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RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

No problem. There's still going to be a need for large vehicles capable of traveling long distance in areas where there's not a recharging station on every corner. I'll deal with them. These fools are not selling vehicles, they're farming the government for every cent the politicians are willing to give them through subsidies, grants and funding useless research. When there's really a breakthrough in the field people will naturally use it WITHOUT being forced into it because idiot, graft taking, lying politicians are buying their votes with more give away's.
pigman1 01/28/21 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Directv

An ongoing problem. When AT&T took them over they hired support out to overseas and the only thing these clowns know is to read what shows up ON THEIR OWN COMPUTER SCREEN. My experience was that if they couldn't read it, they'd wing it and say anything. We dumped DIRECTV and went with Dish. Cheaper, better channel selection and the people you talk to on the phone actually know what they're talking about and HELP. We run Dish through a Hopper and Joey from an RF MOGUL antenna. We'd been with DIRECTV over 15 years. Best move I ever made. Should have done it 10 years earlier. BTW, One downside. When you cancel DIRECTV, they will call you CONSTANTLY trying to get you back for a 50% discount. I must have 50 of their phone numbers blocked. A real PITA.
pigman1 01/28/21 07:17am Technology Corner
RE: Meds on the road.

The Walmarts or just about any other pharmacy chain can get prescriptions in their system forwarded to just about any of their stores that have a pharmacist. Of course that only works when you have one of their stores close by. For example in Valdez, AK, the nearest WM or other chain drug stores is only 285 miles close. Also, Canada will present some real problems. We use Express Scripts and get our 90 day renewals just before leaving. That requires some planning, but we've been doing it since 2006.
pigman1 12/29/20 11:58am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

PS: when we talk about electricity production there is good and bad with EVs. Actual production will need to increase but production facilities (power plants) may not need to expand as much. Much can be done by charging when demand is low increasing the utilization of the power plants. For most practical purposes solar/wind are just a different type of power plant...though currently causing a lot of issues to the grid. Widespread EVs can mitigate that to a large degree because they can absorb excess demand when it's a sunny/windy day. In the long run, if those vehicles can feed back power into the grid, it could even drop the baseline power plant capability needed.Oh, so not only will the government mandate that I need to drive an electric vehicle, it'll tell me when I can recharge it. ie: got home from work and plugged in, but my charger won't work until 5-7AM. Need a loaf of bread? Too bad no charge, so walk. Have to get to the ER because I cut my hand? Too bad . . . Wrap it up, no power, no car. Yeah, that'll work real well. Uh-huh! Too funny. Exaggerate much? What your describing happens no where. And there is no reason to believe it ever will. I see various government mandates to end tail pipe sales on light vehicles as closing the barn door after the horses are out. In 20 years no one is going to want to buy a clunky old stinky, high maintenance, low performance car or truck that runs on gas and that you can’t fill up at home.Exaggeration??? Of course it is, but you tell me how you control when charging is mandated in low demand times? Rules? Yeah that'll work, ha ha, everyone always follows the rules. Timers? Everyone has different needs and who coordinates that?? California has rolling brownouts now, remember. Just a whole new bureaucracy to schedule things. Full of GS employees? Yeah, the government works efficiently now, right? Ideas are great and cheap, Tell me the details on how it works. We can't even pass a Covid relief bill.
pigman1 12/27/20 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

PS: when we talk about electricity production there is good and bad with EVs. Actual production will need to increase but production facilities (power plants) may not need to expand as much. Much can be done by charging when demand is low increasing the utilization of the power plants. For most practical purposes solar/wind are just a different type of power plant...though currently causing a lot of issues to the grid. Widespread EVs can mitigate that to a large degree because they can absorb excess demand when it's a sunny/windy day. In the long run, if those vehicles can feed back power into the grid, it could even drop the baseline power plant capability needed.Oh, so not only will the government mandate that I need to drive an electric vehicle, it'll tell me when I can recharge it. ie: got home from work and plugged in, but my charger won't work until 5-7AM. Need a loaf of bread? Too bad no charge, so walk. Have to get to the ER because I cut my hand? Too bad . . . Wrap it up, no power, no car. Yeah, that'll work real well. Uh-huh!
pigman1 12/27/20 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

Why. You don’t think that engine blocks, transmissions, exhaust systems, catalytic converters and, you know, oil take anything out of the ground? And how much power do you think EV’s use. 6 to 8 kw covers the average North American or European commute. Power companies plan for 1/2 to 1 percent per year increase over the next three decades to cover power needs. Just sayin. The key word here is COMMUTE. When you start talking about 600-700 miles a day pulling or carrying a max load you're in a whole new arena. Add that to the fact that California can't even keep the lights on TODAY, let alone with millions of EV's plugged in. And are all the Holiday Inn's and other hotels are going to be happy putting in 100 or more charging stations in their parking lots to take care of their overnight guests? An idea who's time has NOT come. Call me in 50 years.
pigman1 12/23/20 08:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best way to clear grit and sand out of 7 pin plug??

Duhh? Take it apart, wash thoroughly with soap and water using a toothbrush to get in crannies, rinse and let dry and put it back together.
pigman1 12/17/20 07:22am Tech Issues
RE: Another article on Snowbirds, or the lack thereof

I feel for these folks, but I'm not sure that article tells it like it really is. We've been snowbirding in the southwest since 2004 and just cancelled for this winter. While there we visit friends we've made over the 21 years I was in the Air Force as well as relatives and friends we've met from as far off as Alaska. Based on our research and input from these friends, things are not looking good. Right now, New Mexico is just about completely shut down. All state parks, hotels, motels and other accommodations are SEVERELY restricted as far as traveler confinement for new arrivals. Large stores such as Cabela's, Walmarts, grocery stores and other Big Box stores are being closed when 4 staff are diagnosed. Outdoor eating was just re-opened but no indoor dining. That'll work well in Albuquerque with sub-freezing temps. Nevada restrictions seem to change daily. Friends in Las Vegas say there are huge rushes of out of state people from California and elsewhere each weekend and Covid cases are way up. Some businesses are closing due to their self imposed restrictions and entertainment is a dog's breakfast. Arizona appears generally open, but with California closed up completely, where are all the snowbirds that usually spend time in Nevada, California, and New Mexico going to end up?? Arizona??? Oh yeah, that'll work well. I can just see 10,000 people going through the big tent at Quartzsite or trying to get a table in Silly Al's for a pizza. Talk about super spreader events... WOW!!! We cancelled. Just not worth the risks.
pigman1 12/12/20 04:44pm Snowbirds
RE: Diesel Fuel Availability

Just ride the upper half of your fuel tank and don't depart a town that has fuel available thinking you'll get some a bit up the road. Roadhouses and stops may get replenished at irregular intervals and many do not have grid power, so a failure of their generator system means no fuel even though tanks are full. We're hoping to make our 10th trip up this summer, Covid permitting.
pigman1 12/12/20 09:00am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: One 6V battery discharging really fast

You need a way to check the batteries under load. It doesn't have to be precise, but I've been using one of these Load checker on the farm and on 3 RV's for years. Definitely not as good as a battery shops carbon pile checker, but it's never failed to tell me when I have a bad battery, especially when used to compare with others in the string. I carry one in the rig all the time.
pigman1 12/10/20 07:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Oklahoma State Parks

A neat place, but watch the weather. Sister in law lives just outside Tulsa. One year we visited and was fishing in short sleeves mid 70's weather. That night it hit 20 and I almost couldn't get the frozen water hose off the hydrant in the morning. Stiff as a board. We got out and that night they had 7" of snow. Again, nice, but watch the weather closely
pigman1 12/04/20 09:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Extended boarder restrictions, well into 2021

We will never be able to stop everyone who chooses to "cheat"-in reality it's not a lot different than those who live in one state but register their MH in another to avoid taxes. With the way things are it would be a huge surprise-and risk-to open the border. Why they still allow air travel between the two countries is beyond me though.No, the current testing is simply a joke to keep the public in a continuous panic mode. It only tells what your status is THAT SECOND. If you keep your distance, don't associate with strangers and use common sense, you're fine. If you feel poorly, go to a hospital or doctor. If you're very sick, go to the ER. Those people will then be able to to tell you if testing is appropriate, and what treatment is required. Even if you're confirmed positive in my area but not desperately ill, the hospitals are sending you HOME. If you feel fine and get tested you are only a among a very small part of the population who MAY know your status (that second). What are you expected to do while waiting for results? Test results here take 6-7 days. Hold your breath and wait? How many people have the ability to isolate as the medical clowns want you to. Separate rooms, bathrooms, dishes, silverware, linens, entrances and exits, (Don't touch the doorknobs, doors, hand rails) Who cooks, cleans, cleans up, shops? Who disinfects the car you rode in to go get tested? Where do the disinfectants come from? My grocery shelves are bare. Yes, this disease is bad, especially for the compromised, but other than hiding in a basement or going into isolation in a hospital, NO ONE REALLY KNOWS HOW TO TREAT OR PREVENT IT. My wife and I (79 &78 YO) had the worst colds we've had in over 5 years a month ago, after doing all the mask and following every other arcane recommendation for 3 months before that. Yeah, common cold (a virus). Went to the docs, they took temps, asked some stupid questions, (have you been out of the country in the last 30 days?) and then we went on with our previous scheduled appointments. When asked about it, they shrugged and said, if it got much worse, go to the hospital, the hotbed of disease. I don't have a solution, but if you think the docs or the politicians do, you're living in LA-LA Land. Until the vaccine is out and MILLIONS are injected, nothing will happen. We're going on with our lives. We has 21 family for Thanksgiving, expect the same for Christmas, we go out to eat, shop, visit friends, drove to my son's in Florida for a visit. Based on demonstrated stupidities, I refuse to climb into a hole because some ridiculous politician is playing WHAT IF.
pigman1 12/03/20 02:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Extended boarder restrictions, well into 2021

Soon you will need proof of a very recent test showing negative in order to fly. At that point your point about land border diesSure. That'll work well until you pass the first stranger on the street, go shopping for groceries, or Walmart for a present, drugs or any of a thousand other things. Just more pronouncements by the ignorant about topics they have absolutely no knowledge of and only are concerned about their political future. "You do it...I don't have to" has been their demonstrated attitude.
pigman1 12/02/20 07:43pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water Filtration

Whatever floats your boat. When we first got the factory new 2008 Tiffin 40' Bus, I removed the filter cartridge. Later when I had a chance, I removed the filter body. Sold it 75,000 miles later and bought a brand new 2013 Bus. That cartridge was gone a few minutes after I took delivery. Haven't bothered to remove the filter body. We now have over 110,000 miles on it, from Alaska to the Keys, Maine to the southwest. Waste of effort to bother with the body.
pigman1 11/28/20 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Washer and dryer suggestions

We've had both stacked and combo in different Class A's but DW (the expert) prefers the separate ones. Says it takes a lot less time when doing multiple loads as one load can be washing while the previous load is drying. No particular difference in how well either choice cleans. (The word from the washing God...LOL)
pigman1 11/21/20 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: External propane tank

Just be aware that the Extend-A-Stay contains at least 2 flow limiters. If you have problems when multiple gas appliances are trying to run, that could be the problem. It wouldn't work on my current and former Buses when both heaters were trying to run. I just substituted brass fittings and a gas valve.
pigman1 11/15/20 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: External propane tank

Sure. Most providers will deliver the tank, hook it up for you and fill it. They hook up before the regulator between your installed tank and the regulator. Then you order the tank, be sure to tell the propane folks the approximate distance from where the new tank will go to the hook up area. They'll need that so they bring the right length flex line.
pigman1 11/15/20 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Tom Sawyer Park West Memphis, Arkansas

Yep, full hook ups. Just be sure to check the river condition before you make final plans. Thom Sawyer is INSIDE the levy, so when the river is up, it floods. We've been there a number of times and will go back any time it's a convenient stop.
pigman1 10/22/20 08:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tire Chains

I agree, no chains necessary. We're heading up for our 10th summer trip in 2021 and although we've hit occasional snow squalls, we never needed chains. As jsummers72 pointed out, if roads get bad all you need to do is pull over for a day or so and things will be clear. One year we were told that Tok Alaska had 27" of snow 5 days before we arrived and we never even saw a white spot on the north side of the hills. Go and enjoy, just don't be so fixed on your plans that you can't modify things as needed. We travel up in May and down in September.
pigman1 10/22/20 07:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Air for tires on Type A

I'd guess it's not frozen, but instead, you're trying to push that bayonet into the fitting against the 115-135psi system air pressure. To see, shut off your engine, bleed down the air tanks with your brakes and drain valves and then try the bayonet. If it goes in, you've identified your problem. On my Bus, I put a 1/4 turn ball valve just behind the coach fitting so I can connect my (2) air lines with ease. I understand the latest Tiffin's have this valve factory installed so this problem has gone away.
pigman1 10/22/20 07:44am Class A Motorhomes
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