This El Nino is particularly strong (looking at the most recent 3 month Region 3.4 number).
The "positive feedbacks" related to the pulsing above average surface Pacific (ie. very warm Pacific band just about mirroring the equator, with pools of discrete warmer water off southern-western Mexico and Guatemala, and Baja peninsula) is severely altering the weather now in North America, Mexico, Central America, and South America (west coastal regions) and up-slope areas.
...now the kicker in the realm of "forecasting" is: forecasting the "weather" lies in the realm of short-term POINT location prediction (ie. is it going to rain, snow, ice-storm, flood, tornado, hail the size of baseballs over the top of my trailer, or head, or my snowbirding route south . So, at the scale of El Nino, it would be nary impossible to make a prediction for the airspace above your trailer, house or "route" at all. However, at the scale of "mesoscale or smaller micro-scale forecasting", the WX people can indeed forecast the weather 5 minutes, 5 hours, or ~2 days over your town (or, Mexican Pueblo) quite accurately AND, attribute the probable macro-cause at the synoptic scale to an El Nino event (ie. due to a southern-branch jet split/diversion, due to the strong El Nino region 3.4 anomaly).
On edit: it is possible to do very, very generalized "anomaly maps" at the continental scale, showing very, very roughly where the anomalous temperatures and precipitations will occur, for example, for the 2015/2016 winter. However, at the micro-scale, it would be a stretch to point forecast what it will be like over your town or property 1, 2, 4, 6 months in advance.
I had our 2004 front jounce blocks on our 2500HD GM replaced at 10 years from new. The front passenger side jounce had crumbled to dust. The drivers-side was in very good condition, but i replaced it, too. Go figure.
The replacements are OEM.
The last time I checked (April 2015) truck campers were only being rented in Canada (not in the USA).
If someone wants to do the whole research thing today to see if this is still the case, then great.
Try several things on your Windows-side:
1) turn on the pop-up blocker in Internet Explorer (Win7), and play with the level of blocking, till your level is not interfering with legit pop-ups;
2) install the add-on "Ghostery" within Windows Internet Explorer, and set it up;
3) install a good anti-virus, like Avast; then turn on (if you decide on Avast) the Avast "on-line security" switch.
I noticed that you are from Quebec. If we need to have a prescription re-filled, and have no time to do a 1 hour drive x2 to doctor's office to renew, we just simply call our doctor(s), and they will issue a prescription to our local pharmacy. We have no experience having a prescription forwarded to a local pharmacy in the US, however I can "imagine" this being possible IF you have all the local pharmacy particulars in the US, so your Quebec-based doctor's administrator can send the paperwork to the US pharmacy by e-fax or e-mail, or phone. Typically, your Quebec doctor will charge you a $10 or $20 fee to renew a prescription by phone (pay by credit card).
The other issue is: your prescription cannot have been more than a year (~~ or so) issued between appointments.
On edit: an update: apparently, no pharmacy in the US will accept a Canadian doctor's prescription. IF you are a member of the Canadian Snowbird Association, you may want to call them (General Inquiries 1-800-265-3200)
....theodolite (smaller unit in the rear) and a cinetheodolite....
Tremendous trip report (and, exceedingly educational) !
Those tracking equipment were (probably) installed inside the dome at this "...down-range..." tracking station (at Cape Canaveral): here-->
We have been "playing" at "snowbirding" for the past 4 winters in Florida. Our forays have been from 21 days to full months. Our first foray was with our rig, to St Augustine (late winter/early spring).
Each time we go, we do recces to the south and to the west searching for areas we eventually would like to snowbird at with the RV. Three of the past 4 years have been without the rig; we have been renting fairly luxurious condos (over 1400 sq ft) with direct ocean views, as a "pied-à-terre". We looked for a condo further south (south of St Augustine), to launch forays from, however, the price (during the core of winter) was very prohibitive (we could only find shoe-boxes, miles from ocean-front about 1/5th the size of our St Augustine beach-front digs, costing 2.2 x the price); and campgrounds south of Jupiter / Tampa near ocean-front costing 1.3 x what our luxurious ocean-front condo costs, up at St Augustine!).
Anyhow, when we eventually head south with the rig (ie. not opting for the condo), we could not see ourselves staying at any one place/area camp in Florida longer than 2 weeks at a time, before moving to another area to explore. One of the constraints is RV size, so hanging out "inside" the RV for any period outside "sleep time", (like during prolonged periods of rain) would drive us crazy. So, we would choose Central Florida perhaps 5 miles inland from the Coast(s), and make forays to the coast, and back inland, where restaurants, museums, protected areas, good extensive beach walking, and other areas of interest would be accessible, say, within 45 minutes drive....at a price-point of a State, National or Municipal park-- or, in the private campground realm, the ~~ $400 a week range.
You can NOT have a meaningful discussion of this WITHOUT discussing price.
Our rig is 21.3 feet long. Complete indoor storage is in the $200 to $250 range a month for our dimension close to a large airport. Further out from an airport: $157 a month (no valet services, but with vehicle swap: a sub-compact rental car from airport (cheaper than a limo/mini-van ride return to airport, if we have to drive more than 2 hours). We also need valet service to/from international airport. And, we also must have "vehicle swap", where we can drive our SUV down to Florida from Canada twice a winter, and swap it out into same storage slot our rig would occupy. (once in Nov, once in January).
Once we start this, we will not have to engage our storage facility in Quebec (indoors, climate controlled: $112.60 a month, tax included CAD).
Sounds quite wild indeed! Over 400 miles of Dalton, and around ~200 miles of totally unserviced stretch :E
If we were to drive it, we'd rent a Jeep or buy a disposable pick-up truck to do so :B
Thanks for the link to the great article!
The value to "this" site is in his home page full of camper mods. I had bookmarked it years ago and appreciate the update. Seems to me if we can fill three pages of replies about spitting in the sink we can certainly benefit from someone else's ideas and pictures of mods. I thought that was the main reason for this forum, we see them all the time. Well that and trip reports!
I'll repeat what Whazoo said, by quoting his Post (above) again!
Saying that Netboy is on here to drive traffic to some financial ends, is like saying that Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent civil disobedience movement was designed to sell advertising for the British Indian Empire.
I write thousands of lines of code a year in numerous programming languages, and can't find a single hidden snippet in his website that is driving "revenue". Can someone else enlighten me??
Postscript: Hello Netboy! Excellent endeavor!
Why go through all the trouble and anxiety storing the RV or trailer outside in the potentally catastrophic Florida climate, when you can store in a fully enclosed high and dry building storage, with air exchange system.
Our insurance co is Perfectly fine with us storing our rig in Florida for 4, 5, 6 months starting next year, as we commute back and forth to/from Canada/Florida as long as it is inside a professional storage facility, and we supply our insurance with location data.
I just cant see leaving an expensive rig out in the open for months unattended in a climate like Florida, whilst owner is 2000 + miles away in another country hoping that it won,t be wiped out by torrential rain events, tornado, or any other myriad weather-related calamities. We store our rig in a full climate controlled facility over our equally hellacious winters so it wont be destroyed, so why not take equal precautions in the hellacious tropical conditions of Florida ??!!
We're so freaking "far behind" in North America with automobile engine design (small turbo-gasoline; small turbo diesel car engines for every vehicle in the road capable of 40 to 50+ MPG, anyone?) and camper design, I question why we haven't moved to Australia yet.
Can that extremely cool camper actually float across water-bodies? It looks like it could be made to do so (by removing the slide-out option) It looks like a pintle hitch out front. VERY nice hardened trailer.
....jeez Jefe; you could have avoided all territory with sound-emitting "sources" like generators, off-road vehicles, and large groups of talking "people" if you had a camper-top ultra long-distance LDV (laser-doppler vibrometer), with a PTU (pan-tilt reflector unit) mount !
Didn't ya know ? :B
All very nice looking rigs!
All the photos show flat-bed truck campers. Is the Australian market primarily flat-bed truck campers? If we had the choice (and, the knowledge that we have now, after being truck camper owners for 10+ years) back in 2004/2005 when we bought, we would NEVER have bought a tin-can pick-up bed; we would have bought an aluminum flat-bed tray, and a flat-bed truck camper.