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Yes, we won't use our motorhome as often to save on cost 31 Votes - [16.67%]
 
No, it doesn't make any difference, we'll use it just the same 137 Votes - [73.66%]
 
Not sure yet - it depends by how much the fuel price increases 18 Votes - [9.68%]
 

Fuel cost impact
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userOAL Moderator
Posted: 25 October 2010 3:09 PM
Subject: Fuel cost impact
 


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Are rising fuel costs forcing you to change your motorhoming habits?

(For example, are you spending less time behind the wheel of your motorhome because of the higher costs?)
usernowtelse2do
Posted: 25 October 2010 4:18 PM
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No,

No point in having a M/H if your not going to use it. We are off tomorrow and back on Saturday pm.

Dave

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Posted: 25 October 2010 7:30 PM
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We find that with the high price of fuel we only go away for periods of 2 or more weeks at a time instead of short trips. (excluding motorhome shows when we still try to extend the trip duration)
userflicka
Posted: 25 October 2010 7:56 PM
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Hope to go into Europe more where Diesel is cheaper. (especially Spain)
Use TESCO Vouchers for Channel crossing and STILL save money.
But agree with Nomad, it does make sense to do less short trips covering the same ground & more longer (timewise) tours.
userLordThornber
Posted: 26 October 2010 10:16 AM
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I couldn't care less about the cost of diesel and that's not because we're well off either.

Moan about it yes, and I blinked a bit at the last "full to the brim" as it breached £80 for the first time.

As for altering usage patterns or anything like that, not a chance. I'd find an alternative economy elsewhere if I had to.

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userMr. Grumpy
Posted: 26 October 2010 4:31 PM
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We have spent the last 6 years running around much of Western Europe and have now found an are that we want to spend more time in. So although we will still be using our van for over 100 days a year we won't be spending as much time, or money, driving around.
userDavid Dwight
Posted: 26 October 2010 10:20 PM
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No it wont stop us, we have just completed a 4032 mile trip. Whats the point of spending tens of thousands on vehicle to have it sitting on the drive.

Diesel £1.19 a ltr Whisky £15 a litr.



userTerryg
Posted: 27 October 2010 10:16 PM
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Just a thought 1 Bottle whisky will last us about a year
1 Litre diesel lasts minutes in our van.If we could use Whiskey instead for a years worth of pleasure that would be great and well worth the intial outlay.
userscramblers
Posted: 30 October 2010 3:19 PM
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Just bought a new(er) motorhome.  Old motorhome average 23mpg (19mpg @ 60mph on motorways), new motorhome average 30mpg.

One heck of a cost reduction!

Looking forward to travelling far more miles.



Edited by scramblers 2010-10-30 3:20 PM
userUsinmyknaus
Posted: 31 October 2010 8:22 AM
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Main impact is the inconvenience of having to change lane more often on motorways and dual carriageways to overtake the greater number of pensioner car drivers who revert to 48 mph cruise speed when fuel prices are high..............

Bob
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Posted: 31 October 2010 3:41 PM
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Sorry Usinmyknaus..............

Edited by Travelling Tyke 2010-10-31 3:42 PM
userMel B
Posted: 1 November 2010 8:14 PM
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Having just changed from a 7.14m Rimor which averaged 23mph to a 5.99m Chausson which averages 28mph (and improving) it won't make any difference to us as even with the higher cost, we're still getting more mph to the gallon.
userBlizzard
Posted: 1 November 2010 9:07 PM
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Costs would need to go a lot higher to have an impact on our trips away.

If things got really bad, we'd probably cut the distances down rather than the number of trips away.

Driving into strong headwinds last week saw our average consumption drop to 18.3 mpg.


Ken.
userRogP
Posted: 2 November 2010 2:42 PM
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dont really think about the costs when filling , its has to be done to enjoy the hobby / lifestyle of the chosen holiday mode.

Its certainly cheaper filling my MH up for what we use it each year compared to when we had a caravan. Then I had a 4x4 which cost me £70 a week all year long regardless.

Now I dont need the 4x4 so have a smaller more efficient car.

Even so , I still dont think too long about fuel costs as they are a neccessity rather than a luxury , sadly I have to pay.

I still remember my first motorbike , I used to fill it up every other Friday and it cost me a whole £1.98p for 2 weeks of independence. Yes 95p a gallon , those were the days and I worried at the pending £1 a gallon and how I could afford it on my pocket money - then when I asked my mom for a raise in my pocket money , she made go a get a job as she wasn't going to bail me out any more - AAAAHHHHHH , the joys of being 16 and care free , sadly long gone!!!!!
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Posted: 2 November 2010 3:42 PM
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I almost gasped when Hubby filled our tank up for the first time, he stopped at £80.00 and it wasn't quite full! Having chatted with other motorhome users I find that this is quite reasonable - we have a T5 California - you wouldn't guess through my name would you

We did fill up with half a tank the next time, purely to take less weight on board to see if it changed fuel consumption, also reduced amount of water on board too.

To be honest, we love our baby so much that it wouldn't matter how much the fuel cost - the whole lovely experience is worth every single bean of fuel money.

I must say we have used caravan club and camping and caravan club sites and found everyone to be jolly and friendly.

I am well and truly HOOKED !
userMel B
Posted: 2 November 2010 6:20 PM
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t5tripper - 2010-11-02 3:42 PM

... we have a T5 California - you wouldn't guess through my name would you


... I did wonder if you name had anything to do with your occupation actually (remove the first 't' .... ).



Edited by Mel B 2010-11-02 6:20 PM
userMadmaggott
Posted: 2 November 2010 6:55 PM
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We had to pay site fees for each night away in our caravan; now we just park up in carefully selected lay-bys or with the HGVs on industrial estates when en-route this more than makes up for the fuel costs.
Also, we usually do not need to pay for hook-up if we do use a site so saving about £6/night; overall the MH is cheaper and far more convenient than the caravan.  (Except when parking in towns).
userduffers
Posted: 2 November 2010 8:02 PM
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Madmaggott - 2010-11-02 6:55 PM

We had to pay site fees for each night away in our caravan; now we just park up in carefully selected lay-bys or with the HGVs on industrial estates when en-route this more than makes up for the fuel costs.
Also, we usually do not need to pay for hook-up if we do use a site so saving about £6/night; overall the MH is cheaper and far more convenient than the caravan.  (Except when parking in towns).



or the IoW
userKeith T
Posted: 3 November 2010 8:15 PM
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Two thoughts- fistly, should try to go to teh continent more tha driving in Uk...better mpg,and cheaper deisel, and from here in South east we can get some excellent ferry prices.
Secondly, if you take into account the total cost of a holiday, the percentage on fuel is not that great, and we could save more by not having electrics on many camp sites, where especially on the continent we are charged 4-5€ per night, which if we cut to 50% of the sites nights, would save us far more than the increased fuel costs!
userphil
Posted: 4 November 2010 4:39 AM
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A 55 gallon petrol tank takes a lot, thank goodness we have five long range lpg tanks on board. will spend more time away and less short trips
userBig Momma
Posted: 4 November 2010 11:27 PM
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I always budget in the cost of fuel for our trips with the overall holiday costs so guess I don't really think about it too much. However, we do have a limited holiday budget for the whole year so I guess if that were to start to deplete faster then a few weekend bolt hole trips may have to go by the wayside. Unfortunately it's not just a matter of economising elsewhere, with wages frozen for 3 years and other costs rising there are too many areas of the normal household budget that require cutting. If things got really tight it would probably, albeit reluctantly, the M'home that would be sacrificed..........I can't beleve that I actually uttered those words
usercleo
Posted: 5 November 2010 9:58 PM
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phil - 2010-11-04 4:39 AM A 55 gallon petrol tank takes a lot, thank goodness we have five long range lpg tanks on board. will spend more time away and less short trips
like you phil we have long range lpg tanks but we try to stay in one area for a few weeks staying on CLs or CSs or during the summer THSs. Site seeing with our toad car. Staying on a site for next 26 days £7 night with electric. Thats where we economise by staying on small sites and not spending £15 - £20 per night. Magic
userPeter James
Posted: 14 November 2010 2:53 PM
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Doesn't make any difference to me as I always just put £20 worth in
userdshague
Posted: 14 November 2010 5:55 PM
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No, it doesn't make any difference, we'll use it just the same .its always cost us all to be motorhomers or tuggers .filling up at tesco earning points for  eurotunnel then buying cheaper fuel over the pond .that's the way to do it lol.
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Posted: 19 November 2010 1:03 PM
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Longer trips away, definitely the answer! Ours costs a fortune, an RV and fuel definitely the most expensive part of the trip. We live in S.W. France and have seen fuel rocket too. Last week though it was €1.12 in the supermarket as opposed to €1.19 the week before. Why!!!! Maybe Tunisia in January thru to March then back to Sicily and slowly, slowly does it up through Italy! As I understand it, fuel in Tunisia, about 50p per litre! Will keep you posted!!
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Posted: 15 December 2010 3:07 PM
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