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Old 05-16-2007, 05:25 PM
 
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Our first BIG long trip with the camper is to TN in July so i do hope the gas comes down a bit. I'm a bit nervous about the roads up there though. We've been on some pretty narrow ones with drops off on them. Once we get power and water on our property we'll be able to park it there for up to 60 days at a time providing it's a newer trailer which it is a 2006. It really is a relaxed subdivision i bought in. I just hope the neighbors realize that's not our permanent home and only temporary as we prepare the home site. A brand new log cabin just went up in the lot across from us. I'm sure the last thing they want is a trailer next to them but we'll only be there 1 or 2 weeks at a time not a full 60 days at a time.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Our first BIG long trip with the camper is to TN in July so i do hope the gas comes down a bit. I'm a bit nervous about the roads up there though. We've been on some pretty narrow ones with drops off on them. Once we get power and water on our property we'll be able to park it there for up to 60 days at a time providing it's a newer trailer which it is a 2006. It really is a relaxed subdivision i bought in. I just hope the neighbors realize that's not our permanent home and only temporary as we prepare the home site. A brand new log cabin just went up in the lot across from us. I'm sure the last thing they want is a trailer next to them but we'll only be there 1 or 2 weeks at a time not a full 60 days at a time.
That is going to be a sweet set-up!
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I have a friend that just moved to Japan due to a job transfer, he can not drive to work, I'm not kidding, he can NOT drive to work and you know why ?
There is no parking place on his office (on purpose) so people are forced to take mass transportation, he's using the train and subway now. Cars are used for weekend trips. Can you imagine this here ?
Could you imagine the outrage?

You know, a good portion of Americans were pretty flush a few years back when gas prices started to rise. That is no longer the case for many now. I wonder if it will make a difference?

I remember the big gas crunch of the 70s. I remember the gas lines and the 55-mph mandate. The auto makers were forced to make more economical cars because people stopped buying gas guzzlers.

People did not have a massive consumption mentality back then. Still it could happen.

And yes, I am that old.
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:18 AM
 
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Well, we reached he point now....mass transportation....this is the key! Fast trains and subway systems....let's just take a quick look on a few countries doing it for a while: Japan, France, Germany to list a few....I have a friend that just moved to Japan due to a job transfer, he can not drive to work, I'm not kidding, he can NOT drive to work and you know why ?
There is no parking place on his office (on purpose) so people are forced to take mass transportation, he's using the train and subway now. Cars are used for weekend trips. Can you imagine this here ?
I really think something needs to be done. We can't keep adding lanes to highways ad nauseum. The state of Tennessee has talked seriously about building high-speed trains between Memphis and Knoxville and eventually to Bristol and Chattanooga. It would be so nice (and so civilized) to take a high-speed train from Knoxville to Memphis and arrive refreshed and rested rather than frazzled and fatigued after battling I-40 traffic.

Plus, improving rail lines would take many container trucks off the interstates as it would become faster and more economical to ship by rail again.
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I agree with JMT, I would love to see travel trains here in TN. It would help so much with road congestion and help those on tight budgets in the larger cities commute to work and school.
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