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RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

CDC estimates there were between 140 and 360 flu related deaths in the US each day for the past 6 months. Did anyone notice? I’m not sure what point you are trying to make. Covid 19 is heading for numbers 10 times that amount just in the US. Are you trying to compare the two? I'm a volunteer Critical Care EMT. I've seen a lot of people die. They die from the flu, heart attacks, strokes, car accidents, diabetes. One person in my county has died from COVID 19. That's one too many. But people continue to die from the flu, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes. Not as many car accidents now that people are staying home more. The CDC estimates between 24,000 and 62,000 Americans have died from the flu this year yet a lot of people don't bother getting immunized. A lot of coronary artery disease and other serious illnesses are the result of lifestyle choices but people continue making those unhealthy choices. I've gone on calls for people who are having difficulty breathing and when we get there they ask us to wait until they're done smoking their cigarette. COVID 19 can be avoided by staying home. Most who do get it will recover with no permanent disability, unlike when I was young and people who became sick with polio were often disabled for the rest of their lives. Yes, it's bad that a lot of people are dying from it but people are dying from a lot of things and that isn't going to stop. At least COVID 19 doesn't seem to be killing our children like the flu does. And car accidents. And unmonitored swimming pools. And child abuse. I guess I'm not sure what my point was. Well, regardless, a huge hats off and thank you for your service as an EMT. Simply said, YOU ROCK. Thank you sir.
Reisender 04/01/20 12:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

CDC estimates there were between 140 and 360 flu related deaths in the US each day for the past 6 months. Did anyone notice? I’m not sure what point you are trying to make. Covid 19 is heading for numbers 10 times that amount just in the US. Are you trying to compare the two?
Reisender 04/01/20 09:22am Around the Campfire
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

And just a shout out to China. In Feb when China was in the darkest days of the pandemic Canada sent 16 tons of supplies to China to help them out. Today China responded in kind two fold. “On March 27, Bank of China donates medical supplies (including 30000 medical masks, 10000 sets of protective clothing, 10000 goggles and 50000 pairs of gloves, followed by N95 medical masks) to Canada fighting against COVID-19. We are together!” Thank you China. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49710371077_1808ff6eb5_c.jpg
Reisender 03/28/20 07:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

A graph of new cases in Canada. In spite of huge efforts there is as yet no flattening of the curve. https://covid19tracker.ca/dist/index.html Hi Don. Hope you are staying healthy. Here in BC we are starting to see some encouraging news on the infection rate. It has dropped from 24 to 12 percent. Our minister of health says are target rate is 7 percent. Hopefully by the middle of April we will be on track. We are unfortunately still seeing a couple desths per day, most in the two seniors homes. Stay safe Don and best of health to you and yours.
Reisender 03/28/20 06:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Electric black tank dump valve. Worth it?

Ours were problematic. We ended up replacing them twice over 9 years. We eventually switched to manual.
Reisender 03/25/20 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas prices

Can’t give it away. This will be tough on many US and Canadian families working in the patch. https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-03-23/-1-gasoline-is-here-and-it-s-a-terrible-sign-for-the-economy
Reisender 03/24/20 08:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas prices

Big discussion on gloves??? You're in an RV. If you are concerned...GO BACK AND WASH YOUR HANDS. If you are NOT concerned... GO BACK AND WASH YOUR HANDS. This is not rocket science. Yah. Can’t go wrong with that advice.
Reisender 03/23/20 10:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas prices

We always use the same leather gloves when fueling the diesel pusher. Mostly because the smell of diesel on our hands but now for Covid19 as well. It’s the paying where there is more interaction. Sanitizer and washing hands once we are back in the rig. The cars are different. No precautions at all. Grab the handle and stick it in. Of course both are electric and we are charging at home with our chargers that only we use so.... :).
Reisender 03/22/20 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Germs, viruses and fuel pump handles and doors

Compared to the number of gloves used, every day, by every hospital, doctor's office, dentist office, and many other health facilities, I'm not too worried about my contribution to the glove trash problem. Now what about the bags?What about the bags? I hate the plastic bags at the grocery store, plus the fact they feel like they need to double and triple bag stuff. Put the meat in a bag, put that bag into another bag, then the lettuce goes in another bag, which goes in a separate bag. Europe has a few good ideas, and people bringing in their own grocery bags is one of them. "According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion)." Waste on a grand scale. When we are in Europe we do exactly that. But we also bring our bags in here in Canada. We got those insulated bags from Walmart a year or so ago and haven’t consumed any plastic bags since. It’s just a matter of forming the habit.
Reisender 03/19/20 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Germs, viruses and fuel pump handles and doors

We keep a dedicated pair of gloves in the fuel door of the pusher. They fit....barely. Our daily drivers are electric so the only hands touching the J1772 connecter are ours. Except for long road trips we charge exclusively at home so no gas stations.
Reisender 03/17/20 08:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone canceling trips due to Corona virus?

136 people died in Spain last night from this “Flu”. I’m seeing a lot of people seek out those with the least education and trust in what they say as opposed to listening to those educated in the field. Careful out there.
Reisender 03/15/20 11:15am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: damage to li from fast charging

I think if industry standard methods were actually losing 20% of battery capacity in only 25 charge cycles -as they claim- then we’d be hearing howls of complaints from EV owners. Yep and that is definetly not the case. I doubt either of our EV’s are losing more than a couple or three percent a year after 4 and a bit years. Most EV companies have 8 year warranties. Tesla is 8 years 192000 km.
Reisender 03/14/20 08:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Gasoline vs Battery Energy Density Explained

Yes thanks for the HS chemistry lesson. All of the gasses contained in air go through the combustion cycle and a few things are created besides CO2 and water vapor due to the heat. Some of which are considered pollutants but that was not the point of the video. Gasoline contains some nasty stuff also but that is not the point either. My point is the battery in and to itself releases the stored energy. Nothing else required. Gasoline needs to be fed oxygen from some other source to burn and release energy. My point is that all the elements to get the energy from that gasoline are not contained in that gallon jug. Yes but from a practical point of view, an ICE vehicle getting 30 MPG requires less than 70 lbs of fuel to go the same distance as a Tesla S 85 with a 1200 lb battery. With 140 lbs of fuel, it can go twice as far. All true Wilber but to be fair a gas motor, transmission, rear end, exhaust systym and large radiator all weigh something too. (I have no idea what though, 1000 pounds maybe? Total guess).
Reisender 03/12/20 03:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: BEV battery technologies changing fast

Well, it would be nice to see. But they have some catching up to do. The Cadillac presentation was just pushed back, the disappointing Bolt makeover was a definite set back and Bolt sales are way off from expectations and they are having difficulty producing even 20,000 EV’s a year. I do think they are getting serious though. Good to see. Just not sure we’ll see lots of production in the next 3 or 4 years. Jmho. Thank you for your opinion. I would like to stress to others that facts are available that make opinions inaccurate. Yes, GM has now delayed the Cadillac because of travel restrictions and public gathering restrictions related to the Covid19. In regards to Bolt, did GM ever provide guidance on the number they wanted to sell? Yes, sales were down over prior year. Maybe they were not profitable to sell. Do you have production numbers? Are you sure that they had trouble producing 20,000? Data is available. I always love your opinions. They are never biased, and I often wonder if Elon has you on the payroll and you are assigned to RV.NET. I believe I read Bolt sales were around 19500 for 2019, down a few thousand from a couple years earlier. Best to google it for accuracy. The remake should help a bit but talking to some Bolt owners who were thinking of trading in, they feel 2021 will see a significant makeover. These folks love their bolts and are either replacing or adding a bolt to the driveway. One is a Chevy dealer employee so I would assume he is in the know. To me the best thing about the Bolt is the flat floor cargo area when the seats are down. Lack of ACC is a big miss although one of the guys said that is fixed or coming soon. The price is probably about 12000 bucks to high but I get the impression one can can dicker the price, unlike Tesla. We have had nothing but major problems with any new GM product we have bought so I am biased away from them. I do read good reviews on them (bolts) and people seem to like them so at the end of the day my opinion is worth what you pay for it. :) Cheers.
Reisender 03/12/20 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline vs Battery Energy Density Explained

Shiner you and I see this in completely different ways. I respect but will never agree with your opinion on Tesla, Space X or Elon Musk. Cheers. So someone who does all that gets a pass simply because he is the CEO of your favorite car brand? Do you have to agree with everything he does or are you allowed to disagree with some of the things he does? Yah. Pointless going down that road dude. We see things much different. And for the record my favourite car company is Jaguar followed closely by BMW. They unfortunately don’t presently make anything that suits our needs. My wife chose a Tesla, my commuter is a Nissan Leaf.
Reisender 03/11/20 04:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline vs Battery Energy Density Explained

Bad old Elon. Such a bad dude. :). Keep it simple. Get your government to deport him and shut down his companies. Or at least force him to move his companies to another country. :) So you support someone being a hypocrite telling others that they should reduce their carbon footprint while they fly hundreds of thousands of miles on a private jet because they don't want to fly with other people and blast hundreds of kerosene rockets into the air because they don't want to spend the money on the fuel that emits significantly less pollution like what NASA uses. Not only that, but lobby for higher carbon taxes on companies so they can make more money on the backs of consumers on top of lobbying for more tax credits. I would be against anyone being a hypocrite like this, not just people named Elon. If Elon was not being a hypocrite on these topics doing the very thing he is telling other people they shouldn't do, then I would have nothing against the man or his company. If he never chastised others on their carbon footprint, stated that the main purpose of building his cars was for better performance(like Porsche does with the Taycan), and did not try to increase carbon tac on companies just so he could get more money, then I would have nothing against him living the lifestyle he does. My problem is with the act, not the person and I don't give him a pass regardless of whether I am a fan of them or their products or not. Shiner you and I see this in completely different ways. I respect but will never agree with your opinion on Tesla, Space X or Elon Musk. Cheers.
Reisender 03/11/20 02:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline vs Battery Energy Density Explained

Tesla gets brought up when Tesla fanboys like to bring up emissions because their CEO does not seem to live the "holier than thou" low carbon footprint life style with all those private jet flights and shooting kerosene rockets in the air. If one tout's improving the environment as reason to buying one like Tesla does, then it probably not a good thing to have a leader who emits more CO2 than 90% of the populous. It seems he is a do as I say not as I do like the rest of his zealous fanatics. However, if Tesla's main and only approach to buying one is better performance like the Hummer then they would probably get a pass from more people for not being so hypocritical. I don’t know. I’m pretty sure Mary Barr flys around in a jet too. :). But, you know, that’s different. It’s not Tesla. :). Does Mary Barr chastise others for their carbon use? Does she lobby for an increase for carbon tax on companies so that her company can make more money selling carbon credits even though the private jet flights and kerosene rockets are except from the made up rules? The difference is that Elon and his fanatics tout emissions yet hypocritically overlook the emissions that Elon is pumping into the air because he does not want to practice what he preaches. I am sure things would be different for him and his company if he either practiced what he was preaching or if he never preached it all. Bad old Elon. Such a bad dude. :). Keep it simple. Get your government to deport him and shut down his companies. Or at least force him to move his companies to another country. :)
Reisender 03/11/20 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline vs Battery Energy Density Explained

Tesla gets brought up when Tesla fanboys like to bring up emissions because their CEO does not seem to live the "holier than thou" low carbon footprint life style with all those private jet flights and shooting kerosene rockets in the air. If one tout's improving the environment as reason to buying one like Tesla does, then it probably not a good thing to have a leader who emits more CO2 than 90% of the populous. It seems he is a do as I say not as I do like the rest of his zealous fanatics. However, if Tesla's main and only approach to buying one is better performance like the Hummer then they would probably get a pass from more people for not being so hypocritical. I don’t know. I’m pretty sure Mary Barr flys around in a jet too. :). But, you know, that’s different. It’s not Tesla. :).
Reisender 03/11/20 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: BEV battery technologies changing fast

GM's new battery news is exciting Hope Tusk's giga factories can be retooled quickly...and if he has a retrofit plan. Tesla has been investing aggressively in battery tech and is expected to make some major announcements before the end of April. And this tech will probably be in production before the end of the year, if not already. I think GM is talking 4 to 5 years out. I hope that GM succeeds but I have given up on them after watching their stock do essentially nothing since they went public again. Tesla won't be needing to do battery retrofits any more than GM has been updating engines in 5 year old cars, which is zilch. Did you read anything? GM is talking next year. Well, it would be nice to see. But they have some catching up to do. The Cadillac presentation was just pushed back, the disappointing Bolt makeover was a definite set back and Bolt sales are way off from expectations and they are having difficulty producing even 20,000 EV’s a year. I do think they are getting serious though. Good to see. Just not sure we’ll see lots of production in the next 3 or 4 years. Jmho.
Reisender 03/11/20 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline vs Battery Energy Density Explained

I love how any battery or EV discussion turns into an instant Tesla hate fest. Too funny. :). Any other manufacturer (especially foreign manufacturers) are OK though. Just Tesla. :).
Reisender 03/11/20 09:37am Tow Vehicles
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