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    Traded my truck in...

    ... on a new Escape for LOML. 'Traded' is funny word in this situation, because it's almost always more of a 'GIVE it away'. In this case, I know they got me because the wholesaler came over and wrote a check while I was still there. And yeah, I know I coulda got more by selling it myself.

    Anyhoo, this will be the first time 'truckless' for me since 1994. I've said before that I'd never be without a truck again... but the gas prices are killing us, and it's a simple matter of economics. Also easier to do it knowing my FIL's truck is 300 feet up the driveway. I'll drive the older Escape, and immediately cut my monthly Exxon-Mobil contribution by $150. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Constable View Post

    Anyhoo, this will be the first time 'truckless' for me since 1994. I've said before that I'd never be without a truck again... but the gas prices are killing us, and it's a simple matter of economics.
    This is the first time in my life I have ever been truckless too. I have a 40 mile commute to work (one way) and thus fuel economy was just killing me. I bought (and all of you feel free to laugh) a Ford Focus and I could not be happier. I am saving 80 bucks a month of fuel costs alone. The surprising thing is, I like my car. Its comfortable, rides nice (no bouncing on these back roads) and is just a nice all around car. We have a Toyota Highlander too that enables me to get lumber and that kind of bigger stuff. I miss my truck from time to time, but its nice driving by gas stations all week!!
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    A Texan with out a truck? thats like chicken soup without the chicken
    I'm lucky. the wife only commutes about 7 miles each way. On the days that I do work 2.5 miles.

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    Well, I got you beat, I only commute about 60 meters to the L shop, and I drive when it rains
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    Traded my 4-Runner in earlier this year when we had the new baby to get my wife a Sienna van. I now drive her 2002 Rav-4. at 35 mpg I can live with the razzing from my buddies.

    Heard on the news over X-Mas that they are predicting regular gas to go up by $0.65 per gallon by spring, putting the national average at $3.60 per gallon.

    Randy

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    Just so you know, we have been over $6 US for a US gallon for a LONG time here in Tokyo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Just so you know, we have been over $6 US for a US gallon for a LONG time here in Tokyo
    Considering the cost of everthing else in Tokyo that sounds like a bargin.

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    A Texan without a truck? They might exile ye to Mississippi.
    I'm wanting something smaller for everyday driving but sure would keep the Dodge. Wife has a Ford Focus station wagon, I want one of those also. Lessee, now, three vehicles for two old retired people on fixed income???
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Getting ready for retirement, the wife and I had a conversation a couple of days ago about something similar. We'll probably sell our 5th wheel and I'll get rid of "Bruiser"...my 1990 F-350....4X4.....460 Cuin....4:10 rearend 5-speed manual p/u. It's 11 mpg...up hill...down hill...into the wind....with the wind....loaded..unloaded....with the 9,000 lb 5th wheel trailer or without....11 mpg.

    But I'll probably get another p/u.....maybe diesel....4X4.....I drive 4 miles to downtown Lewiston and drop 800' in elevation....getting up the hill in the winter sometimes...it helps to have 4x4...
    Ken
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    Got rid of the P/U a few years ago too. The P/U just sat in the driveway as I have a city car which I use 95% of the time. LOML has her own and I have an Explorer we drive when we both go somewhere together, the "go'n out" car. the poor P/U only got used for lumber runs and the like about once or twice a month. It was just rotting in place really and costing me money to boot! With insurance, inspection, registration and maintenance it was costing me about $500 a year and I was usually driving it less than 250 miles a year. At about $2 a mile it wasn't very cost effective! I sold the P/U and picked up an enclosed 7' X 10' trailer with the proceeds. Best move I ever made, virtually zero costs now. The only cost I had had was the one time permanent registration/tags which ran $56.

    The enclosed trailer keeps an road grime off the lumber or whatever I'm hauling and the weather is no longer a concern. As a bonus, the trailer also doubles as a storage shed when no it use and doesn't take up any more space than the truck did.

    Mike

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