After reading yesterday’s blog, titled Pay It Or Park It, about rising fuel costs and how they impact RVers, someone wrote to tell me that re-posting a blog from back when fuel prices spiked upward in 2011 has no relevance to the current situation. He said that just because they dropped back down then doesn’t mean they will now. He added that he had purchased a new Class A motorhome eighteen months ago and he’s going to sell the darn thing back to the dealer at a loss this week because he refuses to be “raped by the fuel companies taking advantage of the situation in Ukraine.”
He added that I was giving people bad advice by telling them to just wait and ride it out, because the longer they waited, the less money their RVs were going to be worth and the more they were going to lose when they tried to unload them. He also told me that he bets I regret buying my new pickup truck with its gas hog Hemi V-8 engine.
I’ve got news for you, partner. If you bought a new Class A motorhome eighteen months ago and you’re going to try to sell it back to the dealer now, you’re going to lose a fortune. You already lost a lot of money when you drove it off the lot. The situation in Ukraine, as terrible as it is, will be resolved sooner or later. Fuel prices will stabilize, and we’ll see them come down. No, probably not to what they were before, but I’ve lived a long time and I’ve seen prices go up and down time again, and over the long haul they always rise over time.
But guess what? So does the price of bread and milk, and houses, and anything else we buy. When I got out of the Army back in 1974 gas prices were beginning to go up and people were telling me they were going to park their cars and buy bicycles and be done with it. Except for kids and Mormon missionaries, and those skinny fools who ride around in spandex clogging the roadways on weekends, how many people do you know who ride bicycles on a regular basis?
But you do you, and I’ll do me. Okay? My new truck still gets better mileage than our 2005 Ford Explorer did. Sell your motorhome for whatever you can get out of it right now, and I’ll keep my new truck. Check back with me this time next year and we’ll see who regrets our decision the most. Fair enough?
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Congratulations Mike Knight, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Dastardly Deeds & Last Words, the stories of bloodthirsty pirates brought to justice for their barbarism on the high seas. We had 14 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – So what if I don’t know what apocalypse means? It’s not the end of the world.