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Budget caravan park cabin accommodation costs compare well with towing caravans to powered sites

June 23, 2009
Budget caravan park cabin accommodation costs compare well with towing caravans to powered sites

Budget Caravan Park Cabin accommodation over 2 nights, in a 1,875 kms GoSee evaluation is $45.35 more costly than towing your own caravan.

The GoSee evaluation at current fuel prices shows towing cost is 17.6 cents per kilometre.

A summary of fuel consumption on the intensive GoSee towing evaluation to Berrima via Canberra 1,021 kms at an average speed of 81 kms shows 14.75 lt / 100 used.

The return trip from Berrima, NSW direct to the Geelong suburb of Belmont, Victoria, in the same windless weather conditions and with the same vehicle mass showed 854 kms at an average speed of 83 kms with 13.5 lt / 100 used.

The GoSee towing combination is, we believe, a typical "Family" caravanning package. The GoSee tow vehicle is our 2007 Holden Captiva LX Auto Diesel and the new loaded for the road company 16’5” Jayco Discovery pop-top caravan.

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GoSee overnights at Wymah Valley Holiday Park

Andrew Leimroth of DPChip, Berrima reprogrammed the DPChip GoSee put into the the Holden Captiva LX diesel auto 11 months ago to maximize its performance.

It certainly showed up in towing performance (although in the big picture Berrima is at elevation 651m above sea level and Geelong is at sea level, so its down hill all the way south.)

The fine-tuned DPChip Difference is 1.25 lts / 100 kms

So over 1,875 kms that is a savings of 23.4 litres and at GoSee average TravelSmart Fuel Use Spreadsheet cost of $1.23/lt for diesel that is $28.80 (a slab of cheap beer).

Powered site towing versus single vehicle and cabin costs

If the cost of powered sites is factored into the towing equation versus a single vehicle using cabin accommodation the results are:

Towing fuel consumption for whole trip 14.2 lt/100. Cost $330.40 (average $1.24/lt) 2 night powered site $41.00. GoSee stayed at Wymah Valley Holiday Park and Yass Caravan Park. Total $371.40.

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Modern cabins handle family needs

Editors Note: Wymah Valley Holiday Park, about 34km north of Albury, was formerly the Great Aussie Resort.

Single Vehicle using estimated 9.5 lt / 100 (using estimate based on GoSee travels & also the 1/3 less rule). 1,875 kms = 197.4 litres @ $1.24 = $244.75 plus 1 x Ensuite hut (budget) Wymah Valley Retreat $100 a double & Yass Caravan Park Ensuite Cabin $72 a double. Total $416.75

In summary Budget Caravan Park Cabin accommodation over 2 nights, 1,875 kms is $45.35 more costly than towing your own caravan.

Towing cost is 17.6 cents per kilometre. This could effectively rise to 20c per kilometre to equal the same cost as using caravan park cabin accommodation not towing or a fuel price rise of 17 cents per litre.

Editors Note: GoSee includes pictures from our Belmont, Victoria to Berrima NSW, towing evalution on the Hume Highway.

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GoSee signs-in with Cheryl and Pat at Wymah Valley Holiday Park
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Children enjoy animals up close at Wymah Valley Holiday Park
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Ensuite sites at Wymah Valley Holiday Park
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Captiva and Jayco Discovery at DPChip Berrima NSW
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GSA and Jayco Discovery make Bakery stop in Holbrook NSW
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Time out Chiltern Rest Area Hume Hwy

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