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  1. What state? How long is the motor home? How heavy? What, if anything, will you be towing behind? Those pieces of information are needed to answer.
  2. Yup - the retirement thing was getting old after only a couple of years, and since my other half still has a few years left to work getting a job made sense. Having no real obligations left me with plenty of time to fill, and filling it was starting to get expensive. Better to have someone else pay me to be busy. I'll be driving regionally and home weekly. With the new sleeper cabs it's kind of like being in a small RV, just w/o the bathroom. Now I get to see the country on someone else's dime for a while. Won't do it forever - just until it's not fun any more. The problem with analog is that paper maps don't ever get updated unless you buy a new one. They also won't read instructions to you while you're driving, which is helpful in unfamiliar areas. Like I said though, it's important to verify the route in multiple ways (on a map, on GPS, w/ Google, etc.) Trip planning is important, and basically the same whether you're in an RV or in a commercial truck.
  3. Like you said, all three options will function well. Personally, I prefer the raised connections if there is room for them. In my experience, it's easier to keep them clean. Even with the AGM batteries you'll have to do a periodic cleaning to keep debris from accumulating on the batteries, and having the cables directly on the case makes that more difficult. Regardless of which type you go with, check out the manufacturer's recommended torque for tightening the bolts to make sure that you get them tight enough but not so tight as to damage the battery. It sucks having to get a post repaired because it was broken due to user-error.
  4. All the comments about the problems with GPS units need to be taken with a grain of salt. I've been using the Garmin RV units for years and have generally found it to be good. But, you have to verify the route it gives you BEFORE you start driving. There is a way to view the map of the overall route it presents, as well as a step-by-step set of directions. You need to look at these and compare with a good road map or atlas to be sure that it's not putting you on a dirt road or someone's driveway by mistake. Same for putting you on a closed road. I prefer the Garmin GPS units. The maps seem generally accurate, and they update frequently. Traffic alerts are also included. One thing I've learned about using a GPS in the RV is to use it EVERY time I move the rig, even if I know the route. Never fails that the one time I don't do that I encounter a detour due to construction or other unknown obstacle. Also, when free-wheeling w/o the Garmin, I have no early alerts of upcoming low bridges or weight-limited roads. It will only be able to guess where I'm going if I don't tell it. There is no sure fire way to stay out of trouble, but there are ways to help. I'm completing training right now for driving a semi, and they recommend a combination of things, including an appropriate GPS, a trucker's road atlas, and Google Maps. The appropriate GPS would include one which calculates the route based on the height/weight/length of your vehicle. If it doesn't include that feature, it's useless in helping you avoid obstacles in your RV. With that feature, it's not fool proof but it is helpful. The trucker's road atlas shows the national/state truck routes, along with known low-height bridges along those routes. Quite helpful. Google Maps can help you pre-drive the route and check for access problems using Street View. You can also use states' DOT websites to check for road closures and construction schedules.
  5. Yup - and if I have to choose whose advice to follow, a medical doctor with decades trying to predict which way these things will go or a politician worried about his/her next election, I'm prone to follow the advice of the doctor. Either may be wrong, but the odds are better of staying alive with one.
  6. The process of theories is to use the available knowledge and come up with what's basically a glorified educated guess. As more is learned, the theory is refined. This continues until either the theory is proven or thrown out. Modeling is making predictions based on the working theory. It is by nature prone to error since it's based on a theory, not definitive facts. Why are you surprised (or upset) that models based on the early theories didn't turn out to reflect accurately what happened? Did you think that they were supposed to be like a crystal ball and tell exactly what would take place? Remember, anything involving human behavior is going to require frequent changes since human behavior is not that predictable.
  7. The statistics from Sweden, like anywhere else, can be read in dozens of different ways to show dozens of different results. It only matters or makes sense if you are using the same formula to compare one country to another. This is the first time I've heard anyone use the ratio of "death to active cases" as a comparative statistic. Doesn't seem as valuable a number as "death due to Covid as percentage of total number of Covid cases."
  8. Models are nothing more than theories. The nature of models is that they will continually change as more facts on the ground are learned. They doesn't make them wrong - it just makes them models.
  9. Please explain how a hospital gets paid more if they label everything Covid? The only thing I've heard about this is that the Feds are going to reimburse for uninsured patients being treated at Medicare rates for treatment. I'm not sure if I would consider that getting paid more than the full fare they would charge those patients otherwise. Yes, not all uninsured will pay their bills, but I'd have to see the numbers to know if the Medicare reimbursement rates across the board will be more or less than what they would have collected otherwise.
  10. I think I found a copy of the manual for your device online, and it looks like the charge is on page 40. Also looks like you can set user-defined values for the voltage level at each of the stages of charging. If that's so, then just custom set them to match what's in your battery manufacturer's instructions.
  11. The was you know which profile setting is the correct one is old school... Get the manual for the controller which shows the voltage levels for each profile, and compare with the recommendations of your battery manufacturer for charging voltages. Doesn't matter what name or acronym is on the settings, you want to use the profile which most closely matches your battery recommendations.
  12. I know that in Wisconsin, for example, part of the issue is that vehicle sales done off-site (not on the dealer's property) are subject to a 3-day cancellation clause where the customer can cancel for nearly any reason. You won't see many direct sales of any motor vehicle done where the final delivery/paperwork isn't done on the dealer's lot. If the rules governing motor vehicle sales are so restrictive, perhaps it's time to reconsider if the focus of rallies needs to be vehicle sales? I know that it's a big money maker, but promoting vehicle sales is not why FMCA exists. Go back to the early days of FMCA, and you won't see the massive vendor displays, vehicle sales, etc. You'll see people with a shared interest gathering together having a great time. In the bus conversion world, we also have rallies. The focus is not on vendors, not on sales of coaches, not on anything other than our shared love of vintage and converted buses. True, our gatherings are not nearly as large as a major FMCA rally, but that doesn't stop the fun. Another issue for us is winter. We winterize our coach for the winter, and there's no way we can even think about pulling it out to attend a March rally. I know that those rallies are great for snowbirds or those living in the south, but they narrow down the potential attendance greatly.
  13. One of the big limitations for the rally locations seems to me to be finding a large enough site which also has amenable rules/regs for off-site sales of vehicles by dealers. Not sure if as many dealers/manufacturers would attend if the rules were more restrictive. Without worrying about that, there are some great locations in many places which could house the rallies.
  14. That's the question I've been asking for a while - why don't we ask the people we want as members why they are not considering joining? It's not difficult to obtain buyer information for every RV registered with DMV offices across the country. I believe that having this information would permit us to do a survey and ask potential members why they are still potential instead of members? Just a suggestion, but one which I think would be worthwhile.
  15. I would also suggest that this is probably not the most effective forum for anyone in leadership to engage in conversation about such things. While it's helpful for them to monitor pages like this, I've seen few conversations like this do anything other than become gripe sessions once leadership start participating. If there are more than 70K members, obviously we in this thread are a tiny speck of the overall. Hopefully there is a better way to measure the needs/desires of membership than this.
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