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Rental RV trip cost and tip
« on: July 26, 2012, 10:48:39 PM »
We are a family of 5 (including grandpa, grandma, a 3 yr old), living in San Francisco Bay area. Before our travel, we try to weigh the cost and fun between cruise and RV trip. For a 12 days travel, the best deal I can find for cruise is 1100$/person plus some hidden cost such as Shore Excursions, Tipping etc. In this aspect, RV trip is much more affordable. On the other hand, Cruise is much more relaxing, but it can be boring to stay on cruise for that many days and sleep in an interior windowless room.

Summary of our cost:
1. Rental fee for a standard size Class C RV:
We use Cruise America RV rental, which is109$/day with insurance included for 13 days = $1417. Our travel is actually 12 days, but we have to rent an extra night as they have the rule that RV must be returned before 11am.
2. RV mileage cost:
0.32 /mile. We drive 2399 miles in total As we got the deal with 100miles/day is included in the RV rental fee. the total cost for mileage is (2399-1300)*0.32 = $351.68
3. Gas
Total Gas bill is 993$ with average gas price is $3.7-$3.9/gallon. We use 263 Gallon Gas in total, So the RV Gas consumption is about 9mpg which is common for standard size Class C RV.
4. RV park/campground
We stay 12 nights on the RV, The RV park/campground fee total at 384$. The parks ranged from dry camp at $20-$25/night to $60/night full hookup one at Grand Teton national park. We use an Android App named RV Camps Locator. In comparison to Reserve America, this app contains much more RV parks,actually, the most complete one I have seen so far. It map out all of them and is really helpful to locate RV park on our way. We can decide how much we want to drive each day with great flexibility.
5. Dining
We only eat out twice - 140$ in total. We cook on our RV or campfire all the other time. The saving is extraordinary for 5 people. The refrigerator is kind of small, so we bring a large cooler with us. It is very helpful to have a meal plan for everyday.

The total cost is less than $3500 and the trip is well worthy. It is our first time to drive RV, surprisingly, it is not hard to drive at all, just as easy as driving a Van. The only part tricky is when you back your RV, you would need another person to watch it for you.

Ken & Sheila

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Re: Rental RV trip cost and tip
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2012, 11:06:41 PM »
Nice summary of your rental trip. I sure this will help some others who are thinking about this but unsure.
Glad you enjoyed the trip.
Thanks for posting.

Ken & Sheila
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Re: Rental RV trip cost and tip
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2012, 03:02:43 AM »

Thanks, Ilovetravel for posting your costs. I'd like to rent before buying but from what I have gathered it can be expensive for a class B.
I think if you figure in your cost for 5 people, it is a good bargin for what you paid for the 12 day trip and I am sure you had lots of fun in the process. $58 per person/per day for transportation, entertainment, eating and accommodations isn't bad at all.
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012, 11:05:31 AM »
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 12:00:00 PM »
Thanks for the post Ilovetravel, I am sending it on to my son. and his wife. I am also giving them my 1984 FC35 Wanderlodge so they can see more of our own great country. Rather than spending their hard earned money in some other country, they will be helping our own economy. Since I am not a party person I never could see a cruise trip. Sitting on deck and watching the ocean is the same as sitting watching the grass grow. My last ocean trip was in 1942, coming back from the Hawiian Islands, and it was no cake walk.
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Re: Rental RV trip cost and tip
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2012, 12:53:31 PM »
Funny, I am in the procces of trying to organize my siblings (2 brother and 2 sisters) to come here and rent RV's to see some of AK for a week (Summer 13).  In the past we have rented a beachhouse in the Carolina's.  Like you have shown, It is definately doable.  But the problem I have is their Airfare to AK.  With that it gets pricey, espicially with those with kids.  RV rentals here are closer to $175+ per day....
Funny, I had to pay my share of the beach house and all my airfare and noone seemed to mind....lol
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