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Old 04-12-2005, 03:40 PM   #71
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What's the deal with diesel being $2.50/gallon? I drive a 2003 GMC Duramax crew and it costs over $60 to fill up. I usually use 3 tanks a week, (if I'm lucky). I recently picked up a little Toyota pickup to use as my daily driver because of the rising prices. Anyway, I thought diesel was an unrefined alternative fuel to gas meaning, IT SHOULD BE CHEAPER. Out here where I am there are a lot of diesel trucks and it seams like we are getting screwed, the gas companies raise the price on diesel just to keep up with gasoline. Atleast we finally woke up and realized we need to start drilling in Alaska.
There is a new clean air additive they are putting in deisel now.
This is what my brother-in-law has told me. He has a Dodge 1-ton with the Cummins Turbo Deisel in it.
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Old 04-12-2005, 03:53 PM   #72
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Alaska oil is a real help, our paper did an article on how the Alaska oil went to the world market and did nothing for us in the USA.
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Old 04-12-2005, 04:48 PM   #73
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Alaska oil is a real help, our paper did an article on how the Alaska oil went to the world market and did nothing for us in the USA.
(I am not an oil company employee, and my only investment in oil stocks is the tank of diesel I bought yesterday.)

Really? No taxes were paid? No salaries to employees, company officers, or stockholders? No lease fees to the government? No reduction of the trade deficit? So, it was just, what, burned on site?

Oil is a fungible commodity - one barrel is just like another. The supply component of the supply/demand equation is the total available supply, whether it is in the Middle East, Alaska or Terra de Fuego, limited only by transportation costs. So it simply does not matter to the world market WHERE Alaskan oil is sold, nor does it affect the price in the US. If you mandated that Alaskan oil be sold only in the US, then foreign oil purchases would decline in exactly the same amount, leaving the market price here unchanged. The same for the net trade balance as the amount of unpurchased foreign oil would be exactly offset by the amount of unexported oil.

Concerning domestic oil production, what DOES matter is that the oil is produced, raising the available supply. What DOES matter is that huge amounts of income are generated in the US for and by tax-paying US citizens.

I have a nephew who prepares taxes and he commented yesterday about all his tax clients who have interests in oil and gas partnerships that have lost money for years and years and are suddenly generating profits. Oil wells that cost $25 per barrel to produce are now pumping again.

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Old 03-16-2006, 03:42 PM   #74
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hi - I have a 27ft. 1970- overlander - I have not yet bought a tow vehicle. so options are wide open except that I want (like everyone else) the best mileage for the cheapest price am welcoming any feedback in this regard especially around gas vs deisel. I am planning on paying around 8,000 max and that is Canadian funds.
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Old 03-16-2006, 04:28 PM   #75
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Maximum fuel mileage.

For those that want to maximize fuel mileage, and are instrument minded, a simple installation of an aircraft instrument does wonders.

Simply and correctly install an aircraft "air speed indicator".

I did that some 36 years ago.

WOW. What a difference in fuel mileage, "IF" you pay attention to your speedometer and the air speed indicator.

As an example, if they both said 60 mph, the there is no wind.

If the speedo said 60 and the airspeed said 80, then you would have a 20 mph head wind. In that case, "SLOW DOWN".

If the speedo said 60 and the airspeed said 40, then you would have a 20 mph tail wind.

Accordingly, if you have a tail wind, your mileage would maximize. If you have a headwind, then slow down so that you can still get reasonable mileage. How much depends on the amount of the head wind.

Going the speed limit into a head wind, will decrease your mileage by about 20percent. OUCH.

If any of you are a pilot, then you fully understand. Towing a trailer, in many respects is the same as flying an airplane.

Head winds are not good.

Tail winds are always preferred.

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For those that want to maximize fuel mileage, and are instrument minded, a simple installation of an aircraft instrument does wonders.

Simply and correctly install an aircraft "air speed indicator".....

Where do you purchase this kind of instrument?

How much do you slow down to?
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Where do you purchase this kind of instrument?

How much do you slow down to?
Most any aircraft supply house has them.

They are not cheap, but neither is gasoline any more.

The trick is you must install a 1/4 inch copper line from the airspeed indicator, to the front of the tow vehicle, so that it does not receive any thing but "ram" air, as opposed to bouncing or deflected air.

How much to slow down?

That does not have a singular answer.

But you must use a trial and error approach.

However, if you had a 15 to 20 mph or greater head wind, then I would probably slow down to maybe 45 or 50 mph.

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For the most part Gas or Diesel your not going to win out on $, you will only be able to choose the less of the two evils. The price of fuel for the years to come will damper most, if not all of our vacations in a year. Unless we can remove the fuel lobbyist out to allow research for an alternative fuel.

The Germans did it in 1942 with a synthetic 78 octane unleaded coal-derived petroleum. I cant see why it cant happen now except for those who were going to hurt financially. I don't see any of this happening.
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The newer vehicles have expensive chips or fuel injection that can help, be it gas or diesel, there is some hocus pocus tricks sold on info commercials I wouldn't dare try and theres no way in the green earth I will travel with no AC in the summer, especially anywhere south

Most vehicles with the tow package have a different gear ratio than the normal truck or SUV, this gives you the towing power needed with the engine itself. The sacrifice is 'fuel', for every bit of power be it engine and drive-train used for towing, plus the weight of the trailer and kids bikes and BBQ grill etc. there is no way around it. Unless you decrease what is being towed by weight. (F= M x A)

One thing about Diesel over Gas is that you get (ie.)12 pulling or (ie.)12 going to work. Gas engines will drop efficientcy when towing due to the loss of torque/wieght ratio (F= M x A) but will gain it back plus when not towing.

Do research for cooling, brakes, towing capacity and whats being towed, then choose the less of the two evils. Every maker and model has its advantages over the other, be it SUV or Truck, Gas or Diesel, Import or Domestic. But your only going to reap the fuel benefit if you dump the wieght. Most AirStreams are 7k to 5k plus all of our family and living pleasures, Newer trailers are now in the 4.5k and 4.8k.
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I am looking at a F250 with 6.8L V10 and 4.10 AR, GCWR is 2100 Twing is 12500
With a 06 30 ft Classic at 10000 GVWR
Can I safely travel the highways
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The price of fuel for the years to come will damper most, if not all of our vacations in a year. Unless we can remove the fuel lobbyist out to allow research for an alternative fuel.

The Germans did it in 1942 with a synthetic 78 octane unleaded coal-derived petroleum. I cant see why it cant happen now except for those who were going to hurt financially. I don't see any of this happening.
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Yes, and the Japanese made a high octane aviation fuel distilled from pine tree stumps. The fact that it can be done doesn't mean it is cheaper.

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