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GrandpaKip

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We are retired and travel is our main expense. We don’t eat out, go to movies or to bars, etc.
We go to state parks, COE campgrounds because the are usually the best for privacy and not being in a glorified parking lot. We don’t boondock. Been there, done that, don’t wanna do it anymore.
Since overseas travel is out for now, we use the camper a lot more.
I’m not worried about fuel costs. The US has gotten off cheap for years. There’s a reason Europeans don’t have big trucks or SUVs. The last car we rented was in Italy in 2019 and it got almost 60 MPG, converted from litres and KMs.
Like some say, it is what it is. We’re gonna go enjoy it as much as we can.


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GrandpaKip wrote:

We are retired and travel is our main expense. We don’t eat out, go to movies or to bars, etc.
We go to state parks, COE campgrounds because the are usually the best for privacy and not being in a glorified parking lot. We don’t boondock. Been there, done that, don’t wanna do it anymore.
Since overseas travel is out for now, we use the camper a lot more.
I’m not worried about fuel costs. The US has gotten off cheap for years. There’s a reason Europeans don’t have big trucks or SUVs. The last car we rented was in Italy in 2019 and it got almost 60 MPG, converted from litres and KMs.
Like some say, it is what it is. We’re gonna go enjoy it as much as we can.
Fuel prices are way down the list as to reasons Europeans don't have large SUVs and Trucks. The fact that almost the entire infrastructure of the continent makes operating a large vehicle impractical to impossible is a much greater reason.
The roads in many towns were laid out by Ben Hur and his associates. They are barely wide enough for a horse and chariot, much less a one ton dually. Parking that truck would be impossible anywhere near the city centers of most European cities. Many Europeans have plenty disposable income to enable them to buy the fuel if they actually wanted and had huge vehicles. Bicycles, scooters, micro cars and public transportation are the commuter vehicles of choice in vast parts of Europe. Big vehicles just aren't a part of their DNA.

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Simply put, this lifestyle is just that - a lifestyle. Even without gas prices going up, maintenance is costly. It's not an inexpensive hobby or life choice. We do it because we love it. It's that old Oscar Wilde quote of knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing.


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Wife and I are retired and have had 5 tropical trips canceled in the past year which includes a late 2021 March trip.

With all 5 trips being refunded, camping will be free for several years and that is exactly what we plan to do with every penny.

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wapiticountry wrote:

Fuel prices are way down the list as to reasons Europeans don't have large SUVs and Trucks. The fact that almost the entire infrastructure of the continent makes operating a large vehicle impractical to impossible is a much greater reason.
The roads in many towns were laid out by Ben Hur and his associates. They are barely wide enough for a horse and chariot, much less a one ton dually. Parking that truck would be impossible anywhere near the city centers of most European cities. Many Europeans have plenty disposable income to enable them to buy the fuel if they actually wanted and had huge vehicles. Bicycles, scooters, micro cars and public transportation are the commuter vehicles of choice in vast parts of Europe. Big vehicles just aren't a part of their DNA.


In addition to fuel prices, they have other taxes, fees and rules that make it very expensive to own larger vehicles.

While there are exceptions, really not that much more difficult than driving a truck around a major US city (we've done plenty of driving in Europe including a full size camper van)...not convenient but if the garbage trucks and other work trucks get around, so can your full size pickup.

If you look at city dwellers in the USA, you will also find far fewer own full size pickups also.


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I do not believe you can compare RVing to any other method of vacationing. In general it is a slower paced, just a bit cheaper, and to some more enjoyable.

Coming from a canoe and tent vacation background, a TT is the lap of luxury. We often travel for weeks at a time and are just as satisfied with a couple of days with no hook-ups as a full featured KOA.

I always advise folks to rent an RV before you buy; to see if you like the experience.


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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.


Ditto that... been doing just that, having recently added 4 Lithium batteries, a new higher capacity Solar Controller, and next come adding to the Solar bank with a few more panels...

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obiwancanoli wrote:

Ditto that... been doing just that, having recently added 4 Lithium batteries, a new higher capacity Solar Controller, and next come adding to the Solar bank with a few more panels...
Excellent. Yeah, the infrastructure costs are substantial, but the payoff is immense.

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ReneeG wrote:

We do it because we love it. It's that old Oscar Wilde quote of knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing.
I like that one too. Pay more attention to the product you're buying than what it costs. Unfortunately, that's the extent of some people's research.

* This post was edited 11/07/20 07:33am by 2oldman *

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valhalla360 wrote:

wanderingaimlessly wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:



As it looks like now, the Federal Govt is likely to be in a stalemate for at least a couple years. If Biden takes the Presidency and the Republicans keep the Senate (as it appears now), expect a whole lot of nothing to happen. (sorry this is a close to a-political as you can get based on your political twist on the question).

Now let's say it's a worst case scenario and gas is $5/gal.
- 3800miles at 10mpg is 380 gallons or about $1900. Round it up to $2000 for some local site seeing.
- Even at $2.50/gal, that's only a $1000 difference. Since you are heading out west where boondocking is a lot easier, you can make most of that up with 10-15 boondocking nights. Plus $55/n not being cost conscious. We just ran southern Wyoming thru Utah to Vegas...and our worst price was $35/n with most nights in the $20-25/n range.

All this concern while buying $60,000 trucks and $30,000 trailers...

So nope, I'm not really worried about costs of gas and RV parks suddenly getting out of control.


I hope your right, but with the concessions to the New Green Deal, Gas WILL go up, even if the laws dont change. As was done in the prior administration, executive orders, and additional regulations will be the drivers, raising the cost with zero benefit to anyone but the Government. Who as always will find ways to benefit from the taxes.


You'll get some changes but far less than if one party or the other controlled both branches. The New Green Deal is dead in the water without both branches under one control.

Gas prices probably will go up...inflation adjusted, gas is dirt cheap right now but short of the economy roaring back, I don't see it going up more than $1/gal during the next year and it could just as easily go back down that much if the current situation drags on.


As one party has stated it will destroy the Energy sector. All he needs is executive orders to do it. And to stop drilling as his leader did 8 years ago. Which he has promised to do.


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