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Old 07-16-2015, 11:16 AM   #1
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We just returned from our first voyage in our new (to us) 1996 Damon MH. The cost of the trip that included gas and food plus some odds and ends came too $703.69. This trip was to visit my daughter and grand kids. Staying in a motel runs us an average around $1400 for the same two weeks.

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Great!

Cost notwithstanding, we prefer to travel with the Motorhome. No lugging stuff in and out of a motel/hotel, have all our own stuff with us, etc.
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Plus staying in your own rolling motel, rather than a S & B one. Is not only cheaper. The view is probably better, than looking at a blacktop parking lot full of cars. And the main reason I don't like motels. I know how clean my rolling motel is.
For sure I prefer my MH over any motel. Love being in the MH.
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We just returned from our first voyage in our new (to us) 1996 Damon MH. The cost of the trip that included gas and food plus some odds and ends came too $703.69. This trip was to visit my daughter and grand kids. Staying in a motel runs us an average around $1400 for the same two weeks.

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Glad you had a great trouble free first trip. If you keep a close eye on ALL systems while on-the-road & a careful inspection & prudent maintenance, you should have many more. But remember, things can and WILL break!


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Gotta love that! I don't know about everybody else ... but nothing takes the sting out of a $300+ fuel fillup than the knowledge that I'm more than covering the additional fuel costs with savings elsewhere!

Over and above the pure dollars and cents .... we find that the best part of visiting family and friends in the coach is that we get to hang with folks we don't see often - without it being a huge upset to their day to day lives ... or ours. Being able to live in your own space while travelling is a luxury that's hard to fully appreciate until you try it!
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Glad you had a great trouble free first trip. If you keep a close eye on ALL systems while on-the-road & a careful inspection & prudent maintenance, you should have many more. But remember, things can and WILL break
One of the first things I did when getting it home was to take it into a local truck shop that does chassis repair on MH's. After inspection two lower ball joints and front alignment along with two steer tires was all it needed. bill was $1040.00. I had already gone over the front end and the work needed was not a surprise. I have been restoring cars most of my life. I had a few small issues arise but brought along my trusty tool box and a role of duct tape.

Was a much better view then the motels and they let me have a fire to sit around and play my guitar. For entertainment we watched those with TT's and 5ers trying to park and step up and level. (I still own a TT) I can level this MH without leaving the driver seat. That alone was worth having the MH vs the TT. It cost a little more to maintain but worth every penny.
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Well put SpaceNorman.
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One of the first things I did when getting it home was to take it into a local truck shop that does chassis repair on MH's. After inspection two lower ball joints and front alignment along with two steer tires was all it needed. bill was $1040.00. I had already gone over the front end and the work needed was not a surprise. I have been restoring cars most of my life. I had a few small issues arise but brought along my trusty tool box and a role of duct tape.

Was a much better view then the motels and they let me have a fire to sit around and play my guitar. For entertainment we watched those with TT's and 5ers trying to park and step up and level. (I still own a TT) I can level this MH without leaving the driver seat. That alone was worth having the MH vs the TT. It cost a little more to maintain but worth every penny.

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We just returned from our first voyage in our new (to us) 1996 Damon MH. The cost of the trip that included gas and food plus some odds and ends came too $703.69. This trip was to visit my daughter and grand kids. Staying in a motel runs us an average around $1400 for the same two weeks.

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Lifemember, congrats on the (new to you) 1996 Damon!
Comparing the cost of a Hotel/Motel room vs a Motorhome is not a comparison at all... The MH trip will always be less $$ AND more fun!
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Lifemember, congrats on the (new to you) 1996 Damon!
Comparing the cost of a Hotel/Motel room vs a Motorhome is not a comparison at all... The MH trip will always be less $$ AND more fun!
One of the first things I was questioned about was the price of gas and how many miles does it get. My reply is; not near as much as a motel room is every night plus pay for gas in the car to get there. I know the sheets are changed and who slept on them. My BH (better half) told me going to the bathroom is an experience in the MH. But loves that it is handy.
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I've posted this before. BUT in the motel I don't know who had sex in that bed last night !!! In my motor home at least I know who DIDNT. Have sex in it last night !!!

Not sure RV any cheaper on the long term by much more enjoyable way to travel.

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I'm reminded of the true story (from the ID channel) of a murder investigation that happened in a local motel. This was not a rent by the hour room either. It may not have been a high priced motel but still not what you'd think. As part of the investigation they did the forensics on the bed sheets. There were over 100 different samples of body fluids on those sheets. Even the investigators were SHOCKED to say the least.

I had to show the DW that episode. Here eyes got as big as saucers when they talked about the sheets. I'm sure that's not an every day occurrence but.

That kind of puts things into perspective when talking about knowing that the sheets are clean or at least who, or how many slept in them last night. We'll take the MH any time.

As a diabetic for 30+ years (insulin pump for the last 20) almost every time we eat out my BG (blood glucose) goes crazy. Knowing exactly what restaurants use to flavor their food is still a mystery and scary. MH meals are much safer and healthier. We eat at least two meals a day in the MH and most often three.

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As a diabetic for 30+ years (insulin pump for the last 20) almost every time we eat out my BG (blood glucose) goes crazy. Knowing exactly what restaurants use to flavor their food is still a mystery and scary. MH meals are much safer and healthier. We eat at least two meals a day in the MH and most often three.

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Diabetic here also, still controlled by pills and would like to keep it that way. I do not eat out much anymore for the reason you have mentioned. Having the meals fixed in the MH and knowing what I am eating is a priceless feature, or convenience of the MH. I eat small meals to help control the BG levels over the course of the day. With the MH I do not have to go long periods between meals and spiking the BG levels.
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