Dear RV Shrink:
Maybe you can shed some light on my husband’s gas problem. He is obsessed with buying the cheapest gas available and twice now our motorhome has run out of gas because he thinks it’s going to be cheaper around the next bend.
He has three or four websites he is always checking for gas price postings and they are never accurate when we reach the supposedly cheapest stations. It ruins our travel time, preoccupies our leisure time, and in the end doesn’t save us any, or little, money.
Please help me get his head screwed back on straight so I can relieve his gas symptoms and move us on to more enjoyable adventures. —Gas Pressure in Peoria
Dear Gas Pressure:
This is a common symptom among RVers. The truth of the matter is that the websites your husband is monitoring are not always accurate. They are supposedly based on the latest credit card data collected from each station, but there is lag time and even in this day of instant internet data collection this pricing can be old and stale. What it will often show your husband is the cheapest station. As gas fluctuates in price the cheapest station is often still the cheapest station.
You can make your husband aware that he is not saving money by letting his tanks go empty. Besides the danger and inconvenience of running out of gas, he is also at risk of his fuel pump clogging up. This can be an expensive fix as the pumps are most often in the tank.
If life were fair we could all buy gasoline futures at the pump. When we were happy with the price we could buy a thousand gallons at that price just like any other commodity. One way to help elevate his gas pressure would be to invest in some energy stocks. At least when gas prices go up, so will these investments. Most pay a hefty dividend.
If you buy enough oil stock you can buy your husband a ten-gallon, Texan sized, cowboy hat and he can pretend he’s a Getty trust fund baby while he fills his tank. Playing out this fantasy could solve your problem and put you on track for those more enjoyable adventures you are dreaming about.
In the meantime, I’m sure our savvy and cost-conscious readers will weigh in on their favorite and least-favorite gasoline apps and/or stations. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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