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Old 12-27-2010, 06:36 PM   #15
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Well lets factor in those who are making payments on an rv, roughly 60% so I have read; if you were in this position would you continue to pay so you could pay $5.00/gallon.

I agree that, for a time being, those of you who own the units making super short trips could provide the fix but keep in mind that if campgrounds are busy now what would this do to an already frustrating situation.

Perhaps we could be on the cutting edge; lets start a rv export company, selling coaches to the Chinese, after all they are still drilling in the Gulf.....

I was curious as to what, if there is one, the tipping point is; figuring the average rv gets 8 mpg, that would be 12 gallons per 100 miles or just over $60.00 for fuel alone to travel a hundred miles-I am reasonably certain that most will bail, or most making payments will bail.

And as for pretend camping in the backyard, doesn't do much for me.

The rv industry would evaporate, the boating industry would go down (yuk, yuk) ditto the power sports industry then , new car sales, its not pleasant to think about and really there is no reason why articles like this even have to be discussed, we have the energy right here at home-all thanks to long ago dead things, and in the case of PA shale gas, its long ago dead sea creatures from long gone oceans, its amazing.

Fred, it figures to about $3,200 to go that 5k miles and thats if you get 8 mpg, just for fuel, you gotta admit its ugly, add in site costs, tolls, food and its real ugly-no money left for beer, thats too ugly to even think about.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:55 PM   #16
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Hi rough road,
I'll sell the stick house before I'll change my RVing plans.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:02 PM   #17
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Hi rough road,
I'll sell the stick house before I'll change my RVing plans.
That should buy you about 2 tanks of fuel...
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:10 PM   #18
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As long as I can find the money to do it I will be on the road. Like almost everything else traveling as we do it is not a necessity. We will pick our trips and cut costs elsewhere as we can. Priorities make a difference and we choose to spend our money on the road.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:12 PM   #19
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At our ages, the price of gas at the end of the decade is not one of our concerns. There are many other expenses that have been going sky high for the past 25 years after retiring that did not stop us from living the way we wanted so, one more or less won't either. Our motto over the mantel "Live well, Smile often, and Love much!!" Not original but true.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:18 PM   #20
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Not snooty at all.
It all relates to the "Giggle Factor"; how many dollars are you willing to spend per giggle?

In 2008 we went on a 2 month 8,200 mile trip and paid between $4.50 and $4.80 per gallon for Diesel. Figuring $4,300.00 for fuel and $2,400.00 for campgrounds, what other kind of 2 month vacation can you have for less than $7,000.00?

This, of course, ignores the cost of the Coach and upkeep.

Is this economical?...........of course not.
It's a lifestyle.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:42 PM   #21
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So 2000 miles at 8.9 mpg at $3.00 and 2000 miles at 8.9 mpg at $5.00 has a difference of $450.00. A round trip would cost me $900.00. I'll also just stay a little longer in one spot, but it will not keep me from traveling.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:03 PM   #22
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In the UK, gas is up to £1.25 a liter. At current excahnge rates that's about $7.60 a US gallon. Maybe that's why a Civic is a mid-size family car over there?

Seriously, we run about 3000 miles a year in the MH at about 7.5 mpg, 400 gallons. At $3/gal, that's $1200 and at $5 it's $2000. We spend more than that on wine!

We usually stay two or three nights at each stop, so campground fees would run about $1500 a year. Gasoline costs are not the major life expense - we have a monthly bill at the vet of about $130 for our elderly lab, who has Addison's disease.

I guess we'd keep going until it gets to $10/gallon, maybe gradually reducing our annual mileage. Also, I'd probably get a much smaller family car than our 3.5L Kia Sedona before cutting our RVing back too much. It gets about 19mpg and we do about 8000 miles a year. We had a need for the van when we got it but, 7 years later, the grandkids are now driving themselves, so we could manage with a Civic or CRV.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:20 PM   #23
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. We spend more than that on wine!


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Old 12-27-2010, 08:39 PM   #24
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In 2008 we took the RV to Canada. Gas was $4 plus a gallon in the US and almost $6 per gallon in BC. The 5 weeks trip with our grandson was priceless. If gas does hit $5 or more, I doubt there will many buyers for your RV. I figure we will continue to travel as long as our health allows and make allowances for rising fuel cost.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #25
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Quit worrying and just get a spare job in the winter or sell the house and become a gypsy. I work all winter to pay for trips. Also try Indian Creek campground in Cherokee Nc-its in the smokys and wonderful. Tell them the ladies with the shitzus sent you,
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:19 PM   #26
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On one of my first long RV trips many many years ago when gas was .53 per gallon I was asked what I would do if gas ever hit $1 per gallon.

Well 35 + years later we are still going and were when it was $4 .................. So I have to agree with everyone else......... Travel a bit less and stay in a place a little longer !

If it were to hit $6 per gallon.................. Then it would exceed what I spend in Wine ......... Hmmmmmm

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Old 12-27-2010, 09:24 PM   #27
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Not worried about it. I'll just pull out my Oklahoma Credit Card
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:31 PM   #28
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Well, our rig is paid for and we going to keep it a long time. It will just be less and fewer trips. We did a cross country trip last summer and our fuel cost was just under $2,500. I am just glad we did it last summer. It not only the fuel that going to hurt almost every thing we use comes from crude oil. A lot of this is politics, so we just have to wait and see. Maybe us Coastal Campers will see more of each other.
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