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RE: internet on the go

We use a Samsung Smart Phone with a Verizon data plan as a Wi-Fi hot spot. Used to have a separate mifi but as smart phone hot spots got better, didn't see the need to keep the mifi. It is more complicated than at home on demand unlimited internet. You have to monitor your usage to ensure you don't exceed your data plan. This. Pay attention to your data usage. If you see you are probably going to hit your limit, go online to MyVerizon.com and upgrade your plan. I find that 3 GB/month is enough for one person IF you stay away from video. Don't be playing Youtube videos, and don't try to stream movies.
coolmom42 04/29/16 06:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Location of breakaway battery

You need adequate support for the battery weight, and vent for the explosive hydrogen gas the battery produces. The latter can be avoided by going to an AGM battery, which is sealed.
coolmom42 04/28/16 08:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Using smart phone as a hot spot

As AsheGuy said, your phone has an option to become a WiFi hotspot. The process of connecting your laptop WiFi to the phone hotspot is called tethering. ..not the most expensive one through Cricket wireless. ...Cricket has some restrictions on tethering. Here is what Cricket has to say about tethering: To get the Mobile Hotspot feature, you need: - A Compatible Phone - Own a compatible phone or upgrade to one of the phones on the compatible phones list. - A Qualifying Plan - At this time, only the $50/mo and $60/mo rate plans are eligible for the Cricket Hotspot add-on. - To Add the Mobile Hotspot Feature - Tether your phone and the Cricket network to your other devices for only $10/mo. You may have to get the Cricket people to help you with this. Otherwise the steps I listed above should work.
coolmom42 04/28/16 07:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Using smart phone as a hot spot

OK but how do I use it as a hot spot, exactly. I have a Samsung with Android. The phone is only about 3 months old but was not the most expensive one through Cricket wireless. Do I connect my laptop to th phone or what? There should be a Samsung app called "Mobile Hotspot" already installed on the phone. Go to where all of your apps are listed. Open the app and turn it on. There will be some sort of ID for the phone hotspot just like there is for your router at home. Then turn on your laptop and look for the wi-fi connections. Find the one that matches your phone and click on connect. Then go to wi-fi app and you should see your computer listed with something like "authorize this device to use hotspot." Tap yes or OK or whatever. Then it's a done deal.
coolmom42 04/28/16 07:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Darker colored trailers.

Does anybody regret getting a darker colored trailer inside and out? Seems many of them out there are dark grays light and dark brown with chocolate interiors and so forth. We're currently in the market for a new one but don't want to get sick of the colors right away. You might want to look at THIS THREAD.
coolmom42 04/28/16 11:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Got rid of Blk Tank Odor and more

Good for you! And I agree, the window treatments can usually be upgraded!
coolmom42 04/28/16 10:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Glacier park Montana

You will need to arrive very early in the day on a weekday. Check the NPS web site for fill times for each campground on the dates you expect to arrive. Also check the NPS site for detailed descriptions of the amenities at each campground. That may help you eliminate some of them. I really enjoyed Two Medicine, but everyone has a different idea of what is the "best" campground. You probably will be out touring around anyway and not spending a lot of time there.
coolmom42 04/27/16 06:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Working & RV'ing

You will have good cell phone signals along the interstates, especially Verizon, which is much better in TN than ATT. At times it may drop to 3G. Set up your smart phone to use as a hot spot. Verify that you can also talk on it at the same time. If not, you could get a second inexpensive phone just for talking on. One of you could work while the other drives. With 3 weeks to work with, you should just be able to plan 2-3 days at a time. IMHO that's the best way to plan a trip anyway. Make a list of your must-sees, so you don't miss any of them. Make sure you have reservations for Friday and Saturday nights.
coolmom42 04/26/16 08:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Little Campsites that no one knows

Not a truck camper... but a campground that only locals seem to know about---Half Moon camppground in the Gallatin NF, near Big Timber, MT. Beautiful little campground on a pristine creek, with a great hike up to a waterfall.
coolmom42 04/26/16 08:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter

Parts & service will be more readily available, and cheaper, for the Ford. Try finding a Mercedes dealer or part in Backroads, USA.
coolmom42 04/26/16 07:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How long...

OK I didn't find that page. Thanks.
coolmom42 04/25/16 07:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Toyota Highlander V6 pulling 3500# Casita??

I talked to one person in a campground with this exact setup, just a few weeks ago. He said it was a great combo. He did have a sway bar, said it helped on windy days. Also said he travelled pretty light, didn't overload the Highlander or the trailer. On a climb you are going to know any trailer is back there unless you have a massive tow vehicle. Downshift and get in the right lane and don't worry about it.
coolmom42 04/25/16 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
How long...

How long are the twin beds in a Pleasure Way Excel TD? I cannot find the measurements anywhere. RV shopping would be easier if I were 5'1 instead of 5'11. :D
coolmom42 04/25/16 03:48pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Resealing my whole camper

Check behind the vinyl trim when you take it off. It does not prevent water from getting in around the screws. Seal up the screw penetrations with caulk before replacing the vinyl trim.
coolmom42 04/25/16 08:29am Truck Campers
RE: How long do they last?

Appreciate the input folks - all very good points to ponder. Also, I didn't ready anybody screaming to run away, far away, from Keystone :) Regarding trailer size: when I first started looking at trailers, I was loving the 17' Casita. Small, simple, easy to tow. But my wife would have none of it because it is just too small. So I quickly realized that she needed to be happy while I was fishing some lake - so now I'm at 25'. Casitas are also narrower and lower than standard construction trailers of the same length. You might both be happy with a 21-23' length.
coolmom42 04/24/16 05:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: How long do they last?

First question to ask.... can you tow it? For durability, a lightweight is probably not the best, but if you maintain it well, it will be fine. Consider a 1-2 yr old model if you can find one. Let someone else eat that first year's depreciation. If you like primitive camping, smaller is better. Many state parks/national parks & forests were designed for small trailers & tents. In your shoes I would step down to about 23' in length, or smaller, so you can fit in more sites.
coolmom42 04/24/16 04:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: skylight cleaning

For lasting results, use some UV protectant like for headlights after cleaning.
coolmom42 04/24/16 03:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: First RV purchase and need Bathroom Advice

Given a choice of more living space or more bathroom space, I would choose more living space. You don't spend much time in the bathroom. Go in the trailers you are looking at and sit down on the toilet, move around like you were showering, brushing your teeth, etc. Lay on the bed like you were sleeping. Go through all the motions and see which suits you better.
coolmom42 04/23/16 09:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Learning RV Renovation: General Questions?

A lot of people do it with paint in modern fresh colors. Pale gray is the current favored neutral for walls. White cabinets, gray/black/white patterned fabrics. That sounds drab, but all it takes is a little pop of bright color in the fabric, plus a few accessories like cushions or curtains to pick up the same or compatible brights. From what I've read, surface prep is critical to a good paint job. Re-glue any loose trim strips or wallpaper. You should be able to get those beautiful (not) borders off pretty easily. Wash with a solution of TSP to remove dirt and grease. Sand very lightly with something like 100 grit paper. Then wash again to remove sanding dust and more dirt. Use 2 coats of primer, then probably 2 coats of the decor color. I've done a fair amount of reading---if you google "redecorating RV" you will get lots of info. Also, make a Pinterest account to keep track of ideas from other sites. (Your wife or granddaughter can show you how to do that, LOL.)
coolmom42 04/22/16 08:51pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Toyota Highlander Hybrid with CVT towing capabilities

I would do some investigating on the Toyota forums, and read the specs on the Highlander carefully. Check what the standard equipment includes---is there a transmission cooler? Can you manually put the tranny in a lower forward gear and leave it there? Or should you just let the CVT do its thing? An owner's manual for the model you are looking at should give some details on towing with the vehicle. It would be worth a visit to a dealer to try and dig up some info.
coolmom42 04/22/16 09:15am Tow Vehicles
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