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Old 03-26-2008, 05:06 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Christopher Thwaites
although Santa Rosa drivers have a reputation for running down bicycles.
There are two methods for dealing with this; the first is more effective, the second more satisfying.

1. When someone honks, beeps, screams, swerves... pretend that you didn't realize it's aggressive, look at them, pretend like you recognize them as a friend, and wave super friendly-like. They then get super paranoid that they almost ran someone they know off the road, and will probably be more respectful in the future.

2. Always carry a full waterbottle. When some jackass who is clearly a jerk and not just not paying attention runs you part off the road or honks/screams/threatens you, pedal as fast as you can to get close to them and throw your waterbottle at their vehicle. If they stop, then you can let them know how you REALLY feel. Clearly, I have lost all tolerance for people trying to kill me. It gets tiring after a while.

That said, method #1 is probably the most effective and can be enjoyable to see their expression of embarrassment. Method #2 might land you in jail, but could be worth it regardless.

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Old 03-26-2008, 08:53 PM   #12
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We do not have our SMB yet, but it will not be a daily driver. It is only 10 miles to work for me and I would love to cycle it, but the terrain is not friendly to get out of the neighborhood,... and I am not sure I want to carry my laptop on my bicycle.

So instead we will used a Prius and an Insight as the daily drivers.
Around town they both get about 54mpg. On the hiway the Prius can get up to 69mpg. Eventually the Electric S-10 will be my daily driver.

The SMB and the old Nissan truck will be utility vehicles.

...but I think the SMB will make it to work for me and for my wife a few times shortly after we get it so that folks that have been listening to us talk about it can actuall and finally see it!

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Old 03-26-2008, 10:03 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by kzemach


Have you considered getting one of the new electric motorcycles? There are both dirt and road versions. Range is a measly 30-80 miles (drive cycle and company dependent), and cost is ~$8k. But you could carry that on the back of the SMB, and potentially charge while driving or with the solar panels... over a couple of days.
Got to be kidding me. Kze. Sure your talkin to me???? It would take a nuclear power plant to move me on an electric bike, so I settle for my Harley but it's somewhat too heavy to pack on the back of my SMB. Maybe with slim-fast someday I might be able to explore the world of slim.
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:23 PM   #14
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Right now my SMB shares daily duties with my 1-ton Chev pickup. Commute is about 40 miles total if dropping off the linolum lizards at school. Will restore my one remaining convertible VW this Summer and use that most days in the future. I ride a motorcycle when I can, but doing the kid thing (two of them) really puts a cramp in that plan.
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:52 AM   #15
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Typically we just use the SMB for adventures, but lately while doing some work on it I've had it around more often and have been using it daily for about the past month or so. Other than fuel costs it's been great.

the kids love it, and like sdwindandsea mentioned, it's the perfect surf vehicle. During the bigger swells this winter I could carry an entire quiver of surfboards secure in the back (even a 9'6" gun), and just grab the right one for spot selected.

However, once I complete the work I'll go back to my F-150 and the SMB will stay in reserve for the bigger outings.
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:45 PM   #16
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Daily Driver. Gas. V8 Big Block. Total commute miles is 24 miles stop and go. 6-7mpg.

I use the Microwave almost everyday during lunch. Couldn't give up the Cat Naps to recharge during break.

Feel short changed whenever I Don't have the Sporto..

I break it up and chargeback to myself the intrinsic valueadd for the naps, lunch, and entertainment (TIVO).

Without the Sporto, for lunch I would have to get in the truck, drive and get fast food and drive back to work. No TV, No CatNaps.

I estimated it's about $10 bucks a day in the lunchmobile (gas for commute per day, lunch, entertainment during lunch, naps), and about $12 bucks a day if I take the truck (gas for commute per day, fast food, no TV during lunch, no NAPS!)

So to rationalize the cost of fuel, when I fill up the TransferFlow, I sorta don't worry about the fuel prices.. but I do go to costco to fillup.
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:11 PM   #17
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My story sounds a lot like NRL's. My commute is 50 miles from home. I started sleeping over in the smb a night or two because we work 12 hour shifts and have a shower in the building. Night or two eventually turned into a week. Now I just stay at work most weeks. I work 7 days on then have 7 days off so it makes sense to just stay here most of the time. When I do drive home it's just into bed within the hour then back up at 4:30 anyways.

I also have a second daily driver. It's a toyota yaris. 12k new and 42mpg. Fun car, but still too much driving with 12 hour work day and 50 mile drive.

I'm going for the who spent the most nights in their sportsmobile this year award. I'm probably up to 30 nights already.
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:09 AM   #18
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Re: Sportsmobile Daily Driver

Well, according to the literature I received when I purchased my Sportsmobile in 2004, 98% of Sportsmobile owners use their vehicles as daily drivers. I guess I'm one of the 2%.

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Old 04-24-2014, 11:13 AM   #19
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Re: Sportsmobile Daily Driver

We used our first camper van as a daily driver, but at least for now our current van is a 3rd vehicle. We plan to keep the van for many years and don't want to wear out the chassis too fast.
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:57 AM   #20
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2 % here as well to save 98% of annual fuel expenditure

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