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Old 06-05-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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In 1973, an Airstream poll asked "How much will you be willing to pay for fuel, before you would quit Airstreaming?"

The answer, 35 years ago, was $5.00 per gallon.

How much would you be willing to pay for fuel today, before you would quit towing your Airstream?

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Old 06-05-2008, 11:08 AM   #2
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In 1973, an Airstream poll asked "How much will you be willing to pay for fuel, before you would quit Airstreaming?"

The answer, 35 years ago, was $5.00 per gallon.

How much would you be willing to pay for fuel today, before you would quit towing your Airstream?

Andy
Stop completely. I am not sure. Probably when I park the truck because it costs to much to use it. The airplane is coming close to that point.
The cost of fuel has seriously curtailed my travel plans.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:22 AM   #3
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We will continue to use our Caravel until the first year our annual expenses overtake our annual income, and there is else to change or cut.

Don't know just when that will be, but certainly not $5.00 per gallon. We will continue to plan our trips very carefully, and always buy gas at the cheapest price.

If everyone only bought gas from the lowest price seller, the others would have to lower their price in order to sell. Then the lowest priced guy would have to lower his price in order to remain the lowest priced guy, etc,etc,etc, until gas was at the lowest price it could be sold for. That's called competition. Buying from the high priced guy eliminates the need to compete, and allows the price to continue upward. Now the low priced guy can raise his price, allowiing the high priced guy to raise his, etc,etc,etc.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:28 AM   #4
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Beat to Death

Boy is this subject getting beat to death! There are no less than four other threads pertaining to fuel costs on the forum already. How about when starting a new thread folks should do a search first.
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I am trying to slow down my travel and make more stops along the way. Hoping to get a tank of gas to last a week or more, instead of filling up every day.
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My wife and I discussed this some recently. I'm ready to start looking for some land now to setup the Argosy for a somewhat permanent vacation spot. She's not ready yet.

But, $5 per gallon is about where I would draw the line.

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Old 06-05-2008, 02:04 PM   #7
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Ingrid has been stationary since her husband passed away more than 15 years ago. she "full times" 4 months a year in one place. Gas costs, excluding airfare, have no direct impact. she has absolutely no desire to live in any other environment other than her Airstream.

As for myself, I hope someday to go on the road. I hope it will be in an Airstream but current quality issues on new models has me more worried than the price of fuel. I also hope that the powers that be, take this time to take Airstream to what Wally would have built with the technology of today and the care of yesterday. To borrow a slogan, "Quality is job one".

My answer to the question would be that as long as the pleasure of Airstreaming exceeds the pain of the cost of fuel, I'll still do it.

Overall, I think most folks feel the same. It may make for less spontaneous traveling and a lot more planning but maybe that's not such a bad thing.
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Quit is pretty strong. We usually take a big trip once a year, this year it's 5500 miles, the increased cost of fuel had to be planned for, originally figured at 1450.00 now is 2030.00 but it is less than the cost of a round trip air ticket. On a 3 week vacation 600.00 is doable
I imagine future trips may not be as often or as long but it's some thing we love to do and will probably just budget for it (fuel) and go anyway.
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:47 PM   #9
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I decided to permanently park my Airstream at Land Yacht Harbor in Melbourne Florida and drive back and forth from Ohio several times a year and spend winters in Florida. My car gets 32MPG and this arrangement supports my budget nicely. I still am able to be around other fellow Airstreamers and enjoy the Airstream lifestyle.
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Much higher than $5.00/gal. We may shorten trips, but will NOT stay at home. I didn't finally retire at age 60 to stay home. We bought the airstream to use and enjoy.
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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?
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If it reaches $10 gallon we'll shorten our trips.

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It is sacrilege to permanently park an Airstream. These things were made to be in motion!
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$40 buck a gallon before I quit!

Andy makes an interesting point about folks back then versus today. Let's say gasoline was .50 cents a gallon 35 years ago. According to the mentioned poll folks in 1973 were willing to pay 10 times that or $5 bucks a gallon in order to continue Airstreaming. At $4 bucks a gallon today, using the same logic, would folks be willing to pay 10 times that or $40 bucks a gallon in order to continue pulling their Airstreams!?
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