1. A Note From Margo: Historic Event
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We are close to experiencing an historic event.
The FCC votes on Wheeler’s proposal for "Net Neutrality" at its Feb. 26
meeting. If all goes well, it is a watershed victory for activists who
have fought for a decade to protect the open Internet.
May 2014, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a plan that would have
allowed companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to discriminate
online and create pay-to-play fast lanes.
Millions of you spoke out — and fought back.
to the huge public and political outcry, Wheeler shelved his original
proposal, and on Feb. 4, 2015, he announced that he will base new Net
Neutrality rules on Title II of the Communications Act, giving Internet
users the strongest protections possible. This means a simply change in
classification that puts major providers firmly in "telecommunications
services" where they belong.
Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right
to communicate freely online. This is the definition of an open
Neutrality means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It
means that Internet service providers should provide us with open
networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications
or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company
shouldn't decide who you can call and what you say on that call, your
ISP shouldn't be concerned with the content you view or post
Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the Internet into
fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors' content or
block political opinions. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few
content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment —
relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy
the open Internet.
We are close to winning this, four million people gave their voice to the cry. Let's keep the pressure on.
– Buying That Dream RV - Things to Consider
– Equipping an RV and Tips on Maintenance
– Managing Power, AC and DC
– Emergency Road Service
– Towing Your Auto
– Planning Trips - How To Get The Most For Your Money
– Boondocking (Primitive Parking)
– Earning an Income on the Road
– Staying In Touch with Family and Friends
2. RV Lifestyle: Ultimate RV
You know how fond I am of sharing these expensive and forward-thinking RV designs. This is my latest find:
you are looking for the ultimate RV then this custom built KiraVan
extreme motorhome built by a Dad for his daughter might be the perfect
thing, if you have deep enough pockets.
awesome and very rugged RV has been built by Bran Ferren, co-founder
and chief creative officer of technology firm Applied Minds.
specifically to do a little globetrotting, it also provides the perfect
expedition vehicle for the family to enjoy the remote sights of the
does not divulge the exact budget of the rugged RV, but says that the
total cost is in the millions. Kevlar-reinforced 46-inch tires, and over
a dozen interlocking communication systems has got to run up the price.
KiraVan is based on a Unimog chassis, but with three axles and
part-time six-wheel drive, it resembles a high-tech tractor trailer.
Margo's eBook, "Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers"
is available at all major eBookstores. It covers all the basic systems:
air conditioning, awning, generator, hot water heater, hydraulic
levelers, inverter/converter, roof, sewer, tires, and much more. Driving
balance tips are included.
3. RVing Nugget: The Sewer Solution
just discovered a new product that makes the sewer-dumping chore so
much easier. Heading to the RV supply store to replace yet another
sewer hose, I stumbled (literally) over the The Sewer Solution.
this to the sewer termination end connected to your rig, just like your
present sewer hose. When dumping, add a water hose to the included
quick-release nozzle. Turn on the water and start pulling the black
water tank valve, slowly at first. The high pressure water blasts the
contents into tiny pieces that disappear down this small hose into the
park sewer receptacle.
The Sewer Solution valve in another direction and the hose itself is
cleaned. Turn it to yet another position and the black tank is flushed
as far as the water can reach. If your tank is situated too far back
from the termination cap, it only cleans the pipe, not the tank. Use one
of those cleaning wands on the inside of the toilet to finish flushing
first it sounds complicated, but the product and the instructions are
made in the USA and easy to read. The 20 ft. hose included is supposed
to be indestructible. I bought a second 20-ft hose for that inevitable
long reach that happens once ever so often. If you search the
Internet you can find a shorter second hose. It is so easy to coil and
store; clean hose, clean hands (or gloves, in my case).
you boondock (primitive camping) a lot, this does not work (needs
pressurized water), but for park-to-park RVing, this is great.
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4. RV fun, resources and news
Will Ice Cubes In An RV Sewer Tank Dislodge Waste Buildup?
buildup of solids in an RV sewer tank is a bad thing. So, getting rid
of the yucky mess is a frequent topic of discussion among RVers.
of us have heard that putting ice cubes down the toilet does the job.
The idea is the hard cubes bounce around when we drive the RV, banging
all that nasty buildup away.
So does it work?
James of Fit RV (fitrv.com) set out to find out. See the results in this very interesting and enlightening video: http://vimeo.com/107203617
Fun With Trivia
recycling just one glass bottle, the amount of energy that is being
saved is enough to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours.
Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do. Approximately 150 people are killed each year by coconuts.
English is the only language that capitalises the first person singular, 'I'.
Every Alaskan citizen over the age of 6 months receives an oil dividend check of about $1000 per year!
For every gallon of sea water, you get more than a quarter pound of salt.
In 1956, 80% of all U.S. households had a refrigerator, but only 8% of British households had one!
gas has no smell. The odor is artificially added so that people will be
able to identify leaks and take measures to stop them.
Lifestyles Ezine is published twice a month. Part I comes out on or
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Publisher: Margo Armstrong
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