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Old 12-27-2010, 11:58 PM   #1
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I saw on the news this morning that the "analysts" (crooks and speculators?) are predicting that gasoline will hit $4.00 per gal this year (which pushes diesel to $4.50 or so) with a possible $5.00 per gal by the end of 2012.



I think that if this happens, that the RV industry will get hammered again and people won't be doing much long distance RV'ing. I just ran the nbrs and it would be over 500.00 in fuel costs alone for us to go to the KOA campgrounds in the Outer Banks and back. That assumes that diesel doesn't get any higher than $4.50 per gallon. Right now it is close to, if not at $3.50 per gal here in Ohio.



What do you all think? Will you scale back your plans?



I know that my fall trip to Nebraska is now out based on current fuel prices.



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Old 12-28-2010, 12:27 AM   #2
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Correct or not, I anticipated gasoline fuel costs would hit $4.00/gallon in either 2011 or 2012. My solution is a season lease site, which I thoroughly enjoyed this year. I'm considering selling the truck but am willing to wait to see what happens.

If I was on the road with the trailer fuel costs would not stop me from traveling. I might have to cut a smaller trip to pay for the increase fuel cost, but I would still travel. Just too much fun


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Old 12-28-2010, 12:47 AM   #3
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I guess if the trip was important enough to me, I would go. Back in 2008 we went out to WA. to see my son and his family. Total mi. --- 3200. We paid over $5.00 a gal. for diesel in WA. Didn't like it but it only took one tank to get back into ID. and the price was cheaper there. I don't remember what it cost us for fuel that trip, but it was considerable.
We are talking of a trip to Tenn. and then down into FL. this spring. I don't think the fuel cost will stop us here either.
I can certainly understand a young family with a tight budget having a problem doing a long trip with $5 fuel.


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Old 12-28-2010, 01:41 AM   #4
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In 2008 we traveled from San Diego to the North West states and fuel prices were in the five dollar range. It was our first trip with the 5er and we enjoyed every mile. Yes I noticed the 100 plus credit charges at the pump but we visited some places we have never been. My DW was in accounting and she kept records of the trip and with fuel cost and campgrounds in was not that much then if we had to spend the time in low cost hotels.

The next year it was off to the Kennedy Space Center and the roadways through the south. The trip was twice as long but cost near the same as fuel prices were about half.

Next year it is Washington DC it will be another long trip and I fear the fuel prices will be higher but it is a place we want to visit and all the points on the way.
Yes I agree it the cost goes over 5 bucks a gallon in will hurt those we are the line of making it or not and the industry will either live or die.




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Gas prices hurts everyone. If the Amercia people would just tough it out and drive less when possiable prices would come down. It is a proven fact the less we consume, the oil companies drop prices. I wonder what is the magic number, before the American people say enough is enough.
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Just heard on the news this morning that if EVERY driver would give up 30-45 minutes of driving per week, then gas prices would come down. I don't know about y'all but I really don't have that kind of extra driving to cut out. Not like the old days when we took the proverbial "Sunday drive".

Now, if public transportation were up to the task then I'd be happy to take it. Unfortunately that concept hasn't reached the burbs where I live.
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Gas prices hurts everyone. If the Amercia people would just tough it out and drive less when possiable prices would come down. It is a proven fact the less we consume, the oil companies drop prices. I wonder what is the magic number, before the American people say enough is enough.


There will be no significant lowering of fuel prices until we have a major shift in government policy. Right now, the goal is to achieve energy independance by getting America off the oil standard, so the government is not really opposed to high fuel prices. Just look at the drilling bans, etc. Given the large percentage of imported oil, fuel prices are tied to the dollar's exchange rate more than American consumption. Two days before Xmas, the EPA announced it was taking over control of polution permits for the state of Texas. Biggest target, oil refineries in the state, Obama's Cap and Tax by another means.



BTW, fuel prices drop only when the entire world's demand for oil drops below the world's production rate. A small drop in US demand means nothing by itself, just means a change in destination for the super tankers.
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There will be no drop in oil prices in this or any other country until significant changes are made in our driving habits. Until alternative, non-fossil fuel vehicles come into mass acceptance it will be business as usual. Certain political parties in this country are in the pocket of big oil. Remember, money talks, b.s. walks. When 1% of a country's population controls 98% of the wealth there is a problem.

When electric cars become practicable due to long range and rapid charge service stations we'll wean ourselves away from oil, maybe. Perhaps when China does not sell 14,000,000 new cars a year with the market growing by double digits, we'll get lower oil prices. Perhaps, when big oil stops controlling the majority of our government then we'll get a break. Until then look for $5.00+ gas/diesel prices coming to a service station near you.
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I like this thread ... alot!
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I saw on the news this morning that the "analysts" (crooks and speculators?) are predicting that gasoline will hit $4.00 per gal this year (which pushes diesel to $4.50 or so) with a possible $5.00 per gal by the end of 2012.



I think that if this happens, that the RV industry will get hammered again and people won't be doing much long distance RV'ing. I just ran the nbrs and it would be over 500.00 in fuel costs alone for us to go to the KOA campgrounds in the Outer Banks and back. That assumes that diesel doesn't get any higher than $4.50 per gallon. Right now it is close to, if not at $3.50 per gal here in Ohio.



What do you all think? Will you scale back your plans?



I know that my fall trip to Nebraska is now out based on current fuel prices.



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Your first mistake was watching the news.....
But seriously it is bad,and the options are:
A.Stop Rving and sell the rig-NOT an option for me.
B.Stay longer in one place and cut on the gas-Good solution for me.
C.Go about it as nothing happened (if you have the $$$)-Can not ignore the extra coasts.

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