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#41 OFFLINE   mar v

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:07 PM

Short local trips for me this summer. Fortunately for me there are lots of places to camp where I live. May take a trip to southern NM in the fall. Boyfriend wants to go Elk hunting down there.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:48 PM

Short local trips for me this summer. Fortunately for me there are lots of places to camp where I live. May take a trip to southern NM in the fall. Boyfriend wants to go Elk hunting down there.


Using Microsoft's Streets & Trips, it identifies eight state parks within 20 miles of our house.
We will make those short local camping trips on weekends and the long trips as time permits.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 02:51 PM

I think that this is relevant to this thread:
Our local news did a story on why Diesel is so much more expensive than gas. "An industry spokesman explained that it is due to supply and demand. There is much less demand for Diesel, since there are very few people who own a Diesel powered vehicle, and because of this the gas companies have to charge more to make up for this." Then oddly enough there was story on the opposing channel about the high cost of gas, "An industry spokesman explained that it is a case of supply and demand. Since Americans have such an insatiable appetite for gas, the demand out strips the supply and that is why it cost so much."

O.K. which is it...supply, demand or is it the law of contradiction? I choose none of the above, I think if you could be a fly on the wall in the board room, you'd find that these companies are laughing all the way to the bank. They are going to squeeze us until there is nothing left.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:18 PM

I thought they raised prices because Britney Spears lost custody of her kids.
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:12 PM

I wrote the following on a Escapees Forum (RVing on a budget) yesterday. It was titled: Crying at the pump. I think it's appropriate for this thread.

I used to be a full timer from 1994 to 2000. When I would fill up my class A motor home it would cost me less then a hundred dollars. Yesterday I filled up my diesel pickup. The gauge showed just under a quarter of a tank. I paid $100.00 dollars at that pump. It shut off at fifty dollars and I did it twice. I figure I get about fourteen miles to a gallon with out my truck camper and about ten to eleven mpg with it on. I'm leaving Brenda AZ. for Lakeland FL. this weekend. I was going to take a northern route (never RVed three of the NW States). After yesterday I'm heading straight home with tears in my eyes. No question I'll have to give up my love of RVing because of the cost of fuel. I've been RVing for close to fifty years. All the budgeting tips, boondocking, camping memberships, etc. will not save enough money of offset the cost of fuel today. I believe it will get worse in the future. All the crying about how we got to this point won't help. I'm thankful for the years that I was able to afford RVing.
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:48 AM

I did some web searching this morning.

Cost of diesel in Italy ranges: $6.32 to $7.50 per US gallon.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 06:44 AM

I did some web searching this morning.

Cost of diesel in Italy ranges: $6.32 to $7.50 per US gallon.


Rich,
You should have continued with your web searching and found that the one Euro is worth $1.54 US. Check Yahoo Exchange Currency Converter. If you want to check the dollar against the pound then one pound is worth more then two US dollars.
Even more scary is the dollar is falling in value against most major currencies every day. So I missed your point. I've agreed with many of your posts but not this one, if your trying to say that were not so bad so bad off compared to Europe.
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 09:48 AM

Rich,
You should have continued with your web searching and found that the one Euro is worth $1.54 US. Check Yahoo Exchange Currency Converter. If you want to check the dollar against the pound then one pound is worth more then two US dollars.
Even more scary is the dollar is falling in value against most major currencies every day. So I missed your point. I've agreed with many of your posts but not this one, if your trying to say that were not so bad so bad off compared to Europe.
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The cost was already converted to USD in the articles that I read - cognizant of it then.

The point is, if there is one, is that the Europeans have been coping with higher fuel prices for a long time, and they survive and persist.
Clearly, change is in the wind.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:18 PM

The point is, if there is one, is that the Europeans have been coping with higher fuel prices for a long time, and they survive and persist.


Aye, and most Eurpean nations are the size of a single states in the US. When most folks live in really cramped conditions, like Britian, Japan, and what not, things tend to be closer together and you can walk to it. Compare the price of an average sized piece of property with a larger house on it in the US to one in Britian or Japan. In the US we have the advantage of enormous usable landmass, which makes things like owning land and a home more realistic than in places like Britian, France, etc....

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:13 PM

We stumbled into the RV campground outside of Sorento:
http://maps.google.c...o...mp;t=h&z=18

This was back around 2002 when gas was only $5.00/US Gallon.


While they have a more advance mass transportation system (trains), they still like to RV camp.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 06:17 PM

I have to agree with Joe on the price of Euro vs. United States fuel consumer costs. Whats the price per gallon in Austrailia? http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/glo...ices/price.html If you squeeze a bunch of prisoners into a small cell, of course some of them would be willing to pay a high price for freedom... and the Good Ol USofA is getting smaller daily.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 07:42 AM

Just got an email from one of our friends in Mexico. I asked what the diesel is down there? He said it is less than half of what we are paying here. Seems like a good thing going on down there. Time for a Southern tour??? I hope it's that cheap next winter!! Hmmm, how many tanks to Mexico?? LOL :fing32:
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 11:37 AM

I see it the way Rich Conley sees it. There are so many neat places to see close to my SW Ohio. I will stay closer to home.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:07 PM

Now that diesel fuel prices are almost $4 per gallon here on the East coast and they say it will continue to rise, how will this affect you this year. I was in CA last week and the prices there were already at the $4 level before it was $100 a barrel. For us, we are retired, i was not a Senator or Congressman or federal civil service, so our income is fixed at the proverty level. This means we will not take any long trips, but will take more weekend type trips. Maybe 2-3 hours each way. I hope to do more trout fishing this year. Last year i was able to go only 3 - 4 times.

How about you??


We will eat out less and not buy stuff we don't need but we will not quit using are TC. Getting out means more than most other things to us. Besides, eating less and staying out of box stores will be good for us.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:19 AM

It's already hit home here in Oregon, I just seen diesel for $4.10 :thumbs_up: , then you add the fact we just bought a new 2008 F450 that gets terrible mileage :cry_smile:

So our trips include a few rodeos through out the summer and a lot of boating, with that said its not a good time to own a boat with twin 325hp outboards :1381:

So I posted just today in the truck discussion forum of this site about the so called miracle fuel additive, "acetone", I'm skeptic but if it works why not?

Any comments on this miracle additive?

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 12:33 PM

Diesel in my area has been fluctuating in the high three dollars to low four dollars per gallon range. While we don't like to see this, however, we are lucky to live in an area with an abundance of close-by National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, National Forests, and wide expanses of BLM land with a lot of back country and 4x4 roads. There is so much to do around here within a relatively small radius that we do not foresee escalating fuel prices curtailing our camping trips to any great degree.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 02:05 PM

I plan on more walmart nights while in transit. I figure hit a nice picnic site durign the day then head to walmart at night. Save $20 - $30 which helps offset the fuel a bit. I would only do this while transiting, not spend several nights camping there.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 03:10 PM

After shelling out over $1100 for diesel on our trip to Southern California last week, we will definitely be looking at going places closer to home. We've cancelled our trout opener trip at the end of April to Eastern Washington and may decide to go somewhere else for Memorial Day. Luckily for us, there are so many places to go that aren't far from home.

It quickly became apparent how painful it was to fill up the truck when diesel is over $4.00 a gallon. I can't believe how excited we got when we finally saw a station with diesel for $3.999/gal. Fill 'er up and quick! LOL.

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 04:07 PM

im bringing this back up after Patti and i talked about this we still gave up our year round site but we thought about it and with all the money we have tide up in camper truck and everything else we use for camping why should we cut back on camping ???

a 300 mile round trip 2 years ago cost us $45.00 in gas this year with fuel cost going to be say $4.00 a gallon it will cost us $60.00 is that $15.00 worth letting thousands of dollars worth of equipment sit ??

NO not to us we are going to enjoy every weekend we can go camping i would rather cut back on going out to dinner a couple times a month and have the chance to sit by a campfire with my DW so i say LETS GO CAMPING !!!

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:33 AM

I plan on more walmart nights while in transit. I figure hit a nice picnic site durign the day then head to walmart at night. Save $20 - $30 which helps offset the fuel a bit. I would only do this while transiting, not spend several nights camping there.


That's exactly what we're doing. We'll hit the CG's every second or third day to regroup but otherwise it's free parking places... :fing32:




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