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RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Are you a safe driver? Do you have lidar built into your head? If you answered yes and no driving without lidar is possible though I agree that it has been challenging. The biggest issue that I see is how to prevent humans from bullying self driving cars. Define safe? No accidents in over 40 years? Yep I'm a safe driver. No accidents at all? Nope, not a safe driver. No tickets in a very long time? Yep, I'm a safe driver. "Do I have Lidar built into my head?" Yes; and much; much; much better. Brains are amazing things. They can make thousands of calculations a second. My brain can differentiate between a shadow and a real thing in a thousand of a second. My brain can do this in almost all circumstances. It takes very high powered computers and very expensive sensors to do this. And that same computer can't do that in almost all circumstances like my brain can. Computers can do a lot of things amazingly well. Repetitive tasks are one of them. unfortunately driving is not a repetitive task. It's pretty much opposite of repetitive. It's very random. People "bullying self driving cars?" #1 There is no such things as self driving cars. (at least full self driving cars)(how can cars be bullied when there is someone at the wheel attentive at all times?) #2 That being the case, nobody has bullied them yet. #3 Lets say there are FSD cars. How are you going to stop people from bulling them? How is that going to work? We can't even stop people from spraying graffiti on buildings or pooping in public! Computer or brain, if the software sucks, so does the result,
wilber1 08/18/19 12:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

I get the impression Rivian will be more marketed towards the contracter type and the Tesla maybe more to the truck enthusiast. Both have a market. Tesla has a fairly big following which will work for them initially. Right now Tesla makes over a 1000 cars per day about 500 per day which are sold in the US and 150 per day sold in Canada with the rest spread out over another dozen countries with a lot of pent up demand. Lots of room for growth there. Trucks are more of a North American thing so Rivian will have a smaller but still significant market. Interesting Factoid. The number of public charge locations just passed number of public gas stations in Britain. We should welcome it for healthier competition that we the consumers will eventually benefit. The more the merrier. Europe may overtake us in proportion of EV cars. But they are not so into our trucks, lol. The US truck market is protected. The Europeans will build EV trucks for other markets.
wilber1 08/15/19 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla X Towing Videos

Does it know if you are going to make it towing a 4000 lb barn door? What I got from those videos is that it doesn’t. I think those videos made a good case for a plug in hybrid with a good size battery, so you can take advantage of the electric motor torque on grades but not worry about being stranded.Supposed to learn based on your driving style but this would need a software update to get a more accurate estimate at the start. User would quickly learn to divide by 2 or 3 depending on conditions. About the same as a petrol truck where the DTE says 450 miles and you hook up a trailer and know very well you only get 225 miles range. It would only be able to make a prediction after you started towing and it knew the actual energy consumption. To make any kind of prediction in advance it would have to know the weight of the trailer and its drag coefficient. Yes, you would get an idea from experience.
wilber1 08/14/19 09:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla X Towing Videos

Run out of gas in the middle of a long stretch of lonely highway or out in the boonies, it's not too hard to get a couple gallons and get to a fuel station. I've helped others out that way multiple times. But carrying a long extension cord is gonna be interesting to watch. I know I don't carry 15 or 20 miles. Simple answer... Carry an inverter genny in the back, a GAS POWERED one. I know Tesla take a special plug right, wrong. You can plug a Tesla into a standard 110 volt or 220 volt outlet, The come with an adapter. My cousin has an X and when he visits, we plug it into my shop power so a portable genny would work too. I'll never buy an electric car either but I like riding in my cousin't X and I like driving it too, goes like a scalded dog. Not trying to start a fight online, but I just envisioned how much better for the environment it will be with a bunch of piggybacked portable generators hanging off the back of a tesla truck to get it back into town. :R Well, if somebody runs out of power in an electric vehicle they are either a moron or can’t read their instrumentation. Tell the car where you are going. It will tell you if you are going to make it, if you need to go to a Supercharger, where the Supercharger is, if it is available etc etc etc. It’s not rocket science. Does it know if you are going to make it towing a 4000 lb barn door? What I got from those videos is that it doesn’t. I think those videos made a good case for a plug in hybrid with a good size battery, so you can take advantage of the electric motor torque on grades but not worry about being stranded.
wilber1 08/14/19 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Special Trailer Brakes Required in Canada?

It's a provincial thing. BC Regulations Trailer Brake Requirements Gross trailer weight of 1,400 kg (3,080 Ibs) or less – Brakes are required if the trailer and its load weigh more than 50% of the licensed weight of the vehicle towing it. Gross trailer weight of 1,401 kg (3,081 Ibs) to 2,800 kg (6,160 Ibs) – Brakes are required, including a breakaway brake. Gross trailer weight of more than 2,800 kg (6,160 Ibs) – Brakes are required, and the trailer brakes must be capable of being applied by the driver independently of the towing vehicle's brakes. A surge brake does NOT meet this requirement. A breakaway brake is also required. Brakes are required on all axles. The sole exemption to this rule is for a 3 axle house trailer, in which case brakes are only required on 2 of the 3 axles. This could catch those with heavier toads. Do any of the toad braking systems allow independent application of brakes? Also catches me because my brake system is a surge brake. You would pretty much have to be towing a 3/4 T to be over 6000 lbs.
wilber1 08/12/19 11:23am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

...but they have no hand in the energy infrastructure nationwide... ...The worst part about the energy infrastructure is that it is not owned by one entity. I'm not updated myself but I read sometime ago that Tesla's plan is to eventually have their charging stations cut-off from the grid with their own solar sources. Ya that’ll work great during short northern winter days with the sun low on the horizon and lots of cloud cover. I'm not about to solve Tesla's problem for them but if their Australian installation is a model, they can partner with wind farm or have their battery arrays that is able to power up a city of 30,000 homes. And I'm glad that our high tech centers in California are not manned by Mr Magoos "it can't be done" and not finding problems to every solution. It will likely work well in many places but wind and solar have their limits in many other places.
wilber1 08/12/19 11:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

...but they have no hand in the energy infrastructure nationwide... ...The worst part about the energy infrastructure is that it is not owned by one entity. I'm not updated myself but I read sometime ago that Tesla's plan is to eventually have their charging stations cut-off from the grid with their own solar sources. Ya that’ll work great during short northern winter days with the sun low on the horizon and lots of cloud cover.
wilber1 08/12/19 10:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

Have you ever looked at the electronics necessary to keep a modern ICE running?Compared to what... replacing a failed diesel fuel pump? Obviously you haven't.CP4 seems to be close to $3,000 maintenance or $10K after failure. Diesel ECM Never wondered what tuning software reprograms?
wilber1 08/12/19 09:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

Have you ever looked at the electronics necessary to keep a modern ICE running?Compared to what... replacing a failed diesel fuel pump? Obviously you haven't.
wilber1 08/12/19 09:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

I agree with Leno EV will take over. Yes getting the infrastructure in place will take time. Teaching the public a new way of life will also take time but the internal combustion engine is a dinosaur. Too many parts. Lots of heat loss, just too inefficient. Technology has caught up to the internal combustion engine, a better mouse trap is here. The heavy lifting for the most part has been done. Now its a matter of logistics and attitude."Too many parts"!! Have you ever seriously looked at the electronics necessary to keep an EV running? It's not like there's just a battery and a motor. Have you ever looked at the electronics necessary to keep a modern ICE running?
wilber1 08/12/19 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: A couple of hot cars on main street late today !

If you are in the Vancouver area you might want to try this out. My son gave me the three hour Sea to Sky for a major birthday gift a couple of years ago. What a hoot, great bunch of people with a professional operation who really try to make sure you have a good time without getting their cars impounded. I highly recommend it. Scenic Rush
wilber1 08/11/19 09:06am Around the Campfire
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

I think Leno is right, petroleum powered vehicles will be relegated to specialty applications, their days of being mainstream are numbered.
wilber1 08/11/19 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lesson Learned (fuel station etiquette)

A chipped card cannot be duplicated and they need both your chipped card and your pin. Keep your cards in an RFID sleeve so they can't be read by a scanner and guard your pin. I get a chuckle when I go into US big box stores in Canada and while they have chip and pin, you still can't use tap. Most every corner grocery and small business in Canada has tap.
wilber1 08/05/19 08:32pm Around the Campfire
RE: Lesson Learned (fuel station etiquette)

You are most certainly correct, you really should be extremely careful about what pumps you are sticking your bank card into. Have not seen any pump readers using the chip, only the magstripe. Skimmer readers are pretty difficult to detect. I actually encountered a chip reader on a gas pump (the first one I've seen in the USA) while traveling this past week, so they do exist...but are not (yet) common. Why is the US at least ten years behind the rest of the world going to chip and pin and tap?
wilber1 08/05/19 08:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Electric cooler off of 12 volts

The 40quart Colman is rated at 4 amps, I have a Koolatron and they are all rated at 4.5 amps or less. It works fine from a 12v outlet but I won't use it unless my rig is plugged in. They aren't regulated so they just maintain about a 30F differential from ambient temperature. If you leave them plugged in on cooler evenings, some things will freeze overnight. Great for keeping drinks cold but I wouldn't keep anything perishable in one for more than a day or two if it is really warm outside.
wilber1 08/04/19 03:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric cooler off of 12 volts

It will run fine of a 12V outlet as long as your rig is plugged in. The only thing we found is the battery charger and converter cooling fan runs constantly to keep the batteries topped up.
wilber1 08/03/19 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: reading transmission fluid dipstick

I can't say I've ever experienced that issue before.....and I own the same truck. Lol I always used neutral with my 47 RE and older transmissions but the manual for the 68 RFE specifies park.
wilber1 08/02/19 06:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Abbotsford Border Crossing

Yes it is open 24 hrs Border Cam Border lineups
wilber1 07/30/19 10:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Special Trailer Brakes Required in Canada?

It's a provincial thing. BC Regulations Trailer Brake Requirements Gross trailer weight of 1,400 kg (3,080 Ibs) or less – Brakes are required if the trailer and its load weigh more than 50% of the licensed weight of the vehicle towing it. Gross trailer weight of 1,401 kg (3,081 Ibs) to 2,800 kg (6,160 Ibs) – Brakes are required, including a breakaway brake. Gross trailer weight of more than 2,800 kg (6,160 Ibs) – Brakes are required, and the trailer brakes must be capable of being applied by the driver independently of the towing vehicle's brakes. A surge brake does NOT meet this requirement. A breakaway brake is also required. Brakes are required on all axles. The sole exemption to this rule is for a 3 axle house trailer, in which case brakes are only required on 2 of the 3 axles.
wilber1 07/29/19 06:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bring beer into Canada

A CBSA officer once explained to me they consider how worth while it is to charge duty. There is quite a bit of paper work involved. That is why they will allow a six pack or single bottle of wine per vehicle regardless of how little time you are out of country. Go over that and don’t be surprised to pay. I think the message was, they will allow a certain excess but don’t insult them by going overboard. That was just one officer but based on personal experience, I tend to believe him.
wilber1 07/22/19 04:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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