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Old 03-14-2008, 10:43 AM   #1
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The price of fuel took another bump yesterday and I was forced to rethink the spring break trip to Big Bend National Park. Reluctantly I have concluded that although I could go I am better off not doing so. Instead, I will be staying at the local wildlife refuge with maybe a side trip somewhere more local.


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Old 03-14-2008, 10:51 AM   #2
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I discovered last week that it's much cheaper to fly out west, rent a car and stay in cheap hotels than to have a lovely leisurely tour in the Airstream. I'm either not going at all or I'm taking the Airstream

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Old 03-14-2008, 10:58 AM   #3
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I agree

we had a few long road trips planned for this Spring. With fuel prices GOING UP we have canceled all of them. I think it's going to be driveway camping this season or at very least nothing further than a take of gas round trip. At 13 mpg thats not very far.
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:59 AM   #4
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Me too

I have taken the A/S to Jackson/Yellowstone the two times I've been there.
This time we're flying in and renting a car. We got a good deal on nice lodging via an internet special and decided to do it. The flight was cheaper than I expected, maybe because it's in the "shoulder season" of October.
Altogether, it's not that much more than if we drove, and time off is an issue.

Fuel is starting to impact the way we travel, though it may not be curtailing all of it.

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Old 03-14-2008, 11:20 AM   #5
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We looked at this but it came down to what do we prefer to do, cut back on our camping or cut back on some of the other things we do like eating out through the week and several times on weekends.

The camping wins out hands down for us. There are so many advantages to getting out and doing some serious camping that it far outweighs anything else.

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Old 03-14-2008, 11:21 AM   #6
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50 mile radius camping

I've been amazed and pleased to notice how nice many Virginia State parks are, and I'm going to plan a "see Virginia First" vacation schedule this year. One of my favorites is Seashore State park, which is within the boundries of Virginia Beach. Literally 15 miles to work.

Perhaps we can all start to think of knowing places DEEPLY rather than driving THROUGH them.

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Old 03-14-2008, 11:49 AM   #7
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Gas prices, Yuk!


We haven't cancelled anything yet... but are likely to curtail long distance travel because of fuel prices. Yesterday here in Northern Calif. it was over $4 a gallon... 50 miles north in Oregon it was 40 cents a gallon cheaper! We usually buy our gas in Oregon. But prices don't seem to be going down.

We are lucky and have some very nice camping places less than a one hour drive from here, but we miss seeing some of our Airstream friends when we can't attend rallies, etc.

We too are cutting back on other goodies so we can still travel. It just seems if it isn't one thing, it is another. Between gas prices, heating costs and health care.... Ugh!

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Old 03-14-2008, 12:05 PM   #8
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I'll reply to a couple of the posts,

With or diesel and 34 or 36 gallons of fuel we still have the luxury of a 400 mile one-way range (two tanks) or a 200 mile radii round trip (one tank). Here in California that provides access to a huge number of parks in the desert, mountains, coast, etc. for camping although the penalty for the big tank is a $120 fillup.

Relative to cutting back elsewhere, I have always tried to keep my commuting and solo trips costs down. Although it hasn't been a primary or even a secondary reason, I have commuted to work for over 30 years on my BMW motorcycles at an average of 40 mpg or higher. Yes our SoCal weather made that more tolerable. Temperature is never the issue; I can stand leaving for work at 32 or 35 degrees/ The issue is rain but not very often. I typically won't leave the house for work if it is raining although my criteria is that looking like impending rain doesn't count, the drops must be falling. I have rain gear if it starts a mile or more after I leave the house.

We tend to not splurge for expensive dinners and purchases on our trips (the 2007 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Fall Vacation being the exception) and prefer to stay in county, state and national parks, national forests and BLM campgrounds which are typically cheaper than RV parks. When you start to look at the increased trip cost for fuel it usually is an acceptable difference.

We will still be on the road but likely cut our mileage a little.
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:37 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Motoman
Relative to cutting back elsewhere, I have always tried to keep my commuting and solo trips costs down.
Sounds like all your smaller compromises really add up to give you the ability to keep Airstreaming!
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:49 PM   #10
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Every year we take two trips to Ashland, OR (~300 miles away) to see the plays, and we stay for three or four days. So knowing we will be taking that trip either way, we always wonder if we should drive the van and trailer (13mpg), or take the sports car (25+ mpg) and stay in a hotel. If we stay more than a day, it always pays to take the trailer, even with gas prices as they are.

Personally, after not travelling last summer because of all the time we spent with Alki's cancer ordeal, I don't care how much the gas costs, this year we're getting out. I'd rather do without something else than not get out and relax a bit.

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Old 03-14-2008, 01:09 PM   #11
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Last year we put over 10k miles on the airstream with our biggest trip being one to Olympic np, then moving down the coast to include several other np's before returning home. After adding up the cost of fuel last year I doubt if we ever had a year like that again. We're just very fortunate to live where we do in Colorado in that we can plan so many short trips to np's and other great sites. Our big trip this year is to Yellowstone and that won't be much over 1000 miles. We're still debating a trip down rt 66 to Sedona and back, but it's unlikely with the price of fuel.
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:27 PM   #12
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Just remember that when your hour glass runs out of sand - you can't flip it over and get a redo. Go camping...!!
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:52 PM   #13
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Just remember that when your hour glass runs out of sand - you can't flip it over and get a redo.
How true! You never know what tomorrow may bring. Next year the price of fuel will probably be higher.

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Old 03-14-2008, 04:11 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again
Perhaps we can all start to think of knowing places DEEPLY rather than driving THROUGH them.

Time to get creative! Some of our best memories are when we "vacation" close to home ~ right in our own backyard. Doing all the things the tourists come to our area to do ~ guess it helps to have the Colorado Rocky Mountains in "our backyard"...but just about everywhere has local flavour & fun! When we were newly married and not able to vacation big, we would see how far we could make 50-bucks go...we made it an adventure, it was fun! Sometimes it's the little things in life ~

If you boondock - the camping is free so you can save your money to pay for the gas! Campsites around here can be $35-50+ per night...two or three nights is a tank of gas! And the scenery is better...


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