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Mark and Dale Bruss

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  1. I have about 4000 miles on my Racing Red 2WD Extended Premier Mach-e. I was lucky to buy just before the chip clampdown which has delayed orders over 6 months. The zoom factor is intoxicating but I find I am driving the speed limit all the time because of intelligent cruise where the car adjusts cruise speed by reading speed limit signs. I really like one-pedal mode where you don’t use the brake pedal, much smoother driving. The spouse likes braking too much to do one-pedal. It is the ultimate geezer car. Haven’t bought any gas since March. We are coming on a trip from McAllen to Austin where we will have to plan like an RV rip, were to go and where to stay. Not sure it I am going to get Blue Cruise, the Ford automatic driver software. It would be a download for a fee. I don’t think I will make enough long trips to warrant it. Best buy I made in a long time especially since I have 1 of 2 Mach-es in the RGV valley. I get a lot of celerity stares and thumbs up,
  2. My Mustang Mach-e only gets noisy when in Unbridled mode.
  3. From my experience with the Hoppy solid state converter, only the expensive $90 version was any good. The cheap $30 version are prone to burn out. Used the high end Hoppy for 10 years after burning out two cheap ones. The expensive version had shorting protection. The Jackalope is not that expensive when compared to a reliable interface for your trailer taillights. If you want to splice your own connector, find the side of the truck with stop-turn light wiring which is used on the tractor rear end. The rest of the truck is stop/turn wired. But wiring directly into the truck wiring can lead to light computer problems.
  4. Used my GI bill to supplement going to Milwaukee School of Engineering for two years. Then I used it to pay for a correspondence course on TV repair and at the end I had a 27" Color TV, big deal in the dark ages.
  5. It is the wheel cut that makes the difference. Most regular pickups have the front wheel close to the frame and limit their wheel cut. The F-450 moved the wheels out and have a better wheel cut. Tandems duals increase turning radius because of the longer wheel base.
  6. Our Mustang Mach-e is our only vehicle. We live in Mission Texas so we are about as south as you can get. The Mach-e is really fun to drive.
  7. There are tons of into on the (6) Mach-E Forum | Ford Mustang Mach-E Forum and News (macheclub.com) and the Ford Mustang Mach-E Forum – MachEforum.com – Ford Mustang Mach-E Forum – MachEforum.com | Ford Mustang Mach-E Forum - MachEforum.com forums.
  8. 100% Charge is 273-305 miles on the Mach-e gauge which compensate for environmental conditions.
  9. Having entered the EV game with a Mustang Mach-e, one of the discussion points in making the decision was long travel. We decided that we would just have to travel like we did with the motorhome, about 150-200 miles a day and that we would have to plan where we are going to stop and recharge. It is not like driving 450-500 miles a day but them again, we are older and the slower pace is more fitting to us. But the infrastructure concerns ware valid. We put is a wall charger. But I think if everyone in Retama Village did so, the lights would dim. Few communities have the wire structure to support all EVs.
  10. I don't have the link at this moment but there are a couple of resources that I considered before. Do a search As it was, I used PrsssurePro tire sensors and I found that a 1" PVC pipe fit over the sensor and allowed =it to be screwen onto the inner dual stem.
  11. Other consideration of the unibiqual to the car. On the Bounder we had to use a drop hitch adapter to get the proper height. That put the car farther away from the Bounder. Even with carefull shopping, the longest spiral cables I could find were 7 '. My solution was to mount a 7-flat receptacle on the drop down adapter using clamps with a short cable to the Bounder. Now the cable was comfortable. Using the magnetic lights was a simple 4 wire cable. The lights were easy. But we also were using a battery charger with the +12volt wire. The charger assumes a ground connect between the tow vehicle and the toad. This is normally supplied via the light wiring. I had to insure the White (Ground) wire of the light wires was attached to frame ground of the Equinfox for the charger to work. D were 7'.
  12. We used high quality magnetic used by towing trucks for our 2018 Equinox. We run the cable through the tailgate through the spare wheel pan down along the body to the front. They were highly visible and easy to remove when not towing. On the 1994 Grand Cherokee we added bulbs in the taillight housing as they were rather large. On the 2012 Equinox we tried adding bulbs but the taillight housings were not suited to adding bulbs, too thick, and we had terrible water leakage. We had successfully used a diode harness on the 2014 Equinox. The 2018 Equinox taillights were not suited for a diode harness. I used a 7-flat bladed round connector into the Bounder and a 5-pin flat plug into a bracketed receptacle near the tow bar. The 5 pin gave the +12v line to keep the battery charged. When we had the Grand Cherokee, we use a 7-flat bladed round connection into the Jeep as we had space for the connector body. I do not like the 6-pin round plug, just like the 4-pin round plugs. The sleeve connectors in the receptacle are prone to slipping into the connector giving bad contacts. I do not like loosing the taillights in tow.
  13. If only some people in the government would read False Alarm, we could spend less and get more real results. It turns out Texas had reserve capacity but the wonderful EPA refused to ease some standards to allow the energy to be created, I guess the EPA is more powerful than the government.
  14. I am a LasrPass Pro user because I not only go cross platforms but across multiple PCs. Well worth it to me.
  15. When will dreamers understand that truck drivers get paid for miles driven, not hours at charge stations.
  16. It took a couple of tries but I found a suction mount that would adhere well enough to hold up a 10" tablet. The auction was not the only issue buy the tilt arm holding its position. We did this in the motorhome. For our cars we only have used sandbag mounts. The video cam is a lot lighter than a GPS and falls off the windshield all the time.
  17. On my Volvo, the audio alarm only came on with the engine running. When I took my CDL test I warned the examiner before we started that was how the Volvo works. The requirement for an audio and visual alarm is only for a running engine.
  18. We used the park wi-fi in past years. If you contact them, they have a "for the rally" that is much more reasonable than the daily rate.
  19. For the record, the official wide limit on all roads is 8'. On Interstates, the limit is raised to 102". Being inside the mirrors doesn't count if the LEO is checking. Mirrors, steps, lug nut covers are examples of exempted safety equipment. Believe it or not, CB antennas are not safety equipment and if you really pissed the LEO off, he could over-width you on them. Awnings on the trailer are exempted from the width limits. Now would you get stopped at 107", probably not. Just don't give the LEO a different reason to stop you.
  20. We had hoses from http://www.rvh2o.com/ and the rvwaterfilterstore. More expensive but we used one for 13 years and the other for 14 years now..
  21. After evaluation of the tool I found and the few who have tested the extracted HHRVResource website, the website will go on. During the evaluation, I found several broken links. I will work on either fixing or removing broken links before doing a final extraction.
  22. I found this utility that might solve my dilemma for the Resource Guide. It unloads and active website into a static one. Before I spend a lot of time cleaning it up, I thought I would put the static clone out there for evaluation. http://hhrv.hhrvresource.com Tell me what you think.
  23. The HHRVResource Guide was developed in Drupal 7 CMS system. Drupal 7 was to go EOL this year but has been extended until end of 2021, So to keep the HHRVResource Guide going on, a re-creation is needed. One issue is that because of the lost of Escapees members to Facebook, new information for HHRVResource Guide has not happened for two years. What I need is responses to two things. 1. Whether the HHRVResource Guide is still needed. 2. Do you use a smartphone as your only Internet interface. This relevant to a re-create. The transition to Drupal 9 (Drupal 8 will end at the end of 2021 also) is not easy. Many of the contributed modules used in Drupal 7 were not created for Drupal 9. A rewrite in HTML to work well with smartphone is difficult. Simple responses to the two questions is requested,
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