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Poll: Gas Prices Changing Your Plans? (73 member(s) have cast votes)

How are gas prices affecting your travel plans?

  1. Makes no difference, I'm hitting the road! (57 votes [78.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 78.08%

  2. Ouch, I'm staying close to home, shorter trips (14 votes [19.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.18%

  3. My wallet is empty, no trips for me. (2 votes [2.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.74%

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#21 ski3pin

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 03:15 AM

I'm going to give this topic and poll a bump. Gas prices here have dropped 20 cents a gallon (to $4.09), although the media tells me nation wide prices are still inching upwards. On our recent trip to Death Valley, regular gas at Stovepipe Wells was $4.90 and Furnace Creek $5.79. Beatty Nevada had regular for $3.95.

Slowing you down or are you getting use to it?
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#22 MarkBC

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 03:57 AM

Gas prices in Bend, Oregon are up 10¢ or more since this topic started in late February. So I'm still frugal, but as I said before, I'd probably be equally frugal whether it's $3.75/gal or $4.25/gal. If gas was under $3/gal I'd probably go on more/farther trips.
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#23 UglyScout

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

I voted 'No difference' -- but I have no big trips planned :(

When gas was $1/gallon I made $6/hr and drove where ever I wanted. I'm paying $4.25/gallon for diesel now and my pay has stayed just ahead of the gas inflation... So I still drive where ever I want :D

BUT if gas/diesel was WAY cheaper I would be tempted to do some LONG trips...
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#24 chnlisle

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:06 PM

In Tucson Yesterday;
Gas $3.60
Diesel 3.90
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#25 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:29 PM

Fuel in Barcelona. Gas . € 1,64 diesel € 1,48 liter. Never could figure why diesel is cheaper than gas in Europe than the states..Oh well if you want cheaper diesel camp in Europe. Home soon. I am running out of food to eat. Frank
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#26 CraggyMan

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:23 PM

Will probably skew my trips a little on the shorter side (within 2 hours of Bend there are plenty of nice locations-John Day River area) especially this spring. But later on the usual long jaunts will still be scheduled, just hoping my camping partner doesn't bail on me so I have someone to share costs. <_<
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:01 AM

Fuel in Barcelona. Gas . € 1,64 diesel € 1,48 liter. Never could figure why diesel is cheaper than gas in Europe than the states..Oh well if you want cheaper diesel camp in Europe. Home soon. I am running out of food to eat. Frank


Diesel € 1,48 * 3.78 litres per US gallon * 1.314 USD per Euro = $7.35 per gallon
Gas € 1,64 * 3.78 litres per US gallon * 1.314 USD per Euro = $8.30 per gallon

Who's complaining?
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#28 billharr

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:37 AM

Diesel € 1,48 * 3.78 litres per US gallon * 1.314 USD per Euro = $7.35 per gallon
Gas € 1,64 * 3.78 litres per US gallon * 1.314 USD per Euro = $8.30 per gallon

Who's complaining?


Without the tax taken out its Apples and Oranges. Fuel in Europe has had a high tax for years, but you can take a train anywhere on time.
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#29 busboy66

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:44 AM

Without the tax taken out its Apples and Oranges. Fuel in Europe has had a high tax for years, but you can take a train anywhere on time.


Bill, what do you mean about tax? All fuel is taxed one way or the other, no?
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#30 EdoHart

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:46 AM

I originally voted "staying closer to home, fewer trips," but I really meant better planned longer duration trips. However, I recently traded my gas guzzling daily driver, a Dodge pickup (it used to carry my FWC) for a 4x4 Ford Escape and I realize that the Escape might make a great weekend camper. I know, it doesn't make much sense to spend $24K to save money on gas, but I figured I would break even at 88K miles (based on $4.00/gallon gasoline - currently we're seeing $4.25-$4.45 in Santa Maria).

Now that I have the Escape, I remember how fun and easy it is to get a small car down some roads. The Escape won't replace my FWC/Chevy 4x4 for long trips, but that doesn't mean I have to use the FWC for every camping trip. I'm glad I kept all my car camping equipment (stove, coolers, tents, ..., Posted Image )

Therefore, the current price of gas won't prevent me from going on weekend get aways, but it will encourge me to plan long range trips to maximize my wandering/fuel burned.


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