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Old 02-14-2012, 06:28 PM   #71
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Cost of RVing

Rosemary,

I definitely believe the cost of RVing is less than the cost of staying home. Though gas is a major expense, we'd probably not spend a lot less for gas if we stayed home.

We'll travel somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 miles this year. We've been averaging about $10 to 11 a day for gas, at this rate we'll probably spend about $4,000 for a years worth of travel assuming prices continue upward.

Our energy usage is very low. We just filled our propane tank ($11.75) for the first time, after 3 months of travel and it was still had 25% in the tank. We really use little electricity, a lot less than if we were home.

Tonight, for the 6th night, we find ourselves on the shores of Canyon Lake, 50' from the water spending $12 a night. Actually we now have 4 molded fiberglass trailers in the park, 3 of us are headed to the Hillapalooza rally in Johnson City in the morning.

Now I admit we take our 'boob tube' with us. Last night we got to watch our beloved UConn womens basketball team play OK's women, though most of the time we read or work the computer.

One of the reason's we downsized to a small fiberglass trailer towed by an economical vehicle is that we could see the pressure that RVing is going to be (and is) under. Our goal is to keep moving until our kids rip the keys out of our hands....first they're going to have to find us..

Safe and economical travels
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #72
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Key West gas

FWIW, gas in Key West today is $3.79 for regular.
A Rumrunner at Margaritaville was $8.00 for 8 oz.
Temp is a sunny 80 degrees
All numbers seem to balance out

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Old 02-14-2012, 08:11 PM   #73
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FWIW, gas in Key West today is $3.79 for regular.
A Rumrunner at Margaritaville was $8.00 for 8 oz.
Temp is a sunny 80 degrees
All numbers seem to balance out

Al & Inge in the Road Toad at Bahia Honda S P on the beach
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So, relatively speaking, gas is really cheap compared to rumrunners?
Have a great time in the Keys!
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:30 AM   #74
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$$$. You gonna pay for it?
Pay for what?
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:20 AM   #75
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In the 80s I had two Chevrolet Sprints. The first one was a 4 door and it got 55mpg on the highway and the second was a Turbo Sprint 2 door with Turbo, Intercooler, fuel injection and was extremely fast and it got 42mpg on the highway. Both were 3 cylinder with 4 speed manual transmissions.

Here is a question: Why the heck can't we purchase one of these today?
I think Darwin is asking for availability of getting these high gas mileage cars today, not used ones.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:04 AM   #76
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I think Darwin is asking for availability of getting these high gas mileage cars today, not used ones.
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Somehow it just never seems to occur to me that some people buy new cars. My "newest" is a 15 year old (1997) bought a few months ago in October, with 252,000 on it- which makes it the newest, lowest-miles car I have owned in the past 25 or 30 years!
(Wife's Lexus is 20 yr old now - had it 5 years, and my Tug is a '92 - also 20 yr old - has 400,000 on it)

I'm not rich enough to be able to simply throw $$$$ away on depreciation on new cars (or even to look at new cars anyway!)

Having said that - if we are going to compare mileage on a 1990 Geo Metro to what is avail now - lets start by comparing the cars themselves. The 1990 version is much lighter as it does not have:

Airbags (any!)
anti-lock brakes
traction control
stability control
power windows
power locks
it likely does not have air cond

Now take all that stuff off whatever is the new one with the "best" mileage and maybe you could get decent mpg as well.

However - since its illegal to sell them sans the baggies and it seems that virtually no-one will buy a car these days sans air cond, power windoze, power lox, power and heated memory seats, killer stereo, power steering, power brakes, satellite navigation, satellite radio, all sorts of sound deadener stuff ....

Weight costs performance and it also costs extra fuel consumption.

If you want really GOOD fuel consumption numbers - get the lightest, smallest, most stripped-down one you can find. You will likely have to factory order it to get without the so-called "options" that seem to come standard on them.

Its re-sale will be essentially non-existent as no-one will want it, so you'll likely find that its actually the single most expensive car per mile that you have ever owned!

So my answer stands. Yes you can get a 1990 Metro, if you are willing to settle for what a 1990 Metro had to offer, but you will most likely have to look for a 1990 Metro to get it!
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:11 AM   #77
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In the 80s I had two Chevrolet Sprints. The first one was a 4 door and it got 55mpg on the highway and the second was a Turbo Sprint 2 door with Turbo, Intercooler, fuel injection and was extremely fast and it got 42mpg on the highway. Both were 3 cylinder with 4 speed manual transmissions.

Here is a question: Why the heck can't we purchase one of these today?
Plenty of vehicles like this available today. You just need to move to Europe to own one.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:29 AM   #78
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BCDave...just wondering how that power lox tastes on a bagel. Sorry. Couldn't resist. When I was a kid I ate jeddy on my toast.
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To BCDAVE: The Metro replaced the Sprint and the MPG went down. New body and not as appealing as the Sprint.

By the way, I also drive a 1974 VW Thing today.
No power windows as I have to Take The Window off and place it in the back, Armstrong steering and brakes that have no power assist.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:18 PM   #80
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My daily driver is a 97 Firefly, (Sprint clone). It is actually my second Firefly. My first one, a smurf blue 91, is the only new car I ever purchased. With the $750 new grad discount, it was less then $6000. Other then a habit of losing the buttons for the wipers and lights, it was almost perfect. I got married the same year. It outlasted the marriage. My ex-wife got it, and wrecked it.

I recently purchased a 97 for $400. The liability insurance was $450. I think the 91 had better galvanizing. My 97 is rusted through in several places, every time I go over a bump I worry about breaking the "frame". My boss wants me to park it behind the shop. But in the six months that I have owned it, I have not had one problem. Well, it really did not want to start at -34C, but neither did I. The power stearing will never break down, (it doesn't have any). Most of all, I put $30 in the tank every three weeks! It doesn't owe me a cent! When it dies, I think I will take a look at some of the 91 models that keep appearing on kijiji.
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Hi: All... Getting ready for a Family Day weekend trip to Ottawa. Filled up the Taurus Wgn. with St.Thomas' friendly gas!!! Darned near doubled the value of the vehicle!!! $69.25 for the fill...58.634L X $1.181/L YIKES!!! The pump spit out a coupon for $2.34 to be used on groceries at the Real Canadian SuperStore so that made me feel much better LoL. At least we can eat some beans!!!
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:23 PM   #82
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$1.18 per liter sounds a whole helluvalot better than the 1.29/liter around here. (For our US friends, that works out to about $4.84 per US gallon)

(And I have seen $1.34/liter somewhere around here, too! I filled up my 4Runner last night in Bellingham, Wa at 3.34/gal!)
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:37 PM   #83
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$1.18 per liter sounds a whole helluvalot better than the 1.29/liter around here. (For our US friends, that works out to about $4.84 per US gallon)
Alf, I'm with Dave stop your cringing - the price here today is 1.31/liter.... thats down from $1.35 . Besides you need to keep in mind that you luv your family and they are worth way more than that!
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Using reporterís age as a base to disqualify the report is rather unfair.
I used her poor reporting, shallow writing and lack of research to disqualify the report. It's written more like a memo than a report.

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