When we started competing in bbq contests, the price of gasoline was $1.53 per gallon. This morning gasoline was selling for $3.41 per gallon in the Tampa area. At 12 mpg, we're going to have to reconsider the way we travel to bbq contests and how many extra creature comforts we take along with us.
I've been taking a look at the versatile smoker/grill offered by Tucker Cookers. At under 1,000 pounds, the Tucker can be towed by less than a full sized pick-up or SUV, which should cut down on gasoline expenses. Unfortunately, most small cars will not safely tow more than 1,000 pounds, which leaves no extra room for ice chests, meat, supplies, chairs, tents, etc.
Our Ford Explorer, equipped with 4.6 L V-8, will tow our 7 x 16 tandem axle trailer fairly well, but the extra weight pulls the gas mileage down to 12 mpg from the normal 16 or 17 mpg.
If you know of anyone looking for a very, very nice enclosed tandem axle trailer with fold down rear door and concession window, let me know. The trailer has electric trailer brakes, insulation throughout the walls and ceiling, electric outlets throughout, a triple sink, linoleum, wipe-down walls, and 30 amps that run through a breaker box.