Fuel costs

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by Dave124, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. aaronpeterbilt3787

    aaronpeterbilt3787 Medium Load Member

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    I’m glad owning what you own works for you, much of what you said I agree with, I use to think exactly the same way.

    Where you operate plays a big part in it too. If you’re in the south, then that’s cool…..keep running that older truck. It’ll last a lot longer than it will in the north where we have salt and calcium spray 5 months out of the year.

    Yes your parts may be cheaper. But mine are covered with warranty. The payment? To me, and only my opinion, it’s a lot easier to budget for a set payment every month than it is, the what if’s. I watched my monthly expenditures in repairs and payments drop in half. It was a no brainer for me. And I agree with cycling a new truck every 4 years is the answer. There’s no equity to be built or maintained in owning a truck anymore. It’s just a tool of the trade now.

    As a late 40’s guy with 20+ years and 4 trucks under my belt, the answer for me is not owning a pre emissions truck anymore. Would I love to have my. 379’s back? Absolutely. They’re cool, and they did make me money, at that time. But that was then and this is now. And while I may have the big pmt every month, it’s a 100% write off for me. Which lowers what I give the govt. I’d much rather spend my money on something I want to drive and be comfortable, than give it away to the govt. Just my opinion.
     
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  3. MSQUARED

    MSQUARED Light Load Member

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    I might of lucked out, found a 2021 w900 on the lot, 60k miles on it. Pretty much spec how I was going to spec one I was going to order, everything but color but it's not bad so I jumped at it seeing as how news ones have had prices jacked and are 18 months out if at all. Hoping I can improve on my 5 mpg the current 389 and Caterpillar combo are giving me. Here is hoping I'm not jumping from the pot to the frying pan
     
  4. Elroythekid

    Elroythekid Road Train Member

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    I run out of Nova Scotia. Lots of hills and salt.. Krown undercoat every year, regular washes. My maintenance costs are .08c a mile, and zero truck payment. I can have a new truck anyday, and there is a mack rawhide I'm currently drooling over... but this truck is a money maker, it would be crazy to do it.... maybe a new bike in the spring?
    I'm a late 50's guy, and 60 is my retirement target. The extra $2500 from no payment goes toward that. This is truck # 5 for me. 2 new, 3 used.
    Tho I do live that rawhide.... lol
     
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  5. aaronpeterbilt3787

    aaronpeterbilt3787 Medium Load Member

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    I’d say a new boat……but hey, different strokes for different folks! Lol

    Like I said, glad it’s working for you, everyone’s situation is different.
     
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  6. Elroythekid

    Elroythekid Road Train Member

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    Live on a lake, have the boat already.. lol I never use it.. almost pulled the trigger on a new Indian Chieftain early fall but common sense took over.
    I tool last Jan and Feb off and stayed in the shop working on a few projects, not sure I'll do that this year, I do love the oxblood Rawhide Interior...
     
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