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Old 04-29-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Avg Operating Cost for 44000# Class A Coach

I realize this is a complicated question with lots of variables but has anyone done the laborious calculations to figure out the avg annual mileage cost for operating a Class A 44000# MC which might avg 12,000mi/yr? Include fuel, maintenance, insurance, storage, license, registration. These would be most of the fixed costs. Rental spaces on-the-road are variables and woud be outside the calculations. I'll be surprised if anyone has bothered to figure this out( for more reasons than not) but I'd appreciate your best guess. There must be a good engineer out there somewhere.

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:08 PM   #2
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The "problem" is that many people (me included) do most of my own work and that saves a bunch.
Mileage will vary depending on how you drive. Testing on fleets by Cummins have shown as much as a 30% difference between drivers, even after switching equipment.

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:10 PM   #3
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People ask me all the time ............."What da ya get for mileage?" I say if I gotta worry about that then I shouldn't have it. It costs money for sure.
But it's fun. I've never figured any of the costs out. To me it just doesn't matter. I like the joy I see in the wife now when we motor out. Especially our little grandaughter..........The fun she has you can't put a price on it.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:11 PM   #4
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We spend about $8500 on the items in your post.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:25 AM   #5
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Figuring 7.5mpg get you $6400 at $4.00 fuel. License and reg. cast about $50 in OH. In CO
it is based on MSRP so it could be thousands. Lube and Oil at Speedco ~$300. Maintenance....I have never had on any RV I've owned a year where all I had to do was scheduled maintenance. Ever. If I have to take mine in for work I think in increments of $1000. If i get it out for less than $500 it feels like I stole it. That is the cost.

Value? 4 months missing NE Ohio winter by spending it in CA wine country? Priceless!
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This is like calculating the cost of every hour I was in the air when we owned airplanes. You don't want to know.

We have a budget for insurance, fuel, maintenance and overnight stays. We've never calculated what it comes out to per mile, and I'd be afraid to.
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It's tough to price everything but I do keep a log of all my expences broken down as such, miles driven, fuel gallons and cost, accessories (all items related to camping Grill, chairs etc.), maintenance(I do most of my own) parts, camp ground expenses. This is just something I do but have never figured what the annual cost would add up to. Don't think I want to know. When ask as I am fueling up at the station, what does it cost to fill up? I respond "About as much as one night in a decent hotel".
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If I keep track, I'll sell it.(or burn it)
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Don't forget to build in around $700/year for tires. You didn't mention cost of the rig. Depending on how detailed you want to get and what you are going to do with this information... you'd need to build in the cost to service the debt, or lost opportunity cost/depreciation.

As others have said... you really don't want to know.

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Costs, Costs, we don't know our stinking costs. The look on my grandkids face when we do or see something new is worth the price of admission. Priceless. Good luck with your analysis.
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Costs, Costs, we don't know our stinking costs. The look on my grandkids face when we do or see something new is worth the price of admission. Priceless. Good luck with your analysis.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:42 AM   #12
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Here's our RV costs for the past year (April 2012 - March 2013):

Diesel Fuel: $5954
Insurance: 1924
Maintenance: 2863
RV Parks: 6765
Registration: 260

total: $17,766

Hope this helps!

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