High gas prices, what is the 'new' best fly fishing/recreating vehicle?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Denny, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. clarkbre

    clarkbre Member

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    I have the standard 2.5L Boxer engine. Actually there was no wind and it was on cruise control. My boat, trailer, engine and gear weigh 950lbs. I load as much as I can over the axle of the trailer and keep it out of overdrive at all times. It eats gas quite a bit when towing but it still does really well.
     
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    seanengman Trout have no politics

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    55mpg. It was purchased as a toy, but as gas prices have gone up I've been riding it to work more and more.
     
  4. Fast Action Freddie

    Fast Action Freddie Having a drink in The Buff

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    Honda Element and Subaru Outback/Forrester -

    I'm looking at a new car, a couple of questions about the above cars:

    The Honda Element has a towing rating of 1500 lbs (and supposedly an internal cargo capacity of only650 lbs.) vs. the Outback at 2700 lbs (and RAV 4 at I think 3500) -- what does this tell me? does anyone know why the Element towing/cargo limit is so low? what's the limiting factor?

    On the Outback/Forrester - the current listed estimated mpg is 20/26 ... from this post it sounds as if people are actually getting better than the sticker mpg? Or does anyone know if any changes for 08/09 models have reduced mpgs? I know the Forrester is bigger ...

    I'm looking to downsize a little (well, really, my 02 Rodeo p.o.s. died a catastrophic death) and I really appreciate this thread. FAF
     
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    http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/index.php
     
  6. Dustin Bise

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    i cant really be the only one here that rides a bicycle??? i thought fly fishers were supposed to be conservationists?
     
  7. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Have you tried carrying all your gear on a bicycle?? :clown: Actually I'm going for a ride on my mountain bike this morning!
     
  8. Salmo_g

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    Dustin,

    I mainly ride my bikes recreationally. I tried commuting a few times, but I live too close, ~ 7 miles. I just begin to break a sweat as I arrive at my office, so I normally ride after work about 30 miles. I use my mountain bike for my shuttle vehicle when I float rivers tho.

    Sg
     
  9. theworm

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    Dustin,

    Every morning, that it is not raining I pack my shit up and head to the office on my bike. It is only 4 miles away and I don't break a sweat but it loosens my muscles up after they get tight from running. Plus, I don't really want to be all that sweaty before I get to work. Some days, I don't feel like riding to work but I do it anyways. I am guessing I am not really saving that much money but it makes me feel like I am doing my part. I ride a hybrid and it works great for mellow trails and cooks pretty good on streets.

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=34058
     
  10. FxdGrMind

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    Dustin,
    Lots of cyclists here it appears. You might gather from my handle which i prefer.
    Cheers
     
  11. Sloan Craven

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    Not to knock any ideas, but people really should be thinking past 25-26 mpg. An extra 3-4 mpg is going to help, but only minimally. $5 gas is on the horizon. I'm thinking you need 30+ mpg to be reducing the strain on the wallet.
     
  12. fullerfly

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  13. redleg

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    Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc military model, 60 mpg. strap down my rod and I can put the rest of my gear in one of the metal side panners and if I do get lucky and catch something I line the other panner with a trash bag, throw in some ice and i have a cooler.
     
  14. Tim Garton

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    '09 Forester. Very roomy (part of the reason I bought it over the Outback). Never below 20 and a high around 25 so far (still breaking in). One thing on my mind... do I want to leave a nice new shiny high mileage car at a put in, with all the breakin's people have been reporting. Makes me think a second car beater fishmobile (or a Kawa KLR) is still an attractive option regardless of mpg.
     
  15. Ed Call

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    You mean if you get lucky you take out the 12 pack in the cooler side so you can fit in your fish? That is what I thought you meant...built in cooler and all.