Search found 19 matches

by bad1bill
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car cover for vehicle parked outside during winter
Replies: 19
Views: 1927

Re: Car cover for vehicle parked outside during winter

Here in Colorado I have a 97 Wrangler that I cover from now until mid-May as I don't drive it in the winter. Over the past 10 years I've had 4 different covers that cost less than $100 each. Due to UV (I suspect) or maybe my cheapness, they last about 4 years maximum. One lasted barely a single year...
by bad1bill
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports
Replies: 36
Views: 3416

Re: Consumer Reports

I got the habit from my Dad and have kept it up for many years even though I no longer use it as we have reached the stage where we no longer buy that much stuff. Unlike Amazon and Wirecutter, CR is beholden to no one and diligently attempts to review impartially and independently. While I do use Wi...
by bad1bill
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A bike tour from Bolzano to Vienna (update: photos added)
Replies: 17
Views: 1595

Re: A bike tour from Bolzano to Vienna

Dang, this sounds great! I read about many similar adventures on crazyguyonabike.com and suggest you post there as well and include pictures. I certainly want to cycle a similar path upon retirement. Buon viaggio! Aha, I followed your link above and see you posted on biketouringtips.com - will certa...
by bad1bill
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Western CO Folks Here (Durango?)? - Would you Rec?
Replies: 41
Views: 3359

Re: Any Western CO Folks Here (Durango?)? - Would you Rec?

Housing costs are very high in Durango but it is a hip, happening place. Salida is certainly nice (close to Monarch skiing); Buena Vista also a happening place these days. I have a few friends who have relocated to Leadville as well although it's very cold there (10,000 feet) for my tastes. It still...
by bad1bill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ways to stay a little cleaner during diy car maintenance
Replies: 39
Views: 2522

Re: ways to stay a little cleaner during diy car maintenance

I like "Invisible Glove" type products for greasy automotive/equipment jobs. I want the fine tactile control that gloves mask.

Also, in the garage I keep a rag box of old cotton t-shirts etc. for cleanup.
by bad1bill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Duty Free" shops at Airports
Replies: 44
Views: 4221

Re: "Duty Free" shops at Airports

I smoke a cigar every now and then and Cuban cigars are cheap without the taxes. Actually, the Frankfurt airport has some of the best prices I've found and I always pick up a box or 3 when I go through there; other airports seem higher. My only caution is that some Cubans can be substandard in quali...
by bad1bill
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?
Replies: 184
Views: 21619

Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

This week it's Durango, Silverton and Telluride via Ophir Pass....in my brand new 97
Land Cruiser. Just broken in at 230k miles!
by bad1bill
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to switzerland this september-advice?
Replies: 30
Views: 2096

Re: Going to switzerland this september-advice?

In addition to 50% off the mountain railroads like the Jungfraubahn and Gornergrattbahn, the Swiss Rail Pass gives you access to numerous museums as well as bus services to off-the-beaten-path towns....
by bad1bill
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 7792

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

Just bought a 97 Land Cruiser with 230k miles (pristine condition, little old lady former owner) and plan to drive it 500+ miles this weekend. I plan on taking it four wheeling in the wilds/back mountain regions of Colorado all summer and on summer trips to Canada and Alaska in the next 2 years or s...
by bad1bill
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The collapse of Neil Woodford
Replies: 27
Views: 5526

Re: The collapse of Neil Woodford

Valuethinker, thanks for the concise synopsis.....
by bad1bill
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxembourg--worth visiting?
Replies: 31
Views: 2641

Re: Luxembourg--worth visiting?

It sounds like it's paid for by someone else so certainly go. Any excuse to experience Europe is good. Find a way to extend the trip (preferably on the back end, your friends will understand) to make it "worth" the hassle of traveling so far.
by bad1bill
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trailer Camping while Skiing?
Replies: 14
Views: 1170

Re: Trailer Camping while Skiing?

Longtime Colorado skier here...I have to agree with the comments about drying out ski clothes, keeping boots warm, etc. especially with a group of 13. I'd suggest at least getting a single AirBnB for this purpose alone. If you were only 4, then maybe.... I think the bases have been mostly covered re...
by bad1bill
Wed May 29, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Its a Jeep thing?
Replies: 40
Views: 3627

Re: Its a Jeep thing?

Yes, It's a Jeep thing. I got bit by that bug six years ago when I bought a 97 TJ for a fun vehicle to drive here in Colorado. I had read the poor reviews etc. but figured what the heck. Now, I LOVE this car. I used to be anti-Jeep (I'm a mountain biker) but I can only exercise so much and after a 2...
by bad1bill
Thu May 09, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best practices - Car radio/CD player replacement
Replies: 13
Views: 907

Re: Best practices - Car radio/CD player replacement

I've replaced stock CD/radio players in a few vehicles. I highly recommend Crutchfield. My 2007 Highlander was difficult because I was tying it into the steering wheel controls. On a Saturday afternoon, a very patient, well-spoken man walked me through the connections and wiring problems I was havin...
by bad1bill
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Exchange Vanguard Admiral for Investor- capital gains?
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: Exchange Vanguard Admiral for Investor- capital gains?

Thanks to you all for the rapid responses; I'll ask Vanguard about the downgrade. Laughed at the response about "effing it up" so I hope its not true. To answer questions, it's VGHAX and I haven't bought any in a long time nor am I reinvesting dividends. I bought it before I discovered the Boglehead...
by bad1bill
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Exchange Vanguard Admiral for Investor- capital gains?
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Exchange Vanguard Admiral for Investor- capital gains?

Greetings- I am trying to simplify all my investments into a single Fidelity account. Things are going well except for a joint account at Vanguard where we hold Admiral shares of the Healthcare fund. We cannot move the Admiral shares to Fidelity, only Investor shares. My question (and I am assuming ...
by bad1bill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?
Replies: 46
Views: 2964

Re: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?

Loveland and (recently announced) Breckenridge also open in April; due to elevation, general snow conditions tend to be best at A-Basin. Breck lodging should also be cheap in April and it's a cute town...
by bad1bill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?
Replies: 46
Views: 2964

Re: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?

Colorado guy here- A-Basin is the place to go in April. And you can certainly do it cheaply. Tix on Liftopia for $50 each. AirBnB for dirt cheap in Dillon, Frisco etc. Or Keystone resort. Yes, weather is iffy but Denver is an hour away. Georgetown, Golden, Boulder also close for day trips if it's re...
by bad1bill
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycling trip along the French Riviera
Replies: 13
Views: 813

Re: Bicycling trip along the French Riviera

Visit crazyguyonabike.com and search for Nice France and then start perusing.

Great info on bike trips all over the world for all types of cyclists.....