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Old 02-28-2011, 12:07 PM   #15
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I am looking to go do some seasonal resort work, so once I get there I wont be driving that much. Gas in sw Tx at one of only two gas stations $3.66 a gallon today.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:49 PM   #16
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Gas went to $3.59/gallon here today, up 20 cents. We plan on Charleston in April and a western trip in September. Other than that staying in the Midwest. As Floyd says you make it up a lot of it in lodging and meals. Guess we'll use the Scamp more than I thought.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:47 PM   #17
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I was talking to my folks about saving motel and food expenses using a trailer and they pointed out that for the cost of a trailer you can pay for a lot of motels and food, lol. We all agreed it was more about comfort and the safety of knowing who has slept there and what went on and of course NO BED BUGS!!! So it will take us a long time to recoop the cost of a trailer but you cant put a price on Peace of Mind.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:36 PM   #18
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ft smith ar $3.16 today
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:07 PM   #19
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Last year we paid 8 $/gal in Norway and 6 $/gal in Poland. Around $5/gal will be my trigger point to move to a smaller trailer with a passenger diesel car and my Bigfoot 21 with the Ford Diesel truck will go.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:08 PM   #20
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Gas here in our area just hit $1.25/L !!

Too frightened right now to even think how much that converts to in the non metric world, but the point is, in the last fuel crisis we drove where we wanted in which vehicle we wanted and camped where we wanted. The same will apply now. We'll just have to make some financial adjustments some where else along the line!!
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:48 AM   #21
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The question is why the big jumps in gas prices? None of the crude that has gone up in price has been shipped to North America yet - but the prices of gas at the pumps has jumped as if it has. Not to mention that the Middle East ranks behind Canada, Mexico and Venezuela as a US supplier of crude oil. Libya only produces 2% of the worlds crude oil and Saudi has already said they can cover that loss. Even crazer is if Canada is the biggest supplier to the US of crude oil and as far as I know we still have lots of it - then why are we in Canada paying so much more already??? go figure. :-)
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:07 AM   #22
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$1.20 L or $4.80 US gal today
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:13 PM   #23
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The forecasts for fuel costs this year are staggering.
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We just canceled our 1 1/2 month, 5,000 - 6,000 mile trip through (I don't gotta show no stinken papers) Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

The price of fuel was the last straw. Even staying in parking lots on the road and boondocking when possible it just didn't pencil out as affordable.

Of course, the tickets to spring training games (GO Giants) in Phoenix had already gone by the wayside.

We will be going to places close to home this year.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:17 PM   #24
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I think it's really going to put a hurting on the tourism and resort industries.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:31 PM   #25
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:............................. We will be going to places close to home this year.
Tom, I would not complain too much, Santa Cruz Mountains are beautiful; Big Basin (with recently added Little) Basin should not be too far. I used to ride bicycle there and possibly still know every road from Skyline.
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Tom, I would not complain too much, Santa Cruz Mountains are beautiful; Big Basin (with recently added Little) Basin should not be too far. I used to ride bicycle there and possibly still know every road from Skyline.
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George,
You are right, it could be worse.

You live in a beautiful place, also.

We will be taking full advantage of the beauty of the Central Coast. There are just some birds in other areas we don't have here. I'll have to substitute a CA Condor for a Caracara and a Purple House Finch for a Roseate Spoonbill. However, even residents of Paradise appreciate an occasional change of scenery.

If you get back down this way drop a line and I'll show you some of the trails through UCSC and Wilder Ranch.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:57 PM   #27
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Doubtfull I'll log 13,000 miles as I did last year. As I have a new project to keep me busy this summer; I'll still make appearances at Gatherings and trips into the mountains for purty rocks.
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I was talking to my folks about saving motel and food expenses using a trailer and they pointed out that for the cost of a trailer you can pay for a lot of motels and food, lol. We all agreed it was more about comfort and the safety of knowing who has slept there and what went on and of course NO BED BUGS!!! So it will take us a long time to recoop the cost of a trailer but you cant put a price on Peace of Mind.
200 nights in a motel with a net savings of $50 per night equals $10,000. Our average cost for lodging with the Scamp has been $8 per night. How many of you want to stay at a $58 per night motel?

The real rate is closer to $100 savings per night, but even at half that our 2004 Scamp has long since paid for itself.... And that's not even counting the value of home cooked meals compared to restaurants, which is seldom an option at Motels.
In short.... No Scamp = almost no travel.

BTW; We still have our Scamp with a residual value of nearly 75% of it's original cost... How much are those used motel towels, tiny shampoos and little bars of soap still worth?
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