RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-09-2018, 07:43 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
NealC's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Midlothian, VA
Posts: 4,773
Cool Comparing cost of a home vs. motorhome

Ever had the thought and compared what kind of house (S&B) you could get, and land, for what a motorhome costs? It's an interesting and somewhat humbling or daunting thought. How much square footage and no land is in your motorhome vs. what you get in a house (depending on where you live of course).

Deep thoughts...
__________________

__________________
Neal
2017 Newmar Ventana 4037, 1800W Solar, HWH Active Air
NealC is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-09-2018, 08:06 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Metamora, MI
Posts: 2,960
NealC - you are a full timer - right?
Then you are in a better place to know what it really costs to live in an RV.
I can make some guesses, but that's all they are.

I do know what the S&B costs are :(

So, what are the costs to full time:

Cost of RV payment per month (our assumption is one has a mortgage on it). Certainly this is going to vary depending on what rig. But easy to calculate.

Sales tax and annual registration costs.

Insurance

Cost per month for site.

Electricity - included in the site cost?

Waste dump - included in the site cost?

Propane - if not fully electric (stove, heat etc)

Diesel - if heat is diesel

Repairs

Ground's maintenance (if not included in site cost)

Satellite charge

Cable tV charge

Cellular charge (if no good and free WiFi at site)

What else?

I heated my MA all this winter using it's Diesel Hydrohot. I was a little surprised how much fuel it used. Don't have it totalled up though.
__________________

__________________
2002 Newmar Mountain Aire Limited 4370 w/ Spartan K2 and Cummins 500hp
ASE Master Certified (a long.....time ago...)
Dav L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2018, 08:56 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 739
I don’t care what the difference in cost is. My home is now where ever we choose to park it. We moved it across most of the Midwest last year and we’re in Canada and Alaska this year. Couldn’t do that with a S&B. When we’re unable or unwilling to do this anymore, we’ll do something else. There is an incalculable ROI in this type of investment that far exceeds renting a piece of land from the government and maintaining it for our heirs.
__________________
2012 Dodge C3500 DRW 4x4 Long Box, WeatherGuard 90 Gal transfer tank, B&W Companion Hitch
2012 Keystone Montana 3100RL, 520W Solar, 460AH batteries, Morningstar MPPT 45 CC, Bogart 2030RV monitor.
drdarrin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2018, 09:19 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
wildtoad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 4,179
Motorhome cost half what house cost yet taxes are 3 times higher. House is paid for, not so for MH ( by choice ). While my house does not move, moving the mh is expensive at 7 mpg. Getting “free” electricity at paid for campsites doesn’t compare with what I pay monthly for electric at the house. I can buy a lot of electricity for what I pay for the site. Free WIFI and internet at campgrounds usually is cr$p not so at home and not sure how to value something that is free but iffy versus something I pay for.

If I was worried about the costs I would stay home.
__________________
Tom Wilds
Blythewood SC
2016 Newmar Bay Star Sport 3004
2015 Jeep Wrangler 2DR 4WD Sahara, Automatic, Hard Top
wildtoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2018, 09:29 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
AudiDudi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Western Montana
Posts: 620
Of course the house and land greatly depend on the area. Rural vs Urban.

I would guess that a full timer in an RV that moves a 2-3x times a month and stays in RV parks with FHU is going to spend close to $10k (if not more) for park fees and fuel.

Annual maintenace on a DP could run more than on a S&B. OFC, no property taxes on the DP which could pay for fuel.


It's all about the lifestyle
__________________
Mike & JoAnne
Montana Summer / Arizona Winter
'16 Prism 24G / '02 HitchHiker 38 LKTG
AudiDudi is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2018, 09:30 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
jacwjames's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 5,890
A sticks & bricks house will hold value, and in most cases appreciate. Just finishing building a custom house on ~6 arcres. I know what the cost is & that is with me doing most of the work. It is/was painful!



A motorhome will depreciate and will be worth much less when bought new.



If you have the money, buy a nice coach, travel as much as possible and then sell. In the end it's a nice life if you can afford it.
__________________
Jim J
2002 Monaco Windsor 38 PKD
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/5.7 Hemi
jacwjames is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2018, 09:31 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
eddieelk's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: summer-Cuba Mo./winter Somewhere in South TX.
Posts: 448
I'm on my 5th motorhome, a 37' 1998 PA Vision. Insurance is $230.000 per year for full coverage. Personal property taxes are $400.00 for 2 motorhomes, 2 cars, 40' park model. Spent four months in S. Texas this past winter. Paid cash for all units. Do my own maintenance. Low cost living and traveling. I have owned 4 motorhomes starting in 1999 that cost me $35,000 for the 4. Have traveled thru 40 states and 40-50,000 mile. Planning a trip west this summer, and Texas next winter. RVing costs as much or as little as you want to spend. Eddie Elk.
__________________
1998 Pace Arrow Vision 36' w/460, '03 Honda CRV, FMCA #388823, Gateway Getaways RV Club
eddieelk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2018, 11:39 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 472
No deep thoughts here kinda.

A home and land ties one down to one spot. If that is what you want then go for it and keep you MH for trips

If you want 0 maintenance on a home and want to move around more, don't get another S&B.

Be a part timer type, get your S&B and take a lot more MH trips!

Sweet thing is you can own and do whatever you personally want.

We kept thinking beach home. I hated the cost of hurricane insurance LOL and property taxes on that beach home so we decided we weren't going to tie ourselves down to one location. I can hit a ton of different beach locations for the costs of that home on the beach we wanted

It is just do it how you want to do it. Combine a home, no home with your MH any way you want.

Costs only matter to you and your financial situation.
Whirrlly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 06:46 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Hgrace56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Northridge, CA
Posts: 1,218
A real home is the best investment in the world with a few exceptions.
A motorhome or RV is nothing but an expense.
That said I'll keep both as long as I'm still a viable organism.
__________________
Harry Grace
KM6ZRG
Hgrace56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 07:58 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
grindstone01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: FULL TIMERS
Posts: 3,678
The only simularity between a house and a MH is that you can sleep and eat in them. Every other comparison is like apples to oranges, nothing in common with different purposes. There are just too many differences to compare living/owning a MH to living/owning a house.
I'm not sure about that house being the best investment comment. My dad's Walmart stock he bought 30 years ago did better than our last house investment!!
grindstone01 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2018, 08:33 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Cypressloser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Alberta - East of the Rockies, West of the Rest
Posts: 786
Quote:
Originally Posted by grindstone01 View Post
The only simularity between a house and a MH is that you can sleep and eat in them. Every other comparison is like apples to oranges, nothing in common with different purposes. There are just too many differences to compare living/owning a MH to living/owning a house.
I'm not sure about that house being the best investment comment. My dad's Walmart stock he bought 30 years ago did better than our last house investment!!

Man, I hear you.

Taxes, insurance, maintenance, repairs, renos add up it'll make your head spin.

Besides, when you're in the market at the wrong time trying to sell your house - oh boy. I don't know anything mid to high end in the area selling for more than 85% of cost and lots and lots of two and three year old stale listings.
Been there, done that.

Thanks, but no thanks.
__________________
2018 Ram 5500 with B&W Companion, 2017 Riverstone Legacy 38RE, 960 Watt Solar
Cypressloser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 07:51 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
hohenwald48's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Nashville, TN area
Posts: 3,145
Regarding S&B appreciation, most folks think "I bought for 200k and sold it for 225k so I made a profit". They don't think about all the expenses.

Although a S&B is a better value than an RV, neither is a great investment except in rare cases.

Comparing one to the other is kind of like comparing boats to airplanes. Totally different critters.
hohenwald48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 08:50 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
micbob4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 335
Quote:
Originally Posted by Whirrlly View Post
No deep thoughts here kinda.

A home and land ties one down to one spot. If that is what you want then go for it and keep you MH for trips

If you want 0 maintenance on a home and want to move around more, don't get another S&B.

Be a part timer type, get your S&B and take a lot more MH trips!

Sweet thing is you can own and do whatever you personally want.

We kept thinking beach home. I hated the cost of hurricane insurance LOL and property taxes on that beach home so we decided we weren't going to tie ourselves down to one location. I can hit a ton of different beach locations for the costs of that home on the beach we wanted

It is just do it how you want to do it. Combine a home, no home with your MH any way you want.

Costs only matter to you and your financial situation.
This is exactly what we decided. Was looking at second home near the water, but with having to be in on place and maintaining we choose the RV route. Also, had timeshare but liked the idea of taking dogs with us so RV won here as well. In my mid 50s still working so not selling home, will use RV for long and multiple short trips. My situation I look at my S&B as my home and investment, the RV as my mode of family time and vacation. If time comes no longer something we want to do, we sell with understanding it was never an investment just a memory maker.
__________________

__________________
2018 Baystar 3414 - Delivery June 2018
micbob4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
motorhome



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Comparing 300 & 330 to 350 Cat quickrick Caterpillar Engine Forum 10 02-01-2010 10:32 PM
Which surge protector - comparing brands and amps. tnsharon07 Class A Motorhome Discussions 25 01-29-2009 01:05 PM
Comparing 5th wheels blackoak99 5th Wheel Discussion 22 02-06-2008 10:55 AM
Comparing Laredo and Wildcat 5th Wheels mkschu 5th Wheel Discussion 3 10-18-2007 04:52 AM
cost of gas vs cost of DP uncle t iRV2.com General Discussion 3 08-26-2005 06:09 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×