Tuesday, August 08, 2006

RVs feel gas crunch

Parked in Camper World shopping center with his Bounder Diesel, a large Class A motor home, Tim Mott came to Myrtle Beach from Charleston for minor repairs on his vehicle. Mott uses his traveling home mainly for business, but he still likes to take it on occasional excursions.

But things have changed since gas prices have flared to new highs.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Myrtle Beach Thursday was $2.857 with some stations charging as much as $2.919, according to AAA Carolinas. In Georgetown, the average was $2.805 and the high $2.969. In Brunswick County, N.C., the average was $2.929 and the high $2.999.

"I cut down the [travel] time in half," said Mott, who also increased the frequency of his trips. "Instead of taking eight- to 10-hour trips, I take three- to four-hour trips."

Skyrocketing gas prices are having a dampening effect on the motor home industry.

While sales are up overall, it's being driven by towables - pulled by other vehicles - which are cheaper to run than full-sized motor homes. Motor homes get as little as seven miles per gallon.

RV owners aren't just switching to less-expensive RVs that get better gas mileage, they are taking shorter trips and staying longer at their destinations. Full Story...

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