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Old 06-10-2018, 03:08 PM   #11
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I like the flexibility of the Roadtrek and also prefer sleeping in my own dirt.

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Old 06-10-2018, 03:18 PM   #12
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Default Thanks for your reply... I'm leaning towards taking the RV.....

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Yes, she needs to get more comfortable driving the rig. You could get sick or have some other problem on the road and she needs to be able to take care of herself.

Problem is, sometimes husbands aren't the best teachers (or passengers) so you may need a friend or a paid driving instructor for a couple of hours.

As far as deciding what to drive across the country, a spreadsheet could be developed for the costs, but there are other factors, as well: finding a hotel when you are ready to stop for the night, finding restaurants on the road, having to drive until you get to said hotels and restaurants and the issues that come with using them such as bedbugs and food poisoning. Not saying either would happen, but when I'm doing the cooking and I'm sleeping in my own bed, those aren't issues.

On the other hand, it's really nice to be able to take a lengthy shower so you may have to go to full service campgrounds every other day or at least a couple of times on the trip so you can use the facilities and dump, etc. And that may actually be more difficult in the summer than finding a hotel...
Good argument.. we're going in late fall...end of September..... back in mid November....
Finding an RV park is really not a problem.....

We were thinking of having more mobility once we get to our destination....we have a vacation home and using the car there is certainly easier than the van.

I love driving the Mercedes but the car is so much more agile and faster.... also less stressful....

I don't know.... started thinking that the cost per mile has to be more expensive in the van than the car when you factor in maintenance.....

I'm going to take a hard look at the price of diesel fuel .... right now it's $4 per gallon here...
Last year it was $2.65...that is pretty significant....

The people who own gas guzzling Class C's and Class A's must be besides themselves..

And, my car can get almost 29 MPG on the road..over a long distance this really adds up...
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Old 06-10-2018, 03:39 PM   #13
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There is nothing like making your own coffee...

on the side of the road
at a rest stop
in the middle of nowhere
by the lake


Those are the priceless moments
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Old 06-10-2018, 04:49 PM   #14
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There is nothing like making your own coffee...

on the side of the road
at a rest stop
in the middle of nowhere
by the lake


Those are the priceless moments
Since we own our own RV... costs would be less than doing hotels...


RVs Versus Hotels: Which Is the Cheapest Way to Road Trip? | Money
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Old 06-10-2018, 04:58 PM   #15
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The people who own gas guzzling Class C's and Class A's must be besides themselves..
People in Class C's and Class A's had made a life style choice. The are not besides themselves for the most part. They are committed to RVing. You are sounding more like having misgivings about buying your Class B or your wife is not fully on board with the idea of traveling that way.

Who cares about the cost of gas when someone shells out more for an RV than any potential car they buy?
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Old 06-10-2018, 05:13 PM   #16
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If you are driving 6,000 miles...
And you get 21 MPG in the Sprinter and 29 MPG in the car...
And gas and diesel are both $3.75...

You will save about $300 in fuel by driving the car.

If both the Sprinter and the car would require service (i.e., oil change, etc.) at the end of the trip, what would you save by driving the car? Guessing...

$200 savings if using car.

If you drive the car, you will need probably 12 nights of hotel at, say $75/night and if you drive the Sprinter, you may need 6 nights at a full-service campground at, say $35 per night.

Cost for driving car = $700.

If you drive the car, you will need to eat out for all your meals, but might get a continental breakfast at the hotels so let's say $35/day for restaurants. If you take the Sprinter, you may want to eat out once very other day so ...

Cost for driving car = $300.

So the cost for driving the car is: hotel + food - fuel - service = $500 more than if you take the Sprinter, but if you think there will be significant wear and tear on it or if something bad happens with your emissions, then that number could easily go in the other direction.
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People in Class C's and Class A's had made a life style choice. The are not besides themselves for the most part. They are committed to RVing. You are sounding more like having misgivings about buying your Class B or your wife is not fully on board with the idea of traveling that way.

Who cares about the cost of gas when someone shells out more for an RV than any potential car they buy?
NO ...I love the RV.. very glad I purchased it, . but, I also want to travel smart for the dollar value.... My wife loves the rig.... I'll get her behind the wheel and more comfortable soon.

I don't know why people jump to conclusions when I say that I'm concerned about fuel economy.....

You better believe that I chose the Class B diesel over the gasoline engines for this reason...
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If you are driving 6,000 miles...
And you get 21 MPG in the Sprinter and 29 MPG in the car...
And gas and diesel are both $3.75...

You will save about $300 in fuel by driving the car.

If both the Sprinter and the car would require service (i.e., oil change, etc.) at the end of the trip, what would you save by driving the car? Guessing...

$200 savings if using car.

If you drive the car, you will need probably 12 nights of hotel at, say $75/night and if you drive the Sprinter, you may need 6 nights at a full-service campground at, say $35 per night.

Cost for driving car = $700.

If you drive the car, you will need to eat out for all your meals, but might get a continental breakfast at the hotels so let's say $35/day for restaurants. If you take the Sprinter, you may want to eat out once very other day so ...

Cost for driving car = $300.

So the cost for driving the car is: hotel + food - fuel - service = $500 more than if you take the Sprinter, but if you think there will be significant wear and tear on it or if something bad happens with your emissions, then that number could easily go in the other direction.
Yeah...I understand about the emissions.. just had the entire emissions replaced courtesy of Mercedes Benz dealership under warranty... thank goodness...

The car is a 2010 Subaru Outback Limited... with 85,000 miles.. still low mileage for the car..

Car is more agile to drive.... I'll decide soon ... have some time on this..... thanks.
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On a trip like the OP is considering, I ignore the relatively small cost difference and choose the vehicle that I believe will produce the happiest trip. I will pay big money not to be schlepping luggage, that's part of my trip happiness.

Regarding an emissions failure, I don't accrue them to the trip, but rather to the overall cost of ownership. If the failure was during a trip for groceries immediately after the long trip, I don't see the groceries as ridiculously expensive.
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On a trip like the OP is considering, I ignore the relatively small cost difference and choose the vehicle that I believe will produce the happiest trip. I will pay big money not to be schlepping luggage, that's part of my trip happiness.
Hear, hear.
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