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So, Has any of our Founding Fathers and Mothers of our great escape from the real world this summer talked to the Town Fathers about this.

I remember living in Denver and we always made sure we gassed up and had plenty from the Flat Lands before we hit the Mountains where the gas prices were much, much higher.

I don't know if any one has thought of this, but it would be nice if our group could a price break, as large as we are and all, our thirsty critters will definitely drink the town dry of gas that week.. Let alone all the other spirts they have

So I wanted to put this out there to see if any of you all have talked to Ouray about:

1) having enough gas for us
2) a price break so we don't get gouged too badly

after all we are already going to be paying a lot more than what it is now @ 4.50 a gallon...

Just an Idea...
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Interesting idea... Point # 1 is real. It has happened here in Nevada with a lot larger town/area in three days. I'll make sure to fill-up before getting to Ouray.
 

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If I remember it was near $3.75 there last year on July 4th. It was a little cheaper in Ridgeway and cheaper still on down the road just outside Montrose. Same with beer!!! Buy them both in Montrose.. Ron

So, Has any of our Founding Fathers and Mothers of our great escape from the real world this summer talked to the Town Fathers about this.

I remember living in Denver and we always made sure we gassed up and had plenty from the Flat Lands before we hit the Mountains where the gas prices were much, much higher.

I don't know if any one has thought of this, but it would be nice if our group could a price break, as large as we are and all, our thirsty critters will definitely drink the town dry of gas that week.. Let alone all the other spirts they have

So I wanted to put this out there to see if any of you all have talked to Ouray about:

1) having enough gas for us
2) a price break so we don't get gouged too badly

after all we are already going to be paying a lot more than what it is now @ 4.50 a gallon...

Just an Idea...
:cheers:
 

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:rofl: I'm sure the gas stations are hurting because of gas cost themselves...I highly doubt there will be a price break...

Believe it or not the mountains vs city rates are not to different at this point in time... I know that could change any minute tho
 

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The shops and restaurants in Ouray all were all pretty good with discounts last year, but there were no breaks on gas. Montrose was probably the cheapest gas close to Ouray and also had a Wal-Mart for inexpensive supplies. Downside to that option is the approximately 45 minute ride each way. For this year I am just going to bite the bullet and pay the local gas prices. Cheap (Arco) 91 octane hit $4.45 in the OC near me today, so I don't think Ouray can be too much worse. In my opinion, even if you put a calculator to it, the price increase still does not match the fun on the trails and with all of the other FJ owners!
 

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One thing to keep in mind that in 3 days of trail rides, you'll probably roll less than 200 miles. I think we went to Montrose for gas just once last year. One tank at a higher price won't kill us :)
 

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Phillips 66

1517 Main St
Ouray, CO, 81427

$4.259 Regular
$4.990 Diesel

Cheaper than Costa Mesa, CA
 

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There will be plenty of gas, there are larger jeep get togethers that take place there. There are gas stations in Ouray, Telluride, Silverton, and Ridgeway, all within 30 miles of Ouray.

Last year I used about 1 tank of gas during the Summit and that was taking a number of trails on my own or with others in addition to the official trail rides.
 

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I just filled my FJ with regular, it was 1.28 a liter for regular. Ther's aprox. 4 liters in one US gallon. That's 5.12 a US a gallon. Premium is .10 more a liter. Ouray gas prices are a bargoon!
 

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:rofl: I'm sure the gas stations are hurting because of gas cost themselves...I highly doubt there will be a price break...
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Retail gas stations only make a few cents per gallon on the markup; they make their real money selling other stuff when you stop for gas.
 

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getting 10pmg with our modded fj.... wheelin takes it down to maybe 8mpg...guh
 

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So, Has any of our Founding Fathers and Mothers of our great escape from the real world this summer talked to the Town Fathers about this.

I remember living in Denver and we always made sure we gassed up and had plenty from the Flat Lands before we hit the Mountains where the gas prices were much, much higher.

I don't know if any one has thought of this, but it would be nice if our group could a price break, as large as we are and all, our thirsty critters will definitely drink the town dry of gas that week.. Let alone all the other spirts they have

So I wanted to put this out there to see if any of you all have talked to Ouray about:

1) having enough gas for us
2) a price break so we don't get gouged too badly

after all we are already going to be paying a lot more than what it is now @ 4.50 a gallon...

Just an Idea...
:cheers:
Did you consider how hostile a business environment a retail gas station owner is operating in right now?

Perhaps as an added incentive you could offer to eat their lunch, and spend some of their children's college fund?
 

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Did you consider how hostile a business environment a retail gas station owner is operating in right now?

Perhaps as an added incentive you could offer to eat their lunch, and spend some of their children's college fund?

What???
 

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The margins made by retail gasoline stations are not the culprit here. In fact, the higher their input costs are, the greater the pressure on their margins. So as the final price of a gallon of gas increases, they (retailers) are left holding the bag. Not to mention, they get to hear all of us complain about the price. If there is "Gouging" going on, it is not at the retail level in small Colorado towns.

It is no different than the situation faced by grocery stores, or other small businesses that are currently being squeezed by the inflationary pressures of food, oil, and other inputs. The business owners must cringe when input levels to record levels because it undermines their margins and their very livelihood. For them it’s a squeeze of everyday life, rather than that of budgeting for a vacation. Not such a pleasant situation I imagine.

That's a long way of saying, I don't think asking for a group discount on gas is a very thoughtful idea. And I think the word gouging is misused in this context.

On the other hand, I think planning to ensure there is a sufficient supply of gasoline available during the summit is very thoughtful and benefits everyone traveling there, as well as the host community. So, credit where credit is due!
 

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I tend to agree with F64 and 1911. Individually-owned gas stations/convenience stores don't have much of a margin on gas they purchase for resale. They don't make much on gasoline sales, and asking for a discount on top of the already small margin is not kosher, IMHO.

I worked all the way from pumping gas at a service station (remember those?) to managing it, and I can tell you for a fact that gas sales weren't a major source of revenue (far from it). Our profits came from service work, and the gasoline receipts primarily went toward purchasing more product. Suppliers would increase their price to me, and I had no choice but to pass it along. We would celebrate when our cost for buying fuel went down, so we could lower the prices for our customers (we bought gas, too, just like everybody else).

Bottom line, don't blame the small retailers for high prices, or 'gouging'. Let them make a living, and save the rhetoric for those further up the supply chain.

I'm not worried about the fuel costs, as I'm already factoring those into my Ouray vacation. I don't really like rising fuel prices, but that's the way it goes. I'm not going to let it detract from a great vacation!
 

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Everyday the gas prices go up.
 
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