- The Washington Times - Monday, May 31, 2004

HAMLIN, N.Y. (AP) — After 10 days parked near Lake Ontario, John Gerfen will pump 75 gallons of gasoline into his motor home on Memorial Day weekend, drive to his retirement home in Florida and try to keep his wanderlust in check.

“We have no plans to move any place until gas prices come down,” said Mr. Gerfen, 74, at Hamlin Beach State Park. “At campsites, the three gripes I hear are fuel prices, the national debt and Iraq. Fuel prices are at the top.”

Of all the motorists upset about high gas prices, recreational-vehicle owners pay a particularly heavy toll. Mr. Gerfen gets just 8 miles per gallon in his 37-foot-long behemoth.

The tenacity with which RV enthusiasts adhere to their freewheeling lifestyle isn’t likely to be shaken, industry officials say, because gas accounts for only a portion of their costs.

But with pump prices peaking at a nationwide average of $2.06 a gallon, quite a few might rethink their summer schedule.

“If you can delay your trip to Aunt Minnie’s house for six months, then you might as well because it’ll maybe be better then,” said David Humphreys, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

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