<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> </div></BLOCKQUOTE> As complied by Fleamarketer...
"Sorry but if a $1 increase in fuel stops people from Rving then they didn't belong in the hobby to begin with. Hate to be blunt but thats how it is."
"Let me say it again for those in the cheap seats", ITS NOT A GAS ISSUE. If gasoline or diesel costs are an issue then this is not the hobby for you. Paying "100k" for a rig and in many cases much more, you shouldn't be worried about gas going up like it has.
Gas goes up a little bit and even though its probably less than $100 a month for most everyone people are up in arms, suddenly can't afford things and in general do nothing but complain about how the world is coming to an end.
Bottom line,"if you are in this hobby and can't afford it then get out of it." No reason people that pay close to 100k or in many cases much more should be complaining about fuel cost driving a rig that gets 7 MPG and depreciates at 5x the cost of your fuel bill.
If you aren't happy stop doing it."If you can't afford it, stop doing it."
Fleamarketer, Thank you for voicing your opinion. I consider it to the point and quite worthy. We own a $100K rig (or at least we hope it is still worth that) and will continue to RV as long as we can, but are certainly trying to cut costs. I couldn't help but feel many of the comments you gathered together seemed very elitist to me as I read them. I wish I had taken the time to say so as I read them. I would like to believe that most folks here know that RVing is not always a hobby, but for some, a necessity. There are many struggling families on the road whose jobs take them to various locations, and I think the economy is a hard hit on them right now. For them, $100/mo increase (and when you consider the rise in food and everything else, it's more than $100 for most families) is a budget killer.
I think those types of comments were meant for us folks who chose to invest our discretionary funds into an expensive, depreciating toy and now seem to be whining over the increase in fuel and potential lowering in values of said toys. In that respect, some of those comments were appropriate. I plead guilty.
On the other hand, to those of you out there whose home is your RV, or the recent economic downturn is truly hurting you & your family, I offer my compassion and want you all to feel valued on this forum. It is true that there are many types of RVers, and each adds flavor to the stew.
So if I promise to count my blessings and not to whine, can we all be friends and party on, now?
Lois (& John) Miller
'02 Alpine 38FDDS
'01 Ranger 4x4 toad