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Lightning55

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Recently experts have predicted that gas prices could soon reach $7 per gallon. Depending where you go in northern CA, prices have been north of $5 for at least a couple of months. I just filled my Duramax for $150 and it wasn't even full!
If prices soar to these levels, how will it effect your RV travels? For me, it's hard to find places to get reservations anyway so my travels are less but high fuel costs will definitely effect my travels. I'll try to cut expenses elsewhere so we can still go out as often as possible. We have a trip to Yellowstone planned later this year but I won't give up that trip even if it costs a few hundred more in fuel.
What say you?

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yes ,and its all a bunch bull.

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Won't affect me at all.

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I'm going to travel no matter what. In the grand scheme of things fuel cost is one of the smaller expenses in RV travel. I do ponder on the real reason. Is it supply chain issues, tensions with Russia and Ukraine, political, an eco-political push for EV's? All of the above? But the US is supposed to have some redundancy and stores in cases of oil shortages (whatever the cause). But just like anything, the wrong spin from any leader can put investors and suppliers in a panic and wreak havoc on the economy.


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We also have our trips planned and campsites booked so we will travel. My truck towing the trailer gets 9 miles to the gallon, I look at it this way my wife and I worked hard for 45 years we are not going to sit at home, life is short.

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For over a decade, I have made/improved a trip planner in Excel. I now have a little script in a box that pulls the trip mileage, and looks at $2.50 / 3.00 / 3.50 / up to 6.00 per gallon, in 0.50 cent increments.

Point is, you are right...even with our 7.0 mpg AVG class c rig, it's a few hundred, even up to $800 more than whatever baseline I put in.

Yes, we would still do our one big trip per year (2 to 3 weeks...we are not retired just yet) and a few weekend trips. But, we would budget for it and squeeze something else.

It's sad to me that with all the reserves/potential the USA has with oil, it's not utilized anymore.

I will also say this -- we don't use a dinghy/toad. Wife drives behind in her Subaru, which gets good mileage. We may get a dolly for my Camry, but have held off until we are retired (5 or 6 yrs from now). At one time we did tow a 20+ yr old Jeep behind us, but the Jeep sat most the year. Sold the Jeep/towbar/braking system in order to make sure we could pay for our kids college w/o loans. Point here is, just like you, I cut an expense in RV'ing for college, and if gas goes to the stratosphere, we'll cut a few things to even the load.

Let's hope things settle down...for EVERYONE's sake...and we get back to normal!


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Would not change our plans.

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Our RV trips tend to be to relatively close destinations (less than 100 miles, one-way), and usually involve staying there for several days.

Fuel economy while towing our 17 footer is also pretty good (around 15 MPG).

So, the cost of the fuel burned to get there and back is a pretty small fraction of the total cost of the trip.

Even if the fuel cost doubled, it would still be just a small chunk of the trip budget - certainly not enough to alter our travel habits.

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Won’t affect me. We stay close to home for the holiday weekends. And then 1 or 2 long trips a year. I’ll feel it, but still do it. I just hope they raise the cutoff to $200! Ide hate to restart the pump 3 or 4 times!


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No change in my plans.


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