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Who says just because you have an RV you have to travel 1000 miles and spend a fortune to have a good time. I have an RV that gets a grand total of about 7mpg. Had thought of taking my 19 y/o son and 17 y/o grandson to Florida for a week. Figured with Camping fees, Junk food, RV gas, Attraction admissions, etc was going to cost me about $1500.00. Knew I would come back tired from driving, worried about the money I had spent, and generally not feeling much like I had a vacation.
Decided to rethink our options. Drove 15 miles to a primative Corp. of Engineer's Campground on the river near our home. Pulled the Jon boat, used the propane lanterns instead of running the noisey generator. Used the portable swamp cooler instead of the air conditioner @ about 10th the battery drain of the air. Strung a hammock between 2 shade trees. We swam in the river, Fished, the boys hiked up come creek gullies near the campground and searched for arrowheads, I read 4 books I had been saving but didn't have time to read. We had Grilled steaks 3 nights, Grilled fresh caught bass 2 nights, fried fresh panfish 1 night. Drank unlimited cold drinks(something I rarely buy at home) used the old ice chest. Ate dry cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch - used paper plates and cups ( in other words no cooking/dishes to be washed) Sat around campfires at night and roasted marshmallows, smores, and talked about their plans and mine. In other words we had a blast. I came home rested, The entire trip including propane for the grill and lanterns, gas for the RV, ice, steaks, 3 cases of soft drinks, camping fees, 2 boxes of worms, a couple of lures cost me a grand total of $150.00. I came home rested and not worried about how to pay next months bills. The boys and I some nice heart to heart talks instead of arguments over the money they were spending.