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Old 04-03-2011, 08:47 AM   #11
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Hey Kim
Here is some food for thought

I average between 8 to 10 mpg with my truck setup - I average 12 to 14 without a trailer because most of my driving is highway and not much city driving.

If I had to guess on your setup since you are in stock form you will drop 2 to 3 mpg so figure 14 to 15 mpg (culd be higher but am guessing) as long as you keep your speed under control (55 mph to 60 mph)- remember the faster you go the more room for error and the more gas it takes to move faster.

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:50 AM   #12
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We had concider the fuel price last year for this coming camping season as well. We camp about an hour and a 1/2 from home every weekend. We were at the right place at the right time, we bought a 12x36' log loft cabin park model that used to be rented, we bought it for $4,000 bucks and it included everything. Now i have my camper at home and can take it other places, but one thing about the cabin, i can take my car instead of my tow vehicle which get 34 mpg instead of 10 mpg.

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:51 AM   #13
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We'll still do our one long distance trip, Myrtle Beach for a week, around 500 miles one way. All other trips will be under 175 miles away, unless I hit Mega Millions. There are plenty of campgrounds within a 2 hour ride that we really enjoy so we'll be going there most of the time.

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:55 AM   #14
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it also concerns me, last year we drove about 4000 miles and if we do the same it will add about 400.00 to the expenses or about 65-70 more a month ( based on 6 months) which breaks down to about 15.00 to 17.00 a week. for some of us thats a lunch out for 2. I hate to pay the extra for the gas and it kills me every time I fill up now, but think its worth the extra to get out and camp and unwind.

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Old 04-03-2011, 09:16 AM   #15
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that's abt the way i look at it, any place is a change of scenery. that is all i'm really after.
my truck gets abt half when towing. the other side of the coin is that towing is a small percentage of my total driving.
the price is simply supply and demand. on the last price hike, we were lead to believe crude and gas was short. i was working in the industry at the time and didn't understand why with such good prices we were cutting back. it was explained that we were full and everyone else was as well. we couldn't figure why the price was still rising. the speculators were having a field day.
ever notice the spaces at the pumps fill up right after a price hike?
i figure once the panic leaves, the prices will drop.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:42 PM   #16
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The current costs of gas won't affect our plans, just slightly increase the cost of camping. At 10 mpg and gas at $3.50 gal, it costs me .35 cents per mile to pull our trailer, versus .25 cents per mile when gas was at $2.50 gal. To me, that equates to $100 more for every 1,000 miles that I travel. A bit more of a cost, but not enough to change our plans, as we usually will take the TT to a state or national park, stay put and explore the surrounding area, and then return. With the many locations to visit in New Mexico and the southwest, we find lots of places to go both near and far.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:56 PM   #17
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We do most of our camping around home anyway. However, we are taking two long trips this year. We already had money set aside for the first one. As far as the second one, we plan on being gone for about a week and a half, and we plan on moving to a few different campgrounds. This isn't going to take place until October. So we are reserving our site to one this month. Then we will wait till next month to make another reservation to another campground and so forth. That way it spreads it out, and that's one less cost on the trip itself.

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Old 04-08-2011, 04:41 AM   #18
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I informed the wife of the same concerns. Then I thought about it for a while, If I leave the DW at home I'll save more than enough to cover the increased gas cost and even be able to get a few add on's for the camper too. What do ya think??? Good idea or bad? Havent told the DW yet. Thought I'd see what everyone else thought.
So what day will be your funeral? We all need to know ahead of time to plan for the fuel expenses.... it's inevitable if your wife sees this. LOL
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:35 AM   #19
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We are really blessed here in Ohio, there are a bunch of state parks, and private camp grounds in less than 2 hours from us. We try to stay close and have our favorites we visit each year. We still have new places to try, and will for a long time.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:38 AM   #20
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Flyrotor----------spit my coffee out laughing at your post ! Forgot I posted this.......shhhhhhhhhhhh she hasnt seen it yet !! Been looking at new campers, she's been wondering where the money's coming from.....have had the heart to tell her that its her !!

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