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Posted: 10/28/19 02:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What Lantly just stated.
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Purchased my rv to travel, been on the road for 3 years doing an occasional layover at 3 properties I own in Nevada, Vermont, and Pennsylvania biggest cost for me is fuel currently have 165,350 miles on the rig. Is it expensive that all depends on what you can afford. I'm enjoying my rv to its fullest capabilities.


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Why should we leave our daughter any money? lol


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DutchmenSport wrote:

Unless you are full time RVer and have no true stick-n-brick home any more, RVing is a hobby. Some call it a "lifestyle." I like to call it a "lifestyle", but really, it's not essential for my existence. If I lost the 5er, tow vehicle, and every physical item associated with the camper right now, I would still be fully functional in my stick-n-brick home. SNIPPED

We have the opposite opinion. If our sticks and bricks burned down, our life continues as normal in our 5er. Probably better since we both prefer to be in it instead of the house anyway.

The house is a mile from work for both of us, so we can't really do any better than that!


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As an 80-year old builder and flier of model airplanes, RV'er, guitar plunker and indulger in other hobbies and pastimes, I often counsel beginners about the initial and continuing costs of any worth-while hobby. Most of us have limited finances so most of us eventually invest in a motorhome that suits our desires and needs as well as possible within our financial limits. I advise beginners to save their money until they can buy good equipment and afford incidental expenses such as AMA membership insurance, club dues, and the cost of models, replacements and ground support equipment. Getting a good start in any hobby is important to having success and maximum continued enjoyment for the money and effort invested. I hope this makes sense:-)

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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

....If our sticks and bricks burned down, our life continues as normal in our 5er. Probably better since we both prefer to be in it instead of the house anyway.



Now THAT has to be the absolute best statement I've heard in a long time.

When we purchased this house, we selected the property so we could use the camper freely on it. House is secondary. I tease my wife often and call our camper, NOT our home away from home. Instead, "our home AT home!"

We choose the camper over the house. House and property is a convenience to park and live in the camper without restrictions. Still, to own the property to park the camper is not cheap either.

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I think there are a lot of people in California right now that find their RV priceless. I was there in 1994 just 3 miles from the epicenter of the Northridge earth quake. It struck at night, and I remember my neighbors got in their cars to keep warm. I was so glad we had a 1983 Alfa Gold 29 foot travel trailer. We lived in it for weeks. Really saved our bacon.


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Depends wildly on how much you use the RV. I suspect many use it 5-6 weekends and a 1 week vacation per year...yep, it's wildly expensive way to travel.

But for those who plan to utilize it a lot, the costs come down very quick.

The other thing is to look at the type of RV you buy and how much maintenance you can do yourself. A big DP MH where you outsource everything to repair shops, it's going to be very expensive. A small bumper pull travel trailer pulled by the 1/2ton pickup you already have for other reasons and you do most basic maintenance yourself...it can be pretty cheap.


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bobndot wrote:

We rv because we travel with a dog and hate sleeping in beds that hundreds of other have slept in before us. We like having our own bathroom that's usually available 24/7 when we travel. Needless to say, we have not thought about how much it cost.
When people ask us we ballpark our mpg, repairs, food, camp fees and other rv related expenses. When the bill comes, we simply pay it and don't think twice.


same here only we have 4 small dogs that travel with us

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Cost of things! Google cheap and you will find my picture. I dislike staying in hotels and detest using public bathrooms, the real biggie is I like to take a nap when I want to. So I spend the money.

I have a 94 Toyota and if I had to pay people for repairs I would have to let it go and stay in hotels, and nap in the car. Repairs are not bad enough, then there are the dishonest shops. I wanted to get a AC expansion valve replaced 3 years ago and took it to the local AC place as I did not have time to mess with it. They gave me a $1200 estimate. TWELVE HUNDRED US DOLLARS. So I changed plans and did it myself, total cost less than $100 and at most 4 hours work. This is fresh in my mind as here it is 3 years later and I am in the middle of replacing the valve again.

I full timed for 10 years and was able to live very inexpensive even with the loss of about $40,000 when I sold the RV. That was a bus conversion I had built myself, sweet machine. Things I learned, the friends I made doing that and the experiences of RV'ing I cannot put a dollar amount on.

Being cheap is tough, sometimes I do myself a disservice by trying to save a $, I have to watch that. You know that feeling you get when realizing that $12 was spent on gas to save $8 on a campsite.

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