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RE: Nascar Follies

A piece of vinyl 5"x2"x.012" thick on the front corners near the wheel openings. Hidden under the exterior vinyl wrap...... To what end(it certainly seemed to help) and talk about premeditated act!! Noteworthy Hamlin failed pre-qualifying inspection multiple time? Why?
thomasmnile 07/26/22 09:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement and health care

Medicare Explained By Medicare......Kinda The link above will provide a Reader's Digest version of Medicare Basics. Here's a few things you may find useful (my experience) so it's anecdotal. You must enroll in Medicare within 6 months of your 65th birthday. Medicare eligibility is NOT the same as Social Security's full benefit retirement age, which for anyone born in 1954 or later is 67. Late enrollment in Medicare can cost you dearly from a premium standpoint. "Original Medicare" is a combination of Part A (hospitalization) and Part B (doctors, lab services, diagnostic services, and durable medical equipment (some but not all). Part A is "no premium" if you have Social Security "work credits", Part B has an annual monthly premium, which can be increased, sometimes significantly as this year's $21 premium increase. As others posted, Original Medicare (Part B) pays 80% of covered charges, you are responsible for the 20%. The Part A hospitalization covers in patient hospitalization costs, with a current deductible of around $1400, per covered event, it is not a calendar year deductible. Important to note: Both Medicare Part A & B deductibles can increase every year. A "Medigap Policy", AKA Medicare Supplement, covers the 20% of approved charges not covered by Original Medicare. Medigap plans are sold by private insurance companies; about a half dozen or so plan options with various premiums and benefits/deductibles. Original Medicare does not provide drug coverage (except for medications administered in a physician's office). For that, you need a Part D Prescription Drug Plan. Sold by private companies, separate premium, varying benefit levels, an annual deductible and out of pocket co-pays ranging from no charge to a percentage of the negotiated cost of a medication, dependent on the medication "tier" (1 through 5) and if your drug costs place you in the so-called_"donut hole". Original Medicare has no provider network. You can go to the provider of your choosing as long as they accept Medicare assignment. There is no coverage outside the United States and its territories (except for some very narrow exceptions and they are few). A Medicare Supplement Plan may offer some one time international coverage (the supplement I'm enrolled in provides $50K in coverage). Medicare Part C or "Advantage Plan is a plan sold and administered by a private insurance company that agrees to administer the plan under Medicare rules. No additional premium, except your Part B premium, which in some plans or depending on economic circumstances may be waived or refunded monthly. Most are operated as an HMO or PPO style delivery system, meaning narrow provider networks, you must have a referral from your primary care physician to see a specialist, you will have copays and annual out of pocket limits to meet. Advantage Plans have prescription drug coverage with prescription copays, but like Part D Prescription Drug Plans, don't have all inclusive drug formularies. Advantage Plans may also offer bells and whistles such as limited vision care, dental benefits, fitness memberships, and monthly allowance for OTC medications. All in all, a lot to digest, study, and consider before making a decision that works for you and your economic situation. AARP, if you're a member, has some useful information on their website. Good luck.
thomasmnile 07/24/22 09:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Our trip from BC to Quebec city in our Tesla/T@B combo. Pics

Beautiful photos, looks like a great trip and thank God that is a Canada Goose statue. Can you imagine the pile of............otherwise :) Nice setup as well. Think the NASCAR expression is you're riding high, wide and handsome. No mechanical issues with the X, drive unit or otherwise?
thomasmnile 07/13/22 10:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Temp Reg. Question Buying from out of state in California

Current California DMV Temporary Registration info Believe this is what you're looking for Chill. Note the temporary trip registration has no relationship to California Use & Sales taxes. Another can of worms........... Only thing to add is you will likely need a DMV office appointment to take care of everything. I did 14 years ago and that was before Covid was invented.
thomasmnile 07/06/22 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Temp Reg. Question Buying from out of state in California

I have had to drive one home without tags several times. You would think as often as this situation happens states would address it in some way. California did in my situation...... and how! :B Forward thinking folks, guess they wanted to make sure I didn't get popped for no tag on my trip home. :p
thomasmnile 07/06/22 08:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Temp Reg. Question Buying from out of state in California

My experience with a private purchase of a fifth wheel in California (Oct 2008): Drove to suburban San Diego to complete the purchase and bring the trailer back to Florida. The owner accompanied me to the Poway DMV office to complete the sale(he kept his tag as he had a new trailer on order). We did the requisite sale paperwork and I asked the DMV clerk about temporary tag. Was told there is no such thing and when all was said and done, paid $2500 for "use tax", title application, registration and California tag. When I returned to Florida to apply for Florida registration and title, I was refunded the difference between Florida sales tax I would have paid and the California "use tax" I was charged. And the $230 registration/tag from California was replace with a $56 Florida tag/registration.
thomasmnile 07/05/22 04:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: SpaceX's Starlink internet authorized for RVs

... the Federal Communications Commission has authorized the company's plan to expand broadband offerings to vehicles in motion. Comments are worth reading! SpaceX's Starlink internet authorized for boats, planes and RVs Recently read a Royal Caribbean ship (Freedom of the Seas) was outfitted with 12 Starlink receivers/antennae as a test. Apparently, a considerable improvement over current shipboard Internet.....
thomasmnile 07/02/22 10:22am Technology Corner
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Wasn't a propane fridge but...... For those who can never get enough of "Florida Man" stories.....:E
thomasmnile 06/30/22 07:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford F150 Lightning Started Deliveries

Don’t worry the first year is already sold. Can’t buy one no matter what the functionality is for this model year. True dat! Ford stopped taking reservations and orders for F150 Lightning currently. But I can sell mine, lol. Or, there will be ready seller in case I want to keep the Cybertruck and sell the F150.:W Love EV's or not, I believe there is a market out there for what Ford has built. Think Blue Oval brain trust has recognized not a small number of F-150's are pavement princess/grocery getters/urban commuter vehicles. Price? There's more than a few ICE vehicles out there selling in the same range that folks buy without hesitation, for now anyway. The rolling power supply capable of more than charging a cell phone? Forward thinking there. The thing I like most? It's a "familiar" face doesn't look completely like a video game console in the interior. My hope is the rollout goes more smoothly than the Bronco with the 2.7L Ecoboost featuring catastrophic engine failures that have or could occur in up to 25K units. Since the initial rollout of the completely revamped Explorer Ford has had its problems with new vehicle introductions occasionally. They have a lot riding on the Lightning.
thomasmnile 06/06/22 01:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

Exclusive of weight, is the Rivian's size and wheelbase somewhere between a Honda Ridgeline and an F-150? Haven't yet seen one in the wild around here.......
thomasmnile 05/31/22 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Decreasing supply of Diesel Fuel and DEF Fluid

Queen, That has been my observation also. A bunch of 3rd rate news services are trying to blow this up into something and it appears the real news services are slow to bite. We don't have a diesel or def shortage. We have a distribution problem and we have known that for a long time. Then the Jimmy Haslam testimony to the surface transportation board meeting (that's not Congress). This is the same leadership of the same company that paid an 85 million dollar fine and an even larger settlement to customers it defrauded on fuel pricing 5 or more years ago? Okay......
thomasmnile 05/30/22 08:16am Coast to Coast
RE: Declared Value Insurance.....any carriers you recommend?

Man, I'm still marveling at this unfortunate incident. What are the odds?? Thank God the OP wasn't holding the fishing rod..
thomasmnile 05/25/22 03:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fuel Rants & Raves

Imagine--I have seen gas for $.20 a gallon, coke out of a machine for a nickle, new loaded cars less than $2000, movies a dime. On the other hand I have worked for less than $1.00 an hour. I am riding no matter what it costs--SO FAR! That was then, this is now? I probably have fewer miles on the odometer than yourself, my wistful memories go back to 19 cent a gallon gas and 50 cents for a pack of Marlboros. I did tell our daughter I've seen an inflationary cycle or two but nothing like the current experience in my lifetime anyway......
thomasmnile 05/22/22 02:58pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Family Reunion 2022

Cardiovascular surgeon in the family??:B :B Some great suggestions posted. Here's hoping bacon is less than Oh My Gawd!!!/lb before party time.
thomasmnile 05/19/22 12:33pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Covid in RV Parks

Not enough Reynolds Wrap to cover this thread. Hopefully, a moderator will mercifully put it out of its misery.......:)
thomasmnile 05/12/22 09:04am Full-time RVing
RE: Spare tire pressure

Sounds like an Amish craftsman goofed up.......
thomasmnile 05/05/22 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Vacation Home Buying Fizzling. RV's too?

Owned a towable RV for over a decade.Rented many condos along the coast, couple of cabins in the Blue Ridge and Smokies. Looking back I think the week rental gave us the best value and bang for the vacation buck.....for us. Everyone's situation and desires vary, to tow, what we owned, a truck was a must have, now it's gone. Cabins and trailers have been replaced with Caribbean cruises unless they get outlandish.
thomasmnile 05/04/22 11:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble Pairing Bluetooth mouse With Android Tablets

Sounds like our HP desk top (4 years old). The computer "sees" every stinking Bluetooth enabled device in the house, except the Bose 700 Headphones I want connected. Stupid technology.......:(
thomasmnile 05/03/22 09:46am Technology Corner
RE: Ford Parts

OP: FWIW, if you scroll to the bottom of the webpage you reference, there is a 'copyright mark' and date of 2022 followed by Ford Motor Company. Whether it's run by Ford or 3rd party via licensing agreement, who knows...
thomasmnile 04/30/22 08:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nascar Follies

Four of us went to the race. First time at Talladega, had a good time. Not sure if we will go back, Wisconsin to Alabama is a long haul. If you've seen one plate race at a super speedway since NASCAR whoa'd them down in the mid 80's you're probably good. 2.6 miles at Talladega or 2.5 miles at Daytona, Potato/Potatoe.. Never been to Dega for a race, but did see it from 37000 ft on a flight to Arkansas. Very impressive view on a clear day.....
thomasmnile 04/29/22 03:19am Around the Campfire
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