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RE: Roadside Assistance

I've never had neither AAA nor Good Sam so I can't speak to either. I've had CoachNet for about 5 years, have used them three times (once for a tow and twice for tire changes) and have been pleased with the service from the CoachNet contact as well as the service providers each time. I read the promotions and information on both Good Sam and CoachNet thoroughly before deciding. CoachNet seemed to fit my needs the best. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 02/25/15 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Eden Pure Heaters

We have a Comfort Furnace which, I believe, is just a knock-off from the Eden Pure. We used it in the living room of our sticks & bricks home before we started heading south for the winter. It works much better in the living room than a small ceramic heater. I have no idea why, but repeated comparisons produced the same results. We have it in the living area of our 5er and use it to supplement the furnace when the heat pump is no longer effective. It does a better job of keeping the room temperature even than a ceramic heater does, but it's not as effective as it was in our sticks & bricks living room. I attribute that to the difference in insulation. JMHO. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 02/24/15 04:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ever seen the door in the slide?

We have both an Excel Winslow with the slide entry and an Open Range TT with the raised deck and sliding glass door in our Winter Texan park. The steps into the Winslow are surprisingly easy to negotiate. I haven't measured the rise, but it didn't seem too bad at all. Sure does make for a lot of room in the living area of the trailer. The deck on the Open Range takes a little while to set up and tear down with most of the time used in putting up the railing. The deck itself folds up against the side of the trailer in pretty short order. Sure is a nice place to sit on a warm afternoon. I don't think I'd mind having either one of them.
8ntw8tn 02/06/15 08:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside Assistance

I have CoachNet. I've used them three times so far, twice for changing a tire and once for a tow. Though I wanted to be towed to the next town on our route they explained (correctly) that they towed to the nearest repair facility. That happened to be a town we'd already traveled through. Still, it was a 45 mile tow with both the truck and 5er, and CoachNet covered the entire bill; nearly $600. Each time I've called them they've advised me about when the assistance would be arriving, and have called back to make sure it did arrive on time. One thing that struck me as I was researching tow services was that CN claims that service providers must pass certain knowledge and equipment requirements in order to be placed on their list of providers. It appears that CN develops a qualified list of providers they can contact when a client reports a given problem. This includes technicians who are available for over-the-phone assistance on appliances, etc. So far, I've not used this service. GS may have the same requirements but it did not show up when I was doing my research about 4 years ago. I have had no experience with Good Sam ERS. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 02/05/15 08:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sattalite TV

Another thumbs up for the Pathway X2. I bought a package deal from Winegard with the antenna and a VIP211k. Set-up is easy. Just make sure you have good cable and good connections. It's rather touchy about that (don't ask me how I know).
8ntw8tn 02/02/15 09:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Smart phone - Which service & which phone?

About a year ago I started searching for a new provider because the old provider (US Cellular) provided only a small amount of data while roaming and then the speed slowed down to dial-up speed. My mom is also on my plan and she lives in an area where many of the providers are no available. Ultimately I chose Verizon with 3GB of data. So far, after several months of use, it's been very satisfactory, though not necessarily the least expensive. We use wifi whenever we can and use the data when wifi is not available and when we want a secure connection. Only once have we used more than 75% of our data plan. After considering the Galaxy S5 we chose to go with the iphone 5S. The features were very similar, but most of our family had the iphone products. We thought they would be able to provide some personalized assistance when we ran into technical roadblocks; turned out to be correct. Good luck in your search. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 01/28/15 07:18am Technology Corner
RE: mor ryde

We're on our second Carriage Cameo with Mor Ryde. I'm pretty sure it's the LRE. We really like it and recommend it. We also have the Mor Ryde pin box on this unit. It significantly reduces the back and forth chucking, making the ride in the truck much better. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 01/26/15 06:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone useing WEBROOT antivirus?

I've been using Webroot for about 2 years. It's caught few things and seems to be doing what it's supposed to. As you said, you don't really know until it fails. I'm no techie; I bought Webroot when I purchased a laptop from Best Buy and installed it on my other two computers, as well.
8ntw8tn 01/25/15 02:25pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon vs AT&T

I don't have any direct experience with AT&T, but I'm well satisfied with Verizon. This past year we decided to change providers because US Cellular doesn't provide adequate data coverage outside their home area(s). The choice was quickly narrowed down to AT&T or Verizon. Though AT&T coverage appeared to be good in the area where we winter in Texas it was spotty in my home area and nearly none existent in other areas of importance. (I got this information from other AT&T customers I know.) Verizon coverage was much better, though at a marginally higher cost. So far, it appears we made the correct decision.
8ntw8tn 01/24/15 10:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Tool chest selection

Since we spend about 6 months in Texas I take as many tools as I can. I carry a socket set and combination wrench set, along with jacks, electrical repair kit and tie down straps in a cross-bed low profile tool box. I have a three drawer tool box in the side basement in which I have screw drivers, pliers, small wrenches, hammer, hatchet, and an assortment of other small hand tools and testers. Over the last 5 years of traveling south for the winter I've added and removed tools that I take along, and I suspect I'm not finished. Space is the limiting factor; wish I had more. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 01/19/15 08:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does closing the laptop disconnect from wifi?

Thanks for the responses. I checked my settings and the laptop is set to "sleep" when the lid is closed, whether on battery or plugged in. The manager has, on occasion, shut the wifi off and then back on the first thing in the morning to clear the system. That's really inconvenient when you're on-line at the time. We're in a park for the winter so we really have no choice but to use the park's wifi most of the time, though we do use our phones as a hot spot when we do anything like banking, credit cards, etc. for a secure connection.
8ntw8tn 01/19/15 07:55pm Technology Corner
Does closing the laptop disconnect from wifi?

The manager here in our park has requested that we manually disconnect from the wifi each time we're finished using it. They contend that just closing the laptop leaves it connected to the wifi and continues to use band width. True or false?
8ntw8tn 01/19/15 08:07am Technology Corner
RE: Best price on Tailgater

I ordered the Pathway X2/VIP211Z package from Winegard. Fortunately they mixed up the order and I received the K model. More options with the K and I'm going to look into hooking up the bedroom TV as BB TX described.
8ntw8tn 01/15/15 07:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish Network for just the RV

Well, I think it was your email in combination to the two I sent to them!!! X2 on waiting for the rate increase.
8ntw8tn 01/15/15 07:08pm Technology Corner
RE: CheapHeat installation costs?

I'm looking at it mostly as an economical way to reduce propane usage. Maybe not so important now that the cost of propane is lower than in previous years. Though that could change, too. Self-installation is a possibility, but something I wouldn't tackle until after returning north in the spring.
8ntw8tn 01/15/15 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: temperature of house for winterized.

I don't really have a choice. Our programmable thermostat limits the lowest setting to 54 degrees. I'm fortunate to have a couple of close friends who check on the house a few times a week. I also have a auto dial monitor in the house that will rotate through a series of programmed telephone numbers if the temperature drops below 45 degrees or if the electrical power is interrupted for more than 5 minutes. So far, that has only happened once in the last 5 years when the furnace malfunctioned.
8ntw8tn 01/14/15 07:23pm Snowbirds
RE: CheapHeat installation costs?

Those numbers are what I was afraid I'd confront. If they are typical then I would expect to take at least the next three years to break even. I'll have to consider this further and decide if it's worth the effort and expense. Thanks for the responses.
8ntw8tn 01/14/15 07:02pm Fifth-Wheels
CheapHeat installation costs?

I've been investigating the possibility of adding a CheapHeat system to my Suburban furnace. One of the guys in our park ordered it as an option on his new Excel trailer and he really likes it. I know the cost of the unit from the manufacturer is just under $500, but that doesn't include installation. Has anyone on the forum had it installed as an after market device and would you want to share what the installation costs were. Thanks.
8ntw8tn 01/14/15 02:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Oregon

Depends on what your definition of "best" is. We took nearly the same route in 2011 on our way to Corvallis. On the way west we took the northern route on I-90 through Spokane and Portland. For the most part it was a good road and reasonably scenic. I can't say I'm a fan of the Portland traffic, though. There were some significant downgrades on the west side of the mountains, but my exhaust brake handled them pretty easily with very little assistance from the service brakes. For our return route we took U.S. 20 towards Ontario, ID. Though a pretty good road, it's two lane and sometimes, I thought, a bit narrow. East of Burns, OR. there are a couple of mountain passes to go through. Again, it was a good road, but a bit narrow in places. There is a really nice campground towards the east end of Burns and a really good steakhouse in town. (Sorry, I can't remember the name of either one.) There's also a really good diesel repair shop on the west end of town. (I'd rather not expand on that, please.) The east side of Oregon is not very scenic unless you're really interested in prairie ground or hay, onion, and potato fields. It was nice for us to see it once, but... Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 01/14/15 02:29pm Fifth-Wheels
How do I delete photos from the icloud?

My DW is getting a message that her iPad won't back up because there's not enough space on the icloud. We've transferred photos to the laptop and deleted them from the iPad but still get the same message. Next I did a Google search and, following those directions, we signed onto her account from the laptop, and went to the icloud drive. It's showing that there's no data stored on it. She's gone into the Storage part of the app and turned off most of the applications to be backed up. We waited overnight, but she's getting the same message that there's not enough storage space to perform a backup. We looked at the "Delete Backup" option, but that seemed like it would delete everything that she's ever stored on it icloud. She really only wants to delete some of the photos from the icloud. She really isn't interested in purchasing more storage. Can anyone tell us what we're not doing or what we're doing incorrectly?
8ntw8tn 01/14/15 10:33am Technology Corner
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