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Old 03-14-2008, 07:46 PM   #1
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Gasoline IS STILL CHEAP for Rockdocking

I am hearing from friends with trailers that the summer potential of $4.00 a gallon for gasoline is going to put them in their yards, raking the grass and pulling weeds...

There ARE benefits from higher gasoline prices:

(1) Fewer people on the highways.
(2) More deals at RV Parks with fewer customers
(3) More spaces to be found in popular National Forest camp grounds
(4) National Park traffic will be reduced... at first
(5) Nobody camped on BLM or National Forest "Rockdocking" country

Savings using your Airstream:

(1) No hotel or motel expenses
(2) No car rental expenses and GASOLINE
(3) No airplane tickets and surcharges, standing in lines
(4) No boarding for your pets
(5) No home air conditioning, cooking, water or other utility use
(6) No depreciation of your AS just sitting at the storage park

When you calculate your expenses of traveling without a trailer and with a trailer, you will be surprised at the savings using your trailer. I have learned several excellent points for my Rockdocking back country adventures.

Rockdocking Savings:

(1) Plan in advance your route from A to point B to point C, etc.
(2) Do NOT haul a full fresh water tank until near destination
(3) Sort out the excess weight not needed for THIS TRIP
(4) Adjust your tire pressure to maximum rolling pressures
(5) Driving UP costs for fuel. Returning DOWN saves fuel mileage.
(6) Prepare your own meals versus dining out (if you are so lucky)
(7) Life is too short. Make the best of your health. NOW!
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:05 PM   #2
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All great point! We will be out camping this spring and summer!
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Good points, perspective and post.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:19 PM   #4
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:16 PM   #5
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While I like the point you make and your way of thinking, high gas prices have not deterred anyone here locally from a recent poll in the city. It may however have a greater effect on other trailering familes.

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Old 03-14-2008, 09:47 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ray Eklund
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There ARE benefits from higher gasoline prices:
(1) Fewer people on the highways.
(2) More deals at RV Parks with fewer customers
(3) More spaces to be found in popular National Forest camp grounds
(4) National Park traffic will be reduced... at first
(5) Nobody camped on BLM or National Forest "Rockdocking" country
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Actually, what we're seeing is not a reduction in customers, but rather a shift: Folks who used to drive past "us" (meaning: New Mexico) to go to points well beyond now stop short; and folks who used to stay just a couple of days and then move on are asking to stay longer.

My suspicion is that the real impact will be on campgrounds at the end of the line, so to speak: Places like Alaska, heretofore visited by folks from Canada and the lower 48, will see the drop.

For us, well, we'll pretty much do the same as everybody else: Tighten the belt a bit, don't plan to go quite as far, move around a bit less. But stop traveling? No way!


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Old 03-15-2008, 12:35 AM   #7
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Over the past few years we've seen a reduction in the number of campers in some of the destination campgrounds. Door County Wisconsin was one locale where it was difficult to get into some of the private campgrounds during the fall. I've seen almost a 50% reduction in the number of sites occupied in September.

I've seen the same thing in Branson also where the fall festival at Silver Dollar City used to fill the nearby campgrounds. It was not unusual to find my favorite campground completely booked solid over the early October weekends. Again finding the last few years anywhere from 40-60% of the campground empty.

Many of you remember the Branson rally last fall where those of us with Good Sam cards got $15 full hookup sites. I think a lot of the campgrounds are hurting and the occupancy rate and discounted sites are good indications that folks have cut back on some destinations.

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Over the past couple of months, we have planned, singed up and paid the CG fees for the trips we are taking. One for a commitment to get out and enjoy life and secondary to lessen the blow when the date arrives. Need only groceries and fuel expenses.

It may be time or very likely past due to let our government officials know of our growing displeasure. On top of the oil companies the Fed is making a killin in taxs....
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Excellent post. I figure if I stayed out for 80 days to cover southern california from michigan doing the planes hotels and rental cars alongside the cost and health factors of eating out daily, the savings is about 100.00/ day. To be honest burning e85 helped big time as well. I traveled like the above for 20 years to get home for the family. Now, I do the trips, get them over and come home. I hate planes, hotels and most restaurants. Is it perfect? No, but I will not go back.
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Don't jump the gun too soon!

With the advent of the mass media and the Interrnet there are a lot of scams out there.

The Stock Market has always been based on the investers perception of the stock in mind. Everyone realizes that they will never be able to sell the stock of a bankrupt company, and they also realize that there may be no advance warning of a failing company.

We are bombarded daily on the dangers or benefits of this and that. Like Oats, Fats, lead in fish, ect. I worked for more than thirty years in a building where the asbestos floated through the air and had to be dusted off the equipment each morning. Yet, I know of no one with Mezotheleoma. It seams that brake pad workers and the like have all the problems. I could mention some really big scams, but the true believers get very upset when you expose them.

The stock market is down and the investers that would usually put their money in stocks have switched to Oil Futures. They have driven the price up and up. I don't think it will last. Many people and companies are cutting back and I think it will crash and they will lose a lot of money in the long run. At least I hope so.

It was just two years ago when gas reached $3.00 a gallon and then plumeted and I was able to fill my bulk tank for $2.17 a gallon in the Spring. Right now all the attention paid to it is keeping it going. I think that it will eventually drop back to acceptable levels.

I guess what I am saying is, don't cancel your Summer plans just yet if you don't have to.
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I have both a Prius and, as the TV, an Expedition. One gets 10MPG towing and the other about 48MPG on average. We are planning a 4,000 mile, 20 to 30 day trip this Spring. I did some quick calculations comparing the Expedition with the Airstream against the Prius and hotels for a cost comparision.

Not even close. The Expedition/Airstream is way less expensive for this trip. Cost of hotels and food more than make up the difference on cost of gas. And this with the assumption no boondocking.

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado gasoline $$$

Driving east on I-70 through Colorado to our home in Roxborough Park, Colorado was a double event on May 26, 2008...

Crossing Colorado on an Interstate Highway 70 was event #1 with minor snow flurries, drizzle and fog.

Event #2 was the price of regular unleaded at the Conoco gas station in Glenwood Springs, Colorado... $4.17 for the Memorial Day Fuel Shortage in America Celebration. Thank you Glenwood Springs. I will remember your opportunity to stick it to American holiday drivers in the future...
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Hmm, $4.17 - that's every day out here...
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Here is an interesting link I got by email.
It talks about buying an RV in the current market, and how you may actually save money by doing so. Interesting perspective.
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