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I like the per day idea too.
So if I take Shane's numbers 75K in fuel cost + 120K in maintenance (10k x 12 years) = 195K / 12 years = 16250.00 per year /365 days = 44.50 per day operating costs. This doesn't cover camping fees.
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I like the per day idea too.
So if I take Shane's numbers 75K in fuel cost + 120K in maintenance (10k x 12 years) = 195K / 12 years = 16250.00 per year /365 days = 44.50 per day operating costs. This doesn't cover camping fees.
Is your goal to live as cheaply as possible? Get a Bird? Live as cheaply as possible in a Bird? Just curious as I've never even looked at/worried about cost as I know there are way cheaper solutions.
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I like the per day idea too.
So if I take Shane's numbers 75K in fuel cost + 120K in maintenance (10k x 12 years) = 195K / 12 years = 16250.00 per year /365 days = 44.50 per day operating costs. This doesn't cover camping fees.
Doug- you won't always spend 10K annually, but BE PREPARED to. I use the heck out of our bus. Usually out 10 weeks/year traveling. To keep costs manageable, I would buy the best that you can afford while also being able to maintain most of the systems yourself. For me, that limited my purchase to a Pre-1988 6V or 8V92. Non-DDEC 2-strokers are simple, with no electronics, high-pressure fuel pump or rail system. Rear-Engined CATS tended to run a little warm for my taste and Forward Control coaches were a little tough for a healthy eater like myself to squeeze in and out of.
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Default Pilot and Flying J at least $.20 higher

Why are Pilot and Flying J at least $.20 higher than other brands/stations for diesel?
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Why are Pilot and Flying J at least $.20 higher than other brands/stations for diesel?

Someone has to be the "Price Leader". Guess their it.
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Why are Pilot and Flying J at least $.20 higher than other brands/stations for diesel?
Flying J used to have good competitive low fuel prices until they were taken over by Pilot, I very rarely stop at either of them now days unless I have to and that is usually only for propane because of the convenience of their propane fill station.
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Cost of travel can vary, on a recent 4 day trip back to WI from our place in Idaho, driving the F-150, stayed @ Livingston MT, Bismarck ND, and Hudson WI, averaged $175 a nite for rooms. What with the need for restaurants and excessive fuel stops, not to mention public comfort? stations, well I missed the motor home experience a lot.
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Why are Pilot and Flying J at least $.20 higher than other brands/stations for diesel?
Convenience for large vehicles (large lots, separate auto fueling from truck fillup) and commercial pumps (high volume w/ quick filling), fuel accounts for trucking companies...basically right next to on/off ramps (expensive land), repair facilities/maintenance for heavy trucks, showers, etc....
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I am still a new Bird owner so I don't have the wisdom of the others, but my first trip, we went about 1250 miles round trip averaging 5.5 mpg. When I filled up, it was about $400 ($1.76/gallon). I had a coworker comment about how much I spent on fuel and I broke it down for him.

I took a family of 4 to 4 separate destinations. I spent $400 on fuel, $200 on groceries, $100 on restaurants and $100 on RV parks for a total of $800 for an 6 nights, 7 days. Had I driven the same distance in any of our vehicles, it would have been $100. I can't imagine that I would have spent less than $100 per day feeding 4 people (probably closer to $150) plus say $100 per night hotel for a total of not less than $1400 for the same trip.

This does not include that the drive to the destinations was part of the vacation. There was no "are we there yet"! While I was driving my wife and kids were playing games or just looking out the picture windows at the amazing views. Was it painless? No, we learned about fuel filters that first trip, but we met a fellow WOGer along the way.

We are on our return home from our second big trip. We had some challenges, but the group here came to my side with awesome advice and support.

I did a LOT of research before I bought my Bird. The number one item on my list was the safety of my family and I found no other vehicle that has the safety record of these machine. Not by a mile!

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Flying J used to have good competitive low fuel prices until they were taken over by Pilot,
If you can't compete with your competition, just take them over... Problem solved.
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