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Old 11-06-2018, 09:09 AM   #29
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:00 PM   #30
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Going full time in January. Just bought a resale TT Elite and a Coast to Coast Deluxe. Should be able to cover USA for less than $5/nite average.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:59 AM   #31
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Going full time in January. Just bought a resale TT Elite and a Coast to Coast Deluxe. Should be able to cover USA for less than $5/nite average.

Sounds good, but somehow you need to roll in your investment cost into the ave night stay cost to get a true picture.
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:24 PM   #32
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Sounds good, but somehow you need to roll in your investment cost into the ave night stay cost to get a true picture.


So how would you propose to do that when you have no idea how many years you will be full time? Do you change the amortized cost each year to reflect one more year on the road? No real different than the sunk cost of the RV itself. So, I will only account for the dues, any nightly fees, etc.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:51 PM   #33
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So how would you propose to do that when you have no idea how many years you will be full time? Do you change the amortized cost each year to reflect one more year on the road? No real different than the sunk cost of the RV itself. So, I will only account for the dues, any nightly fees, etc.

A truer statement would be that "My $10k? investment now will reduce my ave nightly camping cost to $5/night.
We started full timing at age 55 and set our cost/expenses plan for a 15 year run.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:36 AM   #34
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A truer statement would be that "My $10k? investment now will reduce my ave nightly camping cost to $5/night.
We started full timing at age 55 and set our cost/expenses plan for a 15 year run.
See your point. Thank goodness my investment for the 2 was less than 1/2 that! Hope we meet up down the road!
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Many of the Passport America parks are on a decline. They are joining PA to get more sales/occupany. Many are now doing the permanents residences thing, so overnighting can be limited. Weekends at most are not available to PA. Get their book and read it closely.
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Many of the Passport America parks are on a decline. They are joining PA to get more sales/occupany. Many are now doing the permanents residences thing, so overnighting can be limited. Weekends at most are not available to PA. Get their book and read it closely.
PA has a book?
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Old 11-28-2018, 06:24 PM   #37
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Yes - watch the scrolling adds - the book shows up as an option.

https://www.passport-america.com/?_v...SAAEgIG4vD_BwE

We got ours from Camping World when we joined. Makes a good planning guide.
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PPA is best used for single nights spent traveling to destinations. For $15/20, you get FHU's in a campsite that beats a Walmart parking lot. It usually pays to call the park in the morning or day before arrival to ask some basic questions like directions, PPA price, and tell them your RV size.
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We have used PPA to weather out a storm. Four days in one to get through a heavy stretch of rain. The park was not very full. Asked if we could stay and were accommodated. The new park owner had no problem adding to his cash flow and it made a good stop for us to do laundry.

We used one in Maine as a base camp to explore the coast and do some leaf peeping. We would have stayed longer, but the owner was headed for Florida to spend the Winter.

The oddest was an older campground in New Hampshire. We got there late and settled down in a spot next to the office. Brother was supposed to be there, but no where to be seen. Next day we learned they rejected the place. It was as folks have suggested, long in the tooth. The washers/dryers were rusted and it was mostly full of older RVs with skirting, lawn furniture and screen porches. The park was a small resort and the summer playground of folks who wanted a cost effective vacation home. We had the place to ourselves, while we were there. Overall it was an interesting experience.

It is not really possible to stereotype PPA parks. Some great, some dowdy, some are quite restrictive when they discount and others have no restrictions. Our favorite is in Winnemucca. It's big, new, quiet and at just the right location for an overnight stay. Our most hated PPA is a new beautiful park next to 101. It is exactly the type of park most would search to find, except that it is horribly noisy. The highway and a commercial business combine to create day and night intrusion.
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Many of the Passport America parks are on a decline. They are joining PA to get more sales/occupany. Many are now doing the permanents residences thing, so overnighting can be limited. Weekends at most are not available to PA. Get their book and read it closely.
I would have to agree with you. Reading many reviews many PA are dumps.
"Charging" $45-50 then getting a great reduction to $25. Not a deal. When the real charge should be $25 getting 50% discount to around $10. And on top of that some discount for one night only, others you cant use in the summer on and on it goes.

I am a member of PA. Not sure what the future will bring. Much rather plan and stay at a Harvest Host for free or COE for $15.
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I am a member of PA. Not sure what the future will bring. Much rather plan and stay at a Harvest Host for free or COE for $15.

The difference is Harvest Host generally is boon docking w/no hookups and COE's usually don't have sewer hook ups which is a big deal if you have a W/D on board. COE's aren't usually on our route traveled and they make better destinations than pass thru. We have stayed at many PPA parks and true that some are run down. But hey, we usually just pass through for one night and get FHU's for $20 (less than a dinner out).
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