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Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3217

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Wondered how the following reaction to gas prices works with "us" retired military ...

I've been off the camping road for awhile dealing with family stuff, but am making plans to leave again soon -- and thinking about the price of gas which as we all know, jumps frequently and not baby steps.

The primary effect for my plan has been to stay in a specific campground longer, or more days in each stop instead of one night, if traveling make it two nights, or instead of two make it four. That cuts the fuel budget in half over a month. Purely a budget strategy, of course. But, sure makes sense if one is full-timing, or camping a significant portion of the year.

As I remember my past years, it seemed that I spent plenty of time with "in-motion sightseeing" -- driving scenic highways, etc. Now, it seems to make sense that the "two-step" sightseeing would make the fuel costs less intrusive on the travel plans - shoes cost less than fuel. ::)

I know, some cannot extend the time-frame (vacation, or leave), but it sure makes sense for the retired campers to make that simple adjustment. Food changes little, we eat no matter where we are, and camping cost the same (close anyway) if one campground or another. So, that's my plan to combat the fuel increase -- use less of it and take longer to get there -- any comments ???

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3218

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I had planned on asking the same question. We just shelled out over $3500, for a seasonal site. This is for a 6 months stay, near Rehoboth Beach. Most military campgrounds frown on long term stays, so this was the option we took. I guess you can say we plan on parking/staying at one place as long as we can. I don't think we will be traveling south, for as long as we had hoped. DH said a trip just to Fl
at today's prices, which are likely to change, would cost over $1000.00. Not only is the price of gas hurting our budget, but food prices are going up fast. I hope this is not going to get worse, because our plans may have to be changed again. Do you think the coming year's COLA will increase enough, to keep the increases from becoming a hardship? :( :( >:( >:(

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3219

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QUOTE: "Do you think the coming year's COLA will increase enough, to keep the increases from becoming a hardship?"

You are joking here, right?? ;D ;D When has COLA ever been reality !!

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3220

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Although we fulltime, we workamp for about 6 months out of the year. Not only does this generate additional income, our expenses greatly decrease during this time. The other 6 months is when we can do some traveling. We then try to follow a 2x2x3 rule. Arrive at a destination by 2:00pm (more relaxed, less driving, easier to find a location without reservations), don't drive more than 200 miles a day (more relaxing), and stay at wherever we stop for at least 3 nights (stretches the budget, since a night's stay is cheaper than driving all day). We rarely break our self-imposed 2x2x3 rule. We're rarely in a hurry to get anywhere.
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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3221

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I think I read that Military.com reports that next year's COLA will probably be 3.9%
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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3222

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When I joined the US Navy a gallon of gasoline was 25 and a half cents, a carton of cigarettes was 90 cents, the military did not come under social security and there was no COLA. Complaining about things you had no control over was as popular than as it is now. Adjust your budget and have fun because time is ticking off just as fast now as it was yesterday.

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3223

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We also have had to be off the road for awhile, since last October. The family stuff is cleared up and we plan to head out June 2. We've laid out our path into August. We're going the longer stay route. Instead of three or four days in one place we are staying one to two weeks. That will cut down on the diesel we'll have to run through the coach. We will still do our normal sightseeing but it will be in the car making daily trips.
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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3225

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I retired from my teaching position last October and we planned to full-time on the road for a few years. We spent the winter in North and South Carolina at Fort Bragg, Onslow Beach and Charleston. While at Onslow, I applied and was accepted as the camp host for two years.

Onslow Beach is a great Marine Corps Recreation Center right on the Atlantic Ocean and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have this opportunity. The steep cost of fuel was causing us some concern.

The Onslow RV Park is going to be closed the month of June because the swinging bridge to the island is being closed for maintenance. Since we changed our domicile to Texas, we will be going there while the park is closed to complete our requirements (drivers licenses, vehicle inspections, voter registration, etc.). The fuel to take the Bounder to Texas and back will be at least $1200. This is a significant expense just for fuel for one month.

Over the next couple of years, we have other pensions coming online that will make full-timing more affordable so our detour to Onslow could not have come at a better time.

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3254

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I found that some fam camps dont have mouthly or even weekly amounts only daily. So we spend a week to a month at rv parks because by doing so it is far cheaper than staying in some fam camps. With some parks you can get pay for 5 get one or two days free. And when you pay for a month its as low as 10-15 dollars. I am at a park in washington right now that is 290 a month, thats 9 dollars a month.

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3256

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Wow, $9.00 a month, that is cheap, what is the name???

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3258

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Me thinks utmtmn made a slight math error !!! :o IF he didn't -- tell me quick so I can beat everyone else.

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3273

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Me think I goobered. LOL its 9 dollars a day. I also workamp to help cover the cost of rving. But I do the volunteer thing at national parks. I was informed today that since I am volunteering at North Cascade National Park, that they will pay for my camp site. Dang that 290 a month I will get back somewhere along the line and I can bank it.

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3292

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I think if the same method was used to set the prices at the military campgrounds that is used to price fuel at military exchanges the campgrounds would have to close. Makes one wonder why people wait in line for fuel at the base exchanges when it's the same price just outside the gate.

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3293

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QUOTE: "Makes one wonder why people wait in line for fuel at the base exchanges when it's the same price just outside the gate."

Don't know about others, but two reasons I do it: I can use my AAFES card to buy gas, and at least SOME of the profit goes into base recreation and support instead of out of the country to some multi-national company... I know, I know, pretty much all the fuel originates from OOC corporations, but at least at the base station, SOME part of the delivery costs stays here on base, and it does employ retired or dependent attendents.

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Re: Retired vs. fuel cost ... 13 years 2 months ago #3294

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Well, the high cost of traveling has done it to us. We have decided to lease a long-term site at a RV resort in Zephyrhills, FL. The cost is $2500 a year for the site. Then we pay for utilities, internet and cable. I figure a total of about $300 a month, give or take a few dollars. We plan on keeping the MH at the site and drive our car home periodically. We live about 400 miles. With the price of fuel going out of sight and the same with cg's, we figure to save quite a bit by just staying in one place. Sure wish we'd get a decent COLA. By the way, our car gets close to 40 mpg. Our MH get 8 mpg (it's a gasser). About MacDill AFB, we have heard some bad things about the place. Do any of you have first hand info about the base. Thanks.

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