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How would $6 per gallon of gas or diesel affect your RVing?

You’ve likely noticed that the price of gasoline and diesel is going up. Way up. It’s now topped $5 a gallon in some areas and shows no sign of going down any time soon. Filling the fuel tank of a truck, motorhome or big diesel pusher is getting pretty darn steep.

Does this concern you? If it continues to rise will you cut back on your RVing? Heck, maybe you already have.

Our question today is about whether you would change your RVing habits if the price were to reach $6. We asked a similar question six months ago about the possibility of the price reaching $5. We’ll compare the results after the results of today’s poll are in. We’ll report back next week. (Please leave politics out of your comments. Thank you.)

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26 days ago

Changing nothing except eat less ice cream.

Leslie Smith
27 days ago

That would just about put an end to my camping.

Donald N Wright
27 days ago

Once again I would regret not buying a Leisure Lite trailer and a Subaru Wagon.

Carson Axtell
28 days ago

Interesting… The average price of gasoline in Europe has been about $6/gallon for decades, yet they have a thriving RVing population. They also have arguably much superior quality of designs and manufacturing, probably because folks there have an average of 6 weeks vacation every year compared to Americans’ measly 2 weeks… Their RVs also cost about half as much in euros as equivalent RVs in America cost in dollars (ie, average Class B RVs cost about 75K euro compared to $180K in America, with an exchange rate of $1.16/euro.)

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
29 days ago

Bought my 2,400(?) lb 17 ft molded fiberglass trailer in 2016. Had one trip to the mountains (Ga_Nc) 2 to Eastern Canada and 3-4 to my children/grandchildren in the SE US. My plan as discussed with partner prior to purchase was to spend time in multiple destinations that have cooler summer temps than extreme SCentral FL. The best laid plans of mice and men aft gang aglie. If gasoline costs continue to rise I’ll rejoin Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Host and try to take 2-3 day trips around the state where I can run the generator to power the medically neccessary AC. We’ve both had health problems that have interfered with summer trips. Partner doesn’t regard travel as important whereas I grew up in a family that took major road trips twice a year. Since I get 25 mpg from my van using hypermiling techniques gas will have to reach higher than $10/gal before I sell my trailer.

Bob P
27 days ago

I hope your hypermiling doesn’t include tailgating semi’s. Easiest way to end your RVing forever!

E.H.
1 month ago

If it goes too $4.00 here, I will either sell it or block it up permanently and get a new back pack and walking cane.
I have a 1988 35′ Holiday Rambler
Imperial with a gas guzzling 454!
Things in better shape than my financial well being and Im too old to work anymore. Wall Streeters get enough of my money @ the grocery and liquor stores!
At present, I’m on a mountain for winter in Southern Oregon, gas is 3.59 a gal “to much” its still below $3 bucks in west Texas.

Richard Hughes
1 month ago

The “No Potable Water” State Campground 30 miles from my home would be my most likely destination.

Neal Davis
1 month ago

Don’t really know what it will/would do. Will depend on what the associated circumstances are. Said that it wouldn’t matter. Maybe it will and maybe it won’t. We’ll see.

Montgomery D. Bonner
1 month ago

For those who do not think gas is going that high. I suspect you better research history, in 2009, oil was over 115.00 barrel, and diesel was 4.29 gallon. Under today’s system, currently oil is priced at 81.79 close on Friday. Gas where we live is 3.089 gallon RU. Diesel is 3.289-3.49 gallon. Experts who follow price say 100.00 barrel by end of year, and 200 barrell by end summer 2022. Let Go brandon, turned off thousands of wells here in US, we were energy independent prior to 1-20-2020. Now he wants Saudi Araba to turn on their wells to make up shortage, the man is an idiot, giving up independence for servitude to another naiton. 100 dollar a barrel, will mean about 10.00 gallon for gas, diesel would be 12.00 or so. Figure it out for yourself. The economy will shatter with those prices. Better have pleanty of food.

Tom
1 month ago

Well said

Tom
1 month ago

A keyboard warrior comments. Turn off the wells and save our oil.

Bob P
27 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Spoken like a true liberal

E.H.
1 month ago

True enough. Except the Prez has so little effect on price. Oil is based on the manipuliting wall street brokers. We never had a shortage. Even in the 70’s. I wittnessed this in 81 after Reagan s trickle down economy forced me into Midland/Odessa Texas for work. The Oil cartel was re installing pumpjacks on wells previously capped in the 70’s in there attempt too manipulate prices up ward. The Foriegn oil we imported; was our Oil from Alaska’s oil pipeline put on barges sent overseas, unloaded onto joint ventured Iraqi and Iranian barges and returned via the Gulf coast Louisiana and Texas. While at the same time,, big oil was, again, ” joint venture” helping Saudi Arabia develope its oil fields with ” U.S. Corporate protected Oil Co’s technology and know how.

E.H.
1 month ago
Reply to  E.H.

Now for the truth. Our economy is in shambles due mainly too our inept participation in our self absorbed blind sited desires.
With the NEEDED clean energy we are seeing coming, comes more profiteers! These ICE vehicals we all bought that use too be worth there demanded ransom from the Big 3, they employed thousands and were in my opinion, much better built, “BY HAND!” Than the computerized PLASTIC JUNK produced by robotics today @ PRICE unparalleled.
In comes thee EV JUST as expensive, “which fewer and fewer can afford”. So we’re kinda stuck with our old reliable, lest some Jay Leno type with more money than brains comes along.
Refineries dont operate at a loss,, the shut down and go bankrupt. That mans too stay open, the gal will definitely HAVE TO INCREASE! Less output demand, “you and I” who dosent own thee EV, we will be the punished.

Brian
27 days ago
Reply to  E.H.

We will be doubly punished because electricity will probably go way up too.

Bob P
27 days ago
Reply to  Brian

The thing the “pro democrat” media forgets to tell you is the power companies use fossil fuel to generate electricity. Except for a few who use hydroelectric. Elon Musk has all ready stated our current infrastructure will not support massive EVs. So along with the ICEs there will be a lot of EVs sitting still.

Archie Duiker
29 days ago

Diesel fuel is already over $6.50/gallon here in Ontario, Canada, and I don’t believe it has made much of a difference in the amount of RV travel. Our American friends should count their blessings when it comes to fuel prices.

Montgomery D. Bonner
1 month ago

My rig gets between 8-10 MPG, I fill tank at half tank. At 6.00 gallon, that is 300 dollars, If I have to do that 4 times a month, My SSI is gone to fuel. I have it up for sale now, suspect, no one in right mind will buy expensive RV to let it sit, but I am not giving it away, so it can sit, with trips less than 100 miles to keep things working. . If fuel costs that much, RV’ing is dead, and the funeral is going to be held on March 1st, 2022. (bleeped)

Jeff Craig
1 month ago

I’d be reducing my time, or sticking closer to my home base, but it wouldn’t be a big change from the last year of COVID. I doubt it will get that high, but we didn’t exactly expect high power rates when ENRON was screwing us, or the Texas issues when the electric companies were charging $9k/KWh by employing that same ENRON model (and lying about ‘frozen’ wind turbines (when they didn’t have issues in El Paso!!) – so, anything is possible when a LOT of money is on the table.

Richard Chabrajez
1 month ago

Bitter pill, but we love our full timing life. New tires, RV repairs, memberships, mail service, etc. It’s just another acceptable trade off to be true citizens of America!

Roy Davis
1 month ago

I really couldn’t say one way or another. It is pure conjecture since nobody knows for certain. I once said I would stop driving if gas hit $1 a gallon but situations changed. One thing I have considered is trailering an EV.

Diane Mc
1 month ago

I needed a “maybe”. We travel from CA to FL in mid Jan, return mid/late March. The cost of the trip is significant, so the extra cost of fuel would be small compared to total trip. We’ve paid a wide range of diesel prices in the last 20 yrs. Some years awesome, a buck something in some places, to yikes in other years, in the high 3’s to 4’s. We’re nearing the end of our RV travels, at least to far away places, so it would be hard not to go in Jan and then have something happen that ended our travels for the future.

Paul
1 month ago

My RVing plans will not be impacted by fuel price. At the same time prices have risen my personal net worth has continued to rise as the stock market continues to boom. Yes I am spending more for fuel and food and parking, but the increases are offset, for me, by the improvement in the stock market. Yes I know I am fortunate to have put away sufficient funds for my retirement, it was a financial plan I put together for myself many years ago. It is working far better than I might have hoped. The past 6 years have been a boon for those invested in the stock market. Neither administration has had any impact on the direction of the market, it is driven by people with money to invest and low interest rates on bonds.

Richard Davidson
1 month ago

It just amazes me how we can go from $1.85/gal and energy independence to $4+/gal and dependent on OPEC and Russa again in less than 2yrs. Elections HAVE CONSEQUENCES!

Bob S
1 month ago

The overall RVing cost increases have already caused us to start looking for Workamping jobs to supplement our incomes to help pay for our RV lifestyle.

William Blight
1 month ago

The US government is encouraging Saudi Arabia to increase their oil production so prices would come down.
Yet this same government seems to be doing everything they can to reduce imports of Canadian oil. Saudi Arabia has no emission controls while Canada’s oil create less emissions and are continuing to improve.
I am Canadian and cannot understand this decision.
Canadian Snowbird.

LER
1 month ago
Reply to  William Blight

You are not alone my friend.

Edward Wullschleger
1 month ago

When I bought my 21′ camping trailer in 2014, I assumed gas might go as high as $10/ gallon. So my answer is that “It would have no effect on my RV travels”

Thomas Boltik
1 month ago

If you think $6.00/gallon would only impact your ability to RV, your not seeing the big picture. The groceries you buy? How did they get to the store? (Trucks!) Even farmers growing fresh foods and getting them to the market? (Tractors, harvesting equipment..) There will be a cascade effect that will not only affect our recreational activity, but every aspect of our lives. Oh, and taxes are based on money spent, not what was purchased, so the price of EVERYTHING will go through the roof! Add on the $15.00 minimum wage, and the only outcome of all of this comes down to two words: WE’RE SCREWED!