Friday, September 17, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021

How would $5 per gallon of gas or diesel affect your RVing?

Here we go again … gas prices climbing and climbing. Haven’t we been through this before? At RVtravel.com when we look back into our archives over 20 years, we can find a few times when gasoline and diesel prices got uncomfortably high. But, each time, in the end we all just kept on going…

The average price of regular gasoline in the USA is now higher than $3, and even $4 in California, which always seems to be right at the top of the “high prices” list.

When we ask a question like this one, we pretty well know before you and other RVers even answer what the responses will look like. But, hey, maybe we’ll be surprised this time around.

So here are we are moving toward $5 a gallon — and maybe even already there in some very rural areas. And there’s reason to believe prices will continue rising.

What will that mean for you? Please let us know and please consider leaving a message.

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Colin J Grant
1 month ago

We are already there in Vancouver, BC.

Jim Thompson
3 months ago

Thanks to Biden and his administration. And not just fuel, everything else too!

Bob M
3 months ago

Gas is going up because Biden is president and greed by oils companies. It was nice when Trump was president, gas was cheap. Total electric vehicles are not the way to go yet. Biden should push for hybrid vehicles. Than as technology gets better electric vehicles will follow suit. Wait till you see the road use tax that states will implement to pay for roads with the loss of gas revenue.

Bob Weinfurt
3 months ago

We’ve been staying close to home for the past year so just enjoying the local sights and attractions in the northern NY/ Vermont area would be OK.

Diane K
3 months ago

I will still travel but stop at places longer before moving on. Being on a fixed income gas is the biggest expense for me (I can’t afford to stay at campgrounds). Went to Alaska in 2016 when prices were high, just took my time going there wandering. Was out 4 months on that trip from Florida.

Tom B
3 months ago

Its coming, so it should have said WILL the $5.00 per gallon impact your RVing? And remember, its not only the fuel you use, but the trucks that haul groceries to the local store, the cost of generating electricity, the cost of shipping something from point A to point B….

Bill N Stacey
3 months ago

Do most readers of this Poll feel “Politics” Are to blame?

Richard Hughes
3 months ago
Reply to  Bill N Stacey

I think most people know greed is to blame.

Tom B
3 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

There’s a difference?

Ron Sifford
3 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

Conspiracy theories at its best

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago
Reply to  Ron Sifford

How is it that if someone’s opinion is different than an other’s opinion, it’s automatically a conspiracy theory?

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3 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I have a theory about that, Tommy. 😆 Take care. 😀 —Diane

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

Greed on whose part, Richard? You KNOW it’s politics. When ‘they’ announced shutting down the pipeline, and wanting to eliminate fracking, how is that greed?

Ron Sifford
3 months ago
Reply to  Bill N Stacey

NO. Politics have no effect on gas prices, everyone knows it corporate greed from the same companies that received a huge tax break and now pay less taxes than most state gas taxes.

Travis
3 months ago
Reply to  Ron Sifford

And who controls the tax hike? Politicians! So yes it is political. But yes greed is also a factor. Anyone that thinks big companies will not pass tax hikes onto the consumer is just plain on another planet. That is why it is not a good time to raise taxes on companies in a slow economy coming off of a pandemic but sleepy Joe just does not get it.

Jim Thompson
3 months ago
Reply to  Bill N Stacey

Absolutely!!

Jeff Craig
3 months ago

I’d make a lot of shorter trips locally until prices dropped, but it WOULD keep us from taking our biannual trips from Seattle to the Vegas/Phoenix/LA areas.

Skip
3 months ago

Wouldn’t vanish but surely wouldn’t adventure great distances excluding to Florida for winter and back to the far northeast. Travel around the area would be limited.

DPHooper
3 months ago

No
Hopefully less congestion in campgrounds

Scott Alexander
3 months ago

Actually, one alternative was not listed. I would seriously consider RVing MORE even with higher fuel prices. Greater availability of campsites and less traffic appeal to me more than saving fuel dollars. Fuel costs would need to be closer to $10 per gallon to seriously curtail my travel plans.

Bill
3 months ago

Answered no, but we are already in the middle of a long trip so we don’t really have a choice. We average less than 100 miles a day at about 8 mpg so fuel at $5 per gallon is $62.50 max. That may be enough to make us choose a different option for short trips, depending on cost of hotel plus meals versus cost of campground.

Neal Davis
3 months ago

Said “no,” but don’t really know. Probably would depend on how long prices stay high and where we were planning to travel. Might or might not matter, depending on the specific circumstance coincident with the price increase.

Bill N Stacey
3 months ago

Our Beautiful Country Is Rapidly Going To Heck In A Hand Basket!! (LL)

Cheryl
3 months ago

It means we would avoid California at all costs.

Judy Williams
3 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl

Oregon is getting just as bad and sometimes it’s worse than California

Roy Davis
3 months ago

I might consider staying in one place longer but more likely to trailer my EV instead. I’ve even looked at installing solar panels on my enclosed trailer to store electricity for recharging the EV. Imagine recharging the EV as you go down the highway. By using the EV for sightseeing, visiting friends/family, going out to eat or, buy groceries we would save enough to compensate for the higher fuel prices.

Bob P
3 months ago
Reply to  Roy Davis

Dream on dream on teen age queen, you must have one huge trailer if you’re going to put enough solar panels to recharge your EV. Lol

GeorgeB
3 months ago

Political comments aside, people who dismiss these increases, have a lapse in memory. When you travel all day in a class A diesel and fill up those 100 gallon tanks a couple times and it lightens your wallet $1000.00+, most will not travel long distances. Let’s not forget the good old Carter days when no fuel was available.

Bob P
3 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

Nor the obummer days when prices were this high before, I was driving semis when the price of diesel was $5 a gallon and every time I refueled I was glad my company was paying for it and not me. When you’re pumping 250 gal at a time you better have a good credit card.

GeorgeB
3 months ago

Yahoo??? Funny!

Last edited 3 months ago by GeorgeB
Matt C
3 months ago

We are both retired folks with a very fixed income and even in good times we have to carefully plan for the expense of the travel we so love. This is more than a small inconvenience. We have already had to drop two rallies we planned to attend. Fortunately the coach is paid for and lives on our own lot. Were this not the case, I would have to consider ending the only thing we can still afford to enjoy. We will just have to enjoy less of it. I do hope things change for the better and soon.

Gary Broughton
3 months ago

In 1997 went to Alaska and fuel was high then. $5 in Canada and 4 something in Alaska. Had lots of fun.
80 days and 12000 miles but didn’t tow that much. In 2008 went back and drove 10000 miles in 60 days. Not many miles a day and ran around without trailer. When going somewhere we stay for 2 days to see what’s there then on to the next stop.
Yes, we’re retired, so spending 2 days everyplace is relaxing. Every little town has something to see and visit.

Roy Ellithorpe
3 months ago
Reply to  Gary Broughton

In Alberta it is about $1.27 CDN or $4.90 CDN per US gal. But since you are Americans calculating US gals in USD it would be $4.00/gal. Since BC is our CA, it is about $4.75 USD/gal in Vancouver.

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