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Old 06-12-2008, 12:17 PM   #15
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You know what they say. You can't take it with you. Might as well enjoy it while we are on this earth. it is money well spent to travel and meet new people. It won't stop us.
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Working two jobs, take a weekend off a month. If there was enough time left in the day, I might have even taken on a third job.
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:24 PM   #17
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It's not so much the gas prices that is keeping me close to home , but the work around here slowed down,housing market etc.Scared to spend it, if you know what I mean! We have a lot of great parks nearby,so I still can work and wife and kids get to vacation still.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:41 PM   #18
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One of my engineer friends who is much smarter than me calculated a spread sheet program which shows definitely that the price of fuel is not the major consideration in owning an rv... depreciation is a much more severe hurdle to factor in.

And for new buyers, I saw the recent article which argues that the high price of fuel is in some ways bringing down the overall costs of travel. It goes somewhat like this: the market place has slowed for rv dealers and those eating "rubber chickens" on their lot are much more willing to offer thousands off a deal or trade. So if a perspective buyer saves an additonal $15,000 off from what would normally be the standard price, that savings will purchase fuel for a long period of travel. The article mentioned that the greater the price of the rv;i.e., luxury diesel pusher, the greater the sum the dealer will discount.

Whether it is a model that applies to the real world is yet to be seen, but it is one positive spin when we can all use some good news in light of the rising fuel prices.
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cwg That may be true but I still feel the pain at the pump.

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Has not changed our planned trips yet, but may in the future, if the price of diesel continues to rise as fast as it has over the last year. I agree with many others, enjoy life while you can be happy with what you have. Others in many other countries are much worse off so I will not complain too much. Although I still think the fix is in from BIG OIL and even small time owners. Interesting piece in tonights news. Price FixingI am sure there are many more.
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I am on the ;ast leg of a 2000 mile trip from Bakersfield, CA to Carlsbad NM and point in between. A bit of a circuitous route. It is amazing to see the disparity in the pricing. LEaving Bakersfield $3.89, in Needls California $4.59, just across the arizona.CA border in Lake Havasu $3.83. Now in Arizona and New Mexico, we saw whole cities at $4.09 and would go on to a small town and find $3.75 etc. We never paid, so far, more than $3.99 and that was only once. Most of the time it has been $3.89 by lookig around or going to the next location.
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Needles is just expensive, period. They are usually way ahead of the rest of the country gas-price wise.
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So.Cal and many big city areas are required to switch to Reformulated oxygen rich gas in the summer and this gas costs them more to make so we get to pay more for it.
I have seen a list that shows the areas that are required to switch in the summer. Buying gas outside these areas will save you a little money as you've noticed
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Glad we made our big trip last year, had not planned any major trips this year.
We will make our normal trips and add a few smaller beach excursions.

Hopefully staying longer in an area will reduce overall fuel costs.

We love the RV lifestyle and will continue to plan as required.
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