RV'a too. In fact all camping vehicles, whether towable of self propelled are recreational vehicles.
But to answer your question, yes it is much cheaper. The cheapest way to RV is to buy a used tent trailer and tow it with a decent used SUV or pickup. You could get into the market for about 7 to 10 thousand dollars. At the top end of the spectrum is of course million dollar motor homes.
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I was pricing the Fords yesterday and for $20,000 you might get a small 6 cylinder stripped! As for it towing, not much more than a pop up!
Look at the eco boost and now your talking TRUCK!!
Then get that TT to tow behind.......
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However, it all depends on what you really want out of an RV. Pickup and trailer are pretty much the starting out vehicles in the RV world, and then it goes up from there. What are you looking for? Camping in the state or BLM areas or traveling across country, or staying more in private rv parks, full timing??? See what I mean.
Be aware that there are many different types of rv's and within each category there are many different sizes and price range.
You need to give us a better idea of what it is that you're looking for.
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Travel Trailers are probably the least expensive way to getting into the RV lifestyle. You don't need an extra vehicle to tow one as many use their daily driver as their tow car/truck. I spend a great deal of time at state parks and TT's are the most prevalent and are being towed by all kinds of vehicles.
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There are SO many variables that it is hard to give a simple answer. As others have said, you certainly COULD start camping with a pickup and a TT for far less than buying a MH. That said, however, you can readily spend 80-100k on a pick-up/TT depending on what you want. If you give us a better sense of what you are considering, we can probably offer better input.
I wouldn't limit the choice to any one type of rv. Keep in mind what you want to do then look around. A new MH may be 70K but there are a lot of used ones that are cheaper. If you have a PU of course a TT would be cheaper. Just take a lot of time and look around. Also keep mind the asking price may be a lot more then they expect to get.
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You don't even have to buy, especially if you don't know if you are going to like it. My local friendly RV dealer rents both popups and and small travel trailers. I had camped and owned travel trailers in my younger and stupider life, but my GF and her daughter never been. So, instead of buying one, I rented. We were going to rent a Class C, but I came across a Liberty Diesel, and we rented a trailer. They loved it. Now, I am in the market.
Be advised, when you rent, you may not have the optimal setup. For me, for instance, we never fine tuned the Weight Distributing Hitch (WDH) and I was still running the cheap Goodyear factory tires that tow horribly (squirmy feel).
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The answer is "yes". With a MH you also have to maintain a drivetrain,initial cost is more, depreciation is a lot, etc. Of course a new pick-up is also very costly. RVing is just expensive but a used truck pulling a use pull-behind trailer is generally the most economical.
If I were to add up what I paid for my 1997 F150 when I bought it used in 2001 and my 2003 Prowler Lynx TT that I bought new in July of 2002, it totals $31,000. ($17k for the truck and $14k for the trailer).
I've still got both and not looking for anything new yet!
I have browsed around and see what new trucks and new TT's cost, as well as what even slightly used MH's cost..
We would like to eventually get into a MH, but the ones we like are in the $80k range...
A new F150 with only the XLT trim and a 5.0 V8 in it runs around $30k.. Most of the new TT out there are in the $18k range.
Don't get into "RVing" if you can't "pay to play"!
I did see an older late 1980's Pace Arrow MH for sale.. Probably 34' and looked okay from the outside.. They wanted $5,000 for it...
My F150 is probably only worth $3000 now (240,000 miles on it) and my trailer is probably only worth #5000 if I'm lucky... It's in great shape, but modded to my own specs..
No plans to sell either, but you can go cheap if that's what you are looking for.. Or go all out and spend the $$$ for some new stuff!
Either way, it's "RVing" and that's what I like!
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