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Old 08-12-2019, 11:15 AM   #1
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How often do you use your camper every year??

Just curious how often you guys use your campers/TT/5ers every year?

We are on our 7th trip( usually 3 day weekends) this year, and have had one week out camping on top of that this year. We only went 8 times last year.

I heard the average use is like 3 or 4 times. Cant see the point of owning one: paying for it, Storage, Insurance, Payment, etc.... only using it that few of times. But curious to know how often some of you get out?

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Old 08-12-2019, 11:23 AM   #2
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This seems to be our usual routine:

Nov - Apr: at least once a month for 2-3 days
May: usually on the road the full month, maybe a little more
Jun - Sep: maybe 2 to 3 weekends
Oct: a week plus at least one weekend

I guess it helps that we are also retired.

We know it's not inexpensive to own a TT, but we go places we'd never go without it, go more often and stay longer, and don't have to put up with motel beds that feel like elephants have been stampeding on them.


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Old 08-12-2019, 11:44 AM   #3
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We use ours a solid 3 months every year. Anything less is uneconomic for us.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:58 AM   #4
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Since I live along Lake Ontario and in one of the snowiest cities in the US, the camping season here runs at best from April-November...at least in my head, as quite a few places do not open until May and close by mid October.

Over the last 6-7 years, I'd say we average 8-10 trips per season, most of which are 3 nights in length. Some are 5-7 nights, and once a while a 2 night trip.
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Old 08-12-2019, 12:26 PM   #5
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Being in the PNW, we seem to be able to enjoy our rig year-round. That said, with work and kids schedules, we aim for once a month. Idea is, if I pay for it (and storage) once a month, we should at least use it once a month
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Old 08-12-2019, 12:44 PM   #6
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Typically just a winter LONG trip like MN to MS to TX to AZ and back to MN that lasts from NOV to April. We never used it in summer so we though we would put it in a park near us by a lake. Been there 4 time arghhhhh, just too much going on with grand kids etc. Next year back to storage for the summer and possible long weekends. Really too bad as the lake lot has a huge deck with patio and fire-pit built in and nice views of the lake from out back window.
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Old 08-12-2019, 01:39 PM   #7
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So far this year ~120 nights but will be about another 60 nights by the end of the year.
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Old 08-12-2019, 01:42 PM   #8
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Interesting question.
We usually get our TT out of storage in late April and head South. Rochester NY you gotta head South.
We only do 4 or so trips a year but they are 3 to 4 weeks per trip.
OK, OK ONE 3 day at a near buy campground for their annual wine tour and general adult beverage imbibe.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:48 PM   #9
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Florida for 3 weeks in the winter, 5-6 other trips of 4-7 days. We also use as guest room for friends.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:09 PM   #10
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As someone who is not retired, want to use it once per month for up to a week May thru October. Did that the first 2 years. This year will only be once in August and once or twice in October. Life gets in the way sometimes.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:13 PM   #11
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I Deer hunt,Elk hunt,Bear hunt,Cougar hunt,camp at lake,Coast,mountain,so about 35,days and nights each year,so not too much I guess.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:16 PM   #12
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and the Boss,had to be comfortable,or my life is not good,so I keep the wife comfortable.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:45 AM   #13
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I work 50 hours or more a week and only get 2 weeks vacation a year. We use ours for a weekend around once a month and one or two holiday summer weekends a year plus one big trip for a week or week and half sometime during the year. Generally the long trip is 6 to 15 hour drive and weekend trips are 1 to 3 hours away. We love in central Arkansas.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:47 AM   #14
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If I had to pay for storage, I wouldn't want one if I didn't use it much. I live where I can keep it on my property. We chose an older used camper that we could pay cash for. If we don't use it much, no big deal. In the past I only ever used one 3 or 4 times a year, but I suspect now with this one it's going to be different. We've located 2 campgrounds close to home that are pretty cheap ($30-$35/night). One 20 min from home one about 45. The further one we stayed in a few weeks ago and liked it very much. The closer one we're trying out this weekend. I went there as a kid and it was nice then, I suspect it's only gotten better. Couple nice playgrounds, horse shoe pits, kayak/paddle boat rentals, volleyball, swim area, etc.

I would imagine we'll have 3 or 4 "big" trips each year (4-7 days to mountains, beach, etc) with many smaller weekend trips to the closer campgrounds sprinkled here and there. The only "bill" I will have to own the camper is insurance.

I think for about 2 grand a year we can leave it set up on an annual site at one of the local campgrounds I mentioned. We may look into that in the future, and would be able to get away to it any and every weekend. When we want to haul it elsewhere just go pick it up.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:24 AM   #15
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We both work our 40's each week but we go out 7 maybe 8 times per year. DH is on 4 10's so we can leave when I get off work on Friday. We do two 7 - 10 day trips and then the rest are 3 day weekends (F - Sun). We have several great state campgrounds close to us so we utilize them frequently.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:36 AM   #16
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We try to use ours 1 or 2 times a month, with a few 5 day trips through the summer. We also use it every other weekend during the winter because we store it in UPPER Michigan and have use of electricity and a bath house....


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Old 08-13-2019, 07:41 AM   #17
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This is my fourth summer boondocking in a State Forest from early May until the end of October, so about 5-6 months. I'm only about half an hour from home so I go home once a week or so for the day to mow and do laundry.

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Old 08-13-2019, 07:55 AM   #18
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This is our first season parking ours at a seasonal campsite. We have used it almost every weekend since the May long. I think we have missed one weekend so far this summer.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:44 AM   #19
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We're coming up on the first anniversary of our purchase date. In that year, we have gone on a single (three-week) trip with our rig (to be fair, I did not retire until June), and the trailer has been to the dealer for various warranty repairs seven times. We planned a second three-day trip to introduce the grandtot to RVing, which turned into "driveway camping" because of failed brakes. An incredibly poor batting average.
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:18 PM   #20
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I'm in the debate of selling vs. keeping right now. Life tends to get in the way (work travel and kid's activities). We have camped 25 days this year. The best time to camp is during the fall, but the kids will be in school have activities. I feel like 2 day camping trips are more like 1.5 days.

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