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Old 02-26-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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Question Rising Gas Prices... how will it affect you?

I've been watching a thread on another forum about the effect of rising gas costs on RV travel this year. How will it affect your travel plans? Anything change?

Here's some info from RVIA that is very interesting:
February 16, 2012
RVIA Offers Data to Address Fuel Price Questions

With gas prices once again on the rise, RVIA has collected positive data and RV travel savings information to use in responding to media questions that may be asked of industry spokespeople in the coming months. With the approach of the spring and summer travel seasons, these facts are also suitable for use in consumer marketing communications.

RVIA updates this information on a regular basis. Please visit The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association: RVIA Main Site Home for the latest version.

• RV travel is a great value. The PKF Vacation Cost comparison study shows that a family of four can save 23-to-59% on vacation costs depending on the type of trip and type of RV used. A two-person travel party (the typical empty-nest couple) would save 11-to-46%.

• More than 80% of RVers say their RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation, even when fuel prices rise.

• Many RV owning families take frequent mini-vacations in their RVs. 63% spent five or more weekends in their RVs last spring/summer.

• When fuel prices rise, RVers adjust by traveling to destinations closer to home, driving fewer miles, and staying longer in one place, according to surveys of RV owners conducted by RVIA and CVENT, a leading provider of online surveys and research technology.

• To save on fuel, RVers typically spend more time enjoying the campground experience and less time on the road. More than 16,000 campgrounds nationwide give RVers the flexibility to save fuel and cut costs by staying closer to home. Whether they travel five miles or 500, they can still enjoy a great outdoor experience.

• Fuel prices would need to more than double from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel, according to PKF Consulting. PKF’s spring 2011 vacation cost comparison study shows that RV trips remain the most affordable way for a family to travel because of the significant savings on air, hotel and restaurant costs, which continue to rise.

• Fluctuating fuel prices affect the cost of all modes of travel and transportation. Airfares and hotel rates rise rapidly when fuel costs increase.

Many RV owners surveyed take additional measures to reduce fuel consumption through simple steps like driving 55 instead of 65 miles per hour, packing lighter to reduce weight in the RV, and turning off home utilities to save energy when traveling. RVers travel at a leisurely pace with no tight schedules for flights, hotels or restaurants.

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I also saw that GoRVing added this section to their web site addressing similar issues -- check it out:
Fuel Saving Tips | Go RVing
(I'm particularly fond of the RV they used in the photo!)

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Old 02-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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We are fortunate to live close by many campgrounds. We actually do at least 95% of our camping within 20 minutes of our house.
We do like to take 2 or 3 trips within 200 miles, depending mainly on our work schedules.
If gas continues to rise we may limit that to just 1 trip, maybe none at all, but we'll still take plenty of weekend trips out to our local SP.


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Old 02-26-2012, 11:07 AM   #3
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We were going to make the trek from Ar to Pa but have changed our minds and are going to spend a week around 100 miles away and then pack it up and move it to another park in Ar about the same distance. Ar is a beautiuful state and we like camping here.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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To start with I ALWAYS figure gas prices at $5.00 a gallon that way we have a little extra just in case, you never know what you will come up against. Second I cut down on the mementos we buy. I can usually find ways to find the extra money to camp.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #5
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For many of us it comes down to budget. I'm on a modest income so planning is important. As long I made good financial decisions RVing is a good option. It all comes down to choices we make and "living within our means".

The key for me is creating a budget to work with. Without a budget there is less control over expenses and usually end up spending more money. I really strike to live within my means as I have not already done so in the past.

There can be choices in RVing: reducing driving speed, packing liter, local campgrounds, longer stays, planning, etc... I had a history of not sticking to the plan after setting up camp and ended heading out into town for a early dinner. Now I've learned not to arrive at camp hungry and to bring along a quick but really good lite lunch. First night dinner plans are very simple like heating my favorite homemade vegetable soup or making a BLT sandwich with pre-cooked bacon.

I make good use of the local campgrounds here in Southern California. Shorter driving times are a plus too.
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 02-26-2012, 11:39 AM   #6
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It was going to be a new trailer and camping. Now, the camping wins. I'm not going to replace a 4 year old trailer in June for another one that I'm not going to know all of the small things that can and will go wrong. I can have the same problems with my 4 year old trailer and not spend the difference of $20K to start over. I think I will like the $20K in my bank account more than I will like replacing my Puma.

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Old 02-26-2012, 12:56 PM   #7
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first..we have to go 1,100 back to michigan at the end of March...I doubt that we will do much camping this spring,summer, save towards returning to St. Augustine,Fl next year for 3 months ...
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Running a mechanical "old school" diesel I'm able to blend 5:1 ratio of diesel with used motor oil to cut down on fuel costs. Also, in the summer months I run 100% Bio-fuel that a friend makes from frier oil. I "donate" $2.00 a gallon to him for the cause. Just one of the many reasons I will hang on to my old truck and stay away from a gasser.
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Rising Fuel Prices

Vacation for us is a mental health break. We have or intend to book 40+ days this year. We will find some other ways to save a few bucks, not from our vacation. The distance we are traveling will not change, some close due to available time, others far where there are few people.

We are fortunate to be able to do these things. I hope that my TV holds together. That is the only thing that will derail our plans. We always look for the best fuel prices prior to leaving by checking on the web.


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