I know many of you have money, but a bunch of us like myself are more or less "budget RVers". I still am raising kids and never try to go into any debt. The thing is, if gas hits $5 a gallon, I figure just to make a trip from Dallas to San Antonio TX for a weekend trip (280 miles or 560 round trip) would not be cheap. I have one of those Toyota 4 cylinders that get 21 to 22 mpg, but it's really better around town.
I'd either use my parent's Class A that they allow me to use or our Travel trailer for that distance. Both of those either driving or in tow get about 8 mpg!
In order for us to take a 5-6 hour trip round way to San Antonio it will cost $350 in gas alone!!! This isn't including camp fees that are getting pretty high, or anything we do on tour, food, or anything else.
The Texas State Park system just sent out emails "begging" for money because there are so many parks hurting here. Some from the drought, but budget shortfalls are terrible here. They needed to raise over 4 million bucks.
I see a dangerous domino effect forming if people like me would absolutely not go camping because of $5 gas. They won't get my funds, nor many people who think like me. The parks will either have to heavily increase prices or start shutting down.
Perhaps I'm only ranting... But $5 gas (projected in many places this summer in the USA) I believe is going to be disastrous for the entire RV industry. We may just take the kids "driveway camping!"
Thoughts? Opinions? Strategies?
(Again, the Toyota RV we mainly use around town now when going to relatives homes. Family is too large to camp in it now (5 kids). So its great for going to local stuff and the kids sports. We use our KZ TT, or my parent's Winnie that they are "too afraid to drive")
4 whopping cylinders on Toyota RV's. Talk about great getting good MPG. Also I have a very light foot on the pedal. I followed some MPG advice on Livingpress.com and I now get 22 MPG! Not bad for a home on wheels.
We were going to hit some of the east coast and then off to the Grand Canyon and nearby places but it looks like we are going to workamp AGAIN this summer. It gives us money to travel the winter to warm places. Ya, it's hitting us where it hurts but thinki of what it's going to do the government since it's an election year. That is if there is enough of us that care.
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Well in a way I agree with you. I am a budget rv'r and do not have the discretionary cash that others might have. I have a 150 gallon fuel tank and I plan on trying to fill it before diesel hits 5 bucks or more a gallon. I am not a big travler, we venture out but normally 5-6 hours away from home. Now I know most guys on here are retired and have done pretty well for themselves and their families and I will be the first to say congrats but the fact as I see is that the higher prices will slow down some of us smaller guys down.
Yes we all do the math and make logical conclusions, then consider the stay elsewhere in a public motel, that must be real nice or we take the RV. Even driving a car at 30 MPG is not logical if a flight is faster and we need to get there and back quickly.
As to if $5 per gallon will be the point of changing our minds, I say no, as there still is $5 for the 30MPG car so the difference is proportional as it will be if flights go up, as they probably will.
Now do Hotel and Motel rates go up with gas prices, no they go down as many don't travel. So that factor may make us save in using an auto over and RV.
Then again some of us have so much disposalble funds, we figure, help the economy and spend it. Some even driving the RV, staying in a Hotel, and flying to the Islands and dropping a few grand on whatever along the way.
You are correct that the price of gas hitting $ 5.00 will really hurt but as a Snowbird we have always been caught with making the decision. Spend the dollars it takes to head to the RGV where life is cheaper or stay up North and pay $ 5.00 in heating costs. Since the cost of home heating is tied to the same scale as fuel the formula stays about the same. We can still live cheaper and enjoy more for the dollars spent by heading south. The hard part is spending that winter budget in six day versus six months.
Sorry to say, but there are those on here who, hiding behind their computer, will tell you how if you can't afford the fuel, you can't afford the RV. To those, I say, get lost....Yes it is going to affect many on here and everywhere in the US. Even those that have a decent income or retirement will feel the pinch and look harder at the need to make that trip. We decided that instead of spending $2000 to go home and come back, for 3½ months up north, we will just stay here and brave the heat. Our world is changing and will change the way many of us live and travel.
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