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View Poll Results: How will high fuel prices affect your RV plans? multiple choice
None whatsoever, I will do what I want regardless 91 40.09%
I will camp closer to home 58 25.55%
I will go where I want, but spend less on other things 49 21.59%
I will go less often 24 10.57%
I will drive slower and easier to save fuel 56 24.67%
I will buy a more fuel efficient TV 1 0.44%
I`m rich, who cares about fuel prices? 1 0.44%
I`m broke, not going anywhere 2 0.88%
I will stay longer in one spot, but camp just as often 23 10.13%
Other- please explain in thread 9 3.96%
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:41 AM   #1
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High fuel prices poll-

With fuel prices forecast to be absurdly high this Summer, how will it affect your RV plans?

Please vote and feel free to reply on the issue

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Old 02-23-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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I can't believe I was the first to vote. I drive slow already, but this is the only option that really fit. Maybe even slower will be better?


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Old 02-23-2012, 09:16 AM   #3
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I voted "Other".

It depends. We'll evaluate current fuel prices, where we want to go, how much we want to go there, and how much money is available.

It's the incremental cost of higher fuel prices that for us is the consideration. I've been paying $3.80 per gallon or so for diesel for quite a while. A trip requiring $500 of fuel at $3.80 per gallon would cost $634 at $4.80 per gallon. Is the trip worth the extra cost? Maybe.

High fuel prices do remind me to vote in November. Actually, I don't need another reminder; voting day has been marked in my calendar for several years.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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There's some good tips here. I have been doing this stuff for years out of habit but it always amazes me when I riding with someone who will continue to press the gas pedal as the taillights in front of them are all coming on.

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:46 AM   #5
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I've been planning a South Carolina trip for a little while now. Today I started my calculations for fuel. I like to calculate high so I high and I calculate my fuel mileage low and I begin to budget NOW so I can save for the fuel cost.

Is it going to cost more, well yes, but if I just start saving more now I can compensate for that and have less of an actual impact.

FYI, I am calculating at $5.00 / gal average Diesel in July (hoping it'll be less in the south) and 10 mpg (although I get about 14 towing)
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:51 AM   #6
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When I go somewhere this summer I will stay longer and probably explore my home province more... Not going to plan any 1000 + mile trips this year...
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:15 AM   #7
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i answered 'Other' and mean that our group is going to the UP in Michigan but then we will stay at 6 different campgrounds instead of coming home and going back to the area later in the year.

We are not staying longer at one campground but putting several trips together and only driving to the area once.

This has been our policy for a couple of years and is not changing.

If the cost of gas goes up $1 and we drive 1000 miles a summer at 10MPG it will only cost $100 more for the entire year. Not a dealbreaker for any of us.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #8
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Since this out first camper, we have't gone too far away from town (we're still in the trial-and-error phase). And since there are several CG's in less than 100 miles that we haven't been to yet, we have good 'local' exploring to do.
I may slow a bit on the highway, backing down to 55 vs 60mph (dosen't matter anyway, if you're driving 60 you're making people mad regardless) might help with the mpg a tad. Not that my mpg's are horrible to begin with, but pulling our pup loaded as usual, the Jeep averages 17 mpg.
What this boils down to is the price in fuel will not stop us from camping. Period.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:10 PM   #9
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We are planning on staying close to home (2-3 hours away) to get used to the new tt since it is our first. In october though we do have a trip planned to go to Nashville, Tn, which will be about 1100 miles roundtrip for us. Probably going to stay for 4 or 5 nights since this will be our long trip.
We just decided that gas prices are not going to deter us from getting away camping or otherwise.
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:31 PM   #10
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Voted, Other. Plans have already been made along with Reservations so just will have to suck it up this year. Might make a difference next year if prices are still up there

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