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Old 10-08-2014, 02:03 PM   #15
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At $700/yr, that would get you almost 230 years of similar mileage vs. that 160K car, everything equal of course.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:07 PM   #16
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Yep, I remember the "Fish" 100 MPG carb that the oil companies bought up to keep it off the market, and that was in the 1950's and it was an old story then.

But, as usual SNOPES sorts it all out....
snopes.com: Is Volkswagen's 300 MPG Car Banned in the U.S.?

And what happens to MPG on any of our high mileage cars today when we add a trailer, down the tube it goes.

When a car is designed and tuned to a maximum limit, adding anything, from an extra suitcase to a heavy passenger to, heaven forbid, a trailer, it all goes in the loo.....
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:39 PM   #17
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I saw nothing in that article but a paranoid diatribe against the people who supply the means by which we all get to work, and to the campsite... and at margins narrower than almost every other product which is delivered by the same means.
The Elio ,on the other hand, is American made and supposed to be available soon. It is simple , cheap and realistic!...

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Old 10-08-2014, 02:48 PM   #18
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Although not gas- electric, didn't the very first Hondas of years ago also start out with a motorcycle engine.
I am not that informed about the technology involved with these vehicles but I really think the idea of having a battery powered vehicle with a small gas engine to keep the charge up is the way to go. By that there is unlimited drive time and no need to stop at recharge stations.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:52 PM   #19
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Just did the math, 300 mpg would have saved me around $700 last year compared to my 5.7 Hemi that is paid for.
I did some math too. You must only drive that hemi to church every other Sunday.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:57 PM   #20
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Trailer heavier

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Our trailer weighs more than our car. Drives like it is on rails. Feels very comfortable.
Certainly most fifth wheels weigh more than their tow vehicles as well as many trailers weigh more than their tow vehicles, though a smaller percentage than fifth wheels..
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:35 PM   #21
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For sure Norm. And although they are in within the numbers they don't look all that comfortable to tow. We know a number of forum members have down sized from those kinds of rigs and they did so for that reason.

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Old 10-08-2014, 04:23 PM   #22
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We're one of those people that downsized. We did it because the trip required a small vehicle capable of rough roads. We learned we were just as comfortable in a small rig, maybe more comfortable. Simply life was simpler in a smaller rig, secondarily it was less expensive.

Many of our older (older than us friends) and former big rig owners can see the value of a small rig. For them it's the ease of use, the ease of maintenance and the lower cost.
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:32 PM   #23
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Just did the math, 300 mpg would have saved me around $700 last year compared to my 5.7 Hemi that is paid for.
You must not drive that hemi much.

We burn about a 1000 gallons a year covering 25,000 miles, cost about $3,500.

If we had driven a 300 mpg vehicle, I would have used 84 gallons for a cost of $294, a savings of over $3,000. Nice to dream......

This is a prototype vehicle, vehicle cost is meaningless.
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:26 PM   #24
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Last year I drove my truck about 3,500 miles. About 2,000 of that was towing the Scamp. Most of the rest was hauling 15 cords of firewood home from the farm.

I made a deliberate decision to move here, I used to walk to work every day, 1/2 mile each way. Sometimes my car wouldn't move for 2 or 3 months at a time. Now I work from home, so no commute. If I need something right here in town, I almost always walk or ride my bike, or schedule a quick stop when I'm out running.

I paid cash for the truck, I budget $100/month for maintenance, and my insurance is very low, even with full coverage.

Leaves more money for traveling and enjoying life!
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Hey Kevin, what do you tow with??

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