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Old 05-22-2008, 11:01 AM   #15
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California State Parks report reservations for first 5 months of 2008 up %200.
Fuel costs Appear to not be keeping folks home.
Then again maybe Californians are staying close to home.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:46 PM   #16
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California State Parks report reservations for first 5 months of 2008 up %200.
Fuel costs Appear to not be keeping folks home.
Then again maybe Californians are staying close to home.
I'm thinking maybe people are staying closer to home, and using their RVs instead of motels. Motel owners are really going to get hammered over the higher fuel prices.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:47 PM   #17
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Right now regular pump your own is anywhere between $4.11 and $4.39 here. I consider that a bargin compared to what we all will be paying come July. Are we changing our AS plans, I don't think so. In fact it seems we keep adding additional trips everytime our WBCCI New England Unit newsletter comes out. As of today we have five rallies we are signed up for and that equals close to 3,000 miles of towing not counting the two nighters at local camp grounds we like to do on on rally weekends. We had originally planned on about $1,600 for gas for the season but that is changing everyday. Two round trip tickets business class from CT to CA is more than that so we are still way ahead of the curve.
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:29 PM   #18
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Wow

Donna & I made the decision a long time ago to work near home. Not the most lucrative decision for our careers. Could have made more salary if we had wanted to spend a couple of hours in traffic a day. Seems like our proverbial chickens are comning home to roost. We could both bycycle to work if we had to give up driving. However, even with high gas prices, we will still be saving money and having more fun with our twink. Tempe to Yellowstone and back with our own kitchen and bathroom? - priceless!
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:47 PM   #19
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High prices are causing me to budget my dreams. While I would like to go to Bozeman and the trip itself is no problem there is the matter of a 3400 mile round trip. Add the high cost rally fee and considering it is the busiest, hottest, most expensive time of the year to travel, I begin to consider all the many alternatives that might render more of the fun factor at the same or even lower cost. Even if we went in Fall to catch the great weather, the autumn colors and have more elbow room, for instance, we could stay an entire month at the Missoula Jellystone, a top rated RV park with full hook-ups and amenities for what the rally fee is with limited facilities and be located right in between Glacier Park and Yellowstone. So I am pretty certain the 4th of July International is a no-go for us until it's back towards this part of the country next year in Madison Wisconsin. I went to the Salem Oregon International and it cost dearly even back then. That may have been my one grand hurrah in fact, or at least until I feel confident that an expense of that magnitude is justified for the event. But it was a milestone for me and as such driving solo was an experience of a lifetime, that I would not take back for anything.

Getting out and traveling to new places is what I enjoy the most. So with fuel prices now, I am thinking that if I drive less and stay longer I will still enjoy myself but get more bang for the buck, though I wish my radius was near Oregon, California, Utah, or Wyoming! No more crossing country on just a whim or a dare though, I will enjoy more leisure and comfort. It may stream through the air, but it also makes a rather nice vacation cabin too.
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:55 PM   #20
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I just got home today from a five week trip to Nebraska and Colorado to visit family. We debated about the advisability of going due to fuel costs but the "clock is ticking" and someday in the near future I'll not be able to do these trips (I'm 73 next month).

I do try to be more careful with my speed, more intelligent with my planning, etc. When we started, I determined to hold my speed to 2000 rpm (57 mph). I think it paid off. For the entire trip (a lot of miles in the mountains) I used 209.6 gallons of diesel at a cost of $913.10, which is 26.4 cents per mile.

My best towing mpg was the leg from Laramie, Wyoming to Grand Island, Nebraska; 20 gallons even for 412 miles, or 17.9 mpg. Lowest mpg was Boise to Cokeville, Wyoming-- 355 miles on 23.3, or 15.2 mpg. I paid a low of $4.00 on April 22, and a high of $4.90 on May 24 at Craig, Colorado.

We're already debating about whether or not to go for our normal fall trip to see the kids. We'll watch the trends, but as I said, the clock is ticking on this old man! I don't want to be sitting in my dottage with regrets! I haven't compared my total cost of camp fees, groceries, etc. with motel and restaurant costs. I know I still save a considerable amount, plus I prefer my wife's cooking and the privacy of my Airstream.

I made the trip with no mechanical problems at all and no driving problems. I just hope I will have the good sense to know when I no longer should be towing, due to advanced age.

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Is this changing anyones Airstream adventures this summer or ownership plans?
Nope and we're buying diesel.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:27 AM   #25
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So far for 2008 we have been out a total of 50 days on the road with the Airstream, starting out from Michigan just before New Years and staying in Arkansas, Santa Rosa Beach Florida, Saint George Island and Sweet Water Tennesee. That trip was 27 days. Then a quickie for several days in the snow and ice of the Upper Penninsula of Michigan at Taquamenon Falls in March. And most recently 19 days out in April and May on a trip to Grand Lake Saint Mary and the Hocking Hills area of Ohio. We will be traveling much more this year but we will be focussing on making our miles count.
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I have friends who cancelled a trip earlier this year because gas hit $3.09. Now with prices at $3.99 they look back at that price as a bargain.

Travel now. It's only going to be more expensive tomorrow.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:48 AM   #27
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I'll tell you this. I'm sure glad we didn't sell our VW Eurovan Weekender. Even though we have the AS, we've gone out a few times last year and are planning a to go out a few times this year with a group of friends that we meet up with and between all of us, we set up a tent city, have lots of great food, drink, fun.

Boondocking like we used to do. It is nice to leave the AS at home once in a while and travel with just the camper van and nothing in tow. At night, I forgot just how interesting the sounds are. Something you can't hear in an enclosed camper.

And to not have to burn all that petrolium and line the pockets of the evil a**h***s at the oil companies.

As it stands now, we did Memorial day weekend in the AS, but stayed within 100 miles from home. Sometime in the next month we have a little over a week off, so we will be taking the AS, but staying at an Army Corp campground somewhere along the Miss. River. Very reasonable. In Sept. we have some more time off, take the AS someplace close by. And then our group thing with the Eurovan.

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Old 06-06-2008, 12:47 AM   #28
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Yes, $4/gal gas will affect my travel plans... I will travel more in the US, less in my home Canada. Our gas is frighteningly close to $1.50/litre, there are about 4 litres in a gallon. ERK! My heart hurts! You Americans are lucky with your cheap gas!
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