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    • Autopilot is standard on all Tesla vehicles since mid 2019. Autopilot can do much better lane keeping than my Subaru's Eyesight" system. The Subaru stops great in case of a sudden stop in front of me but the Tesla is better. IT has been updated to see stoplights and they display on the screen as well as the traffic in front, sides, and behind me. I can turn my rear camera on while driving forward at any speed. It also gives side and back views when backing up. Autopilot works amazingly well for lane keeping on divided highways as well as in town. As well as it does slowing and stopping and then holding in traffic. I engage it by down once for adaptive Cruise and twice for lane keeping. Our Subaru will do a gentle push back into my lane as a warning, but if I take my hands off the wheel it bounces back and forth slowly until it breaks free and if I was sleeping end up in the ditch. Not with the Tesla. The Subaru would slow down a bunch when someone makes a right turn or left in front of me but will stop occasionally when I pass them as if it thinks it is still in the way. The Tesla made me aware that I tend to drive closer to one side of the lane and it took some getting used to to let it nail me in the middle of my lane. Here is the official owner's info sheet from Tesla on Autopilot and self driving. I have not paid for full self driving as it is in beta yet. I love my autopilot in stop and go traffic. However in 55 mph traffic in town if I come up to a light with cars stopped it takes about 50 feet more then I do to start slowing down. Both the Subaru and the Tesla gave me scares when I first started letting them stop in traffic. The dang Subaru shuts the engine down at lights which requires pushing up on the cruise Control set switch. Down for selecting that speed to use, and push up to resume. My Tesla slowed scary at first when I was not used to it. One of the updates changed that and it now stops as I would slowing a bit earlier, and more gradually than before. I doubt I will ever need to replace the brakes as I rarely use them. Just taking my foot off the pedal causes it to go into regenerative braking and adds a bit of electric to the batteries. I can set regenerative braking to very hard medium and hardly at all. I like medium but with medium or hard you learn to ease off the gas pedal instead of just switching my foot to the brake. Tesla's article on Auto pilot and Full self driving characteristics. https://www.tesla.com/support/autopilot?redirect=no Did I mention I love my Tesla? Oh almost forgot. This brouhaha I read about the screen being distracting is just not true. I am tall and my cars require me to look under or over the steering wheel. Yes we learn, but the screen is not under anything. And my hands on  the wheel do not block my vision. And the large screen makes navigation awesome. (Nav is standard as are heated seats, premium leather, the glass roof all the way back, connectivity and Netflix etc as well as their own streaming music channels that are really well curated. I just listen to classic rock. The volume and mic buttons are on the steering wheel. Kirk, all I can say is that lots of folks ask questions but here it seems most refuse to take a test drive. Not because I want them to buy one. I may sell it and try one of the competitors if one proves out after a year on the market here and being driven. I kind of like that E Mustang and several others. But we already agreed to get the Model 2 for $25k or less if it comes with AWD two motor and longer range like our Model Y. It won't get the 326mi range the Y has, but I am good with 275 or so.
    • Looks like you were right.  After venting some frustrations at the phone clerk, she got on the horn to MY local post office (like I thought that would do any good)  and lo and behold got a usps carrier on the phone and arranged to have them deliver my latest, big, heavy package to my house after it had, as usual, gone back to the post office because it wouldn't fit in the package box at my mail stand.   I was completely shocked - I had no idea you could do that since there is no household delivery in my area. Amazon also pointed out that, although I can't specify which carrier, I can add delivery instructions at order time like "leave at my back porch please."  I'll try this next time and hope she's right.  I don't want to have to make phone calls every time Amazon sticks the post office with a big package. I was really hoping to get A to stop farming out big stuff to the post office, but, we'll see if this works instead. Thanks!
    • Hmm , those rigs sound a lot like a 'high maintenance' girl I once dated . Not satisfied unless there was big money wine and indoor plumbing .  
    • You seem to be speaking of a "slide out" and they do have adjustments. But there could also be wear on the mechanical parts that play a part in the problem. How does the slide work, is it electric motor with a drive gear, or electric with a worm or screw type of drive, or is it hydraulic driven? Do you know if it works at all. 
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