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RV Usage/Mileage
How many days do you use your RV per year?
30 days or less. [ 67 ] ** [22.56%]
31-60 days. [ 80 ] ** [26.94%]
61-100 days. [ 51 ] ** [17.17%]
101-200 days. [ 35 ] ** [11.78%]
Over 200 days. [ 64 ] ** [21.55%]
How many miles per year do you drive your RV?
Under 5,000 miles. [ 112 ] ** [37.71%]
5001-10,000 miles. [ 119 ] ** [40.07%]
10,001-15,000 miles. [ 44 ] ** [14.81%]
15,001-20,000 miles. [ 16 ] ** [5.39%]
Over 20,000 miles. [ 6 ] ** [2.02%]
Have you reduce your annual usage and/or mileage due to rising fuel prices?
Yes. [ 87 ] ** [29.29%]
No. [ 202 ] ** [68.01%]
Changes due to other than fuel costs. [ 8 ] ** [2.69%]
Total Votes: 891
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Lindsay Richards
post Jul 16 2008, 06:57 PM
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We just postponed a great planned trip to follow the Great River road up to the headwaters of the Mississippi with an Eastern side trip to the Ohio Amish country and MI, then with a Western side trip to “pick up” the Dakota’s and Montana so we could complete the lower 48 states. The reason you might have guessed is high fuel cost. We are going to go on some much shorter trips with longer stays at each stop. Hopefully the time away will be about the same and hopefully the fun will be the same, but we won’t be burning a thousand gallons of fuel.


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Glenn Norton
post Jul 16 2008, 11:02 PM
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Gas in Canada has hit the 5 to 6 buck a gallon threshold and has definitely curbed my motorhome usage this summer. I still want to go across Canada and the States next summer, but I figure it will cost me 40-50% (that's a conservative estimate) more than the last time I did it three years ago. I notice not as many American RVs driving thru our valley this summer and wonder how it is affecting the Alaska RV parks?
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Jerry S.
post Sep 26 2008, 10:52 AM
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Just an update to my 6/08 post about what you can do to save mony on fuel while traveling. My summer trip was 6700 miles and I did it on 590 gallons of gas (11+ mpg). On previous trips like that out west with a lot of mountain driving, I would usually get under 10 mpg. I was able to get over 10+% better mileage by simply slowing down about 5 mph. I went from (my usual) just under 60 mph to under 55 mph on the interstates (which consituted about 4000+ miles of the trip). On open, two lane highways, I might go up to 60 to placate other drivers. I would pull over when necessary and, fortunately, there were plenty of passing lanes. On tough mountain grades, I would usually end up behind a semi doing 35-40 in 2nd gear. This slight slowdown save me over $250 on this trip. My guess (an I think I read it somewhere), is that dropping from 70 mph to 55 mph can improve fuel efficiency 15-20%. I realize that driving under 55 mph or not doing over the speed limit is not "macho", but it certainly saves money on fuel. Just a thought for those of us who have the time to travel at a slower pace.
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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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post Jun 4 2009, 04:00 PM
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between 10,000 and 20,000 miles here. Gas prices have only affected us slightly.


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post Jul 9 2009, 05:50 AM
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We have a pop up so compared to most of y’all, we have it a lot easier when it come to gas mileage. While the cost of our fuel does come in to play more now than it used to, it’s the wider ranging effects that have cut our camping more than half what it used to be. Higher fuel costs cause everyone to raise prices on everything to make up for it. It isn't just the cost of the actual trip that comes into play, but the extra money we have to spend the rest of the year. Unfortunately, we have to rob our camping fund to make up for it. Fortunately we are still able to get away at least one week a year. This keeps us sane until the next trip rolls around.
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post Jul 22 2009, 04:26 PM
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My own opinion is that we are all on borrowed time with our motor homes. The current administration has already put gas guzzling cars on their list of evil items and I feel that it is only a matter of time before we are next. Soon we will all be targeted as if we were Hummer owners.
I also fall in the evil income category so between an obvious increase in my taxes, and anticipated future restrictions on motor homes that use too much gas, as defined by those legislatures in DC, I intend to enjoy my RV as much as possible.
I am setting things up right now where I can deduct all travel expenses as part of doing business. I play the stock market and am constantly traveling around in my RV to inspect companies prior to purchasing any stock. If those in DC are going to play their games, then I am going to look for tax deductions in every nook and cranny. Where I used to travel just for enjoyment, I will now travel for "business", and deduct all mileage, depreciation on my MH, and any other items that I can find. I will not let the price of fuel, or our Gov't, to interfere with my pursuit of happiness at this point in my life. Last year I put on almost 20,000 miles of pure pleasure in my MH. In 2009 I will do at least that many miles but they will be for "business", and tax deductible. wink.gif
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post Jul 22 2009, 04:32 PM
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rgatijnet

Just be careful as you dance around the laws as this administration is just looking to find ways to get more money and we don't want to hear from you in jail!


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post Jul 22 2009, 05:34 PM
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QUOTE(Kirk @ Jul 22 2009, 06:32 PM) *

rgatijnet

Just be careful as you dance around the laws as this administration is just looking to find ways to get more money and we don't want to hear from you in jail!


For the past ten years or so I have made a living playing the stock market (not investing in it, but day trading with it). I seem to have a knack with it and it allowed both the wife and I to retire early and spend out time traveling around the country. Since ALL of my income is short term capital gains, I write the big check to the IRS each year. In the past I have just written the check, grumbled, and moved on. Since I can still day trade when I am on the road, as long as I can get internet access, I've never thought too much about it.
With this new administration I decided to contact an accountant to see what my options are. Since my history has been trading stocks, it is not a stretch to travel coast to coast to visit companies and pick up a prospectus. Naturally I may stop and see the sights along the way. I guess I am sort of like John Madden who did all of his traveling in a MH because he was afraid to fly. I do have a pilot's license, but you get the point.
In any case, I feel that this administration is forcing all of us to rethink the way we conduct ourselves financially. Now, I plan on doing everything I can, and using every legal tax loophole available, to minimize the amount of IRS tax that I pay. I can only hope that they don't figure out a way to regulate our motor homes out of existence. Those that tow fifth wheel trailers are already finding that a large tow vehicle is getting harder to find. This will only get worse.
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post Sep 1 2010, 05:57 PM
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We just rolled over 125.000 miles on our Yellowstone RV trip.

We tow with a GMC 8.1 gas pickup.
Camshaft position sensor $95
Crankshaft position Sensor $105
ERG Valve gasket $5
Transmission Solenoid $396

Fuel burn towing is around 9.5 MPG.
A new comparable Pickup is now about a whopping MSRP of $58.000.
Our friends with near the same set-up have over 200.000 miles so we think we're shooting for that too.
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post Dec 20 2010, 07:04 PM
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tongue.gif I retired this year and we have tried to go somewhere every month. This past summer we went to Minnesota, 3k round trip. The price of diesel does fit into the budget, but it has not stopped us from going. We hardly eat out and I fix prepared frozen dinners for the trip. What we don't spend on eating out, goes to fuel. We use PA, Good Sam, and KOA for campgrounds or ones that can handle a 42' rig. We have had our new rig since May and have put 6k on it in 7 months.
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post Jan 18 2011, 10:36 PM
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It has been a little over 3 years since I started this thread. It seems to have a life of its' own. With the way gas prices look right now ($3+/gal. in much of the country), it looks like we may be headed for our most expensive summer gas prices since 2007. Since almost 200 folks here have already taken this poll, I am curious as to whether or not people who took the poll (or posted responses) 2-3 years ago still have the same outlook for this coming RV travel year. I, for example, still travel about 130 days a year and have averaged almost 14,000 miles/yr. since 2007. Before that I averaged closer to 17,000 miles/yr. for the first 12 years of my retirement.

So, does the prospect of $4/gal. this summer have any of the old-timers changing their plans this time?
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post Jan 19 2011, 08:17 PM
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Not me. We plan to keep moving around the USA. Diesel is at $3.59 here now. Will be at $4.00 or more soon. See you on the road someplace. tongue.gif


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post Jan 19 2011, 08:47 PM
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We always manage to plan trips when gas is the highest. We go anyway.
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post Jan 20 2011, 09:18 PM
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I signed up to go to Kentucky again this year. I will go next November. I may end up rethinking that if gas hits $4 a gallon.....

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