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Fuel Prices
« on: March 11, 2022, 12:36:23 pm »
Looking at the current situation, little can be said for gasoline and diesel prices being any lower over the next several months. 

Do you think prices will cause RVers to stay closer to home and make shorter trips this summer?   Since most Class Cs get only 9-11 mpg, the current prices can be a real ouch for a fill up.  OR, conversely, do you think folks will just say to heck with it and we are going to go where we want to go.   Diesels do not escape this cost a whole lot, if any, from the prices I see around where I live.   

Just curious on folk's thoughts.   It might not have an impact or it might make campgrounds a little less crowded.   

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2022, 09:00:23 am »
We will likely do shorter trips, and stay longer in one place. I'd bet though that anyone paying $225k for a new PC2552 won't care much what fuel costs.
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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2022, 09:01:31 am »
I look at it this way, just for numbers, say your PC and driving style get 8mpg and gas goes up to $8/gallon.  That's $1/mile for fuel.  Over the years, I have taken several trips that were in the 5,000 to 6,000 mile range.   Those are 5 to 6 week trips.  So about $1,000/week for fuel.

That's affordable if it's planned for.  Yes, there are campground fees and those can add another $300 to $500 per week and again, they are planned for expenses.  The rest of the costs, food and so forth are about the same home or away.    So compare those costs to flying to a resort, paying the hotel bill, renting a car or paying a taxi, eating at a restaurant 1 or two times a day. Those expenses can easily be $5,000 for a 2 week vacation.

So, $5,000 for 2 weeks vacation at a resort or $3,000 for a 2 week RV trip?    The only other choice would be to stay home and watch grass grow.

BTW, the 8 miles per gallon is driving at 70 and 75 mph speeds.  Get off the interstate and keep to 60 mph speeds and I can easily get 20% better mpg.  A good tailwind and I have gotten 11 mpg... Seriously.

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2022, 09:45:48 am »
Uh, NO….. staying home would be far more expensive.  At $185/hr. for psychologists, anti-depressants and possibly bail, attorney’s fees and commissary funds, we will be hitting the road soon!

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2022, 10:57:32 am »
As my youngest son tells me-you ain't driving it to work every day.  BTW,  traveling in the RV is cheaper for us than staying in hotels, paying for gas (anyway), and eating the crappy food 3 times a day.  Also, I always loose weight when we travel which is cheaper than weight watchers.  We travel closer to home and stay a little longer.

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2022, 12:15:17 pm »
Always thinking about travel.  Considerations include costs.  Fuel prices are rising so fast, I don't want to claim they won't affect my travel decisions. 

For me, the single overriding obstacle is border restrictions.  According to the current Canadian Protocols, travel into Canada.remains illegal.  Unless you qualify as a fully vaccinated Traveller, you cannot enter Canada for reasons such as:

spending time at a seasonal home or cottage
visiting an immediate or extended family member, if age 18 or over
attending a Canadian educational institution as an international student if age 18 or over
childcare for your relatives
a personal or casual visit
air or rail crew, medical worker, transportation, or sports
tourism, fishing, entertainment or leisure

This will be the third year those wanting to travel to Alaska will be thwarted at the Border

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2022, 04:24:16 pm »
If gas is readily available, we're going! Hope to see all you all in Eureka Springs, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida! Safe travels.

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2022, 03:58:19 pm »
We’re used to paying high fuel prices in California so that in and of itself won’t deter us from RVing but it is getting harder to find unoccupied campsites throughout our “Golden State”’. 
Fortunately, we have a plethora of boondocking sites most folks can’t get to so there’s that!

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2023, 12:23:07 pm »
Another Travel Season coming up and something to be looking forward to.  Canada is far more receptive to Border Crossing Traffic than at this time last year.

The following from Transport Canada for all travellers entering Canada by air, land or marine mode:

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required
Pre-board testing is not required
COVID-19 pre-entry and arrival tests are not required
Quarantine after you enter Canada is not required
Using ArriveCAN is not required
Pre-boarding tests for cruise passengers are not required
As always, travel documents are required
Health checks to board planes and trains are not required
Wearing masks on planes and trains is not required


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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2023, 05:33:01 pm »
Diff strokes diff folks and just because someone can afford 225k for a unit doesn’t mean fuel prices don’t matter.  Everyone spends differently and has their own justifications or none. So many variables. And it’s not just fuel prices, dang near everything’s up 25-40 percent.

Then there’s  personal issues that affect travel.  IE , I now have incurable but supposedly controllable cancer so when I’m between treatment cycles if I’m up to it we go. Be it an ocean cruise a weekend kayak trip etc, we go. I don’t like high fuel price’s anymore than the next but I won’t require much fuel once I’m cremated.  (Cremation is my last shot at having a smoking hot body!).  Sorry I need levity some days more than others.

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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2023, 08:24:42 pm »
Love the great attitude and jokes.  My mom had a great attitude and joked as well. When she had cancer, the doctors told her she was dying..they asked her if she felt like she was dying to which she said…”I don’t know, I’ve never died before”.  She inspired others with cancer as well. 

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2023, 09:02:42 pm »
I don’t know anyone that is planning to stay closer to home.  The biggest problem is getting reservations in campgrounds. YOLO!!
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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2023, 06:09:48 pm »
No kidding. Maybe Warren Buffet  could use some  of the profits from Coachmen and Forest River  to build more  campgrounds.
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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2023, 08:50:15 pm »
Lots of variables to factor into the decision to avoid launching into a RV excursion.  Gas price is one.  However, I don't think it is the overriding consideration. Seems the most prevalent issue making RV'rs reluctant to travel is the pronounced lack of available campground facilities.  Especially, in areas associated with landmarks of historical significance that are the focus of most elective travel.

Gas prices vary.  I am content to fill at pumps offering the best price in town.  Seems the other motor homes lined up there also have drivers who are enjoying the freedom to travel.

All factors considered, rig size and the chosen driving speeds are what have the most influence upon the fuel costs of RV-ing. Speed is one factor that can translate into more fuel consumption.  I enjoy a 10% boost in fuel economy by moderating speed. 
« Last Edit: February 03, 2023, 10:13:50 am by Taildragger »

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Re: Fuel Prices
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2023, 07:38:02 am »
We spent two months out west last year when gas prices were even higher. The cost of the trip averaged out to about $1100 a week all in, which really isn’t bad. On the plus side, there were no lines at any national parks, there were no crowds, and none of the campgrounds were full.  The way I looked at it, was that we paid a premium to have more enjoyable trip.  I’ll take it…