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pitch

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Posted: 05/12/14 07:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am constantly asked by non Rv'ing friends and family how expensive this hobby is.
I did not figure the cost of the truck as I have always had one,I spread the cost of the trailer out over a guessstimated life of ten years. Nor did I depreciate either the truck or trailer as I tend to keep things till the wheels fall off.
Any way I came up with a ballpark of 1.25 per traveled mile of outing. More if it is a destination trip much lower for simple short camping.
If any of you have figured it out where do you come in at?

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No and probably never will. I like to sleep at night!


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All hobbies cost, but if I can afford it I do it.


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For us full-timers, it's not a hobby; it's a lifestyle.


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dbbls wrote:

All hobbies cost, but if I can afford it I do it.


Ditto!


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For us, RV'ing is not a "hobby", it's our way of life. We've found over the years that living and traveling in our coach costs us little more than staying stationary at our cottage.


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I think it is meaningless to equate the cost per mile. Per night/day of camping/RVing would make more sense.
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A few years ago I quit buying, just gotta haves, piece of mind, cheap insurance and wow that's neat do-dads. Sold a lot of that krap I never used. Cleaned out the storage bay of all the stuff. Had to be a gazillion dollars worth. Now our "hobby" is more enjoyable and less expensive. Now I have real PEICE OF MIND!


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I've done rough calculations. And I do count the cost of the truck because if we didn't RV, we probably would have a car with a 4 banger in it.

We've bought our trailers new and have kept them for 10 years. Even then we've gotten 50% of the original cost back on them. Taking that number, the cost of gas over and above what not having a truck would be, and the cost of sites, it comes out to somewhere around $80-$100 a night. Not cheap, but no worse than staying in rooms for vacations. And far more fun!

Its tough to compare though. We've done a couple of vacations where we've stayed in really nice places, once at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite for our 25th anniversary. Far more expensive than we normally do. And I know a lot of people who will spend 5k for a week in an all inclusive resort just to sit on the beach for a week.

Bumpyroad wrote:

I think it is meaningless to equate the cost per mile. Per night/day of camping/RVing would make more sense.
bumpy


I agree.


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It's our way to enjoy traveling and seeing new places. We spent the $$ some do flying to a resort for a week or two. The only place I need to fly to is Hawaii since it's a bit tough to pull the trailer there.

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