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Old 12-28-2010, 10:44 AM   #43
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We'll switch to peanut butter sandwiches and cut back on toilet paper.
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:52 AM   #44
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Think about the fact if RV's go there may not be very many local CG's to use either they have a very limited pool of clientele
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:57 AM   #45
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If fuel goes to $5 per gallon, it will certainly affect those on fixed incomes like us. However the effect would be that we would go less often and les distance. We bought our TT to use, not to sit in the driveway.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:32 AM   #46
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We'll continue to use our rig, Like Steve said we didn't buy it to set in storage. A closer to home will work, will impact some longer trips, but still going yo enjoy our rig. Just won't be buying a new tow vehicle, keep the old one still going strong.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:13 PM   #47
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Fox news is quoting a former Shell exec as saying that gasoline will be $5.00 a gallon within two years and that there will be rationing by the end of the decade.
typical fear mongering
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:23 PM   #48
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I hope to be around when fuel is $10/gallon, because that will be a long time from now. In the meantime I'll continue to travel. Heck I still remember when I would refuel at half a tank just to avoid the sticker shock until I realized how much time I was spending in truck stops.

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Old 12-28-2010, 12:27 PM   #49
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The price of fuel will bounce up and down. How many of you are happy that diesel is under $4 a gallon? I know there are some... I saw it posted on a thread somewhere..."At least it's not as high as it was...". You have been conditioned to accept the higher price. It wasn't that long ago that diesel was running $2.50 and everyone was complaining at how high it was. Same old "gonna sell the RV" posts. Now all of you (well, maybe the diesel owners) would be jumping for joy to be paying $2.50


Our skoolie uses diesel (just looked at the mileage and fuel amounts... it's getting 17mpg :P) Here's some old diesel prices that aren't all that old!
7/7/2009... Exxon @ Rabun Gap, GA $2.359/gallon
7/9/2009... Shell @Meridian, MS $2.339/gallon
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:30 PM   #50
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As the US dollar goes down, the price of fuel will go up. Gas here is already close to $3.30 a gallon and diesel is pushing $3.60. As the dollar continues to drop, the inverse will be true of fuel. We'll still do the same amount of travelling and just cut back elsewhere. Hopefully the lower dollar will drive up the price of imports and put US and Canadian workers back to work. If not, it could be a tough couple of months or years ahead.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:44 PM   #51
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It depends on the price of fuel vs. my income level/disposable income at the time. I haven't traveled much lately because I simply can't afford the fuel at any cost, but I know that's about to improve.

Everyone's situation is different but honestly it will just boil down to how much I plan to travel vs. how much can I afford. Currently I can justify it. However if it got to where I had to travel less then it would be hard to justify.

I look at this as justification more than afford. Can I justify the expense? $200-700 more per trip isn't a whole lot of cash but honestly could be a deal breaker to some.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:01 PM   #52
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Stop sending "Our North Shore" oil to China....What the heck is the US Government thinking....allowing oil pumped from our shores to go to China...
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All this does have me a bit concerned, and fuel prices are just one part of it. The American dollar is getting to the point that it is not worth the paper it is written on. If we need more money we just print more, there is nothing to back it up. We keep coming up with Federal and State programs, and still subsidize old ones. Our government needs to just say "no more", bite the bullet and balance the budget. I am not happy with either side, Democrat or Republicans, but we have got to start using some common sense.

We owe tons of money to other countries, speaking of China. If they call in their chips anytime soon, we will be broke and our new currency could be the Yen! Enough doom and gloom, let's RV. God Bless America!
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Most of our RV travels are now short trips to relatively close fishing holes - the MH was bought purely to tow the fishing boat so we don't need 2 tow vehicles like we did when using the 5th wheel - not legal for residents to have 2 towed items behind here in Oregon, only for outside state travelers passing thru.

That said, the '88 Kit 5er's value is so low, it's worth more to us to keep it, using it on longer jaunts and for occasional visitors - the '02 Dodge/Cummins truck gets better than double the fuel mileage towing the 5er than the MH gets by itself.

I'd still like to make one more trip down to Florida for another winter, price of fuel be derned, before we get too old for the longer trips - but $400 per fill up on the MH, and the same on the truck DOES get our attention, and ALL our SS checks on the longer trips...
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Here in my area of Upstate NY, gas prices today range from $3.19 to $3.34(Exxon/Mobil of course) and over $3.50/gallon for diesel. Now, with that said, will I bail on using my 34' 5er when (IF?) gas gets to $5/gallon - not a chance. Will I use it less often for trips - possibly as we are now both retired so we might just do seasonal camping which I detest. We are still planning at least one more cross country trip, probably the end of summer 2011. This means we'll drink screw cap wine and domestic beer instead of the 'good' imported stuff. Might even have to start the generic brand canned and box groceries ....... but we will be haulin' ---with the Guzzle 10 F350
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I won't be in a panic any time soon about gas prices. First off it was reported by Fox News and secondly quoted a "former" Shell executive.

Here in southern British Columbia I just bought 21.6 U.S. gallons of gas and it cost me $99 Canadian.

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