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A Chicago RV owner who recently paid over $900 to fill up his tenement on wheels has now gone viral in a video posted by his daughter to TikTok that serves as a testament to record-high gas prices affecting the entire country.
As the White House and their media allies seek to place the blame on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – going so far as to conjure up the erroneous moniker of “Putin’s price hike” – no thinking person is buying the almost laughable attempt at deflecting from President Biden’s disastrous energy policies.
TikTok user @riley.14_ posted the video which shows her dad, Mark, filling up his converted Prevost bus on their way to a Florida vacation.
When he finishes, the pump reads a whopping $944.85 for 170 gallons of fuel. The video has been watched more than 16.3 million times.
Many viewers were aghast at the expenditure.
“When I tell you my jaw was on the floor,” one commenter said, according to Fox News.
Another person said, “That actually makes me want to cry.”
“I said $300,” someone else wrote. “I was way off.”
“Just move in,” another person said. “You just paid rent/mortgage.”
The father and daughter told Fox News Digital they had no idea the video would have such an extensive reach. Riley, 19, told the outlet she had seen other videos posted to social media that chronicled the ongoing gas price woes across America and decided it might be fun to post how costly it has become for the family to fill up “the bus” as they call it.
“I thought it had potential, but nothing like how viral it went,” Riley told Fox News Digital. “I thought maybe, at most, like a million views … I’m very shocked.”
The subsequent public reaction has been “kinda crazy” for the family, according to Mark.
“It literally just blew up,” the dad, 52, said. “I’m still kind of shocked at all the publicity,” he added.
But the original video “was not at all meant to be complaining,” Riley explained in a follow-up video also posted on TikTok.
“We’re very fortunate and grateful, and we appreciate everything that we have,” Riley said.
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The family has owned the RV since shortly before the pandemic hit in 2020. Mark said he recalls being able to fill it up for between $300 and $400 at the time. Now, it’s gotten out of hand.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen $500 and then with the prices today — it was actually pretty shocking … reflecting back on looking at the gas pump at $944,” he said.
Typically, he said, the family takes three trips a year in the RV; one of them an annual reunion out West with immediate family members who also own RVs.
“Personally, I don’t like the hotels,” he said. “So for pretty much, I would say, most of our vacations, we would just take the bus.”
“We kind of all meet up in the summer and that’s our summer reunion get-together,” he said.
The father says the confines of an RV are great for family bonding in addition to saving on the cost of hotels and airline tickets. Considering the inconvenience of flying with COVID mandates as well as Gestapo-like flight crews and irascible passengers, hitting the road may be the best deal going, even with obscene gas prices.
“To me, it’s the best way for a family to get together and spend time,” Mark continued. “It’s amazing. We’re much closer as a family when we’re traveling and spend a couple of weeks in a confined RV than … getting lost in the house where everybody’s doing their own thing.”
“Everybody’s together,” he said of vacationing in the RV. “It’s definitely nice.”
For those looking to offset some of the high fuel costs of vacationing on the road, Mark recommends using a fuel card like truckers do, using apps like Gas Buddy to find the cheapest gas.
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