Camper cabins cost how much?

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 17, 2012 - 10:01 PM

Looking for a special draw for its park, Dakota County gets sticker shock.

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greatxNov. 17, 12 8:18 PM

"jaws dropped when the cabin price tags were presented last week: $90,000 each." --- My brother and I built a 16 x20 "camper" cabin on a bluff by the river on our farm in 2004. The cabin is fully insulated, sheetrocked, and painted. It has wiring for lights, fan (solar panel charged battery power), and a woodstove for heat. We spent less than $25,000... I was just out there last night, watching TV and drinking adult beverages. 2018

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officertruthNov. 17, 12 9:13 PM

a few years ago, they were building them by inmates at the Hennepin Workhouse and they ran about 20k if I remember right. They made them stop building them because of some state rule.

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qualtroughNov. 17, 12 9:15 PM

I just saw a very cozy cabin built to ours on the North shore, this would be deluxe compared to what is being discussed here. The cost was something like $40,000.

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jjsbrwNov. 17, 1211:15 PM

greatxNov. 17, 12 8:18 PM "jaws dropped when the cabin price tags were presented last week: $90,000 each." --- My brother and I built a 16 x20 "camper" cabin on a bluff by the river on our farm in 2004. The cabin is fully insulated, sheetrocked, and painted. It has wiring for lights, fan (solar panel charged battery power), and a woodstove for heat. We spent less than $25,000... -------------------------------------- would you build this same cabin for that price for someone else?

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rayk1800Nov. 17, 1211:57 PM

'would you build this same cabin for that price for someone else?' I think 90k is could be gouging the state. 40K for each cabin would be about the max.

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greatxNov. 18, 1212:07 AM

jjsbrw, there is no reason why you couldn't build your own, provided you have the property to put it on. Not really that difficult. We built the walls in my brothers farm shop and set the frame up in a day. Biggest argument we had was whether or not to put in electric wiring. I always wanted lights, at a minimum, but my brother (10 yrs younger) not so much. After eight years, he finally succombed to using a generator.

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scottyhomerNov. 18, 1212:25 AM

After reading the article about the decline of the paper industry, and how all of that wood can be used for something, I'm thinking why not for cabins. It'll help the logging industry, along with mills and construction workers. Lose the high-priced architects and build a simple box with a roof. Wood logs shouldn't cost that much, and the floor doesn't have to be that fancy. Our great-great grandparents managed it, so why can't we?

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eddiegNov. 18, 12 6:59 AM

90K = Price gouging = No integrity. More vendor bids, please.

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cartoonconnNov. 18, 12 7:28 AM

And they were ready to spend it!

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ChachiNov. 18, 12 8:17 AM

"Camper cabins suspended off the ground like tiny treehouses. . ." Does this have anything to do with the cost? How much would it be if they were on the ground like most other cabins?

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