Summer RVing season is here and that means gas prices are inching back up again after dropping off last month.

The AAA Motor Club reports the average price in the Myrtle Beach, SC area climbed to $3.48 a gallon for unleaded regular, up 7 cents from last week and ten cents from a month ago.

The increase in gas prices impacts all drivers, but recreational vehicle owners, with huge gas tanks to fill and low fuel economy, are feeling the pinch more than most.

The Camodeo family from southern Maryland brought their 36-foot Super Class C motor home to Ocean Lakes Campground in Myrtle Beach this week for their annual vacation. They experienced some sticker shock when it came time to fill up the tank before they left.

“I put 52 gallons in on Saturday morning. It was $206 of diesel,” said Mike Camodeo, a retired Navy officer.

Camodeo said high gas prices have never changed the family’s plans about where to travel or how far to go, but pump prices are something he pays close attention to and just a penny or two more per gallon can have a big impact on their budget.

“If I can save 5,6,7 cents a gallon, I’ll definitely do that, when you’re talking 80 gallons of diesel” Camodeo said.

Ocean Lakes marketing director Barb Krumm said the campground felt the impact of higher gas this spring, when prices spiked by more than a dollar per gallon. A few campers cancelled their reservations, Krumm said, but the campground’s overall occupancy was not affected.

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