Contributing Monkie Boise Thomas
Published on September 18, 2007
Grease Is The Word
As promised, the rockers came back to G Living today to show off their Veggie RV. At first glance, I wondered, “is it going to make it?” I was told the beauty lies not on the outside (nor apparently on the inside with its post Milli-Vanilli/pre-Nirvana decor) — the real attraction is underneath the Ford Diesel engine, which was recently converted to run on vegetable oil.
On the Road Again
For the next 30 days, the band’s five members, along with the sound man and Merc Girl (in charge of hocking CDs and shirts at the shows) will share this 10-year-old home on wheels. The group has had it for four years and has logged two non-Veggie Oil tours under its belt. When asked whether or not they use the kitchen (I found a few pantry items under the bed and the fridge was all rocker with two cans of beer, three bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne), Woven claimed to eat better on the road than at home in L.A., adding that the tour’s Northern California leg will set the pace with a farm delivering fresh food to the gig.
A few compartments are now occupied from the installation of the fuel filtration system and an additional fuel tank. Personal effects, instruments and equipment will be towed in a 15 foot trailer or stored in the remaining storage space underneath. Other than that (and the relocation of a battery to make room for the pump), the only noticeable difference is on the dashboard, where a lone switch reading ‘GREASECAR’ on the fuel gauge gives them a choice of burning diesel or burning veggie.
Suckers Walk, Money Talks
At 8-10 mpg, Woven will sniff out every Asian Restaurant from Boise to Burlington in the hopes of scoring some free fuel. While not all of the bandmates drive, all contribute to keeping the tour moving forward by extracting the oil, filtering it and working with the system.
At a fuel comparison of $3 per gallon of diesel to Free Veggie Oil, the band is stoked to not be spending all their money on the oil companies. They will, however, need a $20 filter change every so often to keep the engine running clean.
So, by my math: 50 gallons/300 miles per tank = $150 every fill up x 6,000 miles = $3,300 round trip (LA to Vermont back to LA). The cost of educating and inspiring others to go for it themselves = priceless.
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Enjoy the local fruits, vegetables, cocktails and fans, boys. Thanks for keeping it “G” while seeing America and rocking out!
More on this story in mid-Fall when the band returns.