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#1 OFFLINE   EASYRV

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 02:56 PM

SO! HOW MUCH DOES FUN COST? RV OWNERSHIP.

Yearly basis numbers
Loss of Income: $1,325.00
Explained: This is based on purchase price out the door tax in of $25000.00:
Plus support equipment to haul your TC of $1500.00
If you spent money changing rims etc… than add that amount.
You see when you bought the TC the money was in the bank or invested.
You had $26,500.00 @ 5% = $1,325.00 that you use to get that you no longer do.
If you borrowed than add that cost of interest etc..

Depreciation: $3000.00
Insurance: $400.00
Maintenace: $300.00 (include toilet chemicals & all little stuff you need to maintain it..it adds up real quick + includes a small budgeted amount for that repair that will happen. RV = Repair vehicle - sooner or later)
Storage $1,000.00
Loss income on truck: $750.00
Explained: Extra money spent on truck VS a car $15000.00 @ 5% = $750.00
Extra fuel based on 12000 mile per year VS a Car; $900.00
Extra fuel you use to get to your destination when you go on a trip; $150.00
(based on a 1000 mile trip)

SUB TOTAL: $1,325. + $3000.00 + $400.00 + $300.00 + $1000.00 + $750.00 + $900.00 +$150.00 EQUALS $7,825.00

Now if you use the TC for say 20 nights a year in a state or provincial park at a average cost of $30.00 per night.

Here is the math! $7,825.00 divided by 20 = $391.25 per night plus site fees of $30.00
Gives you a grand total of $411.25 per night of camping.
That’s how much fun cost!

Now, if you have a satellite dish with internet add that cost also.

This is a guide on what it cost. The numbers in a lot of area’s are low. For example add additional truck maintenance. This works out easy to $500.00 - $1000.00 more per year.

That means additional $50.00 per night. Raising the usage cost to $461.25 per night

The more nights you use it ...helps lower fixed costs. But increase the variable cost.

Now you know how to figure out how much fun cost!

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:14 PM

Well, I can reduce your per night cost down by $50 right off the bat...I don't have to pay storage fees. Neener, neener. :P

But look at it this way....

Depreciation : $3000
Added fuel costs : $900
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:32 PM

This kind of thing reminds me of when I bought my 06 Superduty and TC. Everyone asked, "What kind of mileage does that thing get when you carry the camper and without the camper?" I answer I don't know and I don't care, I didn't buy it for fuel mileage, If I was worried about fuel mileage I would not have bought it and just stayed home. If you are worried about the additional costs then you are not enjoying yourself

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:36 PM

I got less than 8K for my whole rig(truck & TC), dont use storage, its paid for, my campgrounds are 10 bucks or under, the cost of fuel is the cost of fuel. I get 4mpg better than my motorhome got......so lifes good! Some people version of how much $$$ is needed to RV will vary!

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:21 PM

All things can not have a price tag on them. I would not trade the times I camped with my children for anything the memories are priceless. The quality time that my dear wife and I have spend in the camper are priceless. Friends from NATCOA I have camped with can never be replaced so that is priceless. At some time the camper will be gone and the gas will all be used up but the memories that I have from having fun and using my camper will never be gone. Go and spend it you can't take it with you.
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:28 PM

'Always knew I had expensive tastes.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:36 PM

'Always knew I had expensive tastes.

lol....yeah me too. maybe that explains why i eat better while out camping also. so yeah, dont forget to add rib eye steaks to the costs.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:44 PM

Going away 50-60 nights a year plus meals adds up if you were staying in hotels and going to restaurants. Travel with pets and the price goes up or the quality of stays goes down. For us camping is definitely worth it.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:14 PM

Who cares what it costs, I do it for the enjoyment and because I can. If you have to worry about the cost then most lilkely you should not be doing it.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 02:30 AM

I agree with many of the replies to the OP, particularly Sooty1234. I prefer the 'head in the sand' approach. Other than the specific cost of the campground we may be using, I ignore other costs (fuel, depreciation, food, etc). As long as we think we can afford to camp, we will - 'costs' be damned...

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:58 AM

We spent 6 months a year in ours, 5 of those in Mexico. Somehow we manage to spend less in those 5 months than we would have had we stayed home, including the fuel.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:17 AM

Been back from our long trip for 10 days now. Cost was 2k or so, i think only watched the fuel bill. With the diesiel was getting better fuel econome than with the heim it was getting 9.3, the diesiel 12.3 and getting better. So my fun just got cheaper 14 days sleeping in the TC at campgrounds or reltives driveways rest of the nights taking cat naps with the cat also the wife. The fun priceless, now have to pay for the new truck lol.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:46 PM

The secret is to not buy new and pay cash :).

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:06 PM

The secret is to not buy new and pay cash :).


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:22 PM

I've got to agree with you guys on this. It isn't what you have invested that counts, but how you use what you have. The less money invested, the better, IMHO!


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:07 PM

Since you can't take it with you, I'm spending mine along the way before I get there.


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:27 AM

Where are you getting 5% interest?? The camper is not nearly as expensive as the 33 foot blue water sailboat I lived on for three years once upon a time.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:54 AM

Beanman asked where do you get 5%... my current investments average that.. Regardless it's a number that you can use (if u care 2 do so) 2 come up with a cost of usage
The post was strickly informational. Numbers were general. 4 example take depreciation. In most cases it's a lot closer to $5000.00. Does not mean u wont find someone that says hey i got all my $$$ back when i sold.
:) sur ya did :)
Fuel cost R a lot more.. 1000 mile trip with the TC cost a lot more than just an extra $150.00...again it was a something 2 put out there... it cost easy 40% more fuel when u haul...
Most TC R not $25k out the door...they R $35k - 40k out the door. Again ya have 2 punch in ur numbers.
Recent example. At a CG i was at i met a couple with a double slide TC & a F-450 dually. He actually thought that he was travelling with the TC cause it was cheaper!! I'm serious. Not 4 the nice people u meet at the CG's. Not 4 the nice people at ther RV deaership. Not 4 the nice people at the registration desk that u meet when u sign in. Not 4 that great site they give u 2 park ur rig... NOT 4 THE ENJOYMENT OF WOKING WITH THE SH**TTER HOSE.. HOOKUP THE WATER ..GET THE ANTENNA UP.. 2 yhave ur won bed U CRAWL IN/OUT OF
NO-SIR-REEE cause he thought it was cheaper!!!! ...
Ya ready..he asked..(all i said very politely is that i dont think it's cheaper) he came over 2 my site & pushed it..I said R U sure ya want 2 know??..
YA!! i'm sure... OK we calculated it 2 B about $1500 - $2000. per nite based on his usage & numbers...OUCH!!!!

4 the hell of it.. take a BIG MH... 2 visit & live in the wal marts of america.. CAN COST UP 2 $2000.00 PER NITE DEPENDING ON THE COACH..OUCH!! AGAIN

meals on the road?? C'mon? breakfast & lunch is a piece of cake(no punn intended) ..Coffee, cereal..most Hotels will even give u eggs & sausage. Hotel kit includes a few basics that u need 2 make dinner/supper... breaky & lunch stop at any grocery store..thro food in cooler & away ya go.

Look all I am saying is if u enjoy it that is great.. I have owned Boats & I own a Harley.. but I did not buy em becasue I thought it was cheaper... That's the scary part//Lotta RV folks think it is cheaper than staying at Hotels or renting cottage etc.. that is why they do it...
But if u like it..cost be damned..that is GREAT!!! enjoy..

AGAIN IT WAS JUST AN INFORMATIONAL POST!!!

i'm lucky i can borrow my TC from family... but if i had 2 buy..ya it would be used.. & not more than $5k-$8k..& would pay cash

ok time 4 me 2 ride my (very expensive) harley (cause ya cant take it with u) .... awaaaay we go...

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:56 AM

I never got the impression he was worried about the cost, rather just making a comment. I look at the TC as a hobby. Ya I could be bowling instead but really??? I'll spend the extra for the enjoyment!

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:40 AM

I never got the impression he was worried about the cost, rather just making a comment. I look at the TC as a hobby. Ya I could be bowling instead but really??? I'll spend the extra for the enjoyment!

i dont know...those bowling shoes are pretty "swell".

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