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Old 11-05-2015, 04:25 AM   #21
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Even within the United States I suspect that boating costs much more than camping with an RV. But once you take a boat to the Caribbean cost soar with insurance approximately 2.5% of hull value and storage for off season costing $16/17 per ft per month. Add plane flights to the boat, buying parts at inflated prices and of course European prices for diesel.

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Old 11-05-2015, 05:27 AM   #22
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Lifestyle is the question. Just as some boaters will use their boat as a cottage at the marina , some campers go someplace and squat for the winter.

Other folks (usually RV not trailer folks) prefer to travel all season , this brings higher fuel costs , and no cheap monthly rate for campsite.

In FL the always cost wary Canadians go from one FL State park (14 day max) to another for most of the winter.They make reservations in June for the following winter , and many travel as a gaggle , much like the Loopers do.

Sitting or moving is first choice .camping choice to be made..

IF the budget is real close . look up the Escapees club.

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Old 11-05-2015, 07:47 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by ufish2 View Post
All I got to say is it is awfully hard to catch rockfish, halibut, crab, shrimp, grouper, snapper, and salmon from a camper. Own one but it receives very little use. Well worth the additional cost.
On the other hand, it is extremely to get the trawler up to a remote mountain trout stream. Boating is my thing, but the RV travel trailer has its advantages.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:55 AM   #24
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Its a question of where you want to travel and what your goals are. There are some pros and cons to each. A camper you can just park when not using and parking it in your own yard no cost. A large boat gonna pay slip fees regardless . Camping you can see the Grand Canyon and stay at Federal and State parks for a little cheaper than private campgrounds ($20-30). Basically everywhere you stay your gonna pay, pay, pay. Some Walmart stores let you over night in the parking lot free if you shop. Some florida stores are cracking down on that policy because people are staying weeks. You have a hard time just pulling off the road and sleeping for the night. That means you must plan your trips carefully. Plus, we had a hard time even finding a spot last summer. Every campground was booked up. Tons of people are camping these days. I had no idea how much. The National parks used to be first come first serve but now they are taking reservations. Thats Good if you plan ahead, but bad if you fly by the seat of your pants. Campgrounds can be loud at times. Barking dogs, babies crying, red necks partying. I used to live in my camper full time but got tired of it and purchased our boat. I would say the monthly slip fees and camper spaces are about the same on the monthly basis. Depreciation of a camper and truck can also be a factor. If you buy new its crazy how much you will lose every year. If you buy used you will need to work on you stuff and maintain when things break, and they will. At least when you arrive to a destination, you can take your truck or pull vehicle and tour the area with ease. There's many advantages to both boat or camper. It ultimately is dependant on how you want to use your camper. How far are you going? What part of the counrty? Mountains? you might need a diesel truck. In the winter? you need a four season type. There's many other variables.
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Old 11-05-2015, 08:51 AM   #25
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This is a great discussion. I have a foot in both camps (pun intended). One of the things that surprised me about RVing is the cheap price of equipment. A 13,500 or 15,000 btu A/C unit is about $700.00. Systems and installation is horrifically expensive on a boat. Its easy to change a RV A/C in just about 3 hours. I have about $1,200.00 in the 3,000 watts of generator power for the RV which will run the A/C. Compare that to about 8 or even $10,000.00 for a NL diesel generator.

It is surprising how cheaply electronic equipment for RVing is. My Garmin RV GPS with 7" screen is voice or touch screen activated. With RV parameters stored, it will warn you of impasses ahead for your vehicle. It can find Walmart Super Centers, restaurants, diesel fuel, or dump stations. The female voice inside I have named "Funky Lady". When I say Funky Lady find address (or whatever) she will have choices on the screen in a few seconds. Now, for the best part. This unit cost about $400.00. Compare that to your boat electronics package
I have a Golden Age Pass (not available anymore) that gives me and my passengers lifetime free entry to National Parks and Monuments. That includes Yellowstone Park. Other fees in Parks such as Camping are at 50% discount. Camping usually costs about $12.50/night. Try that in a 40' boat in a marina. The trailer stores for $50.00/month. The insurance cost is probably only about 7% of insuring a boat in Florida.

So, pay your money, and take your choice. . . . . .or do both.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:35 AM   #26
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They replaced the Golden Age Pass with the Senior Pass. Basically the same thing.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:54 AM   #27
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Having done both I can say that the hole in the water is much deeper than the spot on the dirt.
Currently boatless but looking. Avatar is my first boat....Holland, 1965 ish.....
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:08 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by BinkleyBoat View Post
We are in the process of going full time boat and RV. A direct comparison of the two are not possible because the nature of use is not the same. A boat is more about the trip than the destination and most RV'ing is more about the destination.
The main difference will be with regard to fuel costs.
Another big variable will be "parking" / "docking" fees. When getting too a destination in the RV we usually do not pay for camping. We WalMart or some other no cost place that is free and there are many to choose from if you look.
Consider this:

I get about 8MPG on a 40ft diesel pusher. A 1000 mile trip would cost about $320.00 for fuel. 21 days @ 35 per day camping $735. Boondocking 7 days.
( If you are over 62 you can get a USPS Senior Pass and your camping will not be more than 12/15 dollars per night for a full hookup). Check the link

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

I use about 3GPH at 8 knots. A 1000mile trip would cost $833 for fuel. Anchoring out 21 days and Marina fees $40 x 7 days. $280.

I suggest you set up a hypothetical and apply the costs based on fuel and " lodging " fees; marina or campground.

Most if not all other expenses will be pretty much the same.

If both trips take 30 days then the cost per day for boat vs RV would look like this:

30 day boat trip : 30days/$1113 = 37.10 per day
30 RV trip : 30days/$1055 = 35.16 per day

Here is the difference, to me.
Boating - everyday is a vacation day, enjoying the water and living the life. I can " park " and relax pretty much wherever I wish and enjoy all that that location affords me, islands, beaches, and so much more....
Not to mention, anchoring out is vastly different than being parked in a very busy campground with a gaggle of kids running thru your campsite.

And then, If I want to see mountains.....

Think I am biased?
I totally agree with your analysis. The only thing you forgot to consider is TRAFFIC! And the stress that goes with it.

Many years ago I was talking with a friend who was complaining about the 40 minutes it was going to take him to get to his fishing grounds in his 35 MPH fishing boat. I told him iy would take me at least 3 to 4 hours to get there in my boat. You know what he said? "Yeah Paul, but you're where you want to be as soon as you clear the breakwater" Truer words were never spoken. I cruise for many reasons, not the least of which is the relaxation and enjoyment of one of the mist beautiful cruising areas in the world.

For "seeing the USA" we have a bright red 2015 Corvette convertible. Yes, we are definitely living the good life after decades of hard work and prudent investing.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:52 AM   #29
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AS a NYC person , I have a hard time watching trees grow.

A 20-24 ft motor home can park O nite in many cities right down town.

Even fits in most parking meter spots.

On one US tour we got up, drove an hour or two to the next city , in time to explore and have LUNCH.

Just ask any suit where HE goes for lunch.Same food , half the price of dinner.

Then drove another hour or two to a camping spot.100-200 total miles per day.

City parks , county parks ,state parks are preferred as the sites are larger, as well as less expensive.

No petting zoo or water slide tho.
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:31 AM   #30
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Never could decide between class A/C motorhomes versus 5th wheels versus travel trailers versus slide-ins versus class Bs. Each has pros/cons, and we've only been debating for 20+ years or so... since about the time I decided I've had it with tents... but we've been stymied, paralysis by analysis.

In the meantime, boating covers our summer and most of our spring/fall months... and I doubt we'd camp much in winter anymore... at least in northern or semi-northern climes.

Perhaps until I can't afford the boat any longer. Or maybe when fixing/maintaining stuff starts hurting too much.

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Old 11-06-2015, 08:42 AM   #31
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I've traveled on the dirt and on the water. Like water better. Dirt has advantages too. Cost comparison - who cares??? If you have the $$$... do what you want. If you don't... then don't! Taint rocket science to calc costs on each.

I have enough time still on the dirt taking care of houses... etc. Always looking forward to more water time!

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Old 11-06-2015, 09:26 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by oscar View Post
Having done both I can say that the hole in the water is much deeper than the spot on the dirt.
Not even a close call.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:09 PM   #33
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We have and do both. My opinion slightly different than most replies.
Wide range of cost for each "camp" vs "boat"
I recall seeing a comparison yrs ago that concluded they were roughly equal on a per foot or per pound basis.
Cutty cabin = pop-up trailer
Cruiser = class A MHome
Yacht = Prevost

I don't compare $ per mile I think $ per day and they can be done either way for roughly the same...don't travel as far on the water
Anchor out = dry camp
Marina = full service CG

I spent about the same for a used 28' Carver cruiser w 2 gas engs as our first used 28' class A w single gas eng
Spent more for current used '08 MS34 HT than '03 31 ft MHome but MS is newer & diesel MH is older & gas

I like both for different reasons & destinations...
Wife prefers boating and if I had to choose would have to say the same.
Feel fortunate we are able to both but feel many could also if they were realistic re budget and stayed within it.

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