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Fuel prices in some states are far more than most............


Kirk W

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We have been on the road now since March 2 and have traveled from east Texas to Escapade, then on to Yucaipa, CA and now are starting to migrate back to the east and have some interesting observations about fuel prices.

 

In Lindale, TX the unleaded is $2.11 & diesel is $2.49

 

In El Paso, TX .... unleaded is $2.01 & diesel is $2.47

 

In Deming, NM..... unleaded is $2.07 & diesel is $2.69

 

In Tucson, AZ.. unleaded is $2.11 & diesel is $2.41

 

In Quartzsite, AZ unleaded is $2.39 & diesel is $2.49

 

In Blythe, CA unleaded is $3.39 & diesel is $3.39

 

In Yucaipa, CA unleaded is $3.05 & diesel at $2.79 (I paid $3.35 for unleaded just 24 hours ago.)

 

It is interesting to me to note the price diesel seems to be unaffected by the CA fuel laws. Must be that they burn the same diesel, while I know that they require a gasoline blend which is unique to CA. I was warned to fuel in Quartzsite before entering CA and that certainly is true, to the tune of about a dollar per gallon!

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CA's government imposed an additional 20 cents per gallon tax that went into effect when prices were at their lowest at the beginning of this year, so there was little or no public outcry.

 

That plus CA being a gas island unable to import gasoline from refineries in other states, and it's own refineries running flat out to meet demand explains the wildly higher prices here. The smallest glitch in the supply chain creates a mini-shortage, inflating prices further. The most recent spike was due to the normal annual refinery shutdowns to change from winter to summer gas and will likely be repeated this fall when the process is reversed.

 

Then there's transportation costs. Since all gas sold in CA has to come from in-state refineries, Blythe and Needles are about as far as you can get from them and still be in CA, so they have the highest transportation costs to get fuel their stations. The difference is especially dramatic when compared to the nearby Arizona prices.

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Diesel. Fueled yesterday at Safeway in East Wenatchee, Washington. Had a $.40/gal discount for the first 25 gals, then back up to regular cash price of $2.99.

 

This is not reflective of the rest of eastern Washington as the greater Wenatchee area tends to be significantly higher (Seattle influence).

 

And our state wants to raise the tax on fuel even more - sure, why not, the prices are so low. I swear the reps have the memory of a gnat. They don't seem to recall a whole different story just last year at $4.00/gal

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Fueled the pickup truck Saturday at $2.69/gallon for diesel in George, WA (about 140 miles east of Seattle on I-90). Just checked on GasBuddy and the price is now $2.60 for diesel and $2.21 for regular gasoline.

 

This is the cheapest place to fuel (by far) along I-90 until you get to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (where regular is $2.17).

 

WDR

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It would be helpful to have dates on these prices. Prices here in Minnesota go up and down all the time--sometimes several times in one week. So, the travel time between these locations could also be having an impact on the prices.

 

Linda Sand

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In a couple weeks we will be in California visiting family. We will top off in Arizona before we enter, but will have to get diesel for the motorhome and unleaded for the car in California sometime. We can't make it to Oregon with our tank capacities.

 

In a year we might be transporting water for our family, since California is running out.

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It would be helpful to have dates on these prices. Prices here in Minnesota go up and down all the time--sometimes several times in one week. So, the travel time between these locations could also be having an impact on the prices.

Use GasBuddy for the most up to date prices in your area or even up the road in a days drive on your PC.

Or download a app for your smart phone.

 

Within 10 miles of where I am. There are 50 gas stations on GasBuddy.

Price for reg gas ranges from $2.34 to $2.69. Biggest percent of them are in the $2.39-$2.53 range.

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With oil at 48.80 Contract date May 15 it should be going down. Oil has been low for some time but the price at the pump does not reflect that . When OIl was over 100.00 per BBl it was 20 /30 cents higher than now.Lot of profit taking going on.

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Easy folks gas in CA for the most part is not that bad. I live in the Bay Area and unleaded is $3.05 and Diesel is $3.19. It does have a wide range so definitely use Gas Buddy. So you buy a 100 gallons of diesel passing through to Oregon. So that will cost what? an extra $50. Stop on by my place, I'll plop a couple of steaks on the grill and pop a couple of beers. The weather is absolutely gorgeous right now.

 

James

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What we find when we travel is certain areas seem to "price fix" gas and diesel prices. In the Knoxville, TN metro area last week, diesel price was $2.75 a gallon no matter where you went. Gasoline pricing was also the same price across the market. The lack of competition makes everyone more money. Where we live in Northern Mississippi, fuel pricing varies greatly.

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Here in this tourist area Disney world, Universal, etc fuel has always been higher close to the attractions.Most tourist do not stray far from the attractions when here.We are just a few miles away from the prime tourist areas and the prices are lower Depends on the area you may be in..

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Let me +1 Biker56's post: GasBuddy is your friend!

 

I use GasBuddy a lot, even though we have a 100 gallon fuel tank I try to mitigate high fuel prices as much as I can. If I'm running low and have no choice but to fuel up in a high price area I add enough fuel (plus a safety margin) to get me to the next low-price area. Sometimes the price differentials are enormous. I've seen prices that vary $1 per gallon in 300 miles (Seattle to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for instance). This is where having a larger fuel tank can have big returns. We RVed extensively in a 5th wheel towed by a pickup truck that had a 35-gallon tank and it was much more expensive.

 

Similarly, when fuel prices are dropping I do not fill up but add what I think I'll need. This theory is that the next time I fuel the prices will be lower. (This theory assumes my time is worth nothing, by the way.)

 

When fuel prices are climbing I top off the tanks because the next time will likely be more expensive.

 

The combination of GasBuddy and good map app (with satellite view) can easily save you the price of a dinner in a good restaurant. (Or pay for your monthly smartphone bill!)

 

I look at it as a game of wits between me and the oil industry. :P

 

WDR

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