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RE: Where are all of the snowbirds?

There are a lot of Snowbirds here in Yuma !! Did Yuma once but my son said Yuma sucks come to Tuscon did that as that was where he lived .... finally my son after 28 years in Tuscon said I moving back to Michigan ... why did I leave. Not to worry we do hang now in Florida in the winter. All southern states are good for those cold months but the rich forests and lakes of the north is prime time for the other 7 months...... just saying been there done that...... often
tomman58 01/12/22 01:02pm Snowbirds
RE: Where are all of the snowbirds?

We did our normal route in Nov. not hardly anyone at the casinos no matter where we where. Sams town in Tunica was exceptionally bad on a tuedays afternoon there wasn't 40 cars in their parking lot. We have been in Florida and our park which is one in high demand is almost 90% full. What we do see is there are but a few at bingo and other popular games. Xmas and other normally full park supplied dinner have but a few in the hall most seemed to just pick it up and take it home. We don't socialize with but a few trusted folks that have been vaccinated. Pretty quiet but when you pay the money in Feb for the next year you don't want to stay in the snow so you come here and hunker down. It's the way it is in today's world. To many morons out there that are still helping the spread. We love to RV and today it just isn't as much fun, less people, less socializing and more caution.
tomman58 01/12/22 08:07am Snowbirds
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

So, if your 60 or under, you will be driving a EV before your driving days are up. Might even be letting the EV drive for you. I agree largely with everything you said, save for this. Change "will" to "could" and it would be more accurate. Unless of course, you think the govt will be overbearing enough to outlaw ICE's in the near future and place owning a vehicle largely out of reach for the common person and totally out of reach for anyone lower income. Look now at how many 20-30 year old vehicles are on the road. That makes up a significant portion of the rolling stock out there and are the "affordable" vehicles for those who don't have the means to buy a $40-100k vehicle. If they stopped producing ICEs tomorrow, it would take a couple decades for the old cheap used inventory of EVs to be enough to support those of lesser means. I'd love to have an EV, and could go strike a check for any EV on the market, in his and hers flavors, to boot. But for anyone who is conscientious about what they spend on vehicles and not just out to save the world or keep up with the Joneses, none of them make financial sense yet. And btw, as the tide turns and EVs begin to overtake ICEs on the road, if anyone thinks that the power companies won't capitalize on it, you're mistaken. There won't be any "$12" supercharger fillups. The cost of charging, especially on the road will be on par with fossil fuels I predict. No free lunch... GM and Others have already decided the future as they will NOT build cars and trucks with ICEs in but a few years.
tomman58 01/08/22 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

It seems as though many people that read this forum think that EV's are not here to stay. They are - they are everywhere already. There are large vehicles that are electric, like buses. They are on the street now. They are more economical than ICE Vehicles, require less maintenance, need to be taken off route less for fuel, and can run longer routes. Look at Amazon, UPS, FedEx, etc, they are all on the EV bandwagon. They run their vehicles into the ground with tons of maintenance, the EV promises less maintenance and better performance. This past week at CES in Vegas, John Deere and other heavy machinery companies introduced both EV and Autonomous vehicles. Yes, they are coming and will be here very soon - if not already. The issue with EV's is that the technology was introduced before the infrastructure was put into place. But, that is changing fast. Charging stations and infrastructure is being installed at a very fast rate everywhere, both the government and private companies are installing these now. Many gas stations will add EV charging stations over the next couple years. So, there will be places to drive through with a trailer. The cool thing about EV's is they can be retrofitted with a wireless charging pad, so the vehicle just stops on top of the charging station and the vehicle charges in place. That is how buses are doing it, delivery vehicles will use this method and before long so will every EV. In Sweden they already have an electric highway that can charge as you drive. In addition, companies are planning ways to buy your extra battery to power businesses. You charge at home but don't need all your battery, sell it back to the business while you are parked, and charge again at home. An EV owner can make money because in some areas electricity is cheaper at night vs during the day. These are not pipe dreams, they are here now and being expanded daily. That F150 or Silverado can not only take you somewhere enjoyable on the weekend but it can take you to work and back during the week. So, if your 60 or under, you will be driving a EV before your driving days are up. Might even be letting the EV drive for you. That EV can detect trailer sway faster than you can. It's being tested now, or has been for a few years. YEP !!!I agree 100% this is not a flash in the pan this is tomorrow !!!
tomman58 01/07/22 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

After the Volt and Bolt, I have my reservation! I agree I had a volt for 2 tears the first year they sold. Got a super lease as they weren't selling $120 a month. It was a great car for our needs as we had a 2500 GMC for long trips etc. It was a blast to drive and I would leave the big dodge PUs at the light when they taunted me. I am needing an EV that is bigger now as we are older and getting in and our of small cars doesn't get it any more so maybe a GM electric truck will be the answer. We also had an Avalanche and it was fun this truck looks like a copy.
tomman58 01/06/22 08:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

We had a 28' Jayco back in the day and our Yukon was the towing unit. We were able to go everywhere with that set up across Canada and all the western states and most of the US. Never had a water issue but we did carry a couple of cases of drinking water for coffee and drinking as we didn't feel safe in some areas and in others the water tasted terrible. We also have a Honda generator for making coffee in the morning and lighting at night. You will have a great time the only thing I suggest is if you are going to high density areas get reservations for those or go when school is in session. Remember you can be flexible now. Good Luck
tomman58 12/31/21 08:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Diesel anti-gel additive

I never have used anything in my truck for 25 years in Michigan, no problems ever. 1also would travel across the country in early winter no problem. Solved any potential problem years ago by spending winter in Florida . lol
tomman58 12/19/21 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: winter camping advice

"Whenever I have been to your area, you don't seem to get as cold as we do, but cold snaps can happen and change everything." Michigan is colder you are far, far wetter.
tomman58 12/12/21 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: winter camping advice

We have had to stay in sub zero because one of our slides would not come in so we were trapped until a repair crew came in days later. Bottom line.... we never were warm always the furnace would run constantly. Not a good plan for a few days much less months........ get a motel room on a deal in your touristy area in the winter you can get a deal.
tomman58 12/08/21 07:58am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Queen mattress

Get a proper mattress at a mattress store that often can make it for you. The foam stuff is fine for you in your 30's but us older types have back issues and need proper support. Also if you use your unit as home for more than 3 weeks a year your mattress becomes far more important. We are in our TT 5 1/2 to 6 months a year and believe me sleeping properly becomes important.
tomman58 12/01/21 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: MI to FL

I have driven through Cinci many times and Atlanta a couple (neither recently). I find the best solution is to avoid rush hour traffic. Mid day is acceptable, just stick to the right. If you really don't like traffic, get to major city BEFORE 6 AM. Drive straight through, do NOT take any bypass route. Take it from someone that has been there done that all over the USA many many times. RULE 1 plan your drive for you not the destination. Going thru such nightmares like Atlanta, Chicago, Huston and I 75 in Florida in the afternoon. SUCK, drive for you. RULE 2 I drive long and hard starting in the early AM like 4AM. Heck by the time it is daylight I am over 300 miles down the road. The only downside is all the rest stop and Flying J's are full of truckers for the night. KEY to this is get off at a lightly populated exit then go right back on stopping on the shoulder just before entering the e-way. Last rule going into an unknown city on the e-way get behind a semi in the second land and hang tough. Those guys do their routes day in and out so they know what to do and when. I am 75 and been fighting the fight for over 45 years. Happy trails.
tomman58 11/21/21 05:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: TV

We stay at casinos across the USA Some are really advanced for this old mind. We are currently at the Coushatta in Kinder La the middle of nothing. We were hocked to get Detroit news casts. We travel the US but mostly at RV locations and in the last few years there seems to be better internet and TV. Now if I can find a way to win at the casino life would be perfect.
tomman58 11/09/21 08:57am Tech Issues
RE: Running lights on cars

I will normally get a very early start on my cross country drives and the most dangerous time is early am when the sun has yet to rise. Near large cites with no street lighting. This is when someone come from behind you on the interstate and you fail to be able to see them in your mirrors. Ever been there ? I put on thousands of miles with my TT each year in the dusk and dawn or even a thunderstorm and those DRLs are a blessing period.
tomman58 10/20/21 07:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Running lights on cars

It seems I have found more nonsense than common sense in my post. The idea that on sunny day the lights would make a difference maybe not so much but on the gray day in a misty rain near dusk they definitely could save many lives and do. All GM products have had them for years but the other American vehicles don't it seems. I really can't believe some of the reply's here as being nothing short of nonsensical.
tomman58 10/17/21 02:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Running lights on cars

They might try adjusting those running lights as they only work on the low beam but 1/2 the time are blinding you in the dark. I bought a 99 F-350 new in MD that came from Canada and the lights came on when you started it. I had the dealer disconnect that. Running light on with low beams ????? To what purpose would that be. They are on all the time when your headlights are off. A 99 Ford is not even part of the world of cars and trucks today.
tomman58 10/15/21 03:23pm Travel Trailers
Running lights on cars

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tomman58 10/15/21 07:48am RVing in Mexico and South America
Running lights on cars

I think I have finally had it. People in cars and trucks that think that they can see you so you can see them at dusk or early morning are plain wrong. This year as we begin our USA trek with our TT I do uses the I ways as opposed to the secondary as in past to many people have made our trips scary at times. Sometimes I have had to go to the shoulder as someone passes me only to realize there is an oncoming car. Police and legislatures need to make it mandatory for cars to use their running lights all of the time in the interest of safety. Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful winter season.
tomman58 10/15/21 07:48am Travel Trailers
RE: US Reopening Canadian Border

We are thrilled to have our Canadian friends back in Florida for the winter again !!! See you in November !!!
tomman58 10/13/21 06:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tampa RV Show

We often went in the past. One thing they did then was give you a ticket for today and another for the next day. One year "Good Sam" was a sponsor and all the dealers had heavy duty waterproof goodsam canvas bags. Everyone got several. My wife and her 2 sisters got 45 or more between them. We use them every year the can hold 15 books or a 6 to 10 bottles of wine. Last time we went we only go smaller bags and only a couple at that. Oh as for the event there isn't many dealers that are not there. Before buying my current Jayco TT I had the good fortune to talk to their head engineer for a good half hour. All my complaints on my old Jayco had been addressed fan fixed. We didn't like Jayco selling out but most of the TT still is well made.
tomman58 10/10/21 11:04am General RVing Issues
RE: interstate 40 from New York to Las Vegas

Two basic rules I am sure most kno0w...... When the Eway goes to 3 lanes stay in the middle one as folks entering and leaving will tighten up the first lane. 2. anytime going through a large city hop behind a big boy and drive. Semis do this trip very often so following them is a good thing. When the road goes back to 2 lanes ... drive on.
tomman58 09/30/21 07:39am Roads and Routes
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