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Old 02-27-2011, 01:55 PM   #43
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When I started buying gas for my own car, gas was 28.9 cents a gallon.


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Old 02-27-2011, 02:35 PM   #44
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Its not the gas to go camping (well sort of) its the trickle down effect that will add to the cost of everything.

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:24 PM   #45
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I'm a bit more worried about the cost of heating oil - maybe it's time to go geothermal...

Although if the price of gas goes up and stays up, our future plans for a newer 23' Serenity (4700 lbs!!!) might instead move towards a renovation of a nice light older trailer...

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:33 PM   #46
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At $5 gas imagine what diesel will cost.....maybe $7 or $210 for a 30 gallon tankful.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:40 PM   #47
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Oh, us Americans just can never stick together. Gas prices are going up now based on futures trading - there's no shortage! If we all decided to be parked (not just RVers but everyone) a day or so a week, we could glut them with their oil and force the prices down.
But, well....we don't get together much unless someone else attacks us.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:19 PM   #48
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My daughter and I were just talking about this very topic. She is 17 now and has been driving for about 3 months. She used to think money grows on tree's or maybe she could just hit up "Bank of Dad". Thats all changed for her now.
We still plan on taking our family vacations and I bet she doesnt drive up on her own like previously planned lol.

Yup.. wont be changing any plans at $5.00 dollars. $7.00 or $8.00 maybe...

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Old 02-27-2011, 07:32 PM   #49
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Lets not let this get too political, folks. The question is 'how will it effect you?' NOT 'whose fault is it'.

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Old 02-27-2011, 08:44 PM   #50
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Lets not let this get too political, folks. The question is 'how will it effect you?' NOT 'whose fault is it'.
Quite right, and what can we really do to change anything?????
We will make adjustments as we go to make sure that we will continue to take trips and see what wonderful places there are in the USA.
Will have a bigger garden this year, to try to offset the sure to be greater grocery costs. And back to paying much closer attention to what is on sale, combined with coupons.
I look at it this way, when we first go married 37 years ago, we had NO money and we made it then, so we will make it now.

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Old 02-27-2011, 11:10 PM   #51
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im not sure what i will do. i've already been shorted on my raise at work and now gas is digging even deeper into my bank account.
as of my last fill up at $3.19, im not even hanging up the nozzle anymore. im too disgusted to hang it back up.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:31 AM   #52
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I've noticed these things go up... and they come down. (It's what happens in the world between that's always a little interesting.)
It's not a good thing to use food (corn) to make fuel. There's lots of other organic waste- corn stalks, weeds, special grasses, hurricane debris, unwanted algae blooms to ferment into fuel. Meanwhile lots of poor people can't afford to eat with artificially high priced corn (even though I'm a recovering farmer).
Diesel .. usually seems to stay close to 10% more than gasoline since they started to promote diesel cars and recreational diesel trucks. A brief fling for propane trucks in the early 80's died out. It was funny, when I started in the oil patch in the late 70's diesel was in a shortage in the Rockies, there wasn't oil to drill for oil. Rig hands always filled their trucks from the rig tanks.
Shale oil is expensive to extract from the shale, needs lots of energy and water in the process. The frozen oil sands of Canada take quite a bit of heat to extract the oil too.
The price will probably come down before the country comes to an end, but there'll be lots of us that can't afford fuel to get to work, the family car will be carrying a lot more work tools and equipment.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:50 AM   #53
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sempi2, your post brings back memories of waking up with $50 (Combined) the day we got married 38 years ago. We have done OK and will save in other ways, but we will Travel. I work part time retail and my wife plans on retiring next year. ( $5.50 gal then.)
But our "Big Trip" plan goes on.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:59 AM   #54
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i don't think you will see any gas lines at the pump, if you got the $$, you can buy all you want.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:22 AM   #55
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I agree with rock60: There is no shortage to speak of. The root cause lies elsewhere.

On the broader view, though, there is some hope, seen in news reports like the one linked below:

Mass. company making diesel with sun, water, CO2 - Yahoo! News

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Old 02-28-2011, 07:41 AM   #56
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Well, if it does get to $5 it will make it easier for me to raise funding for my tt electric assist wheel motor I've had in development! I'm sure the pencils will get sharper in Detroit figuring out ways of making that $5 get us a bit farther down the road! My travel plans won't change but I'm going to buy a new tow vehicle in the next 30 days, a diesel.

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If gas hits $5 per gallon by Memorial Day, how will you handle your travel? Of course, things could change, but have you thought about the "what if?" Creative thoughts welcome.

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