Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Demise of the RV

HoweStreet.com - Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
Eric Fry, reporting from Laguna Beach, California├ľ

The summer driving season has arrived, but many Winnebagos will never leave the driveway. The soaring price of gasoline will force RV owners to curtail their gas-guzzling wanderlust.

"I never would have bought [my motor home] if I thought that gas would go this high," a retired firefighter in Westchester County told the Hudson Valley's Journal News. "My wife always wanted to go to Napa Valley," the firefighter lamented. "But with gas so high, it probably would be cheaper to fly and rent a car, rather than take the motor home."

The firefighter is probably right. We did the math:

Assuming gas mileage of 10 miles to the gallon, a 31-foot motor home would consume about $2,500 worth of gasoline to journey from the Hudson Valley to the Napa Valley, and back again. By comparison, two roundtrip plane tickets from JFK to San Francisco would run about $375 each. Even after paying another $450 to rent a midsized car for a week, the fly/drive combo would only cost about $1,200 or less than half the cost of the RV's gas.
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