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Edd505

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profdant139 wrote:

I just realized that if and when we ever get to hit the road again, I will have my own private nice clean bathroom, wherever we go. No need to worry about some stranger's germs -- just my own. [emoticon]

Seriously, compare that to airplane travel -- yikes! I would be very worried about using the bathroom on a plane these days.

So for those of us (like me) who suffer with bad MPG, we have to offset that cost by the value of having a clean restroom at all times. Not easy to put a dollar value on that benefit, but it is more than zero, for sure.

And another plus, I know who slept in the bed last night. Hotel/motel who knows and how well was it cleaned.


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Great story here,

We traveled to Oregon to see the solar eclipse a few years back. Took our trailer as we were going for a few days. On the way down, stopped at a rest stop to use the facilities, looked over, lines out the door. Popped in the trailer, 3 of us, in and out in no time, back on the road. We could see people looking over at us in envy[emoticon]

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deltabravo wrote:

I've always said that if people are concerned enough to ask what kind of mileage other people get when towing, they probably shouldn't be RVing in the first place. Why? because if they are that concerned about the cost, then they are apparently at the upper limits of their fuel spending allowance already.

They cringe if it costs $80 to fill up with diesel instead of $60, buy the continue to buy $6.00 mochas and frappacino drinks at their favorite coffee stand.



1). They don’t know the comparison factor. Neither do you. (40% reduction from solo where that vehicle loaded same. Same roads and speed as when towing).

“Bad” mpg is where it’s worse than this TESTED prediction.

2). Savings, you don’t know either. It’s first in knowing the annual fuel cost for the family. All vehicles. All miles. The baseline. Fuel savings for RV travel is in controlling non-vacation miles. TEST.

— Chasing low fuel price while travelling isn’t AT ALL smart. An RV requires space. Risk reduction is facilities used by big trucks. Travel Centers.

— Next to the highway is best. Always. Commuter miles count for nothing. Different regions they drive differently. Many reasons.

3). The corollary is in using state rest areas. VIRTUALLY NO ONE USES PICNIC AREAS. I travel full time. 100k miles annually. An RV makes space & privacy E-Z.

— The WalMart parking lot isn’t any of these things. High risk to vehicle, high crime and high cost.

The daily trip plan is one thing. A FAIL for most (work at it). The vacation MEAL PLAN is where an RV comes into its own. Your control of your environment is most important here. Snacks or a meal shouldn’t ever be the point where “risk” of any sort is entailed.

Again, work at it. Experience (notes, not memory) is what brings focus. A map. There’s not an RV out there doesn’t have enough space (any type) for a successful meal plan covering a vacation trip. .

Note that these are all emotional problems. Nothing above was difficult to describe, much less how to alleviate. (So, who’s done it?).

Throw out the TV. Watching 4-hrs/week no different than watching 50-hrs week.
Having a life means no TV in household. None.

Object? Assume no discipline present, either. Same emotional barrier.

Outside of portable fuel (TV & TT) and potable water, dumping the sanitary tanks about the only reason to HAVE to stop up to (how many days of fresh water & propane available?).

Buying fuel or obtaining water takes a few minutes. No reason to enter store.

Is that formula difficult to express, or to live?

Once over the hump, travel is actually easier.
There’s (literally) more to see. To hear. To feel.

Choose the times & places to be with other people to fit, “what is vacation”?
Lose the slave foreman, first.


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* This post was edited 05/03/20 09:31am by Slowmover *


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Slowmover wrote:

I travel full time. 100k miles annually.

Really? 100K miles per year? Are you a long haul trucker?





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Draggo wrote:

I've always liked to say "I tow my hotel room behind me". There is a lot of value in knowing who has been using the bed and bathroom. I'll stay in hotels when appropriate but I prefer my trailer any day.


I agree. I have watched Hotel Impossible and seen some of the things that are in those rooms no thanks. I also notice my kids sleep easier in the RV than they would in a Hotel Room.

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profdant139 wrote:

I just realized that if and when we ever get to hit the road again, I will have my own private nice clean bathroom, wherever we go. No need to worry about some stranger's germs -- just my own. [emoticon]

Seriously, compare that to airplane travel -- yikes! I would be very worried about using the bathroom on a plane these days.

So for those of us (like me) who suffer with bad MPG, we have to offset that cost by the value of having a clean restroom at all times. Not easy to put a dollar value on that benefit, but it is more than zero, for sure.


I agree with the MPG point. I would rather have my MPG suffer and know who last slept in my bed and how my living area was cleaned as to the alternative. Plus the memories you make with the family far outweigh any cost of poor MPG.

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profdant139 wrote:

I just realized that if and when we ever get to hit the road again, I will have my own private nice clean bathroom, wherever we go. No need to worry about some stranger's germs -- just my own. [emoticon]

Seriously, compare that to airplane travel -- yikes! I would be very worried about using the bathroom on a plane these days.

So for those of us (like me) who suffer with bad MPG, we have to offset that cost by the value of having a clean restroom at all times. Not easy to put a dollar value on that benefit, but it is more than zero, for sure.


Pretty much the real reason my wife comes camping now. LOL

Her own bathroom.

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DallasSteve wrote:

Slowmover wrote:

I travel full time. 100k miles annually.

Really? 100K miles per year? Are you a long haul trucker?


Yes

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