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Rising Gas Prices Affect Missouri Travelers

Date: April 18, 2011
By: Kadee Brosseau
State Capitol Bureau

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With gas prices on the rise, some Missouri R-V owners are changing their travel plans. According to the Missouri Association of R-V Parks and Campgrounds, park owners throughout Missouri are noticing these changes.
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Wrap: As the owner of Mari-Osa-Delta R-V Park and Campground in Jefferson City, Harold Taylor sees hundreds of travelers every summer. But this year, he says, will be a little different.

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Description: “We had some come in a couple weeks ago and they ended up staying another two weeks.”

Extended stays in a campground will mean less time on the road, and less money spent on gas.

President of the Missouri Association of R-V Parks and Campgrounds Larry Helms says park owners across the state are seeing this trend in their guest's travel plans.

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Description: “They’re looking to stay closer to home and they’re also looking to stay, they’re wanting to stay an extra day or two or maybe sometimes a week.”

For travelers, saving on fuel is essential. One R-V owner says he pays almost 500 dollars per fill-up.

From Jefferson City, I'm Kadee Brosseau.

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Rising gas prices are causing some Missouri travelers to change their plans, especially if they're traveling by R-V. According to the Missouri Association of R-V parks and campgrounds, park owners throughout the state are noticing a change in traveling this year.
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Wrap: If you thought filling up your car was a strain on the wallet, one R-V owner says he pays up to 500 dollars per fill up.

Director of Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Bill Lockwood says guests at Binder R-V Campground are changing their plans, hoping to save a little on fuel.

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Description: “People when they do come are staying for a longer stay and people are not coming from as great a distance maybe as they typically do.”

And President of the Missouri Association of R-V Parks and Campgrounds Larry Helms says park owners throughout the state are noticing this trend of travelers  taking extended stays and spending less time on the road.  

From Jefferson City, I'm Kadee Brosseau.  

 

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Many R-V travelers are changing their summer travel plans as gas prices rise. The Missouri Association of R-V Parks and Campgrounds has been noticing R-V travelers are the ones affected most by these high prices.
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Wrap: Gas prices are topping three dollars and 70 cents. In a 120 gallon tank, thats almost 500 dollars for R-V owners to pay per fill-up.

Because of these high prices, President of the Missouri Association of R-V Parks and Campgrounds Larry Helms says park owners are seeing a change in their guest's travel plans.

Owner of Mari-Osa-Delta R-V Park and Campground in Jefferson City says people are taking extended stays, to avoid drive time.

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Description: “We had some come in a couple weeks ago and they ended up staying another two weeks.”

But Taylor says not only travel plans will be affected, but he also expects to see a decline in the use of other activities his park offers.  

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Description: “We’re right on a river so it’s going to affect the boating and the people wanting to move their motor homes.”
 
Helms says Missouri RV Park owners will be monitoring this trend throughout the traveling season.

From Jefferson City, I'm Kadee Brosseau.


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