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Old 02-24-2012, 07:52 PM   #169
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Like I said the other day, $3.50 a gallon already sounds like a bargain.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:55 PM   #170
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Originally Posted by Carol H
You can buy a Nissan Leaf (99 mpg equivalent) or a Mitsubishi I-miEV (112 mpg equivalent) in North America.

Just wait until they have to replace the battery or purchase a new 3 thousand mile extension cord.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:30 PM   #171
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In Europe folks tend to travel MUCH shorter distances.

Years ago, (when I lived in Winnipeg) I had some distant relatives arrive from England and they wanted to know if they could drive to Winnipeg from Toronto. (Sure, why not? Choice of routes, too!) Then they went on to ask if it might take more than 3 - 4 hours? (at speed limit, try several days!)

The distances were simply incomprehensible to them

Yes in Europe they use small, fuel-efficient cars - they can do it because they are not in 'em for than a couple of hours at a time.

If the "typical" person from Britain. the low countries, Scandanavia, etc were to drive from "Chicago to LA" (Route 66 music), whether towing or not, they soon see how it came to be that such sleds as a '66 Ford Galaxie became popular.

So, yes, folks drive smaller cars, smaller distances in smaller countries, with smaller fuel consumption per distance traveled. Not worth comparing to here - at least not for me. I refuse to serve time in a tiny, cramped tin can for 8-12 hours a day when I am supposed to be enjoying my time.

Give me a full-size 3/4 ton or 1-ton p/u as a tug and and enough trailer that I can relax in!
In 2010 we traveled 2,500 miles round trip by car to Bergen and beyond along Norway fjords. Last year we traveled to France and Spain putting about 3,200 miles on odometer. Last year we drove the car capable of using LPG or gas and we travel about 90% on LPG. LPG is about $3-4/gal in France becoming comparable to NA prices. So, yes distances in Europe tend to be smaller but not small enough for tin cans. We live in EU about 3 month per year. I think that the best way to form a valid opinion about other countries is to travel there; otherwise an opinion becomes just another internet tin can one. There are many medium size cars in EU, way fewer SUVs but the average engine displacement is around 1.7 L versus 3.6 L in US. I am certain that car size has a lot to do with gas mileage but the engine size is a huge factor.

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:29 PM   #172
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We paid about $4.30/gallon today in Cramer Junction CA. Yikes! It seems to be getting more expensive the further south we drive.
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It was up to $3.59 today at a 7/11 in Plano, Tx.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:32 AM   #174
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Hi: reeves99... I think the extra price per gallon in CA. is to cover storage unless you plan on taking your own parking space.
Price here today hit $1.259 a ltr., or $4.90US. Gal. Looks like a shorter camping season is on the horizon. Thankfully we live an hours drive from the US border. Still planing on heading down to Tenn. in Apr. for the Egg Camping Club rally.
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I'm beginning to think the vw Passat TDI is looking good. If I win the lottery I'll go for the Mercedes diesel suv.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:35 PM   #176
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Actually this thread is getting scary, as prices go up, camping will go down. Auto sales, rv sales and the economy in general will all decline, another recession and we are still in one. That is why I'm a little scared!!
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Actually this thread is getting scary, as prices go up, camping will go down. Auto sales, rv sales and the economy in general will all decline, another recession and we are still in one. That is why I'm a little scared!!
Hi: cpaharley...SCARY!!! To think that every day the news comes up with another reason for the increase...and no one seems to be able to get a handle on it??? Who's kidding whom.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:12 PM   #178
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Around here, there was a fire last week at a refinery just S of the border, in Wa State. Seems it was one of bigger refineries on the W coast
Seems that every oil co is going for "efficiency" and so there are virtually no refineries that are running with "excess" capacity - all run at close to 100% capacity
Therefore, the products from the Cherry Point (BP) refinery are now "missing" from the marketplace.
Demand is fairly constant, local supply is a tad pooched and THAT at least is the excuse being given for the humongous increase in prices locally, as we now approach $6.00 per US gallon!
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:30 PM   #179
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We met a couple from Wisconsin towing a 5th wheel with a Chevy diesel. He commented that he's feeling he can no longer afford to travel as prices keep rising, diesel over $4 here.

I asked him how long he was on the road, he said they'd be gone from Wisconsin for 5 weeks and were driving across TX and than back home.

Though I didn't comment, driving a 1000 miles a week is probably not affordable for many. At this rate he's spending $300 to $400 a week on fuel.

Those short trips are killers for big rigs and large tow vehicles. He came into our park at Seminole State Park (Comstock, TX) and stayed one night and was than heading a few hundred miles to his next park.

We'll cover 11,000 tow miles in 11 months, not 5,000 tow miles in 5 weeks. I know we're lucky to be able to travel in this style. My goal is to show that longer, slower trips are more affordable...by the way we spent 4 days at Seminole and could happily have spent a month.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:16 PM   #180
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Just pointing out the irony of people complaining about paying - for example - $3.50 for a gallon of gasoline, but don't complain about paying many times more per ounce for something they can get 'free" out of a tap!

BCDave, it ain't free out of the tap either.

I get a monthly water bill for my tap water. The cost of tap water is also on the rise. Our local company wanted to raise rates by 20%. So far public out cry is holding up that increase. I have never known anyone who's gotten a 20% pay raise.

I don't understand where all these businesses think we're going to come up with the money to purchase anything with products going up and salaries stagnant.
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That's why I put the word "free" in quotes. Even those of us with a well have to pay for the power to get it outta the well. Metropolitan Vancouver, BC is the "next best thing" to "free" as they do not meter the water use And No, I've never figured that out either!
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Actually this thread is getting scary, as prices go up, camping will go down. Auto sales, rv sales and the economy in general will all decline, another recession and we are still in one. That is why I'm a little scared!!
Hopefully the prices will go down "firstest and fastest" on the full-size pickups, with the biggest engines - so I can afford to get one!

My '92 has depreciated to where it can't go any lower - its scrap metal value is about the same as its trade in or re-sale value. (I'm driving for FREE!!!! I Love it!!!!) Makes it really hard to justify getting a newer one, but I really wanna step up to more torque and HP.
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