this kinda sad

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mower&more1986, May 27, 2008.

  1. mower&more1986

    mower&more1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was thinking about starting but The paper route i have now is a guarantee $300-400 a week with stuffing sunday paper on weekends. the other reason was my bee and other allergys for why didnt go into lawncare.
     
  2. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
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    you r sounding like Barack Obama
     
  3. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    haha couldn't be further from the truth. Staunch fiscal conservative here. I just know what it cost to run a business, and I honestly am NOT trying to talk guys out of maintenance... I'm not a maintenance company but you need to be grossing more than $50 an hour to warrant doing something.
     
  4. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    The increase in fuel prices if you have a tight route is a 2.5% to 5% increase in costs... not really enough to warrant getting out of the business!!!

    How about we just drill!! Wacko environmentalist are destroying our country and now we are reaping what they have sowed.
     
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good luck with the new car! Around here, new small cars like that are moving off the lot very quickly and its the trucks sitting still.
     
  6. mower&more1986

    mower&more1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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    im not too sure if that will help but my opinion now is if you need a 3/4 ton truck or big suv get it but if your just buying as a status or keeping up with the next joe door you need to ask your self do i really need this?
    that is the conclusion i came to.
    My dad keep on telling me that this is just a repeat of the 70s and im starting to believe him. Delivering newspapers may not make me rich but it will help me survive these not so great times.
    *trucewhiteflag*
     
  7. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    My wife drives a 4-door duramax to work and back. We don't have any kids and really don't haul with it that much. This is America... you can buy whatever you want. If I want a gas guzzler, I will get one. I don't need you telling me what I can and cannot drive. The whole 4mpg I could save by buying a smaller vehicle for her is not really bothering me that much.

    Btw, it is all about supply and demand... if we could increase the supply the demand will soften.
     
  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    amen, I agree with you whole heartedly. Except demand will not soften, if we increase supply the price will fall but demand won't go down. Now with the price rising demand may soften. I'm not telling people not to buy suvs and trucks I'm just alluding to the fact that it will become less affordable. Oh btw my VW jetta gets about 35 mpg more than your duramax:cool2: My kodiak probably get s about 4 less though.
     
  9. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is kind of funny... we are not allowed to drill off the coast of florida but cuba is drilling 90 miles away! My duramax actually does pretty good on fuel mileage... get 16mpg consistently around town... I thought about getting a ford ranger for her to drive... but w/ only 4mpg improvement and no capacity to actually do anything... I think I will keep the duramax.

    It is funny nobody mentions the .50 tax on a gallon of fuel vs. the .08 per gallon the oil company makes. It seems we should be subpoena Congress instead of the oil execs!
     
  10. mower&more1986

    mower&more1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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    first off in order to get big improvement mpgs you will have to get off the truck thing. If you want to see some better Mpgs get a ford escape or some other some compact suv.Trucks were ment for work IMO.It took me six years to realize this and sollow my pride and go to a car. I use to when i was 18 I would never buy anything but a V8 but once i started looking at the gas pump each time i fill up i found that it wasn't WORTH IT!
    I do agree this is America do what you want.
    if you NEED a truck thats great but if you have it just as a status symbol well thats your own problem. but if you live in a area where its gravel roads or doesnt get plowed often when it snows then go with a big truck
    My street wasnt plowed often when it snowed but that was because there was to many vehicles around to plow.
    i went with small car for a number reasons. one i can get in my garage with my old firebird which someday i will get going again. Two better Mpgs In my dodge ram with the cummins diesel i got around 13 and my ford explore got 11mpgs and then the dodge intrepid got 14mpgs because all my driving is in town. the hyundai accent ive gets about 25Mpgs in town and will probley get better after i break it in. its only got 137 miles on it. when i got it had 29 miles on it.
    But do want you want.
     

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