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Old 12-30-2013, 02:40 PM   #29
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RV retirement

Many good responses already so I'll be brief. You have to eat wherever you are and preparing your own food in your personal kitchen is the most economical way to go.
Assuming you sold your home and have few or no fixed costs back "home" your RV costs are basically fuel and campground rental. With my diesel truck a good day tow of 300 mi will cost me $90 in fuel and campground fees are typically $35 - $50/night.
When we've gone south for the winter the savings are getting someplace you like and staying put for a while. The campgrounds generally give monthly rates that are far less.
Most other costs for us are common to wherever we are such as medical, insurance, playing around a few beers now and then and incidentals.
Our lifestyle stays pretty much the same except that we truly enjoy our little home on wheels and use it to the fullest.


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Old 12-31-2013, 06:42 AM   #30
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Thanks much, that is exactly what I was looking for. Assuming we were to stay in one place for 2-3 weeks at a time, seems that the daily cost would be in neighborhood of $75/day, to include cost of campground/hook-up, food, and fuel. Somedays higher, I'd imagine, if we went to a restaurant for dinner, or to catch a show, see a site, etc. And some days lower. In all events, ~ 50% of what we're spending now. JK

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Old 12-31-2013, 07:11 AM   #31
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Back 07 or 08, we went from Southwest Indiana to the Black Hills. Made the loop out and back , was gone thirteen nights.
Was talking to a neighbor a few days after we got back and they were making the same loop just about a day ahead of us.
We got to comparing notes on things and he commented on the price of motel rooms. He paid over thirteen hundred dollars for rooms for thirteen nights, he said you couldn't find any thing any cheaper because they were all very busy.
Got me thinking so I went home and ask the wife, the official record keeper while we are on the road, what it cost us for campgrounds.
Our fuel costs and campgrounds amounted to nine hundred dollars for the thirteen nights we were out.
It was the height of travel season so motels and everything were at their peak use, so that probably played into the higher costs.
We love our Airstream and the life style. We can't imagine eating out all the time on a long trip, yuck.
Your mileage and experiences may vary so plan accordingly.

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Old 02-16-2014, 08:21 AM   #32
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I recently did a cross country trip (total 30 days) and original Route 66 for 14 days of that. I was pulling a 52 Flying Cloud with a 2008 F150. Mpg avg was 13 @ 65/70 mph. Seems a bit low but LOTS of wind in every direction, especially in no mans land...trailer pulled great though. Stayed every night but one (due to flash flood/tornado warnings and storms) in rv/trailer/camp grounds. Parks ranged $20 (rural/dry) to $50 (Downtown OKC) with full hookups. Meals are the same buy/vs. build decision wherever you land. We shopped daily, kinda fun checking local markets, but certainly helps to have a cooler that can match your eating volume for a couple days, and just keep the heavy stuff like beer/etc out of the onboard fridge. Enjoy!
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:03 AM   #33
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First baby step...

My wife and I went up last week to Colonial Airstream to take a look at various Flying Cloud models. Right off bat, knew that a 23 wouldn't be enough for a long haul trip. 25 was better but, (un)surprisingly my wife thought a 27 footer - and an International at that - perhaps best, given that she has good taste. She remains a bit skeptical of the notion that we can cruise around the country for a year in such relatively tight quarters. I wonder about renting an Airstream (and tow vehicle) for a couple of weeks in order to give her (and me) a taste of the lifestyle. I remain enamored of the thought, especially after seeing models up close, but still need to bring her around. Anybody have experience with a rental?

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Old 02-17-2014, 10:16 PM   #34
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Airstream Los Angeles has rentals.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:17 PM   #35
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We have grandkids on each coast. What is working for us is camp hosting close to them. We get to spend a couple of months with the grandkids, don't have to pay for a campsite, and have duties that keep us from getting in our kid's faces every day. Aside from giving back to the community, volunteering keeps us active, involved and not nattering back and forth at each other all the time

We write off the travel cost between coasts as a vacation cost.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:01 PM   #36
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Thanks LilNomad, sinjin. I'll check with Colonial is there's anybody on East Coast that does rentals.

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