Monday, September 26, 2022


Thor puts interesting spin on fuel price surveys. What’s your opinion?

Are high fuel prices a pain in your gas? RV manufacturer Thor says, “nah,” and they have the survey results to prove it. Trumpeting loudly, earlier this week Thor released its spin on a survey of 500 folks who have gone RVing in the last two years. We’ll look at the numbers, and will ask for your opinions, as it’s likely most of you never got the chance to tell Thor your own view.

Fuel price hikes encourage RV use?

Here’s the bold statement: “69% reported rising fuel costs have increased their likelihood to use an RV within the next year, or has no impact.” Really? Have rising fuel prices really encouraged you to use an RV in the next year? A closer look at the survey results reveal a bit of “sleight of hand” in the use of words.

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Yes, if you add up the totals of those who are “much more likely” to RV (20%), with those who are “somewhat more likely” to RV (14%), with those who say fuel prices have “no impact”, you’ll reach the taunted 69%. Of course, a big RV builder could hardly tell stockholders the other side of the story. If they did, it would read: “65% reported rising fuel costs have DECREASED their likelihood to use an RV within the next year, or has no impact.” Which statement sells better? They’re both true. But it gets better.

Buy a new rig?

The second major question in the survey tied to fuel prices could easily shake potential Thor investors. The company survey spin says this: “69% reported rising fuel costs have increased their likelihood to purchase an RV within the next five years, or has no impact.” Again, the graphic, and a little math, shows a clearer story.

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Evidently, fuel prices would spur 14% of survey responders to be “much more likely” to buy an RV. And 18% would be “somewhat more likely” to do the same. So, turning around the math, the survey could just as truthfully read: “69% reported rising fuel costs have decreased their likelihood to purchase an RV within the next five years, or has no impact.” Again, it’s all in the spin.

It’s interesting that Thor released this information on May 24. The survey itself was conducted in March. In mid-March, the average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. stood at $4.32, according to the U.S. Energy Administration. As of Friday, gasoline averaged $4.60 a gallon, up six percent.

So we’ll throw the ball in your court. We’d like to ask you the same questions that Thor asked in its survey. We’ll report back next week on how things compare.

Your thinking, please…

Revision: Corrected erroneous data regarding fuel price hike. 5/29/22 9:32 a.m.




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Gene Bjerke
3 months ago

I didn’t answer the second question because I have no intention to buy another RV. I’m perfectly happy with the one I have.

Dr. Mike
3 months ago

My daily driver is a Lincoln Navigator that gets 13MPG. Our 2014 Anthem averages 10.3 MPG (no toad).
The only difference is the Lincoln uses gasoline and the Anthem uses diesel.

3 months ago

Fuel is up, but we will look to save other ways. We are still planning on several in-state trips with grands this summer and wintering in Tx. Plus, we will boondock more and look for lower priced CG’s. One less night in a $100 CG covers 200 miles of fuel. Maybe eating out one less time a week. It’s all relative!

Deborah Mason
3 months ago

We have a big (for us) trip planned starting soon. It is a promised trip to take my sister to the Grand Canyon, like we did with my husband’s sister last year. We are looking at $2000-3000 in fuel alone for a 2 week trip. We pulled minute or is savings to cover trip costs. The rest of the year it will be short trips to a local USFS campground it state park, and we will dry camp at a few dog agility trials. At this point we make fault deciding to drive our Honda Fit (35-40 mog) for the economy it the Toyota 4Runner (20-23 mog) for the space or back road capability. We’re dressing the gas consumption in the RV – 7.5 mpg on a good day.

Sharon N
3 months ago

With regard to the question of fuel prices affecting going RVing, I said much less likely only in that the TYPE of our RVing will change. We live in AZ and generally do cross country RVing (to the Outer Banks, FL, PA, MT, SD, etc). We live up in the White Mountains of AZ and will likely just be camping close to home until diesel fuel prices come down.

3 months ago

Yes it is way more expensive but you only live once. With our kids lacking conservative views, we look at it this way. We are spending our kids inheritance one gallon at a time.

Stephen Malochleb
3 months ago

Just remember in two years you all have the power to change what has happened . Clean the swamp to help restore AMERICA.

Tony Stekar
3 months ago

Living in montana next to three refinery’s the price is a rip-off to me! They raise the price up before it cost them more? Oil field’s are cap off here after they know how much they will give, to be used later!

3 months ago

Current trip is at 4500 miles. Have another 1500 miles to complete. Fuel prices are high but we are making memories. Love traveling in our RV!

Bill T
3 months ago
Reply to  ViperOne

Well said. We enjoy our travelling too. If it is still possible to make those memories happen then we plan to. Like they say, you can’t take it with you.

Eldon Pigott
3 months ago

The high cost of diesel will not affect my rv usage but instead I will be making shorter trips, had a 3 week trip planed but had to cancel it. While we could afford the extra cost we decided it was not worth it

Neal Davis
3 months ago

I voted for “no impact” twice. Our RVing has fallen because we are awaiting the arrival of our new RV and do not wish to add miles to the one we are trading. It is not because of fuel prices. Similarly, we ordered a new RV in February because we want to downsize from 43 feet to 36 feet. We expect to take delivery of the new one and relinquish our current one in the next two weeks. So, we bought a new RV in order to downsize and thereby fit more campsites, not because of current or anticipated diesel prices.

Jesse Crouse
3 months ago

We go to dog shows at a specific site without hook-ups. We upgraded to a DP in 2018 so we could go to shows further away- instead of 150 to 200 miles with the gasser to 350 t0 500 miles. This year we declined to go to 2 trials because of fuel costs. Diesel ranges from $6.29 to $6.59 in the metro Philadelphia, Pa. area.

Bob M
3 months ago

While I plan on going camping where I have reservations at State Parks. If gas keeps going up, I might cancel reservations a distance from home and only camp where I have close reservations. With gas being high I will only reserve campsites next year less than 100 miles from home. I’m lucky I do own property with a campsite close to my home

3 months ago

Gas is nearly twice as expensive, here in Canada, then it is in USA … food for thought for Americans who are thinking of travelling in Canada this summer … highest places are BC, Maritime provinces – Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland … in Ontario it is about $8 US per gallon for gas and closer to $9 or $10 US per gallon for diesel … costs my husband approx $220 US to fill his F250 diesel …

Jeff Craig
3 months ago

When I took my second retirement last summer, I did some travelling, but now that I’m back at work again I plan to stay close to home. Normally, I’d take three weeks in the spring and go to CA/NV/AZ for the spring races, but $5- gas really blows the budget. As for buying, we plan on getting a diesel pusher or Super C around 2035 or so, but until then our gasser Class A is fine. Buying something smaller, just for fuel efficiency, will not work for us. My wife brings a LOT of unnecessary stuff (and she feels the same way about my tools).

3 months ago

We live in our RV full time. We had/have major travel plans for this travel season. We left AZ in April and will return in late October. We have traveled from AZ to TN. We leave Tuesday for the next route, up and around Michigan, then cross country to WA and BC, down to OR, CA and then back to AZ. We have parked at our friends house here in TN for two 10 day sessions with a trip between to explore Mammoth Caves. Other than this stay we won’t be anywhere longer than 12 days and generally only 3-7. Lots of miles to cover, lots of sights to see. I didn’t change our plans with the increase in diesel costs. We have cut back on eating out and try not to wince too hard when fueling.

3 months ago

My answer really falls into the category of no net impact. That’s only because we have ordered a new RV and no one seems to know when it will be available. In the meantime we are trying to sell our old RV. So we are not worried, yet, about fuel cost.

Gary G
3 months ago

We just purchased a Country Coach, at our age, mid 70’s, we are not going to set around and wait for politicians to remove their head. We might not travel as far but we will travel.

Tim Slack
3 months ago

As workampers specializing in regional, state and federal parks & their non-profit partners, we are provided a free site for 3-6 months at a time. This cuts WAY down on conventional RVing expenses. Plus, we occasionally take a position that provides a site AND pay a salary. We’ve been doing this for ten years f/t; our accommodation to higher diesel prices lately is to select our positions from within a smaller geographic area, reducing our fuel burn from one job to the next.

BILLY Bob Thronton
3 months ago

Look, this whole thing is coming crashing down, so either short the market now, or get into cash.

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