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Old 08-20-2005, 05:36 AM   #1
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Not too long ago we were able to avoid fueling in states with high fuel taxes. As an example, today prices in Central Missouri are mirrored in Nebraska, one of those states that used to have higher fuel taxes. Rule of thumb was a $.10 cent per gallon difference, Cent MO being the more economical. Now it seems that things are universal, at least in this area.

Last evening talked with son # 2 in Lincoln, NE, and his prices were same as ours'--just can't compute how this is possible. This shift seems to have happened within the past year.

Can someone explain why the pricing is now uniform? When one station changes, the change is mirrored region-wide within a short time frame.

On another thought, to make gallons stretch we are now reverting to how we drove in the '70s, top speed of 55 MPH. We are certainly being passed up by everyone but this practice should result in using less fuel at the end of each day.

Your thoughts on pricing and fuel stretching methods will be appreciated.
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Not too long ago we were able to avoid fueling in states with high fuel taxes. As an example, today prices in Central Missouri are mirrored in Nebraska, one of those states that used to have higher fuel taxes. Rule of thumb was a $.10 cent per gallon difference, Cent MO being the more economical. Now it seems that things are universal, at least in this area.

Last evening talked with son # 2 in Lincoln, NE, and his prices were same as ours'--just can't compute how this is possible. This shift seems to have happened within the past year.

Can someone explain why the pricing is now uniform? When one station changes, the change is mirrored region-wide within a short time frame.

On another thought, to make gallons stretch we are now reverting to how we drove in the '70s, top speed of 55 MPH. We are certainly being passed up by everyone but this practice should result in using less fuel at the end of each day.

Your thoughts on pricing and fuel stretching methods will be appreciated.
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Old 08-20-2005, 11:40 AM   #3
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This might help some of the readers.

http://www.ahding.com/cheapgas/

Our gas in Minnesota is .20/gallon higher than Wyoming plus there is 5% less energy in each gallon because of the 10% alcohol blend. So our pump price here is about 2.62/gallon (2.49/95%)compared to
Wyoming gas at 2.29 or Jackson,MO gas at 2.35
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Old 08-20-2005, 12:39 PM   #4
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No-lead is now $2.65 in Louisville, KY and 40 miles south in the small town of Radcliff it is $2.55? Diesel is about 4 cents less. In Madison IN gas is $2.55 and diesel $2.62? Madison is a smaller town that is off the major routes and about 40 miles northeast of Louisville. And at a Pilot station, near Shepardsville, KY or about 30 miles south of Louisville, gas was $2.48 with diesel at $2.45. This whole variation is in less than 100 miles of travel and all were observed today. So it sure isn't uniform here. But the prices in Clarksville, IN and across the river in Louisville are pretty mubh the same.
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Old 08-20-2005, 04:37 PM   #5
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Ron,it does make a difference driving 50-55 mph. I have been doing this all summer and the miles per gallon will surprise you.
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...KIRK in downtown Shepherdsville the AMOCO is the cheapest diesel fuel around we fill up there after every machine gun shoot at Knob Creek Machine Gun Range....I get 300 gallons at a time....geofkaye
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More and more do we enjoy our diesel Volkswagen New Beetle ...at 52-mpg on trips and 43 city driving? However, we'd like to see it come down from the $2.45 per gallon just around the corner.

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Old 08-21-2005, 07:13 AM   #8
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Where are you finding diesel for $2.45? The lowest I've found around here is $2.60+.
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Well, it will go to $3.00/gal because the media has been 'hyping' that magic number all summer. Once it gets there the price ber barrel will stop climbing, the media will find something else to hype. It will not drop. You know the oil companies will has lists of reasons not to drop the prices. The OPEC orginization will have lists why the price per barrel won't be dropped. And the American consumer will 'adjust' to the increase.
I am just waiting for the "housing bubble" to burst. I think the media will go for this next. They need a handle to attack the economy.
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And todays paper has a quote from T. Boone Pickens that we will see $100.00/bbl oil by next year...so be prepared. So if you ratio up the cost from $63.00/bbl to $100.00/bbl, does this mean we will see diesel as low as $4.00/gallon?

And with that price, I guess the oil company CEO's will get a new Rolls Royce every month instead of only one per year.

Time to visit Washington DC with a warm tar pot and some fluffed feathers.

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I had a Class C and a previous owner had an auxilary gas tank installed.

When I traveled I had full gas tanks and a full (approx 30 gal) water tank. After all you might need to take a shower in the rest stop. I got usually 6 mpg.

One day on the way home I decided to only fill
one gas tank and carry only enought water to wash hands or flush the john. Got almost 10 mpg.

So shedding some weight is a good thing. Art
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Here's a device on ebay that might help lumberulator
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Cut your weight as much as possible, keep you speed down to 55 mph and stay off the brakes as much as possible. Make sure the tire pressures are up to specs. I tried all these things on the trip home from Florida this spring and it helped quite a bit.
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Thank you for giving input on methods to stretch the miles per gallon of fuel.

It does not appear that ideas are present as to why prices in different states do not now reflect the differences in state fuel taxes, some states having higher levels than others. Instead, the prices seem to be pretty uniform when crossing state borders.
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