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Old 04-14-2011, 05:59 PM   #29
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Jesse,
Your approach is an interesting way to think about it. I just did a similar analysis covering our Honda CRV, now 7 years old.

We hope to cover another 100,000 miles for a total of 250,000 miles before replacing it. Not counting gas I figure, including cost of purchase, Insurance, Property Tax, Registration, Tires and Repairs that it costs us 13 to 15 cents per mile driven.

Gasoline at $4 a gallon and getting 23 mpg when towing costs 17 cents per mile towed for gas alone and 14 cents per mile when not towing.

Gasoline at $5 a gallon and 23 mpg when towing costs 22 cents per mile towed for gas alone and 18 cents per mile when when not towing.

It certainly seems simple vehicle ownership is a very significant per mile cost. The difference is that gasoline has now become the dominant per mile number, at least for me. I think in part people respond to what they see, the gas receipt at the pump.

Gasoline becomes an even more significant percentage of cost per mile for those getting lower tow mileages, quickly approaching $0.33 per mile at $4 per gallon and 12 mpg.

As some one else posted the increasing fuel costs will drive everything else up as well, just compounding the problem. Inflation this month was up 50% higher (0.2% compared to 0.3%) than Washington expected and I fear that's only the beginning.

Jesse, thanks for the interesting thought line,

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And in reality if we are not at the campground with the vehicle parked most of the time, our two cars are buzzing around all over anyway. Seems we are hardly ever in the same car unless gone on a trip. My fuel bills are a lot higher here than when camping.......Bruce
I've always said that it's cheaper for me to vacation out-of-state than to commute at home. Having said that, I've cut back on weekend get-aways and have turned my attention to the voluminous "Honey-do" list that I previously kept putting off. I am coming dangerously close to completing it all.
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mcbrew, were you able to buy an off-the shelf hitch or did you need to have a custom one made? Do you have automatic or stick? How fast do you travel to achieve that 24 towing mpg?

Kind of lightweight and short wheelbase, but to the plus side the rear overhang is about nonexistent.
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Sounds pretty philosophical. But I'm still curious.
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Life is not about seeing how cheaply you can get to your grave.

Now that is a quote I will be using with some of the kids I counsel with...
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The first person I worked for told me that "Life is about maximizing fun", fun in the sense of enjoyment.

He continued that if you're not having fun, find something else to do. Without a doubt RVing is fun.

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Hi: All...We already get the best mileage towing our light weight "Eggs". Maybe if we y'all slowed down a little and observed that speed limits are maximums, we y'all could get further along.
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hmmmm...from new brunswick to florida and back. we put on close to 10,000 kms by the time we were done. no matter where we went, gas was cheaper than at home...even when the prices increased!
at NO time did we consider shortening our trip or doing any particular day trip due to the increased cost of fuel.
from our perspective, american gas is still a whole lot cheaper than up here. when the conversion is considered, we're paying close to, if not over, $5 for one US gallon. makes $4 look like a relative bargoon!
will we limit our trips this summer? NO
will we stay home next winter instead of heading south? NO
will we continue to enjoy our camping as often as possible? YES
will we be broke and living on weiners and beans because of it? POSSIBLY....
but---will we be HAPPY?? YES!!!!!!!!
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Won't stop me! The rising prices at campgrounds and parks is outpacing the price of gas. That's what has me worried.

I get about 24 MPG towing the Scamp. About 36 MPG not towing (Can get 40+ driving locally). So, if I drive 200 miles each way and stay in a $99/night hotel for two nights, that's $242. If I tow the scamp and stay in a $60/night campground, that's $186. These numbers roughly reflect a trip we have planned this summer. Most hotel rooms in that area are more than $99, though.
$60/night for a campground??!! If that were my only alternative,it would preclude the use of my Scamp altogether! $30 starts to strain my credulity!
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will we be broke and living on weiners and beans because of it? POSSIBLY....
but---will we be HAPPY?? YES!!!!!!!!
As a single adult make, I can honestly say that good things come from cans!

(You should be behind me in line at the grocery store! )

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$60/night for a campground??!! If that were my only alternative,it would preclude the use of my Scamp altogether! $30 starts to strain my credulity!
I do the vast majority of my camping in the National Forests. For a site with full hook-ups, I pay between 15 - 20 bucks. I usually only use it for one night to fill the water tank, empty the waste tanks and then go to an area of the forest where camping is free. I LOVE our National Forests. If you're a senior or have a disability, your cost is 50% less for life. I try to refrain from using the on-line reservation system because if you have a change in plans, you pay a cancellation penalty. I've rarely had any issue with just showing up and being able to get a nice space. Many also have very nice and clean rest rooms and showers. Come to think of it, I cannot think of a single National Forest that I have been disappointed with, and I've been to a bunch of them. No KOA on the other hand... ;-)
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As a single adult make, I can honestly say that good things come from cans!

(You should be behind me in line at the grocery store! )

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If you've been eating lots of beans and wieners, we might not want to be standing behind you at all... Too bad we can't capture all that methane we produce and use it as fuel.
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