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RE: Finance Recomendations

Thom02099, do you know if there are charges for on-line payments? I am in the Southeast, and there are no Bank of the West locations within about 1000 miles of me. No cost / fee for online payments to BOW. You just give your routing number and account number, and the amount you want to pay.
Ductape 03/18/18 01:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Active braking or forward collision warning.....warning.

One of my concerns as these become more prevalent is are they smart enough to avoid such unwanted interventions. Such as one of those left turns across heavy fast traffic where you need to gun it hard to jump through a minimal gap. It could be disastrous if the collision avoidance hit the brakes or chopped throttle partway through the maneuver. I have mild dissatisfaction already with traction control on many vehicles. Step on it hard pulling out into fast traffic only to have the nanny chop throttle when it detects wheel spin, then the vehicle bogs instead of getting up to speed as intended. If there's sand on the apron or slick marking paint it's worse.
Ductape 03/18/18 01:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Finance Recomendations

Smart. Once you're a homeless full-timer the banks won't like you as much.
Ductape 03/18/18 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Finance Recomendations

Essex is OK, not great. Slow to process the paperwork when we used them, I got the impression they were using contractors to do the application work. Bank of the West owns them and your loan will be serviced through BOW. Online payment process and statements worked OK.
Ductape 03/17/18 05:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Accuride 19.5 Steel Rims

Maybe ask Accuride what their tolerances are for runout before purchasing? I bought one for a spare and never used it on the MH. I had the steel wheels on an F250 replaced under warranty for runout back in the 90's. The replacements were no better. Solved it with trueing and balancing the tires mounted on the truck. Hard to find a shop that will do that any more. PS I did have the fronts trued on the vehicle on the F53 a few years ago. It did solve a vibration. Conversely I had some out of round tires on my F150; had them trued last year by a different shop. Waste of money, no solution.
Ductape 03/17/18 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flat Towing 2017 Chevy Spark Issue Brakes Tires Squealing

If there really is a bulletin it should be easy to get a copy. Did you ask?
Ductape 03/16/18 08:08am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

When they give a robot a brain so it can think and make decisions, Humans are doomed. I do sort of agree that we may be the authors of our own obsolescence. You seem to not realize though that you should have used past tense in your statement... it's already happened. Lots of systems in operation managing complex systems humans don't even comprehend. The genie left the bottle already. Incidentally you do know Musk has warned about the risks of AI, right?
Ductape 03/16/18 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: headlights on new cars to bright or is it me?

Yes, the new headlight technology has made headlights much brighter than the ever were and that's a good thing. The bad thing is a lot of people put on poorly engineered aftermarket headlights (brighter) but are not aimed properly. Others simply add LED bulbs into their halogen fixtures. They are not designed the same way and, especially if not realigned for the new bulb (and I suspect most are not) the result is blinding light in the eyes of oncoming traffic. This. It's the people buying aftermarket "improved" lamps that are the ones causing the worst glare. I for one would welcome the return of mandatory vehicle inspections in my home state IF they would force the removal of all those non DOT compliant lights.
Ductape 03/16/18 06:37am Beginning RVing
RE: Cheddar, Chive and Bacon Biscuits

Thanks, gonna give these a try.
Ductape 03/15/18 04:06pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Remember more than just the last few years of Steve Jobs's career. Before he was the savior of Apple he was forced out of the company by conventional thinkers who didn't agree with his idealism. Companies run by bean counters never do anything great.
Ductape 03/14/18 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All Around Cameras

Newmar has that on some models.
Ductape 03/14/18 03:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla’s reputation is rising. Fortune article Respectfully - He’s a modern-day carnival barker. "Apple and Google’s significant drop in the study is likely due to their lack of flashy new products." So there it is. Model 3 is new, it's claimed to be affordable (even though you can't actually get one RIGHT NOW if you signed up today - it'd be probably another year) Musk is simply appealing to a certain type of consumer - one that likes electric cars, and thinks WOW that is fast too. It's a good match, people see the cars, they're futuristic in a way and they probably accelerate faster than most ICE's in the same price range. When and if he gets his production under control he might make some money. It'd be nice to see that. But I am not holding my breath and I am not buying into the hype. I don't disagree with you on the big picture. Just perspective. A CEO's job is to illustrate a vision and enlist others in the creation of that vision. The original Tesla was the electrical genius who lived a hard life. Thomas Edison was the self promoter who took the concepts and sold them to others, and in the process made big changes in the world. Musk is accomplishing what he sets out to do, in the main part. All the media hype is part and parcel of it. At least he's not killing elephants in his publicity stunts. As far as Apple and Google, I see where both have done self-inflicted harm to their reputation in the recent past. Nothing surprising there. Not to mention Steve Jobs is long gone. He was Apple's Musk.
Ductape 03/14/18 06:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla’s reputation is rising. Fortune article
Ductape 03/13/18 08:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How is interest applied on an RV loan?

Hmmm. While I do understand simple interest, there is a major difference on how a mortage works, compared to a simple interest curve. Under a 30 year mortgage, I would be paying something like 80% interest for say the 1st 10 years, meaning I paid little to no primary. While it is what it is on a house and we have little choice as we NEED a home loan. I certainly don't want to pay mostly interest the 1st 5 years of an RV loan like a house and still owe the majority of the principle. I would probably sell the RV in 5 years or less and don't want to be in a position where it is worth $10k and I owe $15k. It all works exactly the same. The only difference is the length of the term. If you finance a car for 3 decades it'll soak you for interest just like the mortgage. Long term loans are a gift to the lender, mortgage or otherwise. Pay extra, pay early, pay it off. *unless you're paying with working capital that earns even more.
Ductape 03/13/18 03:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: Scarey TV ad.

I hear the new Caddy has a feature where, when you get to your destination without touching the wheel, a monkey comes out of the center console and hands you a banana. Trunk Monkey Thanks for bringing this to mind. :)
Ductape 03/13/18 02:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tread squirm is for real!

It's pretty well known by motorcyclists to be careful on new tires. Mold release compounds are the culprit I've heard in that case.
Ductape 03/13/18 06:01am Towing
RE: hose and belt replacement

Does it ALL not depend... On the consequences? For me, it's ALL about the consequences. Speed dial the AAA Versus scrawl out my last will and testament It would be nuts to tell other people how to assess and plan? Exactly.
Ductape 03/13/18 05:57am Tech Issues
RE: hose and belt replacement

You do it your way and I'll do it mine. I like to change parts when I'm in a comfortable place to do so. You can replace yours wherever and whenever your intuition tells you to. I even do maintenance prematurely if I'm going to be on an extended leg of a trip when it comes due. Oh the waste! :C Your more than welcome to continue on in your quest of perpetual pursuit of no failure on the road by needlessly replacing parts before they are worn out.. Since I started driving in the early 1980's I have never broke a belt nor blown a hose.. All together collectively over all the vehicles that I have owned that amounts to 1 million miles of driving using the original belts and hoses.. Each vehicle exceeded 140,000 miles with one that had 220,000 miles. I myself drive 500 miles a week for my commute, changing belts and hoses at 60K miles would result in me changing them ever 2 yrs and that is times three vehicles right now.. I don't just randomly throw parts at a non existent problem just because a manual says I should. I worked with guy who listened to the BS from his dealer service department.. His dealer said that his Honda vehicles REQUIRE a COMPLETE UPPER ENGINE TEAR DOWN every 60K miles. Tear down was to replace the valves, timing belt, water pump, belts, hoses and other parts I can't remember.. Cost him several thousand dollars each time.. Yep, there IS a sucker born every minute.. You protest too much... so far my practices never left me stranded. The only vehicles I've had towed were work vehicles. Those were maintained by guys using your philosophy. I'm not trying to change your mind, and you're not going to save me any money.
Ductape 03/12/18 04:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Newmar Canyon Star 3610 Solar - adding to factory system

Look for screw holes in the roof. PO probably took the panels off. Or wasted money putting a controller on a tiny panel.
Ductape 03/12/18 02:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toy Hauler vs Travel Trailer for just dirt bikes? worth it?

What you do now is the better solution. I've always carried my bikes in the truck bed. Some places the riding trailhead is not at the camping location. Then how do you get the toys to the trailhead... break camp? A TH is nice IF you only ride and camp from the same site. Good for road bikes too.
Ductape 03/12/18 02:55pm Toy Haulers
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