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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 Jan 11 2008, 09:40 PM
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Hi everybody,

To celebrate my one year anniversary on this forum, I thought I'd try a poll. I just hope I did the "poll" part right.

The "Special Price Break" thread from a few weeks ago got me thinking about the effect sky-rocketing fuel prices is having on RV travel. Simplistically, how much these rising fuel costs are increasing the cost of your RVing is primarily a function of your mileage. For example, if you drive the RV 10,000 miles a year and get 10 mpg., fuel at $3 a gallon costs you an extra $1,000 a year over $2 a gallon fuel. While that is a lot of money to some of us, I don't see that as a "deal breaker" for many retired, full-timers on this forum. Another factor is the amount of time you spend RVing. If that 10,000 miles is spread over 5, 6, 7 months or more of travelling, you're getting a pretty good return on the extra $1,000. On the lower end, an extra $500-$1,000 for a 3 week vacation may put a long summer RV trip out of reach for families.

I think it will be interesting to see the poll results (assuming I did that part of this post right) and comments by others on this financial problem facing RVers.
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Jerry S
post Nov 29 2008, 02:12 AM
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Now that I am done traveling for the year (just in time for the fuel prices to drop 50% from their summer highs), I thought I'd make a few (possibly) final comments in this thread. Not all of them will be pertinent to the topic.

I ended up doing 11,000 miles (3 trips: 2100, 6700, and 2200 miles) for the year. This, is by far, the fewest miles I have traveled since my retirement in 1995. Between reducing my total mileage by about 2,000 miles and the reduction in mph mentioned in my previous post, I problably saved almost $1,000 in fuel expenses. I still spent about $3,000 for fuel for the year but it would have been closer to $4,000 without the adjustments I made.

My comments in a previous posts concerning the poll results still hold pretty much true. The one thing I hopefully got wrong was my prediction that next year's prices would not be any better. The way thing stand right now, even I don't think we will be seeing prices next year exceding this past summer's $4+ per gallon. My guess is that the oil companies found that at $4/gal so many people cut back on driving that the total gallons sold during the summer was down significantly. I am sure that other factors (the general economic situation, for one) enter into the equation, but I think the oil industries found that magic price at which drivers would reduce their fuel usage.

Assuming we don't return to anywhere near last summer's price levels, I was certainly wrong in my advice earlier this year to not put off those 2008 trips because 2009 would probably be even more expensive. Those of you who did delay your trips look like winners now. Good luck with next year.

On a personal note (if anybody cares), I did reach a milestone (how appropriate) this year. I surpassed 250,000 miles RV miles this year. It took 18 years - 45K in my final 5 years as a working stiff and 208K in 4-5 months a year since retiring. That is all RV miles on 3 Class C motorhomes.

I've got 2 last reviews to do from my October trip and then be ready to get a little more involved in the forum. Although I've made an occassional post the past few months there are several topics I've held off on commenting on during my RV season (late April through early Novemeber). I've even noticed more than a few "testy" discussions in recent weeks without any of my often contrarian involvement .
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Jerry S.   What's Your Annual Rv Usage/mileage?   Jan 11 2008, 09:40 PM
riggarob   Hi everybody, To celebrate my one year anniversa...   Jan 12 2008, 12:08 AM
Joe-n-Doe   Rising fuel costs make us wince, but have not yet ...   Jan 12 2008, 07:20 AM
DXSMac   Good poll! So far, I'm the only vote in m...   Jan 12 2008, 09:53 AM
John S.   Well, I am the only one in the 20k plus miles. I j...   Jan 12 2008, 10:17 AM
DXSMac   Now I just go to SPokane washington once a year a...   Jan 12 2008, 11:07 PM
Terry10   Well, I am the only one in the 20k plus miles. I ...   Apr 27 2008, 11:54 PM
pianotuna   Hi Terry, Where do you find these 10 to 15 dollar...   Apr 28 2008, 12:26 AM
rodman   I am a full-time RV'er. We are retired and li...   Apr 28 2008, 03:06 PM
FosterImposters   I would certainly like to know where these ...   Apr 29 2008, 10:08 AM
John S.   I am a full-time RV'er. We are retired and li...   May 10 2008, 11:03 PM
bj41   Terry, I spent 150 a night at one resort type pla...   Jun 30 2008, 05:02 AM
Texasrvers   I'm really glad you did this poll. We are pla...   Jan 12 2008, 02:23 PM
mastercraft   This year was an exception for us because we did a...   Jan 12 2008, 10:16 PM
pianotuna   Hi all, My wife retires in September--I hope that...   Jan 12 2008, 10:31 PM
John Blue   John S. is correct on thinking about fuel cost. W...   Jan 13 2008, 09:46 AM
RLM   I'm in the over 200 category. With respect to ...   Jan 13 2008, 11:15 AM
Butch   We have, for the last three years, cut back on ou...   Jan 14 2008, 08:43 AM
BJMA   yes, gas is a factor, but you know what, it is sti...   Jan 14 2008, 12:02 PM
FosterImposters   We're one who's reduced mileage is NOT rel...   Jan 15 2008, 02:57 PM
RLM   BJMA>I differ with your statement that "it...   Mar 9 2008, 08:02 PM
DXSMac   As other's have stated in the thread, it...   Mar 9 2008, 10:29 PM
Testudo   We operate a small truck camper but obviously fuel...   Mar 9 2008, 08:18 PM
Butch   Here in New York in the past, when the infrastruct...   Mar 10 2008, 08:45 AM
HappiestCamper   Or to cover the fees for Client #9.... Here in N...   Mar 12 2008, 07:45 AM
Butch   Or to cover the fees for Client #9.... Just go...   Mar 12 2008, 08:53 AM
rodman   I sure hated to do it but we have had to park the ...   Mar 17 2008, 09:06 AM
DXSMac   In WA we have high gas taxes, because we don't...   Mar 17 2008, 11:20 AM
Beastdriver   jj: I don't know about other taxes, but the ta...   Mar 17 2008, 12:45 PM
DXSMac   jj: I don't know about other taxes, but the t...   Mar 17 2008, 04:02 PM
Jerry S.   Hi again everybody, It has been 3 months since I ...   Apr 11 2008, 09:13 PM
FosterImposters   ...For those of you considering cancelling that t...   Apr 12 2008, 11:18 AM
Texasrvers   We have been talking about a really long (miles an...   Apr 11 2008, 09:45 PM
DXSMac   I still want to do my Pennsylvania trip, despite g...   Apr 12 2008, 09:35 AM
Parkview   :) " I can't wait to get on the road ag...   Apr 12 2008, 11:09 AM
jperera   We have just started a cross country trip - from W...   Apr 12 2008, 09:21 PM
Lee and Fran   When I joined this forum I was a summer rv user. ...   Apr 19 2008, 11:30 AM
DXSMac   When I joined this forum I was a summer rv user. ...   Apr 19 2008, 12:20 PM
Testudo   As a follow up to my March 10th comments.... I do...   May 4 2008, 08:06 PM
Butch   With the higher pricing of fuel as of late, we hav...   May 9 2008, 08:27 AM
Lee and Fran   We have found that when traveling if we find the p...   May 9 2008, 12:30 PM
DXSMac   I'm paying $40 a night (well, $36 wi...   May 11 2008, 08:16 AM
moqui51   Luckily for us we have been RV'ing for about 2...   May 22 2008, 07:43 AM
Jerry S.   Hi, it's me again. Recently returned from our...   May 30 2008, 09:08 PM
rangiebob   Hi everybody, To celebrate my one year anniversa...   Jun 1 2008, 02:16 PM
Lindsay Richards   We just postponed a great planned trip to follow t...   Jul 16 2008, 06:57 PM
Glenn Norton   Gas in Canada has hit the 5 to 6 buck a gallon thr...   Jul 16 2008, 11:02 PM
Jerry S.   Just an update to my 6/08 post about what you can ...   Sep 26 2008, 10:52 AM
Jerry S.   Now that I am done traveling for the year (just in...   Nov 29 2008, 02:12 AM
wolverine767   between 10,000 and 20,000 miles here. Gas prices h...   Jun 4 2009, 04:00 PM
RockHound   We have a pop up so compared to most of y’all, we ...   Jul 9 2009, 05:50 AM
rgatijnet   My own opinion is that we are all on borrowed time...   Jul 22 2009, 04:26 PM
Kirk   rgatijnet Just be careful as you dance around th...   Jul 22 2009, 04:32 PM
rgatijnet   rgatijnet Just be careful as you dance around t...   Jul 22 2009, 05:34 PM
Trailer Park Casanova   http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f18/tpc123/P1000...   Sep 1 2010, 05:57 PM
kaydbug   :P I retired this year and we have tried to go som...   Dec 20 2010, 07:04 PM
Jerry S.   It has been a little over 3 years since I started ...   Jan 18 2011, 10:36 PM
FosterImposters   We too are looking forward to hitting the road aga...   Jan 20 2011, 09:47 PM
John Blue   Not me. We plan to keep moving around the USA. D...   Jan 19 2011, 08:17 PM
Texasrvers   We always manage to plan trips when gas is the hig...   Jan 19 2011, 08:47 PM
DXSMac   I signed up to go to Kentucky again this year. I w...   Jan 20 2011, 09:18 PM
pianotuna   Hi Foster, I get the same break as soon as I hit ...   Feb 12 2011, 06:57 PM
rollinghills   We're planning on going to Glacier and Yellows...   Mar 4 2011, 10:59 AM
Wink   We are camping longer at a time.We just make the t...   Apr 10 2011, 07:07 PM
Glenn Norton   It has been almost three years since I first answe...   Apr 10 2011, 10:09 PM
pianotuna   Hi Glen, Since I purchased my "new to me...   Aug 25 2011, 10:53 AM
Glenn Norton   Hi Don: I guess your mileage also depends on how w...   Aug 26 2011, 11:14 AM
Jerry S.   Hi again folks, As the originator of this poll/th...   Sep 30 2011, 08:44 PM
RFCN2   Jerry, Be careful of the Grand Canyon as it can b...   Oct 3 2011, 07:31 PM
Jerry S.   Bob, Thanks for the warning. For what it's w...   Oct 3 2011, 09:25 PM
Jerry S.   Well my traveling is over for the year. The trip ...   Nov 10 2011, 11:15 PM
chowhound   Well my traveling is over for the year. The trip...   Nov 11 2011, 04:16 PM
Jerry S.   Has it already been almost 4 months since my last ...   Mar 7 2012, 11:53 PM
Jerry S.   Since everytime somebody new takes the poll in thi...   May 29 2012, 09:11 PM
John Blue   Jerry S, I hope you are OK and can travel soon. ...   Jun 2 2012, 08:06 AM
Jerry S.   John, Thanks. Unfortunately, I am still in ...   Jun 4 2012, 08:39 PM
Jerry S.   Just an update if anyone cares. Physically, we ...   Jul 7 2012, 10:49 PM
Jerry S.   We managed to be on the road for the full 4 weeks....   Aug 17 2012, 08:31 PM
GandJ   Some kids are already back in school and most sta...   Sep 16 2012, 04:57 PM
TXBobcat   Just an insite.. The date of GandJ & Jerry S. ...   Sep 16 2012, 05:59 PM
Texasrvers   I was mistaken in what I said so I have removed my...   Sep 16 2012, 06:25 PM
GandJ   My bad. Actually my post is a month after Jerry...   Sep 16 2012, 08:03 PM
Jerry S.   OK, let's get this straight before everybody g...   Sep 16 2012, 08:47 PM
Texasrvers   I am so glad Jerry has the eyesight to see what th...   Sep 16 2012, 10:05 PM
Jerry S.   Hi TX, Thanks for the compliments but I'm not...   Sep 16 2012, 10:42 PM
jamarynn1   The trouble is that the gas companies use this bot...   Sep 17 2012, 12:27 PM
mpfireman   Our travel depend upon what we want to do and see....   Nov 5 2012, 11:54 AM
Jerry S.   Well, we managed to get on the road for a full 5 w...   Nov 7 2012, 09:38 PM
Jerry S.   To answer the final question of my previous post -...   Apr 9 2013, 10:24 PM
Texasrvers   So sorry to hear about your recent health problems...   Apr 9 2013, 10:42 PM
Fitzjohnfan   Jerry, to comment on you last message about gas pr...   Apr 9 2013, 11:48 PM
Texasrvers   I'm going to make you guys cry. We just saw ...   Apr 10 2013, 04:15 PM
Jerry S.   We are finally on the brink of our travel season. ...   May 4 2013, 08:47 PM
Glenn Norton   Gas prices just went up over 10% this past week in...   May 17 2013, 07:00 PM
jamarynn1   We have WAWA gas stations opening all over Central...   May 17 2013, 09:54 PM
Jerry S.   Well, our 4 week trip to MS and LA is about to end...   Jun 1 2013, 09:48 PM
NHillCountry   Excellent thread! The price of fuel really ...   Jun 30 2013, 04:03 PM
Jerry S.   It is hard to believe that we've been home for...   Jul 5 2013, 09:00 PM
John S.   Well i amswered this in 08 and i was at 165k now I...   Jul 17 2013, 12:30 PM
GaryWT   New trailer this year, we are shooting for 40 nigh...   Aug 26 2013, 10:24 AM
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