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RE: Back before cellphones

I wish I could come up with a program to make these AI robo calls for extended warranty call each other over and over again. I thought about staying on the line and requesting a warranty for a 62 biscayne with 430,000 miles to see if that would knock me out of the system.
colliehauler 05/18/21 03:28pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Back before cellphones

Seen an article that stated that manual transmissions were becoming a theft prevention item because so few people know how to use them. LOL they are indeed! However, finding them is more and more difficult, even in sports cars. I'm not sure I'd go to the extent of calling cell phone a necessity just yet but as life and technology evolve it may become that way. They've impacted my life in a positive way with few negatives.Evidently you're not hammered with extended warranty sales calls, LOL.
colliehauler 05/18/21 12:08pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Back before cellphones

He had no idea how to use it. Of course he wouldn't, just like most of us wouldn't know how to use something that was prevalent 75 years ago or something we don't use in everyday life or at our jobs.True but this was 20 years ago before black rotary desk phones were complete obsolete. Seen an article that stated that manual transmissions were becoming a theft prevention item because so few people know how to use them. 20yr ago rotary phones were very much an oddity. By the 1980's they were already being phased out, so most folks under 35 likely have never used one and even for the rest, they are a distant memory. I am a bit sad that the manual transmission is dying a slow death but when it lost it's MPG advantage and sports cars found they could sell a fake manual transmission, it was just a matter time.Wow time marches on, this occured in 87 so actually 34 years ago. But my point was technology moves on and stuff becomes obsolete.
colliehauler 05/18/21 12:01pm RV Lifestyle
RE: I-70 vs I-80 road condition, which is better.

We prefer I80 because the passes are not as high and you don't have to go through Denver. There is more truck traffic and the cross winds in Wyoming can be tricky. If you use a Garmin GPS it will show you elevation changes on your route. We prefer the long gradual climb but that is just us.Same here if my destination is further West. Of course I take 70 if my destination is Colorado.
colliehauler 05/18/21 08:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Retirement

I've been drawing SS since age 62, and working minimally when I feel like it since. It will take me until age 83 to break even. By then, I won't care and it will still be enough retirement to meet our needs. Genie draws it too, since age 62 - we are in our 70's now. Plenty of time to enjoy the 'smaller SS payment' :)I agree with you, take it now while you are able to travel and do fun things that you physical might not be able to do when your 70. The last thing I want to do is save all my life to see it go to some care facility. I worked non-stop from the time I was 12 delevering news papers and cutting yards until I could join the work force. I worked another 39 years of shift work before saying enough. I volunteered for overtime so I could save enough money to retire early putting in many 80 hr weeks. I agree with another poster saying he had more then enough to keep him busy. I don't miss work one bit. It's time for the next generation to make money and pay my SS.
colliehauler 05/18/21 08:01am Around the Campfire
RE: Back before cellphones

Curt 12914 I use Google maps as well. I had a gathering of friends at the lake house. We sat down to dinner and two people were using their smart phones during dinner. I threatened to take them away and throw them in the lake. They wisely put their phones away. It was actually a empty threat but they got the message.
colliehauler 05/18/21 07:41am RV Lifestyle
RE: TV tire life

When a set of tires on the Excursion started to show signs of aging I replaced them and gave the old tires to a friend who uses them on a truck to go around town. Gave another set away to a farmer who uses them on a trailer. I've been happy with Hankook tires, I ran them about 40k miles and replaced them with good tread still left. I replace them before the tread bar appears. Want enough tread to disperse water and heat.
colliehauler 05/18/21 04:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Back before cellphones

One of my favorite things is navigation technology. Put in your destination and follow with real time traffic and accident avoidance. I especially found it useful on the East coast where I had never been. Need to find someone's house in a major city put in the destination and drive right to it. Miss a turn recalculating immediately to an alternative route. Accident ahead turn off hear to avoid. Remember when you use to get detailed instructions written down to find someone's house in a strange city?
colliehauler 05/18/21 04:03am RV Lifestyle
RE: Back before cellphones

Cell phones gave us the freedom to travel. Ed's trucking company demanded 24/7 phone monitoring - when a driver needs info, they need it NOW. The only time we could take a vacation was when we could get someone to "take the phones". Now technology lets us be on the road, sightseeing - and still tend to business. I'm grateful for the technology, even though I only use a tenth of what my phone is capable of...LOL!Yea, I've turned around on a trip out of town to retrieve my cell phone just in case a emergency occurs. Even though you only use a tenth of what your phone can do it's there if you decide to use it in the future.
colliehauler 05/18/21 03:52am RV Lifestyle
RE: Back before cellphones

We went on a 2 week canoe trip in the Boundary waters back in '75 No way to contact us or find us. We just crossed our fingers when we got back everyone would still be there. Can you imagine what our grandparents/great grandparents went though sending their sons to war and no contact not even a letter for 6 months? Yeah folks are just a bit to wrapped up in the idea of "cell phone security"The local radio station in Ely use to broadcast messages to people in remote areas of the Boundary Waters without communication.
colliehauler 05/17/21 07:28pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Back before cellphones

He had no idea how to use it. Of course he wouldn't, just like most of us wouldn't know how to use something that was prevalent 75 years ago or something we don't use in everyday life or at our jobs.True but this was 20 years ago before black rotary desk phones were complete obsolete. Seen an article that stated that manual transmissions were becoming a theft prevention item because so few people know how to use them.
colliehauler 05/17/21 05:38pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Retirement

I retired at 55 and started SS at 62. I've had two friends that passed recently that never made it to retirement. Best decesion I ever made.
colliehauler 05/17/21 05:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Survey

Those cheap coffee makers will work good as long as they get the water hot enough. Remember the awful Mr. Coffee coffee makers? They just heated the water a little and pumped it over the grounds. Awful stuff. The coffee we buy now is from Organic Coffee Company, and is great. $20 for 5 pounds of beans. Tough to beat.How can a cheap coffee maker not heat the water enough, it has to reach boiling point to force it through the tube? Haven't had a issue with any of my cheap coffee makers.
colliehauler 05/17/21 05:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Back before cellphones

Somewhere in an old box of junk I have an old wall mounted rotary dial phone I salvaged years ago from a house being knocked down. When I find it I want to set it in front of my grandchildren and ask them to place a call - LOL! I'll pretend to plug it into a computer...This has been a decade or more back but my old barber in Eldorado had a black rotary desk phone. A young person asked to use the phone to call his Mom to pick him up after the haircut. He had no idea how to use it.
colliehauler 05/17/21 04:11pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Back before cellphones

We were in Medina Tx a few days ago and there is a working pay phone right outside of the Apple Store there. The 1st pay phone I've seen in years. Are you sure it was working? You do occasionally see old non-functional ones still sitting around. This thread seems to be the grumpy old man thread. How many want to go back to the old days of mechanical carbureted engines...because those pesky new fangled computers that come with fuel injected engines can fail.I didn't see this thread that way at all, just remembering the past. One big EMF burst (solar flare or Nuclear blast) and we all might be wishing for the old vehicles from the past. AT&T use to keep underground bunkers to restore communication in just such a event. I never leave home without my wallet and my cell phone. I broke my ankle in a remote area but was able to get cell service and call for help. Just upgraded to the new Samsung Ultra S 5g phone.
colliehauler 05/17/21 03:49pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Back before cellphones

We were in Medina Tx a few days ago and there is a working pay phone right outside of the Apple Store there. The 1st pay phone I've seen in years.Have to see the humor in that one, LOL
colliehauler 05/17/21 03:37pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Coffee Survey

I use a drip coffee maker (Mr Coffee) remember them? I like 8 o' clock coffee after being recommended to me on this forum. I probably need to drink less coffee and tea and more water.
colliehauler 05/17/21 03:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Travel buddies

Do they have a 2 week quarantine in S. Africa for pets? And when you get back to the US?
colliehauler 05/15/21 10:11pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Crossroads Zinger 18' vs Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 16

No way would I ever purchase a camper with a window A/C, very poor design to make them work. Other then that I would get the floor plan that works best. I would avoid anything with a foam core floor as well. Well with a statement like that, I guess all the window A/C's in stick and brick houses are a poor design too, eh? I find mine works like it's supposed to, no leaks and roof rattles.No that's what window A/C were designed for. A window A/C is recessed into a camper so it can't get proper air flow on the exhaust coil. On a home the window A/C draws air in from the sides to pull through the exhaust coils. This is why a window A/C does not work well in trailers. Add in the condensation which is another issue on window A/C's in RV'S. The only reason rv manufacturers use window A/C's is they can be purchased for $100. VS $600 or $700 for a roof A/C. If your happy with yours good for you.
colliehauler 05/11/21 04:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Crossroads Zinger 18' vs Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 16

No way would I ever purchase a camper with a window A/C, very poor design to make them work. Other then that I would get the floor plan that works best. I would avoid anything with a foam core floor as well.
colliehauler 05/10/21 06:16pm Travel Trailers
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