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Old 02-03-2013, 10:34 PM   #11
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Wow DDC, $378 one way. If it is not bad. I see that you have an Avalanche, what is your miles per gallon while towing?
Yes that is one way,being retired we take our time now on this kind of trip, only drive at 55/65 which really helps.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:36 PM   #12
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leaving for Disney feb. 19 really looking forward to fort wilderness. we booked a premium site to be closer to everything, we normally stay in a value resort but wanted to try the ft.wilderness experience
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:58 PM   #13
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We just booked for august and got a AAA discount. I played around before booking and the cheap family rooms were gonna cost more than double what the fort is costing us. We are driving down from nc w/ the diesel getting on avg 11 mpg towing. So not to bad. For any questions about the fort and Disney be sure to visit Fort Fiends - Articles - Fort Fiends. They know everything there is to know about that place and then some. They even have video of every campsite in the place and can help you figure out if you want to request an area and if so how to do that. We just requested the 1300 loop, close to everything but not on top of everything. They fan even help you find cheaper golf cart rentals. I'm sure they can help you with your calculations. I can tell you I figured out it was less than $100 difference between preferred and premium sites for the week. We were gonna go preferred until we realized they were nearer the boats and farther from things like the pool so we went premium. Partial hookups are for tents and popups only per fort rules.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:19 AM   #14
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We stayed 10 days at DW the week after Thanksgiving. Premium site. Loved it! Still get the perks of the hotels like early entry to parks. The boat or buses are quick and efficient. Sites can be tight for some of the bigger rigs. They do know how to cram them in. But overall it's the best campground I have ever stayed at. Even the tenting is first rate. I couldn't get a site online but called twice a day for a week. One day at a time I added to the reservation until I had the whole 10 days. A nice lady said people cancel all the time, 24/7. And they answer the phone 24/7 so you can check anytime. We went to universal and sea world too which are right down the road. Military ITT has great specials for Disney and universal if you are retired. Free sea world if you are active duty. One note.....the dog park is great but its a lloooooong way from the premium sites and there is no place to park around it. That was our only complaint.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:52 AM   #15
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Staying at Fort Wilderness is a great idea. It has always been exceptional experience.

I would recommend installing YP on your smart phone. Once you get past the east side of the bay at Pensacola fuel prices spike up almost all the way to I-75 corridor.

I installed YP on both the phone and the tablet. It made it easy to find the cheapest gas stations in the area. Further, with satellite and street view, I could check the approaches to fuel islands to see just how difficult they might be to use.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:00 AM   #16
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...Going to break up the drive both ways and stay somewhere in GA. Probably Tifton or Valdosta.
If you stay overnight in Tifton, I highly suggest Agrirama. We stayed there overnight on a Florida trip and it is perfect for overnight. Pull in, someone comes to you to get your $20, and 24 hour security. Nothing fancy, just a great spot to stay overnight.
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I would recommend installing YP on your smart phone. Once you get past the east side of the bay at Pensacola fuel prices spike up almost all the way to I-75 corridor.

I installed YP on both the phone and the tablet. It made it easy to find the cheapest gas stations in the area. Further, with satellite and street view, I could check the approaches to fuel islands to see just how difficult they might be to use.
Great tip! I use the Gas Buddy app and have found it to work great as well. Haven't used YP yet but will check it out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:21 PM   #18
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When we budget our fuel cost into long haul trips I usually take the google map distance door to door, then multiply times 1.2 to figure in around town driving, detours etc. then the current fuel cost and again multiply times 1.2 as fuel costs vary and tend to go up, not down.

That gives us a good number to budget with, and it usually slightly high.

Last March we pulled to Pensacola Florida, curiously our MPG was higher than usual, but our around town driving was too, so it mostly evened out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:57 PM   #19
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We tow to the Fort about 1180 miles and I stop keeping track of gas after KY. I'm also a Fortfiends.net member, if you have any questions about the Fort, they'll have the answer!
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Went there in Nov. 2011. it was 2400 miles round trip. If I remeber corectly it was around $850!
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