As a semi-retired engineer I have the uncontrollable urge to document..... everything! On my old WEB site I had many spreadsheets of various driving trips so having just completed a 2 month+ trip to FL, below is my spreadsheet of the trip details. I was able to camp on way to FL the first week in Dec. (last yr 2012) and fuel averaged 3.28 per gallon. By the time I returned a couple weeks back fuel had jumped to $3.51 gal and I stayed in Motels as camping with overnight temps in the high 20's and low 30's hold very little appeal.
Total mileage to and from FL was about 4,500 miles +/- . I stopped in Santa Fe NM on the way back for a few days which made the return trip a little longer.
My 2004 Ford Ranger PU truck is no longer in like new condition and the original 32 mpg is now an average of only 29.6 mpg. I would trade for a new vehicle but after test driving several trucks from other manufacturers there is no model out there as comfortable to drive as my Ranger XLT. When you consider what I have put this truck through, it's amazing it still runs at all. I have driven it from 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle to Key West FL with trips to about 30 or 40 of the US states in between..... Why in gods name Ford discontinued this model is beyond me. This is the 8th Ranger I have owned and this one I have kept almost ten years and may have to keep it going for another 10... LOL.
So to summarize from below...... Total miles = about 6,000 Total Fuel cost = $695 Total Lodging Cost = $214 So I have to eat anyway.... (therefore no food costs).... and airline flights for all the city's I visited would be a cost of 5 or 6 times what I am out of pocket for...... besides, I love to travel! (See also page on HOBO.....Link Here
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