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Old 06-05-2008, 05:25 PM   #15
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i'll vote for five, especially since i have access to lots of family with free parking, however, we have already cut back on some travel plans
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Old 06-05-2008, 05:31 PM   #16
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How much was the price of gasoline 35 years ago? Sorry, but I wasn't driving yet in those days. But it seems like an interesting ratio: the price 35 years ago vis-a-vis $5 bucks per gallon. Comparing the ratio then to today's ratio (current price vis-a-vis quite 'streaming price) would be quite revealing regarding how much we're willing to go today to continue 'streaming. Any economists out there?
Dang! 35 years ago, I was driving... Doesn't seem that long ago until you actually see it in writing... I can tell you though, $5 bought alot more then than it buys now...

Took a cross country road trip with a band I was in back then and remember paying $.24 a gallon in Salina, Kansas... gas war going on between 2 stations on opposite corners. Never paid more than 30 cents a gallon on the tour... matter of fact, I'm thinking our main concerns on that trip was the cost of beer... and other kinds of, uh... smokable products...
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:05 PM   #17
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I am 70 and retired. Lynn is 60 and retired. We say since we have not received any assurance that we will be able to enjoy our convertible and Trade Wind in the 'next' life we are going to keep on 'streaming'. We told our kids that we are deducting today's expenses from their inheritance. Our daughter's reply to that is, "That's okay, my brother and I are only expecting a whole lot of camping equipment anyway.
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:14 PM   #18
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An article on CNN today reports large amounts of farm diesel fuel is being stolen around Bakersfield, California. They think it's being sold to truckers. Wonder if there is going to be a fuel black market.

Diesel thieves wreak havoc on California farmers - CNN.com
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:38 PM   #19
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We camp in about a 3 hour radius these days, which is about 10-12 gallons of diesel one way, or about $100 for fuel at today's prices. That's about what we did, when we lived in Ohio, when diesel was a buck or two back then.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:53 PM   #20
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I just got back from WV went up and pulled back a Safari, diesel was right at 5$ a gallon. So it is already a reality for me. We will pull over to Elkmont campground this weekend to see the firefly show fule will cost about 70$ but we will have a great time with the grand kids. If fule gets to costly we will stay close to home but will continue to camp. Food prices are starting to hurt more than fule!
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How much was the price of gasoline 35 years ago? Sorry, but I wasn't driving yet in those days. But it seems like an interesting ratio: the price 35 years ago vis-a-vis $5 bucks per gallon. Comparing the ratio then to today's ratio (current price vis-a-vis quite 'streaming price) would be quite revealing regarding how much we're willing to go today to continue 'streaming. Any economists out there?
I have come to appreciate the way monocoque thinks. Just to put this in perspective. If you inflate $5 dollars a gallon for 35 years at just 3% you get $14 a gallon today. We kinda became spoiled over the 80s and 90s with the price of fuel and just need to be more thoughtful.

Personally, this year I will take more trips with the Airstream than ever. My kids are growing up and I really want to spend time with them. When you consider the cost of hotel and eating out every night taking the Airstream within 1,000 miles still makes sense. For instance, I am spending $64/night for a camp site in Fort Wilderness versus $200 for a hotel on property. Besides the savings, I get to take my dog and stay next to my parents and sister (sorry, in their SOBs).
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Dang! 35 years ago, I was driving... Doesn't seem that long ago until you actually see it in writing... I can tell you though, $5 bought alot more then than it buys now...

Took a cross country road trip with a band I was in back then and remember paying $.24 a gallon in Salina, Kansas... gas war going on between 2 stations on opposite corners. Never paid more than 30 cents a gallon on the tour... matter of fact, I'm thinking our main concerns on that trip was the cost of beer... and other kinds of, uh... smokable products...
Okay this is my 400th post so it better be a good one. So in those days at roughly .25 cents a gallon folks were willing to pay up to $5 bucks or 20 times more in gas! They must have really loved their Airstreams. And as Jaxon mentioned money bought a lot more than today.

So if today we had the same degree of love for our Airstreams or perhaps the smokable products and beer is missing we should be willing to pay 20 times the current $5 prices of fuel which would be an incredible $100 bucks a gallon before we give up!
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My first fill up was 24.9 at the Sunoco down the street, at the time I was making 1.35 an hour. So an hours work bought 5 gallons of gas.
Gas went up, but so did the paycheck. Now I can buy more than 5 gallons for an hours work.
Remember how much a hamburger, fries and a coke was in '68 ? .49 cents Now the same is 5 bucks
When I told my gson the ice cream cone that cost .25 then, 2.50 now, will cost him $25.00 when he buys one for his gson in 2048 he was a little wide eyed.

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Old 06-06-2008, 01:58 PM   #24
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If gas gets too expensive, I think I will park the AS in the driveway and paste photos of scenic camping places in the windows so that when I look out I can imagine I'm there. Yosemite one day and the Grand Tetons the next and never leave the driveway! I better start taking lots of photos now!
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As long as I have the ability to pay for the fuel and tow the trailer. I'll be on the road.
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:41 PM   #26
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Just read the other day that, in Turkey, the cost of fuel is almost $12 a gallon.
I'd say, for myself, at 15$ per gallon..
Still looking into veggie oil as a fuel alt. for the diesel.
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I don't know. But what's becoming apparent, and quite depressing, is the fact that from a financial point of view, RV'ing will no longer be possible for us after we retire. It isn't just the fuel costs, its everything else.
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Old 06-06-2008, 05:11 PM   #28
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Just read the other day that, in Turkey, the cost of fuel is almost $12 a gallon.
I'd say, for myself, at 15$ per gallon..
Still looking into veggie oil as a fuel alt. for the diesel.

Bio-diesel or veggie oil here. I am looking hard at the Canadian Smart Car as a daily driver... or maybe a small Honda or Toyota.

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