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RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Is this what ya do when you get old? Sit around and argue about economics, politics and the weather (and axle ratings, lol)? YUP Shop local only and you need a 1 ton to tow a pop up! And always pay cash. If you need credit you can't afford it! i agree that avoiding debt is a step along the path to wealth and financial independence but not carrying CC debt and not using CCs are two different things.Every millionaire i know borrowed money and used that money to leverage deals to make big time money. Fact is, I have plenty of borrowed money at 4% while my invested money is making 13% right now. Boy that sure sounds like the recipe for disaster! That's one of those thongs that works so good till it doesn't LOL
tomman58 07/19/19 03:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Interesting but sameo. We ranted buy American in the 70's and most people ignored the chant. Walmart killed small towns and business and no one cared as China became their big supplier. Now today you rant about China. We get screwed again forcing our deficit into the highest it has ever been. WE lose, farmers lose, consumers and labor both lose but we don't get it. America is a rudderless ship when it comes to world affairs, no change there.
tomman58 07/19/19 08:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

When reading these pages one gets what it must've been like when people went from horses to cars. Most arguments against technology are based on ignorance or fear. I still contend that in the next few years we will see significantly different cars and trucks as well as attitudes.
tomman58 07/19/19 08:02am Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Great ad for the car. Time is marching on this issue as there will be many, many more electrics on the market soon.
tomman58 07/18/19 07:36am Tech Issues
RE: Northern Michigan advice

You are not far from Traverse city for a day trip (lake Michigan is warmer) and into wine country (mission peninsula) also go to the locks in the UP about 1 hour + drive at lot of history there and casino. 186 water falls in the UP. Good luck have fun in our wonderful state!
tomman58 07/08/19 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Replacing Tires on my GMC

I have always used Michelin Defender LTX M/S on my GMC diesels. I never have had a problem with them. I have had a broken belt on 2 of the tires that came with the trucks. I haul a 40'TT all over this country and have put 100s of thousand miles on them w2ith no problem and yes I get mine at Costco. The one rule I have for my tires is a every oil change I rotate and BALANCE. If you do not balance these big baloneys they will turn on you. Balancing a set of tires every 5k miles giver take is about as silly as it gets. But to each those own. If you want to save some real $, consider this. You are likely in the .0001% minority that does this and the rest of the world ain't wrong in this instance. I believe my auto oil change indicator normally calls for oil at around 7 or 8 thousand miles. Oh,I know change it a 5K cause you do it yourself and like supporting the oil industry. I normally sell my diesels with about 280,000 miles, no problems with the engine but the interior is quite worn so.... new truck. It is an LTZ+ if you care to comment on the interior.
tomman58 07/07/19 12:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replacing Tires on my GMC

I have always used Michelin Defender LTX M/S on my GMC diesels. I never have had a problem with them. I have had a broken belt on 2 of the tires that came with the trucks. I haul a 40'TT all over this country and have put 100s of thousand miles on them w2ith no problem and yes I get mine at Costco. The one rule I have for my tires is a every oil change I rotate and BALANCE. If you do not balance these big baloneys they will turn on you.
tomman58 07/05/19 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Vehicles? Towing? Hauling?

After 22 pages of rants and raves the bottom line is you'll likely not see a whole lotta towing for several years. I do occasionally forget that these pages are a real cross section of folks for the guy with a 20+ year old TC to the one with the 650,000 motor home towing 2 cars in a closed trailer in back. It is quite comical as to each of those priorities and comments. I've always found that if a "whatever" was important to me I would eventually get it and that goes for RVing. Love to go cross country and see what the other half is doing from the really nice CGs to those I pass and say "hell no". We live for the fun of it and being retired allow several of us a great life and experience no matter what we drive. I do love my GMC2500 dmax and my 40'TT it doesn't get better than that to us. Love electric cars though.
tomman58 07/04/19 01:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can anyone recommend a tankless on demand water heater?

Why not just spend a night in a hotel or lodge occasionally. The ambiance inside a shed is pretty sad.
tomman58 07/03/19 07:45am Tech Issues
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

Membership CG networks like Coast to Coast, Passport America, Thousand Trails can be a very economical way to get around. We bought a used T/T membership for just $800 on CL and can stay in any of their CGs across the US at no extra cost per night and only have to pay annual dues. T/T however doesn't any CGs in a big chunk of the US in the center. Memberships often have different plans with different terms and conditions so do your research before buying one. Sometimes you can only stay in one CG for 2 weeks max and the must be "out of the system" for a week before getting back in. Top of the line memberships can have no restriction on length of stay. If you want to be a travelling nomad with no plans on where you want to stay, note that many of the above CGs and many others whether a membership type or one-owner, in the busy season you often have to book 60 days in advance otherwise you won't get a site. If there's specific CGs you want to stay in along a long route, you need to stay on top of booking. Otherwise you may find yourself having to stay at casinos, Walmart, rest stops, etc. A few CGs have dry camping areas where you can park yourself for a day or 2 or 3 until a site comes available. Make sure to have a laptop and a mobile hotspot or mifi like Verizon so you can research upcoming places on a trip. You could also find yourself having to make last minute changes on a route due to wildfires, road closures, bad storms, etc. Definitely have a good GPS. On hours per day, I agree with 3-4 hours max a day. 5 or even 6 is do-able but you want a day or two at least to rest up. I recently did a 10 hour trip to retrieve our TT when we had to leave it behind due to a truck breakdown. I drove 5 hours one way without the TT over a long mountain pass and 5 hours back with the TT. Couple of weeks later now, I'm still getting over that... 3 to 4 hours a day! I am older than many and I limit out at 10 hours if I have a destination across the US. My first drive from home is my longest at 12 hours ( Detroit area to Tunica Miss.). I drive a lot because I travel a lot ...... bum de bum bum.
tomman58 06/28/19 01:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Electric Vehicles? Towing? Hauling?

Boy this has turned into a group of Flintstones arguing with the Jetsons. Fun to read but has little to do with RVing. What happened to the electric semis? Are they going to be the new norm and/ or RV?
tomman58 06/23/19 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Vehicles? Towing? Hauling?

We are seeing solar added to many new homes where as Edison buys it during the day and IF you had an EV it is at a reduced rate at night, separate meter. When we had our Volt the Wondeful government paid for a union contractor to install the breaker and the feed to my garage at the other end of the house the boys ran a number 8 wire and provided the charging unit. Life is good. In our area Edison has been upgrading the grid for many years now and the amount of solar farms and windmill are expanding exponentially. By the way traveling the USA every year we see many more wind mills and solar farms everywhere. Texas leads in windmills, no cancer reported. LOL The vast majority of people putting solar in at home: - The EV is not at the house during the day, so if you charge at home at night, you aren't charging on solar (unless you put in a massive battery bank to store it until the car comes home). - Net Metering is providing power when the power company doesn't need it. Solar stops putting out power typically around 3-4pm. Peak demand is usually around 6pm. The vast majority of the cost of a KWH is in building & maintaining the power plant and grid. Fuel to for the power plant is usually around 1/3 or less of the cost. So solar has to beat traditional by a factor of 3 to be more cost effective. Most new solar is subsidized thru govt programs, not because it makes a lot of sense. EVs could change this but right now, there are much better solutions than solar to our power needs (improved efficiency is typically 3-5 times more cost effective and requires no infrastructure improvements typically) My sister in NC just put solar on her roof, Her electric bill dropped a lot and she is retired so will be charging in the daytime. This makes good sense to me and her.
tomman58 06/21/19 07:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Vehicles? Towing? Hauling?

the govt didn’t pay for anything. all of us did. you’re welcome. EXACTLY Wasn't like you couldn't have one also. I was moving with the technology. There were many that took advantage of not only the charger but a 15,000 credit. I didn't get that but my lease was for 127.00 a month for 2 years now that was a gift.
tomman58 06/21/19 07:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Vehicles? Towing? Hauling?

We are seeing solar added to many new homes where as Edison buys it during the day and IF you had an EV it is at a reduced rate at night, separate meter. When we had our Volt the Wondeful government paid for a union contractor to install the breaker and the feed to my garage at the other end of the house the boys ran a number 8 wire and provided the charging unit. Life is good. In our area Edison has been upgrading the grid for many years now and the amount of solar farms and windmill are expanding exponentially. By the way traveling the USA every year we see many more wind mills and solar farms everywhere. Texas leads in windmills, no cancer reported. LOL
tomman58 06/20/19 05:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

I agree with most here but we normally have a mission, our son lives in Tucson AZ and we also have friends in Las Vegas NV so we travel by favorites camp ground or casinos. I like to drive, love it! sit back listen to an audio book or some music the miles roll on as does the daylight. I will drive between 260 and 550 miles to reach a destination. Same trip many years Michigan to AZ to Fl. Put no less than 6800 miles on truck in roughly 7 or 8 weeks. At 72 I am approaching the "been there done that" mode of my life. We hope to still do a 6 month or so trip in a year or so but been there done that once already. It is easy when are retired been that for 14 years now.
tomman58 06/20/19 05:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Electric Vehicles? Towing? Hauling?

There were plenty of folks that kept their horses for a long while. They got over it in most cases. The biggest surge you will see in electrics will be the autonomous cars that will pick you up at your door and drive you to the bar or whatever. Then there will be those suggesting far more people are drinking and doing weed. These cars well be the spearhead for the rest of the market as their experiences will build the market.
tomman58 06/20/19 09:36am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

We keep an Excel spreadsheet of all of the days in the summer and fill it in as we decide what to do. It's easy to change the information IF you know how to use Excel! I was a project manager and more in my other life. Excel was my bread and butter. That said........ I layout everything prior to leaving . I decide where we are going and plot how to get there... THEN I find desirable campgrounds (no Walmart) ( I check RV reviews, do a goggle call and see what others have said THEN I plot all that info into Excel along side of camp costs , mileage, expected time to travel, address, phone. Love Excel. it is easy to learn and I just print it out for in the truck, load the nav system and we are gone. PPP = PLANNING PREVENTS PANIC Only once in 15 years did I not get the camp I wanted and that was because a hurricane had wasted the campground.
tomman58 06/19/19 06:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: Electric Vehicles? Towing? Hauling?

I really doubt many of us will live long enough for the electric cars to be the norm. UNLESS they do become cheaper and more practical. I had a Volt, it was fun, it was fast, it got charged at a free spot at the casino we go to. Yes I worked it into our world with little problem. Long drives took the truck. We will see many new cars in 2021 that are electric and will fit the mold BUT they will be to costly at 42,000 for a base model most will not be able to afford them. I for one (being retired) will get one although I really hate SUVs. They are like soccer vans of yesterday everyone has one.
tomman58 06/19/19 05:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Medical marijuana

I can agree with NRALIFR but would never use MM and Opiods in the same context. I think as many states are on the cusp of legalizing weed it well become more acceptable and visible nationwide.
tomman58 06/17/19 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Medical marijuana

I know that retail store pot comes in various strengths. I also have seen vids of people so stoned on pot only, that in my grandfather's day it would have been called the Blind Staggers. Literally couldn't stand up by themselves. I asked some stoner friends and they corroborated this. Medical MJ comes in different strengths. The card doesn't say "Limit 2% THC" eg. But this is the INturweb, so take it for what its worth. And for the record, I don't care what folks put into their body so long as they aren't driving or endangering innocents. Not my business. I am the grandfather and did a ton of weed in the day but that day has come and gone. I can't smoke it or vap it so my world is quite different to some level. That doesn't mean I don't get a little high at times but this is intentional for other activity limited to the house and bedroom. It is a great life and you only go by once ... enjoy it while you can.
tomman58 06/17/19 05:45am Travel Trailers
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