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Bluhorn

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Posted: 02/26/12 01:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Before my trip to Fort Myers,Fl, I was recalculating costs,especially diesel,to try to get some sort of idea of what this trip will set me back. Now that I am here at Red Coconut RV,laying on the beach,swimming in the Gulf,watching the palm trees sway,all in mid 80 degree temps mind you,all the worries melt away.
Of course we all have budgets we have to go by. It saddens me to read some of these posts that say that some are not going on there long awaited vacations because of costs,fuel,etc. Sometimes we have no choice due to health,job or other concerns. But my point is that there are ways to save,eat in more often,shorter stays,the main thing is to go. Family time is priceless and its important. After suffering through some health issues, I know life is way to short. Don't sweat the small stuff. Get out there and enjoy! Safe travels.


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Posted: 02/26/12 01:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In our many many trips we never counted the price of gas. We have so much money to spend for each outing and when it's gone, it's time to come home. The extra we spend on gas is the money we don't spend on eating out, souvenirs, shopping, entertainment. The high price of gas is hurting everyone.

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Posted: 02/26/12 03:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MT, my thoughts exactly. If we are currently paying ( in our case) around $3.90 per gallon for diesel, if it goes up to $4.90. them its about 25 gallons for our more often trip so we will be paying $25 more for fuel, not counting the boat motor. So what is all this angnst(sp) about rising fuel costs, you can't take it with you.


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Bluhorn wrote:

Before my trip to Fort Myers,Fl, I was recalculating costs,especially diesel,to try to get some sort of idea of what this trip will set me back. Now that I am here at Red Coconut RV,laying on the beach,swimming in the Gulf,watching the palm trees sway,all in mid 80 degree temps mind you,all the worries melt away.
Of course we all have budgets we have to go by. It saddens me to read some of these posts that say that some are not going on there long awaited vacations because of costs,fuel,etc. Sometimes we have no choice due to health,job or other concerns. But my point is that there are ways to save,eat in more often,shorter stays,the main thing is to go. Family time is priceless and its important. After suffering through some health issues, I know life is way to short. Don't sweat the small stuff. Get out there and enjoy! Safe travels.


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Fuel costs for a snow bird like us are not a major issue. In camping for the first two months this year my camping fees are about 1500 (about half state parks) and fuel is 750.


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Rode the Harley today to Ft. Myers beach and had lunch. It doesn't get much better than this. Glad I live on an island overlooking Sanibel and Ft. Myers beach. Now I get to come up to your neck of the woods in June and have the best of both worlds. Fuel will be a problem but you can't take it with you. Enjoy my back yard!


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Doing the math, Fuel costs are not going to slow me down..... At 12MPG .... If fuel goes up $1.00/gal .... that's just a tad over 8 cents per mile more. For every 1000 miles, an added fuel bill of $83.00 .... Not that horrible when you consider the trip, the enjoyment, sights, memories, etc......


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Most folks who can afford an RV can also afford the fuel it takes to use it. bottom line is that if you can't afford the fuel you REALLY can't afford the RV. I wouldn't advise anyone to "go into hock" for a vacation but as the OP mentioned, there are lots of compromises that can be made to make SOME sort of vacation affordable. Money was often VERY tight when my kids were small but we usually found a way to take a vacation with them. Sometimes it might be just to the next state or even someplace relatively local. It doesn't HAVE to involve several thousand miles of travel to make those memories and to have a good time.

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Also in Ft Myers, agree with the 2 first replys.

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Posted: 02/26/12 03:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I absolutely agree. the increase is never nice but doable for sure for most.
on paper it actually isn't that bad if you save a little from other areas.

I am a firm believer my trips ADD more to my life than saving an extra $100-200.
they add to my mental health

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