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finally get caught up on some of the jobs i've had been rained and snowed out in the last couple of months and have some time off to take the kid to the coast when gas shoots up to $3.00 a gallon in the asheville area. tell me it's not that bad down east, please!:confused:
 

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According to gasBuddy.com, you might find $2.65 in Wake county if you shop hard enough. (Try TR Lee's on Main st. in Clayton, if you hurry). Unfortunately, Raleigh's the eastern-most presence on their site.

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What is the right thing to do?

I'm old enough to remember when gas broke a dollar in the seventies. Everyone ranted and screamed and vowed they would not pay... they did. The scientific community experimented with solar power... too cumbersome to be effective on a grand scale, nuclear power... too great a risk of another Three Mile Island, wind power... worked for the greenies but not on a national scale. All the while big oil is steady making major profits and the gallon is steady going up and they are doing nothing to break our national dependency on foriegn oil. Now, with the natural disasters and all the destruction in the Gulf we're paying $3 a gallon because of "shortages" yet big oil still makes record profits during all this. Something's rotten in Denmark. What can we do to make a difference?
 

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Rebellion?

DBank said:
Now, with the natural disasters and all the destruction in the Gulf we're paying $3 a gallon because of "shortages" yet big oil still makes record profits during all this. Something's rotten in Denmark. What can we do to make a difference?
OK, you're ready for the plan? I was recently made aware of a movement already in the works. No, it's not veggie oil powered cars or a solar pick-up trucks. It's the simple power of the dollar. The gas companies are going to keep charging $2.50 to 3 bucks (or more) a gallon. Do you know why? 'Cause we're gonna pay it. Why are we gonna pay it? 'Cause we gotta get to work, school, church or our favorite fishing hole. So what's the plan? Stop buying gas? Nope, just pick one company and don't buy gas from them, ever! Or at least not until they feel the pain so badly that they lower the price back to a reasonable buck 50 (or less).

The one company already being "ignored" is Exxon/Mobile. Because they're evil? Nope, they're just the biggest and we get 2 flounder with one mullet minnow.

For this to work, an enormous amount of people have to participate. And participation means NOT buying from them when they're 10 cents cheaper than the station across the street. Spread the word, if you believe this will work. Ignore this post,if you think I'm crazy. But this can work. Make one of them feel the pain and they'll drop the price. It's simple economics. If they keep dropping their price so will all the others.
 

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Whoo.... $2.81 a gallon in Fayettenam... $2.77 a gallon in Sanford.

Oh well.... aint stoppin us. Headin offshore this weekend out of Southport. Will be out 2 days (sat/sun). Gives me a chance to "empty" the tank before towing to Fla. Sure would hate to pay more towing a heavy fuel laden boat down there.

I dont buy gas from Shell, Texacco, Exxon, or BP. For some reason, we have little fly-by night gas stations around here... so no tellin where they get their gas from (I.e. Kangaroo.. Pilot)
 

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PH, I have heard of that idea before and it seems plausible; sort of a "civil disobedience" way of getting the point across without resorting to violence or mean-spirited things. The only drawback I can see with that is what about the local station owner that goes out of business? I do what I can to minimize my fuel usage, but we're talking masses on the national scale to be effective.
 

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I think we need to learn to conserve energy regardless of the source. ONE way is to help each other when it comes to finding the fish. they are never in just one place, but often you can waste a lot of fuel looking for them. Lucky for us that spirit already exists here. One tip for saving fuel is to watch how you load your boat and keep it properly trimmed when running. If we all watched out for the needless ways we waste gas such as out of tune engines and such we could make a considerable impact. The problem is most folks aren't going to change their ways as long as they can afford not to. Another problem is we tend to wait for somebody else to fix the problem. I cut my gasoline bill by 2/3's simply by buying a smaller vehicle. I'm also checking into converting an Escort into a Plug In Electric. AL
 

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things you can do to get better milage with out buying a new truck yank the plugs put bosch platnuims in, put a k&n drop in cold air intake filter in, a new mass air sesor in prefur vortex, yank the big aggressive tread tires off and put a perforumance touring wheel on -same size-

i have done all of this to my 05 ranger went from 17mpg to 23 mpg think the cost is uncomparable i drive 450 miles to work and back alone every week..

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Wanna' save big bucks on your on-water fuel costs ... do what I do ... fish from a kayak. I can fish all day on about $3.00 worth of whole grain cereal, fresh fruit, sardines, and water. Toss in another $2.50 for a cold pint at Abbey Road pub and my day is complete for less than a sawbuck!

Besides, when the motor on my kayak dies, I don't have to worry about getting back to the ramp. It becomes someone else's problem!:D
 

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i have to agree with you on the kayak idea, but I have a 10 foot alumacraft with a powerplant by Armstrong that suites me just fine, I float fish for smallmouth and occasionally muskie ( wouldn't want to share the same kayak with on personally) so there is no need for a motor. I was just griping about the cost of fuel. I own a 96 tacoma 4wd that gets pretty decent milage. It's just the fact that they can charge 3.00 a gallon and make billions in profits, but yet have no remorse about it.:mad:
 

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Amen to that sentiment. I agree that we are getting ripped off by the oil companies (and the politicians in thier back pockets). I bought a Chevy Trailblazer about 10 minutes before prices decided to spiral upward so I try to limit my driving to work (4 miles) and to the lake (12 miles) with the occassional trip to Oriental or Southport.

Economic pressure is the only way to get prices back to a reasonable level and that means that we have to do with less until we can bring the oil companies back in line.

Enough of this idle chat ... I think I'll go to some lake for a paddle this afternoon.

Happy Easter to all.
 

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Didn't trade the tank(Ford van w/ 351 and towing package) . I don't want to give up the rolling tackle shop just yet. It is in need of a rebuild and as Zooker pointed out, it needs some tweeking once it is refreshed. I bought an escort station wagon complete with roof rack as I too have a john boat and a couple of kayaks to carry. They are all you need for a pleasant day on the water and the little wagon is better for a shuttle car on float trips as well as it has the length to handle 16' yaks. That being said it also cost a lot less too make a 600 mile round trip to the coast. The plug in project is a hatchback. So far it has not gotten off the ground as there is still a good bit of research to do before purchasing the new drive train. Work has a way of getting in the way of such projects too. Got to work to pay for it though. Hopefully it will pay its costs and then some in the long run. AL
 

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zooker said:
things you can do to get better milage with out buying a new truck yank the plugs put bosch platnuims in, put a k&n drop in cold air intake filter in, a new mass air sesor in prefur vortex, yank the big aggressive tread tires off and put a perforumance touring wheel on -same size-

i have done all of this to my 05 ranger went from 17mpg to 23 mpg think the cost is uncomparable i drive 450 miles to work and back alone every week..

zooker
Man I'd love to get better milage,, but my case, I need full size truck to tow and dragin 7,400 lbs down the road unfortunately costs $$... I do have a small Isuzu pickup though... my daily driver, get's somethin like 26 mpg.. so it's not like we got to drive big truck all the time.

Scares me to think when they start pushing hybrid trucks, does that mean I'll have to downsize boat due to towing?? or worse, have to buy/rent a dock to keep boat in water....
 

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I think We All need to fill up our Tanks and not buy any more Fuel for a week or two . We need to stand on this Because We are getting Ripped Off Big Time. Everyone Else is Protesting about something, I think We need to stop Talking about it and Do Something About it. "Protest".
 

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The best possible protest is to come up with an alternative fuel. There are several out there although they aren't any that is for everyone. Biodiesel, white lightning, hydrogen. Those are all proven technologies but like electric your range is limited due to infrastucture. The reason I like plug in electric is the infrastucture is everywhere. In reality you still need a petro burner for long trips but if you don't use it much it will last for a lot longer time and the money you save by not using it helps to pay for the fuel when you have to use it. A lot of people could commute to work on an electric assisted bicycle during good weather and even more people could put those small neighbor hood vehicles to good use yr. round. AL
 
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