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Old 06-05-2008, 08:23 PM   #15
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When I tow in the mountains I try to go downhill as much as possible. So far it is working about 50% of the time.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:16 PM   #16
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Uphill/downhill-

My man was trying to teach me his system of using the speed to get up the next hill. I'm not sure if everyone agrees, but here it is-

Judge the hill by length and incline. Drift downhill as much as possible, when it starts to level, or just before it levels if need be, start to accelerate- not stomp, but enough to feel that the truck will go up the hill by its own inertia, without having to downshift or stomp on the accelerator. He'll go down the first section of hill at 60, bottom out hitting 65 or better, and basically coast up the hill at 50-55, then he considers it a success if he didn't have to downshift.

Its almost like a game to him, but I know that its helping with fuel.

Does it make sense to anyone else? Or is it just me? EZ.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:32 PM   #17
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Ellie,
I see truck drivers do it all the time so it must work. I just make sure I stay out their way when they are headed down hill.
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Aside from being real easy on the gas pedal when starting, and trying to slow down steadily when approaching a stop, I drive 55 all of the time on the Interstates and never more than that, or the speed limit, on the secondary roads. I've been doing that ever since the price of fuel started its ridiculous climb! That includes towing and running solo with the tow vehicle (---see below.) The other vehicles in my stable - a '93 Subaru and a '91 Saab get excellent mpg - and they run just great at 55!
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:00 PM   #19
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I agree with Cracker!

We get off the Interstate as much as possible... one has a tendency to slow down and look at the scenery a bit more! We also drive 55... sometimes even 53... it saves fuel, and is much more relaxing!

When at home, I can walk a few blocks to go grab a carton of milk, whatever... rather than firing up the car. Good for me, good for budget, good for the air.... We also try to plan our errands so we don't double back and waste fuel. It may only be a little bit, but it doesn't take much driving to spend $20 anymore! That $20 can go in the travel kitty! I also turn off the automatic temperature control if it is nice weather, instead of running the air ~ I open the windows!

Next plan, maybe get a goat to eat the lawn, then the riding lawn mower won't need to be fed...

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Old 06-07-2008, 08:39 PM   #21
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Ethanol? Cut out the middle man

I figure that with fuel having a 10% ethanol additive...I might as well cut out the middle man.
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I figure that with fuel having a 10% ethanol additive...I might as well cut out the middle man.
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I figure that with fuel having a 10% ethanol additive...I might as well cut out the middle man.
Judging from the can on the trunk, that's recycled beer you're putting in there. Alcohol funny car?
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After a near-fatal accident from me riding my motorcycle to save gas, I've decided to drive the F250 everywhere I go, and not go anywhere I don't have to.
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After a near-fatal accident from me riding my motorcycle to save gas, I've decided to drive the F250 everywhere I go, and not go anywhere I don't have to.
Its not funny you had a near fatal accident but I just wonder how many other people decide to ditch the car, buy an inexpensive motorcycle to ride that have no experience riding and end up morting themselves.
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Its not funny you had a near fatal accident but I just wonder how many other people decide to ditch the car, buy an inexpensive motorcycle to ride that have no experience riding and end up morting themselves.
Here, unless you are "grandfathered", you have to pass a driving skills test to get a motorcycle endorsement on your license. That doesn't save you from hitting the guy that pulls out in front of you, though, only experience and reflexes will do that.
I was talking to a friend that works at a motorcycle dealership, and he says their sales are going through the roof. I hope with more and more of them on the road, more people will pay attention, and see them.
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High prices are taking their toll around here. Seeing lots of petrol fueled toys for sale on the side of the road. Man, you get a nice 90's Suburban or full size Blazer for around $3k these days!

The cost of fuel does not seem to be affecting boaters though. Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers look like I-75 at rush hour on the weekends. I guess everyone is trying to get as much boating in as possible before they can no longer afford it.
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For those who are considering getting a Smart car in order to conserve gas, it's important to note that actual fuel mileage on those cars is only around 32 mpg...pretty disappointing given how small both the car and the engine are. There are many larger cars with more horsepower that get mileage the same or better for the same price. The Toyota Yaris and the Honda Fit are two examples. The Smart cars did well in crash tests, although these tests are conducted against hypothetical vehicles of the same size. However, the transmissions are apparently awful. I've never driven a Smart car, but the car magazines have pretty consistent opinions.
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