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RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Enough of the world according to Mexicowander........... bye
tomman58 08/18/19 05:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Mat rant

My rig is almost 3 years old,156k on the clock. Just me and my 170# Russian Bear Dog, still in immaculate condition. So9 you have a dog in excellent condition what does that have to do with a mat?????
tomman58 08/18/19 05:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mat rant

Wow, it just amazes me the trivial stuff that bugs people. When your RV is on a grass site, the grass under it gets no sunlight and little to no water. Does the grass die under your RV? X2 and more! If you are a mat worrier go to an RV park that provides a concrete pad or go out West where there is nothing but sand LOL
tomman58 08/12/19 07:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Medical marijuana

I have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. My doc put me on Xanax. It may sound strange, but it makes me have the worst hangover. Thats why I take CBD oil (more info on site). It calms all my nerves down. Allows me to stay calm and well organized. So you'll never know until you give it a try I take 500X CBD gummies and just a small amount of THC in the morning. The THC kills the CBDs dampening effects on my disposition. Keeps me on an even keel throughout the day. People need to put aside their inhibitions and try MM for us older types it makes your day a far better place and you can always step up the THC for a most enjoyable evening with the spouse.
tomman58 08/08/19 07:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

This thread is so far off base it needs to end. All those self righteous schemers and dreamers need to go to their homeboy sites and rant there.
tomman58 08/07/19 08:13am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

From the tax foundation: "In 2016, the top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97 percent of all individual income taxes, while the bottom 50 percent paid the remaining 3 percent. The top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes (37.3 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (30.5 percent).Nov 13, 2018" Well, I bet if until the year 2011, when I retired, if the top 10% of highest income paid the same percentage of their income in taxes as I did, the budgets would look much different. It is the people that make enough to buy everything they need, and some of what they want, and do it with time left over to enjoy what the have that makes the economy grow. Take a many that has enough to buy anything he wants, and give him more. He is not going to buy more things people make, he has everything. And the only service he will add to what he already buys is he will buy a politician, and ads to convince voters they should pay more taxes, or go without the best government services, but he pays enough... Sorry but it isn't 2011 anymore and today we are going a TRILLION more in debt annually because of the "new and improved" tax codes. As much as we see most of the USA each year, yes each year we go at least half way and on the off years we go to LV and AZ from Michigan and then down and across to FL. Sorry but there is one heck of a lot of poverty that is evident especially in the southern states. We are saddened in Fl because we are there the longest and each month we give heavily to the food bank in our camping area. There really is no good reason for this in our country. I also hate Wallmart and others that do not pay a proper wage for a person to live on yet reap billions each year in profits. I guess that is me but from my drivers seat we have been there done that often enough to know this country needs to do better.
tomman58 08/05/19 08:15am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

We see our national parks being sold off to oil rigs in pristine lands, oil and mining being sold in our other parks, coal runoff being put back in our streams, air quality under attack and climate change being ignored. The parks are ours not any particular administration. Any monies gathered by making our enviroment worse should be dumped back into the parks it is the least the thieves of the public could do. A Duramax Diesel and a giant trailer, a full tank of diesel and a Honda gas generator....and you complain about “climate change.” Stop preaching and walk the walk. I guess you don't know that diesels are greener than everything but electric and there are no 2500 electrics...yet. My giant trailer weighs far less than most 5ers. The Honda genny uses far less fuel than other gennys. So enough on the soap box stuff. Yep I complain about a government ignoring climate change and my use of a few hundred gallons of diesel each year likely doesn't compare to you going to work.
tomman58 08/04/19 07:38am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A new trend in RV fridges?

I am not one of those in the survival mode. I did =my time in tent camping in Michigan's snow season many times. Did the start a fire with no paper and cook your dinner on it. Did the 25 mile hike in whatever the Michigan weather had to offer. On and on but those were my boy scout days...................... Thank you very much. Today in my large trailer and at 72 years old I'll take a hook up any time I can get it. BTW I also need a glass of ice for my evening cocktail along side of maybe some microwave popcorn. Life is good and as my cardiologist says... "You only go by once .. enjoy yourself while you can"
tomman58 08/03/19 06:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

We see our national parks being sold off to oil rigs in pristine lands, oil and mining being sold in our other parks, coal runoff being put back in our streams, air quality under attack and climate change being ignored. The parks are ours not any particular administration. Any monies gathered by making our enviroment worse should be dumped back into the parks it is the least the thieves of the public could do.
tomman58 08/02/19 08:08am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A new trend in RV fridges?

Seems like several here are into the survival mode rather than common RVing. I can think on no one I know that really cares about boondocking more than overnight or maybe a few days. I admit that at 72 I really like many parks and certainly think that casinos are more fun then watching a sunset in the desert,been there done that.
tomman58 07/26/19 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: A new trend in RV fridges?

I guess the "weekend" campers differ somewhat from my RVing. We could've had a choice of 3 different Frigs in our TT but opted for the smallest of the 3. We tend to eat fresh food so the food is cycled through our frig daily. Secondly we are on the road for many months of the year and didn't want to give up cabinet space for our specialty foods that didn't require a frig. Thirdly, The park we stay at in the winter months offers free ice, all you want any time day of night. Lastly there are foods like soups, lamp stew, and many others that we store in freezer bags and stack them like cards in our freezer along side of a frozen thanksgiving turkey dinner to a lot of Polish goodies no available out west or in much of the south. When we leave home you couldn't put a pea in the space left over. Do your own thing but a large frig for us is a home not in our trailer.
tomman58 07/26/19 08:31am Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

When we first moved to the area in 1975, our electricity bill was 20.00-22.00 in summer and 32.00 or so in winter which included a high hp three stage well water pump. When we moves the bill was near 200.00 in summer and 300.00 area in winter. Here is is 250.00-300.00 summer and 450.00- 600.00 in winter. This is TVA country mind you. Local Coop subsidized electricity to chicken houses and businesses. Now TVA, is for profit, essentially, has cut cost and reduced rates greatly to business but not households. They sell power to al lthe other grids at higher rates. Whenever TV had a rate increase, Coop increased by same percentage on top. When solar came along they passed a regulation that they would not furnish power to any household with solar or generators. Presumably because they feared problem with the grid and danger to linemen when working on lines with feed back from solar and generators even though automatic switches were mandatory from the get go. I have no information that has changed except for generators. I have thought about opening our spring up more and installing a generator system with back up generator, and cutting the cord entirely. Bank a portion of the immense savings for maintenance of the system. Solar doesn't work well here. This winter and spring were mostly cloudy and much of the summer thus far. Cheap hydroelectric we have plenty of but TVA very high salaries and very high bonuses and the revolving door with business,plus local coop income is making us poor. Ratepayers are making some people very wealthy and solar isn't a viable option may with a generator too But combination of systems costing more than home is not sensible nor affordable. Maybe you should move to Michigan my largest bill this year is $80 bucks (that's cause it was hot last month). I have a 2500 sq ft house and last year (when we ran the hot tub till Nov) my highest bill was $128.
tomman58 07/25/19 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

WE should be or the Mexican people should be manufacturing solar panels not China. Not Russia not Al Qaeda. Our biggest enemy is our government. The four horsewomen of the Apocalypse.I agree. Solar can give many areas energy independence. Tough pill to swallow for suppliers. We could've had all the solar business at one time but politics got in the way and would not allow for the government to support it as a new industry. The same fault with robotics we had them and gave away the technology to Japan and China. We always lead to end up following.... check the history and find where the money went to stop us from advancing.... hint into politician's pockets.
tomman58 07/24/19 08:16am Tech Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Stats are stats: Americans in their 20s: $16,000 Americans in their 30s: $45,000 Americans in their 40s: $63,000 Americans in their 50s: $117,000 Americans in their 60s: $172,000 I don't care what you did or are doing these numbers represent America and they suck add to it the game of tariffs and other economic nightmares and younger types are pretty much screwed as a whole. Younger types? I don't see that. what I do see is younger people, not all, with the "I want it and I want it now and must have the latest and greatest gadget and expensive vehicles and homes they can't afford." Little regard for savings and the future and a paycheck or two away from disaster. Heck, I see people using EBT, CHIP and other government programs with Apple IPhones. The budget deficit and government debt is unsustainable as is personal debt for millions of our citizens. You seem like a person that immediately judges others not knowing the "what and why" A lot of folks have things before they lose a job and need assistance. Secondly the "I want it and I want it now " generation are our kids..kids. So bottom line reap what you sow.
tomman58 07/24/19 08:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Stats are stats: Americans in their 20s: $16,000 Americans in their 30s: $45,000 Americans in their 40s: $63,000 Americans in their 50s: $117,000 Americans in their 60s: $172,000 I don't care what you did or are doing these numbers represent America and they suck add to it the game of tariffs and other economic nightmares and younger types are pretty much screwed as a whole.
tomman58 07/23/19 07:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

"But if we get an agreement,it will be to our benefit. You would think the tax cuts and cuts in regulations, they would offset the cost of the tarrifs. With the economy roaring along like it is, these industries will get through it." "if" we get an agreement. Nothing says we will or that it would benefit us at all. Tax cuts and reg cuts have not and will not help. The economy is going in trillion dollar debt and is up to 8 1/2 T. The premise of this page was RV's and of course none of the current mess is going to help us. Peoples wages are barely moving up while the cost for us to have fun is rising fast as are our PU trucks. People work hard to get to retirement (ME) and with our very fixed incomes the price for RVing keeps going up. Someone needs to come up with a great unit at 20% less not more!You got a diesel, a 2018 33' trailer, two high end bicycles and a Honda genny and you're pontificating about being on a fixed income - give me a break. Actually it is about 40' trailer with my added rack on the back. First I am on a fixed income. Secondly why should it matter to you what I have? Thirdly You go through life4 and you make your own choices on how to live, what to eat, where to live and so on. You are also responsible for you income, savings and SS deposits. Those choices are your business and no one else. Bottom line I see thousands of folks like me on the road all years long. I hope to see more young people have the same wonderful experiences like me and my family. Currently I don't see people being able to afford RVing like so many of us have because incomes are shrinking not expanding and world events are costing us trillions by poor choices.According to the US census bureau, average US income has increased above the inflation rate for the past three years. Adjusted for inflation, Average income is at a record high. Unemployment is at or near all time record lows. RV sales have also had multiple years of record sales. Apparently more, not less, people are able to afford RVing. Interesting but there are many problems, with the "who" can afford RV's at retirement, currently: the median retirement savings by age in the U.S. is: Americans in their 20s: $16,000 Americans in their 30s: $45,000 Americans in their 40s: $63,000 Americans in their 50s: $117,000 Americans in their 60s: $172,000 This is terrible to say the least. The only ones with a true retirement are those who had a very good 401K or belonged to a union that had complete benefits and pensions. Sorry I've seen to many young people moving back to home and to many seniors eking by.
tomman58 07/22/19 05:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

"But if we get an agreement,it will be to our benefit. You would think the tax cuts and cuts in regulations, they would offset the cost of the tarrifs. With the economy roaring along like it is, these industries will get through it." "if" we get an agreement. Nothing says we will or that it would benefit us at all. Tax cuts and reg cuts have not and will not help. The economy is going in trillion dollar debt and is up to 8 1/2 T. The premise of this page was RV's and of course none of the current mess is going to help us. Peoples wages are barely moving up while the cost for us to have fun is rising fast as are our PU trucks. People work hard to get to retirement (ME) and with our very fixed incomes the price for RVing keeps going up. Someone needs to come up with a great unit at 20% less not more!You got a diesel, a 2018 33' trailer, two high end bicycles and a Honda genny and you're pontificating about being on a fixed income - give me a break. Actually it is about 40' trailer with my added rack on the back. First I am on a fixed income. Secondly why should it matter to you what I have? Thirdly You go through life4 and you make your own choices on how to live, what to eat, where to live and so on. You are also responsible for you income, savings and SS deposits. Those choices are your business and no one else. Bottom line I see thousands of folks like me on the road all years long. I hope to see more young people have the same wonderful experiences like me and my family. Currently I don't see people being able to afford RVing like so many of us have because incomes are shrinking not expanding and world events are costing us trillions by poor choices.
tomman58 07/22/19 12:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

"But if we get an agreement,it will be to our benefit. You would think the tax cuts and cuts in regulations, they would offset the cost of the tarrifs. With the economy roaring along like it is, these industries will get through it." "if" we get an agreement. Nothing says we will or that it would benefit us at all. Tax cuts and reg cuts have not and will not help. The economy is going in trillion dollar debt and is up to 8 1/2 T. The premise of this page was RV's and of course none of the current mess is going to help us. Peoples wages are barely moving up while the cost for us to have fun is rising fast as are our PU trucks. People work hard to get to retirement (ME) and with our very fixed incomes the price for RVing keeps going up. Someone needs to come up with a great unit at 20% less not more!
tomman58 07/21/19 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Is this what ya do when you get old? Sit around and argue about economics, politics and the weather (and axle ratings, lol)? YUP Shop local only and you need a 1 ton to tow a pop up! And always pay cash. If you need credit you can't afford it! i agree that avoiding debt is a step along the path to wealth and financial independence but not carrying CC debt and not using CCs are two different things.Every millionaire i know borrowed money and used that money to leverage deals to make big time money. Fact is, I have plenty of borrowed money at 4% while my invested money is making 13% right now. Boy that sure sounds like the recipe for disaster! That's one of those thongs that works so good till it doesn't LOL
tomman58 07/19/19 03:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Interesting but sameo. We ranted buy American in the 70's and most people ignored the chant. Walmart killed small towns and business and no one cared as China became their big supplier. Now today you rant about China. We get screwed again forcing our deficit into the highest it has ever been. WE lose, farmers lose, consumers and labor both lose but we don't get it. America is a rudderless ship when it comes to world affairs, no change there.
tomman58 07/19/19 08:14am General RVing Issues
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