View Poll Results: How have gas prices affected you?
No effect 22 26.83%
I pre-plan errands to minimize time out in vehicle 25 30.49%
I commute with others 5 6.10%
I don't travel as far away with my RV 27 32.93%
I don't travel as often with my RV 31 37.80%
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:08 AM   #15
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We are continuing with our camping trips as planned, but have made changes in other ways. The tow vehicles are parked unless we need to tow or haul something, and we drive the Jettas to work. I carpool to work every day with our neighbor (he works at the same company as I do, so there's really no excuse!) I run more errands on foot - a grocery store, hardware store, and drug store are within walking distance of my work, so I try to run errands at lunch time. Like maxandgeorgia, we are giving more business to our local farmers market (which is within walking distance from our home). And, when running errands that can't be completed on foot, we save up until we have several stops we can make - no more hopping in the car for just one store. Little changes in our routines mean it's more comfortable and affordable to go camping more!
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:08 PM   #16
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We are a little diferent than most in that my work pays for my cars fuel. My wife works 14 miles from home and we use the truck for towing, hauling and I use it once a week for work (they pay the diesel) to keep it excersized.

Even if that were not the case we would still go somewhere every month.

Our sanity demands time in the trailer away from the world and we refuse to own an expensive piece of yard art.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:26 PM   #17
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We have made subtle changes as well. I'm not driving very much right now due to other issues so there alone we have cut about 350 miles of commute a week (I know, what the heck are you doing commuting) and it's not looking like I'll be back to work/commuting/driving for quite some time, if at all. My wife has a 15 minute commute and as part of that she does the shopping and the few things I need I either email her to let her know to include it, or when she gets home that's my time to go for a ride - and it's well worth whatever the costs just to be out and about. I'm like a dog going for a ride - the window is down and my head hanging out and my wife behind the wheel very embarrassed......

As for our summer camping plans they remain the same. We budgeted a contingency realizing that gas was going to get silly this year so from that angle we are well set.

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Old 06-07-2007, 12:34 PM   #18
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All in all, I'm not doing much to change...the carpooling to Perry thing is as much "because we can" as anything ~ it's a very long drive solo.

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Old 06-07-2007, 12:46 PM   #19
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I live and work in my trailer in the woods, and most of the time don't even know what fuel prices currently are. I'm reminded of Grandma, who could talk at length about details of both World Wars, but responded with a blank stare when asked about the Great Depression. She too lived dack in these woods, and just wasn't part of that economy.

I did recently take a 4,000-mile trip to My Dear Ex's place to swap my 45 MPG car for my 15 MPG Jeep (so I can move the house if I need to), and darn near ran out of money on the way back. Interestingly, I noticed diesel prices across the U.S. ranging from 40 cents above to 25 cents below that of gasoline. Is that some state tax deal, or simple capitalism?

When I got my first car a gallon of gas was something like 25 cents, and my income now is not much more than it was then. But if inflation had swept my income instead of gasoline, I can't think of anything I'd be doing differently.
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Old 06-07-2007, 01:14 PM   #20
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All our vehicles are diesel and the price (<$2.80) has only gone up or down in the nickle range. Diesel is much higher in northern AZ (along I-40) then it is around Phoenix and Tucson. Also the TV can get 14 MPG towing (the VW New Beetle TDI gets a minimum of 36 MPG driven like it was stolen...). We're heading out through NM and CO in about a week (via I-40 to I-25) so we will probably feel it a bit more.
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Old 06-07-2007, 02:02 PM   #21
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biking...

I bike to work (and have for the 2+ years there), rain or shine. I also bought a THREE person "trandem" for the kids.. I bike them to school and pick them up on it... no more driving the big van to school like I used too.

I wish I could buy a diesel... it's still too much money to justify buying one right now, but when the Dodge ever dies out, I've been looking at a used F-250 crew cab... I'd love to buy a used Sprinter, but they're still too much money right now. I've toyed with the idea of lightnening up the Argosy as much as possible too, but I don't think it makes too much difference in the towing fuel economy... (8-9 mpg!!).

I don't look at the pump when I fill up.

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Old 06-08-2007, 09:33 AM   #22
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Biking is a great alternative and it has the added benefit that it is good for you too! We purchased folding bikes earlier this year and use them for local errands in our town, weather permitting!
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Old 06-09-2007, 11:35 AM   #23
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I'm considering trading my Toyota FJcruiser in for a VW Touareg TDI or Audi Q7 TDI... the big US diesels are a bit over the top for a 16' Bambi.

And I use my bike a lot, but I've always done that.. so that doesn't count.
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:27 PM   #24
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Our driving and traveling has changed somewhat but not due to fuel prices. That said, it has reduced our annual # of miles. We have wanted and planned to full time some day. This year we decide to Just Do It. For the summer we're doing a workamper job at Grand Canyon. Will do this 6 months then play for 6. With no debt this little job covers all our living expences for the time here allowing us to enjoy a winters travel without straining the budget even with the fuel price increase. Have been here 7 weeks and used 7gals of fuel. shuttles and walking are our primary sourse of transportation. --Pieman
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Old 06-09-2007, 03:57 PM   #25
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Our vacation habits haven't really changed much, but we've always been fairly conservative. We are a little pickier about which vehicle we drive locally. Whoever has the longer drive for the day drives the car, as opposed to the pickup.
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As an old Land Cruiser owner I really like the FJ but the Touareg TDI is truly hot (and it actually won 4 wheeler of the year in the 4 wheeler mag shootout). Having said that I bet you can get a 3/4 ton Duramax Silverado like mine (or Ford PS or Dodge Cummins) for less $$$ and I bet the towing MPG won't be much different. We average around 14 MPG. I admit I haven't seen any Touareg TDI towing reports. And I love Audi's but the Q7 is butt ugly.
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As an old Land Cruiser owner I really like the FJ but the Touareg TDI is truly hot (and it actually won 4 wheeler of the year in the 4 wheeler mag shootout). Having said that I bet you can get a 3/4 ton Duramax Silverado like mine (or Ford PS or Dodge Cummins) for less $$$ and I bet the towing MPG won't be much different. We average around 14 MPG. I admit I haven't seen any Touareg TDI towing reports. And I love Audi's but the Q7 is butt ugly.
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Hi Kl,

The Q7 exterior is ugly indeed, but inside it's fantastic, like all Audis...
The Us diesels just don't do it for me, I also use my tow car when driving around LA and I prefer something more compact... A shame Toyota doesn't sell their (bigger) diesels here.
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Diesel prices have levelled off here in eastern Oregon. Fortunately I have ben in one spot, more or less for the past to months. I went from a tank of fuel per day to a tank every 2-3 weeks. Once I am in Boise, I will be riding my bike to and from work. I expect my fuel fill up will be once a month then.
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