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RE: Free Tool May Unlock Encrypted Ransomware Files

Makes me really glad I have a firewall and virus protection installed and that I back-up manually to a physical hard drive. I'm no techie so I may still not be protected as much as I should be (what are "multiple layers"?), but so far, so good.
8ntw8tn 04/17/15 05:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Tail gater dish TV

I'll just add my $.02 regarding the Pathway X2. I've had one for about 2 years and I'm really pleased with it. One of the selling points was that it has a larger antenna than the Tailgater making it easier to acquire and maintain connection with the satellites. I can't confirm that but can attest to the ease with which it sets up. It's also a bit larger than the Tailgater so it requires a bit more storage space. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 04/16/15 11:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Strange weather pattern Rockport Tx

I heard someone in our park say it is an El Nino year. If so I guess that would account for the increased rainfall. They really need it, especially in the Lake Travis area.
8ntw8tn 04/13/15 11:06am Snowbirds
RE: may switch from DirecTV to Dish

I was a DTV for over 10 years and really liked the programming. However, when we started snowbirding we began having customer relations issues. It finally reached critical mass when they charged my credit card even though we had suspended the account the month before and wouldn't reverse the charge. Yes, I talked to supervisors and tried relating the problem by email. After a few months of not getting the issue resolved we switched to Dish when we returned to the S&B. I have the Hopper w/Sling and a Joey in the house and a VIP211k with a Pathway X2 in the RV. Customer service has been very good. The only issue I've had was when I was connecting an external hard drive to the VIP211k as a DVR. The first person I talked to said it couldn't be done. I just went to the chat line and had it going in just a few minutes. Switching locations to get local programming has been very easy. I had an issue with the receiver in the RV and Dish made the equipment exchange seamless with no charge to me. I really like the ability to remotely view programs and recordings on the Hopper back home. DTV really became a pest after we switched to Dish. I understand reacquiring customers, but they carried it a bit far. I'm really pleased with my Dish experience. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 04/04/15 08:14am Technology Corner
RE: Uploading from Garmin Base Map

Thanks, Bull Rider, I think that's one place I hadn't looked for it. I decided not to get a separate maps download and just use the maps on the GPS instead. The mapping seems to work OK, I just couldn't find the transfer. I'll look into the TYRE software; sounds like a good alternative. If neither of those work I'll try contacting Garmin. Thanks to all for the responses.
8ntw8tn 04/03/15 06:51am Technology Corner
Uploading from Garmin Base Map

I recently downloaded Garmin Base Map to use with my Nuvi 2555. After some trial and error I figured out the rudiments of planning a trip. So far, so good. But when I tried to send the trip to the 2555 it didn't appear to be performing the function. When I disconnected the unit from the laptop and tried to find the transferred trip I couldn't find anything. Any ideas on why it didn't transfer or where it may be stored if it did transfer? TIA
8ntw8tn 04/02/15 08:09am Technology Corner
RE: Air compressor

I have a 6 gallon, 150 psi Porter Cable pancake type that I bought at Lowe's about 3 years ago. Works really great. It's light weight and fits easily in my front basement. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 04/01/15 06:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: portable water softner yea or nay

We've used a Flow Pur the last two seasons that we've been in the Texas Hill Country. It really makes a difference, even though the park has an RO system. I have to regenerate the softener every 2-3 weeks. It's great when we're stationary, but it would be a hassle connecting an disconnecting on overnight stops. I have a medical condition that requires a low sodium diet but I cleared using a water softener with my nephrologist. I just make sure I get a really good rinse when regenerating. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 03/26/15 10:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck and trailer flaps

As others have said, I have a DRW and the mud flaps make a big difference in the amount of road grime sprayed onto the front of the 5er. I went the less expensive route and got a set from my local NAPA store. They've were easy to install and have been working great for several years. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 03/22/15 10:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Snowbirding first time in 2015

This is our fifth year of snowbirding. The sticks & bricks home is in SE Iowa and we started coming south at the end of December and going back north the first of March. After a couple years of that we now arrive in the Texas Hill Country the first of November and leave the end of April. I got tired of trying to figure out how soon I needed to leave to avoid bad weather and arriving back home just in time to experience the final spring snow storm. We wanted to try the type of travel you're but we found that traveling from place to place was far too expensive for our budget. We now go to the same park every season. It's about 60 miles north of San Antonio and, yes, a bit cooler than Arizona or the RGV, but we really like the park and the people here. Each to his/her own. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 03/21/15 07:03pm Snowbirds
RE: RV Camera

A few years ago I installed a back-up camera with a monitor that would handle a second camera. The primary camera was installed near the top of my rear window so it would view the hitch and it works pretty well. I hard-wired a second camera on the rear of my 5er using good quality video cable. It worked but not really well. It seems the long run of cable allowed for too much deterioration of the video quality. Total cable length, because I did not cut it to the exact length needed, was probably around 50 ft. I used the highest quality cable I could find locally, but there may have been something better that I wasn't aware of. That may have made a difference. I took it off when we traded trailers and did not re-install it. The back-up camera on the truck is pretty handy. Hope this helps.
8ntw8tn 03/17/15 07:24am General RVing Issues
RE: heat pump

We use ours all winter long while in the Texas Hill Country. As stated previously, it doesn't do much good when the outside ambient temperature gets below 40. The economics of it vary by the cost of propane but it does extend the propane usage so that we don't have to refill the tanks quite so often.
8ntw8tn 03/10/15 10:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I was About To Learn Something And Then POOF

"I was looking forward to more info from Tireman9. Guess I'll just have to find his blog. " X2. I had subscribed to the thread and it was really becoming educational and interesting. It's either unfortunate or disgusting; unfortunate if it was deleted accidentally, disgusting if it was intentional.
8ntw8tn 03/08/15 04:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pathway X2 cold weather issues?

Thanks, Tim (Kinda goes against the grain to compliment a Packers' fan, but right is right. LOL) I think you may be correct. I'm just waiting for awhile to make sure it doesn't do it at all during warmer temperatures. Then I'll contact Winegard. They're only about 60 miles from us when we're back in the sticks & bricks.
8ntw8tn 03/08/15 02:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Oh No!?!,,?

X2 on the RV-Digest-It. I, and a few others here in the park, have been using it for the last couple of months. So far, everyone is happy with it and there are no complaints.
8ntw8tn 03/08/15 02:04pm General RVing Issues
Pathway X2 cold weather issues?

When the temperature gets down to freezing or below (much too often this year it seems) our Pathway X2 often loses all satellite connection. Going through the set-up process brings it back without issue. I've changed antenna position and replaced the coax but neither seems to have any effect. Just wondering if anyone else has had similar issues.
8ntw8tn 03/05/15 08:39am Technology Corner
RE: Portable satelitte antennas

X2 on the Pathway X2. I've had this system for about a year and a half and like it really well. Works much easier that when I had a manual antenna and set it up using either a tone finder or the TV menu.
8ntw8tn 03/04/15 07:37am Technology Corner
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
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