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RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla is not the second most valuable car company on the planet. The 10 most valuable car companies in the world. Toyota Motor Corp. ( TM): $211 billion. Tesla (TSLA): $106 billion Volkswagen AG (VOW.DE): $80 billion. General Motors (GM): $52 billion. Daimler AG (DAI.DE): $49 billion. Honda Motor Co. ( HMC) $42 billion. BMW (BMW.DE) (BMW.MI): $42 billion. Ford Motor Co. ( F): $36 billion. I finally sold my GM stock yesterday. After holding it for 5 years all that I have to show for it is the dividends. No, I did not buy TESLA. I am not quite as optimistic as some people but I do plan to buy one in about a year. It's the stock market. When it comes to production numbers, Toyota and VW are the largest by far. Hyundai #3 and GM #4.
wilber1 01/22/20 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Tesla problem

Shades if Audi in the eighties. I had a friend who said he would click his garage door remote every time he passed an Audi.
wilber1 01/17/20 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Humans are good at doing but suck at monitoring. Computers are great at monitoring, they never get distracted or tired, yet we keep trying to make it the reverse.
wilber1 01/16/20 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My Amazing 12-year old battery...

I seem to get about seven years out of my truck batteries. The voltage may look good but a load test can tell a different story. If I may, what's a load test and how do you do it? Would that indicate if the battery is dying or about to be dead? Yes it would. You need a load tester. It puts a load on the battery for several seconds and measures the voltage drop under load. I bought one at Harbor Freight on sale a few years ago. Less than 30 bucks if I remember right. I know, Harbor Freight but it's good enough for the amount I use it. At least it should tell me if I need to get a battery checked with a good quality tester. The dealer does a load test on our Audi battery every time it goes in for service. Six years and still good but it is located under the cargo compartment floor where it isn't exposed to weather or engine heat.
wilber1 01/16/20 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My Amazing 12-year old battery...

I seem to get about seven years out of my truck batteries. The voltage may look good but a load test can tell a different story.
wilber1 01/16/20 12:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Yes, explain that to Dadoffourgirls. I just think it will be very difficult to make self driving cars compatible with existing roads. I don't think self driving cars are impossible, just the vehicles and roads will need to be designed to work together.
wilber1 01/15/20 08:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What temperature do you leave your home at

16C or 61F. Hi efficiency natural gas. Nest thermostat, can check and see what it is doing each day online. Also have two 70% efficient gas fireplaces with thermostats set to 13C or 55F just in case the furnace quits.
wilber1 01/15/20 08:23pm Snowbirds
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

...But regulators are still hesitant. Human are funny as we can tolerate fatal error made by our own. But for machines, it has to be more than perfect.Tell that to the family that lost their young daughter over the holidays in Indianapolis because the Tesla ran into a fire truck that was stopped in the lane on I-70.30,000 lose their lives every year in the US due to traffic accidents. Imagine a day when self driving reduces that number to 5,000 deaths and soon people will forget where we came from. With those 5,000 deaths there will be calls to abandon the self driving. Will that be better or worse? I think we are quite a long way from totally self driving cars unless major changes are made in roadways to work with them. How many times have you been through a section of road where the lanes have been changed and the old lines ground off. Sometimes it is very difficult to tell where the new lanes are and almost or actually impossible in rain or snow, particularly at night. Fully self driving vehicles will have to cope with these kinds of conditions flawlessly.
wilber1 01/15/20 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Goodyear Marathon tires class action?

I had two sets of 235/16 Marathons on a previous fifth wheel, one set of US made LRD replaced with a Chinese made set of LRE's. I didn't have any problems with either of them. I now have a set of five year old 235/16 LRE Carlisle RH's (another tire maligned by some) on our present rig and have had no problems with them either. I always keep them at sidewall pressure and below 65 MPH.
wilber1 01/13/20 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Camper damage due to being serviced at that dealer

How long have you had it? We don't keep heat on our rig in the winter and when we take it out of storage to head south in January, some of the cabinet doors have swollen to a point they don't close properly. A week or so in warmer drier weather and they all work properly again.
wilber1 01/13/20 10:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Diesetgate may turn out to be the best thing that happened to VW, it made them go all in on EV's and PHEV's. The Porsche Tacan 4S starts at 103K and supports 800V charging. 80% charge in 22 minutes. Nice looking car too. I haven’t heard much about them building out a charging network like the Supercharger network. Maybe they’ll strike a deal with Tesla for usage rights. Can’t believe no one has done that yet. The Porsche's EPA range is pretty bad for the money it takes to get that car. I have heard some say that it is just due to the testing methods. If so there should be real world stories by now of the Taycan exceeding the 200 mile range but I haven't seen any. Also, the short range is due to poor efficiency, not a small battery. That means that you only go 2/3 as far on a charge but it still takes just as long to charge up. That range is surprizingly low. I wonder if they are not enabling all the battery for longevity purposes. Could be. Audi limits the battery to 88% capacity on the Etron, Porsche might be doing the same. Tesla has a head start on battery management and others are still playing catch up.
wilber1 01/08/20 10:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Yes. We have an account with them and use them from time to time. I was referring more to getting access to a well deployed high speed charging network. EA is doing well though. And we like their App. We still prefer EVGO or ChargePoint for access reasons but EA is becoming a major player. I don’t believe EA has any affiliation with Porsche though. Maybe they do. EA also has a Canadian buildout planned called surprisingly Electrify Canada. Right now Petro Canada has the best network layout both planned and in operation although in BC, BC hydro has the best network with FLO and Greenlots as prime operators. The Prince George corridor should be mostly up within a a couple weeks. VW set up EA and Porsche is part of VW Group. I wouldn't know if there is a direct affiliation but you would think it would be in VW's interest to have one.
wilber1 01/07/20 06:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Diesetgate may turn out to be the best thing that happened to VW, it made them go all in on EV's and PHEV's. The Porsche Tacan 4S starts at 103K and supports 800V charging. 80% charge in 22 minutes. Nice looking car too. I haven’t heard much about them building out a charging network like the Supercharger network. Maybe they’ll strike a deal with Tesla for usage rights. Can’t believe no one has done that yet. Electrify America
wilber1 01/07/20 05:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Diesetgate may turn out to be the best thing that happened to VW, it made them go all in on EV's and PHEV's. The Porsche Tacan 4S starts at 103K and supports 800V charging. 80% charge in 22 minutes.
wilber1 01/07/20 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rt 99 Thru Bakersfield

Depends how far south you want to cross. We have found 8 Mile Road just south of Lodi to be good. Good road, light traffic and not too many lights.
wilber1 01/04/20 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rt 99 Thru Bakersfield

Seems like every trip we take requires us to go east. 99 to 58 is the best route we have found and we haven't experienced that bad of road doing so. Other than the 3 year plus construction project at the transition of 58 from 99 I think it's pretty good road. Three years? They have been working on it for at least the last five. It’s like the I5 through Tacoma, a permanent construction zone.
wilber1 01/04/20 10:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Rt 99 Thru Bakersfield

Took 99 from Stockton to Bakersfield the other day. Except for a lumpy ten miles or so around Merced, it was quite good.
wilber1 01/04/20 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Define "Society" One where a bunch of cave people run around living day to day or one where we conquer disease and have freedom to move about around the globe at will. We haven't conquered many diseases and a lot of other things. I mean the system and infrastructure that supports seven and a half billion souls on this rock. We have no example of anyone doing it without fossil fuels, we are only assuming that we can. There is no good reason not to try but we are in unknown territory as a species, maybe we are just a bunch of lemmings headed for the cliff. As to your original statement, I would say we have a society that is not sustainable without technology and energy. Society as we know it can't function without them. We agree and there is go guarantee that can happen without fossil fuels.
wilber1 12/31/19 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Define "Society" One where a bunch of cave people run around living day to day or one where we conquer disease and have freedom to move about around the globe at will. We haven't conquered many diseases and a lot of other things. I mean the system and infrastructure that supports seven and a half billion souls on this rock. We have no example of anyone doing it without fossil fuels, we are only assuming that we can. There is no good reason not to try but we are in unknown territory as a species, maybe we are just a bunch of lemmings headed for the cliff.
wilber1 12/31/19 05:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Double post.
wilber1 12/30/19 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
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