What a pain in the gas!


This story was originally posted on 3/8/11, just about a year ago. It seems like every year the media and the powers that be that control gasoline prices  feel the need to put a scare into us regarding gas prices. With all the recent media coverage, we thought it would be relevant to re-post this story.

Sticker Shock at the Gas Pump … Gas prices continue to climb … Gas prices: How high will they go?

Jeez, you can’t turn on the TV, surf the web, or have a conversation with someone without the topic of gas prices coming up. A media feeding frenzy.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re all for lower gas prices and appreciate how hard everyone works for their money, but how much does this really effect our RVers out there? If you’re a full-timer doing a lot of driving, obviously there is a pretty big impact. However, these folks represent a very small segment of the RV community, so how about everyone else.

For a more typical scenario, here are  figures based on towing a travel trailer or fifth wheel,  your tow vehicle getting 12 miles per gallon, and taking a 250 mile trip.

At $2.50 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $52.08

At $3.50 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $72.92
(a $20.84 difference)

At $4.00 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $83.33
(a $31.25 difference)

So, as you can see, even if gas gets as high as $4.00 per gallon, your trip is only costing you an additional $31.25.  For most motorhomes, depending on their mpg, the cost will be a little higher, but you get the idea. If you’re staying fairly close to home and you factor in all the other ways you save by traveling in your RV, the increase becomes a little less painful.

You can also do a few simple things to help increase your mpg, such as staying close to the speed limit, accelerating slowly instead of “punching it”, trying to avoid heavy braking, and keeping your tires to their proper pressure.

As far as finding the cheapest gas in your area, if you haven’t already, try GasBuddy.com. They have mobile apps available also. Please remember not to get too carried away with the price and end up traveling out of your way to save a penny or two!

It’s also worth mentioning that from what we’ve been able to gather, these prices are NOT being driven up by any type of shortage, but by the “speculators” who invest in gas, so this situation could be very short-lived. What ever happened to supply and demand??

Now get in your RV, go to your favorite place, and forget about this nonsense!!

Until next time.. Happy RVing!

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Jayco Travel Trailer

Planning ahead will give you the freedom you want!

One of the biggest benefits of owning an RV is the freedom it gives you. In just a few minutes, you can hitch up your travel trailer and head off to your favorite campground, or look for a new adventure. Simply hop in your motorhome, and off you go, visiting friends and family, or just flipping a coin to choose your destination.

In order to get to that point, however, you’ll need to do some preparation. Having your motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or toy hauler, stocked with the essentials plays a vital role in you being able to take off at a moments notice. So, what should you have ready in advance? That’s where we come in. After scouring the web and talking to various folks, here are some suggestions to help make your last minute trips smooth ones!

Essentials

First, it’s a good idea to have a basic tool kit around. Wrenches, screw drivers, a hammer, etc. will come in handy on a pretty regular basis. Another essential will be a first aid kit. Since you’ll probably be spending much of your time outdoors, it’s a good idea to be prepared for scrapes and other bumps and bruises.  A few more things you’ll need are a flashlight (be sure to keep fresh batteries around too), navigation system or maps, matches and/or a long-nosed butane lighter, and some candles.

Kitchen

Obviously, you don’t want to store anything perishable for a long period of time, so look for some canned goods and boxed items with a longer shelf life that will keep you going until you’re able to get to the local grocery store. You should also make sure you’re stocked up on staples like aluminum foil, plastic wrap, paper goods (plates, napkins, etc.), dish soap & scrub pads, dish towels,  and trash bags. Salt, pepper and other seasonings you use regularly should also be included. All of this is assuming that you’ve already stocked your RV with pots, pans, dishes, can & bottle opener, and other necessities.

RV Toilet Paper

One of the essentials!

Bathroom

Of course, number one on this list, is to help with “number two”toilet paper! And, we also want to be clean and smell nice, so don’t forget the soap and shampoo. It’s also a good idea to have your own personal toiletry kit on board with toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, nail clippers and whatever else you normally use. And don’t forget clean towels and wash clothes.

Bedroom

This is one area where  you can only do so much in preparation. Of course, you’ll want a set of sheets and blankets for each of the sleeping areas in your rig, but for clothes, much of what you bring will have to be decided at the last-minute. That said, there are clothes items  you should always keep on board. Sweatshirts and/or jackets, extra socks and underwear, hats, boots, and an umbrella/rain gear are all things you can keep stowed away in advance.

Kids

If you’re traveling with kids, books, toys, card games, board games, and plenty of videos are a must!

So there you have it. Hey, we’re not perfect though. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section.

Until next time, Happy RVing!