It seems like most of us bus folks keep a constant eye on the ever-fluctuating price at the diesel pump. Based on some recent polls in the forum, most of our bus conversions get somewhere between 5–10 mpg.
The cost of filling the tank to take a road trip is a mighty big chunk of change, so the current price can greatly impact a bus owner’s ability to actually get out there on the road.
One of the common concerns folks have for us as full-timers living and traveling in a bus is fuel costs.
‘How on earth can you afford all of that diesel??’
For most folks living in a traditional home, their bus fuel costs are a discretionary vacation or hobby expense to budget in on top of daily living expenses.
Sure, with a 6.6 mpg average for our GM 4106 with automatic transmission, pulling our Mini Cooper toad—it costs a pretty penny to travel 6500+ miles a year.
It seems logical that fuel costs should be a primary concern for full-timers, however, here are six reasons that we and many of our peers don’t freak out when fuel costs rise:
Here are some calculations we ran showing how a fluctuation in fuel prices impacts our annual and monthly expenses:
Yeah, a $2.50 or more increase would cause us to contemplate radically changing our pace but still isn’t likely to take us off the road. But anything less than that is easy enough for us to offset by driving a few fewer miles, finding new income sources, eating out less, and/or buying a cheaper bottle of wine.
Want to play around with these calculations for your situation? I set the above form up as a public spreadsheet at www.technomadia.com/fuelprices that you’re welcome to use. I recommend clicking “Make a Copy” under the File menu and saving your own copy since others may be using it as you are, or downloading it to your favorite spreadsheet program.
Yeah, it sucks to pay more for something and I don’t mean to make light of it—and I also know it’s more painful for those on fixed tight incomes.
We just roll with fuel prices, keep it all in perspective and remember we choose our awesome life of mobility.
Cherie Ve Ard and Chris Dunphy are known online as Technomadia. They have been on the road full-time since 2006 running their software development business remotely, including producing a line of highly useful iPhone/iPad travel apps. They write about the intersection of travel and technology, and life on the road, at www.technomadia.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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