Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Jason writes: I’ve read a lot of your recent articles and they seem to have a theme, the end of the big gas engine vehicles and the push to the electric slavery. You may remember me as the person who was going to bring my old Miata back to life after I pay off my truck and living with a company GPS granny nanny. While I love that car and how fun it was to drive, I have decided that I want to go the opposite direction. It will probably be sold this spring for a really good price. Not without regrets either.
My decision was guided by something else that I have noticed – that you can’t have the kind of fun anymore I used to have with that car. Long story short as possible, I bought the car, souped up the car with go fast goodies, and moved to the mountains, where the curves were. Early on, I could enjoy spirited drives on fun roads but I noticed that as time went on, AGWs were more and more common. I used to watch from my porch bikers fly by my house to none the past five years that I have seen. While it may be good that fewer bikers are going down the mountain, it also says the fun level has decreased significantly. Combine that with the sad sack with a company GPS that now has to drive so damn slow, I have decided that the GPS is merely training me to be a RV driver. Get to the right, go slow, expect everyone to pass you, and probably be mad at you as they do it. And that is what I am planning for the future on pavement. Slow and to the right. Which puts the Miata in the same category. If you can’t have a little fun with it, why have it?
Which leads me to the big problem the feds have: The MPG god must be appeased. Nothing I want to do in the future involves sipping gas and living in an urban dwelling. Rather the opposite. So I’m looking at Class A motorhomes to live in. Sell my home, hit the road and live the rest of my life on the road. I’m single without kids and middle aged. I should have been on the road long ago instead of stuck owning a home with lawn/property maintenance. So recently I was looking at the MPG of the coach I want and it gets a paltry average of 6.9 MPG. Depending on terrain, the figures can go up and down a little bit. That isn’t going to make Uncle happy. Which leads me to my real question to you: Where do you see the RV industry in 5-10 years?
The folks who RV are the exact opposite of what the elites want. They want to be mobile and they have no problems burning gas. But the flip side of that same coin, who is being more environmental and paying attention to the their resources? RV owners pay attention to all of that. Everything you do adds up. There’s no unlimited power or sewer to take away your waste. RV owners are probably more efficient and economical with their resources than those who live with unlimited power or septic. But that won’t matter to the government. It burns gas. Lots of it. As far as vehicular fun, I am planning on just using my 4×4 to go camping and exploring. Tow it behind the RV. As far as I can see now, there is no more fun to be had on pavement. Get used to going slow on pavement and go off road to have any real fun, while you still can.
My reply: I agree with your first observation – that driving fast is less fun these days, not just because of the severity of the sanctions for driving fast but because it is getting harder to “get away” with driving fast. Cameras everywhere, as well as AGWs. The prospect of being dragged out of your car at Glock-point or Tazered for “reckless driving” 80 MPH on a highway with a 70 MPH speed limit dampens one’s enthusiasm.
In re RVs: Your points are all sound; but your premise is wrong. While it is certainly true that living in an RV vs. a single family home is more “environmentally responsible” than living in a much larger, more “resource consuming” single family home, it’s not about conserving resources or being “environmentally responsible.”
It is about controlling people’s mobility – and keeping them in debt. For the sake of the same reason. Restrict where people can go by making it more expensive for them to go anywhere. Limit their options by limiting what they can afford. And by imposing a necessity to keep working to keep on paying.
Ownership is anathema to this agenda, whether of a car or an RV.
I therefore expect the same pressures currently being applied to cars to be applied to RVs – and to motorcycles. They will be “mopped up” after the primary target – the non-electric car – has been regulated out of existence in favor of the electric car, which serves the agenda because most people won’t be able to afford one and the few who can will be much easier to control, both physically and financially.
We may still avoid all of this – depending on what happens this year. But it’s going to a close-run thing, regardless.
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