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Our group of 12 decided to go to Disney World after saving money for more than a year. The kids recycled aluminum cans, saved birthday money and did chores. We paid for everything upfront, had a padded gas fund and saved an extra $1,300 in case something broke down.

Our trip from Ohio to Florida started out fine until we got to Atlanta. When we stopped for gas, our RV broke down and the men in our group worked for 17 hours trying to fix the problem. The roadside service we had previously signed up for promptly sent us a mechanic, but he gave us an outrageous estimate and couldn't get the necessary parts for four days. We had to be at our destination by the next day, so we rented two vehicles to get us all to Disney World and another RV while ours got fixed.

To make matters worse, my dad ended up in the hospital with a heart problem and was admitted for four days. After he was released, we had him fly to my brother's house. Adding to our increasing expenses, we rented two more vehicles to get to Atlanta so we could retrieve our repaired RV. When we arrived to where our RV was located, someone had left the windows open in the rain, so we ended up sitting on towels on the ride back home. When we got just across the South Carolina border, our RV quit on us again! Since everything in our RV was wet, we rented motel rooms for the night. We had the mechanic in our local area tow the RV back home to fix it. By the time we got home, we were more than $3,000 in debt.
-- Flo from Ohio

Make sure this doesn't happen to you: No matter how prepared you are, unforeseen circumstances can happen, so be flexible and ready to adapt and have a plan B ready.


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