We’ve been giving serious consideration into the idea of buying a camper.
My wife grew up going camping regularly. I never experienced camping until she took me for the first time. I really enjoyed it and we’ve since gone a number of times, both just the two of us and with Little Boy Beagle. We didn’t make it out his past summer as Baby Girl Beagle was just too little.
We’ve looked at the idea of renting, but we know we like camping, and so we’ve actually leaned more towards buying, as we would at least own the value of the camper versus paying someone else for something that we don’t have.
I was curious if any readers have had experiences when it comes to buying a camper.
We’ve narrowed it down to either a pop-up or a trailer. The SUV we have is more than capable of handling either.
We’ve done some research and we have a rough ballpark of what costs would be associated. We would have the camper itself, taxes and registration fees, and then ongoing fees for insurance and storage. We also know that there would be an upfront cost in getting anything we needed for it (things like bedsheets, etc.)
The biggest pro is that it gives us a built-in opportunity for family vacations. We enjoy traveling and make a habit of going somewhere at least once per year. There would still be costs involved with camping, but the campsite rental and travel costs would likely work out to much lower than renting a place or getting a hotel room, and potential airfare that would come with any out-of-state travel.
The biggest con is cost. It’s obviously a significant outlay of cash to put out there. I’m pretty much of the opinion that I don’t want to take out a loan (no new debt!) so we would carefully have to make sure that we could afford both the outlay and the ongoing expenses. We’ve been doing our homework, going to camper shows, doing online research, checking out prices, and looking at online price guides that have given us a good idea on what to expect.
Any advice from anybody out there who has had experience with owning or looking to own a camper?
Editors Note: I wrote this post a couple weeks back and scheduled it for the ‘future’. We’ve had some updates that will require a follow-up post, but I’ll wait until everything shakes out before providing an update. Just be aware that there is one coming 🙂