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Old 12-29-2010, 10:14 PM   #1
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Gas Prices for 2011 - How high is too high to tow?

Recently heard some experts on the radio who believe it quite likely we could see gas prices spike up again even higher than a couple of years ago when they were over $4.00 a gallon. $4 seemed to be the point where people really changed their driviing habits. They see spikes up to $5 per gal. At what point would you cancel that long camping trip should these forcasters be correct?
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:52 PM   #2
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Two years ago when gas prices hit $4 per gallon I had planned to tow from GA to WY and did not make the trip. The price was a great concern, however, not making the trip and not buying the gas was my small way of protesting. I will not tow very far if the prices get to $3 per gallon.

I think we all should try our best to not buy gas if we don't have to. If we just keep buying, where will the price go next? I also believe we should pick one oil company at a time and boycott them. Put one oil company out of business here and the prices will come down. I remember some years back coffee prices went over the roof, everyone cut back on coffee. It wasn't long before prices were back where they should be.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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I sincerely hope that this prediction is incorrect. If it should happen, we will still take our long trips with Lucy. We would probably spend more of our in route nights in truck stops or Wal-Marts to defray some of the extra fuel costs.

I sure hope that this doesn't happen as it will further stall any economic come back, as so many things would be adversely impacted by super high fuel prices.

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Old 12-29-2010, 11:03 PM   #4
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Hi, stories like this and many more have been going on for decades; Mom said, don't worry about anything until it happens. I own my trailer and I own my tow vehicle, gas is the cheap part. Like Brian, maybe more free camp outs.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:10 PM   #5
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I'm quite sure our consumption makes no difference to the price of gas. The World is too big for our consumption to make any difference.

That said, it saddens me that oil isn't priced by demand as a commodity any more. Instead it has taken on the task of being an economic indicator.

Ironic that the better the economy looks like it'll do, the higher the price, and the worse the economy will do.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:13 PM   #6
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I think the breakpoint is somewhere around $3.50 per gallon. When I am traveling with the trailer, a 350 mile run is 350/10x$3.50= $122.50 per day. This amount starts to get to me. Not that I don't have the money but, that it is starting to not make good common sense.
The Camry for the same 350 mile run is 350/35x$3.50= $35.00. I can get a motel for the difference.

The real problem (which I have not really checked out) is that this increase in gas prices has more to do with the weak dollar than it has to do with supply and demand. With the world economies weak as they are, the price should not be going up due to demand and the oil companies should not be able to play games.

The Fed is printing paper money like it is water and everything I read says that gas is going up and will stay up due to the weak dollar.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:26 PM   #7
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gas prices

In 1973, the club ran a survey regarding gas prices.

The result was when it hit $5.00 per gallon, people would quit towing.

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$5 in 1973?! What would that be in today's dollars? According to one inflation calculator I found, that would be $25 in today's dollars. I think I'd quit towing before that
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Hi, not worried, but more concerned about what the new fuels will do to my engines; I already had one engine destroyed by un-leaded gas. The new proposed mixture of fuel is stated to run OK in 2007 and newer vehicles, so it's safe for only four model years of vehicles on the road. NOT GOOD.
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Fortunately, the regulatory time seems to have stopped rising on ethanol, and hopefully it will start to reverse shortly.
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:57 AM   #11
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When gas was over $4.00 per gallon a couple of years ago, we drove our Prius and stayed in motels for longer roadtrips. And, we took fewer trips with the pickup and Airstream, drove shorter distances and camped longer in the same spot. However, that was with our old Chevy pickup that got 5-7 mpg. With our Tundra (13.5-16 mpg towing), we probably will just pay whatever it costs.
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Interesting. We're planning a trip to the Tetons with our recently purchased 05 Safari . It's about a 3200 mile round trip. At 10 mpg, that's 320 gal. At $5 that's $1600. Yikes. If I drove my Suburu @ 25 mpg = $640. Roughly 1000 more to haul the AS. At $4 per gal it works out to $1280 vs. 512.
So what , I say. I bought this Safari for $29,000 and I am going no matter. It's the fun factor that makes this worth it. It's an adventure that you can't get in motels. And, I will agree with Brian that boondocking whereever possible will help offset the costs.
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Gas has been over 3 per gallon for weeks here in this part of fl. zz
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