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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Looks like 14 executives have left Tesla so far in 2018. Seems to be a fairly high number to me. One has to wonder what their reasons were for leaving??? Another Tesla executive has reportedly left the company True, the SEC has opened an investigation into Tesla. Also true that congress has not opened any reported investigations as of now. However, the US Justice Department has indeed opened their own criminal fraud investigation into Tesla. Then there are the shareholder lawsuits facing Tesla due to Elon's tweets and the impact on the stock's price. A DOJ Probe into Elon's Tweets Could Spell Yet More Trouble for Tesla. Also read the other day that Tesla is said to have over 11 BILLION dollars in debt, some debt payments coming due in the near future and NEGATIVE cash flow still continues along with decreasing cash available to fund on-going operations. If that is indeed true, Tesla's financials are not all that stable to say the least. Charlie
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    If I read the following article correctly, the $35,000 base model Tesla Model 3 will not be available for 6 months (ie 1st Quarter 2019). The current Model 3 starting price is $49,000. IMHO, at that starting price, the Model 3 is not available to the more average incomes. Even less so with the reduced tax credit effective January 1, 2019. Lest some people here forget, Tesla started taking reservations (and money) for the Model 3 starting in March of 2016. In 6 months that will be almost THREE YEARS that people who signed up for the "affordable" Tesla will have been waiting. No wonder why some of those people have run out of patience while they watched Tesla make and sell the more expensive Model 3s all the while Tesla holding onto their hard earned deposit money. Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 is still coming and with a new battery module design Charlie
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    FYI, Tesla confirmed in July (after delaying commenting on this for some time) that they hit the threshold of 200,000 vehicles so the phase-out has begun. This is another reason why people are cancelling their orders of Model 3s since they will potentially get less or no tax credit due to the production delays of the Model 3 and how the tax credit works. Since Tesla needs the volume sales of the Model 3 to help solve it's cash and profitability problems, one has to wonder just how much of an impact the phase out of the tax credit will have on Tesla should Model 3 sales fall off as some so-called experts predict. Tesla confirms hitting federal tax credit threshold Charlie
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    Time for Tesla to start looking in their rear view mirrors. Someone else is coming up behind them darn Quick. The Audi e-tron SUV is an electric shot at Tesla Looks like Tesla has more competition to worry about..... VW Announces Plans to Get 27 Electric Vehicle Models into Production by 2022 Charlie
  5. The parking at the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society for Fall Hershey is a great option for some people. I suggest your friend calls the number posted above to look into it. The RV parking on what once once the old airport across from the swap meet is still an option as well. Click here to see the thread which has more information on this RV parking option. Charlie
  6. charlier

    Judging

    Interesting thought Frantz. I like your "youthful distribution" comment. LOL. Whenever I have judged at an AACA Meet I am usually the youngest of all the members on the Judging team. (FYI, I am 20+ years older than you). I always volunteer to judge Chassis which almost always brings a sigh of relief and a smile to the Team Captain. I consider myself blessed that I can judge Chassis with all it's Ups and Downs (pun intended). I do have to admit that after this year's meet at Gettysburg I was sore for a few days afterward which doesn't normally happen. I suspect it was due to the temperature, humidity, blacktop show field and the number of times I got up & down while judging. BTW Frantz, if you have not already done so go to Harbor Freight and get yourself a pair of knee pads. Years ago a fellow Chassis judge made that suggestion to me and my knees have thanked him ever since. I use my knee pads on all surfaces (even grass, since grass has been known to have stones in it). Personally, I think the VP of Class Judging should consider an addition to the Judge registration process be it on-line or on paper. Currently judges are asked for their 1st/2nd/3rd/4th choices of classes to judge as well as other questions. Why not ask the question: Are you able and willing to judge Chassis at this meet? That way the Chief Judge at a meet could get a MUCH BETTER idea of how to allocate these people to the judging teams. Charlie
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    Custom enclosed car hauler - DELIVERED

    Yes, I installed a wireless camera on the back of my 8.5'x20' enclosed car trailer about 4 years ago. I connected the camera to the battery I have in my trailer and used a remote control device to turn the camera on and off. I also use this same remote control to control other electrical items on my trailer. The 7 inch color display is a good size. The camera has infra-red so you can use this system at night without much light. It works okay but I prefer to use the loading lights above the ramp door on my trailer so I do not use the infra-red much. I mounted the camera on the back of my trailer so I can see both rear corners of the trailer and an area maybe 10-20 feet directly behind my trailer. This works best for me. Almost all my towing trips I do alone so this camera is invaluable to me when towing. On more than one towing trip I have had to parallel park my trailer due to a limited number of parking spaces at interstate rest areas and their VERY POOR design (Yes, Virginia I am talking about you). This is where a camera like this excels. Also, on a trip to an AACA AGNM this camera stopped me from hitting a person who walked behind my trailer as I was backing up at a gas station. I am guessing the woman was deaf because she paid no attention to the dump truck backup beeper on my trailer that was WAILING very loudly at the time. Then again, maybe she could hear and was just too distracted looking at her smartphone when walking to her car. Who knows. In case you are wondering I have not had ANY problems with the wireless camera when it comes to losing signal, poor picture quality or interference. That was not true of the wireless camera I purchased before this camera which cost more $$$. That system got returned since the seller (not the company in the link below) obviously stretched the true about that unit's abilities. Anyway, I purchased the Voyager WVOS713 7" Auto-Pairing Wireless System This system is not cheap compared to other solutions out there but IT WORKS WELL. You can find this model a little cheaper ($30 or so) on amazon. I purchased it from the company in the link above. When I had a question about installing it their Technical support was TOP NOTCH. If you have any questions feel free to send me a private message with questions you might have. Charlie
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    Custom enclosed car hauler - DELIVERED

    If one keeps their trailer tires PROPERLY inflated, COVERS them when not in use, does NOT EXCEED their speed rating, CHECKS them for CRACKS in the sidewalls and REPLACES then every 5 Years one can MINIMIZE the chance of a blowout that does not involve running over road debria. In the 13 years I have owned my trailer I have not had a blowout. The original tires that came on the trailer were from China. The second set were Goodyear Marathons made in the USA the current set are Maxxis made in Thailand. I did lose one of the Marathon tires when I ran over road debris on my way to Fall Hershey one year. A TPMS unit would have told me sooner that I lost that tire which would have put less stress on the other tire on that side that had to carry the load. I ended up replacing all the Marathon tires when I found varying levels of cracks in the sidewalls of the other tires on the trailer. True one can get 16" industrial tires but the problem with them for some is the size of the tire versus the available space in the trailer's wheel wells. For some, these tires are not an option. What one can do however is move up to a higher load rating and still stay with the same tire size. I did that with the Maxxis tires I bought. These tires hold more air and have a higher speed rating which helps. Charlie
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    True there would be less sales of all autos without leasing. IMHO, with Tesla's current model offerings retail pricing lends itself more to leasing than buying. Tesla's current leasing program requires that you create an account on their web site to see leasing information. I did not do that because I do not need more spam emails from someone trying to sell me something. If you would like to see the current leasing information you can go here and create an account. According to Tesla, leases on the model 3 are not available at this time. They expect to have a leasing program for model 3s in 6-9 months according to Elon Musk. Back on topic. It appears that a perfect storm is hitting Tesla these days is A.) The expiration of the $7,500 tax credit which makes Tesla models more expensive, B.) After more than a year, the Base Model 3 is still not available and lastly C.) It has been reported that 24% of Model 3 orders have been cancelled and Tesla is having to repay all the deposits for the cancelled orders due to a combination of A & B. 24% Of Tesla Model 3 Orders have been cancelled. Charlie
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    Custom enclosed car hauler - DELIVERED

    Gary, When I first got my trailer a friend of mine with MANY years of towing experience told me the following when backing up a trailer: Make sure the front tires are straight. Put both of your hands at the bottom of the steering wheel at 6 o'clock. Move both hands in the direction you want the trailer to go. This takes all the thinking out of the process. No opposite direction, counter intuitiveness, etc. It just works. Give it a try sometime. Also I agree with others here. The FIRST thing on your shopping list BEFORE you tow a vehicle in the trailer is to buy a weight distributing hitch with sway control. The first picture you posted appears to indicate a noticeable difference in the distance between the top of your tires and the bottom lip of your wheel well when you compare your front and rear tires. That would indicate that you have more weight on the rear axle (ie rear end squat). One function of a weight distributing hitch is to even out the weight between the front and rear axles which also returns more traction and steering control to the front tires. Also if it is possible you should consider mounting your two spare tires in the rear of your trailer (one on each side). Putting both tires in the V-Nose at the front will add 100-150 pounds of tongue weight which could be an issue depending on the towed vehicle's weight and how you position it in the trailer. Charlie
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    FYI, Tesla has had a leasing program for at least a few years now. tesla-launches-limited-two-year-lease-program This particular program was in 2016. There were other programs before and some since. One has to wonder where their current sales would be without their leasing program. Charlie
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    As of the 1st quarter of 2018, 29.83% of new cars were on lease. Share of new vehicles on lease in the United States
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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    When a dreamer/innovator starts up a company that person needs other people around them with good, solid, backgrounds in all aspects of business and a Board of Directors that is looking out for the best interests of the company and it's shareholders. Sadly, in the case of Tesla, the company does not have those individuals in those key areas. These are some of the reasons why Tesla finds itself in the position it is in today. Having family members/relatives on the Tesla Board has created a situation where the CEO basically answers to NO ONE. One has to wonder why the Chief Accounting Officer at Tesla resigned after only ONE MONTH on the job??? He is just one of many executives that have gone through the revolving door at Tesla over the years. All indications are that Tesla is still burning through cash at an unsustainable rate. Regardless of what Elon Musk says, Tesla is running out of cash to invest in the company or to simply pay it's bills. Sooner or later Tesla's "Tent Factory" will have to get replaced with a REAL BUILDING. Tesla will need BILLIONS of dollars to build new plants and money to develop the Tesla Semi-Truck and other models and Tesla batteries for those models. Tesla needs money from the capital markets. Selling stock will not get them out of their cash flow problems. If this is not bad enough Tesla's most profitable market looks like it will experience a BIG drop in sales thanks to the trade war between the USA and China. Tesla's Collapse In China Spells Trouble For 2H Profits. If this does actually happen, Tesla may very well kiss profitability goodbye. That will make is VERY DIFFICULT for Tesla to raise capital since many sources of huge amounts of financing want to see profitability and not just in one financial quarter. Do I want to see Tesla Fail, of course not. Mr. Musk needs to put on his big boy pants, hire executives to run certain parts of the business and then LET THEM RUN THOSE PARTS OF THE BUSINESS. He CANNOT do everything himself. If he continues to operate the company as he has he will have health problems and suffer the consequences. The Board at Tesla needs to grow a spine and some other body parts and get the company on the right track. If they fail to do so then Tesla may not survive. That would be SAD. Charlie
  14. You're welcome. Hope to see you at Hershey in a few weeks. Charlie
  15. bjestes, My apologies if I did not explain it very well in my post above. Yes, the free trailer parking is off Boathouse road. You could drop your trailer there and park your RV elsewhere if that is what you want to do. OR You can park your RV and the trailer with your car on/in it in the RV lot I posted about above. A LOT of people do this and some of them use the car during the week to get around Hershey then take it to the show on Saturday. Friends of mine and fellow AACA members have been bringing their RV to Hershey for the last few years, sometimes with a car trailer, sometimes not. They use the lot I posted about above. I stay with them and we walk the flea market fields during the week and go to the show on Saturday. This year (like last) I am driving my DPC car to Hershey. I park my car behind their RV and we use it to go to dinner, etc. On Saturday I will give them a ride over to the show (they are not bringing a car this year). When they register their RV they also get a $10 parking pass for my car. I am not sure if you need one of thee passes for your car (if you are going to drive it in/out of this lot) so you should probably check with the Hershey people when you register your RV. BTW, I forgot to mention in my post above a few other things about this RV lot. If your RV has a generator you can run it during designated hours when using this RV lot. I believe the hours for running generators is on the paperwork you receive when you register. The Hershey people are there on-site each night pretty late so if you get to Fall Hershey after dark you can still register with them. At night you cannot miss their trailer because they use a generator to run portable lights to light up that part of the field. IIRC their generator runs all night so you should avoid parking your RV near their trailer unless the noise from their generator does not bother you. Bottom line is: If your RV is self contained I truly believe that this lot will work out VERY well for you. If you do decide to use this lot please post the year, color, make and model of the car you will have with you. That way I can find you and introduce myself to you. Charlie