As the old commercial said "this isn't your father's old's mobile". The times have changed. Just because it's been done that way for a long-time doesn't necessarily make sense today.
A long time ago might have been you need 1/4 tank of gas. Trucks didn't get the kind of mileage back then. Maybe the fact is that people got about 5-6 miles and so now that we are hitting 10 - 11, the need for 1/4 tank is gone. 1/8 of tank is good enough.
This reminds me of the old joke. "Mother, why do we cut the legs of the turkey off before we bake it? I don't know. We've always done it that way. Let's ask Grandma.
Gradman, why do we cut the legs off the turkey before we bake it. I don't know that's the we've always done it. Let's ask great grand ma.
Great Grandma, why do we cut the legs of the turkey before we bake it?
Because the pan I had was too small and that's the only way I could get it to fit".
That's the problem with thinking we've always done it that way. People in the past had a reason. We need to understand the reasoning and adapt.
In the words of Emerson: "A foolish consistency is the hob gobline of little minds."
Maybe, as I said, if you only got 5 - 6 mpg then 1/4 tank with about 14 gallons is good. That gets you 60 miles. But now to 1/4 gets you 120 miles. So maybe the objective was just to get you 60 miles and we need to adapt to 1/8 tank?
The times, they are a changing. Keep up or die with the dinosaurs. DVDs were not in coaches of days of old. So things need to be done differently to take advantage of the new technology and to implement it right.
And if we as customers continue to accept shoddy workmanship and service then that's what we're going to get.
Change or die with the dinasoures
Originally Posted by wahoonc
With the exception of the rivets and screws? Everything else is pretty much industry standard. Forest River doesn't make the thermostats and converters or the DVD players. The 1/4 tank of fuel has been around for many years. If keeping that much gas in the tank is a problem, maybe you shouldn't own an RV?