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  1. Duck Duck Go sells ads, and they sell those ads based on what you search for. They don't track your activity and sell your data to the same extent Google does, but your activity still makes money for them. For any service you use "for free", either someone is paying for you to use that service, or you are the product that is making someone money. Watch a "free" youtube video? Youtube makes money. Post on Facebook? Facebook makes money. Have a "free" bank acount? Bank makes money from both your money and your data. I haven't reviewed the terms of service for Invision Community's cl
  2. True. However, natural gas power plants can hit 60% thermal efficiency. Car engines run at 20-30% thermal efficiency, lower during cold start, stop and go traffic, etc. This is largely why Teslas run around 100mpg-equavalent; a similar gas-powered car would be getting 25mpg at 25% efficiency. Coal plants run at 35-40% thermal efficiency. So a Tesla utilizing power generated only by coal plants could still run cleaner than a car with internal combustion engine. But coal power plants are rapidly closing and as the power generation is cleaned up electric vehicles will also run cleaner, whil
  3. As for the camless ICE motor, it is interesting technology but will likely be no more than a stop-gap measure. Claims are 30% improved efficiency and 50% reduced emissions, which still leaves it far behind the 100mpg-equivalent of BEVs like Tesla. I'd like to think that motors like this would always have a place in performance-oriented applications like sports cars and motorcycles, similar to how the horse has transitioned from a working tool to a symbol of leisure and wealth. But the horse just needs some grass; readily available gasoline requires refineries producing specific blends,
  4. In general, if you're not a paying customer for any given service, you're the product. If you don't want to be the product...put up the cash! For reference, since there are 40 online users at 10am PST, I'd guess this site probably requires the 100-user plan at $70/month. So just because you aren't putting up the cash to be a customer doesn't mean someone else isn't. The alternative is for the community to be ad-supported, where "they make money off your content". To make significantly more off "your content" than it costs to host your content requires a fair amount of work to build a
  5. Thanks, I'll check that out. My suspicion is that device may have failed or be failing, and the Heliotrope solar charging device is flaky. I've figured out that the other device is a battery isolator, which *also* allows charging current to push to both batteries, while isolating draw. Does the isolator only allow charging current to push to both batteries at bulk charge, I.e. over 14V? So float charge voltage doesn't go through the battery isolator? Otherwise it seems like the Trik-L-Start would be redundant.
  6. I have a 1997 Windsor that seems like it may no longer be keeping the chassis batteries charged. It has a Heliotrope RV-30 solar controller and dual battery charger, but it seems flaky. It often shows battery voltage between 17-38V, and the chassis and house batteries are connected backward (I.e. chassis voltage is from house batteries). I think it has a chassis battery trickle charger but it isn't labeled so who maybe it's not (pictured). A couple months ago, the chassis batteries were too low to start the coach. We were in Crescent City, CA, it had been cloudy for a couple mo
  7. That's like questioning if bridge weight limits are reasonable or government overreach. Can you safely drive your 20-ton coach across a bridge rated at 15 tons? Sure, most of the time it won't collapse. How much of the oncoming lane did those "vehicles a lot longer than 40'" need in the tightest corners? Keep in mind if they were truck/trailer combos, their lengths are rated by kingpin to axle, not overall length. I've read multiple accounts of people with 40'+ RVs taking CA1 south of Leggett requiring both lanes in some hairpins. US199 is on that list and having traveled that way multip
  8. That map restricts buses and large motorhomes from roads that are too tight for them to safely navigate. The commercial truck maps are similar, with notes about kingpin to axle length requirements. I review that map myself when I'm planning to travel off major highways in CA even though my motorhome is only 38'. I can't seriously believe someone would think that's just random restrictions for no other purpose than to raise some revenue from fines...
  9. A 2-minute read of the article indicated it will be an ODB scan, optionally a visual inspection. No tailpipe emissions testing mentioned, but they do say the RV industry groups are pushing for RV exemptions. Considering that few states have weight limit or air brake drivers license endorsements an RV exemption is likely. RVs account for relatively few road miles compared to commercial trucks. It may end up like the agricultural inspections stations. I've never been boarded to look for houseplants when I go through the agricultural inspection stations, and the last time the agent mentione
  10. The Teslas have ranges up to 300 miles, 250+ in real-world use, enough to make a 200-mile trip if you're starting at 80%+. That's 4+ hours of driving in most places unless you're doing all those miles on a highway. If you're doing 200+ miles, you'll probably be on a highway long enough to pass a supercharger to add some range to your day. If you're at a campground with 50-amp service, most also have a 30amp service on the pedestal you could use to charge the car (about 70-80 miles overnight). Obviously if you spend all your time boondocking, the charging can be an issue. But it could w
  11. A Tesla goes around 4 miles per KW/hr, so if you drive a 30 miles for sightseeing, you've used 7.5 KW, which can be refilled in 5 hours at 1.5KW/hr. The problem is if you spend much of the day doing that sight-seeing, you don't have much solar time left for charging. You can get around 1500 watts from a 15-amp plug as well, so if you're in a campground, overnight charging on the 15-amp socket on the pedestal will cover 60-80 miles that you might have driven during the day, and the 30-amp plug would cover a lot more. It would be nice if Teslas had a flat tow mode, which could automa
  12. To be fair, the quote of $40K from the OP is pretty ridiculous. And an extended warranty that doesn't pay out when something does happen doesn't function as insurance either, and there probably does need to be a lot more regulation of extended warranties to make sure they function more as insurance and less as a money grab.
  13. I've run quite a few Falken tires over the years, and they've worked well for me in a variety of styles. My 1997 Windsor had them on it when I bought it 2 years ago, and they've run well enough that I'd use them again. They roll smooth and hold air, no cupping or abnormal wear in 15K miles so far.
  14. It's more like insurance. I've paid way more auto insurance premiums over the years than I've "collected" on repairs or medical bills. I would consider myself fortunate that I've not needed it, not a loser because the house collected more than I did. When we bought our 1997 Windsor, it was a big unknown, so we bought the "insurance". Sure, I only needed a few small things covered, so technically I lost money. But I can also consider myself fortunate that I only needed a few small things covered and didn't have to spend weeks at a repair shop for a motor repair, even though that would let me "w
  15. Once you're in Maine, stay on I-95. Taking I-295 through Portland is 5 miles shorter, but more traffic, lower speed limits, and much rougher road.
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