Fuel cost per 100 kilometres!!

Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2008 at 08:57
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If you are using 11 litres of Diesel per 100 kilometres, it is now costing $20 per 100ks, add a trailer and increase to 16 litres per 100ks and its $30 per100 ks.. Thats typical of my 4.2TDI Patrol, sounds not too bad but the killometres go quick in our big country. Its starting to become a costly business to travel now.. compared to two years ago, the cost was half that. Michael
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Reply By: Stephen M (NSW) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 09:28

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 09:28
Just saw diesel here in Penrith at the BP $189.9 unleaded $146.0. Bloody rip off. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: Dave B (NSW) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 09:40

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 09:40
A week or two ago, I got a voucher for 20c a litre off fuel, and it was $1.58.9 with the discount. I had quite a bit of fuel in the car at the time, but topped it right up.
I now have 240 litres in the main and auxilliary tank.
What do I do now? Put my car in the museum with a gutsful of fuel at a price we won't see again?
I am certainly going to go down to my insurance company today and lift the market value of the car on my policy!!!!.

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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 10:04

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 10:04
Dave, dont forget the matches.......LOL.

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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, May 26, 2008 at 10:11

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 10:11
I think very soon we will see the grey nomads selling off their vans and headed overseas to Bali for 3 months of each year....
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Follow Up By: a convict - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 18:29

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 18:29
All 'kidding' aside, the Bali 'reality', + a 'push bike', is pretty close to the truth.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 19:03

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 19:03
Maybe, but don't forget that higher fuel prices flow on to air fares as well. It has started already and some 'experts' are predicting the end of super-cheap economy fares because of spiralling fuel prices.
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Follow Up By: a convict - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 21:44

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 21:44
Member - Matt M you are right, of course. The thing that sticsk in my craw is 'cost of production' has not tripled since 2000, consumption has not tripled, either. Whole thing smells like a giant 'Sub-Prime' type scam to me.

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Reply By: Outa Bounds - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 10:59

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 10:59
We're nowhere near the grey nomad stage, but yes precisely the reason we decided to trade in one of our deisel 4wd's for a smaller petrol one. Namely traded in the 80 series and ended up going for a Forrester. Mind you with the Chev the 80 is a lot more efficient than it would otherwise have been. Hubby still has the '79 series to keep him satisfied.

What the future holds is camping trips much closer to home and yes why not, save up for Europe - at this rate it certainly may cost the same as a driiving holiday to the Kimberley or NT.

It's rather sad that it can actually be cheaper flying somewhere than it would be to drive (if you also take into consideration time / accomodation / food when driving).
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Reply By: Member - Fred L (NSW) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:12

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:12
I am about to retire and find my dreams diminishing somewhat. But I thought to myself - let's look at this from a different perspective.

Forget about the fuel price for a moment but concentrate on the cost of running the vehicle. Say it cost $1/km all up (incl insurance, wear & tear, tyres etc) to run the vehicle. Forgive me if I am way off the mark.

Now I am planning to do about 10,000k's next year so that will cost me 10 grand.

Sure it is a lot of dough but I might take 3 months to do it. Now compare that to other options eg going o/s. Air fares, accommodation, vehicle hire for 3 months is going to cost a motza. For $10 grand I would get less than 3 weeks in Europe. I know - I have done it.

So the way I see it touring around Aus has become much dearer with the price of fuel but it is still damn good value.

Perhaps what will change is that I won't be heading off every year but maybe every couple of years with shorter trips in between.

My main concern is all those towns out there who are going to hurt like hell when the tourist dollars stop coming in.

Are Ghost towns going to be the next big tourist attraction?

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:53

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:53
Fred, i think you are correct in most you mentioned. maybe retired people will travel less per day,hopefully staying at the smaller places that would be normally overlooked. Or on the other hand, staying longer at their overnight stops and venturing out to smaller places without the van during the day. Other ways to save some money is to plan better and stay at free camps, National parks are generally cheaper than Van parks, try to buy supplies at bigger towns. One way or another, Yes, some businesses are going to miss out.. Michael
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Reply By: Member - Big Al. Gold Coast - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:39

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:39
We are in the grey nomad group and have just brought a full size van but only lightweight makes little difference to fuel, still get a little over 12/100 but now drive at around 80-- 90km/h

Our planed monthly trips are now just day trips to free camps
closer to home.

Still plan to have the annual trip regardless of the fuel cost.

We now do all the running around for the week in one day only.


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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:50

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:50
I have worked out the advantage of the higher fuel prices. Instead of travelling 500klm each day I now travel 250klm, same money but now see much more (less in Tasmania or I will get wet).
It is a buggar when you have nothing to do and all day to do it in.
I will have to live longer now as it will take 20 years instead of 10 to get around Australia.
Neil
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Follow Up By: png62 - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 12:19

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 12:19
Get wet in Tasmania !!!!!! PLEASE let me know where you mean because here, just outside of Hobart - it is as dry as a Nuns sense of humour. I wish it would rain.
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Follow Up By: Neil & Pauline - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 15:09

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 15:09
I am used to driving in straight lines (live in WA) so we would run into the ocean at 500klm.
By the way we have spent 3 months in Tasmania and only did part of the west coast. We will be back there soon.
Neil
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Reply By: Member - Bob C (NSW) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 16:01

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 16:01
Hi Michael
We are about to set out for Darwin through Qld and back through the centre towing a van .Even with the price of fuel it's still good value for money compared to overseas trip and I don't expect fuel to get any cheaper. I shudder at the thought of what it will cost but will probably look back in a few years and say how cheap it was
Cheers Bob
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