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RV Usage/Mileage
How many days do you use your RV per year?
30 days or less. [ 67 ] ** [22.48%]
31-60 days. [ 80 ] ** [26.85%]
61-100 days. [ 52 ] ** [17.45%]
101-200 days. [ 35 ] ** [11.74%]
Over 200 days. [ 64 ] ** [21.48%]
How many miles per year do you drive your RV?
Under 5,000 miles. [ 112 ] ** [37.58%]
5001-10,000 miles. [ 120 ] ** [40.27%]
10,001-15,000 miles. [ 44 ] ** [14.77%]
15,001-20,000 miles. [ 16 ] ** [5.37%]
Over 20,000 miles. [ 6 ] ** [2.01%]
Have you reduce your annual usage and/or mileage due to rising fuel prices?
Yes. [ 87 ] ** [29.19%]
No. [ 203 ] ** [68.12%]
Changes due to other than fuel costs. [ 8 ] ** [2.68%]
Total Votes: 894
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Jerry S
post Jun 4 2012, 08:39 PM
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John,

Thanks. Unfortunately, I am still in "limbo" as far as whether or not I will be travelling this summer. I will be driving a car for the first time in almost 2 months to get to my next doctor's appointment on Thursday which may or may not lead to some answers. Most likely, it will be a "let's give it a couple more weeks". That's better than "surgery is your only option".
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post Jul 7 2012, 10:49 PM
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Just an update if anyone cares. Physically, we are well enough (but just barely) to hit the road. Unfortunately, we have to be back home the first week of August for a followup doctor appointment with an eye specialist. My better half has been having vision problems in the right eye diagnosed as a swollen optic nerve. It is supposed to heal itself in 4-6 weeks but whether or not the vision will return to normal is questionable. I've recovered enough to handle the trip, but still see surgical repair (tendon re-attachment) in my future.

So, we are leaving tomorrow and will do a mini-version of last summer's IN, OH, MI, WI, MN trip. Most of this trip will be MI (both lower and upper pennisulas). We do plan on hitting some RV parks we have never been to and several we have been to before and enjoyed. We are planning on 3 weeks and may stretch it to 4. That will get us home 2 days before the next medical appointment. Then, who knows?

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Jerry S
post Aug 17 2012, 08:31 PM
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We managed to be on the road for the full 4 weeks. We barely broke 2,000 miles and, at a typical price of about $3.50/gal. for most of the trip and just under 10mpg, we spent a little over $700 for gas. Our last 2 top offs were $3.70 near Madison and a bit over $4 just over the WI/IL state line in IL. We normally fill up in WI but there was road construction on I90/94 that closed the last exit in WI. Cost me an extra $2-3 for a 10 gallon top off.

With OK medical news (eye is stable - no better, no worse), we will be heading out again this Sunday for as much as 4 weeks again. Our next medical appointments are 9/18, 20, and 28). If it looks like the oppresive heat will not be retuning to the northern plains (SD and ND), we may go as far as the Black Hills and maybe WY. Otherwise we'll just bum around MN and maybe head back over to the UP of MI before coming home mid-September.

It's hard to believe that the family traveling/vacation season is almost over. Some kids are already back in school and most start before Labor Day now.
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post Sep 16 2012, 04:57 PM
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QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Aug 17 2012, 08:31 PM) *

Some kids are already back in school and most start before Labor Day now.


Hi, Jerry - Glad to read that health-wise things are working out well for your family. You know, though, this is when the traveling/vacation seasons starts for some of us smile.gif



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post Sep 16 2012, 05:59 PM
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Just an insite.. The date of GandJ & Jerry S. post is showing the 17th. My date shows the 16th Sunday and the time here in Vermont is 6:58pm...

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post Sep 16 2012, 06:25 PM
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I was mistaken in what I said so I have removed my post so that I don't confuse everyone else.
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post Sep 16 2012, 08:03 PM
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My bad. Actually my post is a month after Jerry's because I didn't see his update 'til now. Maybe we can have a comprehensive "On the Mend" thread for site members' health updates so they won't get overlooked or buried in posts about other subjects? Just a thought...


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Jerry S
post Sep 16 2012, 08:47 PM
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OK, let's get this straight before everybody gets confused:

My last post was dated August 17th.
GandJ responded to it on September 16th.
TXBobcat thought both posts were September 17 which isn't here for a few hours.
Texasrvers thought both my and Gand J 's posts were from August - not so.

As for the idea of a "healing" thread, I started this thread years ago and I have been using it as a my own "update" thread for my travels as they relate to the gas cost of traveling. It just happens that this year my travelling and thus total mileage, has been significantly reduced by medical issues. Prior to this year, I haven't had a year with my RV mileage under 12,000 since my retirement over 15 years ago. Before the prices started to go nuts 10+ years ago, my yearly average was over 18,000 miles a year. The two trips I have managed to take so far this year have totalled a measly 5,500 miles - half what I normally have by this point in the year. If the medical appointments of the next 2 weeks go well enough, we may try to get a third trip in but I doubt that it will, at most, be enough to get us over 10,000 miles for the year.
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post Sep 16 2012, 10:05 PM
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I am so glad Jerry has the eyesight to see what the dates really were and the brainpower to explain it to the rest of us! biggrin.gif
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Jerry S
post Sep 16 2012, 10:42 PM
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Hi TX,

Thanks for the compliments but I'm not sure they are deserved. As I fast approach 65, my eyesight has been faltering in recent years and I was able to explain the misconceptions only because I was part of the scenario.

Back to the topic. The last 3 or 4 days of my recently (we got home this morning) concluded trip showed a significant rise in gas prices. My understanding is that the increase is a reflection of the current middle east violence toward the US supposedly because of some anti-Moslem film trailer on the internet. I went from paying $3.60ish in SD to almost $4 in southern WI. I passed on the $4+ in IL the last 100 miles home. I know WI and IL gas is more expensive than SD, but it wasn't this much a week ago. It is sad that the gas companies can get away with raising prices because something happened that MIGHT increase their costs sometime down the road. They've been pulling this stunt (and others) for over a decade.
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post Sep 17 2012, 12:27 PM
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The trouble is that the gas companies use this both ways. Price of crude goes up: "oh, we have to raise the prices right now because we'll soon be paying more for crude". Price of crude goes down: "oh, we can't lower the prices right away because we're still selling gas produced from the more expensive crude." Uh..... But until I can figure how to run the rig on water, we're stuck with their fuzzy economics.
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post Nov 5 2012, 11:54 AM
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Our travel depend upon what we want to do and see. Take Alaska for instance, that was a 9,000 thousand mile trek, and covered 56 days. Our last big trip was 7,500 miles and we traveled in 14 states. This year we only were out 4 times, for a total of less than 500 miles. Our next big trip?
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post Nov 7 2012, 09:38 PM
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Well, we managed to get on the road for a full 5 weeks for our fall trip. We made it all the way to southern Utah and enjoyed some of its' spectacular scenery (Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks along with Cedar Breaks National Monument and Monument Valley (think all those John Ford movies of the 1940s/50s starring John Wayne. We went from IL to MO and then AR, TN, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, and finally UT. We came back pretty much the reverse route state wise and managed to put on over 5,000 miles. So, we did crack the 10,000 miles total for the year.

There were no major price fluctuations during the trip except for a bit a a rise after a refinery fire in Califronia. Fortunately, we were home before Sandy struck the northeast. I heard yesterday that prices were actually falling because of the drop in demand for gas as a result of the way Sandy froze travel in the northeast.

How long is it until next May?
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post Apr 9 2013, 10:24 PM
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To answer the final question of my previous post - it is three weeks and a few hours until May. I almost added a post to this thread over a month ago when that still unexplained half a buck jump in gas prices took place in February. After paying $3.50-3.60 a gallon in January,my last two fillups have been over $4/gal. Chicago prices are on the high side. Prices seemed to have stabilized in March. I'm still waiting for the, what I believe is bogus, price rise due to the spring change to "warm weather" gas. This usual spring price jump may put most of the country at or over the $4 mark. It could be an interesting to see what the gas prices do the next few months leading up to the main travel season.

Personally, I've had another physical setback this late winter/spring that may delay my hitting the road this May. Long story fairly short: recurrance of leg problems led me to believe I was having tendon problems again but it turned out to be spine problems (spinal stenosis is one of the terms used). After over a month of pills, a epidural steroid injection in the lower spin, and more pills, I am back to being fairly mobile and able to drive. While nowhere near 100%, I've progressed well enough that the neurosurgeon has put off back surgery for now. I see him again 4/30 for a followup and hopefully will be able to hit the road in May. Fingers and toes crossed.

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post Apr 9 2013, 10:42 PM
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So sorry to hear about your recent health problems. I sure hope that you heal quickly and that you are able to get on the road as soon as the weather lets you.
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