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bstar1952

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In the process of planning a trip next summer out to Glacier NP, Yellowstone and all the NPs in Utah. About 3800 miles, round trip, and at least 30 nights. So, I just read an article in Barrons predicting much higher gas prices after the election. It’s been a good run on low gas prices the last few years and we've got in a lot of great trips. I do remember the $3.75 - $4.50 a gallon price that was common 5-6 years ago and how that curtailed our travel to the point we could only afford to go a couple hundred miles. If prices raise to $5.00 a gallon, as being mentioned by other media, and campgrounds raising their rates as is happening, we are starting to question if we can afford to continue making long trips.
By the way, so far in my planning, campground nights will average $55. Of course some parks will be lower and some higher. With a near $4K just in gas and campground fees, probably looking at well over $6K for the trip. To get to the point of my post, wondering what other folks may be thinking about the cost of RVing these days? At what point does it get just too expensive?
Please, there is nothing political about my post and I hope comments can be civil. I also know the economics of RVing has been discussed here in the past and I’m not harping on high costs as they are what they are. Just wondering what/if folk’s concerns might be here in the present about the high cost of RVing.


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Ok, in keeping with not being political, I don't know why gas prices would be "much higher" after the election. You can save a ton of money equipping your rig to boondock instead of expensive and likely crowded campgrounds.

I have zero concerns about higher costs. I'm well-funded in retirement.

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In keeping with it not being "political", the OP should look back to see when the actual time of the highest fuel prices were. (Adjusted for inflation, it was closer to 14 years ago than the 5-6 years mentioned.

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6k seems like a high estimate. You can scrimp or splurge in an RV. If you need to scrimp then do that. If you want to splurge, do it.

I am far more concerned about actually getting a good spot to camp vs the cost.
I see no significant change in the price of fuel on the horizon. But then I am in CA where price of fuel is double until we get out of state.


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It’s your choice to pay an average of $55 per night for private RV parks, to always need full hookups and ignore boondocking as well as city, county, state and federal campgrounds at half that price or even lower. Further it’s your choice not to seek gasoline stations that allow dumping and fresh water with a fuel fill up at no additional charge.


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We are actually paying attention to covid 19 recommendations. Due to that we are saving now and will be in a great position to travel when we feel safe. The price of gas and campgrounds come with the lifestyle. Some days it costs less and some days it costs more.

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2oldman wrote:

Ok, in keeping with not being political, I don't know why gas prices would be "much higher" after the election. You can save a ton of money equipping your rig to boondock instead of expensive and likely crowded campgrounds.

I have zero concerns about higher costs. I'm well-funded in retirement.

I can't explain this without getting political. anybody watching the news and promises should be well informed however.
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Posted: 11/04/20 12:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV travel costs....memories made.....experiences/adventures had

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Airplane costs per person, car rentals/shuttles hotel/motel rooms (unknown elements...bed bugs, adult activities, dirty carpets/bed spreads, shower fungus etc)

I'll take the RV regardless.


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RVing as a whole is the exact opposite of a wise investment, you pay for enjoyment.

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Bumpyroad wrote:

I can't explain this without getting political. anybody watching the news and promises should be well informed however.
bumpy
He said it was in Barron's. That's not part of my news diet. Predicting the future is a very risky business, regardless of an election.

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