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Old 03-01-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default MPG, Fuel Economy, - the definitive resource

Let's make this forum topic the definitive resource information re: MPG, Fuel Economy etc. as it relates to RV travel.

As pointed out, MPG is a primary factor in considering a Class B.
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I'll mention for what it is worth that MPG seems to have more than just an economic effect.

My Class C gets 8 mpg and that does not encourage me to drive it. We went larger for comfort but are less likely to use it. We are more "frequent trips of less duration" people than I thought when we bought the "drive and stay month Class C".

Anyone want to to buy my C?
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:51 PM   #3
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I'll mention for what it is worth that MPG seems to have more than just an economic effect.

Anyone want to to buy my C?
Ha ha. I suppose the price is right, B's are among the most expensive campers on the road. But thanks for the offer....
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:51 AM   #4
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You could certainly buy a lot of fuel, for the difference in price of a B & C RV.

If your C gets 8mpg and a B get 16 mpg, the difference is only 8mpg. For a trip, your B would use 1/2 as much fuel. At some point, there isn't enough time or miles, to make up the difference in vehicle cost -vs- fuel savings.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:47 AM   #5
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Suppose this is as good as it gets? Maybe the Middle East will continue to be a speculators boon,
and the price of a gallon will hit $5? I always hope, in the back of my mind, things will improve,
and all the lame excuses for oil price bumps will go away, but you can never be certain. The last
time we drove through the US we averaged around $2.80/USgallon, which was great to a Canuck.
What if $3.33 is as good as it gets from here on out? It might not be a temporary spike.
Maybe, we all better make and execute our travel plans before it gets worse?
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The news keeps pointing out that rising fuel costs will throw us back into recession which will force the cost of fuel down again.
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It does seem like we're headed that way, double dip maybe, but I'm hoping the effects won't be
as bad as October 2008, with everyone (mutual funds managers/brokerage houses, etc.) being
more wary this time.
Whether it does or doesn't happen, it's still more expensive to gas up now, than in early
January, before the Tunisian problems started this all. Funny how one person CAN change the world,
if only for a short time?
I just wish they'd get their collective acts together, and sort out Libya. It's the problem,
as far as gas prices go, Egypt and Tunisia didn't do much to them. Beats me why, as Libya
aren't that major a player in the scheme of daily oil worldwide, but they are 9th in estimated
reserves, last time I looked.
Still $3.33/USgal works out to about $0.83/litre, so it isn't all bad.
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I paid $1.08 per liter in Winnipeg in early February. Gasoline in Minnesota on the Lake Superior North Shore was $3.49 per gallon this week. Minnesota is usually a lot less than gasoline on the either the east or west coast states. I haven't done any conversions to compare. I'll worry about that if we head up to Banff and Lake Louise this summer.
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3.8 lpf on your toilets = 1 US gallon.
So, divide your price per gallon by 3.8 (I use 4) and that's what you're paying per litre.
You are still doing OK compared to us at $3.49/gallon, btw.
Our local price is $1.20/litre today ($4.56/USG).
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I just wish they'd get their collective acts together, and sort out Libya. It's the problem,
as far as gas prices go,
Don't get me started on this one. I think the USA is the biggest culprit w.r.t. oil producing dictators. But no matter how anyone responds, I won't bite. Not on this forum anyway. Cheers all.
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