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RE: So you are sitting by the fire, and you hear

I sit there and listen to the coyotes howl. No threat to me, sitting by a fire.
tatest 08/27/15 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Taxes/Registration

Oklahoma is no sales tax, 3 1/4% excise on motor vehicles when they are titled, vehicle registration $192 the first year registered and progressively decreasing with length of registration, four year stages for most of the decreases. Motorhomes are passenger cars in Oklahoma, if used as private vehicles. I don't know if that is the lowest you will find, but I know that OK commercial registrations are low enough that for businesses with multi-state presence, it is a preferred state of registration, but that's commercial. As a former resident of Michigan, however, I would not advise you, if domiciled in Michigan, to register a vehicle in another state that you would be garaging in Michigan, particularly if you have no physical presence in the other state. Michigan is one of the states that likes to be tough about collecting taxes, enough so that when I was covered by the Soldier's and Sailor's Relief Act, I still registered in Michigan and made my arguments with the other states where military duty made me resident (Florida, Indiana, South Carolina). My late brother, resident of Florida (about 8-9 months) and Michigan, domiciled in Michigan, registered his Michigan cars in Michigan and his Florida cars in Florida. He was professionally a tax advisor, and had a pretty good idea of what he could and could not get away with, the risks and penalties. If you want to avoid Michigan taxes, talk first to a Michigan tax advisor (lawyer/CPA).
tatest 08/27/15 04:03pm Beginning RVing
RE: sound on TV'S

My hearing is like that too, especially since two fireworks accidents on the 4th of July. I've found sound output from my flat-panel TVs to be not as good (particularly voice clarity) as my old TVs that had 2-inch to 4-inch speakers. The TV I use most has stereo audio output, analog via RCA jacks, so I plug it into to stereo and play through that. Most flat panels are improved by a sound bar, but they really want to sell you a 5.1 or 6.1 or 8.1 surround sound system to plug into the TV's digital audio output. What the TV can do is, in my opinion, a sales tool for sound system upgrades. If you can hear it turned up to 100% the sound is coming out, just not loud enough, or for some reason outside the range of your hearing, which if anything like mine, is not difficult to do with the TV sound controls. Someone messed up the outputs on the radio in my van too, not making it inaudible, but throwing it into severe distortion; kids playing with knobs.
tatest 08/24/15 09:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Cell phone service for Canada -> U.S. if no sim card?

You should be able to get a phone card in Canada for international calls; they are sold everywhere else in the world. You can use this with a disposable mobile or at pay phones, which still do exist. Pay as you go services, whether cheap phones or SIMs, generally do not cover international calling. People coming here will get a TracFone to have a phone, and an International calling card to call home. It works the same way other places I've been. Someplaces have had "Internet" cards for international calling, less expense per minute than traditional cards for voice lines. These are VOIP (like Skype, but through the card issuer's servers rather than Skype's servers), the disadvantage being that the service may not always be available. Than can be an issue also with calling cards, but not between US and Canada.
tatest 08/24/15 09:04pm Technology Corner
RE: $130.00 For 4GM RAM?

In 2002, I bought a Dell Dimension 8200 (about $3600 then, at a computer market in Beijing) which was about the fastest, hottest running consumer PC then available from standard production. I was editing encoding digital video, a task then way out of reach of most single processor PCs. This model came in a really good full tower case, same box that was housing the $12,000 multiprocessor Windows workstations used by our reservoir engineers (my desk had a SPARCStation). To make the memory keep up with the processor, this model used RDRAM, at the time the standard RAM technology for RISC workstations and multiprocessor servers, way ahead of the fastest SDRAM then available. Home in the US three years later, I looked into upgrading it for flight simulation. To take it from 512MB to 1 GB cost $500 for two more RDRAM modules, and the best graphics card I could get for the AGP slot was about two steps above entry level PCIe cards, barely improving on what I had. I really wanted to take it to 2 GB, but that meant replacing the two 256M modules with four 512M modules at a cost of $2000. I'm not guessing what 2GB might cost today, but I suspect one would have trouble finding it at any price (like obsolete pioneer circuit breakers, but that's another story). Solution was a Dell XPS box with Core i7, 8 GB DDR memory, 1.5 TB drive, enthusiast level 3D HD graphics, for less than the price of upgrading the Dimension 8200 to 2GB and adding another 500 GB drive (max supported by the chipset). The XPS came in a really cheap mid-tower case, but it was a 16X improvement in throughput for video encoding. Upgrading the old one would have gained no more than 20% for the video work. However, the XPS has died, the Dimension 8200 is still slogging along ten years later on the smaller tasks I give it, and I was able to replace the XPS with an entry model iMac for $1200, and again improve throughput on my photo and video work. Sometimes just replacing the thing is the cheapest way of imprving its performance, although I must admit the improvements in Windows PC technology 2008 to now are nothing like the gains made 2004 to 2008, or 1992 to 2000. OK, this is crazy. The RDRAM modules for the early Dimension 8000 machines is still available, and now dirt cheap. 2GB for less than $50. The demand is apparently now very small, and the supply has probably been inflated by taking all of those early 21st century servers off line and scavenging the parts. Pentium 4 CPUs are probably real cheap too :)
tatest 08/24/15 08:40pm Technology Corner
RE: 32bit vs 64bit machines

If your PC is 2008 vintage, chances are that it is already has a 64-bit processor and could run a 64-bit OS. But if it was a low-end machine, the chipset and motherboard may not allow the installation of enough memory to take advantage of the additional address space, and you may lack some I/O and graphics features expected beyond Windows 7. By 2008, even the "Pentium" branded dual core CPUs and base level dual core AMD CPUs had 64-bit addressing.
tatest 08/24/15 08:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Question for you old guys.

I've come across two of my draft cards lately (student deferrals had to be renewed yearly), know my wife kept both sets of dog tags (maybe three, had that many different serial numbers over six years of service) somewhere but don't know where to look for them. I can find all of my orders, but DD214 disappeared when VA wanted to see it again to approve a refinancing in the late 1990s. It's pretty easy to get a new DD214 if you need it. Unless you are in the group whose records were lost in the 1975 fire at St Louis Record Center. Certain documentation of my service is what I have on hand, and what was held by the Air Force Reserve Personnel Center, since after discharge from active duty I retained my commision in the reserve beyond the date of the fire. Whether my records survived, I don't know, I'm in the group for which 75% of the records were lost.
tatest 08/24/15 07:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Who makes campers without slides? Saw Jayco 26BH. 25'+?

Molded fiberglass trailers don't have slideouts. Most are quite small, but Bigfoot, Oliver and Escape have offerings 22 ft or longer. Is it quality? What is your definition of that. Most are not fitted with interior materials commonly associated with residential luxury, but the basic construction, molded shells, is structurally superior to any box assembled by joining panels along seams, no matter how high tech or modern the materials used in assembly of the panels themselves. Another option is the semi-monocoque aluminum construction borrowed after WW2 from the aircraft industry, where it started replacing fabric covered framing in the late 1920s. Used to be several manufacturers building this way, but since the late 20th century it has been just Airstream. Airstream does offer several grades of interior trim, starting with ultilitarian but still expensive, working up from there. Airstream has offered models with slideouts, but most don't have them, and there will be a selection of floor plans from less than 20 feet to more than 30 feet. In conventional box construction, it will be the least expensive model lines that have no slideouts, and those will not be the highest quality. The buying public in the U.S. has bought into the slideout idea, and will pay for slideouts long before paying for improvements in quality.
tatest 08/24/15 07:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrading to new computer

Sigh...maybe I want a Mac. No MS issues. cts Then it will be Intel because Apple doesn't build with AMD. Even if it has a graphics accelerator it will be NVidia rather than AMD. I haven't looked into the business relationship behind this.
tatest 08/23/15 07:24pm Technology Corner
RE: What does TWITTER do?

Technically: Twitter is a service that forwards SMS text messages to subscribers who register to receive them. Business: If sent and received by phone, sender pays for one SMS, per tweet, each subscriber pays for one to recieve it. Since many U.S. mobile users are already paying for unlimited SMS, number of tweets doesn't matter to them. Twitter account holders have the option to initiate and view tweets on Twitter's web site. Social function: quite varied. Twitter is used to deliver political messages (the White House staff tweets as the President, most campaigns now tweet, but it is typically only their political followers and press that follow the tweets). Celebrities tweet running accounts of daily activities and have huge followings. Small social groups tweet to stay in touch, coordinate, commiserate. Emergency services tweet to coordinate activities and report situations, as Twitter turns around the SMS almost immediately and it goes out as quickly as the mobile phone provider can handle the message (SMS routes on the network that constantly tracks what mobile devices are in a cell and communicating).
tatest 08/23/15 07:14pm Technology Corner
RE: mapping software

I switched to DeLorme Topo (for the Topo) about 5 years ago, but find that I'm still using an eight year old copy of S&T for quick lookups without getting on the Internet. With net access, I like Apple maps, on phone, pad, or Mac. I have only one Windows device still running (closet full of dead or functionally obsolete PCs and laptops) so haven't been looking for S&T replacements for the last several months.
tatest 08/23/15 03:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: When do the snow birds hit the Gulf coast?

Mycousin, who winters in Fort Myers, usually leaves Michigan at the beginning of October, and spends a month or two on the Gulf Coast and NW Florida on the way down. My snowbird brother left Michigan first week in September, and didn't come back until June. I know others who stay in Michigan until after Christmas, then head for Florida, a single long move rather than a gradual one. My brother would just fly to Michigan for the holiday, but couldn't the last year of his life. So snowbird behavior varies. As to supply and demand of the Gulf Coast, for retired people who move around, you are looking at the busiest time of year: after the hurricane threat is over, before it actually starts getting cold. When my daughter was in Biloxi, I would find October best time to visit, and campgrounds stayed pretty full. Make reservations.
tatest 08/23/15 03:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RFID sleeves (protection for credit cards)

RFID protection might be needed if the chipped cards were also RFID, but the three I've received so far have not been RFID. The card companies have not yet been making PINs mandatory for credit, but I get PINs assigned fo the cards I use in Europe, because chip or RFID, the PIN is mandatory in much of the Euro zone.
tatest 08/23/15 03:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Remote controlled cars

Small scale (1:10 or less) can be under $20 at toy stores. It goes up from there with your performance expectations, radio performance as much as vehicle performance. More money buys better control, speed, handling, terrain capability, battery endurance, climbing, surviving bigger jumps, etc. The fun tends to start at the $50-$100 level, serious capabilities can double that, particularly if you want racing car speeds (but those needs seriously smooth driving surfaces). Whether or not it breaks is going to depend on how he plays wiith it. I have a friend who can break a $400 RC model as quickly as he breaks a $20 toy.
tatest 08/23/15 02:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Question for you old guys.

I've come across two of my draft cards lately (student deferrals had to be renewed yearly), know my wife kept both sets of dog tags (maybe three, had that many different serial numbers over six years of service) somewhere but don't know where to look for them. I can find all of my orders, but DD214 disappeared when VA wanted to see it again to approve a refinancing in the late 1990s.
tatest 08/23/15 02:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dent Vent

We just made a name plate from a scrap of aluminum siding. Hmm, do they still make aluminum siding?
tatest 08/23/15 01:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: First time snowbird....need help

Depends on which months. Dallas is usually still nice (just cooling off enough to be nice for people accustomed to northern summers at beginning of October, can be having ice and snow by end of November, but mid-December is more typical. San Antonio starts getting cool in November, has occasional cold days in January and February. The rainy season starts in November, and though it gets below freezing from time to timein January and February, frozen precipitation is rare. Spring is March in both places, San Antonio will be getting warm to stay warm, Dallas going back and forth between cold and warm as fronts come through, with Tornado Alley weather. Whether either works for snowbirding depends on your expectations. North Texas weather is so little different from NW Arkansas, southern Missouri, NE Oklahoma, that I might as well stay at home. Some snowbirds spend about 4 months here, going further south only for Jan-Feb. San Antonio works for me in the two coldest months, I would go there in winter when my daughter lived there, but if you are expecting anything like summer weather, you need to go a lot further south. No place in south Texas has winter weather anything like that in South Florida or Southern California, which is why Texas is a less costly place to rent a patch of land for the winter.
tatest 08/23/15 01:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Questions before I take the plunge.

Almost all C's will have a long overhang, it is needed to get weight distribution where it needs to be for a dually with a largely empty box. Shorter C's are shorter wheelbase, an advantage in tight places. The exception are a few models built on single rear wheel chassis, which need to put the axle close to therear to get close to 50-50 weight distribution rather than up to 65% on the rear. If you will sleep in the overhead bed, you can find rear bath floorplans as short as 21 feet, Usually on Chevy 3500 or Ford E-350, some ex-rentals on F-250, and Winnebago even built one using the front-drive VW T-4 cab (Vista/Sunstar up to 2004). Dedicated bed on the floor, 24-27 feet, either in a rear corner alongside tiny bath, or crosswise in rear, open one side and one end, with a mid bath. Jayco, Winnebago, Coachmen, Forest River, Gulfstream, Fleetwood, FourWinds (3 brands) all did the corner bed with a 24 model number, I've seen the other one only from Fleetwood, 26-something actuall 27+ feet long. I would rather not have slides, the 12 year old C I've been using for the past 10 years has two of them that have been trouble free, but I find them an inconvenience relative to the value to me of the little bit of added space, now that I am alone and want to use the RV differently, e.g. always on the go rather than setting up a house for 2-6 people for a week or longer. Working now on downsizing which could be a van conversion under 22 feet, or a towable under 18 feet. An old Vista or Sunstar might work well for you, since they are were a foot narrower than conventional Cs, as well as having short overhang.
tatest 08/23/15 01:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Europa motorhome

I would want to understand the platform on which it was built. When Mallard started building them, they were on GM P-series chassis, and at a later time I'm seeing them with the 5.9 liter Dodge V-8 (gas). But that was after the first Federal bailout of Chrysler took the company out of the medium duty truck and motorhome/panel van chassis business, so what is it? GM 6.5 diesel, Cummins 5.9 diesel, or something else? The house portion has a reputation for being fairly well made.
tatest 08/20/15 12:37am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Shopping for new TV

Ford never put the 6.0 V8 in the E-series, which stayed with the older modular engines when the new powerplants were developed for the F-Superduty line. E-350 passenger vans will have the 5.4 standard equipment, 6.8 V-10 optional. E-150 passenger vans will have the 4.6 standard, 5.4 optional (particularly with the 8600 pound GVWR option). The 6.8 is really hard to find used, it was not bought by many fleet users, nor did it go into the rental market. When I was shopping for my van, I found almost all of the ex-lease and ex-rental 12 or 15 passenger Express 3500s had the 6.0, while the 8 passenger Express vans had the 4.8 if 2500, and the 5.3 if 1500. Ended up with a 2013 E-350 12 passenger, 19K miles for $20,500 about 18 months ago. Prices of 2013 E-350s have been going up lately, as a steady demand butts heads with increasing scarcity. For many buyers, the Transit just won't do. A new 8 passenger E-150 (with all the trimmings, towing equipment, 5.4 and 8600 GVWR) was quoted to me last year of sales for $38,000. A whole lot cheaper than a SUV with similar capabilities, but still it had at least $10K worth of options I would rather not buy. The ex-rental is more my kind of truck. What you might gain with a new Express 3500 would be the 6-speed auto with the 6.0. The seats haven't changed since 2001, which is why I went with the Ford, which got sturdier seating with the 2007-8 upgrades.
tatest 08/18/15 05:12pm General RVing Issues
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