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Old 03-11-2005, 03:52 AM   #15
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Old 03-11-2005, 08:50 PM   #16
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Old 03-12-2005, 03:44 AM   #17
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Still working on buying a rig, so haven't faced the fuel pump yet, but plan on just eating more sandwiches and cutting out extras to try and make up the difference. For what I'm having to pay, the thing isn't setting in the drive..it will get fed and we'll figure out the rest somehow.
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Old 03-22-2005, 01:14 PM   #18
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We've already cancelled our trip up through Canada and into Alaska. After working the budget for travel, our personal situation just won't handle it. I have noticed more and more people in dry camping spots. No doubt folks will be trading off commercial rv parks for fuel.
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Old 03-22-2005, 02:05 PM   #19
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I am not really a "snowbird", although in the future it may be a possibility. Nonetheless we've have decide to change our plans for this summer to a few small trips staying in the upper pennisula with the RV and one week long trip back to Minnesota to visit my parents with the Convertable. While in Minnesota we are staying with relatives.
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Old 03-22-2005, 02:16 PM   #20
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You have to look at it based on additional $$$ spent.

Normally, if we make a trip to Houston we'll burn close to 50 gallons of diesel just to get there. If the diesel is going to cost us $0.75/galon more than last time, this amounts to $37.50 more in fuel cost to get there and the same back home. What amounts to $75.00 more expenditure for the round trip, plus some extra fuel for side trips is probably under $100.00 extra. So, we'll not eat out as much and cook more meals in the trailer to offset the extra fuel expenses if it bothers us that much.

The rig won't get parked, we'll just trim cost in other areas.

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Old 03-22-2005, 05:21 PM   #21
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We are Fulltimers, now in NE Mississippi, and will be traveling to NY State Cooperstown area where we will workamp for a Yogi Park. Going to try and watch travel cost starting next week Tues. Cost of Diesel will be a factor on wether we stay at Campgrounds or WalMarts.
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:03 AM   #22
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sure be nice if walmart would open its own campgrounds and charge a fair price. I think 5 dollars a night would be great and it would teach the high dollar campgrounds a lesson. I just believe that sometime in the future, the parking a walmarts for overnite will come to a schreeching halt. I sure hope it don't happen, even they have stopped it in places like hot springs ark and other scenic destinations...just a thought
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Old 05-28-2005, 07:45 PM   #23
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Well, I went to fill up this morning, and on one side of the street in my home town diesel was 2.79 per gal (Shell), other side (valero) was 2.39.

Today I decided to alter my normal driving habits(hate to admit it, but usually around 70-75, I know, too fast, yadda yadda yadda), and kept it to 60mph or below, and from the way my fuel gauge reads, I believe I was able to seriously affect my mileage, from around 12 mpg to 15mpg, maybe even 16mpg (I sure I'm dreaming this).

Something to think about, but going slow just reminds me of the double nickel speed limits of the 70's. Sure was hard keeping my foot off the accelerator and letting the cruise control do it's job...
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Old 05-29-2005, 11:17 AM   #24
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We made a trip to Idaho & back this past week. We paid $2.119 @ FJ in Fife, Wa. & $2.139 @ FJ in Lewiston, Id. It was less than Reg.
It's interesting that you did that experiment. I have pointed that out in a post some time back but didn't seem to get much attention. It's been my experience that I get about 10% less milage for each 5 MPH after about 50. Using your figures you will save about $.75 per gal. (you got about 30% better MPG and 30% of $2.40 is $.72). How many of us will look for a station with $.02 less per gal and go out and drive 65 or more. Just food for thought.

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If you go to the Canada Forum, there is a gas directory that can be downloaded, with current prices for all states and Canada.

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Old 05-29-2005, 08:41 PM   #26
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....I stopped tipping waitresses[except the real hotties] 20% and now tip only a dollar for service....that's saving me something like $45 a week....I quit supporting all the locals organizations with their hands out and that is saving me $2700 a year. I'm reducing my company payroll by one person which will save me about $15,000 this year alone. I quit giving dollars to strippers and pole dancers now that saves about a $100 a month at least. paperboy and garbage man are cut out....I recycle more so only one can a month of garbage-buy the paper at a mini-mart. I stopped bonuses to employees so that saves me about $300 a month-if they don't like it-they need to go elsewhere and I can replace them with cheaper help-Having them start at $9.00 an hour is just too much they can get loans to go to college or mooch off their parents or grandparents.....there is ways of cutting costs to make up for increses in costs....it is just a matter of telling them they have crossed the cost/benefit barrier.....it's all economics 101....geofkaye
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Do you like the coast??

We just returned from a 3 day
holiday trip to Palacios, Texas
with the Texas Boomers.

Great trip and a great time
meeting lots of new friends.

Gas at the Wal-mart in Port
LaVaca (25 miles away) was
$1.78. Other gas stations
around town was $1.81 to

We got to our hometown
in Kerrville, TX and it was

Don't know why it was so much
cheaper on the coast.

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