With gas prices hovering around the $3.50 mark in the Southeastern United States, many people (including some seasoned campers) seem inclined to limit the use of their recreational vehicles to save a few coins. While, there is no doubt that escalating fuel prices have caused all of us to take a long look at our driving habits and their effect on our balance sheet, much of this thinking is simply knee-jerk reaction to the changing gas station signage and the "bad" news that is constantly pouring out of the TV, radio and newspapers. Some simple math, seasoned with a dose of logic and common sense can go a long way toward eliminating these unfounded fears and put some ZING back into your camping life!
Let's assume for a moment that gas was still selling at $2.00 per gallon (yeah, yeah, I know it's never gonna happen but bear with me for a minute!). Given that the average camping trip amounts to 120 miles (round trip) and an average fuel economy of 10 miles per gallon while towing, the total fuel cost for the trip would be $24.00. (120 miles divided by 10 mpg = 12 gallons x $2.00 = $24.00). Now, assume for a moment that gas prices go up a full dollar per gallon (yes, I know that this is exactly what just happened ... be patient ... you'll see where I'm going with this!). If you apply the same math to the round trip, (120 miles divided by 10 mpg = 12 gallons x $3.00 = $36.00) the entire round trip cost just went up a whopping $12.00! Ladies and Gentlemen! If $12.00 keeps you out of the campground, Bucky, then gas prices are the least of your worries.
Lastly, when one considers the cost of hotel accomodations these days vs. the daily rates at most campgrounds, it's an absolute no-brainer decision! Let's consider the following comparison:
Assume (man I hate that word!) that one could find a decent hotel room in Myrtle Beach for say $90.00 per day. When compared to the average daily rate of $55.00 per day at a resort campground, the daily savings become immediately apparent and significant, to the tune of about $245 for a seven-day stay. Take it a step further and stay in a State Park campground at $20 to $25 per day and we're saving enough to get our trip to the crab house for free!
Bottom line is ... don't let the "bad news crews" from your local TV network rob you of the fun you can still have using your camper.
Get out and Go RVing!!!!!