Gasoline prices in Georgia’s Lowndes County have climbed considerably in two weeks, but according to a report by The Valdosta Daily Times it’s not the worst hike that Barry Boone has seen in his line of work.

“The worst was in 2008-2009, when gas was $3.50 a gallon,” he said. “That was devastating.”
Boone sells recreational vehicles for a living at Alliance Coach, located just off Interstate 75’s Exit 5 at Lake Park.

“Gas is a huge consideration for an RV buyer,” he said.

With 22 years of selling RVs behind him, Boone said the market is “steady, but not roaring back … Gas prices have stabilized in the $2.20 range.” When fuel prices climb toward $4 a gallon, “it makes a difference,” he said.

A check of georgiagasprices.com, a gas price comparison website, shows that the cheapest price reported in Lowndes County Sunday was $2.26 a gallon at a convenience store on North Oak Street. On April 6, no fewer than 65 retailers were selling regular-grade gas for under $2.20 a gallon.

Sunday, 52 retail locations were listed with gas under $2.40 a gallon.

During the 2008-2009 crunch, a number of RV manufacturers went out of business, Boone said. More recently, the industry has regrouped and is more stable, he said.

The average RV gets six to eight miles per gallon; in a good month, Alliance Coach’s Lake Park location sells 30-35 units, Boone said.

Read the full report here.