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Old 04-05-2005, 08:39 PM   #15
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We use our Avalanche primarily as a tow vehicle, about 10,000 miles/year and for times when we need 4x4 to get in & out of our mountain home. Other than that we mostly drive a Honda Civic Hybrid. We even take it to our place in the mountains packing our two dogs and a cat. Our two year average mileage for city/highway mix, and winter/summer mix is 42.5 mpg. The little car is comfortable and easy to drive. It also makes us feel just fine about spending for gas on our long trips.
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:16 PM   #16
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It cost's over $ 100.00 for a tank of diesel now, that gives us about 375 mile range while towing. When it gets to $ 300.00 a tank, that will slow us down. Burn it while ya got it.
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:55 PM   #17
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I'm not pushing quite as hard to get Icky completed. Will probably extend that into a summer project and look to camp in the fall. We are parking our vehicles every chance we get and riding our motorcycles to and from work.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:44 AM   #18
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I read a number of articles that state that most RV and boat owners are notcurbing thier appetite for travel and recreation due to the rising gas prices. I know for our family we will cut back on the distance but not the frequency of use. Gas is now 2.19 a gallon here in GA, and I figure that it equates to about 20 or so dollars more per trip..depending on the miles of course. .70 cents a gallon more for fuel, 8 miles per gallon, etc.
Had a great trip to lake Chickamaugua...Harrison Bay SP in Tenn last weekend.
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Old 04-06-2005, 12:27 PM   #19
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I currently get 17 mpg with my 5.0L F-150 extended cab as my daily 50 mile round trip commuter. To fill both tanks currently takes about $60-$65 and they last two weeks.

I plan to buy an F-250 powerstroke supercrew when the summer incentives come out. By then the fuel prices should be $2.50+ and the incentives will probably be pretty good. My guess is the F-250 will get about 1-2 mpg more without a tow so the cost shouldn't be too much more to operate on a daily basis. My F-150 isn't quite strong enough to pull the coach we plan to buy this fall and my kids have outgrown the back seat, so the F-250 will be my next daily commuter. It will be about $10K less than an Excursion/Suburban and get as good or maybe better fuel mileage and my wife has an Expedition, so a truck makes more sense.

Since work is the only place I drive my truck now, the price of fuel won't be affecting my driving habits anytime soon.
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:23 PM   #20
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Question whatca gone a do?

Well for starters --the wife has but 7 more days to retirement That'll drop off 50 miles per day commuting, but at, well lets say 60+ years,she's refusing to be a stay at home mom , so we have no other recourse but to travel. Gosh I hate that idea!!! We've come this far in life and we're not about to cancel our travel plans. Probably will stay in one area longer, but that can also be a positive. So far we have the summer just about full & looking towards putting together our Fall schedule.
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:41 AM   #21
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San Diegians pay higher prices for gas (and everything else) so out of here it'll be cheaper while we make our way to Oregon end of June.This summer is our first official camping season in our Bambi so we have to go far to get away from the tourists taking up all the beach sites
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Old 04-07-2005, 07:02 AM   #22
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ill bet that we people with heavier coaches, are rethinking our choice, and we who have oilers are wringing our hands, now that we are paying more per gallon then gas guzzlers.....
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Old 04-07-2005, 09:55 AM   #23
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Well, gas costs about the equivalent of $3.70 US a gallon in Canada right now. I don't know what you're all complaining about .

The Expedition doesn't get much use during the summer, outside of family trips and vacation (my wife is a stay at home mom). I'm considering selling the Mustang GT and get a Mini Cooper S for a daily driver - saves about $100/mo in fuel. I can also drive the Mini in the winter a lot more...
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:08 AM   #24
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I'm considering selling the Mustang GT and get a Mini Cooper S for a daily driver - saves about $100/mo in fuel. ...
those minis also double as a coffin....save lotsa money there...
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Old 04-07-2005, 06:58 PM   #25
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Pulling a 34' with a 92 dodge cummings. On the trip back from Florida I slowed it down to 62 mph on the interstate, what a big difference in gas mileage. I won't be taking fewer trips or shorter ones, but I will be paying attention to having my tires pumped up to max pressure and keeping my foot off the firewall. in Feb 01 it cost me $0.11 per mile to drive 2000 miles from NC to FL @ 13.08 mpg. 9/01 the trip to Maine cost me $0.10 per mile to drive 4000 miles @ 15.6 mpg. The next trip to FL included driving the truck around town and the cost dropped to $0.08 per mile for 3500 miles @ 15.8 mpg. We went to the International rally in Vermont then onto Niagara Falls before heading home $0.11 per mile with 2600 miles driven. We did the southwest caravan last spring and drove 8000 miles almost all of it pulling. Fuel cost were going up and I averaged about $1.50 per gallon for the entire trip. I got 12.8 mpg. If the cost goes up to $2.50 per gallon for diesel my cost should rise to $0.20 per mile. I don't like it but at 300 miles on a long day the fuel cost will be $60, still doable. Thank God George Bush is in office I don't know how we got along before him.
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Old 04-07-2005, 07:19 PM   #26
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well, bully for you mister bell, i took delivery on my 01 one week b4 diesel started climbing from 1.39 to where it is today...i figured that by paying a premium for a diesel engine, it would be defrayed by fuel prices... i did not calculate the cost of oil changes (today $81) and air filters( $26 at crazy murrays auto /parts)...am i whinning? yes, maybe, but i still love my oiler, and do not want to engage in a comparison game.....
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Old 04-07-2005, 08:48 PM   #27
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As most of you know ... Petunia and I are fulltiming in our Airstream. After sitting in AZ for 5 months ... and doing very little driving ... it's been painful to see these prices at the pump. We paid $2.74 per gallon in El Centro, CA the other day.

However ... we doubt that the higher prices will change any of our travel plans. When adjusted for inflation ... fuel is still cheaper than it was back in '81.

Filling the tank is now a lot like voting ... we just hold our noses.
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Old 04-07-2005, 09:04 PM   #28
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Porky. Diesel is running $2.60 in Paso Robles now. Even thought those oil rigs are running full time in San Ardo and Lost Hills. What was diesel in 1981 (adjusted for infaltion) going for?
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