Staying Closer to Home

We just returned from a trip to Branson, Mo. This was our first visit to Branson and we had a very nice time so we will go back for another visit or two. There are over 62 different entertainment shows there as well as several theme parks and lots of things for children to do. There is so much to do that you can’t possibly do it all in one trip. That makes a return trip a necessity.

While we were planning out trip, the price of fuel (diesel) was below $4.00 per gallon. However, when we departed the price had rapidly risen to over $4.00 per gallon. I managed to find one station in Oklahoma that was $3.97 per gallon. Other than that, it was all over $4.00 and the highest that I paid was $4.19. The total mileage for the trip was 1485 miles. I averaged 12 miles per gallon and paid about $4.09 on average for diesel. That works out to be $506.13 for the trip. The fuel was therefore the biggest cost of the trip, but that is still cheaper than buying round trip airline tickets for two, staying in hotels and paying for three meals per day.

We saw a lot of campers on the road and the camprounds, for this time of year, seem to be fairly well occupied. Although there are still a lot of campers on the road, I talked to several people who said that they have recently sold their campers because it is too expensive to drive them, or pull them. How high will the price of fuel have to go before the camping business starts to suffer? For now it seems to be doing okay.

Perhaps the camping business will remain intact because people will just stay a little closer to home for awhile. Every place in the country has a campground close to each person who camps. Therefore, you can still enjoy the camping experience without having to go quite so far from home and burn all that fuel. That to me is not as attractive as taking a trip to Yellowstone National Park, or the Pacific Northwest or Canada, but camping is still camping. We can always hope that we will wake up tomorrow and the price of oil will plumet below $60.00 per barrel. Fat chance I think!!

There was an article in the paper this morning that addressed the issue of people staying closer to home this year. The author of the article surveyed a number of people who indicated that they would not take the long trips this year that they usually take. Instead they would find some place nice closer to home. They were talking about airplane trips or long road trips, but that can be applied to our camper trips as well.

We still plan of taking our trip to the mountains this summer, we just want go to as many places and will stay in one area longer. That way we can still enjoy our summer out of the heat without burning as much diesel.

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1 comment to Staying Closer to Home

  • B767dad

    Fuel is the hot topic of the day. I only have a couple of suggestions, I don’t
    know how much of a difference it will make but I know every little bit helps.
    Weight will increase your fuel flow so make sure your grey tank is empty, don’t buy your food until you arrive at your destination, and make sure you double check everything you have packed in your camper. You probably have been taking extra chairs, mats, fishing gear, ect…
    All of this could add up to 100-200lbs and last tire pressure.
    Good luck to all.

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