Friday, October 1, 2010

What really saves fuel?

"While gas and diesel prices haven't gotten out of hand, they're still higher than last year at this time. If history is any indicator, fuel prices can shoot for the moon without much notice.

It's no wonder RVers are concerned with how to get the best fuel economy as they can. Enter the shadowy world of the "fuel economizer" salesmen. Can you really believe the claims they make?

If you think you burn a lot of fuel, try keeping a fleet of police cars in gas. That's a problem that the Windsor, Ontario police fleet technicians have been on to. They wondered if some of the fuel saving devices and treatments might really work, perhaps giving a little give in their fuel budget.

The Windsor police elicited the help of the nearby Windsor University thinkers to check out the viability of some of these "come ons" to sort out what works, and what doesn't.

Two years worth of research, and 60,000 miles of real-world testing is in. And the results may actually surprise you. "

More at: http://rvtravel.com/RV_Performance_Tips_161/What_really_saves_fuel.shtml
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Today:

My brother, Nigel, and sister-in-law, Pamala, and I have spent a quiet day here at my house, after their arrival yesterday evening.


Nigel backed their Dodge 3500 and Lance cabover camper into the side driveway, and we plugged it in to my 30 amp outlet.  It is right outside my back door, so it is very handy.

We were going to go out to eat, but we got a-talking so much, that the time slipped away, so I fixed organic Italian sausage, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms with quinoa here.

Misty just loves Pamala and Nigel, and they love her, she is such a sweet old doggie!  Paco is still scared of men, so he just wants to sit on my knee and carefully watch Nigel.  Even old Bobcat came and sat on the back of the recliner to be sociable.

We spent a lot of the day on our computers, and the phone, getting quotes from shipping companies, and looking up prices of certain RV parts that they want to buy for the camper.   So tomorrow we are going to PPL and Camping World in Houston.

Apart from that, my main accomplishments today were to get five more feral cats to Animal Control, and take a neighbor and her dog to get it vaccinated at the mobile vet clinic that comes to our little town on the the first Friday!

Nigel used my extension ladder and was able to wash the roof of their camper.  He hadn't been able to do that while on the trip to Alaska.  He has some sealer he wants to use on it, before they ship it to England.  Just preventative maintenance.

Tonight, again we ate here, as Pamala had some pork chops in the camper fridge that she wanted to use up.

All the cats were on the screen porch this morning, but later they had to come in, and we had to run the AC, as the weather has been a bit hotter today.

3 comments:

pidge said...

Have a great time with your family. Your sausage and tomato dish sounded great. Stay safe.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Glad they made it back to your place now. So why are they shipping the rig back to England? Is it economically feasible to do that? Are pickup trucks and campers on back a rarity there? I bet it will make some great travelling stories back home to talk about Alaska and Canada and show them the rig they took the trip in.

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LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comments, Karen and Pidge.

Karen. They want to Full Time again now that they are retired, and go back to Europe and North Africa, where they have Full Timed before.
The British and European rigs are just too small. So they had to import their 5er from the USA, and will use the new truck to move it. The roads over there are not 'big rig friendly'.
They also like to use a truck camper for smaller, more economical trips. They already have an older Dodge 3500 and truck camper there, which they will now sell.
There are several forums over there for "American RVs", as there is quite a demand for them, even though diesel is $11 an imperial gallon!

Happy Trails, Penny, TX.