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Old 06-25-2014, 08:56 PM   #71
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Amen and I repeat all of the above....

Hubby and I have spent the last few years in the rolling home...loving every minute of it. He is now in a nursing home and although I am hopeful that I will get him back again with me, I have to be realistic that I may not.

Would I trade any moment together in a "gass-guzzler"??? No, I would not and I would keep pumping every dollar we have to get him back with me. We make choices that bring us happiness and peace. And I wish that for everyone who understands this lifestyle.....

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Ok - so "offset" would have been a better word choice for the example shared, but I suppose that justify got some good responses as well that I had not anticipated and are great to read.

For the justification question in the spirit of what others have written, indeed having a motorhome, and specifically the one we have chosen most recently allows for overnight trips and day trips with family. DW who is in her 40s has a severe incurable medical condition diagnosed several years ago that in this past year meant 6 months in a hospital as well as several trips in and put of the ER and surgical suite. Spending her current days in a hospital bed in our living room, the RV allows for a great chance to change the venue and enjoy it with family - even if it is just a day at a nearby lake like what we did this last Sunday afternoon for our anniversary.

Indeed good time spent with others and those you meet along the way is priceless.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:52 AM   #73
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2 years ago we drove from Calif to up state Michigan in a car. Spent 3 weeks on the road and it came out that costs were $100/day for gas $100/day for motel and $100/day for meals didn't include costs of shopping and playing golf etc Other than cost of initial investment in MH not sure costs of same trip in MH would have been that much more

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This is true. The facts are that driving is where the costs are with motorhome travel. Once you get to where you want to go the costs of staying in an RV are cheaper than a hotel and eating at restaurants. It makes sense to stay extra days in the RV to make up the extra costs of gas. The longer you stay at your destination the more competitive the costs become compared to driving a car and staying at hotels for an equal amount of time. If you stay only 2 days it is much cheaper to drive a car and stay at a hotel, if you stay a week, not so much.
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:03 AM   #74
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As full-timers we spend ~$5k/yr in diesel fuel to have the experiences of a lifetime. Some people spend more than that to go on a cruise for a week or two. We get a year's worth of adventures from that expenditure. To us, it's priceless.
as a couple who spent many years flying to London, Paris, Rome, Hawaii, and than racked up 9 cruise in 10 years,

Yes the saving are great to spend two weeks rather than one on the road, we sleep better, eat cheaper, don't have to DRESS while traveling, oh ya and no Airline security ...lol
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could be worse

My boat gets roughly 1.5 MPG, so 7 MPG in MH is pretty good. Enjoy traveling in the boat too though.....

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Old 06-26-2014, 05:25 PM   #76
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Why must I justify MPG. I wanna I do. I wanna fly I fly, I wanna drive the car I drive, I wana use the MH I drive it. But I am old and don't justify a steak dinner over a hamburger either but it does come salad and a baked potato.

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if you have to justify mileage, you don't need a motorhome.


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As full-timers we spend ~$5k/yr in diesel fuel to have the experiences of a lifetime. Some people spend more than that to go on a cruise for a week or two. We get a year's worth of adventures from that expenditure. To us, it's priceless.
X2, and thanks for putting it in words so well.

In addition my DW has big problems with airplanes & boats. That leaves trains & busses. No, wait! They don't let her drive trains & busses so scratch that!
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i travel about 30,000 miles a yea rin my truck and 28 to 30000 miles in our motorhome. we enjoy the freedom of doing what we want, when we want, stopping wherever we want. we see things that many others have never seen,
we have put out foot on both oceans in one month. we have seen all five great lakes in one week. we have been in 20 below winter weather, and 120 degree las vegas weather. seen it done it, and enjoyed it.
i have the privilege of working for hwh corp. i travel in my work and work mostly with manufacturers, and dealers. i also take care of those units that have had five or six repairs, and still dont work.
a rv is nothing but a large money pit. it cost a lot of money just to use it,
there is nothing that doesnt cost a lot of money to do if you are going to enjoy it.
so i dont keep track of mileage, i keep track of the memories, places,and the people i meet.
THATS what rv's are for.
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I've said all along since i was a young boy hiking and camping. It's about the journey, not the destination. We want to visit and hike all the national parks in this beautiful country of ours.Yes i can 'get there' by plane. But there is nothing more wonderful than seeing this country through the windows of an RV. Where we want to go, when we want go, and exactly how we want to go.
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There are very few things in life that we work for that justify the cost, RV'ing is among the greatest enjoyment of working for a living......
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I am traveling about 600 miles this weekend, alone, and staying over two nights. If you deduct the cost of two hotel rooms (sleeping in ?????) and the cost of meals over three days in restaurants,the cost per mile is real close to my car. Cabelas the first night and a friends driveway the second night so no cost for campgrounds. And I do not have to move in move out of unknown hotels, etc etc etc.


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For my trip to Disney I'll burn about $650.00 in fuel and 7nights at fort wilderness just to meet a big mouse. I say you better live while your alive you may not see tomorrow.
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DW who is in her 40s has a severe incurable medical condition diagnosed several years ago that in this past year meant 6 months in a hospital as well as several trips in and put of the ER and surgical suite. Spending her current days in a hospital bed in our living room, the RV allows for a great chance to change the venue and enjoy it with family - even if it is just a day at a nearby lake like what we did this last Sunday afternoon for our anniversary.

I think you found your justification.



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