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Old 06-09-2022, 04:40 PM   #1
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Who Has or Going to Downsize Because of Gas Prices

I don't see gas price going down anytime soon or ever.

So are you going to downsize to better MPG or drive less or just get out of RVing all together?

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Not me. While I downsized (for other reasons), gas prices won't stop me. I will, most likely, stay longer in one place rather than hop around wasting gas, though.
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Old 06-09-2022, 05:01 PM   #3
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Unless you go narrower or shorter in height, I bet the improvement is minimal.

I would love to use gas prices as an excuse to downsize, but I don't see myself doing that.
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Old 06-09-2022, 05:05 PM   #4
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Old 06-09-2022, 05:07 PM   #5
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How much does downsizing cost in covering the depreciation and paying inflated prices for a smaller coach? Plus, potentially higher financing costs?

Those costs just might put a lot of fuel in the tank of the bigger rig and you are more comfortable with the capabilities of a rig you know.

My 2 cents worth.
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Old 06-09-2022, 05:11 PM   #6
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i have a mental block about how much to pay per gallon
so this summer we are staying put,

i was to be in san antonio for most of july , but the est. 1200 in fuel round trip sort of sucked the wind out of the adventure.

we just did her annual, and cleaned her up real good , preserved stuff and turned on the hangar ac to 71f
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Old 06-09-2022, 05:15 PM   #7
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We downsized from a 40 foot pusher to an 18 foot teardrop trailer. Not really because of fuel prices but more to access some areas and types of camping that we couldn’t do with the pusher. Not saying we won’t do that someday again but for the next four or five years we’ll stay small. Our tow vehicle is electric as well which kinda gets rid of the gas issue.

It’s definitely less stressful dealing with ferries with a small combo. Of course it takes some getting used to. We figure we are like goldfish. We just had to get used to the size of our bowl. .
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For now we are staying put for a while and will travel much shorter trips.

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Old 06-09-2022, 06:36 PM   #9
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i finally picked up my new Cougar 22mlswe t/t.i tow it with a power wagon 6.4 hemi/4:10 gears and my new boat has a 75 gallon tank that i've already filled twice.put me down in the "hell no,not me"'s way too short.
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Shorter trips with longer stays for us.
Shorter, smaller rig, nope... not going to happen.
We did that when we were still employed and living in the city.
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Old 06-09-2022, 07:22 PM   #11
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We don't plan on changing anything. We average 8500-9000 miles a year. That's not going to change. The 1200 gallons of diesel we use will cost an extra $3,000 this year over last year. We both turn 80 this year and are not staying home in the hopes of fuel savings in the future.
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Old 06-09-2022, 07:39 PM   #12
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For me it's the other way around as I'm upgrading from a 30' gas Class A to a 35' DP. Diesel goes for $7/gal (USD/us gal) where I live in Quebec Canada. Being a young retiree in good health I do not want to put off traveling plans. Overall. I expect to burn about 1400 gal of diesel this year, this will sum up to just under $2000 extra in fuel cost compared to 2019. Not enough to not enjoy the good times !
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I'm downsizing to an E-bike and towing a shopping cart. When the food and fuel runs out I'm going to stand under a wind turbine and take the dead birds and cook them on a solar panel. Adapt and overcome is human nature!

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Old 06-09-2022, 07:44 PM   #14
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Unless you have huge MPG changes by downsizing, which is unlikely, it is not really a savings

You will save money by slowing down a little and staying a little longer or taking shorter trips. I know with my rig going from 63 mph to 68 mph costs me almost 1 gallon per mile.
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