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Old 05-02-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Fuel Prices

We got a call from friends that they wanted to scrap the Alaska trip. I still wanted to go ,but Marti wants to wait safety in numbers. I guess the 15,500 mile trip would be tough on the Wallet. I had figured about $ 10,000 for fuel, but we were going for four months. I guess it's Plain to see who'z the Boss. We are planning a trip out west to Yellowstone, Bad Lands, and other places along the route.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:43 AM   #2
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You only live once! Go for it. Who knows what will happen in the mean time.

Is a few thousand dollars more really going to stop you from making the trip of a lifetime?
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:54 PM   #3
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I know you've guys have been looking forward to this trip for a while. I sorta have some regrets that we didn't follow through with our plans with that 3 month trip back east last month. But for us it was best in the long run as we have some pretty expensive travel plans set for fall. If you don't need to save for anything else, make that trip to Alaska. I've known several folks who have taken the journey in recent years by themselves and not only did well, but made some pretty neat memories!

Definitely, post pics when you go so the rest of us can vicariously enjoy the trip through you and Marti!
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:53 AM   #4
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We met with a load of friends from the Escappees club yesterday. I was suprised how many people were canceling there plans for traveling. The boss lady wants to do the western swing for the summer. I'm game for anything as long as we are rolling.
One person asked me about what I thought fuel would cost I budgeted $ 10,000 for just fuel. The other people thought that $ 4,000 was about right. I knew I am high but not that high. Well I guess we'll see next year as we are going with or without the other people. Good Lord willing and the Creek don't rise !!
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:49 AM   #5
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Yogi I can remember when I was 16 years old, dad let me use the family car but he said you must replace the gas you use well back then we had a big old buick and gas was $.29.9 per gallon so I put in $1.00 worth. Sunday I filled the truck 25 gallons @ 4.09 per gallon was $102., Filled the Honda Accord 15 gallons @ $4.09 was $61.00 and the sebring convertable 10 gallons @ $4.09 was $41.00, I filled the 5 gallon gas can for cutting grass was $21 total spent on gas $225.00 but I plan on spending 10k this summer on fuel for camping as well. Last summer we spent around $6500 for the summer.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:08 PM   #6
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I have wondered how many people have changed plans due to the fuel prices. Either not traveling as far or made other cost saving changes to compensate for the high fuel costs.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:49 PM   #7
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NEW POLL - Check it out!

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I have wondered how many people have changed plans due to the fuel prices. Either not traveling as far or made other cost saving changes to compensate for the high fuel costs.
Curiosity makes for great polls. Thanks Mustang. Check out your new poll!
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:38 PM   #8
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I remember once travelling to Assateague Island State Park in my old Flair motorhome. I missed my planned fuel stop and wound up stopping at a place closer to the park. I was steamed because I paid $1.63 a gallon when all the other places I passed were around $1.48. It ruined my day then, but it is funny now.

Fuel prices were part of our decision when we decided on the 17Z. Our goal was to go as light and lean as possible. Less time washing and waxing was an added bonus.

From time to time every RV'er needs to examine all the junk they take on the road. It is amazing how many things that merely go along for the ride, trip and trip, and are never used, needed or missed.

If possible think about buying some of the heavier grocery items at your destination. Charcoal, drinks and bear in mind no one should ever transport their own firewood (this is bad and often illegal). More weight burns more fuel.

Slow down, adjust your driving, try to minimize stops.

With a little planning, thought and a little conservation minded driving, you might increase your mpg. Even 1 mpg can really add up on a long trip.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:40 PM   #9
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Well you know, in recent years I was spending $4,000 a year for gas just to commute to work, and that was with a car that got 35 mpg. They way I figure it, now I don't do that commute, I can spend that much towing the TT, and have a lot more fun.
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Gas prices are a good excuse for cutting the grass less often.
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