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Dennis Smith

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Posted: 11/02/17 08:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Summer road trip for Dennis and Shauna Smith
June 3, to Oct 15, a total of 134 days.
Touched 12 states, camped in 9 different states in the mid-west.
19,015 miles, trailer pulled 6898 miles/ average 141 day.
33 different campgrounds, average stay 4.06 days per campground.
Camping cost $4786, $35.71 average a day. High was $70, low was $15
Gas cost $3717, $27.73 daily average, .19 cents a mile for gas, about 10 MPG
Entertainment, $2585, $19.29 daily average.
Groceries $3332, $24.86 daily average
Restaurants $1863, $13.90 daily average
Total $16283, $121.51 daily average
36 National Parks (5), Monuments (6), Memorials (6), National Lakeshore (4), Historical Parks (4), Historical sites (8), Historical trail (1), National battlefield (1), and National scenic River Way (1).
Campgrounds ranged from KOA’s to national parks to Military base campgrounds. We prefer small private campgrounds, we never park in free places. Gas, we use gas buddy and shop for gas, Entertainment, we have a senior park pass so all the parks are free, but we do something every day, boat rides, train rides, movies, plays, museum, etc. etc. We find something to see or do every day. Groceries, most from Walmart, they have what we want, easy parking if we are pulling our trailer and there everywhere. Restaurants, we eat out when we want to, we do have a budget and a waist line to watch.
We have a 21 Foot trailer, with our tandem bicycle on the back bumper of the trailer, 21,000 miles and it rides great. Our tow vehicle is a Ford F250 with the 5.7 gas motor. We also have a 18 foot Kevlar canoe on top of the truck.
A fun trip, lots of neat things to see and do in the Midwest.

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Posted: 11/02/17 09:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

$35.71 average per night CG fee seems high but I’m a USFS/BLM Senior Pass holder.


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Excellent post! As we near retirement, this is always on our minds. Sounds like you know how to get the most bang for the buck. Thanks for sharing!


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Love your post! From VA, we traveled all through Quebec, PEI, Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton, US East Coast. Spent entire months in FL and SC, all in a 16 ft. Fun Finder – 2 retired adults and a dog. Now we have a 23 ft. trailer – more space but definitely not as easy towing and travel.

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Awesome post. Planning a trip several months long it is difficult to calculate actual costs. On paper is often different than the real world. Any specific advice for anyone planning similar trips? Things that you didn't expect?


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Sounds like you had fun. Thanks for all the information. Always nice to hear how others travel.


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We did a Canada 150 trip, BC to Newfoundland . Back through the States, Maine to North Dakota. It was just under 20,000KM. Our trailer is a ORV 20FQ, a 20',it wasn't crowded with two people and a Yellow Lab/Golden Retrieve cross. Good floorplan. Best fuel economy was 12.7 liters per 100km driving through Lake of the Woods, Ontario, worst, 20.9 was driving into a stiff head wind on fast turnpike in the mid west. Generally we saw 16 to 18, depending on speed and head winds.


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Nice post wow that's a lot of money spent I'm sure you could cut that down quite a bit if your full timing and not on vacation

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Posted: 11/03/17 05:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm jealous! Sounds like a great trip!

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Our cost was right what we planed to spend. Could we cut cost, sure but remember we go and do something or see something every day. Our goal is to see everything there is to see where we are at. We never just sit for a day in the camp ground. That for sure would save money. We knew what our budget was and worked around that. Fuel cost was a bit lower then we thought it would be so that open up the budget a bit. We did this same trip out west in 2016, and spent about the same amount. a fun trip and we look forward to covering the south in 2018

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