5g is about to change everything

5g, man looking at cell phone

Living off the grid is going to get a lot harder in the future as 5g technology invades every corner of our world. Unlike 4g which uses towers to transmit its signal over a great distance, 5g will need local antenna arrays to transmit millimeter waves. These arrays are going to be everywhere.

Data on these networks will be in real time, and future electronics are going to be connected like never before. The new self-driving cars and whole house connectivity are going to make Alexa look like a toddler.

The sci-fi cities we’ve seen in the movies will become a present-day reality for everyone in the coming decades. But there may be an unhealthy trade-off for this new technology. Regardless, I believe it’s coming. Young consumers want this new tech and it will be a part of their world so preppers need to be prepared for it.

Will it be an impressive improvement in our lives? I don’t know, but from where I’m sitting it looks like the end of privacy unless some laws are put in place to protect individuals from the prying eyes of Big Brother.

Below you will find three videos: A 2017 video that does an excellent job of explaining how 5g works, a 2019 video taking about its many uses, and a 2018 video talking about the health risk.

If you like articles about social disasters read “Orwell’s 1984 or Brave New World, which will it be?“.

As always, this is just my opinion.

Timothy Scott

Survival RV, split years of manufacture

RV motorhome parked under the stars

Most people are unaware motorhomes have split years of manufacture; one year for the chassis and another for the completed motorhome.

The manufacturing of motorhomes is different from cars because motorhomes are “multi-stage vehicles.” This means that, unlike cars, they generally are built in two separate stages by two different manufacturers.

The first-stage manufacturer also called the “incomplete vehicle manufacturer,” assembles the motorhome chassis. This typically includes such components as the chassis frame, engine, fuel system, transmission, drive train, suspension, wheels, brakes, and vehicular electrical system. These “incomplete vehicles” are then sold by the chassis manufacturer to final stage motorhome manufacturers, also called “completed vehicle manufacturers.”

The motorhome manufacturers then take the chassis and build the coach body, all of the “household” systems, install the appliances, cabinets, furnishings, plumbing, lighting fixtures and a multitude of various amenities, resulting in a completed vehicle.

The first stage manufacturers identify their vehicles according to federal law, which states a vehicle manufactured in more than one stage must have a Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”) assigned to it by the incomplete vehicle manufacturer. One character position in the VIN sequence identifies the model year of the incomplete vehicle. Once it is assigned, the VIN stays with the incomplete vehicle when it is sold to the motorhome manufacturer. The incomplete vehicle manufacturer may also ship the chassis with a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (“MCO”). The MCO document provides information about each particular chassis.

The final stage motorhome manufacturers continue to use the VIN assigned by the incomplete vehicle manufacturer. Motorhome manufacturers also provide MCO documents with their motorhomes when they are shipped to dealers. The model year of the completed motorhome, which is determined by the motorhome manufacturer, appears on this MCO document.

The reason chassis have a different model year than the completed motorhome has to do with the time each was completed. An incomplete vehicle chassis is manufactured before a completed motorhome is built on it.

Motorhome manufacturers may buy hundreds, even thousands, of chassis each year. Because of variations in advance purchases of incomplete vehicle chassis, the flow of new product orders, market conditions, and new model roll-outs, the model year of the incomplete vehicle chassis are frequently different from the model year of the completed motorhome. For example, a group of fifty chassis could be built at the end of a calendar year and assigned that year’s model year by the incomplete vehicle manufacturer. A few weeks later, those chassis could be sold to a motorhome manufacturer. The motorhome manufacturer may use half of them to finish production of one motorhome makes, assigning those motorhomes the motorhome manufacturer’s current model year on their final MCO’s. These completed motorhomes would have a model year one year greater than the model year of the chassis. The motorhome manufacturer may later use the other half of the chassis in manufacturing a new motorhome design, assigning those motorhomes the next model year. As a result, their final MCO’s would have a model year designation that is two years greater than the chassis model year. In another example, a chassis manufacturer may decide to skip a model year entirely and designate its chassis one year ahead of the then current calendar year. This could result in motorhomes having a model year one year less than the chassis model year.

Remember this when you go to the DMV to register a motorhome yourself because some DMV employees are unaware of this and will try to register your RV under the chassis year model instead of the MCO year model. I know this because it happened to me when I went to register my 2017 Dynamax REV with a 2015 Dodge Promaster chassis. I had the DMV employee call the main office and they gave her instructions for registering the RV under the 2017 MCO year model.

The 10th position of a vehicles VIN number identifies the year model.

As always, this is just my opinion.

Timothy Scott

Is a gas mask part of your emergency kit

Man in Gas Mask

The petrochemical fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas required some people to leave their homes. Had the weather and winds been different the smoke may have remained closer to the ground and caused a serious health problem.

Luckily for Deer Park and other towns around them, current weather conditions are helping to keep the air quality readings below hazardous levels.

Additionally, warmer afternoon temperatures are causing the plume to stay above 1,000 feet, minimizing risk for smoke or soot inhalation for people on the ground. However, this could change if the weather changes and residents need to be ready to go at a moments notice.

For preppers, this will not be a problem. They’re always ready with a bug-out-plan and bug-out-bag; some with gas masks.

Gas masks, more generically known as respirators can be half-mask or full-face mask.

A half-mask is suitable for certain types of hazards but does not protect the eyes whereas a full-face mask covers the entire face. These simple air-purifying respirators are relatively inexpensive, simple to use, and offer an extra level of protection during disasters.

There are also positive pressure models you can buy that use battery-operated canisters. These canisters use a fan to force air through a filter creating positive pressure in the mask keeping any contaminated air from entering. This type of mask is the best choice for children or anyone who has a problem getting a tight seal from a simple air-purifying mask.

As always, this is just my opinion.

Timothy Scott