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#21 OFFLINE   jimandsue60

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 06:41 PM

The difference between 3 dollars a gallon and 4 dollars a gallon on a 3000 mile trip with a truck that gets 12 mpg is 250 dollars. I know if this was one of my only major trips of the year I would find a way to get the extra 250 dollars. If you plan a trip to mexico you will be able to recoup that because fuel is a bunch cheaper down there.

Yes the cost of fuel is an issue but not an end all to all of the plans we have made (which aren't many). We have found our selves not traveling as far and staying at places longer to offset fuel and other rising costs.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 09:05 AM

[quote name='RichConley' date='Mar 8 2008, 07:18 PM' post='2910518']
70 mpg:
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Posted 09 March 2008 - 01:28 PM

Gary,
Its actually got me to thinking about joining: http://www.wussy.net/
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:52 AM

I have been paying $3.95+ for biodiesel fro a while now......., so this will not change a thing for me.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 02:36 AM

Once the snow finally clears, I'll also go from diesel 4x4 to gas 70 mpg

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 11:50 AM

The difference between 3 dollars a gallon and 4 dollars a gallon on a 3000 mile trip with a truck that gets 12 mpg is 250 dollars.


Everyone should do the math. For me, at 8mpg (worst case mileage for 3000 mile trip all uphill both ways :blink: ) the difference between $3 & $4 per gallon is $375. For a 3000 mile trip, $375 would be a drop in the expenses bucket. Heck, 3 days at Disneyland costs $616 for 2 adults and 2 kids.

What I worry about more is the day I will get taxed more for gas based on the type of vehicle I am filling up. The moment technology makes it reliably possible for politicians to tax based on vehicle type will be the day commuter cars pay $4/gallon for gas and trucks will pay $10/gallon; and that will be the day the price of fuel effects us all in a bad way.
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Posted 11 March 2008 - 01:11 PM

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 06:11 PM

Every day I ride the Harley to work, I save about $5. Soooo... each day I ride in I throw a fiver in the cookie jar. Hopefully by the time we start heading out with the rig, we'll at least have a bit of a "fuel cushion" to start. So far we've saved about $50 bucks (of course I didn't pull the money out of the jar for the heated grips and vest! LOL). I'm embarrassed to admit that myself, my wife, and son all drive 2500HD's.... now if I can figure out a payback amount for investing in a sidecar!!! LOL.. As for the trips... sadly the bikes are going to see more miles than the TC. I'm told that Northern Michigan resorts and motels are already gearing up for "special" packages to encourage travel.

Soooooo .... who knows, maybe they'll strike oil in Texas... oh whoops, they already did! Oh I forgot, it's cheaper to import it.... or how about Alaska.... oh whoops again! We pipe it south load it on tankers and send it to Japan with our scrap steel barges!!!! What was I thinking?!

Sorry all! Didn't mean to get carried away!!! Where ever you go.... enjoy it... be it 40 miles or 400.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:05 PM

My 250cc Helix got 72 mpg. My 650cc Burgman got 52 mpg. The 650 Burgman is still the world's best scooter. The new 250cc Morphous is injected, and should readily beat 72 mpg. The 125cc Vino is advertized to get 89 mpg. Thinking of getting a 125cc Vino.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 03:34 PM

i read this on another forum today - i can only hope it is wrong ---

A growing chorus of voices is screaming for the United States to undertake a Manhattan Project-type program to wean America off its oil dependency.But as Charles T. Maxwell, the dean of Wall Streets energy analysts,looks into the future, he deeply fears that Washington wont do anything to head off the oil crisis he sees rapidly developing starting in 2010. He says will make the financial crisis he fears even worse. Also, because Washington will be seen by angry voters (who will be paying $12 to $15 for a gallon a gas) as the cause of their Nightmare on Main Street, Maxwell sees the American political system being shaken to its roots. Princeton and Oxford-educated Maxwell believes that if the Democrats are in power, their core constituencies farmers, workers and intellectuals will be ranged against one another, resulting in an impasse. If the Republicans are in power, he expects whatever solution they come up with to be politically untenable because it will be premised on people with money continuing to consume as before, with the have-nots expected to do without. Seeing no chance of a timely political response to Americas looming oil calamity, Maxwell expects an oil-induced financial crisis to start somewhere in the 2010 to 2015 time frame. He said that, unlike the recession the U.S. appears to be in today, This will not be six months of hell and then we come out of it. Rather, Maxwell expects this financial crisis to last at least 10 or 12 years, as the world goes through a prolonged period of price induced rationing (eg, oil up to $300 a barrel and U.S. pump prices up to $15 a gallon), while waiting for new technologies that can wean nations off their oil dependency to take hold in the marketplace. (It will take time to change over the worlds one billion or so oil-consuming cars and trucks.)

kind of scary is it not?


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 04:33 PM

OK guys we are getting way off the question that was asked on the original post.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 06:19 PM

Well I've been planning our '08 Alaska summer trip for awhile now and it's coming together pretty well. 56 days 7900 mi. When I started panning this trip I was going with a $4.00 gal avg. at 11mpg with a fuel cost of $2,880.21 Updated cost in Dec. to $4.50 gal. for a fuel cost of $3,240.24 Updating again today with fuel cost of $5.00 gal. for a fuel cost of $3,600.26 For a fuel cost rise of $720.05 We are definetly going this year because it's only going to get worse. We will be boondocking a little more to offset some of the fuel cost. This is a trip of a life time and in my life time a trip I'm sorry to say only the RICH will be able to do in the future.
It is really sad when you think about all the people in B.C,Yukon & Alaska depending on people to travel to Alaska and those days are coming to a end. I will be taking lots of pictures so my kids can see something they themselves will probably never experiance.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:03 PM

I like your attitude the price is going up but we planed it and we are going that is the way to look at it. Good for you yes it is the only time you will make this trip so go for it don't hold back and have fun.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:41 PM

the way i look at it so it will cost me say 200.00 for gas instead of 150.00 is that 50.00 realy worth not going on a trip i dont think so ..so my plan is to enjoy every trip possible ....after all you cant take it with you so enjoy it while you can...

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 05:59 AM

It will be a big hit in price getting wherever we go. But we will putt around on our Yamaha 200 cc. Good little bike, very good mileage. Can't wait for warm weather. :fing32:

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:00 AM

I'm not afraid of an oil crises those Canuks have more oil than they can shake a stick at.


How it's affected us...... well we also don't go for the full hook-ups any longer, and we are adding a second battery charger to shorten generator charge/run time.
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:50 AM

I think we will take fewer trips, but stay longer. Boondock more probably as well!

I am fortunate that I only work 2 miles from the house and my wife works from home. Although I put on 100 or so miles a week to see my daughter. And my wife puts on 150 or so miles a week for classes. My daily driver is a 4cyl Jeep that gets 20 and my wifes Durango averages 19+ if she stays out of the HEMI mode! Our fuel costs are pretty low already!

However, we are leaving for Las Vegas in the morning for our one and only out of town race this year (went to two last year and 3 the year before that!) and when we first decided to go I had planned on about $200.00 dollars in fuel for the round trip and now it will be $280.00

That being said, this year we will use our camper instead of a Hotel for the weekend. That saves approx $200.00 in hotels. Taking all our food with us and not eating out = another savings of probably $200.00! Not putting on the 40 or so miles to go from the track to the hotel and back each day is another savings of approx 50 bux. Finnaly, my Diesel Dually gets 13.5 towing just the race car vs. 11.5 towing the boat with the camper straped on.. Very similar in weights so I am using that figure for the camper + racecar will be the 11.5 as well..

Camper is saving me money to go camping later in the year! However I will be doing less to support the local economy of Las Vegas than we did last year.....
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:03 AM

Its affecting me greatly. I haven't gone anywhere yet this year. What trips I do manage to take will be very short range. I'd like to find a better job but with unemployment skyrocketing thats getting harder and harder. I'd like to sell my house but prices keep dropping. Very depressing.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 06:43 AM

How about us??


Absolutely no problem. I bought a 12V currency printing press which turns out nice $20s! Nifty! :)

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:17 AM

The difference of going up from 3.4 to $4 while driving 12,000 miles/year in my 1999 Ford F-350 CC LB with 7.3L diesel and auto tranny should cost me about $42/month. I'm ok with it when I break it down that way. About $500/year increase. I like driving the truck.




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