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This section is entitled Knowledge Is Power because sixty years and $ millions of dollars were spent accumulating this information which means his could be the best few minutes you will ever spend !
Exhaustive studies indicate that only one percent (1%) of you will actually read this for the following reasons >
Reason #1. You already know everything so why bother ?
Reason #2. Zero attention span disorder means scan the pictures and read only a few words of each sentence !
Reason #3. Prioritize ! Your new play station game “snakes and dragons” just arrived which leaves no time for this nonsense !
Reason #4. You have somewhere else to be in the next few seconds which means you are already late !
For the rest of you with have inquisitive minds > Your mind can process 1500 words per minute. However while you can read up to 800 words a minutes, you can speak only about 150 words per minute which might be a good argument for keeping your mouth shut ! And your rather dismal texting rate is only about 20 words per minute which means texting takes seven times longer than talking and seventy five times slower than what your mind can process. Therefore, your “dumb index” can be measured by whether you are thinking, reading, talking or texting !
Question ? What invention changed history more than any other ?
Wrong Answer ! The correct answer is > “The wheel” The original RV’ers were indeed gypsies and Connestoga wagons would help change their lives forever. Followed by Prairie Schooners, a thing called “the wheel” enabled a mobile revolution which now includes cars, SUV’s, trucks, trains, motorcycles, ATV’s, bicycles and yes > > > recreational vehicles.
Question ? What is the most popular outdoor activity ?
Wrong answer again, so pay attention ! The correct answer is > RV’ing > (recreational vehicles). Over fifty million or one in five people own an RV in the United States and there are over one hundred million owners worldwide. Some claim this intrusion can be blamed on gypsies in their RV wagons who stayed under a tree at their own make shift RV park and came into town only to steal what they needed and left the rest for the next gypsies.
Where are the dry cleaners when you need one ? There were very few dry cleaners out on the prairie so the Gypsies took their laundry to a nearby creek and pounded them with a broom. Then they would hang them off the back of their wagon to dry. However modern day RV’ers’ like the gypsies hang their bicycles, canoes and maybe the laundry and children off the back ! And just to prove they are a class act, you will hear them coming with loud flags flapping on the roof which indicates to everyone who their favorite football team is and possibly a tattered American flag to prove they are a patriot !
Could this have been the original RV ? Possibly but do not confuse “Gypsies” with “Settlers” on Connestoga wagons headed toward California to find gold and strike it rich. They were called “settlers” because they liked roughing it and “settled” for extreme discomfort ! Today, modern “settlers” have RV’s and don’t chase gold since they believe their beaten pathway that leads to winning the lottery ! Now if you are paying attention at this point, then you undoubtedly spotted the bird catching a ride in the chimney. And if you spotted the bird, you might qualify as a 1% percenter which allows you to keep reading !
This section is for the good, the bad and the incredibly ignorant ! It addresses many sins including the compulsion to waste time and $ money sitting in traffic jams, flying on commercial airlines, ocean cruises or investing in vacation homes plus the hands down trendy winner > The Tiny House !
Your forecast >>> Be forewarned that if you are in a good mood, this may change that ! However, if you take a moment to actually read this and remain in the top 1% percent, you can expect partly sunny with a touch of genius.
The word “Camper” may be the most overworked word in the English language. For those of you who don’t know, the term “camper ” began from an odd attachment mounted on the back of a pickup truck in the day when the only other RV was a tag or “travel trailer” towed by a station wagon, most of which spent a good deal of time in the ditch since the brakes were dismal to non-existent and the combo was prone to > “jackknife”.
However, since RV’ing is so popular, in order to send you off the beaten path, the car manufacturers determined to capitalize on this trend spend $$$ millions on advertisements designed to fool gullible people into believing that an SUV is actually an RV !
To achieve that, they show smiling families in shiny new SUV’s with their trendy children jammed inside on cellphones huddled around WiFI stations taking selvies sharing precious moments with their adoring fans on social media who send them on to millions more wannabees ! Multi-tasking at its finest jamming the internet by which they become momentarily famous at only four years old !
Outside, with kayaks or canoes perched precariously on the roof and up to ten bicycles hanging off the back, they imagine themselves as being just like the old world gypsies with their laundry ! Adorned with stickers that say > “off-roader” and “gone camping“, they crawl along for miles sucking up fuel in their overloaded, under-powered SUV’s blocking traffic > which is OK because in their “SUV camper”, they are > “going camping” – whatever that means to them ?
Want a divorce ? Some of you who are smarter than others may have noticed that women are different than men ? And have you been paying attention to the television ads which shows him taking his family “camping” in their new shiny SUV with a canoe on the roof and a dozen bicycles hanging off the back like the gypsies did with their laundry. And with a little tent jammed inside which provides full RV amenities except no bedroom, kitchen, water, bathroom, sleeping quarters, heating or ventilation. Surrounded by nature and without a window or real door, never mind that because being an outdoorsy type means being prepared to “rough it” whatever that means ?
Next, like good boy scouts for the next hour or two they busy themselves erecting that tent in the wind on cold, wet ground. However, in the middle of the night she hears some strange animals making funny noises which is the first indication that > “she is all done roughing it, grabs the kids and is out of there ! And he can count on getting a divorce”. And just so you aren’t mislead, >>> none of this “camping” has anything to do with RV’ing !
Note: The following is a compilation created over twenty years of extensive research by independent sources such as NHTSA, (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) Consumer Reports, Insurance Companies, Freedonia Group, Haney Group and other publicized information readily available and includes interviews with thousands of RV owners. It is meant solely for informational purposes and is not meant to target any particular manufacturer, dealer, make or model. Disclaimer: >> The following does not represent the views or opinions of Transport Technologies, officers or employees nor any affiliate organizations.
Warning > If your social status may be slipping > listen up ! Being “trendy” means everything today and therefore as the advertisements have made it clear your new shiny look-a-like SUV will need a roof rack for the required canoe which informs everyone you are “going camping” whatever that means ? It also helps if you have a few bicycles hanging off the back along with some dirty laundry > just like the gypsies did !
Next, be sure to get the smallest one possible for great fuel mileage but with the largest storage capacity inside which according to the ads can swallow an entire house of furniture, a grand piano, musical instruments, a boy scout tent and even more junk on the roof ! Now with your RV style “camper” think of it like the old phone booth which had twenty people stuffed inside which is how they put one hundred pounds of potatoes in a two pound sack which some say only an advertising agency could manage with the help of photoshop !
Lastly, if you value your life, never buy one without WIFI sense the real reason to go “camping” and “roughing it” is to have round the clock WiFi with a new play station and the latest “snakes and dragons” software ! Be aware that according to wannabees the world over, WiFi is “the nuclear energy that is driving mankind into the twentieth century”. So be sure you and your family can play games day and night from multiple WiFi stations inside the tent and stay in constant touch with the outside world while you are “camping” whatever that means ?
TOWING A CAR BEHIND AN RV CAN LEAD TO PERSONAL FINANCIAL DISASTER OR DEATH >>>
The worst news is not that your car detached and was found in a ditch but that it met another car head-on causing multiple injuries and/or fatalities which your insurance doesn’t cover. Most RV’ers believe they are covered under RV, home owners or other insurance > not so ! >>> (For more on this click here) > Webmaster – connect to C-1.
This section is dedicated to those who have a burning desire to fit in !
Pickup Trucks ! >>> Decades ago, Transport Technologies convinced Ford to build the first four door pickup truck. Why ? Because they believed more than two people might want to travel and sitting outside in the back in the wind and rain was not only dangerous but illegal. Also, there was a growing need to have a more “macho ride”. >> Sort of “a pickup truck man cave” !
Everyone needs at least one pickup truck ! > Fifty years ago, if you had a farm it was OK to buy a pickup truck. However, times have changed and today there are two reasons why pickup trucks have remained for the last thirty five years the best selling vehicle on the road ! Contractors who make up about 30% of the market intend to actually haul or tow something ! And the other 70% had no use for one but bought them because their neighbor had one and that creates a burning desire to fit in and belong to the neighborhood ! It’s called the “me too” syndrome !
Caution > If you have a jacked up pickup truck > do not read this ! The trucks above are perfect if you are extremely anti-social since there is only room in the cab for two plus a keg of beer sandwiched in between. It also helps if you travel with a ladder or are over seven feet tall !
Learning what the emblems on the side mean. “Limited” obviously means only a few will be built so with few left, get em while they’re hot ! “Sport” means “sporty truck” for sporty people or sporty racing ? “Off Road” is obviously self explanatory and means the truck has no business on public highways ! And if you aren’t sure, where you are going, get interchangeable stickers that say – “On Road” and “Off Road”. That way you are covered !
However proceed with caution as > Amazingly, “Limited”, “Sport” and “Off Road” may not mean what they imply >> Spoiler alert > Only 7% of all pickups ever go off-road. And even though the “outdoor may be calling” there are few areas that allow “off-roading” including state parks. Check your local state law which says if you don’t own the land > it’s called trespassing and most land owners have guns ! (For more on this click here).
Communication is critical. Your First Picking Up Truck ? > Like your first beer, scoring with your first girl friend or your first Prom, this can provide an undeniable thrill. However, you may need to create a good reason to convince your wife you need to spend upwards of $50,000 on that new pickup while ignoring the fact that the kids need new shoes.
So here are some helpful hints > First, what not to tell her ! Don’t tell her she doesn’t need to spend $50,000 on new shoes since she already knows that ! And you won’t get any points for telling her you need a place for the empty beer cans while tailgating at the game ! Instead, try telling her you need to search along the road for extra firewood (for your gas fireplace). And when she doesn’t buy that, tell her you never know when you might come upon some road-kill > such as a dead buzzard ? And when none of this works and you find yourself cornered, go for broke > Remind her that keeping up with the Joneses (who has a new pickup truck) is a requirement and you need a place to store the tent when taking the family “camping” ! ! ! Works every time ! For more information – click here >>>>
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Jeeps > Another warning >> This section may not be suitable for anyone at any age ! The “Old timers” from WWII who can tell you a thing or two about how the early Jeeps were like sitting on concrete blocks in a go-cart. And when they finally got away from that old Jeep, they often went straight to a local bar or church or both in that order ! However, Millenials weren’t there during the war so the “me-tooers” rushed out decades later and bought every Jeep they could find !
Also, “Jeepers” as they are commonly referred to may without explanation suddenly swerve off the highway and attempt to climb the side of a mountain ! As seen on TV (like the internet, it must be true), commercials have apparently convinced everyone that Jeeps can go anywhere, anyway, anytime, anyhow ! Some claim really jacked up Jeeps are so high they have been known to fall over just because a fat person leaned against them. Unfortunately like pickups, that high center of gravity may cause the “jacked up” Jeep to roll over and plummet down the mountain possibly crushing a few people along the way.
Safety Component > Note the jeep on the right while missing it’s front bumper has a set of “horns” up front. . We understand this Jeeper has a brother who is a Madator and his objective is to gore him and hang his cloak on the horns ! So what happened to “play nice” ?
Also, “Jeepers” apparently are not required to wear seat belts since they are considered “sissified” and they argue that in a roll over with no obstructions like seat belts or doors, they will be thrown clear which is their way of protecting themselves and an obvious safety factor ? Meanwhile, certain body parts such as arms, legs and heads may be crushed which requires a pitstop at the ER or possibly the funeral home !
Another advantage of no doors is both boys and girls of all ages can now stick their legs out ! And as the wind blows her skirt up, listen for the applause which may also qualify her for a “Jeep Flasher” emblem. Also, with no doors, there is obviously no need for heat or air conditioning which “experts” say dramatically improves fuel mileage and can become critically important when climbing Mount Everest. One last major advantage is when it rains > the Jeep becomes an aquarium ! And this aquarium could be a good place to store a few sharks which are very macho !
The Ouch TriFecta ! The picture on the left obviously shows three vehicles including the motorcycle trying to occupy the same space at the same time. This is actually a rather “nice clean wreck” because unlike the normal mangled mess, someone might actually analyze this to determine who was on first, who was on second and who was watching home plate ? Then again, maybe not ! Meanwhile the picture on the right is a pocket rocket which sounds like a bumble bee at full tilt ! And like any good bumble bee, the driver decided to take flight ! And should you decide to get one of these, be sure and print the phone number along the side of the local undertaker !
Motorcycle positives > Like Jeepers, it’s OK to stick your feet out which is very aerodynamic and always makes an impression when you encounter road kill > like a buzzard or coyote.
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Formal Dedication: We trust this has been incredibly informative and we would therefore like to dedicate this entire section with a big shout out to mental midgets everywhere with single digit IQ’s on behalf of Undertakers at Funeral Parlors around the world !
OK grasshoppers, try to keep up ! We have to weigh in and say if we haven’t offended everyone at this point, it wasn’t from a lack of trying. So stay tuned as the following is guaranteed to insult almost everyone ! Or make you a lot smarter !
CARS & SUV’s > If its on wheels we roll with it therefore this will assist you in buying that new ride. There are many ads on TV on how to buy that new ride. One of them Car Fax recently got a law passed that allows them sell you a car without disclosing the damage history including active recall notices even if they are potentially life threating problems therefore you and your family’s life doesn’t mean much !
Image is Everything > Look closely at the women seen in the commercials and you will note they seem to all have a “swarmy look of superiority on their face”. For technocrats ! In marketing parlance this is known as “subconscious sublimation” which in plain English is commonly referred to as “brainwashing hypnosis”. And now you know why identical ads are constantly repeated. So before departing in your new SUV Look-A-Like, you should practice this by frequently checking yourself in the rear view mirror so everyone will be assured that > you have arrived ! And the most important thing to remember is this requires no separation between your imagination and reality For more information click here for SUV-1. (Webmaster – go right click to SUV-1)
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ELECTRIC CARS: If you need proof positive that the “dumbing down of America” is complete, here it is ! This belongs in the same category as the tiny house. Therefore it does not warrant discussion here however if you insist on attending the Electric Car barbeque – click here !
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RV’ing / Camping Out and the great outdoors:
Welcome To The RV Barbeque: It wouldn’t be fair if we did not devote at least a million words to the world’s most popular outdoor activity > The RV Barbeque.
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* Five reasons why towing an automobile is the worst idea ever !
* Why roof air conditioners are a “throw away” waste of money.
* Why buses, motorhomes and RV trailers are not really “toy haulers”.
* By accident or by design ? You decide.
* Why RV’s get poor fuel mileage.
* Why some RV’s require a “live in” maintenance man”.
* Contractor or local terrorist ? Fraud and morally bankrupt ? You decide.
* Electrical failures. The scam exposed !
* Dangerous AC and DC electrical grounding present on RV’s.
* Why major RV companies declared bankruptcy.
* Replacing metal & wood with aluminum/ composites > carbon fiber & graphene
Towing a car behind an RV > Read The Fine Print Disclaimers: > Like your car, in the fine print you will note your policy can be automatically cancelled if you install any modifications including aftermarket products or have what is termed an unsecured load which legally often translates into >”Negligence” ! Be aware that virtually all hitches and dollys are aftermarket and that is why reputable wrecker companies (who retrieve wrecks for a living) will no longer tow vehicles (except on the truck’s rear deck) and liability is also why no reputable RV manufacturers install hitches and no known RV rental companies due to insurance restrictions rent RV’s when used for towing.
Insurance companies require the name of every designated driver (to check driving records). And when your car detaches from your bus or motorhome, this falls under the legal category of > unsecured load which also translates to legal negligence which means there was > NO DESIGNATED DRIVER IN THE CAR !
The insurance company can justifiably claim your policy was void the minute you began towing an empty driverless car with a retro-fitted aftermarket hitch >>> “Knowledge Is Power” and now you know the facts ! Also, see the section below on towing cars with automatic braking causing fires plus inability to back up on dead end streets plus requirements for “pull through sites” at RV parks. >>>
More on dangerous towing > The fact is the bus or motorhome rear chassis and bumper were never designed for towing and this is why NO manufacturer installs a tow hitch and why virtually NO RV rental companies allow towing behind an RV. None of the car manufacturers recommend towing because with newer cars that are either rear or all wheel drive, the driveshaft(s), ABS, proximity and collision avoidance are controlled by computer chips which can only be disconnected at the dealership to avoid cancelling the warranty !
Also when towing the odometer piles up mileage and with no engine running the transmission or transaxle continues spinning without lubrication which will destroy them over time. Add in the towed vehicle’s turn signals/brake lights and or brakes which should be applied milliseconds before the brakes are applied on the bus or motorhome (which in reality is virtually impossible to coordinate) to prevent either a rear end collision or the dreaded jack-knife.
However, with the wheels, axles and transmission in motion, this not only spins the odometer adding mileage, collision avoidance sensors can activate when sensing the tow vehicle ahead which applies the brakes which in turn can cause the wheels and tires to become extremely hot, blow out and/or cause a fire.
The Dead End ! Every RV’er sooner or later finds themselves with a car parked in front of them, (usually in an RV only zone), on a dead end street or in an RV park with no “pull through sites” available. And with a car in tow (even on a dolly) they cannot backup without creating a reverse jack-knife which will damage the hitch and possibly the car ! For more reasons why hitches constantly detach > see – “Aftermarket Hitches”.
Finally, imagine coming down a steep mountain and making a sharp turn with a four thousand pound automobile pushing you and pulsating brakes placing enormous stress on both frame and the hitch which can result detachment or the dreaded jack-knife. And all of the above also applies to cars on dollys.. In any event, the personal liability can become a financial disaster !
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RV Rescue History: Welcome to Elkhart Indiana, home of the self proclaimed capital of the RV world. A decade or longer ago after having building fifty years of junk, there was an “RV For Sale” sign on every corner. By 2006 the government caught with their pants down decided Elkhart should provide housing for the homeless after hurricane Katrina. So they slapped together over 150,000 RV’s that were sent off to New Orleans, Alabama and Mississippi full of cancer causing carcinogens like asbestos and formaldehyde (still legal to this day in Indiana) and the thousands of destitute homeless families having survived the hurricane were left dying from cancer ! And many are still homeless to this day while hundreds of thousands of RV’s paid for with taxpayers money $$ are condemned to rot in fields in three states as you continue to pay rent on thousands of acres of RV’s. > Your tax dollars at work !
This was followed by $30 million in law suits, not against the government who announced that they could not be suit for squandering money but against the RV manufacturers. Not so fast there ! Don’t recognize the name ? If nothing else Elkhart has proven to be resilient and dedicated to their cause even if it meant somehow remaining afloat after a collapse from multiple lawsuits. How ? Close up on Friday, declare bankruptcy on Saturday and open up on Monday under a different name ! Business as usual !
Meanwhile many workers had left during this depression to find other jobs ! Not to worry ! R esilient means search around Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio for the Amish and Menonites which they recruited in droves.
However it didn’t take long for these proud and highly religious people to realize they were still using cancer causing carcinogens which would contribute to destroying people’s lives while using the cheapest cookie cutter components imaginable from third world countries so they immediately retreated back to their farms !
Where have all the workers gone ? Once the Amish and Menonites had enough and decided it was time to exodus they were immediately replaced with bus loads of Mexicans. And of course, this was short lived since many were illegal immigrant and the government sent them packing. No problem. They were ready to leave anyway and described unbearable working conditions ! And when a Mexican who is used to hard work tells you that and leaves America for Mexico, you can believe it was unbearable
Another rescue on the way ! > Meanwhile, Millennials were multiplying like rabbits which created far too many rats in the big city cage which resulted in pollution, overcrowding and traffic jams. So they decided to run out of town for a piece of the RV lifestyle, the car companies created TV ads to fool the gullible into believing SUV’s are actually RV’s, only with a bicycle or canoe on the roof and maybe a tent ! And since none of these Millennials had never owned an RV and were incredibly gullible to believe that nonsense and the wannabees rushed out and bought hundreds of thousands of SUV’s and drove off into the sunset with their tents.
However, there were more than a few out there who bought over 500,000 real RV’s in 2017 alone ! And to put that in prospective, that is the kind of production you would expect in a year from Ford Motor company, GM and other giants !
So how does upside down Elkhart build 500,000 RV’s a year which is one every minute ? Answer > All you need is a lot chemicals like Asbestos and Formaldehyde along with a lot of cheap labor. And where do you find them now that the Amish are back on the farm and the Mexican are down south of the border growing Mary Jane on their farms ? Why right next door in the form of a gold mine of totally over crowded jails in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. And with their buses, they began collecting droves of inmates on work release programs from as many local penitentiaries as they could find > for $1.00 an hour. Now you’ve heard you get what you pay for and while the demand certainly outpaced the supply and no way they could possibly train prisoners with single digit IQ’s > Not to worry ! Elkhart has a history of employing untrained workers including the Mexicans so it was “business as usual” ! With your tax dollars !
Tradition dies hard and like the mobile homes they have been building for a century and with now they had virtually free labor and a few million gallons of cancer causing carcinogens along with the cheapest components from third world countries good God fearing Americans should be expected to just ignore the debacle of Katrina.
Knowledge Is Power and now you can rest easy knowing that your new RV was assembled by a registered convicted felon. Moreover, he is making at least one $1.00 per hour which while below minimum wage is thanks to you, getting benefits like free housing, questionable healthcare, three somewhat nasty meals a day, a stash of booze, drugs and everything they can steal all at taxpayers expense. However, rest assured that your new RV is helping to rehabilitate poor inmates and making a slight dent on jail over-crowding ? Plus, not only are you contributing your tax dollars to the economy, if you find a few parts missing from your new RV, at least you’ll know where they are !
In defense of RV manufacturers ! A large part of the problem here is consumer related. People who would normally not expect to buy a high end car, truck or SUV for $30,000 expect to buy a rolling city on wheels for the same price. With no idea what it takes to put a house on wheels inside a rolling city with full amenities, their primary consideration is not quality but price. Fast forward > By now, almost everyone knows about the lack of quality in a mobile home, especially if they have lived in one before a tornado lifted it into the air. So what makes them think an RV is any different ? It is different because a well built RV is far more complex than a car, SUV, truck or mobile home. As in four to six miles of wiring alone…..
Now, we know the truth may be painful however Knowledge Is Power and we recognize there are millions of experts out there who feel a need to way in. Some are overcome with the need to share your fact checking or their “factoids” with us. Somehow it seems the internet would be the last place to explore facts howeverin the instant fact recognition department, at least one inquisitive individual asked how long Transport Technologies has been doing this ? And the answer is over sixty five years !
However the best comment came after just ten seconds which was > “OK I see what you’re trying to do here and let me tell you where you went wrong”…. Imagine how devastating it is to learn that after sixty years of engineering and design 24/7, your entire concept and development could be evaluated and destroyed in seconds !
And while we are astounded by all of this, there are just too many experts in the peanut gallery for us to acknowledge, so please hold your comments until after you die !
RV’S > On the internet means it must be true ! One way to learn about RV ratings is reviews by RV manufacturers on their own products. All while many of the reviews or so called “independent studies” may provide glowing reverences of excellence, they might as well have been written by the “tooth fairy” ! Ad nauseum.
One way to get an honest opinion is review by Consumer Reports or other reliable non-biased reviews. ! If you were buying an aircraft, the FAA requires on board recording devices (black boxes) and log books which record everything on the ground and in the air. And aircraft are supposed to be only worked on by certified A&E (aircraft and engines mechanics). If you bought a yacht the better ones are rated by either Lloyds of London and have coast guard certification. That “RV For Sale” on every corner or in every dealer’s lot should be a “red flag” however and other RV’ers may be quite negative which may unfortunately discourage you from buying anything.
Buy an RV, and you will find very little substantial legal information other than an identification placard and no meaningful DOT certification since that applies only to commercial vehicles. And the state of Indiana and others still allow them to be produced unregulated with cancer causing Asbestos and Formaldahide as well as totally unqualified non-certified individuals including convicted felons on penitentiary work release programs who are paid as little as $1.00 a day.
However, one way to know what standards the manufacturer adheres to includes the Unification of Industrial Standards, International Trade and Institute of Civil Engineers and Verification of Industries Standards, which are included under aspects of manufacturing to ISO standards which is non profit and does not accept bribes. Located in Geneva, Switzerland, unfortunately you won’t find any RV manufacturers listed who can even approach even the lowest ISO standards. And the only international company that exceeds the highest ISO standard of excellence is Transport Technologies and that should tell you something !
There may be hope ! And it may come in the form of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway which recently bought numerous borderline defunct RV manufacturers. Whether they can over time fix the epidemic surrounding the RV industry remains to be seen however they posses the ability to change the landscape assuming they can find, recruit and train qualified employees to build hundreds of thousands of RV’s. And despite their deep pockets, that is still a “big if” because other companies like Ford, GM and Chrysler with resources and cubic $ money are still facing recalls in the millions every year and that despite their advanced technology and automation. This tells you that “bigger is not necessarily better” and that is why Transport Technologies only builds a limited number of units for a select clientele.
THE U-HAUL MOTORHOME CHASSIS: The typical motorhome chassis, commonly referred to as a “city delivery truck chassis” is also used by companies like “U-Haul ! To save weight a thin lightweight upper framework is added. And as the chassis below runs over uneven road surfaces, this transfers load to the upper structure which flexes and distorts which causes the “squeaking and groaning” you hear and failure of cabinets and doors to open and close properly.
And these city delivery truck chassis’ are also known for having a harsh ride. Altering steering and suspension geometry is something that should NEVER be altered by amateurs. However, in an attempt to improve the ride while saving $ money, conversion companies often remove all but one of the front springs and install softer shocks. This causes the top heavy motorhome to oscillate from side to side requiring constant steering corrections, particularly in a cross wind and with only two small I-bolts now connecting the axle to the single spring, this is a formula for a mechanical failure since when it breaks usually from sharp turns and/or braking as when coming down a mountain, the axle disconnects and allows the tire to make contact or “run out” making contact with the wheel-well, which instantly stops it from turning causing an immediate loss of control and a possible serious wreck.
Historically, motorhomes have been exempt from most safety regulations including energy absorption and crash testing even though they are top heavy and when they roll over, the superstructure often detaches from the chassis and can virtually disintegrate.
100 Year Old Design: Buses were originally designed to move people from A to B with very limited cargo capacity and only about 2% are converted for use as an RV.
>>> Why motorhomes and buses get terrible fuel mileage. A gas guzzler ? Put you hand out the window at 60 mph and note the enormous pressure against your hand ! Now multiply that by the huge frontal area of a motorhome or bus !
It’s like pushing a giant billboard ! Now compare that to the wind cheating aerodynamics of our transporters ! And whether it’s a school bus or a transit bus, converting it for some other purpose might have been acceptable one hundred years ago however this is 2017, not 1917. And no matter how hard they try to disguise it > > > > a bus always looks like a bus !
THE WORST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: The driver and passenger seats in a bus or motorhome are in the most dangerous impact zone most likely to cause serious injury or death. And upon impact everything inside become a projectile crushing everything in their path as they take driver and passengers right through the windshield !
Flammable materials: RV construction is basically unregulated and many manufacturers therefore continue to use cancer causing asbestos and formaldehyde as well as highly flammable insulation in walls, ceilings and floors which can spread a fire so quickly, it can envelope the entire structure in minutes. Diesel pushers with rear mounted generators towing automobiles with wiring run 40′ ft. from the car to the driver are especially vulnerable.
A formula for disaster with electric, pulsing or automatic collision avoidance braking. Whether its wiring between vehicles or wheels,axles and the transmission spinning, collision avoidance senses proximity with the rear of the tow vehicle at which point it applies the brakes which over-heat and through wiring including the sensors, can set the car or tow vehicle on fire. It then spreads to the tow vehicle and possibly it’s fuel tanks. Seconds after this was taken, the motorhome exploded. (For more information, click here).
What else they didn’t tell you about braking ! They would have you believe that you are safe with automatic braking > Not so. Recognizing that the average person can no longer safely drive a car, they install this gimmick which admittedly can work under certain circumstances, mostly face on at low speed. What they didn’t tell you is that anytime a child, deer, bicycle or motorcycle or anything else including another car darts in front of your vehicle, the system cannot stop a car at highway speeds before impact. Which means at a red light whether the other vehicle passes directly in front of you or “T” bones you in the side, this will not do one thing to protect you and your passengers.
But we were just trying to take a shower and everything exploded in a massive fireball ! To save money, most RV manufacturers place the hot water heater inside the cabin along the side wall with both the fresh air intake and the exhaust exiting out the side within inches of each other. This is like connecting your exhaust pipe under the engine compartment of your car beside the air intake. Engines don’t inhale carbon monoxide. They emit it. wonder why it takes forever to get hot water and occasionally you smell carbon monoxide inside ? What this does is mix LP gas with the air and carbon monoxide. The efficiency of the water heater is seriously compromised since carbon monoxide or exhaust gas doesn’t burn. And as they build up, the igniter or burners become more and more inefficient. And this is why the water heater manufacturers add electric heating to the water heater beside the LP gas! LP gas should NEVER need electric to be efficient and sooner rather than later, you will hear a tremendous “boom” .. That is a backfire which occurs at the igniter and alongside the burners, much like a car will backfire from too much gas and too little air. In one test we conducted the backfire was so intense it actually blew the entire exhaust pipe (or chimney) off the water heater and caught everything on fire. And since these water heaters are inside the cabin, breathing even a small amount of carbon monoxide has one major advantage. Forget to turn off the hot water heater ? You may not have to worry about the explosion and fire because during the night, you will experience a deep sleep and never wake up ! And why would they do that ? Answer > Because it is quicker and cheaper than doing it the right way ! Anything to save a $ buck even if it cost peoples lives !
Ignorance Knows No Limits > It has been estimated that 98% of all RV’s sold have electrical grounding, both AC and DC hooked to the chassis. And although this is a common short cut by electricians, if you want the definition of stupid and dangerous risk to you and your family, simply Google this and you will find an unlimited number of wannabees informing you that this is a perfect way to ground your RV, car, truck or boat ! In fact, it is the worst thing you can possibly do. NEVER use the framework or chassis as a conduit or grounding wire even though some generator and inverters have manuals instructing how to do this.
Last but not least – virtually all motorhomes and RV’s with up to four miles of wiring which are often done by unlicensed and totally unqualified workers which are actually worse than those wiring residences and businesses. By code a house or business requires a so called licensed electrician to either do the wiring or at least be present with a journeyman or apprentice. However with mobile applications which are far more complex, there are no legal requirements or inspectors present when this is done. The result ? You would be better off taking a commercial airline flight wired by a boy scout ! And that is why there are so many fires on mobile homes and RV’s.
The Internet: > One genius commenting on the internet claimed his solution when on the road was to hang a wire with a five foot long copper tube attached and underneath his “camper”. Those following him must have been alarmed to see the sparks however yet another genius claimed rubber tires contain enough carbon and moisture to act as a “grounding rod” ! This could be where > “Stupid has no boundaries and ignorance has no limits” originated.
Your RV and Twissity 101 > Electrical facts: At every RV park there should be a grounding rod at EVERY site. To cut corners or save time and money $, so called electricians will often use single “daisy chain” grounding between sites. Utility companies also try to save $ money at transformers and/or power poles by “sharing” grounding between phone lines and electrical lines often using one grounding rod at certain the power poles. And if a lightning bolt or other surge travels over either utility line, it passes back through the ground wire which is connected to the opposite utility. Often it will actually blow the transformer off the pole but you are paying for it, so it doesn’t matter to them ! However, this can damage telephones and any electrical components, etc. etc. And this practice also cost consumers hundreds of $ millions each year.
And you guessed it, this same short cut connection is part of the transformer from the power company at almost every RV park. Grounding rods at each site outlet should be done only by the park by an electrician qualified to install mobile electrical > not by you ! If you install your own rod particularly for a detached or on-board generator, you run the risk of puncturing water, cable, or electrical lines with dire consequences.
Grounding DC batteries > If you have DC batteries, the negative poll on the battery is your ground – period – never shortcut a wire to the chassis or frame. You may have been told the framework can act as a conduit. Never mind what this does to expensive audio and video equipment, NEVER connect any wiring AC or DC, positive or negative to the framework because metal, steel or aluminum conduct electricity and just touching them can injure or kill you. Read this again > DC current can kill you. Again, any positive (red) wires or components which inadvertently touches any part of a framework or conducting exterior point completes the circuit instantly even if you are just standing on a floor or brushing up against it ! In a word, whenever anyone connects a ground wire to the chassis or framework, they just potentially electrified the entire vehicle ! ! ! Example: Ten people were recently killed on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta when they jumped into water from boats (not even close to the dock) which were electrified from aluminum pontoons wired to components each with fuses and DC batteries. And both AC and DC can cause serious fires.
Connecting to AC > If you are connected to shore power, the outlet beside your RV should be connected to a ground rod in the ground at the site.
Generators and Inverters > If you have an on board generator, the AC electricity passing through your transfer switch and circuit breakers and possibly an isolator or GFI to create an AC ground. Better quality generators or inverters will have their own circuit breakers built in and their framework should NEVER be connected to any chassis or superstructure. And if you have a boat, yacht, or aircraft, all of the above also applies.
But the expert said > The internet has spawned an opportunity for everyone to become an “expert” and there will be many who have learned a few buzz words like most computer geeks in order to sound like they know everything. Quick Disconnect > So if you fit into this category with millions of others, rather than voice your opinion on this, send for our free pole for only ($15,678.00) which has another expert’s face emblazoned on it. Mount the pole somewhere in your backyard and when you feel the need to “express your opinion“, simply go out there and give the pole a piece of your mind !
For the rest of you that recognize > Knowledge Is Power, ignore the “wannabee experts” who wax on over the internet (which doesn’t cost them anything). This also applies to so called “electrician” not educated and skilled for work on mobile vehicles. That includes an electrician who thinks he knows something about houses or commercial business which have nothing in common with the above or that read from documents/manuals distributed by anyone which claim to be knowledgeable on standard electrical codes or requirements for safety. These people are often not just ignorant they know just enough to be stunningly stupid but they do know how to charge you a lot of $ money for either nothing or end up setting your ride on fire ! And we can’t emphasize this enough !!!!
Question > So how can I be assured of being safe ? Answer > Buy a Transport Technologies Transporter.
Does the raised body on straight frame rails and axles with little wheels and corrugated exterior remind you of a “mobile home” ?
A typical RV trailer with straight axles and/or straight framework with exposed undercarriage means you are probably riding on recycled mobile home “throw away axles” along with wheels and axles and brakes which do not meet minimum DOT safety standards. This also causes excessive overweight loading and amazingly non-commercial vehicles are exempt from regulations.
Awesome or awkward ? This practice makes the trailer appear to be “jacked up on little legs” which raises the first floor and center of gravity three to four feet just like a mobile home exposing the undercarriage which many have described as “awkward and ugly”. This also makes loading and unloading difficult and may cause “hunting or swaying” particularly in a cross wind. With cargo and living quarters on the same level, both areas are severely compromised and even in the largest equestrian, motorsports and RV trailers, the cargo is seriously limited in terms of space and weight restrictions while living quarters are reduced to nothing more than a glorified lounge
The Truth About Throw Away Axles: > The first question is why don’t they use dropped axles and lower the trailers ? The answer is because straight axles are cheaper than dropped axles and they use the raised (and exposed) area underneath to hang electric, plumbing and other components which makes them vulnerable to water, obstructions (tires/deer/cayotes etc.) in the road, etc. etc. And they can use these same straight axles for mobile homes. And the reason mobile homes wheels, tires and straight axles are considered “throw away” is that by law they only have to travel to the mobile home park where by law they must be removed and the mobile home set up on blocks.
And what becomes of the mobile home “throw away axles” ? Answer: Often, they get recycled to RV’s ! These mobile home manufacturers who also build RV’s use these axles alongside big steel mobile home beams to build the cheapest, overweight and most impractical RV’s imaginable with virtually no cargo space. And since these small tires and wheels on “throw away” axles, could not meet DOT minimum load limits and because they never throw anything away, they petitioned Congress for an exemption for all RV’s and since they are not commercial vehicles, they are now exempt from safety regulations !
Question So how can I tell if I’m riding on “throw away” axles ? Answer > If your RV trailer appears to be raised or “jacked up” and/or is riding on straight axles which expose part or all of the undercarriage, you probably have mobile home axles or their equivalent – which are often not DOT safety approved/certified. The fact is these new RV trailers originated as cheap copies of mobile homes which is where most of these manufacturers started decades ago with a “cheaper is better” mentality. And if you have a new or used RV, despite its disguised appearance, the chances are you may be towing what is tantamount to a mobile home in disguise on non DOT certified mobile home axles.
Safety and Handling: Center of Gravity: Raising the center of gravity just six inches in any vehicle can adversely affect handling. Its called “the tail wagging the dog” and with “tag trailers” cross winds can cause them to bounce or “oscillate” and since they are precariously balanced on top of small wheels and like buses and motorhomes, have an alarming tendency to roll over ! Moreover, under heavy braking, inadequate trailer brakes and the high center of gravity can “lift” the hitch point unloading the tow vehicle’s rear wheels which can cause the dreaded and incredibly dangerous jack-knife when the trailer attempts to pass the tow vehicle. (See pictures above and below).(Click here for more information)
Truck demolished. Mother and three children killed instantly ! This after being told the truck could easily pull this trailer. However the real question was whether the truck and trailer suspension and brakes were capable of stopping in an emergency. Pickups pulling a trailer should always have dualies and kits are available for most pickups.
An all too familiar sight in RV and mobile home parks. Most companies build both mobile homes and RV’s using the same components and electrical wiring. And the most common cause of RV injuries/fatalities on highways and parks is not from accidents or storms but from fires. >>>>> Electrical fires !
Jeapordizing human life is secondary to making easy $$$ money. It’s called ethical and moral bankruptcy !
WHAT ELSE THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW !
While these sections may upset some it may also prove to be a “wake up call” for prospective buyers. The study ultimately analyzed hundreds of different RV’s including motorhomes, buses and travel trailers. The following is a “short list” of various engineering, mechanical, electrical and quality flaws which have in many cases escalated to epidemic proportions creating an “RV For Sale” sign on every corner.
Expect Even More Recalls: > Credits: >>> Below is a excerpt from an article, The Real Reason for the RV Recall Surge, written by Greg Gerber. > “This excerpt is most important for every RV owner to understand what their responsibility is toward vehicle safety. The RV industry should expect to see many more recalls being issued in the months and years ahead. NHTSA is engaging in a consumer education effort to encourage RV owners to report vehicle safety issues directly to NHTSA. Here are some of the situations for which NHTSA would like consumers to communicate directly to the agency”.
- Steering components that break suddenly causing partial or complete loss of vehicle control.
- Problems with fuel system components, particularly in their susceptibility to crash damage, that result in leakage of fuel and possibly cause vehicle fires.
- Accelerator controls that may break or stick.
- Wheels that crack or break, resulting in loss of vehicle control.
- Engine cooling fan blades that break unexpectedly causing injury to persons working on a vehicle.
- Windshield wiper assemblies that fail to operate properly.
- Seats and/or seat backs that fail unexpectedly during normal use.
- Critical vehicle components that break, fall apart, or separate from the vehicle, causing potential loss of vehicle control or injury to persons inside or outside the vehicle.
- Wiring system problems that result in a fire or loss of lighting.
- Vehicle ramps or jacks that may collapse and cause injury to someone working on a vehicle.
- Air bags that deploy under conditions for which they are not intended to deploy.
- Child safety seats that contain defective safety belts, buckles, or components that create a risk of injury, not only in a vehicle crash but also in non-operational safety of a motor vehicle.
- Suspected tire defects.
Examples of defects that are not considered to be safety-related problems include:
- Air conditioners and radios that do not operate properly.
- Ordinary wear of equipment that has to be inspected, maintained and replaced periodically. Such equipment includes shock absorbers, batteries, brake pads and shoes, and exhaust systems.
- Nonstructural or body panel rust.
- Quality of paint or cosmetic blemishes.
- Excessive oil consumption.
Consumers who feel their recreation vehicles may have a safety defect, are encouraged to fill out a five-step form on the NHTSA website. There are separate forms to fill out for problems with tires, components and child safety restraints.
However, just because your RV has a recall notice does not mean it is likely to get fixed ! Owner’s report their RV being on recall for one or more years. Dealers complain that they are overwhelmed by recalls and can’t either get needed parts from manufacturers or cannot hire competent workers to repair thousands of defects ! And at one dealership covering many acres, over 80% of the RV’s parked there had a “For Sale” sign attached.
>>> Why major RV manufacturers declared bankruptcy >>>> And what made Indiana the self proclaimed “capital of the mobile home and RV world” ? Historically most of the RV manufacturers began building cheap mobile homes which eventually earned a deservedly poor reputation as > “mobile junk“. So they changed the name to “park trailers” or “manufactured homes“. RV’s soon followed and their analysis was that since people didn’t live in an RV year round, they could throw them together with even cheaper material !!! And whatever name they chose, the result was the same > “mobile junk” ! And why Indiana ? It is one of few states that still allow production of mobile homes and RV’s using deadly asbestos/formaldehyde with virtually no safety requirements for non-commercial vehicles ! And eventually as owners found their new RV’s continually breaking down and making families sick, signs began to appear on every corner > RV For Sale !
But these manufacturers claim their RV’s are made by Amish craftsmen: The fact is nothing could be further from the truth. The handful of proud and highly skilled Menonites and Amish craftsmen in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio who were originally recruited quickly retreated back to their traditional farming when they discovered the RV’s were thrown together under demanding deadlines using dangerous carcinogens and cheap “cookie cutter” cabinets and components from overseas suppliers. And despite the misrepresentations to the contrary, today there are virtually no Menonites or Amish assembling mobile homes or RV’s.
Katrina to the rescue: Hurricane Katrina almost bailed them out as the government purchased over 150,000 RV trailers with taxpayers $ money to house the homeless victims of the hurricane. And to increase production and profits while capitalizing on other’s misfortune, Elkhart’s finest slapped them together as fast as possible with deadly carcinogens like asbestos and formaldehyde. Meanwhile anxious to find shelter, these poor, homeless and destitute families, having survived the hurricane found themselves with multiple respiratory problems, asthma, disease, cancer and even death. Unable to be occupied or sell them, most of the 150,000 were condemned and to this day remain parked on acres and acres of farmland in what appears to be endless junk yards.
Don’t recognize the name ? Meanwhile with credibility at an all time low and sales plummeting, Elkhart, Indiana became a ghost town. Undeterred in the aftermath of Katrina, the RV manufacturers dodged over $30 million in law suits by closing the doors on Friday and declaring bankruptcy only to reopen on Monday under a new name !
Question ? But manufacturers claim they have fixed all these problems. Answer: In fact, the situation is far worse than before. Let’s begin with the myth that “bigger is better”. These manufacturers have thousands of employees and produce tens of thousands of “cookie cutter” RV’s and mobile homes each month on production lines controlled by strict time and budget constraints. One manufacturer in Elkhardt, Indiana boast about producing an RV every seven hours ! Mass “throw it at the wall and see if it sticks” production like this creates major quality control issues and these same manufacturers also have fine print disclaimers which absolves them of any warranty or repair issues. In other words, once it leaves their mass production assembly line, anything that goes wrong is someone else’s problem ! And if manufacturers can’t hire competent people, you can bet the distributor can’t either so they dodge the issue by telling you to contact the manufacturer who in turn tells you to contact the distributor.
Still have any doubts ? Ultimately too often that “someone else’” is you and many of the same “mass production” assembly line methods used to assemble automobiles have been copied by the RV industry. The parallel ! Outsourcing means with few exceptions, there is no such thing as made in America anymore ! Example: Over 500 million automobiles are currently under recall notices with components made in foreign countries (ignition switches and Takata airbags being two examples). Want more proof ? Google RV reviews on the internet or ask any owner how many repair/warranty issues they have experienced ? Or to put it another way, see if you can find one honest RV owner who hasn’t experienced a multitude of problems.>>> Click here to return to menu.
>>> Throw Away Air Conditioners: This should be titled throwing away your money $$$. Ever noticed a high end motorhome or conversion bus with up to five small air conditioners mounted on the roof ? Not only are they exposed to high wind and the elements 24/7, they create significant wind resistance, (compounded and parasitic drag). With the vents at head height, they are obnoxiously loud inside and with no remote thermostat, a ladder must be used to adjust thermostats or louvers. And due to limited generator capacity, often only two can operate at a time. Exposed to the elements and strong winds, they have a short life expectancy. Under new Federal law, none of these units can be recharged so they are considered “throw away” air conditioners and studies show the typical cost of replacement with labor at an RV dealer is $5,000 each. Therefore a bus or motorhome with four units on the roof equals a replacement cost of up to $20,000 or more.
Multi-zone central air and heat. For about half that cost, on our transporters you get far superior commercial/industrial grade Mitsubishi central heat and air conditioning with multiple split silent air handlers in each room. Standard for floors one and two on Xanadu and Xanadu Palladium transporters the main condenser also swings open as a side cargo door. Like the condenser, air handlers are hidden and protected inside the walls and ceiling from the elements. As are our 20′ – 40′ ultra high def. diagonal amphi-theater movie screens and our 26′ x 40′ ft. electronic awnings. There are no ducts required and a perfectly smooth roofline means there is no mileage destroying compounded drag. Individualized quiet comfort zones, each controlled by a hand held remote while hydronic radiant floor heating is also an option. With insulation approaching R-60 (which is five times that of the average RV), the combination of multiple crackling fireplaces, silent gas furnaces and electric central heating on our transporter can sustain an unprecedented 72 F. inside temperature at minus -60 F. below zero outside temperature with a 60 mph wind chill factor. The silent central air conditioning system can sustain 70 F. inside temperature with an outdoor temperature of 120 F. (A typical day in Death Valley or the Serengeti).
Sound Proofing: Whether you want to sleep enroute or as an audiophile or a musician who wants to record great music on the road in your recording studio, our 3/4″ thick insulated, thermopane, laminated and tempered windows surrounded by 5″ inch thick R-60 insulated multi-layered sound proof walls have been compared by one superstar as “riding in a silent coffin with an absence of outside ambient noise”.
Buses / Motorhomes and RV trailers: >>> This area is reserved only for those who can deal with the truth !
The word “Conversion” translated means “Compromise” and this explains why none of these are actually toy haulers ! This also addresses the obvious contrast between “cookie cutter conversions” and custom building from the ground up for an intended purpose. A motorhome usually built on a straight truck chassis or bus is designed to move people from A to B and any “conversion” is always a compromise with negative consequences. Most commercial bus conversions utilize “monocoque” construction. Simply stated this means the sidewall is the framework. And while any conversion can compromise safety, the hard and fast rule is never cut into monocoque construction and that is precisely what conversion companies do when retrofitting slide outs. This compromises the integrity of the entire bus. And how serious is this ? The first slide outs carved into the side of buses by conversion companies resulted in total framework collapse before they ever got out of the parking lot ! These people are obviously not structural engineers and that is the reason only a few companies are now authorized by bus manufacturers to install slide outs (under their supervision) which while obviously costly are often limited to not more than 8’ feet wide and insurance liability issues drove the initial price for four slide outs from one major conversion company to over $400,000.00 (for just the slide outs).
Tag and 5th wheel trailers utilizing cheap straight frame and axles with small tires and wheels raises the floor up to three feet or more above ground level which exposes “the belly” with tanks and plumbing underneath. Likewise, creating a bulging raised front in an attempt to create access above the 5th wheel also creates an awkward appearance and contributes to poor fuel mileage, swaying in cross winds while being described as > “just plain ugly”.
Mayflower or Allied van type trailers while built to commercial DOT standards are designed to move furniture period. People and heavy cargo require extensive (and expensive) conversions. The result is “trailers” built so that the chassis and framework has to flex which causes untold problems in an RV conversion. Even with the superstructure reinforced, doors, cabinets, drawers and every component on board is affected by distortion which manifest itself when traveling over uneven roadways or raising the landing gear. The result ? Noisy “moaning and groaning” interiors with doors, cabinets and drawers which will not remain closed or latch properly over time. And there is nothing worse than arriving at your destination to find the entire refrigerator has dumped everything onto the floor ! >>> Click here
LIFESTYLES THAT WASTE TIME , $$$ MONEY AND CAN ENDANGER YOUR LIFE !
Why go RV’ing when you can book a cruise and get up close and personal on the beach with 3,000 other people ?
The fine print sez you may have to drown to get a refund ?
Modern luxurious cruise ships often have WiFi so on her play station, she can watch a new graphic video of a cruise ship running aground. Sort of preparation for the real thing !
LIFESTYLES: The Cruise Ship Myth: > Another way to endanger your health is to book a cruise ship vacation. Social Media Myth: You’ve probably seen the television commercial with a family of four squeezed inside a tiny SUV with a grizzly bear trying to chew through the window. And they don’t drive away but just sit there staring at each other and screaming ! The cruise ship companies would have you believe that unprovoked bears can chew through windows and attack people in cars, SUV’s or much larger RV’s and why would you invest in an RV when you can book a cruise and explore the world ? Why indeed ! The number of problems with cruise ships besides overcrowding, fire, contamination, viruses, diseases and running aground are endless. Consider the following.
In order for you to get even close to the price advertised, you must book your cruise up to six months in advance and there are no cancellations or refunds. And the cost rises exponentially since anything other than a cramped cabin with a tiny window, internet access, going ashore, port charges and even fuel surcharges is added. A recent study indicates the average cruise cost over $5000 for a family of four and despite their glitzy commercials, just as you wouldn’t tour America in a freight train, your best chance of getting even remotely close to a beach is when the ship runs aground because the captain was drunk or asleep.
Diseases: Pack over 3,000 people into a confined space and highly contagious noro-viruses can run rampant along with stomach related outbreaks which occurred on twelve different ships in 2015 affecting thousands of passengers. From airborne flu viruses to Ebola, the list is endless and statistically the CDC reports that if you book multiple cruises, there is no question that you will contract a serious virus or disease. Registered in foreign countries, neither the limited medical staff or doctors are licensed which is convenient since it eliminates potential liability and means you can’t sue them for malpractice. Insurance companies including Medicare do not pay for any medical problems including emergencies in international waters.
Terror on and off the high seas: Most passengers go ashore in ports. From pickpockets to hardened criminals, the minute a cruise ship comes into port, they lay in wait and come out in droves ! It is illegal to carry a firearm on a cruise ship and unarmed crew and passengers are also defenseless against criminals and terrorist on and off the high seas !
Recurring Problems: So why are there so many problems with cruise ships ? Two thirds of the 1000 + crew (that is actually operating various systems) is never seen by the passengers since they are down in the bowels of the ship. Think “coal mine or pirate ship” from the dark ages with a destitute crew pirated from third world countries who may endure squalid unsanitary conditions which generate multiple air-born viruses re-circulated throughout the ship as they work up to eighteen hour shifts and with no minimum wage laws, often make less than $1.00 an hour !
Vacation Pollution:The unregulated fuel used has 3,000 to 4,000 times more sulfur content than gasoline and the exhaust from the massive engines on a typical cruise ship is being pumped right into the ocean along with up to one million gallons of raw sewage a month which is why entire species of marine life are dying including exotic fish on pristine coral reefs as their environment is systematically destroyed.
Crime: Criminals learned long ago that there are no licensed police on board and the result is a 50% greater chance of being assaulted, burglarized, robbed, mugged or raped on a cruise ship than on land and virtually none of these crimes are ever reported.
According to the CDC (Center For Disease Control) the ventilation system on commercial flights lacks any ionization or sanitation filtering as it re-circulates through the entire aircraft which means you are being exposed to up to 350 people which carry an alarming percentage of airborne viruses and other diseases. According to the CDC, the number one cause of spreading the flu epidemic is commercial airlines and on any commercial flight, you stand a 34% chance of contracting an airborne virus.
In order to correct this, the aircraft manufacturers decided to draw in fresh outside air. However, at 30,000′ ft. the air is so thin, it must be drawn in from the only available source, the jet engines ! Circulated throughout “TCP” is caused by inhaling of residual jet fumes. In the cockpit pilots can become disorientated and according to the CDC, there are now five known deaths per day and millions more who become violently ill. And one of the symptoms is irrational, antagonistic or violent behavior. Sound familiar ? Please understand this is not about you or your family’s health. It’s about the $$$$$$ money
Actual travel time analysis: So which is faster, cheaper and more relaxing flying commercial or your own recreational vehicle ? To answer this question, two families of four were given stop watches and travel ledgers for a typical vacation from Atlanta, Ga. to Orlando Florida’s Disneyworld.
Time > Start with one hour to pack clothes and the very limited items allowed on commercial flights. Add one hour to drive to the airport and park. Add thirty minutes to unpack car and take the shuttle to the world’s busiest airport. Add approximately one hour to purchase ticket, baggage check, invasive body search screening and endless walk to the gate. Add mandatory two hour pre-check in and boarding requirement plus average of thirty minutes on taxiways prior to takeoff. Add one hour (jammed into crowded seats with obnoxious passengers, their crying children plus a 22% chance of contracting an airborne virus) on the flight to Orlando, Fla. Add approximately one hour for deplaning, baggage pickup, and car rental. Add thirty minutes for shuttle to car rental lot and loading of rental car. Add one hour for drive to hotel, check in and transport luggage to room. Add thirty minute drive to Disneyworld and up to a one hour wait in line to get a ticket. Total time required > eleven (11) hours.
Recreational Vehicle Time > In contrast, the family with the RV not having to meet any flight schedules leaves with all supplies already on-board including groceries and clothes. Time to travel to Orlando six hours and fifteen minutes over a scenic route in air ride captain’s chair comfort with bathrooms, entertainment lounge, beds and private dining. Arriving inside the park at the Disney’s Five Star resort you are then whisked by VIP concierge escort service via tram or monorail into Disneyworld over five hours before the family flying commercial arrives.
Cost comparison > It’s called being nickeled and dimed to death ! From the log book, four round trip tickets from Atlanta to Orlando for the family of four with luggage was $1280.00. Special (offseason) reduced hotel family rate at Disney for three nights $920.00. Breakfast, lunch and dinner for family of four over four days > $1185.00 Add parking fees for hotel plus four days at Atlanta airport $180.00. Four tickets to Disney World $440.00 Total $ 4,005.00 Comparison: $4,005 is an average cost for basic RV expenses for a family of four on a six month vacation covering a large portion of the United States. Want to save money, avoid contagious flu viruses while losing weight eating your own healthy food and sleep in your own bed ? So now you know another reason why RV’ing is the world’s most popular activity !
The RV vs. the Beachfront Condo or Vacation Home: If you compare the maintenance, property taxes, insurance and other related cost of a vacation home with an RV, there is no comparison. However the most obvious argument in favor of the recreational vehicle is it’s like having an unlimited number of vacation homes around the world. Thousands of people have spent $ millions on beachfront vacation homes around miles of coastline. What they are blissfully ignorant of is the number earthquakes, particularly mountainous regions (California), in area where oil drilling is increasing (Colorado) and especially offshore earthquakes which have tripled in the past ten years. And the tsunamis created by them are causing chaos in regions previously seldom affected.
On the other hand, every time a hurricane approaches, beach front property owners panic ! And once the storm subsides, they learn they can no longer get flood or disaster insurance ? Or in a community with an association which they pay dues to, they soon learn they don’t care for the restrictions or the neighbors but they are still stuck there. Now ask someone who has lived on a typical postage stamp lot with zero property lines on the ocean for years if they really like the neighbors or the same view every day of the same ocean! Boring !
The RV Lifestyle >>> Unlike the vacation home, if you don’t like the weather, crank up and leave. If you don’t like the neighbors, crank up and leave. Or if you just want a change of scenery while exploring endless frontiers, crank up and leave ! Or to put it another way, in today’s hectic world, the ever changing and serene life of a gypsy has a lot of appeal !
And what about that cute tiny house ? This proves that ignorance knows no limits and stupidity has no boundaries. It also proves the “dumbing down of America” may be almost complete. Last, it is also so absurd it doesn’t warrant an answer however if you are even slightly delusional, this should be a cure !
Building Codes: Thrown together on a flat bed steel trailer with straight axles (that will not meet DOT specs) using cheap adhesives and nail guns, the wooden walls will come apart the first time that tiny house is towed over uneven road surfaces or any bumps. There is nowhere in the United States that these will meet any building codes and that includes RV and Mobile home parks or even thousand acre farms which now required you to get a permit to install an outhouse. Even in a Mobile home park you have to remove the wheels and axles and install a skirt to hide the undercarriage and junk which means they are no longer mobile however most mobile home parks which will accept almost anything are turning away these fire hazards and eye sores. And when someone in a mobile home park doesn’t want you parked next to them, you may have a problem !
The super-structure while extremely heavy made of steel and wood is also so flimsy it will flex, groan and moan with everything inside moving around, cabinets opening and closing and valuables being destroyed. As to handling, not only are they top heavy, forget being balanced front to rear and tracking properly since these builders have absolutely no experience in building anything mobile. Building “over the road vehicles” requires years of experience and this becomes a safety issue which is compounded by what follows:
Safety: You will not find one tiny house that meets building codes which are extensive requiring stairs of specific tread heights and depths plus supporting weight complete with hand rails required for all cramped lofts and sleeping quarters which do not meet minimal legal ceiling requirements. . For safety reasons, particularly with children, there are no state building codes anywhere that will permit this ! And what they failed to mention when selling this consumer grade toy is you need at least a 50 amp. electrical supply wired ONLY by a licensed master electrician who has been schooled in mobile vehicle wiring. Never mind that most so called master electricians today can’t even wire a house, this also applies to water, sewage, and heat, ventilation, etc. etc. ad-nauseum. The electrical system alone is a major source of potential fires and since the electrical and walls don’t meet even residential firecodes, this is a formula for disaster which can prove fatal for everyone. And while the utilities alone along with the property will cost far more than the tiny house, if state governments will not approve an outhouse, there is no chance they will approve the electrical or plumbing or allow anything less than a legal drain field and septic tank. And you cannot tap into city sewage without a CO which they won’t issue for a tiny house. What all this means is that tiny house cannot be legally sold anywhere to anyone !
Cheap Price ? And if you think that a tempting low price is the main selling point, think again ! A jackleg contractor could never compete with an assembly line corporation on any level and if you make an apples to apples comparison between a new or used RV, mobile home, modular prefab or aesthetically pleasing prefab log cabin with composite construction which looks just like the original log cabin and a cheap wooden tiny house, there is no comparison.
Economics 101 > A far better alternative rather than spending $35,000 to $95,000 for a 25′ ft. 250 square foot square box, despite their reliability problems you are far better off to simply go buy a used RV trailer or mobile home which is much larger and unlike the tiny house, has multiple slide outs built in, bathrooms, kitchens, plus heat, water, electrical, plumbing, etc. etc. And with the RV you can at least tow it which you cannot legally do with the tiny house ! And these companies with their assembly lines figured out over the last fifty years ago how to put one thousand pounds of living quarters and cargo in a two pound sack so the tiny house come lately crowd despite what they may claim, did not invent how to do that.
What they appear to be really good at is preying on gullible young people who see themselves as being “trendy” while looking for their first house or perhaps eliminating awkward payments to greedy banks every month or others who may find themselves upside down in an existing house and simply want to get out of a loan and downside in the process. Nothing wrong with either of these however one needs to be very cautious and remember “Knowledge Is Power”. . .
Economics 102 > There are thousands of RV’s, mobile or modular homes for sale everywhere and you can pick up a used 35-40′ foot RV or a double wide mobile home for $12,000 to $25,000 and have enough $ money left over to buy a new pickup truck ! The only downside to these ideas is you may need to repair and replace items in a used RV or mobile home. However at least there is something there to replace and someone to assist you which you won’t find in the tiny house ! And if you meet any settlers who were around in the 1800’s and spent the night crowded around a single fireplace in sub zero temperatures inside a drafty shack > > ask them what it was like ?
Dare to Compare > Our hybrid crossover tow vehicles have seating for up to eight, bathroom with standup shower, kitchenette with refrigerator, ice maker, microwave, dinette, sofa/bed, entertainment center, privacy doors, hidden safe, etc. all in a small space immediately behind the four door cab. It’s called intelligent maximizing of available cubic space and it’s still a tow vehicle and an obvious embarrassment to a tiny house !
What about a house boat or a floating tiny house ? Imagine being moored in a marina in the shadow of mega yachts with their irate owners staring back at you ! It’s not a boat, it’s not a barge and it’s not a house. But when the first storm comes in with it’s own high tide, just after they leave, you can remain and protect the marina and your family !
Welcome to their world > Maritime law indicates the vessel on the right has the right of way. So even though they can’t possibly see you, if you want to “swim with the fishes” cut in front of that 150 ton yacht and give it a test ?
T-1 >>> Making a statement in your new picking up truck ! Never be seen in any truck that doesn’t generate an obnoxious noise since this is a “right of passage”. Experienced picking uppers will tell you that a deafening noise can put fear in everyone for miles and will turn a 6,000 pound truck into a “Fear Monger” macho ride. Wannabees can achieve this by removing the mufflers preferably before they even get it home.
Get there before you get there ! Announcing your arrival is best achieved when everyone can hear you coming for miles. And “experts” will tell you that the loud noise is proof that you have arrived “and will generate some badly needed attention. And if needed, go for broke with some “Hell’s Angels” skulls next to your “Fear This” stickers ! Are you listening > Bro ?
Fat / Knobby Tires > Always buy the widest tires that will stick well out beyond the wheel-wells. And if they rub, > just jack it up in the air ! So like the fat tires, there is no such thing as too tall so elevate it until you have a nose bleed or pass out from a lack of oxygen ! And remember ! Impressions are everything and fat knobby tires will produce an enormous roaring sound audible for miles with the added benefit of slinging projectiles like gravel and rocks at the cars behind you (for which you are liable)….
What they didn’t tell you > Balancing height with steering geometry is a technical science which should NEVER be attempted by a self appointed Bubba in a job shop or under a tree in the back yard. And here is why ? Those offset wide wheels and tires guarantee the steering geometry will end up completely out of cast/camber so the front end wanders endlessly, particularly over bumps, threatening to swerve into less important vehicles. They will also cause stress fractures in outer axle bearings which besides overheating lubricating grease can result in a wheel falling off which can immediately spin the truck into a ditch or off the side of a mountain. > But don’t you worry about that until it happens !
Junk in the trunk > Anything in the back of a pickup trucks by law must be secured and covered. However, not to worry since no one can see the junk until it flys out in the face of oncoming traffic, obviously that becomes someone else’s problem!
Blinding lights > Real pickups have at least a dozen bright lights on the roof which can be aimed so they will blind on-coming cars. Add some banners or flags flapping wildly in the wind which are audible for miles and you have proclaimed your allegiance to home and country along with your local football team. And since this makes a deafening roar inside, pay no attention if they scream > “we can’t hear anything”. Just turn up the radio to > “are you kidding levels” and roar on !
But wait > Unfortunately, there’s more and this section is off limits to almost everyone !
Understand that being jacked up creates that air of total superiority while looking down on lowly people in less important cars which everyone knows do not belong on the road, especially anywhere near pickup trucks. Just like the cowboys in the old west with notches on their guns to show how many lowlifes they have shot, this is a right of passage. Now have you noticed how many trucks have dings in them ? You seldom see a truck that hasn’t been dinged up. So like Hell’s Angels, you may be required to do some damage before being admitted to the Macho club. No dings ? No admittance ! That’s how it works ! And no, cow manure while appreciated doesn’t count although that’s a good start. However, you might be admitted in your new pickup to their frat house if you at least knock out a tail light or two.
Tailgating and water rafting > Meet Bubba and Bocepheus > Bubba is down at the local “sports bar” and is downing beer, bellowing loudly at everyone within a half mile with a few racial slurs on which is the best football player, coach, team owner, etc.
Age old American traditions > Long before the game starts, you can hear the footballing truckers coming from miles away, tires a-roaring, flags a-flapping and the engine belching smoke out the huge exhaust stacks with help from > “brother Bocepheus aftermarket fuel injection system”. With enough black smoke to gag a maggot plus everyone for miles around and give new meaning to the term global warming, those fat knobby tires have thrown mud, rain and cow manure all over the truck generating a putrid stench that can “knock a buzzard off a *%+@ wagon ! Meanwhile “Bubba”, perched up on his “man cave” is sucking up beer and downing enough junk food to redefine > food poisoning. And later after the game Bo’s massive dose of Diarhea may force him to mount the tailgate once more which will wash down the cars following as he shows everyone how “mooning” should be done !
Meanwhile, back in the parking lot, his adoring fans are held in rapt attention and listening intently as Bubba is now “holding court” ! And at no extra charge he generously explains how football is should be played and with an occasional glance at his cellphone or tiny display on his trendy smart watch to the booming “blow by blow” of the game on what he calls > surround sound stereo ! Meanwhile, one faithful follower quietly informs those intensive listeners that Bo’s incredible knowledge was acquired during his years on “the junior football team” while he was a cub scout !
Here comes Bocepheus > Not to be outdone Bubba’s brother Bocepheus always wanted a boat but because he spent all his coins on the new pickup, he decided to launch his new pickup man cave turned boat into the raging river. And as it floats away, “Captain Bocepheus” and his passengers find it advisable to avoid the incoming water by climbing out onto the roof. And the last thing you see as they slide ever closer to the roaring dam is captain bubba pointing proudly down at the sticker that sez > > >”Ain’t Skeered” !
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Road Rage > Twenty miles per hour under the speed limit in the fast lane with a pickup tailgating within inches is necessary to intimidate. You would very much like so you take the next necessary step which is giving them a little Nascar tap on the bumper as a sort of a wake up call. And if that doesn’t work, a little pit maneuver to assist them in running off the road so let you roar past and jam up the next car in line.
Sound like fun ? Well, it never works for the following reasons > A) He pays taxes, has rights and he is entitled ! B) The car advertisement told him his fast car, “rules the road” (which doesn’t leave much room for trucks) ! C) Assuming its a she, your blazing cow horns and glaring headlights are not in her rear view mirror which is aimed directly at her while she is texting and fixing her hair. D) She could care less about any dumb cow trying to pass her on the internet and wonders where animal control is when you need them ? Plus, she not only doesn’t know or care what kind of cow that is, she isn’t currently into cows ! E) Multi-tasking or just day dreaming in space means its OK to be oblivious to everything around them which means they can always pretend they don’t see you.
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Technology 101 > However after a short 911 call, the police over at the donut shop while looking at their computers, sends not their attack dog “wuff” but high tech Mortimer, which is their replacement for their worn out and expensive helicopter. Mortimer is a remote control drone which does lots of things including tracking speeders, HOV violators, careless lane changers and captures tailgaters with any indications of road rage. Mortimer’s little high def. camera also captures license plate numbers then circles around to smile at that stupid looking face in the windshield. Meanwhile down at the jail Bubba sez > “Occifer – I didn’t do nuthin. That moron was “frontgating” me. And anyway, I didn’t see Mortimer coming. Now can I have my one phone call and a donut” ?
Technology 102 > It gets worse ! Later, his cellmate, a convicted felon with an IQ in single digits is back from the hospital after being shot up, informs Bubba he is lucky to be in jail. He informs him that instead of calling 911, whoever he was trying to intimidate could have just instigated his own version of road rage by launching his own little Drone which could pump him full of holes and he would have ended him up at the funeral parlor ! It’s called road rage and as his newly found cellmate informs him >”He isn’t really Bubba Badass > he’s Bubba Dumbass !
For the God fearing types out there > Now we know you face enormous pressure to protect your truck and your family (in that order?) from everyone especially those driving cars who may for some reason hate trucks. Plus they could have a hang nail and therefore be intent on inciting a little road rage. However, mounting your shotgun or rifle sideways in the rear window is frowned upon since it let’s people behind you know of your intent to shoot them for following too close or shooting you the bird.
Alternative Road Rage > If you want to be obvious, are convinced you are a life long bonified picking-upper and prefer a different approach to tapping the bumpers of cars ahead of you, we would like to suggest that it is far better to mount front and rear flame throwers and a Drone with machine gun turrets on the roof. And you will note the drone mounted on the roof of Transport Technologies’ tow truck on this web site ! You might also notice the roman chariot spiked hubs on the wheels ! Keeps people honest !
Now keep in mind that to remain legal you may need a designated driver if you insist on sitting on the roof and firing away at less important vehicles. Also, you need to know the buzz words > “Ain’t Skeered” is self explanatory. Also, when picking uppers refer to “packing” that doesn’t mean a gun. Packing means they have a stash of hand Grenades on board. However, if you are “packing” be sure to renew your “terrorist bomb permit” because you never know when the police might pull you over for excessive amounts of empty beer cans that have been rolling out the back for miles.
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Jeeps >>> Now be aware that pickup truckers and Jeepers have a lot in common. Real “Bonified Jeepers” know there are several important elements that separate them from ordinary picking-uppers and sissified Jeepers. First, they reserve the right to remove the doors in order to get that outdoor feeling which we call > “flapping in the wind” ! Secondly, it’s sissified to wear seat belts since getting drunk and falling out is a “right of passage”. Still, onlookers often ask “without the doors, why do they bother to install roll cages” ? Don’t ask !
And here is where we must separate “Real Jeepers” from mere “Wannabee Jeepers” . Wannabees typically have their doors still attached because they prefer not to fall out. However this qualifies them as “sissies” by real Jeepers who claim the lack of doors saves a few pounds which can turn an ordinary Jeep into a “raging sports car” for the Real Jeeper speedo group ! Some Jeepers like Pickuppers have decided to show everyone that they also have a sports car in disguise and while blowing away thousand horsepower sports cars and save an extra $1M in the process ! Always good to keep a few bucks for gas money !
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Insurance ? Need insurance for your next crash ? The Geico television ad indicates all you need to do to qualify is to practice juggling your chain saws ! We have decided to create a lottery with an award going to the most insultingly stupid irrelevant ad by an insurance company ! And right now there are at least four of the biggest ones in the running. However they have plenty of competition with the millions of ambulance chasing lawyers anxious to take your $ money !
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Motorcycles as targets: Think the four wheelers just pick on bicyclers and motorcycles ? Wrong ! To put this in prospective, these same brainiacs also run over police officers, crash into ambulances, cut off firetrucks or run over people at red lights which might interrupt their texting ! Also, keep in mind that statistically few of them actually own the vehicle they are driving while 32% have no insurance at all and even with the $10,000 minimal coverage which over 60% have be aware that won’t cover the cost of an ambulance or hospital visit much less the funeral parlor.
Runaway and hide ? A lot of bikers apparently believe motorcycles make them invisible from police lights, sirens, radios and helicopters. So to get their attention, they buzz through traffic sometimes at over 100 mph endangering everyone and obviously don’t worry about spending the rest of their life in a wheelchair after the cops extracts “Bro” from the wreckage in the ditch !
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Transport Technologies has a vested interest in all things on wheels. Therefore we address some common misconceptions about things that roll !
Cars and SUV’s >>First things first ! About ten years ago give or take a decade or two, modern millennial wannabees made fun of their grandfather’s favorite ride called an antiquated > “station wagon”. Fast forward ! What they may not have noticed is a lot of the new SUV’s look exactly like the original “station wagon”. And of course social-lite millennials are rushing out to gather up this “new trend” ??
Keeping up with the Joneses > You would never want to be embarrassed by having “last year’s bird nest”, WIFI / MIFI or SWIFI has become “a right of passage” and critically important if you want to join the WiFi country club which is of course the ultimate status symbol ! And did anyone tell you that WiFi is nothing but an RF signal with less than half the power of an old CB radio ? Of course not ! Medical alert > According to the advertisements > “kids of any age can go into serious withdrawal during a WiFi melt down”. The fact is no child should ever be tortured by not having WiFi to play his games with ! Also, according to Subaru commercials, since times have changed, kids are very particular about what they expect from their new ride. And if you have been watching the latest commercials described in mind-boggling superlatives, you will learn that these are the ultimate off-road head turners (best in class) and do not ask what class that is and who made it up ? And with multiple WiFi stations, your child will soon inherit the earth and assuming it might be a Subaru, drive the tires off it for centuries to come ! Remember, “the family that plays together, stays together” and if you want to be part of that proud tradition plus not be locked out of the house, get out there and buy your child a new Subaru with lots of WiFi !
A little history: > Some say if you’ve seen one cookie cutter, you’ve seen them all ! And if you look at the cars from the 1950’s or 1960’s, it was easy to tell them apart. However today you have a choice of one ! That is because they are all basically copy cats of each other and obviously everyone wants look-a-like cars so they can be just like over a million joneses !
How to buy that new car > They are spending $$$ millions on ads for you so pay attention. And there are actually people somewhere that wright these ingenious ads however you want to avoid meeting them in a dark alley and if you saw the ad, you know that “Flo” hangs out there.
At the “Toyotathon” the advertisement shows everyone dancing wildly in the showroom with the cars ! Even if you missed your dance class or the prom, not to worry as they promise to sell you a car whether you can dance with it or not ! In any event throw caution to the wind and make a bee line immediately for the dealership as they are expecting you !
Now we must inject here that some of you have asked if there is such a thing as “really stupid” as compared to “stunningly stupid” as it relates to advertisements. Answer ! Some of the top award winners are definitely insurance company ads and “Really stupid” applies to those who watch ads and may be considered to be part of Flo’s fan club. They will often have a giant picture of the incredibly talented and famous “Flo” on their bedroom wall. Unfortunately these gullible types are also considered somewhat dangerous having been glued to the TV set so long since they were children, their bodies bonded to the sofa ! However, occasionally in order to remain slightly coherent, they may break free and roar off to play an addictive, violent computer games. This keeps them reasonably sane and if WiFi goes down or they don’t get their fix, the word on the street is they may feel the need to “act out” throwing tantrums or even blowing up entire buildings !
Others can be seen with a posted note stuck to their rear end that sez “stunningly stupid” and typically they may have a crush on the girl in the ad grinning from ear to ear in the showroom who also teaches dance lessons in the Toyo (Toyota) ad. The girl is so powerful can magnetically draw these people into the dealership at least once a day. These fans have apparently also earned the right to become part of the Toyo fan club and will have a picture suitable for mounting on their wall which also has the insignia TRSS which stands for Total Retard & Stunningly Stupid.
There is yet another category which is never discussed since it is reserved for “those who shall not be named”. These reclusive types hide in dark closets watching Geico ads. The last of this group which gets honorable mention is the Subaru commercial which shows a 90 year old grandmother whose parents apparently bought her a 100 year old Subaru still running with 1,456,786 miles, thus she is as pure as fresh rain and still a virgin !
Fitting In With One Size That Fits All ? Remember, while keeping up with the Joneses the real advantage is that with your new SUV, you don’t want to worry about being “sneered at” by your neighbors who has an identical look-a-like – so you will fit right in ! For more information click here for C-1.
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Cars: >> Car manufacturers and their dealers at some point assumed that most people are in fact, somewhere between really stupid and stunningly stupid when it comes to doing their homework on cars, trucks and almost anything else they buy. In defense of them, we would argue it’s not their fault because they have zero attention span disorder ! And of course they weren’t talking about you ! So they opened up some training schools which teach advanced buffaloing with BS which teaches them how to sell anything, to anybody, anytime, anyhow and anyway they can.
Example > In the 60’s one model Corvette had a Terravanda engine. And you know what that is – right ? However, our enquiring minds wanted to know and so we asked every GM dealer on the planet what that meant and that said they did not know Terravanda and as far as they could tell, she wasn’t even in the phone book !
Fast forward to right now. There is still a good chance you can score a car with “intuitive steering”. And you know what that means – right ? Amazingly, once again, no one we talked with had any idea what that is but it’s in every ad and a righteous buzz word if ever there was one and certainly a major selling point for trendy, gullible, impressionable children of all ages. And if you want to skunk the neighborhood, get the new > TTIS or “Trendy Terravanda with Intuitive Steering” ! We will guarantee you that your neighbors will be totally impressed with your new ride and have no idea what it actually is – not that it really matters !
However in your search for a new ride, if one particular Camry if the right color impresses you with particularly wicked moves, don’t waste time asking the price (blaahhh, blaahhh, blaahh) since someone else could snatch it up any second ! Just sign on the line and if you change your mind tomorrow, it will probably already be on recall so bring it back and consider a new status symbol > the “expectation shattering Buick” which of course implies “they already know what your expectations are” as defined by the crystal ball in their showroom ! Also, be aware that according to the ads, your neighbors may argue for days over whether that thing is really a “Buick” or not because it doesn’t look like a fifty year old Buick ? Apparently these may the same people who are still trying to buy a new Edsel !
Anyhow, the new Buicks may look like every other cookie cutter but again, according to the ad, always give them plenty of room and stand way back because it’s not every day that you see a Ferrari next to the “Bold New Buick” in your very own neighborhood ! And never mind that lame Lambo ! The ad would indicate the Buick is the real attention grabber and will gather an enormous amount of admiration from the thousands of adoring fans standing around gawking. And its OK to stay up all night secretly watching from your window to see how many of your neighbors are staring in rapt attention at your new ride.
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Electric Cars: First of all, a highway is not a golf course and cars make lousy golf carts ! And anyone who spends any time on the course will tell you golf cart batteries go dead every day and that is why they have recharging carts. The only problem is there is no charging device on the interstate. Of course everyone who lives in the big city will tell you that everyone who is anyone lives in the big city and that electric cars make perfect sense because you are going to spend most of your life parked in traffic plus you only need enough electric power to remain parked with heat or air conditioning while talking on a cellphone or cranking up WiFi to play games like Snakes and Dragons ! Add it all up and it comes down to one entire week each month spent parked in big city traffic. So its just a matter of getting your priorities straight.
$ Cost ? Electric cars cost thousands more than a gas or diesel which means traveling for years on the cost difference. But electric is free ! Really ? Do you smell stupid headed this way ? When is the last time you got free electricity anywhere including your home or business ? All batteries have memory and if constantly charging that huge heavy batteries for twelve hours doesn’t damage your bank account, replacing that $5,000 battery every two years will ! And the fire department will tell you that often when they put that fire out, a few moments later it comes right back because they are fueled by the battery and electrical shorts which means these fires have a life of their own !
Travel distance> Forget the claims. When you add in heat/air conditioning with fans, radios, GPS, lights, computer/cellphone WIFI attachments, 20 miles may be optimistic. That means 12 miles one way in order to get home which is a realistic limit unless you know where there are convenient battery recharging stations close by. The advantage of being stuck in an interstate parking lot with no charging station for miles is a chance to relax all night with a dead cellphone and irate screaming kids who have no WIFI connection ! If this isn’t working for you on that expensive electric car, you can always use it as a golf cart. One definite advantage is they hummm so you can hummmm around the golf course which shows your intent to save the environment.
Others argue that the oversized golf cart also has an engine to recharge the battery in an emergency. However, be careful if you claim you have an electric car ! If you are going to truly save the environment, you can’t have it both ways ! With all that in mind and little else, your best bet is to get a SureFly or have them build you a custom Skyhawk Octocopter. This is where you become totally superior to all other humans and possibly the envy of the entire world as you arrive at the first “T” of the golf course in your shiny new Drone which also serves as your golf caddy. And even if you are a lousy golfer it does not matter if your moto is “if it ain’t on wheels, I fly with it” !
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What’s Next >>>> Chrysler Prowler: Little cousin to the Viper with all electric options including air conditioning.
Negatives > Small V-6 engine (225 HP). Keeping crowds away from it in the parking lot !
Positives > Chrysler’s intent in building the car was to experiment with bonded aluminum in the form of the traditional American Hot Rod. Original designed by Chip Foose it is NOT a kit car. Chrysler engineering, parts availability at dealers. plus available warranty. Extremely popular with owners. Holds resale value well.
New model options: > Ford GT vs Prowler ? The new Ford V-6 engine can replace Chrysler’s older V-6 which only had 225 HP ! Amazing technological advances > The new engine in the Ford GT (won LeMans) generates 647 HP w/seven speed dual clutch paddle shifting manual/automatic transmission via multi-functional steering wheel and digital (brains in a box) display. Prowler available with 16″ wide rear tires and upgraded carbon fiber brakes and upgraded drivetrain. Better handling and braking due to light weight and virtually identical in power and weight ratio to a carbon fiber Ford GT with the same engine and while it may be the best sports car ever built, the Prowler is still about $450,000 cheaper !
Corvette > General Motors builds 35,000 to over 50,000 Corvettes a year.
Prowlers however are quite rare so you won’t see yourself coming and going on the street. Note that 99% of all Corvettes models are only 425 HP. and the 650 HP models are $120,000. The V-6 aluminum and carbon engine in the Prowler is almost 400 lbs. lighter than a small block V-8. That means the all aluminum Prowler at 2800 pounds is considerably less than the Corvette. And every 400 pounds equals 150 HP. therefore the Prowler based on output and weight ends up with the equivalent of about 800 HP. And that is why they are called > Hot Rods !
Additional positive > No two seater sports car or motorcycle will seat more than two people. Pop the rear trunk on a Prowler and you have a “rumble seat” for two or three children in the back and a major selling point for the kids would obviously be WiFi in the back seat.
Did you get your $ money ? This section is for those who either did not get their entitlement check or haven’t yet won the lottery and are just a little short of $450,00 for the Ford GT or a $1 million dollars for a P-15 McLaren. So if you are a little short this month, here is where you can get one of the fastest and most unique hot rod sports cars on the planet and still have enough jingle left for a transporter. After all, don’t buy it if you can’t take it with you !
Chrysler Hot Rod Prowler > 2002 – as little as $15,000 in good condition with low mileage. Little cousin to the Viper with all electric options including windows, air conditioning, etc. Weight is always the enemy of all things on wheels and this jewel is all aluminum and only 2800 pounds! From cornering to brakes to fuel mileage are all affected and in the case of performance cars acceleration and cruise or top speed.
Positives > Chrysler’s intent in building the Prowler was to prove they could build a bonded aluminum car and why not build it in the form of the traditional classic American Hot Rod. Like the Viper it was original designed by Chip Foose and it is NOT a kit car. And with Chrysler engineering and parts availability at dealers would have to have a solid warranty. Extremely popular with owners, it holds it’s value well although some with low mileage are as little as $15,000.oo with low mileage.
Negatives for Prowlers >Small V-6 engine (225 HP). Now understand this occurred during a economic turndown and it cost cubic $ money to engineer and produce any new engine, therefore since they already had this engine on the shelf and since the little V-6 was a good fit and light weight, it seemed perfect for the Prowler. Nadah ! So with accounting on their back, marketing ended up using the existing V-6 and an automatic transmission (in a hot rod ?) Now V-6 and automatic were dirty words back then ! However, over in engineering they were red howith their new light weight aluminum cube ! Only one problem. The editor at the car magazines were stuck on horsepower while ignoring weight so they never even mentioned the fact that the little hot rod sports car was only 2800 pounds.
And shame on them because they overlooked the most important element in the car and they should have known better since decades before, Ford’s superlight aluminum Cobra stomped the elite like Ferrari, Lambo, etc. at at LeMans, Sebring, etc.
A virtually new Prowler ? > The new Ford V-6 engine can replace Chrysler’s older V-6 with its lame 225 HP ! Amazing technological advances > The new engine in the Ford GT (won LeMans) generates 647 HP w/seven speed dual clutch paddle shifting manual/automatic transmission via multi-functional steering wheel and digital (your automatic brains in a box) display. And it sounds like a screaming V-12 Ferrari at full tilt ! Your new 2800 pound Prowler with sticky 16″ wide rear (Hot Rod) tires, carbon fiber brakes, upgraded drivetrain will provide excellent handling and braking with a power to weight ratio identical to a carbon fiber Ford GT which has the same engine. Now while the GT may be the best, most advanced sports car ever built, the Prowler comes in about $450,000 cheaper ! For a review of this click on Autotrader.com Doug DeMuro who unlike the car magazines doesn’t accept advertisements and is not on anyone’s pay roll which allows him to provides live accurate reviews of many cars including the new Ford GT and the Prowler.
Negatives and Positives > Motorcycles and sportscars > No two seater sports car or motorcycle can seat more than two people. Pop the rear trunk on a Prowler and you have a “rumble seat” for up to three children in the back and know you must include WiFi back there plus rear view selvies will capture their little faces and the cars behind. Another negative is keeping crowds away from it in the parking lot as it is extremely unique and identifiable, perhaps more than the Viper since General Motors copied ten years of Viper designs with a million look-a-like Corvettes.
Cellphones, Cameras and Drones. Everyone you know is probably talking on a cellphone right now, perhaps taking a “selvie”. And if you look closely at them, you understand the reason photoshop was invented. And while the most popular pastime may be the “selvie” be aware that the original cellphone designed by Transport Tech’s founder was intended as a telephone and had nothing to do with “gaming or texting” unlike the current addiction and frequent car crashes from those who are texting. Furthermore, cellphones created the ” love thyself trend” addiction to “selvies” made famous by the original “Miss Selvie > Kim Kardasian”, who is reported to take over a thousand pictures of herself daily. Some have said that with over two billion cellphones sold, this addiction with the endless yacking, texting, gaming and taking selvies running up those billable has to exceed heroin as an addiction. However, heroin doesn’t affect carpel tunnel syndrome which may destroy a few of your fingers and thumbs. However if that happens, just drink some Vino and as Taylor Swift said > “shake it off” because you have some new games to play !
If you were born several hundred years ago, there might have been a picture of you or your great grandfather on the wall of your mansion. However, today forget the picture since you can leave something else for your grandchildren. Unlike selvies, professional video taken by artists with their photoshop abilities can make even you look good and create your own masterpiece suitable for viewing in the shower or at the local movie theater ! Your grandfather didn’t have digital video and photoshop available back then so in order for you to join the digital age, you need to do the following > Buy a transporter which automatically qualifies you to become part of the most exclusive club in the world, the MEA or Mobile Estate Association which periodically frequent MEP’s or Mobile Estate Parks. (See 5 Star RV parks, MEA’s and MEP’s). This places you within the grasp of concierge services which includes access to professional drone pilots, cinematographers and photoshop artists.
Drones > We believe everyone needs at least one drone ! And what kind of drone should you buy ? Depends on what you intend to do with it ! They are currently “trendy enough” for you to park it in the front yard or on the roof of your ride and let everyone admire your new status symbol. Now should you want to actually fly it, that’s an excuse to occasionally land in the neighbor’s swimming pool however be aware they may not give it back ! On the other hand, the better ones with obstruction avoidance will on less than 5% battery power will actually return home with their GPS and will land. And know that despite that, you and your kids are going to crash but they are easy to fix so get extra propellers, rotors and perhaps helmets for everyone in the local vicinity. Built in cameras like Go-Pro’s will provide medium resolution pictures and a good degree of fish eye effect due to rather inexpensive wide angle lenses. And don’t expect any auto-focus or auto-iris or night time options. At $1800, a Phantom is still an entry level Drone but well built, dependable and an easy to fly drone even for amateurs.
The Ultimate Drone > If on the other hand you become serious about avoiding traffic jams on your way to work and make a total statement for all your adoring neighbors, the SkyFly two passenger Octocopter. (See > Specialized Transporters) with it’s eight propellers is not only both affordable and safer than a helicopter they are self piloted with room for two and are the new inexpensive safe helicopters of the future and they can do some amazing things. Far more maneuverable, than a helicopter, it can embarrass an experienced bumble bee or humming bird. They can also fly to 4,000 feet and with a 70 mile range, even if three of the four rotors die or it experiences a total engine failure, in five minutes on battery power alone, it can land. Pluses > Marginally affordable, practical mobility, economical to fly, easy to maintain and far more unique and trendy than any cars, trucks or SUV’s > plus you can “take it with you in your transporter” and park it on the roof to make a statement.
The wonderful internet: If you reading this, you are probably connected right now so listen up. Few know that when it first came out, over 50% of it was porn ! Today almost 100% of it is nudity, profanity, texting and violent games which has spawned a worst problem > unreality television or make believe /pretend lifestyle where nothing is real and virtually every element of it is BS including most advertising. And young people from birth to 60 years old are highly impressionable which is another way subliminal brainwashing influences gullible people’s daily lives.
Social Media and Computer 101 > First, social media is not an end to a means. It is a means to an end. What that means is that little cellphone is not something anyone with a brain is going to watch “Gone With The Wind” or epics like BenHur (shot with twenty large format $250,000 film cameras which still cannot be duplicated today by digital cameras) much less video of a 90′ foot transporter in the Grand Canyon on 8K resolution on the tiny screen of a cellphone. And that from Transport Technologies founder who invented the cellphone. Are you Millennials listening ?
As for digital, Transport Tech has 20′ to 30′ foot diagonal screens on the sides of Transporters with built in amphi-theaters that have movie theater projectors in 8K which is ten times the resolution of ultra high def. with 1,125,000 pixels.
And for the rest of you who may display the BS-101 emblem and are best proudly worn floating around in Starbucks while being hacked multi-tasking on social media.
Another great advantage of the internet is there is no need to attend a boring expensive college or have your parents spend all that $ money. Trust the ads when they say you can now get your degree on line and become a doctor, lawyer, dentist, candlestick maker, have a different idea about entertainment, they have come out with some special flags and posted notes which proudly pace car driver, pilot or bonified computer geek by simply sending them your parents or someone else’s credit card. And before you know it, you will have an on line diploma possibly signed by a wannabees “professor” who got his certified document from the tooth fairy” !
THE CULTURAL CLASH > This may be the most important words you will ever read. And then again, maybe not ? Simply stated, the current clash is a stark contrast to the way it was” ! The children today of all ages with some over 60 years old unfortunately were apparently not around fifty years ago, have no idea what preceded them and many never quite grew up. The very idea of entertainment today has been dissolved into the addiction of games like Star Wars, Dragons and Snakes on their little play station. And when mindless games become an addiction day and night it creates disturbing trends.
Can anyone explain stupid ? The short answer is “NO” because that is a broad brush stroke. However according to the experts on mental health, a moron is an adult with the mentality of a 10 to 12 year old child. An imbecile is an adult with the mentality of a 5 to 9 year old child. And an idiot is defined as an adult with the mentality of a 2 to 4 year old child.
Advertising $ dollars and brainwashing > Based on the advertisements you see on television, studies show that they typically target the mentality of a 4 to 6 year old child. Madison avenue gurus and advertising agencies along with the companies they represent are spending millions each day on ads can only believe based on the demographics the need to identify people (usually men) in the ad as ignorant fools or idiots. And while some argue that this places anyone in the category of an idiot who is watching this garbage !
Note women are typically excluded from this because they are sensitive and become outraged when depicted as ignorant idiot so instead advertisers typically show them with a swarmy look of superiority and disgusted at her idiot husband who is invariably making a fool of himself. Unfortunately that indirectly reflects on her since she obviously married that idiot !
Now besides being a flaming idiot, it also means listening to this nonsense means anyone has the mentality average age of four years old ! And as for actual children in the background, they are often seen with Mom staring at him in total disgust since he is obviously an idiot ! Now before you rush to shut the TV off, understand that this is the result of pretend make believe unrealistic lifestyles which obviously includes television. Some say people have aneed to escape from reality and therefore this manifest itself in their everyday life.
Identifying the warnings:
Identification syndrome people trying to convince everyone that no matter how advanced technology becomes, they have a need to put it in a comfortable closet or identify it as something that has already been done that they know all about. This is designed to make them appear to be knowledgeable and very important.
Example > Upon seeing a new Transport Technologies transporter for the first time (which took fifty years to generate), Bubba said after twenty seconds > “I see what you’re trying to do here and let me tell you where you went wrong”. . . . Our > “Oh yeah, I saw one of these the other day. In fact my brother has one just like this only his is a Winnebago and much bigger. You might also learn that > his dog is meaner than any dog ! This kind of in foolish arrogance is often the result of being overwhelmed after living in a bubble which has no real basis in reality. Your subconscious mind may know what you don’t know you don’t know and so your shield immediately emerges to protect you from what is perceived as “being uninformed or stupid”.
“Zero attention deficit” means anything that takes more than a few seconds is dismissed moving on to the next item. Today people are inundated with too much information too quickly and “checking out” is one way of trying to “speed read” the world.. And of course the problem is they didn’t get even a small percentage of the information they need.
Abbreviate everything and using tiny fonts is another reaction to “zero attention span”. This section is entitled “Knowledge Is Power” for a good reason since it addresses your mind absorbing 1500 words a minute while people can only speak about 120 words per minute. However the trendy texting rage reduces everyone to only 20 words per minute. That tells you everyone should listen, keep their mouths shut and text as a last resort ! !
Tell em what they want to hear ! > The result of this is people almost never read but are quick to listen while others babble on about things they know nothing about while believing everything on the internet or social media is the gospel and must be true. The only thing you will find on the internet which is absolutely true is what you are reading right now ! The rest may well be garbage.
Technology moves on leaving Millennials stuck in the valley. This means no longer being invested in learning a trade or understanding how things are engineered much less fabricating anything ! The result is they have no idea how things are made and worse, could care less ! They don’t believe that is important and there crutch is wanting to conveniently believe that anything they need to know is on the internet so if the they want to become a doctor, lawyer, pilot or candlestick maker, they don’t need to go to college and study. All they need to do is Google it and chat with other “expert wannabees” !
“Instant gratification” syndrome is why learn anything in school, learn a trade or work hard at a a job when you can win the lottery ! Denial is when someone tells you there is a better chance you will be struck by lightening than win the lottery and you ignore the math and facts.
Safer Cars 101 > First of all, we will weigh in on so called “safer cars”. The problem here is safe cars don’t necessarily mean safer people. And while there is no denying that seat belts and other components make cars safer, cars like guns kill people especially when they are in the hands of people who obviously could car less about other people. Now some will argue that people feel safer, especially if they watch the Subaru commercials. Seriously ? Take Georgia as an example. In 2018 there will be over one thousand fatalities in the state. Over one hundred will be fatal accidents involving motorcycles. That is dramatically more than occurred in the 1950’s with cars claimed to be less safe ! Now you can argue that there are more people on the road today, however the number of FATAL accidents has increased dramatically for miles driven, which tells you there are far more careless, dangerous people on the road today.
Speedo Wannabees > Really fast cars – maybe ? Four wheeled rooster pocket rockets. But the real indication of any “speedo rocket” is that oversized spoiler protruding past the trunk blocking the rear view mirror. Some claim that “rooster wing” hanging off the back is good for at least twenty pounds of down force at over 200 mph ! Only the car maxes out at 120 ? And like overweight pickups, Jeeps and two wheeled hogs which may take forever to get to 60 mph, the racket these little roosters make let’s everyone know this is a BRPR > Bonified rooster pocket rocket ! The challenge ! The speedo rooster wingers also know that with the windows open, there is nothing like a 1000 watt radio with little boombox speakers rattling around inside that tiny space to gain badly needed attention plus it will mask the sound of that freight train bearing down on you at the crossing. So stand way back and hold your breath !
When these now adults were still kids, their parents refused to buy these speedo racer wannabees a Go-Cart ! Today from the same Millennials who tell us “Go Carts” are sissified and go right out and buy the equivalent of a glorified golf cart or four wheeled pocket rockets that allow them to relive their childhood. However, not to be outdone and turn them into blazing fast rides, they install skinny tires and lower the body until it rubs the pavement ! Suspension and steering geometry are something that should never be attempted by amateurs and creates swerving into on-coming lanes and bottoming out on speed bumps but that’s another story ! Most important is the first requirement to remove that single muffler since everyone knows that louder is faster or at least sounds fast ! That also makes a statement which can be seen on the sticker which sez “SWB” which stands for “stand way back”.
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Caution: Buying a cookie cutter ride that has certain bumper stickers, is in the wrong color or is somehow different is dangerous depending on your neighborhood. This means being careful in selecting what some may consider over the top radical cars like the “Bold New Buick“. This could end up being considered “Too Bold” or radical for some neighborhoods which could also violate the covenants which means having the Buick crushed at the junk yard while you are sent off to the “funny farm” to have a “shrink” put your brain put back in the box ! Be advised these are same neighborhoods with vigilante biddies who can be seen at night sailing around on a broom and believe they have a legal right to have your RV towed out of your driveway plus you cannot park your RV in the Walmart parking lot (which somehow they apparently own ?) So now you’ve been warned.
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—————————————————————————————————————–>>>Endangering Your Life > So what is the worst and the best/safest way to travel ? Statistically, according to the DOT the most likely way to be seriously injured or killed is on a motorcycle which is usually hit by a car. In some high traffic metropolitan areas, the injury/fatality rate is astronomical. Next is small automobiles some of which resemble roller skates or big golf carts. 50 years ago, less than 5% of the people driving cars were intoxicated. Today 85% are being distracted by cellphones or texting. The end result of all this is far worse than drunk driving ! And 35% do not carry the minimum of $10,000 in liability coverage which assuming you are still alive after an accident, won’t pay for your trip to the hospital and the medical bills for a serious accident could be $500,000 or more !
Recall Notices: Over 500 million vehicles are now on recall with a high percentage for safety issues. And one if five are being driven every day by those who are either ignorant, don’t care or have not been notified of safety recall notices. Dealers overwhelmed with recall service notices, partitioned the government and now dealers and even companies like AutoNation can legally sell cars without notification of current recall notices to new buyers – and that includes safety recall notices.
The Driverless Cars & Defining Road Rage: You may have noticed that a growing percentage of the population cannot safely drive an automobile. The result is ten times the number of accidents of just twenty years ago and despite safety devices like seat belts and air bags, more fatal accidents occur due to speeding and little or no concern for the inherent danger or threat to others. The end result are trauma centers overloaded with patients, morgues burying thousands and a society overrun with “ambulance chasing lawyers” and the response of the automobile manufacturers is driver-less cars which takes control away from people and transfers it to technology.
Another major factor is too many cars on narrow roads and those who are “entitled”. These totally self centered individuals have perfected a “me first, everyone else second” attitude. They busy themselves talking on their cellphone, texting and cutting people off in traffic, running red lights and driving 20 mph under the speed limit blocking the left hand “passing lane” while pretending to be oblivious. Then there are the race car wannabees darting in and out in their 90 horsepower roller skates ? just like they saw on TV commercials or their computer games !
Is there any good news ? Yes. Most of the interstate highways are now three lanes wide. This tends to enrage “entitled individuals” crawling along trying to block traffic so the right lane is definitely the new “fast lane”. And DOT stats indicate the safest method with the fewest serious injury and/or fatalities is > the truck/trailer combination, even if an automobile, van or pickup caused the accident.
Your Health: So how are epidemics created ? Alarmed by the number of over-weight or outright fat people you see ? The second most common cause of spreading viruses is contamination by workers in restaurants ! One in four or 76 million people each year get food poisoning, many more than once. Virtually all restaurants use excessive amounts of sugar and salt on food, up to ten times the maximum daily recommended amount ! The result is almost one in three children and one in two adults with obesity, diabetes and heart disease leading to death which are now at epidemic proportions. Fast food chains and restaurants thaw food and when not used, use excessive preservatives and refreeze it rather than throw it away to save money ! Thawing and refreezing causes bacteria to grow which when served results in stomach cramps, diarrhea and digestive nightmares.
And according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) 68 % of the population do not get a flu shot and 92% admit they continue socializing, working or sending their children to school which exposes others to highly infectious viruses. Food-borne illnesses such as Clostridium botulinum (botulism) results from improperly canned foods, low acid foods, vegetables and cured meat. It produces a neurotoxin that paralyzes the nerves in the body and symptoms include weak muscles, drooping eyelids, double vision and vomiting. CDC has also found high levels of cancer producing agents in multiple processed foods. Globally 3.7 billion people have highly contagious HSV-1 herpes while 417 million have genital herpes. Both can lead to the deadly encephalitis and HIV aids.
Changing Lifestyle: > Transporters allow you to control when and what you eat and the only person who is going to guarantee sanitation and no contamination is you ! So Knowledge Is Power.
OK so what is the best and safest way to travel ?
Three suggestions for staying safe > 1) Stay at home 2) Get a 40 ton Sherman tank with gun turrets, machine guns and flame throwers. 3) Fly the friendly skies in an Octocopter which you can see under “Specialized Transporters” so you don’t have to mix with the riffraff since they are not allowed to fly above ground l
The cultural revolution: Computers: Warning ! For you trendy types who are reading this on your computer, we have some bad news for you ! You don’t really own your computer ! And you don’t own the software, the data or the pictures in it. A server in silicone valley or elsewhere has complete control over it ! Think you can back it up ? Think again ! All of the information on your new computer can only be backed up by an encrypted code which you cannot read and neither can your web host. The only way it can be read is by an encrypted code by the server – which could be in a foreign country. And all of this was by design. Their design.
Understanding The Cultural Clash > While the world is still round, it has a few lumps in it ! If you are one of the older generations, you may have noticed a dramatic shift in the attitude of many in our society. If you are under fifty, you may be labeled as a new “millennial”. That isn’t to say that everyone under forty or fifty is suspect, only that there has been a decline in meaningful knowledge combined with the inability or unwillingness to process common sense facts, read that as the meaning of truth ! No one is quite sure what has caused this other than people being overloaded with more trite garbage than anytime in history (read that as advertisements).
Moreover, subjects that were sub-par or fairly common fifty years ago are now being described by trendy wannabees as “Awesome” who describe everything in superlatives. As a result, the majority of the population are somewhat overwhelmed by the “too many rats in a cage” syndrome and they are desperate for attention which creates an over bearing need “to belong“. “Belonging” means being one of the crowd and a need to “belong” in the presence of others with the more the better. It also manifest itself as a need to “belong” by driving the same look-a-like cars, the need to “belong” jammed in aircraft seats or “belong” with thousands of other wannabees on cruise ships, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
Understanding “Zero Attention Spanners“, “Court Holders” and “Yeah Butt Boys“. Remember the 4th grade when there was some loud obnoxious soul in the back of the class room “holding court” for his attentive followers. No matter what the subject he had an authoritative answer of explanation including how the world actually works !
Zero Attention Span: In today’s world everyone is hammered with too much information. The result is people tend to “tune out” because they can’t process an overload of information. So what are the symptoms ? The advent of abbreviating words is a clear indication. This is a poor attempt at “speed reading” which allowed people to scan sentences and even paragraphs in order to reach a rapid conclusion. Unfortunately abbreviating words means it actually takes longer to determine what the message actually is and it is often incorrect. Another form of this is tiny font sizes, particularly on business cards that are actually too small for most people to read, particularly the elderly.
Lastly, not only do zero attention spanners typically only listen to the first few words you are speaking before interrupting of wandering off to something else, they also typically only read the first few words of a text or email and assume they know the rest of the message. This has become an epidemic in failed communication on every level and it is costing $ billions in lost productivity.
The “Yeah But” types are also usually “Zero Attention Spanners” and because they know more than anyone else, they don’t have time for your nonsense. So to save time Zero Attention spanners only heard the first few words you said and therefore they must interrupt in with an authoritative tone that indicates they know something no one else does followed by a litany of BS 101 which is designed to make everyone believes they have some deep hidden knowledge. Psychologically, this is called a defense mechanism for serious insecurity and if you read the first paragraph of this “Knowledge Is Power” section, you see “what you know” > “what you know what you don’t know” and >>> “what you don’t know you don’t know” which is dangerous to everyone’s health and which unfortunately is the majority of that graph..
Their foreign language. You are entering the ESZ or enormous spin zone and you will want to stand way back! So what is the ESZ. Thanks for asking ! It is where people who should know better, follow computer geeks who some insist invented BS-101 as early as the first grade.
However you may get a warning while you are residing on the GitHub repository on the Bakery Page Builder that sez “blocked for nasty and salicious encroachment” which might as well be followed by “your moma wears army boots“. Now you’ve been instructed not to click onto anything you aren’t sure of and it immediately sends you to some filing bugs which “time out with premium bundled plugins”. This is where you enter your forgotten password > (@$&)()*#) and scream as loud as you can – “I am not a robot”.. Need assistance ? Google it or chat with an expert from Pakistan is standing by to chat with you. (Never mind that she doesn’t speak English because she has no idea what she is talking about anyway) and try not to go to the bathroom because you are number one in line which means if you lose your spot, it might take three days, fifteen minutes and twenty seconds to talk to Petunia Pakistan answers and ask for your password. Of course, you remind her you already told the automated Serie or Catana (who she claims are her sisters), that you must have been hacked and that is why they had to block you so your password now no longer works > thus the phone call ! Not to worry. To protect your identity, she will provide you with a secret code. Just provide them with your security number, driver’s license number, type of car you used to drive but wrecked and your credit card number even if you are buried in dept. ! And after endless waiting despite the above, during which they will explain they don’t really know you and maybe you aren’t a robot but how can they trust you because for all they know you could be a hacker, >>> (just like them) ! Some say it won’t be too long before geeks around the world will supply you with a secret code and a password if you need to access an outhouse.
Not to worry. If you forget your two dozen passwords, get them confused or they changed them, your secret security codes are still hidden. And it is your great, great grandmothers security code and the name of her first puppy in the first grade and the name of the boy friend who stood her up on prom night. Nonetheless, Petunia Pakistan has all she needs from another gullible fool headed to the cleaners and at some point because she is punching a time clock, now reads a part of the script which is keyed by > no more credit cards >>> Petunia > Sorry sir, I can’t help you > have a nice day and goodbye” ! Keep in mind , time is $ money and Petunia is on the clock !
What you need to know about WiFi. This is the new monopoly on the block sort of like AT&T only different and it is particularly attractive to gullible people ! Example > Need a new toothbrush ? Chances are like your new sneakers, it will have WiFi built in. And to activate it, of course you need to know > the secret password ! Now remember Petunia, your resident hacker and now best friend has already informed you that the secret password is this is for your protection in order to keep those nasty aliens who want to invade your toothbrush ! More on WiFi later.
Another device worth bashing is the unreliable laptop computer and like cellphones and TV sets, they get smaller, then larger. The wonderful internet: The first thing you need to understand is that your computer could be compared to your great grandfather’s sock where they kept spare change hidden usually in the attic or basement where it would theoretically be safe. Today, all of this and more is kept in your computer, where it is not safe ! Today, if Jesse James was still around, he would probably not rob banks. He would be a computer hacker !
The internet having bankrupted dozens of major retail outlets with more to follow, consider that according to studies, about half of your inquiries of communication or technical details will go unanswered. This is because the majority of millennials in the workplace are playing games on computers or texting and doing little or no work. In fact, it was recently estimated that the efficiency rating on the internet has dropped by over 50%. And an alarming percentage of items purchased off the internet are being returned because the guy on the other end knows nothing about the products they are supposedly selling !
Consumerism ! The fact that most of what consumers buy is consumer grade junk seems to be fairly irrelevant. This could be considered an alarming trend toward purchasing items that are not only “junk” but considered “throw aways” ! The rule seems to be if it quits working, throw it away and get a new different one with the idea that it will be better and not junk ! Not ! After all, if you bought it yesterday, it’s bound to be already obsolete.
Caution: At one time a few thousand years ago almost everything we learned was from reading. More recently, “experts” took over since they know everything and social media (if it’s on the internet or TV it must be true) also began to influence and brainwash gullible multi-tasking zero attention span people who are already on overload !
History Lesson 101 ! Distractions: Remember the 4th grade ? They were called “court holders”. Sequestered in the back row, they would hold court for attentive wannabees who hung on every word. These were the new “captains of all knowledge” who emitted their version of BS-101.
Court holders were usually also YBB or “Yeah But Boys”. Anyone who dared to question their incredible knowledge could expect an immediate > “Yeah But” followed by infinite wisdom to prove that they know the answer to everything.
Lastly, court holders and yeah but boys need not waste time reading this since they already know everything. The rest of you who managed to ignore the court holders long enough to graduate probably came to realize by now that these types exist somewhere between “blissfully ignorant” and “stunningly stupid”. So keep reading and use this free encyclopedia of knowledge for a lifestyle few know exist and find yourself part of the 1%, > that might actually learn something ! And welcome to the real world !
Knowledge Is Power: Update > Children today are living in a virtual world of make-believe or unreality. Children are very impressionable and that is why they try to simulate anything and everything they see which includes violence in the social media and TV. And the disconnect which occurs within families contributes to over 50% of all marriages ending in divorce !
However, studies have also shown that families that play together > stay together ! And this is how you achieve reconnecting your family ! First, just as you protect guns, take the computers and cellphones and either protect them or lock them away. And you can fill the void with a long list of real “toys” found under “Specialty Transporters” which are real and make the games look about as modern as last year’s bird nest !
Secondly, think of a transporter as “a convenient but necessary tool or a means to an end” to bring the family back together with multiple toys which includes cars, trucks, boats, jet sailplanes, hot air balloons, octocopters, helicopters plus toys for little boys like RV models, kayaks, bicycles, Go-carts, Seabreachers, Drones with high res. cameras, etc.. and many more > (See Specialized Transporters). Think of a transporter as having a thousand vacation homes with an unlimited number of toys for the entire family with a mobile garage amidst perfect weather at unlimited destinations.
A Wake Up Call Of Understanding >>> This may also manifest itself on the roads you travel which have become worldwide racetracks influenced by car commercials or virtual world computer games while emulating 200 mph. No where is > “what you don’t know you don’t know” more prominent than Nascar racer types vying for position. This also occurs as the result of having too many people in too small a space where targeting anyone and everyone has become commonplace including the targeting of any vehicle out of the ordinary or different such as expensive sports cars. The worst of this crowd are “pocket rocket“motorcyclist, owners who again play computer games or watch too much television with outrageous commercials for cars like little cars racing around parking lots with the kids in the back grinning from ear to ear or Jeeps with the doors open, their legs hanging out or middle aged second childhood types in jacked up obnoxiously loud 6 000 lbs. pickup trucks devoid of mufflers which their macho and naive owners believe somehow makes them “fast“. And fifty years ago, very few individuals were stupid enough to attempt to outrun the police with their radios and helicopters, but today it has become commonplace with the same dire results often ending in fatal accidents involving innocent people !
And what caused this ? Besides too many rats in a cage and lacking self worth, note that 90% of all inventions occurred in the last century. Technology has evolved while the ability to mentally process this technology by an alarming majority of the population is shrinking because they are either naive, lazy, incredibly incompetent or all of the above which makes them appear stunningly stupid to anyone with more than a single digit IQ !
The reality is the self defense mechanisms of these self serving mental midgets is to thrive on ego while living in a virtual world of unreality, immersed and drowning in an out of control cultural clash with society while systematically destroying it. Skeptical ? Keep reading !
The Technological Revolution That Is Feeding The Fire > Another description of this could be the “the fuel feeding a fire of naive stupidity“. There are a number of issues that millennial have learned to hang their hat on.
If there are three things on earth that we have too much of it might be people, cars and cellphones. Devices > Cellphones. We will weigh in here since Transport Technologies founder invented the first portable cellphone and would also like to thank all of you for buying over two billion of them ! The term “addictive” refers to the seemingly unlimited people who have decided to crank up their trusty cellphones and share whatever comes to mind with everyone all day long and well into the night ! Tired of talking ? Go ahead and text because it’s faster, more productive and cheaper right ? Wrong !
Your mind can process 1500 words per minute however you can read a few hundred words a minutea dn you can only speak only 150 words per minute. Your text rate on a cellphone or computer is only about 20 words per minute therefore texting takes three times longer than speaking. Thinking is also ten times faster than texting ! The downside of this is crashing your car while texting can take weeks or even months to recover plus if Facebook is your go to and learning guideline, you may fall far behind what the wannabees are up to !
Supply and Demand > Capitalism used to mean supply and demand but that has now changed. If you read the above consumerism you know that demand has outpaced supply in most areas. This basically eliminates competition which is the cornerstone of capitalism.
An epidemic > Translated that means that uneducated unqualified people are the only ones available to hire. With no real education or training and terrible or non-existent work ethic, combined with being lazy and the attention span of knat, they are almost impossible to train and as a result, have no idea what they are doing and don’t care. In manufacturing, too often they are also building the only components (read that as “junk”) that you can purchase basically because there is no competition ! And this has resulted in ever overly enlarged monopolies which in turn destroys competitive capitalism.
THE TRUTH ABOUT WIFI/MIFI >>> Advertisements show an entire family and friends racing around a house having a glorious “WiFi experience“. Caution: People now believe they cannot possibly survive without WiFi and an instant internet connection and we believe the greatest threat to America is that terrorists will hack WiFi and shut the country down.
Facts: Despite what you may have heard regarding WiFi and MiFi they are nothing more than a cheap RF signal, the same signal that existed forty years ago with CB radios except they had a range of up to thirty miles. And despite lies about encryption WiFi and MiFi are simple to hack by six year old children and including anyone too cheap to pay for an internet connection who can by pass that by logging onto any existing WIFI/MIFI connection in the neighborhood. Example: 86% of people questioned admitted to being hacked while using WIFI or MIFI in places like Starbucks and multiple hotels, cars, etc… Perhaps you have seen the cars which can be started via WiFi or the door of a house with a video/audio WiFi device allowing you to communicate with anyone approaching. The truth is that any third grader can hack into WiFi and enter the house or drive off in the car.
“The WIFI experience”. Fifty years ago, most children and a few adults enjoyed playing games. Today there are more adults playing than children and everyone knows you never know when you are going to need to play a game and if you have kids, make sure that new car that seats six has at last twenty WiFi stations. Want to really up the anti ? Add Bluetooth and never mind that it is just a cheap toy or that WiFi is nothing more than a glorified CB radio from fifty years ago which unlike the CB only has a range of about 30 ‘ ft. and despite hype to the contrary > WiFi has nothing to do with the internet ! We didn’t say it can’t connect, it’s just NOT the internet !
Multiple electrical and plumbing failures. Competent residential, commercial and industrial electricians, plumbers and contractors who are true masters of their craft have all but disappeared. And decades of shoddy work have produced an epidemic of plumbing and electrical problems including deadly fires. Meanwhile the EPA reports that over 65% of all air conditioners are incorrectly installed (which causes global warming). And since about 50% of all EPA government employees don’t actually work, it’s probably closer to 90% percent.
And what does that have to do with RV’s ? The typical motorhome, bus conversion or RV trailer has four power sources > AC (shore power), a generator, inverted DC to AC power and a converter to create DC from AC power. It typically also has over four miles of wiring and the combined on board systems are far more complex than any house or business.
Keep in mind that an RV is not a home on wheels. Rather, it is a home inside a rolling city with all utilities needed including water, sewage, electrical, plumbing, etc. Think the complexity of a $100 million jumbo jet. And because everything is on rubber tires, grounding them requires a completely different approach. Think DC current can’t hurt you ? Think again ! Incorrectly grounded, brushing up against an improperly grounded RV can knock you unconscious or kill you ! Unfortunately, unlike the expensive airliner which requires a certified A&E (air frame and engine mechanic), RV wiring is not regulated.
The Tried Up Talent Pool >>> Today ask any corporation trying to hire workers and they will tell you the “talent pool” has dried up ! Often, they have to interview hundreds of applicants to find one individual who after weeks of training, often quits.
This means a totally unqualified individual who is not even competent to correctly wire a house or business much less a yacht or aircraft can wire an RV ! And the truth is NO plumber, electrician > master, journeyman or apprentice has any business attempting to wire anything mobile without undergoing extensive training for mobile applications with AC/DC multiple power sources and proper grounding ! And today, those individuals are incredibly rare !
An epidemic of engine/electrical and plumbing failures on new and used RV’s. The fact is most electricians and plumbers are no longer qualified to wire even a house or business. Dito for plumbers. This section exposes the unethical methods used by many manufacturers and so called master electrician/plumbers:
Residential and commercial scams > > > Like children who cheated in school, these individuals grew up to be so called master electricians who often get their electrical license on an abbreviated time schedule by “paying off” another master electrical (who also often mentors them on how to overprice cheap components, create billable hours and scam customers) to sign off on an electrical license by giving him cash or “kickbacks” from the first few year’s revenues. Worse like many of today’s teachers who cheated in school as children, these individuals who are determined to seethe lowest possible denominator have also often become master electricians who teach others to cheat and skimp on everything ! And all of these scam artist with bogus licenses, slap a name on a van and with no viable assets go into the electrical business. And the result is thousands of electrical fires in every city across the country resulting in thousands of deaths. Similarly attempting to wire an RV is a formula for disaster and a major contributing factor in injuries and fatalities.
Boat, aircraft or RV Grounding: Totally different than a residence or business! A boat in the water improperly grounded can electrically charge the water surrounding the craft. And it doesn’t have to be near the dock since it is DC powered on the water. This is particularly evident with pontoon boats since the pontoons are made of conductive aluminum and electricians often ground components to the hulls. This can not only kill fish but also humans who happen to be in the water in proximity to the boat. Aircraft like any mobile vehicle are on rubber tires > which means they are not grounded ! Likewise any steel or aluminum vehicle’s framework CANNOT be used as a grounding rod for on board DC electrical power which is what electricians often try in an attempt to save time and $ money. Also, improper grounding of DC in proximity to audio/video equipment can cause “hiss and whistling sounds” and may totally destroy very expensive components ! Inside or outside, rub up against an improperly grounded wall of an RV and it can knock you off your feet or worse !
Relative to AC power, note that 220 volt RV power outlets are NOT the same as for instance, a 220 volt outlet for a washer/dryer in a home. The RV outlet has two 120 volt legs, one common and one ground wire. Always use a tester to determine voltage before you connect at any RV park. Thousands of RV have been seriously damaged or caught on fire from connecting to an incorrectly wired power supply by a so called “expert master electrician” in an RV park.While most have little or no training, they are experts at one thing > installing the cheapest components to save $ money and maximize profits while charging the customer exorbitant prices. Example > Put 20 amps of current AC or DC through 30′ ft. of 18 gauge wire with a 5 amp. connector and you have a formula for a potentially disastrous fire. And when confronted, most will use the phrase, “yeah but, everybody is doing it” and that justifies whatever they do !
The huge scam >>> However like blue collar criminals, they are also masters at BS while proficient at recruiting up to one hundred mental midgets whom they call “Apprentices“. With absolutely no training, they then dispatch these wannabees out to wire or rewire homes or businesses (which by code requires a master electrician to be present at all times).
Supply and Demand ! Because of previous shoddy workmanship there is a huge demand and very limited supply of electricians. As a result they are out bidding on more jobs than they can reasonably handle which becomes never ending since they are preceded by previous generations who have botched virtually every job which has created an epidemic of electrical failure and fires. So while these “apprentices” call him repeatedly on their cellphones asking him what they are supposed to do, when he isn’t bidding jobs, this self appointed expert is either back at the office or sitting in a bar with his cellphone trying to “Google” the answers. Mind you the apprentices are not receiving OJT (on the job training ! Meanwhile for each apprentice, “the master chief” charges each customer $75 to $150 an hour while paying these unlicensed “Apprentices” little more than minimum wage.
Licensed, insured and certified with glowing reviews ? First of all they typically have little or no assets, so it does no good after the fact to sue them. For the most part, reporting them to the BBB is a waste of time. They write their own glowing reviews and post them under another name with no contact information. And since a high percentage of their work is repairs often with no permit required, there is no requirement for inspections. And when and if a county inspector were to appear they are too prone to accept under the table bribes to “look the other way” since these companies will typically have only one so called master electrician who obviously can’t be everywhere at once. Now just imagine trying to wire a complex RV with no certification ? And while you wouldn’t go to a doctor with no legitimate medical license and no experience, if you do the math, you quickly realize these scam-artist while obviously endangering lives are raking in more $ than most doctors !
The so called master plumber: Like a yacht or aircraft, the plumbing in an RV is completely different from a house or business. In a house or business, it is common for plumbers to connect black water (waste) to gray water (fresh water) lines ultimately feeding a septic tank or county sewage. RV’s on the other hand, all have macerator toilets. Gray and black water must be completely separate feeding into two different holding tanks. Ever hear a gurgling sound coming from a sink when you flush the toilet ? That is because the plumber connected the return line or venting of the black water and the gray water lines. While this may be acceptable in a house, RV’s have macerator toilet(s) which can pressurize return lines, even pump against “head pressure” (vertical or uphill return lines) which means toxic waste can be pumped into the shower, baths, washing machine, kitchen sinks, etc. The expert plumber will tell you that a pee trap below the toilet or sink will prevent that. Not so ! Pee traps only affect the water flowing out of the drain at the sink – not pressurized water flowing in from the other direction. The other common practice is to use a cheap $5.00 sensor for the holding tanks. They give incorrect readings 98% of the time and if you want your vacation ruined, just wait until your black water tank backs up and overflows flooding the living quarters !
One last slap in the face ! Just as a certain growing percentage of the population cannot safely drive a car without texting which has given rise to driverless car , “contractors” including some roofers, plumbers and electricians may have earned the need for “run flat tires“. How ? Simple. As they redefine “unsecured loads“, they carelessly dispense millions of little screws and nails from their pickup trucks and vans which puncture millions of tires every year. Doubt the size of the problem ? The next time you have a flat tire, ask the manager of the tire shop what the number one cause of punctures is and how many tires they replace every month from this ?
Audio/video: This group of “experts” are similar to the new scam invented by computer geeks and nerds who grew up playing computer games and know just enough to be dangerous but claim to be experts who memorize buzzwords no one understands which is their version of BS. Home theater types are also experts at selling everyone “consumer grade toys“. And like your new smartphone which you just bought last week, you risk being ridiculed by your neighbors because you have antiquated components about as modern as “last years bird nest” and the wannabee audiophile claims he can replace your antiquated “junk” with the latest state of the art modern components > for a small fortune. They also embrace television advertisements like AT&T’s most recent > “there are only four things you need on earth. Water, food, WIFI and the internet ! By doing this, what they have implied is that your life cannot exist without their technology which means WIFI. The facts > WIFI could be described as an over-blown CB radio without the 10 to 15 mile range. Both are RF (radio frequency) devices devoid of any real privacy. And neither one has anything to do with the internet ! Note we did not say WIFI cannot connect to the internet which dozens of other “toys” can do, it’s just not the same. And it’s not secure so you are sharing your personal info. including credit cards, etc. with the world !
So take note > 90% of “Home Theater” audio and video nerds and geeks should be avoided at all cost and the components they sell are tantamount to consumer grade junk when compared to truly professional components. The believe they are smarter than everyone else and part of their ruse is to tell you those components you bought last month are now obsolete and to avoid your making a fool of yourself with the neighbors, you will for a price get you some up-to-date new trendy. Price defined ! Like any good pawn shop notice that while they are removing all your “old junk” for new “state of the art goodies: the “old junk” is being deposited in his van where he is about to sell it as state of art to the next sucker while your new goodies came from a previous job, maybe your neighbor. This way, he never has to buy anything new. So beyond the hype you are not going to get what you pay for and like computer geeks, these so called “audiophiles” do after they drain your wallet is insert their own access codes and passwords so they can charge you for “recurring revenues” which they can do even from remote locations and hold you hostage forever !
In Contrast > Transport Technologies founder invented the portable cellphone and the digital synthesizer reported to have been used on over 80% of all recorded music and initially used in his own recording studio decades ago. Therefore we utilize components you will only find in actual recording studios. These include > Mackie Mixers, Integra splitters, Niles Amps. and JBL outdoor movie theater/stadium speakers. The only consumer speakers we utilize are Klipsch which have repeatedly earned the highest rating year after year by truly discriminating audiophiles where price is no object > Example: > Focal titanium tweeters > ($10,000 each) !
Question ? Is there any good news ? Answer > Yes. The dumber they get, the smarter we look !
>>> Why your RV needs a live in maintenance man. There are millions of RV’s now on recall. Meanwhile the theory is that modern diagnostic testing can instantly tell any knowledgeable technician exactly what the problem is ! However like unscrupulous automobile repair service, they are experts while knowing what the problem is at telling you they aren’t sure about needed repairs without further examination which of course involves tearing everything apart. Once torn apart, all the screws, nuts, bolts and components mysteriously go missing and thus, they are in control and you are held hostage as they disappear with vital parts and/or owner’s manuals. This is a common ploy to prolong the service and create an exorbitant markup on cheap parts and like attorneys generate billable hours !
It’s called job security ! Decades ago, people could actually work on their cars. Body and repair shops began emerging, who had no idea what they were doing so the car manufacturers began installing components that required diagnostics and specialty tools to work on them. The theory was this would cause you to go to the dealer who would do it right ? Wrong ! The same wannabees in the repair shops migrated over to the dealerships who today have only diagnostics to depend on and special tools and they quite often manage to confuse that but not before charging you more for repairs than they make on the vehicle ! Moreover, cheap components have a predictably short life expectancy so when that vehicle is out of warranty, you are out of luck since they can hold you hostage. However just like your new car which by design you cannot work on and like any computer, digital technology is vulnerable to malicious hacking by your trusted tech at the dealer who can insert “triggers” which create future glitches so you have to call them back again and again.
The Technological Vacuum as America implodes from the inside out > To the above, factor in an educational system which has deteriorated while technological advancements have increased exponentially leaving a massive vacuum between the two. At the same time government sponsored entitlements have created unbridled laziness, vanishing work ethic, a pathetic lack of technical and motor skills and mass unemployment.
Some of you older folks have asked “is there a way to measure just how stupid have people become” while we weren’t looking ? So we are going to weigh in here and attempt an impossible answer. The most obvious measure might be found in teenagers and twenty something year olds (which make up the majority of these deranged types) who may suddenly decide to shoot innocent people. However, there are some common denominators common to most of them which is an addiction to violent video games and a feeling of empowerment having a gun in their hand. Mix in the mental capacity and maturity of a four year old which ultimately results in their not understand why they can’t hit the “rewind button” and play again from their jail cell. A lack of remorse is common and if they claim to be sorry for what they did, what that really means is > “I’m sorry I got caught”….
Question ? Right about now you may be asking yourself what any of this has to do with Transport Technologies ? Answer: In simplest terms, we are in the entertainment business. And a recurring theme repeated throughout this site is “the family that plays together – stays together”.. And not one of the young people who murdered dozens of innocent people had any meaningful connection with their family while their only interest was in playing violent computer games. And our specialty transporters with the right “toys” can change all that for the entire family. And whether its Drones with cameras filming families together and there is something for everyone and there is no profanity, nudity or violence included.
Cultural Shock > The new millennial graduates of BS 101 are experts at masking their laziness and incompetence with an overwhelming arrogance which is actually a defense mechanism for knowing little or nothing ! In school, we used to call these “court holders“. They would stand before any group of gullible students and with magnificent grandeur spout off on subjects they knew nothing about !
The wonderful internet ! Decades ago when it began, 50% of the internet was porn. Fast forward to today where porn competes with millions of geeks in basements and garages with computers inventing new scams such as identity theft (millions each day). Meanwhile, these white collar nerds have also sandwich themselves as distributor/dealers between manufacturers (often from third world countries) and consumers > (that’s you). On multiple web sites they list hundreds or thousands of products, which they know nothing about. However, always arrogant and undaunted, this where BS 101 kicks in ! Never mind that it has been estimated that over 50% of everything ordered on line is returned, the addiction is the internet and buying on line means they have managed to force into bankruptcy major retailers like J.C. Penny, Sears, Macy’s, etc. etc.
Dismal History. In the 1950’s, a typical 40′ foot mobile home cost about $6500.00 and price was a major selling point. Most RV manufacturers trace their existence to mobile home building. Many still build RV and mobile homes in the same facilities and from the very beginning, the prevailing theory was that since most people did not live in RV’s full time, they could be built with even cheaper components and less quality controls than the already “bargain basement” mobile homes. And since these were second homes on wheels, they reasoned that they could be sold at much higher prices !
Supply and Demand: However, people anxious to escape big cities created a growing demand which resulted in 20% or one in five people ultimately buying an RV. And in an attempt toward mass production, areas like Elkhart, Indiana, the self-proclaimed RV capital of the world, found it increasingly difficult to hire educated, competent, skilled workers to keep pace. And in an era when people were also being “brain washed” to believe that “cheaper is better”, attempts by management to make changes or improve quality levels were met with resistance from minimum wage unskilled employees and their unions who balked at any procedural changes or mandated quality controls. As a result, labor unions and the employees were indirectly running these companies and building what some owners later referred to as > “Mobile Junk”.
The Virtual Reality Vacuum Meets The Dried Up Talent Pool: Zero attention span, the desire for instant gratification, meaningless cellphone conversations, endless texting and mindless violent computer games have resulted in generations of mental midgets. Want proof ? In 1960 the average age of a child reading a comic book was four years old. In 2016, due to the internet including animated cartoons, the average age was 34 ! Meanwhile Madison avenue and others continue to crank out advertisements which have little or nothing to do with the product being sold and target impulsive buying patterns and the mentality of, you guessed it > a four year old child. According to statistics, one in three between the ages of 16 and 35 years old are not only still living at home, most have little or no qualifications or are not willing to actually work at the available jobs which translates into “no longer searching for employment”. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is far beyond the statistics provided by the government since it only refers to those seeking a job !
How deep is the valley ? The largest technical university in America IT Tech which just closed every campus in the country, reported that over 70% of enrolled students drop out in less than two months and less than 5% graduate from a nine month technical program. And while their parents lose $ thousands of dollars in non-refundable tuition, to quote their director of admissions, “with few exceptions, this new generation apparently does not care to work for a living and they are quite content to grow up in total ignorance looking for instant gratification and riches”. Many have commented as they resigned that their intention was not to waste time in a technical college when they could get rich by winning the lottery ! The end result of all this is companies who report having to interview hundreds of applicants in order to hire one qualified employee who after expensive training, often quit within a short time.
An epidemic ! RV manufacturers and their dealers are reporting over ten times the warranty issues of just a few years ago. The fact is, it has become almost impossible to hire a significant number of educated, competent people “who care to work for a living” ! Factor in a lack of training, dismal or non-existent quality control and the ripple effect on assembly lines is mirrored by major car manufacturers which were forced in the last three years to recall over 500 million vehicles but not before causing thousands of accidents which injured and killed an untold number of people. And companies like General Motors, having been bailed out with taxpayer money and facing $ billions in lawsuits, now join Fiat, (which owns Chrysler) who continues to bathe in red ink and teeter on the edge of bankruptcy. The bottom line ? This scenario is like Mount Everest “the higher you blindlessly climb, the further you eventually fall”. Meanwhile, the gullible sheep living in a virtual world continue to buy mass produced “cookie cutter” automobiles and trucks which are not what they are advertised to be and are all basically identical which translated means they aren’t really competitive. So bigger isn’t necessarily better and that’s why we build only a limited number of world class transporters with a group of conscientious, talented specialist for a very select clientele !
Dare to compare price/resale value: Why Aluminum ? Note the current price of a fifty year old aluminum airstream RV trailer (still very popular today with movie studios and Hollywood actors). At one third the weight and pound for pound far stronger than steel, aluminum can not only last a lifetime, fifty years after the first ones were sold, they usually sell for more than they cost brand new. Likewise, for the past fifty years, our used transporters have traditionally sold for considerably more than their original purchase price ! So the facts haven’t changed > You get what you pay for and all you have to do is answer one question. An RV represents more than a home on wheels. It is technically a home and a rolling city with its own power plant, water/sewage system, environmental controls, etc. etc. And while a mass produced luxury automobile can easily cost more than $60,000 to over $100,000 so ask yourself how a limited volume RV can cost about the same unless something is very wrong ! And what is wrong are the incredibly cheap cookie cutter components with the incredibly careless, sloppy workmanship and adhesives like formaldehyde and asbestos still used to this day to slap them together. In fact, one well known RV manufacturer boast that they can produce a complete 40′ ft. RV in eight hours ! ! !
There is no doubt that RV manufacturers and their distributors have been “beat up on price” and the trickle down effect is trying to build the RV as cheap as possible. No one is going to be in business very long if they lose $ money and this ultimately translates into purchasing the cheapest components which have now been largely outsourced to foreign countries where cheap labor abounds and quality levels are dismal or non-existent.
You Get What You Pay For – Maybe ? The typical mass produced van used on class B motorhomes cost about > $25,000.00 before its converted. A pickup truck used on most class C RV’s > $35,000 to $50,000. A straight city delivery truck (Freightliner/Spartan?) gas powered chassis > $50,000 or a diesel pusher for up to $90,000.00. Add a flimsy lightweight box to the above which flexes as the chassis goes over uneven road surfaces or when the landing gear is lowered and “cookie cutter” interior cabinets (which anyone can purchase at Lowe’s or Home Depot). Home/business and mobile components are completely different if done right and mixing them results in interiors that squeaks and groans with cabinets which do not open and close properly.
Mass Production of Buses & Moving Van Trailers: Volvo with four plants in Mexico, cranks out a bus every twenty minutes ! And VonHool or Prevost bus with no interior and one driver’s seat sells for $575,000 to $650,000.00. Only 2% become RV conversions therefore 98% are used as commercial vehicles. And even though they are obviously mass produced, they are built to a much higher standard than a motorhome. Nonetheless, they are built to move people from A to B using a one hundred year old design with monocoque construction which means the sidewall is the framework thus any “conversion” for even small slide outs compromises the integrity of the entire bus. Like the slide-outs which are typically limited to 8′ feet wide, it is difficult and expensive to work with monocoque construction therefore a cookie cutter interior with cabinets adds > over $1 million. Want a custom interior ? Add up to $3 million and beyond.
>>> Prior to Transport Technologies, all RV so called “Toy Haulers” were manufactured with living quarters and cargo on the same level which compromised both. This makes cargo space very limited for small “toys” on raised decks which makes loading and unloading very difficult and the living quarters are no more than glorified lounges and cramped 5th wheel sleeping quarters with no headroom. For more on this click on “Improving The Breed”…
Aluminum & Composites ? RV companies recently trying to jump on the “aluminum trailer” band wagon will claim they make all aluminum trailers but in fact they use huge, heavy steel “I” beams or “C” channels as the basis for their lower framework with some of the superstructure made from tiny aluminum tubing. Steel, wood and aluminum do not mix with corrosion and oxidation between steel and aluminum being a major problem. This defeats the purpose of longevity, weight savings, creates the potential for electrolysis between steel and aluminum, causes the entire structure to flex (and squeak at every turn) while raising the floor height. In contrast, our patented “train trestle” design is not only unique, it is an all-aluminum and composite structure, far stronger than traditional steel construction and the enormous weight savings allows us to add cargo carrying capacity beyond anything in the industry. And all of our cabinets are custom built with aircraft quality aluminum alloy framework and composite exteriors to avoid flexing/distortion and make sure that all doors and drawers close and latch properly. For more on this go to “Improving The Breed”.
Eighteen Wheeler Moving Vans: This is definitely a step in the right direction, however the so called “ultimate” 18 wheeler trailers often owned by entertainers are in fact usually Allied Van-Lines and Mayflower type trailer conversions which were originally designed to move furniture with sidewalls so thin, they use reinforcement straps to keep the furniture from shifting and going through the sidewalls. Made of steel and wood, since they are mass produced, heavy and are not built from the ground up as a hybrid is, they are a conversion and a total compromise. In fact, the word “conversion” is another word for “compromise“.
Fifth Wheel History > Truck/trailers combinations. Almost everything you consume comes to you via a semi-trailer. Originally a fifth wheel was a steering mechanism resembling a wheel that allowed the front axle of a horse-drawn wagon to rotate when making turns. In 1910, John, C. Endebrock invented a device for coupling trailers to motor vehicles. Initially the trailers were towed by Ford Model “T” passenger cars and required three men to hook and unhook the trailer. In 1918 Endebrock designed a new coupling device which used a jaw with a spring locking device mounted on the fifth wheel plate that was attached to a tractor frame. Today, that tractor has become the semi-trailer. The fifth wheel used a heavy disk in a “V” shaped slot which contains the locking device. A kingpin is a heavy metal cylindrical pin that is located underneath the front end of the trailer which locks to the semi-trailer. This combination not only allows the combination to rotate, it provides the stability and maneuverability on the road and is basically the design still used today.
Dare to compare > Just as you would never compare a city delivery straight to an eighteen wheeler, there is an enormous difference between the typical city delivery truck chassis used on most motorhomes and sophisticated professional tow vehicles such as a Peterbilt often used on eighteen wheelers which must meet stringent safety requirements. A little known fact is that according to the DOT, professional truck drivers are the safest drivers on the road. They undergo repetitive training, are constantly monitored by GPS and make their living in modern trucks built to a “million mile standard” with abundant safety equipment in ergonomically correct interiors like a Rolls Royce !
And a little known fact is that most accidents involving commercial tractor/trailers are the result of careless automobile drivers changing lanes, inadvertently pulling in front of trucks, running stop signs or red lights, etc. In fact, driverless cars have become all but necessary since a growing percentage of the population cannot safely drive a car !
History of the Semi-trailer > August Charles Fruehauf (1868-1930) was a blacksmith and carriage builder in Detroit. In 1914, he built a boat trailer for a client who requested more trailers to haul lumber and wood products. It was called a “Semi-trailer” and like Transport Technologies founder he began building additional trailers for varied hauling requirements and thus the Fruehauf Trailer Company was formed.
Positives: The tractor/trailer combination traveling millions of miles each day is the safest and most common means of cargo transport in the world . The combination became popular because of higher GCVW and GVW (gross vehicle weight) ratings, better towing capacity and more usable space than straight trucks, buses or motorhomes. And in the RV world, since the tow vehicle could be disconnected and used for every-day transportation, there is no need to tow a car which is a terrible idea ! The trailer could then be used for storage or a garage which translates into a far better return on investment than a single purpose bus or motorhome which also do not share the distinction of being a safe mode of transporting people. Dependability is paramount and between Ford, Peterbilt/ Kenworth, Freightliner and many others, there are over 10,000 service centers worldwide so it is also easier to get immediate service on any tow vehicles.
Conversions: Conversions are the definition of the ultimate compromise and that is why Transport Technologies is one of only a few companies worldwide that does not convert existing vehicles but utilizes aerospace technology to build Transporters from unique designs from the ground up.
Destroying Fuel mileage: Quick Study For Technocrats: A little known fact is that “aerodynamic drag” is the number one cause of poor fuel mileage Because drag and rolling friction are constants regardless of weight PD (parasitic drag) and CD (compounded drag) are the real factors affecting fuel mileage.
So what is parasitic and compounded drag ? >>> Put your hand out the window at 65 mph and notice the enormous force pressing against your hand. Now multiply that by the huge frontal area of a motorhome or bus. It’s like pushing a huge billboard. That’s parasitic drag however it doesn’t end there. The initial wind (parasitic drag) traveling at 65 mph. passes over, around and under the vehicle and like the airflow over an airplane wing accelerates to hurricane force. This “hurricane” then slams into roof air conditioners, tanks underneath and everything in between. This is compounded drag and it doesn’t end there!
As it passes around the rear of the motorhome or bus, it creates a vacuum before slamming into the front of any towed vehicle, a combination of parasitic and compounded drag. But it’s not over. That same hurricane wind presses against the front and passes around the towed vehicle and creates yet another vacuum behind it, again “parasitic drag”. And not only can this combination destroy fuel mileage, it also creates handling problems such as “hunting or swerving” which requires constant steering corrections in a cross wind.
Aerodynamics vs. Weight. True or False ? > Motorhomes use fiberglass bodies because they are lighter than wood or steel. Answer: > False. Comparable strength fiberglass is actually heavier than steel and much heavier than aluminum. And to get a fiberglass body that is ripple free, polishing the mould is required after every panel is released, something that is labor intensive, expensive and almost never done. And amazingly, consumers who demand quality in a car or truck that cost $60,000, will tolerate poor engineering, workmanship and finish in a $600,000 motorhome !
>>> Space age technology. It has been said comparing current RV’s to Transport Technologies transporters is like comparing the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk to the space shuttle. It begins with space age technology, aircraft aluminum, Onyx, Carbon fiber and Graphene. No heavy steel or wood, our transporters are up to ten tons lighter and seven times stronger than steel and wood, there is only one top of the pyramid and our million mile standard says it all !
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