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Cost of summer RVing

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RVing is a great way to see the country, but soaring fuel prices may put the brakes on one of the summer's popular vacation activities. Some motor homes have a 55 gallon fuel tank and it costs around $200 to fill. That's up almost $50 from last year. Travis Creech, the owner of Rex and Sons RV Store in Wilmington, says that sales are down this year due to the economy, but those who love to take their RV and camp will still go, although they may not travel as far. Creech says even with the increase in the price of fuel, the cost of camping and RVing can still be cheaper than other vacations. Jackie Fulbright, who lives in an RV said, "It's a trade off. Since you don't have the other expenses, you just pull up, fill up and it's just our choice." "People without the money aren't going to do this. People with the money are going to do this no matter what it costs," said Fulbright. Creech says that even though RV sales have been down, the business has had an increase in service work.

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I loved this story. I was afraid that my retirement dreams of seeing the states was squashed with the price of gas. With longer stays in each stop it makes it worthwhile to still persue this dream. Walmart offers free overnight parking so that is a deal. Enjoying the nature and beauty outside our confines is worth more than any other niceity that others spend their money on such as manicures, hair styles, trips to the bar, fast food, country clubs, etc. It is all in how you manage your earnings and how you want to spend it. So glad to see it CAN be done. I am looking forward to it!


when i started rv'ing, a site for a night was about 8 bucks, now it is about 35 to 40 bucks and more. By the time you buy gas, pay insurance, rv payments, and site for a night, it's much cheaper, or at least the same, to just stay at a hotel. long gone are the "good ol' days".