# I’m moving!

Ahhh, no time to post today as I’m loading up boxes and putting them in the back of my 16′ rental truck. CRAZY! Next time I blog, it will be from Seattle! Woohoo!!! Just to keep things interesting, I want to see who can guesstimate how much gas will cost me for the trip. Are you up for the challenge? Here are a few facts to get you started….

1) 16′ rental truck from Budget Truck.

2) Chuck Norris can do a hand stand….with his feet.

3) Truck will be 80ish% full.

4) I had a mole that looked like a third nipple.

5) The truck takes regular unleaded gas.

6) I will be driving roughly 1,302 miles.

7) The truck has a 35 gallon tank

8) I like the color blue

9) I will be towing my 2 door coupe behind the truck.

10) Website says truck gets between 6-10 mpg.

Alright, those should be enough facts for you to make a reasonable prediction as to what my total gas bill will be. My guess is \$762.60.

I’d like to pretend that I’ll give the closest commenter a sweet prize like an iPad 2, but let’s be honest, if I could get my hands on an iPad 2 I’d keep it for myself ðŸ™‚ So the winner, instead, will have to enjoy a virtual iPad…

So reader, how much do you think I’ll be spending?

### 26 thoughts on “I’m moving!”

1. Some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations put my guess at around 670, so to be evil, I’ll say \$666.

2. We say \$700

3. Did the truck have a full tank of gas when you picked it up? Do you have to fill it up before you turn it back in?

My guess is \$757.33.

4. I’m going with the Price is Right strategy…
\$1.00

• My guess is \$2.00.

5. i am guessing high as you are towing a car roughly 4-5 thousand extra pounds and gas is expensive on the west coast i bet its over \$900 for fuel alone with about 5 mpg and \$3.50 per gallon

6. \$529.00 ðŸ™‚

7. I’m guessing \$842.57. Hope that packing goes well for you! And driving too! those 16′ trucks take some getting used to.

8. My guess is \$882.00 if returned with full tank gas.

9. \$840. Don’t forget to fill’er up before you return it! Unless you were dumb and pre paid the gas into the price of rental.

10. \$827.48

• And I’m visiting Seattle this weekend – gas in the city is 3.79/gallon for regular unleaded

11. Imperial measurements boggle my mind… can’t think!

12. I hope you don’t return the truck with any more gas then it started with.

Their are two major variables in this equation: The fuel economy of the truck (which has a number of other variables that influence that) and the cost of a gallon of gas.

Looking at the cost of a gallon of gas:
According to AAA (updated on 3/4/11) the average cost of a gallon of regular gas in the following states is:
CA: \$3.845
OR: \$3.545
WA: \$3.543

A 35 gallon fuel tank will require you to fill up between every 200 and 300 miles. That will translate into either 5 or 6 fill ups along the way. Although each fill up is a discrete event, and gas is generally more expensive immediately off the highway, but as a first order approximation you can just do a simple weighted average of the miles traveled in each state by the cost of gas in that state. That would give an estimated average cost of a gallon of gas at about \$2.729.

Since the majority of the driving will be done on the highway (where fuel mileage is a bit better because of the minimal need to accelerate from a complete stop every few blocks) and the face that you shouldn’t be facing any major headwinds would help to boost your fuel mileage. Even towing your car, which may add a fair amount of weight to the load, because of the cross-section of the truck and the limited acceleration needed on the highway, won’t be a major drag on your overall fuel economy. So I will assume a fuel economy of 7.5 miles per gallon.

Thus I have your total costs as: \$647.35

I should note that it is your fuel mileage and not the gas price that will really impact how much you spend.
At 10 mpg and \$3.729/gal: \$485.52
At 6 mpg and \$3.729/gal: \$809.19
At 6 mpg and \$4.000/gal: \$868.00

So if you really want to try and save some money, slow down to about 60 and accelerate slowly.

13. \$714.50 ðŸ™‚

14. Count your lucky stars you’re not hauling your worldly possession in Southern Ontario were gas is \$1.23/LT… almost \$5/gal!!

15. I think someone guessed the gas bill already, if not who cares! You better check out your mole with a dermatologist! If you never noticed before, it may be a problem. Have a safe trip.

16. \$800 – I feel like people always under budget gas.

17. Aww, San Diego will miss you! Drive safe & don’t pick up any hitchhikers. Unless they’re stick figures, then you probably should.

18. 1100\$
My calculator said 1171, 80 But i’m guessing 1100.

19. I predict you will have to fill up 4 times en route and one top off upon returning the truck. \$648.

20. I’m betting \$1,545! I hope I win that virtual IPad!!!

Lol, I always wanted to move to Seattle (or Portland) when I graduated from college! Congratulations, I’ll live vicariously through your blogging and adventures in your new city ðŸ™‚

21. Good luck on your trip. I’m guessing \$685!

22. \$850

23. Can this expense be a deduction on your tax return next year?

• If it is not reimbursed, absolutely. And you don’t have to itemize to take this deduction. Save all receipts, and use Form 3903.