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Old 03-30-2009, 08:23 PM   #29
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Looking for some advise on a potential tow vehicle. I got a line on a 97 ford f-150 with low mileage and a good price. I need to know if it will pull my 2001 25 ft. safari. It has a 6cyl. engine, manual transmission and has a long bed. Any thoughts or information appreciated. Thanks. bill.
Last night I tuned in to "Extreme Makeover - Home Edition" (Almquist Forever Wild Sanctuary) and they (or Ford) gave the family this new truck . One of the design folks demonstrates using the computer and printer --- all from the drivers seat. And it was not a heads-up display!
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:18 AM   #30
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Last night I tuned in to "Extreme Makeover - Home Edition" (Almquist Forever Wild Sanctuary) and they (or Ford) gave the family this new truck . One of the design folks demonstrates using the computer and printer --- all from the drivers seat. And it was not a heads-up display!
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Bill,
I know of the setup you are refering to, back when the program came on they did a show a few doors down from a hamradio operator who is active storm chaser and seen his vehicle with this set up, They got the information from him and made their own holder so they could have their computers in their vehicles.
The original set up is a plate to hold the computer with a small printer mounted on a second plate under it, an inverter to supply power to both printer and laptop, on the bottom of it is a bendable pole that connects to the floor or seat.
I had this same set up in my semi with a desktop once inverters came on the market, and they was not very good when they first came out. Since then I have converted to a laptop, batter operated HP printer, scanner that runs off the laptop, 1500 w inverter. I am going to make the same holder for the 05 Excursion I just bought once I get my ham radio installed, the radio, GPS both will be linked to the radio.

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Jeepers! And here they worry about people talking on cell phones when they drive...!

Mind you, all the police cruisers here have them, so what the heck, enjoy!
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Jeepers! And here they worry about people talking on cell phones when they drive...!

Mind you, all the police cruisers here have them, so what the heck, enjoy!
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Aage,
LOL, no I am not irresponsible, 90% of the time I am parked when actually using the computer with the exception of once it is hooked to GPS, then it will only be turned on but not in use by me, it will be on a program that operates on its own. The other 10% of the time is during actual storm chasing and it has to be on to track radar/GPS for national weather service.

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Aage,
LOL, no I am not irresponsible, 90% of the time I am parked when actually using the computer with the exception of once it is hooked to GPS, then it will only be turned on but not in use by me, it will be on a program that operates on its own. The other 10% of the time is during actual storm chasing and it has to be on to track radar/GPS for national weather service.

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OK, I believe you are not irresponsible, but now that you tell me you are a storm chaser, I know that you are most likely certifiably insane!

Good luck catching one!
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OK, I believe you are not irresponsible, but now that you tell me you are a storm chaser, I know that you are most likely certifiably insane!

Good luck catching one!
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LOL, your not the only one who says that about me, Trust me I like to keep my distance, safety comes first. Unlike TV chasers, when storm chasing for the national weather service your job is to monitor and report not engage the storm. The people on TV take too many risks for TV purposes to get ratings, and that unfortunately gives us bad reps.
When we chase for the national weather service we are not alone, there may be as many as 20-50 stationed at different points to watch the clouds, Our job is to report it when it starts because there is a point at which radar does not pick up all the details, but once the conditions forms, rotation is noticed, actual tornado forms, we monitor it for direction, destruction, etc and report to NWS.
So as you can see it is safety first,

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Well, that's certainly good to hear, Sarge. Keep your eye on the "eye"!
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