Security lock, very important for motorhomes

The worst nightmare for drivers: the central locking system has been hacked ...
For all car and motorhome owners it is quite normal these days to click the remote control to lock or unlock all doors.

However, nowadays anyone with some computer skills can open a vehicle without too much hassle; for this they use adapted hardware and software that can be easily downloaded from the Internet. What can become a nightmare for motorhomes and drivers in general. Among others, the main vehicles affected are the 2006 models of the Fiat Ducato, Citroën Jumper, Peugeot Boxer and Iveco Daily, among others.

A digital theft leaves no trace. Thieves have been concentrating on these models for several years. Since the theft leaves no clues, it is difficult to prove that it has happened at all, which complicates life - if you want to file a claim part to insurance. Basically anyone can capture data. It is very easy to get into a vehicle if there is no proper code for the wireless signal from your vehicle's remote control system.

Many manufacturers even dispense with the so-called rolling code or jump code system to offer greater protection by changing the code at any given time according to a predetermined algorithm.

Is your vehicle affected? Only special adaptation systems can remedy the situation and eliminate this security hole. Specialists, including Thitronik, who intervene with their VIPro-III-Alarm systems in the CAN-Bus of base vehicles, have used their knowledge to find their own solution.

With the module called safe.lock, the security hole resulting from an unencoded vehicle key is closed. Once the module is connected to the central locking system, the security hole in the vehicle that would be caused by an uncoded key will close. The original non-secure vehicle key electronics will be replaced by the supplied circuit board, this will protect the vehicle with around 4 million constantly changing codes used when locking and unlocking it.

This key service can only be delivered through an authorized Thitronik specialist with the appropriate programming infrastructure. More information at www.thitronik.de (page in German and English.

A French couple in a motorhome ask President Macron for help

Trapped in Morocco in their motorhome, a couple calls Macron for help.

A French couple in a motorhome from Ain (a French department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) are stuck in a parking lot in the Fez (Morocco) shopping centre for more than a month and a half. They called on the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, to use his power to organize his repatriation.

The couple went to Morocco on February 17. Their vehicle remains in a car park in the Fez shopping centre. "All campsites were closed. "So we went to the basics: food, water, wifi that we have thanks to the employees who work in the area. Many people are kind to us and even offer us accommodation, money or food. We explained to them that we have everything we need in the motorhome ", according to Le Progrès, the couple fears the possible theft of their house for being so long outside of France.

"Obviously, it is a hard test for people who are stranded in southern Morocco with temperatures above 40° centigrades every day, and who are also old people, need medication or have appointments in France" in a hospital. "The couple explains that French people stranded in Morocco have the same request from the embassies or consulates: to organize a medical convoy for them through the Tangier-Algeciras (Spain) sea route, then take the highway and get home. "We all have return tickets that we can't use now, "they said.

"We are waiting for the French state to approach the Moroccan and Spanish authorities to organize our return," the couple said. With the process of gradual return to normal activity beginning on Monday, May 11 2020, in France, the couple expects the reopening of certain ferries. However, she regrets the fact that the Presidency of the Republic, to whom she had contacted, has not yet answered. "We have the impression that we are abandoned," they complained.

Tequila, the quintessential Mexican drink

Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km northwest of Guadalajara, and in the Jalisco highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco. Like mezcal, tequila is also made from the agave plant and originates from the same regions of Mexico. The distinction is that tequila is made only from blue agave and is prepared in different ways. Tequila served serves pure in Mexico and with a touch of salt and lemon worldwide.

Tequilana agave, commonly called blue agave or tequila agave, is an agave plant that represents an important economic product of Jalisco, Mexico, due to its role as a base ingredient in tequila, a popular distilled beverage. The high production of sugars called agavines, mainly fructose, in the core of the plant, is the main characteristic that makes it suitable for the preparation of alcoholic beverages.

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Tequilana agave is native to the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and Aguascalientes in Mexico. The plant is favored if it is grown at altitudes of over 1,500 meters and grows in rich, sandy soil. Blue agave plants grow large and succulent, with pointy, fleshy leaves, which can reach more than 2 meters in height. Blue agaves sprout a stem when they are around five years old and can grow an additional 5 meters; they are covered with yellow flowers.

The flowers are pollinated by the largest long-nosed bat (also by insects and hummingbirds) and produce several thousand seeds per plant, many of them sterile. The plant then dies. They reproduce by planting previously removed shoots; this has led to a considerable loss of genetic diversity in cultivated blue agave.

It is rarely kept as a houseplant, but a 50-year-old blue agave in Boston reached a stem of 9 meters. Flowering begins from 6 to 15 years of cultivation, the emission of the flower axis begins in the months of February to March.

The purity of a tequila is to be made entirely from agave. When a tequila does not state on its label that it is one hundred percent agave, it is a mixed tequila. This means that a proportion of the sugar obtained from the agave was mixed with other sugars during its elaboration. For many years there was a norm in Mexico that allowed tequilas to have a minimum of fifty-one agave and a maximum of forty-nine other sugars. For some time, however, the norm requires that to be called tequila it must be at least sixty agave. In mixed tequilas, agave is combined with corn syrup or sugar cane.