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Old 05-20-2008, 12:59 PM   #21
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Does anyone know, is RVing commonplace in europe? They've had high gas prices forever. Whatever the answer is, it might be a sign of trends to come here in North America.
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:28 PM   #22
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Yes - they call it caravanning there and in general use much smaller trailers/motorhomes.

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Yes - they call it caravanning there and in general use much smaller trailers/motorhomes.

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And some downright sexy Airstreams
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:24 PM   #24
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Caravanning is also very popular in New Zealand--if I ever go back for a trip, we'll be going campervan style!

Yeah, my airstream, not so sexy, like the old great aunt of airstreams! Of course, I am pretty sure the Argosy came about because they had some panels that weren't pretty enough for the "bare"stream, so began the legacy of the painted Airstreams--the Argosy model, which came in both trailer and coach models.
We get about 10 mpg, usually stay fairly close to home for most of our camping, but every year do go up to Virginia and that costs a pretty penny. But that is for the music festival and we'll do that if we have to eat mac-n-cheese for a month to afford it. Here's the aftermath...
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Another way to go is a smaller RV. We had a 1985 VW camper but last year passed that on to older son (& grandchildren!). I wanted a teardrop but DW wanted a potty, shower, AC and such comforts so we went up one size to a T@da
www.tada-rv.com - T@DA - Microlite RV Teardrop Travel Trailer - TADA TAB Daddy

We tow it with a Jeep Liberty diesel, get 20 MPG while towing (on the flat, forget that going up the Grapevine). So far we have been out a couple times and loved it. Expect to do a lot more camping.
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Yakers, two words: SO JEALOUS!
What a beauty--I have coveted one of those ever since I saw them for the first time! And best of all...it's RED!
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We bought a 1/2 acre recreational lake lot about 50 miles from our house. The 30ft 5th wheel and all toys sit out there all year. Doesn't take many tanks of gas and crummy camping stalls to have that make sense.

I actually think that we may see the value of rec properties rise as any price sensitive folks who previously drove or pulled big RV's around start looking at keeping costs at a controlled level.
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As they say, if it flies, floats or ****s, you are better off renting it !!
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/business/20repo.html
boat repo man story

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“I oversaturated myself with long-term debt,” he said. “It was a risk, a calculated risk. I obviously lost.” He is declaring bankruptcy.
$175k boat; interest-only loan. I would love to see his 'calculations' on that..
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