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Old 12-23-2013, 03:32 PM   #31
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I had a 30' Coastal Cruiser sailboat. Picked it up in Berkeley and would fly down to work on it a couple of times a year, sort of like cruising without leaving the dock. Saw all of the Bay area as well as the wine country. Over 4 or 5 years, took it south down the California coast to Ensenada, Ensenada to Cabo, Cabo to La Paz and left it there for a year or two. Crossed the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan, Mazatlan to Puerto Vallarta, and finally back to Mazatlan where I sold it a few years ago. Didn't pay much for the boat, spent much more fixing it up and probably got back about 2/3's of my investment when I sold it. But the experience and the memories.... priceless.
Trailers are like boats, you don't buy it as an investment and you only gain the memories and experiences if you use them.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:52 PM   #32
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As a current boat owner..."Well stated Buddy". No different from a cabin, snowmobile, motorcycle, hot rod, or an aircraft.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:12 PM   #33
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I told my daughter that I had solved that issue of retirement planning... saving and spending wisely so you don't run out of money before you run out of days. She was intrigued and wanted to know my solution... Simple, I said. I plan to borrow off of my children and leave the debt to the estate. She was not impressed.
Excellent plan. Think I'll run it by my kids--then run for cover. :
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #34
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Its not about the money (you can't take it with you) its about the life experience that is priceless...
I agree. We worked and saved a long time in order to travel after retirement. We consider the cost of the trailer part of the expense of travel. If we were to take cruises and tours instead, the cost of travel would end up costing us more.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:52 PM   #35
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Another factor in computing the cost is that having a fridge and kitchen decreases the number of restaurant meals. Aside from cost I think we will be able to eat healthier
Very true. We don't eat out as much as with hotels. That alone can pay for the maintenance on the Escape. Also don't take planes as I used to so that is a savings. The Escape changed our way of life and I see that as good because campgrounds beat out hotels. That said, I don't mind the winter break and being in a few hotels.

One of the big unanticipated costs is time. I did not expect to spend anywhere near what I do time-wise on the trailer. Most of that is good fun though (I don't mean while traveling.). Looking at options and what needs to be done regarding it. Shopping for items for it. Time on the forums learning about it.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:59 AM   #36
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... the rules change. All I can suggest to folks is to not assume. The rules may be different in your jurisdiction.
Absolutely... and the rules vary not just between states (or provinces), but between municipalities (or county). This applies to both what you can build, and how it will be taxed.

I have to suspect that tax cost differences are small compared to the other cost of the trailer itself and all those other expenditures that started this topic.
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:07 AM   #37
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My wife and I built a pad for our trailer in our back yard ourselves and installed a 12 foot wide gate to the lane and a 30 amp power supply for very little money. The photo shows Ladybug on her pad on December 20, the day of a small snowfall.
Brian, the wire on the roof (sticking out of the snow)... is that the prewired portion for a solar panel?

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Old 12-24-2013, 07:07 PM   #38
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A trailer is definitely cheaper than a vacation home.
Whoever coined the term "vacation home" never owned one.

We sold ours after 11 years, and though I sometimes miss it, I really prefer the freedom and lower cost of the trailer.

We can go many other places, and I never have to mow.
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:10 PM   #39
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I'm not complaining--just commenting on how much collateral commercial activity our trailer buy has triggered, and wondering if anyone has had one or more projects flow from their decision to acquire their trailer.

Have a great Christmas, everyone!

Brent.
(Note: we saved those great burls on the maple for a friend who does woodwork).
We took out the grass strip in front of the house and put in a gate so we could store the trailer on the side of the house. That project ended up including a new patio cover, large back yard shed and the associated concrete. Oh, and an outside outlet to keep it plugged in.
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:34 PM   #40
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It's true about the vacation home -- another roof to take care of, pipes to worry about when we're 5 hours away in the winter, taxes to pay -- lots of fun at times -- maple sugaring, our own pond for swimming and fishing -- especially when the 5 kids were younger -- but "something's lost and something's gained" -- we'll see what happens when we start traveling again.
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