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How do You Maximize Your Money on Things You Like to do for Fun?

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    I got an idea on a money topic(surprise surprise, ha ha) from the Elk Grove Casino thread we started talking about the cost to see the shows at Thunder Valley Casino. Whether you are single, married with or without kids, how to do stretch out your spending to enjoy the things you like to do?

    We are a family of four with a 16 and 15 yo. We like to utilize Groupons when available. However, I try not to use coupon at places we frequent a lot. We like to walk around downtown Sacramento and check out the dining scene. We will go to happy hour if possible. Our kids are not picky eaters, so we love to experiment with different cruisine. We rarely buy soda in the restaurants. When we order, we are mindful of the prices.

    The last time we went to a movie theater was about five years ago. We use netflix, redbox, and wait for free weekend specials from Dish Network on HBO and Cinemax etc. The kids love play sports, but do not care for watching games. We save a bundle on not going to Kings and rivercats games. We go hiking when we can. We belong to fitness club for less than $90/month and use it at least three times a week. We play a lot of board games and love to cook at home. We experiment a lot with cooking. We hang out on our back porch with our fire pits at night. We like reading, so we go to the library a lot.

    When we go on vacations, we use public transportation as much as possible. Since we love walking, we have no problem walking from event to event. However, I will splurge to a larger hotel room so my wife and I can have a separate bedroom. Need some peace and quiet.

    How do you keep your entertainment spending in check?

  • #294175

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    I think I spurred this topic. I’ll give you the short answer now and maybe a long answer later. We choose activities where you pay by the car load or tank or gas (camping, hiking, rafting, beach parking) and avoid activities where you pay per person (dinner out, theme parks, flights, movies out, live sports).

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    @bainc 126305 wrote:

    I think I spurred this topic. I’ll give you the short answer now and maybe a long answer later. We choose activities where you pay by the car load or tank or gas (camping, hiking, rafting, beach parking) and avoid activities where you pay per person (dinner out, theme parks, flights, movies out, live sports).

    Sorry to burst your financial bubble. ha ha. Actually, LC and Newmom kind of started it. LC mentioning the shows to see at Thunder Valley and he picks and chooses what shows to see at other venues and Newmom mentioning it has been 20 years since you paid for a concert etc. My wife and her mom were considering seeing Steve Martin and Martin Short at TV, but the cost turned them off. My thought is if you really want to see a show, would you cut cost elsewhere to allow you to see the show?

  • #294176

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    True, I guess mine was the last comment about shows/concert prices and being priced out of many things then Steve chimed in with see the Republic. But yeah, all the same convo. Lol

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    Well, frankly with our two kids having activities that have practice so many days a week, we have little time for doing things :). Seriously, gymnastics practice is
    4 days a week, cheer is at least as many, plus games. And out daughter is almost 14 and so going into high school so she’s with friends a lot too. Fortunately both kids recognize their activities are really expensive so they don’t ask for a lot. Plus, we are old school parents and if there is something they want and it’s not b-day or Christmas, they do chores to save up and earn the money themselves. For some reason our 8 year old son wants and Alexa, so he’s been saving up for months. Whatever, kid :).

    Since we have so little time together it’s almost a treat to all be home for dinner together. We also do a family game night-could be video games, board games, card games, whatever. We go to maybe 1 River Cats game a year, (we are baseball fans) and skip Kings games. We WILL go see Finding Dory this weekend because, well-it’s FINDING DORY!!! That will be a treat. But even then we buy gift cards for the movies from Costco and then use those at the movie theaters. Same thing for some restaurants too. We also do “kids eat free” nights. Our daughter looks about 10 so she passes still as a child. Helps being short!

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    I just wait for a good sale on liters of Coke, and Mentos.

  • #294162

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    @bainc 126308 wrote:

    True, I guess mine was the last comment about shows/concert prices and being priced out of many things then Steve chimed in with see the Republic. But yeah, all the same convo. Lol

    It’s all good, ha ha. Your last post was the doozy, basically saying “what the hell y’all spending money like that for when I am trying to raise a family”. Ha ha.

  • #294177

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    We do very well enjoying life. Doing things cheap doesn’t mean we aren’t doing other activities just as fun that cost less. Later this summer I’m climbing a 13,000 foot peak on a backpacking trip in the Sierra. Trailhead permit costs all of $7. Gear has been accumulated over the years, some used. 4 nights under the stars with climbing buddies is priceless. That’s one example but I’ve never understood why some people feel like can’t have a good time unless they’re blowing money at a sporting event, fancy dinner, or some exotic vacation.

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    I think it’s all relative and related to the choices that people make in life.

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    @EGL Admin 126322 wrote:

    I think it’s all relative and related to the choices that people make in life.

    This is true. We all have different things we like to do. Some people like to hang out at a beach, others like to hike and climb, others like to fish, some like to go to concerts, some like to visit foreign countries, etc. The point is how do you plan financially to do the things you like to do?

    So far, LC has the simplest and cheapest with the diet coke eruption. You can do that all day long, especially if you load up on diet coke sales. ha ha.

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    Well, I don’t think taking a vacation to an exotic location is “blowing your money” IF you have the money. Some really really enjoy vacations and are willing to save during the year to splurge on vacations. We are taking a family trip to Hawaii next month. We are flying out of Oakland rather than Sac, for a savings of $180 per ticket (for a family of 4-that is some serious money), and staying at a 2 bed/2 bath condo through VRBO for less than $150 a night, rather than a hotel. I don’t consider Hawaii an “exotic” location, but my kids sure will since they have never been, and we will have wonderful family memories (unless my kids kill each other first).

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    I have no issue with people spending money on whatever they want or enjoy. I think it’s great if you have the means to travel, eat out, or whatever. I’m thinking of a former coworker who did absolutely nothing but work and go home to watch TV. That would be fine too but he didn’t like it either. He didn’t have the funds to vacation somewhere exotic but the alternative was to do nothing. Seemed like a waste. Do something fun that matches your budget or come up with creative ways to make it happen.

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    I know our family since we don’t have a set monthly income it can be harder to budget. We can have 2-3 great months and then nothing for two months. This summer we are doing some vacations because we saved for it but even saving for it can be tricky because we may need it in 6 months.

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    For Giants games I’ve gone to weekday day games against teams with low national followings instead of a weekend Dodgers game. With dynamic pricing tickets for similar seats can be one quarter the price.

    When the Kings were rolling in the playoffs I went to Arco admission free to watch a road game. Not a bad alternative to paying for an actual home playoff game.

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    It really does depend on your priorities and preferences. We spend money on vacations, and I’ve never looked backed and wished we would have spent less, not that we often do anything lavish, mostly road trips and Florida beaching, Pacific Northwest. We rarely travel in California, no interest except east of the mountains for camping and fishing, Hawaii is boring to us, tired of Mexico. Since we were married, vacations have always been a priority for us, and we take a lot of them. I have a friend in Oregon who’s retired. He spent nearly all of his career travelling 5-7 days a week, never home, and now he is. Admittedly he’s one of the two funniest people I’ve ever known, but his statement to me was “I have no hobbies, no interests, don’t want to see any new places, don’t want to give back to my community AND I’m never bored.” He is very happy watching TV and cooking for his roomies, who seem to be quite fluid. Love it. To each his own.

    Should add that timing is crucial, and for the first time since year around schools moons ago, we can finally target shoulder seasons for great savings. A nice B&B (not CA nice, actually spacious and nice) in Maine can run well over $300 in the season. By mid September and before what they call “leaf peeping season”, it’s let’s make a deal over the counter, and we often find places for the mid $100s–one place was $45 a couple of years ago. Weather is the same, but the Bostonians are gone. Same with Central Oregon, one week after Labor Day. South Florida is cheap and uncrowded in the summer, just stay in the water and it’s fine. Not cheap then in the Panhandle though, and unfortunately that’s our summer target this year. Everything including air is cheaper off season, but if you’re tied to a school schedule, it’s difficult to take advantage of those deals.

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    Year round school has some benefits. We did Disneyland mid week in November prior to Thanksgiving. Also visited Newport Beach in early March before the spring break crowds.

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    This summer, I am trying to figure out what to do for a week. We love road trips with cities and hiking. We did Las Vegas/Red Rock Canyon/Hoover Dam about three years ago. Last year, we did Portland/Seattle. Right now, I have no interest in driving to LA. I looked at Salt Lake City, but not sure. I also was looking at Crescent City with the hiking nearby.

    It is great to see people looking for bargains and ways to cut costs. It is not being cheap, just trying to make your dollar stretch to either enjoy more things or being able to afford the trip without breaking the bank. The biggest thing, enjoying yourself.

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    @norules 126349 wrote:

    It is great to see people looking for bargains and ways to cut costs. It is not being cheap, just trying to make your dollar stretch to either enjoy more things or being able to afford the trip without breaking the bank. The biggest thing, enjoying yourself.

    That’s it exactly. I can do Disneyland once every 5 years and go all out or I can cut costs and go again in 3 years. Some might say going all out is better but I’d rather do more cutting costs then spending more and doing it less often.

    For Disneyland we cut costs by bringing all our food with us in the park. We spent absolutely zero inside the park over 3 days. Not even a churro. 😑 It probably goes without saying we didn’t stay at a Disney Property. We saved hundreds of dollars but without doing so we couldn’t have afforded to go. I also don’t think it cheapened the experience for my little kids in any way.

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    @norules 126349 wrote:

    This summer, I am trying to figure out what to do for a week. We love road trips with cities and hiking. We did Las Vegas/Red Rock Canyon/Hoover Dam about three years ago. Last year, we did Portland/Seattle. Right now, I have no interest in driving to LA. I looked at Salt Lake City, but not sure. I also was looking at Crescent City with the hiking nearby.

    It is great to see people looking for bargains and ways to cut costs. It is not being cheap, just trying to make your dollar stretch to either enjoy more things or being able to afford the trip without breaking the bank. The biggest thing, enjoying yourself.

    You might enjoy Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho. I can give you the routes we’ve taken if interested. Not all of the trip is great, I’d say about half or two thirds, as you have to get there first. Idaho is such a beautiful place and the western part isn’t that far.

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    Actually, I think I remember you did that trip last year. I recall your post about that trip, if my mind is correct. Since you offered, I would not mind your routes. If not this year, I will look into it in the future.

    Thanks.

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    Last year we did a different trip, a little longer, up the Oregon coast, along the Columbia River to east of Hood River, then south into John Day country, back to Bend. I will map that one, although aside from the Coast and the Columbia, lots of very remote country, but beautiful to me and most people from the PNW. I’ll also map the other, glad to. I could probably do a dozen road trip maps of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and never get tired of taking them again and again.

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    About twelve years ago, my wife and I did the Oregon Coast to Columbia River. It was beautiful driving. The only bad thing was in Florence, I broke my clavicle riding a four wheeler on the sand dunes. The rest of the trip I was on Vicodin. We probably should do it again, but the next time I will avoid the four wheelers.

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    @norules 126304 wrote:

    How do you keep your entertainment spending in check?

    I try to make most of the entertaining about being a family outing for each other instead of being about the place where we go. Exceptions are made for relatively inexpensive places. This works often enough to save money for the times when it doesn’t.

    All that gets to come to a screeching halt, though. My wife is looking at picking up a graduate degree. Those things cost a pretty penny nowadays, so we will curb lots of other expenses.

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    My fav thing to do to save money is to send the family to the movies but I don’t go, lol. 3 18 year olds. For me a movie is a luxurious item. We saved our money for a better tv and I like the idea of knowing I can rent it from our tv when it comes out. Seeing them happy fulfills me. eek πŸ™‚
    My kids go hiking a lot. I have been stubborn about it because they have to drive. I loved the hills, I always wanted to see what was around the next corner. I love being outside. So I have asked them ok, show me where you hike.
    Our lol big expense we do as a family is the “fun runs”. I want to do the yogurt run, but I guess taking my child to college is more important πŸ™ – ( no don’t leave me ) .
    I like fine dining, but I skip it for now. I have many future dates planned in my head in 10 years, when we don’t have this college bill.
    My fav thing to do is make nothing into something fun. Yesterday was hubby’s and I’s 24 anniv. We ditched the kids, had japans food (yeah for me) lol, and then went home to our Gamper and pretended we were camping and played UNO before he had to go to be a responsible adult and go to work.
    I don’t mind my early wrinkles, Laughing is free, and I so enjoy it.

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    I have been fortunate the past few years that I have gained More free time to travel and along with that I have discovered a few things along the way that have helped me save money in my travels. For years I have received offers in the mail to do a timeshare presentation with the offer of a free gift, but have declined because I didn’t want to own a timeshare. Then I started getting offers to visit the resort and stay for a really low price, with all inclusive and all we had to do was attend the 90 minute presentation (And pay your own way there, airfare or drive). We went on one and had a fabulous week for less than $300.00, but didn’t buy the timeshare. Continued to keep getting offers and some are areas we like to travel to and some are not. So we do this 3-4 times a year and usually get some other freebies ($$$ to spend at the resort, free 3 night stay at the resort, etc). A lot of people own timeshares and don’t use them so they try to rent their week out on eBay or Craiglist at their price (Which is usually way less than it would cost to stay at the resort if you booked it yourself). We have stayed at many nice resorts this way and I continue to get offers almost weekly. I have a few other tips but I’m not giving away all my secrets, I learned these through trial and error!

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    I almost forgot someone mentioned Giants games. I go to about 10 games a year and used to buy the tickets in advance on the Giants website, but I learned how a friend of mine buys his tickets: He goes to the ballpark an hour or two before game time and decides where he wants to sit for that game, then he gets on his Stubhub App and checks ticket prices. Prices drop continuously until game time (When you can no longer buy tickets through Stubhub). He gets amazing deals and always gets into the game. I use this now and get better seats for less than when I bought my tickets in advance. You can use this method for other tickets as well but I would test it out before if you use it as some events are so popular the prices don’t drop much.

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    You think they would catch on with Loonyman not buying the timeshares. Hey, if they want to keep sending you freebies or cheap vacations, then why not. ha ha.

    Good idea on Stubhub. For the casual fan, this works. Saves money and you can enjoy more games with the money saved.

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    Timeshare rentals can be a great deal. We do that in Florida at times, and usually pay an amount roughly equal to the annual maintenance fee the owner pays. We rarely stay anywhere for a week except there and Central Oregon where we have a great rental setup far below the market, but if we ever wanted to that would be the first look. We’ve been on a few discounted trips in exchange for listening to a pitch but rarely do these places interest us enough to save a few hundred on the room. That’s personal preference of course.

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    I’m usually a fan of renting rather than owning when it comes to vacations. Boats are my favorite example. I’ve always had a boat of some sort since I was 16, but I love boats and boating and restoring them and I rarely lose money on them. Most people get boat fever, and buy something they end up using much less than anticipated. I’ve done that in my younger years, and those are the times I’ve lost money. My wife and I would like to have a pontoon boat. They are great for space, cruising, multiple activities. They are also beasts to trail and launch, so we rent one when we want to use one. I don’t care how much the rental is, it’s cheaper than owning. You finish up your day, hand the keys to the owner, and you’re done. No storage, no gas cost towing, no insurance, no maintenance, no depreciation.

    We still go back and forth on an RV, but we’ve decided a trailer isn’t for us. Now she has her eye on a MB Sprinter. Great. $100K sunk cost for openers, storage, maintenance, fuel economy, parking issues, etc. If we were using it all the time that’s one thing, but we wouldn’t, and although RV rentals seem expensive, I’m certain it’s a LOT cheaper than owning one. And we’ve never even rented one so how interested are we, really? I think we just have to be realistic about vacation expenses, maybe live with a non-dream trip at times, keep your money.

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    Love the stubhub idea for Giants games. Not sure I’ll have the guts to do it though.

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    I also have thought about RV rental. I have several friends who have bought RVs and complain about the upkeep and they only use it twice a year on average. If you don’t have the property for storage and have to rent storage to keep your RV, it defeats the purpose. I like the idea of renting it and then giving it back. How often would you use the RV to justify the expense of owning? If you use it once/twice a month, it probably would be worth it to own. I think it a dream to own it, but when it becomes a reality…

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    Doc has done that, but I think he did it mainly because it would be fun for the boys. He was pretty detailed about the actual cost, “actual” meaning very high park fees which those who own them tend to “forget” about when they talk of how much money they save. If you take Doc’s figures, he spent a lot more money renting and driving and using the RV than he would have for a car trip with decent motels along the Oregon coast, but sticking with the cheap seats wasn’t his goal.

    RV owners who are even semi honest say that unless you use public campsites and stay in one place for a fairly long period of time, they are the most expensive of any of the travel options, all in. Still, if if the idea of your own bed, can, and dishes is terribly important and a priority, it sure seems to work for some.

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    we have rented an RV a couple of times. I would advise against buying one unless you know you will use one a lot. It’s like anything, such as a boat, if you don’t use it enough it’s not worth it. To rent an RV, pay for gas and a place to stay will cost you around $300 a day is our experience. The RV was $200, a place to stay can vary from $20-75 or more. Gas is dependent on how far you go. We took a trip to Oregon 3 years ago. You can’t pick the RV up until 2 pm. so by the time you get it back home and load up and leave it’s 3 pm. Then we drove to Crescent City up the CA coast the first night. Got there about 9 pm. Stayed the night. Left the next morning for Oregon. Drove through Oregon. Then you have to return it by 11 am I think. So you really need to come home the night before and unload it and clean it before taking it back. For us it was cool because we brought our dog along so that was worth it.

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    I have an RV, a Class A. I use it frequently enough to make it cost effective and I also spent about a year looking for the right deal (Bought a repossessed unit at auction and saved a ton, but I knew what I wanted). I pay a ridiculously low amount for storage and do all the maintenance and repair myself. I use it a lot, take it on long trips twice a year and a bunch of shorter trips (about 1 week or so). I got it mostly so I could take my dogs with me wherever I go and that is worth it. Most people will be better off renting but it does take about a day to load everything and get the fridge/freezer cold (Unless the place you rent it from turns it on in advance). Then you need time on the backend of your trip to unload it, clean it and return it. For me it’s worth it to own it, keep it stocked (I keep a second set of everything thing in it to minimize prep time-Including clothes, shoes, toiletries, alcohol, spices etc) so I just turn the fridge on and load perishables and a few items and I’m good to go. While it is an expensive way to travel, nothing else gives you the freedom and flexibility of traveling by RV.

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    @EGL Admin 126460 wrote:

    we have rented an RV a couple of times. I would advise against buying one unless you know you will use one a lot. It’s like anything, such as a boat, if you don’t use it enough it’s not worth it. To rent an RV, pay for gas and a place to stay will cost you around $300 a day is our experience. The RV was $200, a place to stay can vary from $20-75 or more. Gas is dependent on how far you go. We took a trip to Oregon 3 years ago. You can’t pick the RV up until 2 pm. so by the time you get it back home and load up and leave it’s 3 pm. Then we drove to Crescent City up the CA coast the first night. Got there about 9 pm. Stayed the night. Left the next morning for Oregon. Drove through Oregon. Then you have to return it by 11 am I think. So you really need to come home the night before and unload it and clean it before taking it back. For us it was cool because we brought our dog along so that was worth it.

    I was typing my reply while you replied but you covered a lot of the same points. Picking it up at 2:00pm would be hard when leaving on a long trip. I usually leave before 5:00am so I miss all the commuter hours. And trying to pack everything and leave would be stressful, especially if you have to tow a vehicle behind (Which I always do so I can travel once I’m at my destination).

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    @loonyman 126461 wrote:

    I have an RV, a Class A. While it is an expensive way to travel, nothing else gives you the freedom and flexibility of traveling by RV.

    My question is not meant to be argumentative, so here goes. I can’t see this “freedom and flexibility,” but I’m probably missing something. If you stick to good roads, maybe, but we rarely do. Not that we’re climbing bolders, but some of the roads we took in the Ozarks would have been impossible for an RV. Then, there’s the issue of camping. You’re in a park, all set up, and you want to go into town, go fishing, go shopping, go to dinner. Now what? Pack it up for a 5 miles trip? Unhook your sewer, water, power? Doesn’t sound very flexible to me. Towing a Rav4 or something isn’t a good answer πŸ˜‰

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    @lc 126465 wrote:

    My question is not meant to be argumentative, so here goes. I can’t see this “freedom and flexibility,” but I’m probably missing something. If you stick to good roads, maybe, but we rarely do. Not that we’re climbing bolders, but some of the roads we took in the Ozarks would have been impossible for an RV. Then, there’s the issue of camping. You’re in a park, all set up, and you want to go into town, go fishing, go shopping, go to dinner. Now what? Pack it up for a 5 miles trip? Unhook your sewer, water, power? Doesn’t sound very flexible to me. Towing a Rav4 or something isn’t a good answer πŸ˜‰

    Why isn’t towing a Rav4 or something not a good answer? Almost all RVers tow a “Toad” so they can travel when they are camped. You head somewhere, set up the RV, use the Toad for day trips. And as far as freedom, you drive towards your destination and maybe you take a different route to see something along the way it gets late so you pull over somewhere safe for the night and head out again in the morning. No need to use a campground or RV park every night. RV is fully self contained so you don’t need hookups all the time.

    As for the roads if they are not RV friendly then you drive those in your toad, leave the RV at your base camp. Or maybe not every trip is going to be RV friendly but you use t on the ones that are (I have rarely run into that, driven the RV on some pretty narrow and steep roads without too much difficulty).

    Still not sure why towing a car behind the RV is not a good option. Maybe I’m missing something.

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    Because it’s a pain in the ass towing anything. πŸ™‚

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    @lc 126467 wrote:

    Because it’s a pain in the ass towing anything. πŸ™‚

    Ah, now I see the problem.

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    @loonyman 126462 wrote:

    I was typing my reply while you replied but you covered a lot of the same points. Picking it up at 2:00pm would be hard when leaving on a long trip. I usually leave before 5:00am so I miss all the commuter hours. And trying to pack everything and leave would be stressful, especially if you have to tow a vehicle behind (Which I always do so I can travel once I’m at my destination).

    It would be nice to pick it up early and leave. Both time we did rent, once for Oregon and the other time for the central coast, we loaded up and left and arrived after it was dark. Then had to hook up and go to bed.

    we owned a cabin by Donner Lake for about 7 years. Once the kids were school age it got harder and harder to use. Plus we had to keep it as a rental to recoup come costs so we tried not to block off many dates. Then when we did use it we had to leave it clean when we left in case there were other renters coming in after, or else pay for it to be cleaned. That was a 1-2 hour process when we left each time. Then we had to prep for winter. Our goal was to have something to leave for the kids to use when they got older. We ended up selling it and making some money on it. After that we decided that it’s just not worth it to own something like that because in most cases you can rent for much less than it costs you to own and you aren’t tied down to going to one place. We still go to Donner Lake and rent something. We go to Huntington Beach 7-10 days a year and rent there.

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    @lc 126465 wrote:

    My question is not meant to be argumentative, so here goes. I can’t see this “freedom and flexibility,” but I’m probably missing something. If you stick to good roads, maybe, but we rarely do. Not that we’re climbing bolders, but some of the roads we took in the Ozarks would have been impossible for an RV. Then, there’s the issue of camping. You’re in a park, all set up, and you want to go into town, go fishing, go shopping, go to dinner. Now what? Pack it up for a 5 miles trip? Unhook your sewer, water, power? Doesn’t sound very flexible to me. Towing a Rav4 or something isn’t a good answer πŸ˜‰

    Packing up isn’t hard. You just unhook and go. it’s less than 5 minutes. More like 2 minutes for the water, sewer and electric.

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    Good to know, doesn’t sound that hard. I’ve never done it. We need to rent a couple to try it.

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    My parents owned campers, so thats what we bought, a small camper. We have rented an RV before, took the kids to all the missions in CA in 4th grade. It took us all day to pack and unpack it. Now that we own, we don’t have to do any that. We got a small one so we don’t have to worry about monthly storing.

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    @lc 126471 wrote:

    Good to know, doesn’t sound that hard. I’ve never done it. We need to rent a couple to try it.

    I think it’s worth trying once. we liked it. The kids loved it. We had toyed with the idea of buying a smaller trailer, but I just know we wouldn’t use it enough. Easier to rent one for a few days and be done with it.

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