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Old 04-26-2012, 07:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, all. Well, I currently live in the southern US so maybe that shold be "Hi, y'all!"
-I'm recently retired military; many times a maintenence NCO then officer and monitor of our unit's fuel. With some vehicles getting 3 gallons per mile & guys/gals who ran the engines in winter just to keep the heater going, this could be fun. Well, interesting if not fun.
-I'm cheap and I admit it. I've always driven economy cars and I've always tried to tune them to get better than average mileage. EPA ratings? Phooey on them.
-I'm also old enough to remember the annual auto economy runs done by some major gas company & then read Popular Science or some other magazine to read how the drivers did it and how unworkable most of the driving tips were.
-Electric cars? Yes; my father and I cobbled one together easily. But the batteries are/were the problem.
-Bio-Diesel? HECK YES!! But let's start by converting all of the restaurant grease. I've lived in Reno, Las Vegas and Washington, DC, & can't imagine how many gallons per day of potential fuel restaurant owners are PAYING people to haul off and dispose of.

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Old 04-26-2012, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, Daox.
-Multiple answers to your question:
-Our economy car is a Toyota Tercel; we get in the mid-30s with it on average & surprisingly good mpg on freeway trips. On the down side, it looks like crap. Whilst my better half is on the Left Coast next month I plan on fixing some of that.
-I had two Datsun four banger, pre-electonic, diesel pickups; they both gave good service until the bodies fell apart.
-I, unfortunately, have a thing for Jeeps, but this is my last one: an '88 Comanche pickup that wants to bounce between the mid teens and low 20s. I'm in the process of looking for a replacement now. I'd get a Jetta TDI but we want to travel, so will have to search out an economical tow vehicle for a lightweight trailer (Casita?), if such a thing exists.
-Any suggestions on either a trailer or tow vehicle?

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