Originally Posted by norm
I am only planning on renting an RV . . . I can't imagine it would cost more than flying
Hummmm, I'm not sure . . . renting an RV can be very expensive. I've never rented one, but some of the monthly prices I've heard sound pretty high, far in excess of double a typical purchase payment price for the kind of RV you're renting. You might want to give a hard look at the costs before you sign on the line.
You'll probably find that the RV park costs will be less than the cost of a quality motel/hotel room. However, what about driving around? Are you going to drive the big RV everywhere in town after you're already hooked-up in the park, are you going to tow your car behind the RV and is it one that you can tow, or are you going to rent a car in each different city? These are all things to consider.
I guess it comes down to this. Take the rental rate of your RV and divide it by 30 (days). Add that to the daily cost of renting an RV spot, which could also turn out a little less if you rent by the week or month. That will be your daily cost for RV'ing. Then, see if that end number is any less than staying in a hotel in your different places.
Issues like a the rental car, if you're not towing one, and restaurant fees will remain the same between the two modes of travel so they can be left out of the equation.
Also, if you're not using an RV and will be driving instead of flying you might consider the gas costs a push too. Otherwise, you might want to look at the flying costs and see if there's any difference between the ticket prices and the cost of fuel if you drove. Add or subtract accordingly.
The bottom line is that you should get a difference between the two modes of travel, RV vs. fly/hotel. It might point you in the direction you need to go. Even if the figures favor the RV, you still might wish to go the motel/hotel route because of the added responsibilities of dealing with RV systems, driving an unknown condition mechanical item in the middle of Tim-buc-tu, changing and washing bedding, keeping things clean, etc., and the chance that the nearest RV park may not be close to the area you want to investigate.