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Gas Prices Affecting Summer RV Travel?

By Chris Stanley

It’s summer time! That means traveling. But with the recent oil spill many are worrying that gas prices might see a hike that will limit their ability to enjoy road trips in their RVs. Extreme fuel costs severely limit the amount of fun to be had on vacation. Currently the situation in the Gulf of Mexico does not seem to have affected the price of fuel. The price of gas has been fairly steady throughout 2010. But they have been higher in comparison to last year (2009). Experts are able to provide fairly accurate price estimates depending upon the following factors: political situations, cost per barrel, amount of consumption.

The spill in the Gulf has not resulted in any gas price jumps at the pumps. RVers everywhere are excited about this as they don’t want their summer travel limited by high fuel costs. Class A and Class C recreational vehicles have fairly high gas consumption, but they offer luxurious road travel options for a significant number of people making them an affordable choice even considering fuel costs (especially when vacationers compare the costs of RV travel to airfare and hotel accommodations).

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) there will be an approximate 3% US real gross domestic product increase. That means that there will be an approximate $0.12/gallon price increase at the gas pumps. Gas prices always vary by state. Some states will see gas prices reaching $3.00/gallon this summer, but the national average for gas prices throughout the most popular travel season from April through September will be $2.94/gallon. For all of 2010 the average price of gas for the entire nation is $2.98 (in comparison the average for 2009 was $2.86/gallon).

The $3.80/gallon mark was reached in 2008; an all time high in gas prices. This extreme price hike resulted in the public’s embracing of the “stay-cation” and the cancellation of a significant amount of planned travel. Some even downsized their RVs to enjoy lower fuel costs with smaller, more fuel efficient models. The all time high in gas prices occurred right at the beginning of the recession. The negative effects of the downturn were felt by campground owners, manufacturers and dealers as RVers limited their travel.

Gas prices will always fluctuate. But expert predictions give RVers reason to relax when thinking about planning summer travel in 2010. The prices of gas should remain steady making RV travel a fantastic choice. For those who want to fully take advantage of the economical advantage of RV travel the following should be considered: trips close to home, trips with extended stays in one spot, and lightweight RVs that can be hitched to small to midsized vehicles.

Rejuvenating the spirit is a common need during summertime and there isn’t an easier way to do so by taking a break from work and/or school and building lasting bonds with family and friends. RV travel allows vacationers to experience the countryside from a unique perspective. Travelers are able to decide spontaneously when, where and how long they will be staying in any particular place. It’s a uniquely “free” experience.

Gas prices don’t typically limit consumer travel until they pass $3.00/gallon. This summer RVers are planning on traveling. Some are going to enjoy short trips on their region while others are planning on nationwide or even international travel. Regardless of the amount of travel RVers should watch for summer incentives available that will decrease trip costs like the fee free weekends offered by national parks.

2010 RV travel isn’t being limited by high gas prices. RVers love the open road just as much as they always have. Class A motorhomes, Class C RVs, lightweight travel trailers…any RV can be the home away from home that makes a trip into an ultimate vacation.

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Stanley, Chris "Gas Prices Affecting Summer RV Travel?." Gas Prices Affecting Summer RV Travel?. 18 Jun. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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Stanley, C (2010, June 18). Gas Prices Affecting Summer RV Travel?. Retrieved August 4, 2014, from

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