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Old 04-04-2007, 08:57 AM   #1
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Any cost savings withan RV

Me and my wife were looking at purchasing an RV, a toyhauler of course, for when we head out to different tracks to watch races, trackdays, family reunions, etc. I was always under the impression that an RV was a cheaper alternative than staying in a motel.

Is there any cost savings with these things? If you finance one you have the monthly note plus insurance. Plus the cost of the maintenance and gas of the vehicle your pulling with. Luckily my diesel will pull 10k lbs and still hold 18 mpg.
Then I found out that if you want to camp at an RV park its easily $25 - 100 per night to rent the pad. I think NPR was charging $100 for RV hookup over the race weekend.

Whats cheaper in the long run hotels or the RV? Me and wife like to travel so lets say it will be used 8 -10 times per year.
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Depends. Even if your only traveling 8-10 time per year, you have to look waaaayyyy down the road and see how long your going to keep it. If that's the case, well then, yes, it pay's for itself. If you looked at the cost's for driving, gas, food and hotel accomodations VS just owning a "home away from home" on wheels, then owning an RV is considerably cheaper, in the long run....:dontknow:
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Just rent one on race weekends.. no ins. no maint. no rental space to keep it..
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Its only for conveinence, will never be cheaper, think of all the things you will rig it out with also, canopy, satelite TV...$$$
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I don't know about renting one every race weekend. The cheapest on a toyhauler is about 350 - 400 for a three day rental. fri, sat, sun.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:14 AM   #6
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We have a nice one (not a toy hauler though... :mad: ) and use it all the time. I'll have it at TWS (Texas World Speedway) for the 8 hour, we'll use it for a rehab between stints as well as in lieu of 3 nights hotel stay.

Costs are:

Generator fuel (if no electricity)
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I know someone that is selling an AWESOME toy hauler- 35' triple axle. Really nice! My Wife already told me "no"...

In the long run, I think you would save money, but that's not the only reason I have one. I just like staying at my own place, with my own stuff...
For example at TWS (Texas World Speedway), do you have to pay a fee to bring your RV? What exacty are RV hookups? I'm assuming water and electricity. So If I get the generator option on mine do I still have to pay the hookup fee?
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Its only for conveinence, will never be cheaper, think of all the things you will rig it out with also, canopy, satelite TV...$$$
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I don't know about renting one every race weekend. The cheapest on a toyhauler is about 350 - 400 for a three day rental. fri, sat, sun.

well i am sure 350-400 for a 3 day rental is still cheaper than that note every month... yep
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I would just buy an enclosed trailer to haul bikes, etc. and do a few key things to it that make it comfortable to stay in. Registers and insures as a regular trailer

Air conditioning
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Carpeted area, or roll out carpet if it is pretty small
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Just being inside a trailer at night w/ AC is enough for me to sleep well.
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Usually, large toy haulers are $500+ to rent, and are hardly ever available. When you add up as many times that he wants to use the RV, it will be a lot more than the payments will be.

yeah Tom,, I am sure your right...
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I would just buy an enclosed trailer to haul bikes, etc. and do a few key things to it that make it comfortable to stay in. Registers and insures as a regular trailer

Air conditioning
Generator
Carpeted area, or roll out carpet if it is pretty small
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etc...

Just being inside a trailer at night w/ AC is enough for me to sleep well.

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yo bj, i looked into the whole rv toyhauler thing as well, and did a few cost benefits analysis. There are lots of stuff that you cant quantify with an rv such as convience being the biggest factor to have one vs. going to motel/hotel everyday. I say that for it to be feasible you will have to calculate your estimated days of lodging and multiple that by how many yrs you think you will last in the trackday hobby. then when you figure that amount out divide by total months then you get to see how much per month you will spend going that route. Then you do the same with the rv plus all the cool stuff like super quiet generator, insurance etc and the variable costs like rv fees hook-ups. So now you have two numbers, monthly costs for hotels and monthly costs for rv. If the two figures are relatively close rv wins.....if they are kinda far off, try to quantify other things into it like the hassle of going back and forth to track and hotel, being able to cook your own meals instead of eating out, having a buddy to share a few costs ...........good eh? but for me i think the rv route is good if you plan to do atleast 10 trackdays a yr and stay in it for 3 yrs it about evens out.
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I would just buy an enclosed trailer to haul bikes, etc. and do a few key things to it that make it comfortable to stay in. Registers and insures as a regular trailer

Air conditioning
Generator
Carpeted area, or roll out carpet if it is pretty small
Small refrigerator
TV w/ a VHS/DVD built in
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Just being inside a trailer at night w/ AC is enough for me to sleep well.
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considering most tracks have accomidations like restrooms and showers anyways.
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I think the only way an RV/Toy Hauler would payoff in the long run is if you used it ALL THE TIME. Not just a few times a year. If you went camping a couple/few times per month all the time it would probably be worth while, but if you're only going to use it 8-10 times a year it's probably not worth it, unless you just have the money to spend.

You're going to have not only the note on the RV but have to pay a storage place for a place to keep it (assuming you can't keep it at your house or whatever).....my parents always had a motorhome or travel trailer when I was growing up. We went camping average about 3 weekends per month EVERY month EVERY year....
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Good Info, I have an RV that I need to restore for next season.
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considering most tracks have accomidations like restrooms and showers anyways.
negative on that one. I used that logic this weekend at NPR and tried to take a shower at the end of the day. The shower stalls, were right next to the guy taking a about a foot away. No, thanks I saved the shower for when I drove back to houston.
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negative on that one. I used that logic this weekend at NPR and tried to take a shower at the end of the day. The shower stalls, were right next to the guy taking a about a foot away. No, thanks I saved the shower for when I drove back to houston.


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dont pay for renting the lots. just camp out in the wal-mart parking lot, etc... kekeke
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dont pay for renting the lots. just camp out in the wal-mart parking lot, etc... kekeke
Actually I read not to long ago that Walmart is advocating RVs to use there lots and facilities.
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