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Old 10-04-2018, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default Pro's and Con's of OWNING a camper trailer?

So my wife is wanting us to get a camper to use for family vacations, weekends, ect. We do not need one for the deer lease as we have a house out there. For those of you that actually use one for this purpose, got any advice? I am leaning toward the side of "NO" because to me they all lose value rapidly, and seem to just turn to crap after a while. Guess I could be wrong.

When we go to the lake on weekends we would have to take both trucks, one for the camper and the other for the boat. That is a "CON" in my book. If we take it hunting anywhere it would be the same, one truck for the camper and the other to pull the Ranger. But I could see some potential fun for vacations.

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Old 10-04-2018, 11:35 AM   #2
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I think it all depends on how you store it. Obviously campers are not built like homes and they have electrical and mechanical issues that come up. But if you have good storage where its covered when not in use then that should help protect it against extra wear due to not being in the weather. How often would you use it would be the biggest question? My wife and I have been in the same boat, but since we are both teachers we have plenty of time in the summer to travel and use it if we wanted to. Regular use will allow you to stay on top of things that wear out and allow you notice if something isn't just right. If you only use it a couple times a year then you could run into unknown problems that can put a damper on a vacation.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:42 AM   #3
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We just bought a small one (18’) that wasnt too expensive. I definitely don’t look at it as any kind of investment, but we like to camp and needed it for hunting season.

The farm we deer hunt on is over 40 minutes drive time from where we live, and our old house out there has just about had it (120+ year old). An hour and a half round trip is just a lot to be driving to hunt. I put the camper up in the hay barn when we’re not over there, so it is covered. We like to camp and have several places nearby that we can take it during floating season, so I’m thinking we’ll get good use out of it.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:45 AM   #4
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Pros:
great family time and getting a state park pass it worth it. We are gone at least one wk/end a month. Don't know if its cheaper than hotels etc., after purchasing said camper and insurance etc.. But we have some great memories over the past 10 years from south TX all the way to Salida, Co. and everywhere in between.
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Not a whole lot for me..
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:45 AM   #5
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Go with your " lean "
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Just make sure you buy from a dealer, to insure that a salesman makes a commission on the sale.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:55 AM   #7
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:59 AM   #8
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For me the largest PRO is being able to pretty much go anywhere and have a place to stay with your stuff - setup the way you want.

Largest CON is exterior maintenance. If you don't stay on top of it, they will rot out from under you.

If you buy new, I would add another large CON. Depreciation - they drop like a rock. Buy a good clean used one would be my advice. Let someone else take that initial hit.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:08 PM   #9
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Strictly my opinion here as I have buddies that love having them. I do not like them at all personally. I live in one 4 days a week for work only because with payment on it and insurance with rent at RV Park, comes out cheaper than rent or another mortgage.

Pros: you have your own space with all the amenities of being at home wherever you go

Cons: everything that isn’t what I stated in the pro’s section. (Maintenance, depreciation, cheaply made, a hassle when wanting to bring other toys such as four wheeler, much more expnsive than just staying in a tent or hotel, etc.)
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:11 PM   #10
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If you're leaning toward no, then don't get one. My wife and I bought one a few years back. I now have it parked on my deer hunting property and it hasn't been moved in 4 or 5 years. We traveled some in it, but it was more hassle than it was worth. We like to explore when we travel, particularly in the mountains. We found lots of back roads we wanted to explore, but couldn't when we had the trailer in tow. The increased fuel cost, and campground fees meant that we weren't actually saving any money over motel costs.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:13 PM   #11
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Some of the best family moments we have occurred in our camper.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:15 PM   #12
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If you get one you.can eliminate a bunch of downsides by forking out the extra cash on an airstream.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:17 PM   #13
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Go for it! The memories you can make are priceless. I grew up camping with my grand parents in their diesel pusher, then my folks bought one. Now that I’m older i have one myself. It goes to the lease half the year and is home the rest of the time. I take it on several trips a year with the rest of the family. I like it much better than a hotel. You can stay wherever the want and sleep in your own bed.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:18 PM   #14
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The pro's are camping in remote areas, if you are just pulling from trailer park to trailer park then it's not camping. We used to camp in very remote areas in Colorado when I was a kid, we were basically scouting where my dad would hunt for elk that winter. Personally I want a motorhome and a jeep with kayak in tow and travel the US when I retire in 6 years.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:21 PM   #15
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Con is depreciation, storage and maintenance. They are nice to have in Texas for summer camping but they really slow you down if you travel 500+ miles. I have went back to a tent.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:23 PM   #16
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Strictly my opinion here as I have buddies that love having them. I do not like them at all personally. I live in one 4 days a week for work only because with payment on it and insurance with rent at RV Park, comes out cheaper than rent or another mortgage.

Pros: you have your own space with all the amenities of being at home wherever you go

Cons: everything that isnít what I stated in the proís section. (Maintenance, depreciation, cheaply made, a hassle when wanting to bring other toys such as four wheeler, much more expnsive than just staying in a tent or hotel, etc.)
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If you're leaning toward no, then don't get one. My wife and I bought one a few years back. I now have it parked on my deer hunting property and it hasn't been moved in 4 or 5 years. We traveled some in it, but it was more hassle than it was worth. We like to explore when we travel, particularly in the mountains. We found lots of back roads we wanted to explore, but couldn't when we had the trailer in tow. The increased fuel cost, and campground fees meant that we weren't actually saving any money over motel costs.
These two.

If you're not sure you would use it a lot then do not get one. May be worth renting one a couple times to see if you don't mind towing it etc..

Just get a B&B, hotel or motel...Would be cheaper unless you "camp" a lot.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:24 PM   #17
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We bought one this summer and have tried to run the wheels off of it.
Pros: family loves it when we take it to vacations. They had a blast this summer, and we are planning on Yellowstone next summer. We bought a generator and solar and will be doing even more boondocking.
Consrobably several we took the depreciation and maintenance issues in mind when we bought. Wouldnt trade it for the fun we had this summer. When the kids are too old/cool to camp with mom and dad as long as we had a blast will be all I cared about.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:28 PM   #18
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For the costs of buying some RV's, upkeep and/or storage and extra fuel costs, you can stay a lot of nights in a motel. Worst purchase I made was a 33' triple slide 5th wheel, already had the 1 ton diesel to pull it with, but it was a pain towing, a pain getting to some spots on our travels such as stations when you had to refuel and there is not a truck stop close plus as some said the deteriation unless you keep it under a cover out of the elements. I have a cheap one for the lease but never again will I buy one for travel.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:28 PM   #19
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It is like a boat. You have to plan to use it. IF not it will never get used.
We love it. Don't use it enough. My kids love it.

My biggest problem with it. is the stupid inspection that you have to do. I understand the safety reason but... That is a huge pain in the butt. Most inspection places are not meant for a TT. So its a circle jerk and they just walk around it.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:29 PM   #20
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There are no real cons to it

If you use it and spent quality time with your family it's worth every penny. Get a state park pass and enjoy it. It's cheap and fun.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:37 PM   #21
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buy a clean used one a few years old. Educate yourself on what used ones are selling for look for a decent deal and use it for several months or a year. If you don't like it you can sell it for close to what you paid for it.

It is much nicer when on vacation to have your own space set up like you want it. You can relax outside and cook your own meals. If you take out the cost of the camper it is a much cheaper way to travel.

IMO, it is much better suited to trips that you will be staying multiple nights in one place as opposed to moving every day
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:20 PM   #22
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RV it stands for ruins vacation
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:30 PM   #23
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I bought a slightly used pop-up ten years ago for $2500. Everything but a bathroom including A/C, microwave, fridge, etc. Stays in my garage ready to go except perishable food. No storage cost and out of the elements. We enjoy it four times a year and I can sell it for what I paid for it.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:32 PM   #24
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Rent one a few times....www.americandreamvacations.net
I'll always be a renter of RV's. no storage, not clean up, no bullshavick.
-costs about the same as a nice hotel per night.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:33 PM   #25
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We camp 2 or 3 times a year in ours. I bought it brand new, but I think I got an ok deal on it. I had a 24'x36' carport put up at the house for it and my boat. Best part was when Harvy flooded my house we had a place to stay for 5 months. And I don't have to load or unload much when we do camp.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:34 PM   #26
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Best advice I can give you is buy used. They plummet in value quickly.

We have a 2006 model 5th wheel that we bought and the only issue I know it is starting to have is the floor on the slide out is starting to go bad. But this one was lived in full time and exposed to the elements and rigors of full time living and thatís not what they are designed for. Even if I have to replace the flooring, thatís a TON cheaper than a new one the same size with the same amenities.

If you can park it under covered storage and keep power hooked to it, that is the best situation.

We use ours 1-2 times per month typically all the way to deer season then we use it as our lease camper. If you are going to occasionally use it definitely shop wisely and buy a solid used unit.


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Old 10-04-2018, 01:40 PM   #27
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Whatever you do stay away from a hybrid camper (mix between pop up and regular camper).
Ours is nice for the lease cause it is small enough to maneuver into a spot but not a fan of the design. Both bunks have had to be rebuilt due to leaks and it is not a fun project.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:47 PM   #28
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I would rent from RVshare. My family wouldn't use it enough to justify making payments for it. The folks renting theirs out are people who thought they had to have one but learned quickly they are making monthly payments for a large non moving item crowding the driveway with little usage. If you got enough money and can afford it go for it.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:48 PM   #29
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If you don't need one for the deer lease, just rent one when you go camping....unless y'all go weekly. You'll come out WAY ahead.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:55 PM   #30
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Just an idea, but buy a really nice heavy duty tent to keep out of the elemnts in cooler months. Then use VRBO to rent a nice place if it's too hot or too cold.
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:00 PM   #31
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Myself would never buy used but that is me and I have owned many of them . So they drop in resale yep . But warranty and extended warranty . Makes me not worry about any thing .


The money thing I do not see how that is a factor really . prices range all over the place , and by used ok great guess what your used unit is now worth even less in a year as well so where is the upside other than the cost .

Now renting is an option and many people even rent their units out through services .. Not a chance would I do it but thats me . But renting is not always a great deal price wise or issue with the unit, lack of " what you need in it" etc .

money wise Nothing today is cheap ,

Off site camping you need a gen set we have a onan 4k in ours , if your in a camp ground not such a huge deal . but your not going to run an AC unit with a little gen set 3500 MIN to not have issues .



We love ours and we use it at least once a month for mini trips , Port A , Broken Bow, Right now its on the lease , love it . We make good use of it every chance we get . This year we have been to 9 places , and camping 12 times ( some places we like to go back to )

Our is a toy hauler with garage .
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The GF and I have a 21 foot Minnie Winnebago, and a 16 ft fishing boat. I trailer both camping and to the coast to fish without an issue behind my 3500 chevy. Taking the camper to the coast is a whole lot cheaper then getting a room, we can stay for a long weekend for less than one night in a hotel.
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I have two buds that have them. The biggest benefit one has is when they use it no other family can invite themselves since there's no room.

The other hates that they can't take more friends and family along. They end up taking other vacations with family and so its just a money pit.

They agree knowing what they know now they just would have rented one when needed instead of owning one. Both have grown to despise them.

One had the AC go out on day one at the beach. He couldn't fix it/get it fixed so they got hotel rooms so as not to ruin the kids vacation. He seriously considered leaving it there.

I have been with both of them. I go on vacation to relax/rest/sleep.

I have never encountered these 3 things in an RV. More of the opposite.
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Claire told me that the way all big decisions are made in your house is that you each get one vote.

And then she is the tie-breaker.

Congrats on the new RV!
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:43 PM   #35
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My observations: Friends that camped a lot before purchasing one loved getting a camper.

Friends who said they would camp a lot once they bought one always got rid of it within 5 years.
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Its a good way to turn a vacation into a PITA.
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:44 PM   #37
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That is exactly what my brother said about his...
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:08 PM   #38
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"I thought "RV" stood for "Recreational Vehicle." No! It stands for "Ruins Vacations."
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:23 PM   #39
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I have to disagree with yall. We have done it all from a tent , pop up, small and large trailer to now the 5th wheel. Have never regretted any of them. Itís about family. Being together and making memories. I can go to the coast for a week and the cost is minimal. I have to admit, when we had the pop up, we went way more. Shop around and find one that suits your family. Life is short....have fun.
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:38 PM   #40
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WOW sad to hear so many have issues.. preventative maintenance is needed like anything else .

Below a short list of trips this year NEVER one bad time , always the best R&R and fun . I think it is a learning curve for some its harder than others..
But I can tell you that nothing but great trips and great times . The best Memories laughing at each other ..

In Broken Bow My GF slipped in the mud and lost her sandal in the pond , she is covered in mud , I tell her no way am i going in that much pond to get her flip flop.. Yep I ended up having to go in , still shudder at how nasty the water was . Silly girl but always a great time no matter what .

And its a min trip many times long weekend deal other times F-M . So we try to keep it some what short drive time .

We have it down my GF is the inside set up I d the outside in less than 30 minutes we are set up and ready to relax in our mobile oasis

first port A
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lake Ray
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second port A trip

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out to the lease to teach GF son to shoot and he got his first pig and coyote on that trip

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Broken Bow 2nd time

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Co elk hunting

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lake Whitney first or second time we stay at a one of the two parks

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It depends on how much you will use it. We bought a good used one for ~6k. When we lived in central Texas we used it a least once a month and it was definitely worth it.

Now we are further west with less places nearby to camp. Thinking of selling it and then just renting off Outdoorsy (AirBnB for campers). One thing I like about renting is that you can just rent near your final destination. Planning a trip to Colorado next summer and think I will just rent one from up there versus pulling mine 14 hours...
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:49 PM   #42
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Best advice I can give you is buy used. They plummet in value quickly.

We have a 2006 model 5th wheel that we bought and the only issue I know it is starting to have is the floor on the slide out is starting to go bad. But this one was lived in full time and exposed to the elements and rigors of full time living and that’s not what they are designed for. Even if I have to replace the flooring, that’s a TON cheaper than a new one the same size with the same amenities.

If you can park it under covered storage and keep power hooked to it, that is the best situation.

We use ours 1-2 times per month typically all the way to deer season then we use it as our lease camper. If you are going to occasionally use it definitely shop wisely and buy a solid used unit.


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This. Find one that has been stored under cover, and is a little older. Banks won't loan on trailers over so many years old, so you can buy them cheap.


I grew up vacationing in a travel trailer, and I love them. We never had all that much trouble with them aside from occaisional flat tires and stuff, at least nothing that couldn't be dealt with pretty quickly. I guess maybe because I grew up around them I'm not scared of something breaking because I can probably fix it.

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Old 10-04-2018, 03:50 PM   #43
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It depends on how much you will use it. We bought a good used one for ~6k. When we lived in central Texas we used it a least once a month and it was definitely worth it.

Now we are further west with less places nearby to camp. Thinking of selling it and then just renting off Outdoorsy (AirBnB for campers). One thing I like about renting is that you can just rent near your final destination. Planning a trip to Colorado next summer and think I will just rent one from up there versus pulling mine 14 hours...
check into that very careful a guy in camp this year did just that , trailer was a nightmare , all due to lack of up keep .
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If it is going to sit in the yard then don't buy one. We bought one last year and have camped in it 5 or 6 trips including a 16 day 4300 mile trip to yellow stone! We bought used and are just as happy as if we had a new one. It has bunks in the back for the kids and a big bed in the front for us. We plan to use it a couple more times this year and already have three trips planned for next year.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:15 PM   #45
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You can rent a cabin cheaper than towing a camper, and I like campers and camping. RV sites have got high in many places, so by the time you pay $30-50/night to camp, plus fuel, plus the cost of a camper, cost of maintenance and repairs, and cost of depreciation it is cheaper to get a cabin or hotel room.

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Old 10-04-2018, 04:16 PM   #46
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If you have a three quarter ton or one ton truck you call haul both at one time. I had a receiver hitch put on my 32Ē fifth wheel and I pull my 22Ē bay boat behind it. It kind of intimidating at first but the boat tracks exactly the same as the trailer so no problem.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:29 PM   #47
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I hope my wife never wins this argument! We lived in one for 4-5 months from the time we got married until we finished building our house. I thought that would deter her but she still brings it up every once in a while.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:31 PM   #48
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We have owned a few RVís and are in the process of upgrading our current bumper pull to a 5er. If you are on the fence consider how the unit will be stored, how often you will use it, and probably most important is what value do you put on sleeping in your own bed and quiet simply owning a second home.

For us it is a no brainer because we live and travel in it a week and a half per month almost every month. The comfort of sleeping in my own bed, having the pup with us, and being able to just pull over anywhere to use the restroom or have a meal is priceless!


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Old 10-05-2018, 01:51 AM   #49
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I don't know a con. Just store it covered, out of direct sunlight and keep the vermin out.
Blow the water out of the lines during winter storage.
A busted water line is a con, I guess.
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:04 AM   #50
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Our best family vacation so far was dragging our 5th wheel around the Grand Canyon and back again seeing many sights along the way.
I doubt that trip will ever be beat unless I win the lottery and soon (son growing up fast).

Btw, you can double tow if you keep the overall length below 65í.
Iíve done it a few times-




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