|Stationary for a month at the Park|
As it was, the motorhome was lucky to get 10 mpg, going down hill with a tail wind. The results of downsizing Didn't improve my mileage one iota. The Jeep Cherokee, trailer combination still averaged 10 mpg on a week long vacation trip.
In total frustration I again traded the trailer off for my now 37' Diesel pusher, by far the largest and most powerful RV I've ever owned. My research told me I should expect a good solid 10 mpg with this rig as well, but as they say... The proof is in the pudding.
|Spending the night at Walmart on the road.|
I was pleasantly surprised when the pump kicked off at $125. Next I sat down for some serious calculating. This heavy monster of a highway cruiser that floats along effortlessly towing my Jeep Wrangler behind gets a solid 11 mpg. And that didn't include the roughly 3 hrs of generator time as well.
As remarkable as it is that I can travel in this level of comfort with all the amenities, there is more to this fact than meet the eye.
My travel strategy has been short driving days, staying only at places like Walmart or similar free spots for the night.Yes, I'm cheap, but there is more to it than that.
By slowing my life down a notch, and being in no big hurry to be any particular place, I have found that whether I am on the road traveling or staying at an RV Resort for a month, my monthly expenses are virtually the same.
|Jeep and trailer.. 10 mpg|
The only catch with this plan is you must stay for a month if you decide to come off the road for a spell. Monthly rates are considerably less than daily or weekly.
For the next week or so I have planned places I want to see. Beyond that is a 2 month window where it is too hot out west, and getting too cold up north. I may very well seek out a campground somewhere in the middle, with some amenities, and call myself home until it's time to go. It will be a good time to get mail forwarded while I'm at it.
At least now I have a pretty good idea of what my budget will be, regardless of whether I'm standing still or moving.