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6 hours ago, sandsys said:

Getting rid of excess weight in your vehicles also helps.

Linda Sand

Are you saying that Pam needs to lose weight? Maybe the covid 15# the news has talked about?

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2 hours ago, Kirk W said:

Are you saying that Pam needs to lose weight? Maybe the covid 15# the news has talked about?

Some people discover divorce works well for loosing weight but I am NOT recommending that.

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Hello to all,

In regards to saving money on gas.

I know this isn't an option for everyone but I have been planing a trip. We usually do one trip at a time and then head back to home base in northern Indiana. I visit a sister out west along with my nephews and families.

If we travel out west then return, I have about two thousand miles one way or roughly four thousand round trip. We were thinking of going to the southwest and staying for a month or two. If we go west later in the year (perhaps gas prices would be lower after summer vacations are over) then head southwest (from our western location) and stay a month or so we can save close to three thousand miles in travel or about 400 gallons of gas. Also saves us from traveling to the southwest and then returning after we have spent some time there.

Only real problem with combining two trips, your gone about twice as long. Makes for a nice trip though. Overall I'd be saving about 2,900 miles. I would only be spending $410 more on the two trips combined for fuel. Quite a savings if we do it that way. Best!

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Someone just the other day told me that if you have an RV, and are concerned about fuel mileage and or the cost of fuel you are missing the point of having an RV. While there might be some truth to that, keeping your fuel cost down is also important. We tend to travel to a destination, then set for awhile, maybe a month, to take in all the area. Then move on to another area making somewhat of a loop. Of course we are retired fulltime and have the luxury of doing that. We are not in any hurry.

Yes trip planning can save you time, mileage and fuel by not zig zagging back and forth across country. We were down in Texas, Daughter graduated from college up in Ohio, then we had reservations in Florida Disney, Fort Wildnerness, didn't make sense to go all the way up to Ohio then all the way down to Florida. We couldn't attend her graduation ceremonies anyway due to Covid. So we all just met down in Florida and had a good time with the kids/grandkids at Disney. 

Our 1 ton gets worst 9mpg or best 11 pulling the 5er depending. Unhitched 19/20 mpg highway 17 city, 32 gallon tank. Still contemplating installing an aux tank just to save a little at lower priced fuel stops, but for the cost of the good aux tanks @ $1000 that's a lot of fuel cost to payback.

We only travel 300 miles at most each day before overnighting. At almost 53 feet truck stops or big stations like Bucee's (Texas/Alabama)for fuel is a must do. We use our GS card for discounts when we can but otherwise use gas buddy to check fuel stop costs at the stations we picked using RV Trip Wizard. The reward points we get back using our credit card for fuel is a savings also. On average will pump in 20 gallons of fuel at fillups. This last trip because of the recent pipe line shut down, for awhile we carried 10 gallons extra fuel around just in case, never needed it.

We have no intentions of visiting California, used to live there back in the 80s,  or the NewYork New England metro areas. Too many other places to go and see.

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For us we have always budgeted for our trips, and have allowances for things we typically don't use often ie; CG's = "just in case".  For our fuel costs it was based on $3/gallon for the few years leading up to 2019, and now going forwards we will budget based on $4/gallon.    So typically we over budget quite a bit in case the prices go up exponentially during our travels or we hit California LOL.    So we allow a lot of wiggle room, and if everything hits the fan, then bang goes our emergency fund.   Or as they say "for everything else there's MasterCard".

Seriously though, with reduced incomes the past 18 months or so and for some due to lockdowns the ability to save a lot of money because of the closures on eating out, other activities, we all have to trim our cloth to suit our pockets as the saying goes.    Avid casino goer friends of ours saved tens of thousands in the past 6 months while they were closed here, now they are donating it back.

Generally speaking "within reason", and what that "reason" is I don't know, we will continue to keep travelling when allowed and enjoy what we can with our old gal.   Some trips during high priced fuel years will be closer to home, or more spaced out to compensate and fit our budgets like many others will do I'm sure.

We control what we personally can and that we can't......... we don't sweat it

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On 7/1/2021 at 11:25 AM, Steven@146 said:

Still contemplating installing an aux tank just to save a little at lower priced fuel stops, but for the cost of the good aux tanks @ $1000 that's a lot of fuel cost to payback.

We have a 34 gal regular tank and installed a 50 gal Transfer Flow Trax 3 tank - about $2500 installed when I bought the truck.  It will take me several years to pay off that cost.  Even if it does not pay for itself in fuel costs, however it is worth every cent in convenience and peace of mind.

 Like you I get 9-11.5 mpg towing with 10.5 being usual number.  We generally do not run more than 300 miles per day, but some times we run two days in a row and stay hooked up for the travel night.  Having the extra tank means I don't have to fuel up with the 5er attached. If I run into detours or some other unforeseen event (there was a line of major storms we outran a couple of years ago) I don't have to worry about finding a fuel station that will fit me. 

It also means I'm not confined to the big stations with the big prices.  We just did a two day run from Manistee, MI to eastern OH - about 480 miles.  I filled up two days after arriving in Manistee and drove about 200 miles in MI for the rest of the week.  I did not fill when we left.  Diesel fuel on the OH Tpk was $3.419.  Other stations along the route ranged from $3.299 to $3.439.  I will fill tomorrow at $3.189, drive around here for 8 days, and then go 300 miles to MD where diesel is currently $2.999.  My best savings so far was $.46 per gallon on 70 gallons.  Usually it is $.10 to .20 per gallon savings.

Wayne & Jinx
2017 F-350 diesel, dually
2006 Carriage Carri-Lite 36KSQ

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On 7/1/2021 at 10:25 AM, Steven@146 said:

Someone just the other day told me that if you have an RV, and are concerned about fuel mileage and or the cost of fuel you are missing the point of having an RV. While there might be some truth to that, keeping your fuel cost down is also important. 

I drive a big truck and almost without fail the first question out of anyone's mouth is "what kind of fuel mileage do you get?"  I answer politely, but what I really want to say is "I am comfortably retired and don't pay attention to fuel prices. I fuel up where it's convenient, not cheap.  If I cared about fuel mileage I wouldn't be driving this, but just the same I am happy you get better mileage."

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3 hours ago, hemsteadc said:

I drive a big truck and almost without fail the first question out of anyone's mouth is "what kind of fuel mileage do you get?"  I answer politely, but what I really want to say is "I am comfortably retired and don't pay attention to fuel prices. I fuel up where it's convenient, not cheap.  If I cared about fuel mileage I wouldn't be driving this, but just the same I am happy you get better mileage."

When I was asked about milage on my diesel Sprinter and I answered 18 mpg they thought I was lying because everyone "knows" diesels don't get that kind of mileage. I also had a guy ask me if the noise of the diesel engine bothered me. Since it was idling while I talked to him through my window I asked if it was bothering him--he hadn't realized it was running. Oh, the things people "know"!

Linda

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