The True Cost of owning a Motorhome.

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  1. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    I was recently discussing with Nikki how much running our Motorhome has cost us over the years.

    Trying to put a price on it, is really hard and I potential purchasers should not be deterred because the price is always offset by the enjoyment. :BigGrin:

    However, someone I know wanted to know so I attempted to work it out for them.


    So our current van cost £37000 our first cost £20000 and our second was £23000.. less 16k part exchange means from van 1 to 2 cost us 7k added to the original 20k... Then our third cost 37k less a px price of 20k, meaning an additional 17k added to the 7k therefore I think that's a total of 24k Plus 20k original purchase fee less the current value of say 30k on a good sunny day in Scarborough comes to 14k in cost, if I were to knock it on the head today.

    First thoughts are
    Wow, that's £80000 we have spent on Motorhome's :Eeek:

    So 14k over 8 years = £1750

    We then average about 8000 miles per year....which = 333 gallons of fuel at an average of £6.12 per gallon = £2037 per year on fuel...

    Added to £320 insurance,
    Maintenance £500 per year (dont forget tyres every 5 years.
    Tax £184 per year
    Fuel £2037
    purchase £1750
    CC subs £ 50

    In total this year we have been away for 3 months worth of nights which include fun rallies, skiing, holidays etc etc in total 90 nights away and we will touch 100 by the time we end the year. So lets say an average of £10 per night which takes in to account ferry crossings, and some expensive sites add on another £900..

    Anyhow that now comes to a total of a very conservative £5741 per year.

    so over 8 years £43768 :Eeek:

    HOLY COW>>>>I can't believe I just spent 20 mins of my time torturing myself...:Eeek:

    That;s some holiday and 71 nights in a travel lodge..:Eek!::Eek!:


    But as I said, all irrelevant when you take in the enjoyment, but how much longer can this be sustainable, I have university to think of :Cool:

    On the otherhand, we have seen things we only dreamed of, we have spent quality time as a family, we have met some wonderful friends, some great enemies, Skied ran, kyacked cycled, climbed, drank more than we should of :Blush: purchased a dog, been to the top of the Eiffel tower, Skied above the clouds, Ran over mountains, drank, Visited Poland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Andorra, Scotland, Wales, Czech republic and im sure more Ive forgotten about.

    I think it's time for a break,

    Nikki thinks it's time to keep the wheels rolling and I ain't ever going to convince the little vixen otherwise,,,

    So see you on the road....

    France/Germany/Belgium and Luxembourg in a another 20 days. :thumb:
     
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  2. JJ

    JJ Funster

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    Cripes!

    Needless to say my figures would be slightly lower than those Paul but then I spend (some of) mine watching The Beautiful Game!!! :Rofl1:


    JJ :Cool:

    Pity it is too hot for you down here. It would be great to have you visit...
     
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  3. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Yeah, each person would have his own figures and no doubt some would be worse than ours.

    The cost of watching the beautiful game is truly great at the moment and I feel I am being rewarded by a game not so beautiful too. :Sad: still Anfield next :Eeek:

    It's not too hot for us JJ, you must remember you have sewn your seeds in the garden of my family. It's all about that thing called time and holiday entitlement for my fair lady. We shall drive to see you, maybe even September when we prepare for the Marathon de Medoc in Bordeux again. your only a couple of days drive from there. :Wink:
     
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    I'm at the other end of the spectrum.

    My van cost £16,000 nearly 8 years ago and I pay £110 a year for insurance. It's still probably worth a conservative £10,000.

    In those years, I have probably averaged 60 nights per year away at an average cost of £15 per night. That's £7200.

    If I had put the dog in kennels and stayed in a Travelodge, the cost would have been at least £28,800.

    Add to that the freedom, the fresh air and sleeping on my own pillow every night, I know which I would choose!
     
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    JJ Funster

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    I strongly protest Haggers young man!

    I have not sown any of my seeds anywhere near your garden.

    Tara wouldn't have let me.

    JJ :Cool:

    Bordeaux next year... now that's a thought...
     
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  6. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    fuel Janine or is Barrie pushing it :Laughing:
     
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    Janine Funster Life Member

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    But I would be spending the money on fuel whether I was in the car or in the 'van so I don't count that.

    Nor food/drink because I'd be buying that whether I was at home or away - you'd then have to factor restaurant prices against home-cooked too.
     
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  8. Terry

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    I am totaoly at the lower end of spectrum :BigGrin:
    Only the vans I have kept for our own use
    van 1 cost £500 son me zero -given by son :Smile:cost aprox 50 quid to revamp inside sold for 2k but gave that to son = zero
    van 2 cost 3.5k -convert from petrol to D £500 (total 4k :Wink:)spent aprox £500 redoing all inside sold for 8k =3.5k profit
    van 3 cost 6k spent 2.5k complete inner and outer revamp sold for 12.5k = 4k profit
    van 4 bought 2.5k plus 8k for parts total 10.5k --still got it after 7 yrs and probably still worth 10.5k (more to me)
    ins aprox 250 per yr -tax 165 yr fuel just fill it up when empty = aprox 27 ish mpg :BigGrin:use / nights away not nearly enough in last 4 yrs only about 3.5 k miles per yr :Sad:
    Converted several others but sold them all at a profit :thumb: so don't really count them --
    terry
     
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  9. phase3begins

    phase3begins Read Only Funster

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    I'd want them to pay me the 44k to spend 71 nights in a Travel lodge....
     
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    We did calculations on our first two motorhomes when deciding on a what to spend on what we expect to be our final motorhome.

    We compared it to the holidays we used to take before motorhoming. Most of those holidays were tenting, statics and hotels and one two week holiday abroad every two years.

    We too did not include fuel, tax or insurance, because we have always run two vehicles.
    We did include habitation checks any extras we bought for the motorhomes.

    We worked out that over the 8 years we

    a) had far more holidays and weekends away

    b) saved a fortune

    c) made a profit on the vehicles we sold

    d) prefer our current motorhoming lifestyle to our previous holiday lifestyle

    e) have less stress when going away - we only have ourselves to complain to - no more, hotel double booked, rooms that arent as described and only comfortable beds to sleep in and the added bonus is if the site/location isnt up to scratch we just drive out and find somewhere else.
     
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    grasscutter Funster Life Member

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    How do you put a price on "FUN".:thumb:
     
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    We only got our van in July, its cost us £1500 a night so far.....:thumb:



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    The more you use it, the cheaper it will become xxxxx
     
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    well haggers i must say .you have certainly got those calculations almost spot on EXCEPT how much have you spent on booze. and silly bloody outfits .lol:thumb::Rofl1:
     
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  15. Vlad The Impaler

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    I wonder what £43768 divided by the amount of nights away over 8 years comes to ?



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    haganap Funster Life Member

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    That's easy...

    £60 init...


    But before this thread develops in to a Fun V expense "oi guvnor your wrong im having so much fun etc" it's purpose was to see the true cost of motorhoming in a fFINANCIAL term and nothing else.

    If I never had a motorhome I would not have gone away for 720 nights over the 8 years, or put another way lived equivalent 2 years of my life peeing and pooing in to a plastic toilet. :Wink:

    I would of been considerably better off financially and we all know that,
    however,
    I would be a lesser person for not having had the experiences.

    But all things change, If I could persuade Nikki, I would give it up for a while, get my money back and do something different.
     
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    I agree Paul,and when you think of all the places you've been,and the good times you've had with both Nikki and the family.£60 pounds a night is sod all !
    So think of all those experiences you've had and how much money you've SAVED by having a Mh :BigGrin:


    Vlad
     
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  18. Silkcut1105

    Silkcut1105 Funster Life Member

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    u know full well that if u sold your passion wagon u would just shrivell up and grow to be a boring old fart so u keep on camping my boy and enjoy it u have to many friends now to go and throw all that away would be crimminal.........................and im sorry i called u baldy.lol:Rofl1:
     
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    What's the true cost of owning a Donkey
    (or a Newfie):BigGrin:
     
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    Jim already did ====== £10 squid.... :RollEyes::Wink::Rofl1:
     
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