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Old 02-27-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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Whats fuel costs gonna cause?

The forecasts for fuel costs this year are staggering. I'm thinking these eggs oughta be among the few things out there most times traveling about etc.
I know my brother is planning a visit here from Indiana and doubt they'll bring their motorhome because of it.
Way I see it......values just shot up some.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:42 PM   #2
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Hi: Bruce Thomas...Looks like another summer of "Stay-Cations". 5Hr. radius from home and discover what's just around the bend. I can't wait to try out our new tug/trailer combo...I'm hopeful of 18 MPG. again and smaller/lighter still looks great. IMHO.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:46 PM   #3
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Hi: Bruce Thomas...Looks like another summer of "Stay-Cations". 5Hr. radius from home and discover what's just around the bend. I can't wait to try out our new tug/trailer combo...I'm hopeful of 18 MPG. again and smaller/lighter still looks great. IMHO.
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I'ma stay home. No gonna go. Too old to care. Got money no moe.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
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People will travel - perhaps not far but they'll get away.
My dad tells of filling his lawn roller with gasoline in '41 so they could have a vacation in the summer of '42.
Somehow - some way - people will make it happen.

I'm not, however expecting to get much use out of the Winnebago Elandan.
But then...I did fill it up last September - 80 gallons - Hmmm... might come out on that bit of arbitrage :~)
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:06 PM   #5
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We are planning a trip to see my sister in law and family in Pennsylvania. The way I figure it a 2000 mi trip with the bigger camper would cost me over $1200 in gas alone. With the Scamp hopefully it will only cost me "only" about $700 in gas. I have a feeling the bigger camper will be sitting all summer and possibly have a for sale sign in the window..
What I really want now is a 17 ft Casita with the twin bed set up.
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:32 PM   #6
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We are going to Wyoming this summer with the kids to see my folks which is 2000 miles one way. Not sure if we'll have a trailer by then but hope to. The minivan gets 24mpg at 75-80 mph (speed limit out West is 75) not towing. Hopefully towing and driving 55 to 60 mph will only drop fuel mileage to our town rate of 19 mpg or so.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:09 AM   #7
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The last time gas prices soared there were big boats and large trailers and big fifth wheellies with pop-outs, all across the province, at the end of driveways with for sale signs on them. The signs gradually came off but I think that you'll see more going back up as once again, people can't afford to tow them any longer.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:08 AM   #8
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Since I've only caught Burro-itis this year, I don't foresee fuel costs putting a huge crimp in my plans. My husband and I have super low day-to-day fuel useage since we walk to work, so we never really have a reason to pay attention to cost per gallon.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:10 AM   #9
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I'm planning on a long trip this summer, covering about 6000 miles. If fuel costs average $4/gal vs the $3.20/gal currently in Texas, it will cost me about another $350 for fuel over 45 days of wonderful adventures . . . or about $7.75 more per day for fuel. While not insignificant, will I let that stop me? Not likely!
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:20 AM   #10
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A couple of years ago when gas prices neared $4.50 per gallon, we embarked on a 5800 mile trip to the west coast,(from Illinois) which included two ScampCamps, Mt Saint Hellens, and the Columbia river- Bridal Falls area. The savings in meals and lodging made the trip affordable even in the face of those fuel prices. In most cases you can save up to 20% on fuel simply by observing speed and accelleration habits. Also packing light can help.
That is the advantage of owning a Scamp, we towed with a 4CYL Ford Escape and averaged 22.6 MPG on that trip overall and 24MPG on the flats.
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We're doing a loop of the United States next year, about 8000 miles. We're assuming $5 a gallon in 2012 or around $1800 for towing fuel over 6-7 months. Our Honda/Scamp gets about 23 mpg.

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Hi: All... Our local gas price shot up to $1.23 Ltr. X3.9= $4.79 a US. Gal. Thanks Momar Gadfly and all opportunists in the game!!!
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We also plan a loop thru Nfd, Labrador and Quebec where gas prices were near $6 on the Labrador portion in 2008. I must say the beauty of the province made it worth the trip.

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Old 02-28-2011, 11:24 AM   #14
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I'm going to take a page from the full timers book; I'll spend as much time in the Trillium as last year but I'll spend more time at each stop and do less driving. Last year was my first with the egg and I couldn't resist visiting as many places as possible. This year, I'll pick my destinations with the quality trumping quantity; can't wait.
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