OK. I really understand the concern that it will be all venting all the time. I get it. But still there has to be a way to be a way to talk about these issues in the context of this community. Or at least I think so.
Perhaps I'm wrong. That somehow we open the door to extreme political positions or oddballs or worse. But, isn't that the thing that makes this Forum so unique? Is it possible that the comments will be thoughtful and insightful? Is it possible that we will learn what this community holds dear?
It would do no good raising poltical issues here. Write your Congressman and Senators. You can find their web sites by searching and E-Mail them. I Do every once in a while. I bet the VA has a red flag on my account I've got my congressman on them a couple of times, he did help me too.
Also VOTE , it would scare the hell out of them if everyone voted. Jerry
It's often interesting to me to see people injecting their person opinion, what ever it may be, trying to make their opinion into some kind of political fact.
I read a very interesting interview with one of the worlds leading industry experts today. He laid the current petroleum situation out very well.
The number one issue is the situation in the mid-east. With Iran cutting off oil to Europe over sanctions against it.
The number two issue is oil speculators in London and New York, roughly 20 cents of the current price of gas is due to oil traders selling oil futures to each other.
The number three issue is increasing demand in new markets, such as China and India.
The number four issue is due to changes in oil refinery production, this includes refineries increasing production of Diesel (and related products) as those actually have a higher profit margin the Gasoline. Also in this issue is refineries that have had damage (like the one in Washington state) and refineries that are in the process of switching from winter blend to summer blend.
2008 F350SD V10 with an 2012 Arctic Fox 29-5E When someone tells you to buy the same rig they own, listen, they might be right. When they tell you to buy a different rig then they own, really pay attention, they probably know something you don't.
I have paid $5.90/gallon for diesel fuel at Deer Lodge Resort in the Big Horn Mountains... I survived.... even filled the tank.
Hey, me too. And if it hits $5.00 again I'm still going camping. I have but one life and spending time camping and traveling with my family is one of the few pleasures I get a year. I will just make adjustments in other areas of my life to compensate. Life's too short and kids grow up too fast so I'm gonna get out there come Hell or high gas prices.
Economic Fuel Prices, Environmental Drilling Regulations, Environmental/Economic Emission Standards.
Some of these are more political and some are more economic in nature but these three in particular, are inter-related, one affecting the other and their resulting effect does matter to some of us more than others depending upon disposable income to go RVing .
Other issues effecting TC campers in particular would be the closing of BLM and other Open Space Lands. Many have written on the Forum in the past about lost access to former camping grounds.
My solution, rather than introduce politics into the forum, simply stage a Truck Camper Rally on the Washington Mall (NOT GOING TO HAPPEN). Imagine 10000 truck campers under the Washington Monument bringing attention to the issues of nature loving campers, boon dockers, and weekend warriors. It would also bring attention to the RV industry that sorely needs help in this economy.
The RV community is under no more threat than the country at large.
We have faced $5.00 gas prices before. EPA emissions regulations have been around for years. The sky is not falling. There is no reason to revise or abandon the forum rules and policies.
When the sky does fall RV'ing will be the least of our worries!
Agree. when folks can't afford to pay their bills, or buy food, and have been laid off, because of the high energy prices, RVing won't matter a lick. This time, because of where we are starting from. It's gonna be A LOT worse than last time. Then we had farther to fall. this time we are already at the edge.
OK , I propose we have a vote to decide the issue... oh wait ...it looks like we're already doing that. All right I'll go think about it and get back to you.... just don't start calling my house doing surveys asking how I am going to vote. I already went over my hang up the phone quota a few months ago.