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Old 01-11-2013, 09:39 AM   #1
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Drive MH on trip even if staying in Hotel?

My family has a trip from PA to FL in April, work related for me. My kids are young so we are debating using the MH as our mode of transportation rather than the minivan. Obvious extra cost in fuel and longer travel time but advantage of restroom on board and more stuff they can do enroute. Work is paying for the lodging so we would not be staying in the MH at out destination. Work won't cover the extra fuel cost, that's out of pocket.

Worth it for a 1000 mile 18 hour / 2 day trip?
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:47 AM   #2
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If work is paying for lodging then have them pay for the RV resort, yes I said resort, near where you will be. This is FL we are talking about and they are everywhere. That would give the kids more things to be able to do during the day while you are at work. Let us know the area and I am sure people on here could give you places to park.
Yes that would mean that I think the RV would be the better option. The kids have their space in the RV and don't have to go to a strange hotel bed that you really have no clue if they really changed the sheets or cleaned the room. Having snacks and all nearby for the kids that they know is a really good idea.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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Pa to Fl and they wont cover extra travel costs ????? they expected you to drive and not fly ????
flight, meals, lodging ?
far cheaper for you and THEM to cover costs for your MH
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:14 PM   #4
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Hi GuidoDoc,
The post authored by PyrateSilly has the right idea. I did this when I was employed. I didn't even tow a car. The company paid for a rental car. They paid for the CG (cheaper than a hotel) and I received the $s that would have been spent on an air plane ticket.

Let us know where you are going in Florida. Maybe we can make some recommendations for a CG Resort.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:22 PM   #5
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Worth it for a 1000 mile 18 hour / 2 day trip?
Really, only you can decide that. There are a lot of details missing here. Is this a long term assignment, or a visit/trade show/short assignment in Fl where you are trying to use the opportunity and give spouse and kids a trip with you? Although we discouraged our employees from doing this, it was sometimes allowed. Separating the employee expenses from the family expenses was problematic, as well as, the distraction to a working employee sent somewhere who took the family along. If you are going for a work assignment there may be some IRS implications for charging back the cost of an rv park stay, as well as, meals and travel expense charges.

The best move for you would be to negotiate some type of arrangement with your employer. Whatever you can work out, enjoy your trip.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:58 PM   #6
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Stay in campgrounds and make it an adventure for the kids instead of just a trip...
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:03 PM   #7
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Can you drive 10 hours per day? It would take me four days to get there.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:36 PM   #8
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Not sure what your travel rate is but the Feds are at .56 per mile I believe. It cost me about .50 a mile for fuel for my motor home. If your company pays the fed rate, you may be able to cover your fuel costs, just not any tolls or anything else that comes up.

I agree with others, it kind of depends on the situation and the length of stay. If you all are used to traveling in the motor home anyway. It would probably be less stressful for everyone.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:09 PM   #9
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Can you get a per diem amount as IF you're staying in a hotel with meals, etc. and then spend it however? That's what my BIL's company would do for him. He received X amount for each day. However he spent it was up to him. Sometimes he pocketed a little or took his wife. If he played it right on what he spent for lodging, he was able to pay for her food some of the time.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:33 PM   #10
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I did a 2 week trip once for work and used the RV instead of flying and hotels. i was able to take my family with me. Work paid for Airfare in lieu of mileage/fuel and paid for the campgrounds as lodging (in lieu of a hotel). I was allowed a meal allowance but I personally decided to forgo the allowance as it would have been too difficult to keep meals separate. Check into what your company will allow.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:25 PM   #11
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I guess the details I left out help clear things up. We are driving because we are stopping along the way to stay with friends or a few days. Will be in Florida for 6 day. It is at Disney and my plan all along was Fort Wilderness campground but the trip is right around Easter and they were booked 7 months in advance. Didn't seem to make sense to stay in a campground outside of Disney and forgo free Disney hotel stay.

So in the end it is a question of whether comfort of RV is worth travel costs.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:58 PM   #12
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Hi GuidoDoc,
Thanks for post 11. That changes my response. Stay at the Disney Hotel. The family will have a lot of fun while you are at work.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:06 PM   #13
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I'd go with the RV IF the motel can accommodate parking the RV - call them and get the manager that approves the parkingís name. 25 MPG mini-van vs. 10 MPG RV wonít break the bank for the added comfort. Your friend might appreciate the extra bedroom as well.
Assuming you take I-95, there are nice $25 campgrounds at NC exit 171 (RV Resort at Carolina Crossing after 6PM) and NC Exit 96 (RVacation). Check out their web sites, get the phone numbers and call in route about noon on the day you want to stay. (Yes, Iíve done this a couple times myself:>). Also, there are plenty of Cracker Barrel/Wal-Mart free spots if you canít make the $25 campgrounds workout. I would not stay at a Rest stop on I-95.
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