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TomG2

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Posted: 11/07/20 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The prices are down because supply is greater than demand. No deal, green or otherwise involved. Just simple economics. One more lesson. It will change. Always does.

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Posted: 11/08/20 06:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

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

VS

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.


This is where we are. Anyone who buys and RV to save money made a wrong turn somewhere in the thought process. When it starts getting more expensive we will need adjust how/where/when we go.


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Posted: 11/08/20 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lifestyle. Passion. Convenience. Adventure. Joy.

I could come up with more, but I'd be boring you.

I remember the first time I visited Yellowstone, Arches and Zion, the Canyonlands of Southern Utah, the Grand Canyon... Not only was I in awe of the magnificent examples of Mother Nature's power, I felt like I was the first person to see it. It was one of the most powerful moments in my life, and for a while, I felt out of time... It was as if I were an explorer on the adventure of a lifetime, and I wanted more. Much more.

Each of us adjusts our lifestyle to do and have the things we want that make our lives worth living. For me, it's also about sharing that experience, an almost religious perspective on the power of my God, and his agent, Mother Nature, to provide me with experiences, in some ways, too magnificent for words to describe. But I knew in my heart, each time, that this was where I wanted - needed - to be. It felt like it was something I HAD to do. Thus, we find ways to make the lifestyle fit our budgets, that we may satisfy the passion in our lives to explore, to find peace, solitude, and joy in the time we have left.

Fuel cost? RV park cost? Maintenance? Everything else? Not especially important takeaways, compared to the benefits... saved a long time to reach a comfortable retirement, and, lucky for me, I reached that goal. And while Covid has limited my travels, this first year of retirement is but a peek into a future ripe with adventure, and the exploration of a land I've spent too little time getting to know better...

I can only hope my contemporaries find their RV lifestyles as fulfilling for them as it is for me...

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Posted: 11/08/20 08:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kellem wrote:

Illiteracy taking the forefront here, sorry.
Supply and demand controls fuel costs.

Doesn't matter who's in office, wow.



Bingo!

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Posted: 11/08/20 08:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Haven't read all seven pages yet.
To OP:
You need to figure your cost if you don't take the RV.
How much for airfare, rental cars, hotel rooms, no eating/drinking in the rv, you have to go out to a restaurant or bar, or eat in the hotel.

Now add that estimated cost and compare to estimated RV cost for the same trip.

Then, figure in the "comfort factor" of staying in your own bed.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I bought gas here today for $1.70, another place had it for $1.60. I may never see that again if all the green new deal works out. Never mind all my oil and fracking leases. Don’t look good folks.


Yes, this is what I fear may happen very soon. Delving into more research on the carbon tax scheme, which I don't fully understand, looks like I maybe should be just as worried about the cost of electric/natural gas for the house, propane and anything else dealing with fossil fuels. An uncertain economic future for sure, at least for us.


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obiwancanoli, well said!! And let me add to your terrific list -- when Covid clears up, you gotta see the Canadian Rockies.


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bstar1952 wrote:

ferndaleflyer wrote:

I bought gas here today for $1.70, another place had it for $1.60. I may never see that again if all the green new deal works out. Never mind all my oil and fracking leases. Don’t look good folks.


Yes, this is what I fear may happen very soon. Delving into more research on the carbon tax scheme, which I don't fully understand, looks like I maybe should be just as worried about the cost of electric/natural gas for the house, propane and anything else dealing with fossil fuels. An uncertain economic future for sure, at least for us.
Your scenarios may be on the wish list of a few politicians and Hollywood-types, but the promotion and passage of any laws, policies and regulations that actually significantly increased the costs of utilities and fuels would quickly be the demise of the politicians that implemented them. Same with things like raising the costs of Medicare, lowering Social Security benefits and changes to other legacy entitlements. Those items are referred to as "the third rail" because touching them will kill you politically.
You can probably expect some nibbling around the edges of Carbon based fuels, but wholesale changes aren't going to happen. The next elections in 2022 and 2024 hang over all the politicians heads like the Sword of Damocles. Rocking the boat is not in the best interests of those in power, and the collective those in power ALWAYS do what is in their best interests.

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Trying to stay non-political.

As I understand it, there will likely be a decrease or elimination of subsidies paid to the oil industry. While I don't really understand the eventual impact of reducing or eliminating these subsidies, I do know that generally speaking, when any business has an increase in operating costs, and subsequently a reduction in profit, the tendency is to pass those costs on to the consumer.

Add to that, the likelihood that corporate taxes will increase, and one can easily see where the cost of the goods impacted by these increases will themselves, increase.

So, while I do agree, supply and demand is a driver, and in my opinion, the biggest driver, I don't believe we can ignore the impact of increase COGS (Cost of Goods Sold) will have.

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Posted: 11/08/20 11:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Walaby wrote:

Trying to stay non-political.

As I understand it, there will likely be a decrease or elimination of subsidies paid to the oil industry. While I don't really understand the eventual impact of reducing or eliminating these subsidies, I do know that generally speaking, when any business has an increase in operating costs, and subsequently a reduction in profit, the tendency is to pass those costs on to the consumer.

Add to that, the likelihood that corporate taxes will increase, and one can easily see where the cost of the goods impacted by these increases will themselves, increase.

So, while I do agree, supply and demand is a driver, and in my opinion, the biggest driver, I don't believe we can ignore the impact of increase COGS (Cost of Goods Sold) will have.

Mike


Just the usual hype from the usual suspects to garner votes from those that think they are a victim. Read about the lies used to feed the "victims".

* This post was edited 11/08/20 01:42pm by Lynnmor *





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