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Old 09-24-2020, 12:04 PM   #61
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I personally always like to "do the math" on what things are costing. It's not that I'm opposed to spending money, but I don't have an unlimited amount of it so I have to make choices. Would I rather own a travel trailer and drive around the USA, or would I rather travel internationally and see the world? Both are worthwhile pursuits. Maybe I can afford to do both...or neither. But I need to know the cost in order to make a good decision.

I find another "cost" of owning is the desire to keep upgrading and improving. I always have a few items on my shopping list and I don't think it will ever be finished.
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:41 PM   #62
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Who cares what it costs? If I want it and can scrap the money together, I'll do it, If I can't, I won't .
Agreed.
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Old 09-25-2020, 07:37 AM   #63
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Spend your money on memories. They are the only thing no one can take away from you.

Having a pile of cash at the end of life has done you no good at all.
The million dollar views and memories are worth it

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Old 09-25-2020, 12:32 PM   #64
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Not something I would ever bother to personally calculate.
Being able to stay in your own place with our own sheets wherever we are - $Priceless
Having your own bathroom following you when on the Big Sur or West TX, and now anywhere - $Priceless
Always having an emergency evacuation vehicle ready to go - $Priceless

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Old 09-25-2020, 01:51 PM   #65
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Not something I would ever bother to personally calculate.
Ditto. We've just returned after Day 76 of trailer use this year. Cost per day? Not a clue.

I'm probably more extreme than most in viewing the purchase cost of a trailer. Anything that I buy, after saving the money for it, becomes a used item that I own and use. Calculating what it's value is while I'm owning it and using it doesn't even cross my mind.

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Old 09-25-2020, 02:54 PM   #66
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Donna, thank you! You can never place a price on memories, experiences and what you have learned. I dont understand the reasoning for the cost break down, other than this person is planning on selling in the future, renting it out when not in use or possibly using it for AirB&B?
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Old 09-25-2020, 03:32 PM   #67
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Donna, thank you! You can never place a price on memories, experiences and what you have learned. I dont understand the reasoning for the cost break down, other than this person is planning on selling in the future, renting it out when not in use or possibly using it for AirB&B?
People keep track of expenses for all sorts of reasons. Budgets are big! Or maybe the trailer is financed and wants to know the 'break even point." I wonder how someone figures all the expenses when a trailer just sits? I pay storage fees, everyone/most pay trailer insurance and the tires are ageing out! Ohhh along with the propane detector and fire extinguisher. I wax and wax Ten Forward (usually) twice a year... touchups in between. Takes me two days each time. Even at minimum wage, I should add that cost
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Old 09-25-2020, 04:45 PM   #68
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i have some friends who say why own a horse you can lease a horse to hunt for 100 if you hunt twice a month is only 200. It costs a whole lot more to keep a horse - board, shoes, vet bills ,feed, vitamins, equipment- but sitting on your own horse that you know very well and you know is safe while galloping into a line of jumps with muddy footing is priceless.... They also say rent a trailer instead of buying one but i love my escape because i know where things are and i know how to set it up, maintain it,hitch etc...and that gives me peace of mind how do you put a value on that?
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