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RE: Hedging Gas Prices

Store it in your garage using gallon milk jugs. Have friends, relatives, and neighbors save the empty jugs for you. If done right you could pack @ 34,000 of them in a 24x24 garage. That's funny. But if anybody is taking you seriously, don't. That's a good way to blow up your neighborhood.
DallasSteve 08/18/22 05:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hedging Gas Prices

First question is what % is fuel of your budget. If it's 3% why bother w the effort to save some small % of that 3%? And over time it probably evens out anyway so what are the savings long term, probably not much. If you have a 500 gallon tank in the yard and you can get less than retail price all the time, plus add in the convenience (and risk), that might be worth doing. Most of the year it's around 3%. For a month or two when I travel north in the spring it's over 10%. Then in the fall it's over 10% traveling south. The difference in gas prices might be a few hundred dollars. It wouldn't break my budget. Maybe it's not worth it.
DallasSteve 08/18/22 09:26am General RVing Issues
Hedging Gas Prices

Has anybody thought about hedging gas prices against future rises? I have, a little. Gas prices were a super hot topic when they were about $2 a gallon higher, but I bet people are thinking less about that now. About June I was seeing prices here in South Texas hit $5 a gallon, but not much more. (I know a lot of the country pays a lot more) I've been watching the prices fall steadily here for 2 months and the average is around $3.19 down here. I've even see a station break under $3. My thinking is I'd like to lock in those prices and not be paying $5 a gallon again. I don't think the major companies offer a buy now/pump later plan, but maybe there is a way to do that in the futures market. If I bought gasoline options they would have a huge time premium that would kill the savings. But futures are different and I think they might work. With futures you are committed to the price at a later date. So if gas prices went down I would save money at the pump, but I would lose money on the futures. It's a wash. And the reverse is true if prices go up. Still a wash. Anyway, if anyone has more knowledge about that I invite your comments. Maybe it's a really lame idea; that's why I thought about this forum. If it's a good idea I'll keep an eye on prices and I may make a futures trade in my TD Waterhouse account when prices are looking good to me.
DallasSteve 08/17/22 08:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: County Park Experiences

Some Texas cities have RV parks. One about 15 miles from me in Stephenville. I have used it to check out motorhome systems before taking off for more distant locations. https://www.stephenvilletx.gov/parks-leisure/page/rv-campgrounds Just found this: Texas County and City Campgrounds https://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds/Texas-county-campgrounds-map.htm Gary Thanks for those links. They both look good. Maybe I was using AllStays and not AllTrails. They both look familiar. Maybe I used both. I guess AllStays would include other states' parks, too.
DallasSteve 07/21/22 10:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
County Park Experiences

I bought a motorhome in March, 2020 and started camping on some North-South treks while I was living in the motorhome. Based on suggestions for my brother, who full-times in a Class C, I tried to make reservations at state parks and corps of engineer parks. When I couldn't find something available where I needed to be I would look for a private park. When I couldn't find that a few times I found a county park for camping. County parks tend to be rare in my experience, but when I stayed in them I've had very good experiences. They tend to be smaller and less developed than the state and federal parks, but they often have their own charm. The first one we stayed at had a 9 hole golf course where we rented a cart and my wife had a blast driving me from hole to hole. We stayed at 2 others on Texas Gulf coast beaches and they were very nice. They were pricier than the average county park, but for being on the beach with full hookup the prices were reasonable. I saw one other in Georgetown, Texas in a beautiful park where I would have loved to stay but they were shut down due to the pandemic. If and when I'm camping again I want to search out more county parks. I can usually find them on Google maps, if there are any in the area. Most counties don't have RV parks, from what I've seen, but some do. I've also seen them on AllTrails.com. Does anybody else have tips on finding county parks for RVs?
DallasSteve 07/20/22 05:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Facebook RV Scams

What is common now is that it will be a commercial sale and the price represents the money down. While it may be scam, more likely they are trying to generate sales leads. I responded to a car ad like that just to see what happened. I used fake information and a throw-away email address. A used car dealership responded. They did provide the actual vehicle information and the sales price. They claimed they put a disclaimer in the ad that said the listed price was the down payment, but I never found it. They did continue to spam the email for a couple of months at least. I only keep the throw-away emails for three months or so typically. Thanks to everybody for the replies. This sounds like the most likely purpose of the ads (there are many of them) - generating sales leads for a dealer. I hadn't thought of that. Anyway, I won't waste any more time responding to ads for prices that are too low to be real.
DallasSteve 07/13/22 09:22am General RVing Issues
Facebook RV Scams

I am on Facebook Marketplace selling some items and sometimes I see great deals on RVs. When I inquire they auto respond directing me to an email address. When I write them they come up with an eBay story that they need to register me as a buyer and they want my name and address. At that point I stop the contact because I can see it's a scam. Does anybody know what the end game of this scam is? Do they just try to steal identity with this information or do they end up requesting a money transfer? Maybe this has been discussed here before, but I don't know how I would find this in the Search feature. I got nothing when I entered "Facebook RV Scams". Sample Facebook RV Listing
DallasSteve 07/12/22 08:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

I may be wrong but it seemed like the personal attacks in posts here increased a lot during the Covid-19 panic of 2020 with people getting very emotional over their opinion on that subject. I won't comment further to not stir up that hornet's nest.
DallasSteve 07/11/22 09:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camping World RV Sales

Possibly they have you pegged as a tire kicker. Or possibly Camping World just plain sucks, which they do, based on the 3 times I tried to make a major purchase from them at 3 different locations. OP, find a mom and pop dealer and stay far away from Camping World, Campers Inn, Meyers, General RV etc. I bought a Winnebago from General RV in Jacksonville 2 years ago. I picked them because they had the lowest price on the Internet for the model I wanted and I negotiated down a few thousand more. I put down a deposit to hold it and the deal went through with no problems. I was on the other side of the country but I was willing to fly there and drive it back to save the difference compared to other dealers. I just go where the best deal is, within reason.
DallasSteve 07/11/22 08:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CG Prices

I'm 70. But have had the Federal Senior Pass since I was 62. On our trip to Texas in March,we paid anywhere from $7.50 to $19 for water and electric sites at federal campgrounds. We paid between $35 and $45 at state parks. $35 for W&E and the $45 was for FHU. 1 night at a private campground with FHU was $45. Diesel for the trip was $1700.00. My brother taught me the trick of staying at Corps Of Engineers parks to save money. They are cheaper (a couple of years ago I think they averaged around $20 per night), but the facilities are pretty basic. At least they are usually at a lake.
DallasSteve 07/04/22 10:15am General RVing Issues
RE: RV retail sales drop 31% April year over year.

Winnebago Cuts Back Production Maybe someone has already posted this. I saw this story today that Winnebago is cutting production for the rest of the year because demand is decreasing. They said their current inventory of motorhomes is valued at $150,000 per unit, up from about $120,000 at the same time last year. But the CEO warned that the company's ability to raise prices has "peaked." Probably because gas is $5 a gallon and it's no longer raining money from Washington.
DallasSteve 06/24/22 02:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

One way to save is to use your gas CC. Sinclair gives you .10 off per gallon using the card and Chevron gives you .05 off per gallon and .02 credit on your overall bill. You can see that we always use Sinclair right now. I have the Citi Double Cash credit card that gives me 2% back on all my purchases. At $5 per gallon that also saves 10 cents per gallon. Yippee! I did fulltime in 2020 and I was paying $1.89 per gallon. I feel like a genius because I sold my motorhome in Feb. 2021. I might buy another one next year and do it again, depending upon all the prices. I might not. It was fun, but I don't know if it's $5 a gallon fun.
DallasSteve 06/12/22 11:47am Truck Campers
RE: CG Prices

There's a new story today that Russia is cutting the price of its oil to find buyers. I love watching supply and demand do its thing. (This will actually help reduce the cost of gasoline a little, but so little you may not notice)
DallasSteve 06/07/22 02:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: CG Prices

I don't know why you want to keep talking common sense like supply and demand. Don't you know trigger words, like greed, are more fun to read and respond to. A lot of the comments show a lack of understanding of basic economics. I had 2 semesters of Economics on the way to a degree in Accounting. Supply and demand is like gravity; it never sleeps, it never takes a vacation.
DallasSteve 06/07/22 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: CG Prices

The original post scared me. I know we're seeing high inflation but those prices sound crazy. I toured the Texas Gulf coast in 2020 and we stayed at several parks on the beach. The nicest/priciest park was Delaneera RV Park in Galveston. So I wondered if it's $200 now. Not quite. I just priced a weekend site on the ocean: $72.50 per night. I can live with that on the beach. I don't know if I can live with $4 per gallon gas. Right now I'm thinking about getting another motorhome and doing this again, but I'm going to wait for a recession first. It is coming. (My biggest peeve about Dellaneera and a few other RV parks is the check in/check out times. At Dellaneera it is or was 12 noon check out, 2 PM check in. Does it take them 2 hours to vacuum the RV site, change the sheets, clean the bathroom? I don't think so.)
DallasSteve 06/04/22 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing in 2022

Many times in life it seems like my timing is off. One example, the US government raised the lifetime senior park pass price from $10 to $100 just before I qualified. But with gas prices going to all time highs and maybe beyond, this time I feel like my timing was right. I had dreamed about trying full time life in an RV for about 10 years. In 2020 after retiring I finally pulled the trigger. I bought a nice new Winnebago motorhome and I travelled around Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas for 11 months. We spent the summer in Arkansas and the winter in South Texas. Then in Feb 2021 I decided to put the RV plans on hold and I sold the RV to a dealer. Including sales tax I probably lost about $10,000 on an $80,000 motorhome. I had no problem with that. I spent about the same living in it for 11 months as I would have renting an apartment in Dallas. I have a lot of good memories and sometimes I think I want to try it again, but not yet. I was hurting when I filled it up at $1.89 a gallon back in 2020. Now with gas prices more than double I am so glad I got out when I did. Someday maybe I'll do it again. But for now I'm comfortable in the old 'sticks and bricks'. I saw this story today. Maybe someone else has already posted it. A man filled up his converted bus for a cross country trip and he spent $944 at the pump. RV Gas Price Shock
DallasSteve 03/22/22 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailer vs. Motorhome (my situation)

I had a slide leak once on our new Winnebago. But you can blame me because after the storm passed I looked outside and one of the rubber flaps was not extended as it should be. Usually they slid into place, but that one time it did not and the rain got in. After that it didn't leak, but with years of use it may happen to any slideout. As for snow and a super hot trailer, those kinds of problems were outside of my planned use. I went North in the summer and South in the winter, so I didn't see extreme weather except when we had that crazy winter storm in South Texas in February. We ran out of propane that night and we woke up at 3 AM to an almost freezing RV. Fortunately our park did not lose electricity and we had 2 electric heaters that got us through the night.
DallasSteve 12/07/21 05:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Travel Trailer vs. Motorhome (my situation)

He chose a motorhome...then sold it. Here's an update from DallasSteve. ~Rick To add to this. They sold it because they didn’t like being in a confined area 24/7 365! Now they are in an apartment. This may have been different if they went with a 40ft DP with 4 slide outs. We sat in a couple of those at a RV show and wow, they are nice. But they are not in my budget. Still, I had a brand new 31 foot Winnebago that I thought was pretty nice. If you want to support me financially to get a shiny new 40ft DP, please send me a message. :-)
DallasSteve 12/07/21 09:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Travel Trailer vs. Motorhome (my situation)

Having gone for a TT to a class A I would go class A no question! A TT for your intended use will be a lot of setup and tear down. As far as the 2 motors to maintain that’s an excuse. I disagree that it is an "excuse". It's the reality. If you want more, you have to pay more. Still, I decided to go with the motorhome and a Jeep. I lived in it for 11 months, traveled around some, and then sold it. I posted a recap of my experience (link below). I may do it again someday, and I might do a truck and trailer next time, or I might do the motorhome again, or I might never do it again. Still, I'm glad I had the experience. Full Time Living Recap
DallasSteve 12/07/21 09:46am Beginning RVing
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