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Old 06-16-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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Talking Fuel Savings on trips to Southern California

Most people have probably noticed how expensive traveling through California has become. On our last trip to S Cal, we discovered a way to save $100 to $200 on our one way trip. We travel through Nevada. The fuel costs alone were worth the extra time it took to get from Washington State to S Cal.
We travel from Tacoma, Wa. Our trip down went the traditional way. I-5 to Oregon and through Northern California on to Hemet, CA. The fuel was so expensive we decided to look for alternatives. On our return trip we decided to go through Nevada. We cut over to Las Vegas and got fuel at a savings of almost 75 cents a gallon. The savings on the rest of the way home were similar. I figure we saved at least $150. (times two is $300) If you live north of California, rethink your route of travel. Your savings might be similar. The extra time we use to get over to Nevada is well made up for in fuel savings. Wish we had thought of this several years ago.
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Gavin won't like that. Plus you'll miss a lot of good stuff.
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Most people have probably noticed how expensive traveling through California has become. On our last trip to S Cal, we discovered a way to save $100 to $200 on our one way trip. We travel through Nevada. The fuel costs alone were worth the extra time it took to get from Washington State to S Cal.
We travel from Tacoma, Wa. Our trip down went the traditional way. I-5 to Oregon and through Northern California on to Hemet, CA. The fuel was so expensive we decided to look for alternatives. On our return trip we decided to go through Nevada. We cut over to Las Vegas and got fuel at a savings of almost 75 cents a gallon. The savings on the rest of the way home were similar. I figure we saved at least $150. (times two is $300) If you live north of California, rethink your route of travel. Your savings might be similar. The extra time we use to get over to Nevada is well made up for in fuel savings. Wish we had thought of this several years ago.
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I live in San Diego and when I go to Death Valley I go via Pahrump NV to fill up on diesel for the RV and gas for the toad - about 30 miles longer but saves about $1.00 per gallon and there's a Walmart and other stores to stock up on stuff I forgot - and I always forget something. Seems it would be more than 30 miles extra but no, google maps tells me it's 348 miles from home to Furnace Creek and 378 miles with a stop in Pahrump.
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That's were my 100 gal aux fuel tank comes in handy. I filled up in Vegas and drove up I-5 to Eureka, Ca and circled back to Reno w/o buying any CA fuel on a 3 month trip. We used the motorcycle for local traveling and did buy CA gas.
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Top off before entering CA. If you can’t make it out of the state without buying fuel, buy only what you need to get to that outside CA fuel stop and fill up there.
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Top off before entering CA. If you canít make it out of the state without buying fuel, buy only what you need to get to that outside CA fuel stop and fill up there.
Yep. Avoid buying as possible in CA.
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Gas in Blythe, CA has run $3.75 to $4 every time we are there. You can drive 5 miles across the border and save 75 cents to $1 a gallon. I see people at the Blythe stations and wonder why not drive 5 miles and save big?
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Looks like about 200 miles longer to avoid going straight down I 5 according to Google maps. Is that about right?
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We just got back from a two week, 3,200 mile trip to California; Santa Cruz up to Westport. I was prepared to spend 4.50 to 5.15 per gallon of gas based on what I read. The most I paid was 3.89, not a whole lot more than in Nevada
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Has any one noticed that California has a slight curve in it? When we were in Hemet the last time, we ran a couple of different routes through mapqwest and the extra mileage was insignificant. It did add about 45 minutes additional time to the trip and this included going through Eastern Washington. The route saved fuel costs and had interesting things to see.
We have relatives in Nevada. We actually went to Utah to see my sister. The route (due to the L in Calif) still involved savings. Utah is beautiful - not many trees, but, the rockery is magnificent and the Mountains rival those in the Northwest. Moab had some kind of Jeep event we enjoyed. The fuel costs may have spurred our thought processes, but, having gone to Southern California on I-5 and 101 for many years the different routes gave us some extra possibilities - inspiring possibilities.
Trees and the Ocean are beautiful - so are rocks and Mountains.
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Why anybody would want to go to CA. for any reason is way beyond me? Why would anybody want to pay the outrageous prices for gas, let alone humans dumping human waste in the streets. That's exactly what that state is, and becoming worse! Glad you wised up and didn't go reverse routing back home.
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Why anybody would want to go to CA. for any reason is way beyond me? Why would anybody want to pay the outrageous prices for gas, let alone humans dumping human waste in the streets. That's exactly what that state is, and becoming worse! Glad you wised up and didn't go reverse routing back home.
Youíve obviously never been here. Unless you go to LA or SF you donít see the stuff the media pumps out that you obviously gobble up as whatís happening in the entire state.

Why donít you just admit your jealous you canít afford to live here
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Why anybody would want to go to CA. for any reason is way beyond me? Why would anybody want to pay the outrageous prices for gas, let alone humans dumping human waste in the streets. That's exactly what that state is, and becoming worse! Glad you wised up and didn't go reverse routing back home.

Well, it's no taj mahal that's for sure, but there are a couple good features.
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