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Old 01-31-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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Looks like another expen$ive $ummer

Maybe worse than last year...

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Old 01-31-2008, 08:02 PM   #2
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Gas Prices

Gas prices really turn out to be a small part of our travel costs. Last year we did a loop of the Unoted States from NH, to Seattle down the coast and back through the SouthWest, covering some 8000 miles. This amounted to 1000 gallons, or about $3000 or about $100 a week. This was in our 7.5MPG motorhome.

This spring we'll be towing our trailer through Newfoundland and Labrador, some 4000 miles and I expect to use about 200 gallons or spend about $700 over 10 weeks.

If we stayed home I'm sure we spend about half this much so I figure travel while we can.

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Old 01-31-2008, 08:27 PM   #3
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The price of gas/fuel is one thing. I would never try to put a price on the experiences we're giving out kids. We have a 12 year old daughter and an (almost) 8 year old son. They talk about our camping trips and vacations more than the Disney vacations we've been on.

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:20 PM   #4
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I look at it this way, I bought my Truck and Truck Camper to go explore and enjoy camping . I figure I'll spend another $200 in gas versus last year to do the same trips I did last year . I look at it this way, if I worried about the price of gas too much, I wouldn't leave home even to go to work.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:31 AM   #5
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As much as I hate to say it, driving is a choice. A somewaht necessary choice, but one nonetheless.

There are so many ways to save a few bucks to make up for the rising cost of fuel that it really isn't THAT bad (YET).

I have made back the money I spent on my bicycle within the first 4 months of owning it last year (too cold now for bike riding) in fuel costs alone. I use my bike pretty much for anything I need to take care of around town (providing it fits in a backpack); and it's cheap entertainment too....

It's funny, our cable provider, Comcast, has an office just down the street from where we live- it's actually CHEAPER to mail the bill in than it is to drive there and back (but free on my bike). I think it's 3 miles round trip, the gas alone (not fuel or wear and tear) is $.60
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:36 AM   #6
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I agree that if you worry about prices of fuel, then you might as well sell the Sunline. Even if the cost of fuel doubled what it is now, we'd still be out here traveling. The memories and fun times we'll remember for the rest of our lives......Well you just cant put a price on that.

If we were to fly somewhere for a few weeks vacation, all in all, we'd spend the same amount if we were to drive there with the Sunline in tow. By the time you figure in airline costs and hotel expence, they always almot average out.

Just my two cents, or how we rationalize it to our ever thinning wallet...LOL


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