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DressageIsToDance 05-16-2012 10:40 AM

Gas for hauling.
Just wondering, could anyone give me a ballpark estimate of what it would cost gas wise at around $3.70/gallon for something like a Toyota Tacoma, to haul a 2-horse bumper pull (aluminum, I believe) with one average size (about 1000 pounds) horse on board, on about a 3 hour round trip, mostly on the interstate?

I realize a lot of different factors play in here, but I'm just curious.

Adam 05-16-2012 10:50 AM

Looks like those trucks average around 15mpg towing, if you knew how many miles you were going, you could total up those miles, divide it by 15, then multiply that by 3.70 and get a rough idea on your fuel cost.......

An example for a 150 mile round trip would be....

150 / 15 = 10
10 x 3.70 = 37.00

Gas would cost $37.00 bucks.

**Keep in mind, this is just an average. Your truck may get better or worse milage, and the truck will get better milage on the interstate then town roads.

mls 05-16-2012 11:30 AM

Wind and hills will cut your mileage. If the horse moves around a lot, that will impact your mileage.

Charging by the hour or mile is better for the truck owner as it takes into account time, wear and tear on the vehicle, oil, tires, etc.

calicokatt 05-16-2012 11:38 AM

I know you didn't ask this, but I'd seriously consider not using a Tacoma to haul with. The weight rating for towing I found was max 3500lbs, with 350lb tongue weight. Average weight for a two horse trailer is 2600lbs (according to a trailer dealership website), once you add your horse, you're at 3600 lbs without tack, feed or water. I'd check very carefully and make sure you know exactly what everything weighs, and what the limits are for your specific truck if you're going to be even CLOSE to the weight limit before starting out....

kitten_Val 05-16-2012 12:20 PM

I have Chevy 1500 (the old one). Takes me about 15 miles/gallon with my 2-horse BP. I'd think Tacoma should have slightly better mileage (but it's just my guess).

DressageIsToDance 05-16-2012 12:56 PM

This isn't my truck. I'm not sure it is a Tacoma, but it is a very similar truck. I'm having someone haul for me, and to make a long story short, I was clued in by someone that I might being overcharged for gas. And I think I was. Not knowing anything about typical gas usage for trucks and trailers, I trusted the person because I know them. I'm not sure why they would feel the need to, because I have offered to cover not only the gas but of course their time. They told me not to worry about the time, just the gas - so I can't figure out why they would even say that if they were going to overcharge me for the gas! I would have given about the same. I don't mind paying that amount, but I do mind being deceived about what it's for.

Even allowing for it possibly getting worse gas mileage, I paid nearly double what the math is seeming like here - I looked up the miles, and did some math myself.

Like I said - I am more than happy to pay for their gas, time and the wear and tear on the truck. But I'd prefer some honesty about it!

calicokatt 05-16-2012 01:06 PM

I'd honestly say you should guess closer to 12 mpg hauling, to be on the safe side. For 180 miles, that's 15 gallons, totaling $55.50 or so. Maybe their truck is a gas guzzler? My truck would cost $83.25 for the same trip with gas at that price.
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themacpack 05-16-2012 01:07 PM

Did they specifically say they charged you for ONLY the gallons of gas burned? They may have charged for a fill-up, they may have included wear/tear on the vehicle caused by use, etc.

DressageIsToDance 05-16-2012 01:20 PM

Yes. I recall them saying during the trip "Oh it looks like we were right on the money with gas". That's not really the upfront way of saying that, but that's how I took it.

And like I said - I am more than happy to cover the wear and tear, as well as the time they spent. But I would have just appreciated the truth of it being open with me. It's not like I would have had a problem, because when I asked if they could haul for me, I told them I was happy to cover gas/time/ect. It was them who said gas only would be fine.

I'm probably being OCD here, but the deception doesn't sit very well with me. You know, you're entitled to as much as I paid, but why try to sit there and act like you're being a great person and accepting less than you could...when that's not entirely true. Like I said, I almost feel bad to be thinking about this, because they are very kind to help me out, and I'm very grateful they did. I just can't wrap my head around why they were telling me things that weren't entirely true.

I don't know, maybe the truck just gets worse mileage than I imagined. It's not something I'm going to confront the person about. I'd like to be wiser next time though.

SorrelHorse 05-16-2012 01:22 PM

Holy crap, $3.70?? We're up to $4.25 here! *poutface*

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