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View Poll Results: What area of your Rving budget accounts for the largest outlay?
Camp site fees (including membership cost)? 18 18.56%
Fuel? 59 60.82%
Insurance, property taxes, inspections fee, etc.? 6 6.19%
Requared maintenance and wear item replacement? 2 2.06%
Upgrades and enhancements? 1 1.03%
Other? 11 11.34%
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Old 01-07-2007, 11:50 AM   #15
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I suspect that if the price of gas went through the roof there would be no buyers for our gas guzzlers. Maybe the high end MHs would sell to very rich people. The rest of us would become seasonals.
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Old 01-10-2007, 07:29 AM   #16
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I've been asked by non-rvers if vacationing in a fifth wheel is cheaper than staying in hotels. I usually answer that if you consider the monthly payment on a rig (or the cost if you bought outright) then the answer is no. Then I explain that staying in a shoebox room at a hotel vs. staying at beautiful scenic campgrounds or parks is an apples to oranges comparison. Also having your own bed, own kitchen, bath, closet, taking the dog along, ect... is worth alot.

To answer the poll: payment is highest cost, then fuel. Last year our 3800 mile trip with the 5ver was $1000 for diesel and $0 for camping fees (stayed on relative's property once we got there, overnighted at truck stops en-route there and back.
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:56 AM   #17
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Payments, Gas, Park Fee's.

In general, all the expenses will continue the increase.
Fee's will continue to rise because they know rv'ers have to have a place to stay.

Gas will continue it's upward/downward/upward spiraling increase because they know we MUST have it.

RV prices will contue to go up because they know everyone wants the best, and newest.

Coastal areas are even seeing the demise of Mobile Home Subdivisions, being bought out from under ther residents. IE; Florida.

In the past 2 years and 16,000 miles, we saw what we wanted to see, learned what we wanted to learn are settling down again.
This time it's for good.
DW's diabetic and I don't want to be stuck in a place where she can't the specialized help she needs. It can only get worse.

In the 4 months here in Myrtle Beach our Discover bills are WAY down. Park fees @$10.71 per day are the cheapest rates we ever had, and includes everything.

DW loves this area so much that we decided to but a little grass shack and stay.

RVing now a days is sort of like musical chairs and we can't afford to be without a chair when the music stops.

For those able to continue, good luck and safe driving.
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Old 01-11-2007, 06:21 AM   #18
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by lwmuddy:
Payments, Gas, Park Fee's.

In the 4 months here in Myrtle Beach our Discover bills are WAY down. Park fees @$10.71 per day are the cheapest rates we ever had, and includes everything.
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Where in Myrtle Beach are you staying for $10.71 a day??? We were in MB for the month of Nov. and stayed at Apache. Nov. was $660. The cheapest campground that I know of in MB is Briarcliffe and it is about $375 a month (+ electric, I think) in the winter.

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Old 01-12-2007, 04:29 AM   #19
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fuel is biggest expense. Keeping track of expenses over the years, convinces me that I could buy a nice Condo and it would be cheaper, but, then I would not be able to travel and stay in my own bed. Travel and staying in a motel would also be cheaper, but who wants to live that way.
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:18 AM   #20
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I'm a new owner(Class A DP), so my expenses for making sure all of the maintenance and wear replacement items(like tires) have been taken care of is the biggest chunk of my budget. Once this is behind me, I think fuel will be #1. I also have a few upgrades in mind to the TV and entertainment system and possibly to the satellite dish.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:30 PM   #21
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I checked other because food is our biggest expense.
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:50 PM   #22
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Old 01-30-2007, 02:52 PM   #23
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Before diesel hit almost $3.00 per gallon camping fees was the largest expense but with trips running at 8,ooo miles fuel has overtaken campgrounds.
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Old 01-30-2007, 03:22 PM   #24
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It's like golfing, if you must keep track of your expenses, you can't afford it.
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Old 01-31-2007, 03:51 AM   #25
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It's just like anything else, different strokes for different folks. Some are on a fixed income and budget is the only way to make it go. Others have more expendable income and don't worry so much about each penny. Hopefully everbody is in it for the fun, whether on a precise budge or not.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:16 AM   #26
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I hear this a lot:
"Travel and staying in a motel would also be cheaper,"

However when was the last time you checked on Motel prices?

Depending on where you stay evena Motel 6 is $35.00- $40.00 per day and having stayed in some, sight unseen, I would say I probably won't again.

You can find decent motel that are clean and where you feel safe, usually mom and pop at a good price but even a Red Roof Inn will cost $40-$45 a day.

And I guess it depends on your rig and how much you are travelling on a weekly basis

If you have a big Class A, you are only getting what? 3-4 miles to the gallon?

If you have a small light weight rig, say a TT ,you can get 17 mpg to the gallon depending on the truck you using to tow.
Scamp 5th wheel being an example

So travel expenses, seem to me, depend on a lot of factors, one of the biggest, is fuel consumption

That being said, having a small light weight rig and good truck may be the same or cheaper as staying in motels

Of course some RVers require more space, families etc so their choice of rig would naturally preclude a small light weight rig

But thats not me

So I can travel more economically with a small rig

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by D. Cote:
fuel is biggest expense. Keeping track of expenses over the years, convinces me that I could buy a nice Condo and it would be cheaper, but, then I would not be able to travel and stay in my own bed. Travel and staying in a motel would also be cheaper, but who wants to live that way. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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We paid cash for our Class C. I'll take the fuel consumption over a motel anyday. The last motel we stayed in cost $100 per night for 2 persons. The bed was like sleeping on a sheet of plywood.

We travel with a dog and cat.

David has spent months at a time living in motels. When you add in the cost of eating every meal in a restaurant, it adds up.

The cheapest we have paid for a motel was $80 per night and the room hadn't been cleaned (they cleaned it while we ate dinner out).
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I guess it depends on how much you spent on your rig and how long you keep it. For many, especially those who trade every 2-3 years, the cost per night in the rig can be pricey. However the environment and the amenities can't be beat.
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