Yes, back in Mar. It worked great for about 5 months, then stopped. Called the Verizon number and was informed not a valid number. I think it was not loaded with the total free months. Sent it back for reflash, and this time I checked shortly after I turned it on. An expire date of Jan 15, 2017 turned out to be 8 Oct, 2016. I keep on top of it now, and so far, so good.
I call 888-294-6804. After entering my Jetpack phone number, I use option to pay by credit card. They will first say minimum $15 payment, but offer option for other amount. Using this option, I pay $5.
Evidently their system takes time to update, and I am thinking I will be able to buy multiple months for $15, due to my recent experience.
I had an expiration date of 30 Oct. I paid $5 on 28 Oct. Called back next day and still had expiration date of 30 Oct. So I thought maybe I did need to make $15 payment. So I made two more $5 payments. I called back on 1 Nov and had expiration date of 30 Nov. Thought ok, $10 to keep active was still ok. On 28 Nov I made $5 payment. Today I called and now have an expiration date of 7 Mar 2017, and a balance of $5.
I am not real happy about this payment process, but worth putting up with for the unlimited 3G data.
Hope it lasts for awhile.
Well, I left my hotspot on returning to Campbellsville and it went back to the status before, just cycles thru connecting, 3g service, disconnecting.
I believe it is due to being in an extended network area, worked great in Louisville.
My first unit from Travis (Mar) quit working before end of 6 month. Verison said number no longer valid. Sent it back in for reflash (Jul). Worked great in New Orleans, would not work when we got to Campbellsville, KY (Aug). Verizon said number still valid, so I have been adding the $5 monthly.
We are now visiting Louisville for 2 nites and unit working great. Not sure if due to towers or not (in Campbellsville wifes Verizon phone says extended network), will see if it works in Campbellsville when we return tomorrow.
I believe my units were not sent out preloaded with 6 months, the first one I assumed and did not check on, second one I checked and loaded before expired.
Only time will tell. I feel that even with cost of second reflash I am far ahead with data used vs my Verizon 4G Hotspot which I have disconnected.
My Novatel 4620L had also been working well since March. I had some problem connecting in Canon City, CO last month, but forcing the unit into EVDO only helped.
However, on 1 Aug it quit connecting. I'm back in New Orleans, it was working ok, then quit connecting. I took it into town for stronger signal, but no go. I thought maybe my 6 months was up, although that was suppose to happen on 1 Sep. So I tried to add $5, when I called was notified that number no longer valid.
Was told this happens occasionally. I am having it reflashed for another 6 months and will see how it goes.
I can say the low monthly cost so far has been worth it.
We use Dakota Post, SD for our physical address. SD is cool with this. We vote with this address, our passports are with this address. There are also opportunities to use facilities in TX and FL to have a domicile without living there.
We are on traditional Medicare, and Tricare For Life, so medical insurance has not been an issues with SD, but pre-medicare folks have challenges.
I have a vintage 2005 Stay N Play, wireless. Have 40K on my current coach, no problems. Mine is wired to my brake switch, as on my previous gas coach. I haven't noticed my system being activated when exhaust brake kicks in.
I have over 110,000 miles on my unit, and never had a problem with it. I like the ability to activate toad brakes manually, and the system also has a latch mode, which takes the inertia component out of the equation, activating the toad brakes whenever I use coach brakes.
When I visited RV Glass Solutions in Phoenix last year the tech told me a lot of windshields are cracked because owners don't relieve stress off the front suspension before they level. He said many back their coaches in with the front wheels turned at a large angle. He recommended straightning out the wheels then moving slightly forward to take all the stress off the front end before leveling.
I'm on my third windshield, but all from the rock throwers on the highway.
Some brands are also suceptable to having their windshield pop out.
These 1 piece windshields are not in-expensive.
I'm using one, a Verizon 4620L, I bought off of Ebay. Unlimited 3G for $5 month. So far so good. We are in New Orleans for about 6 months, so I have suspended my monthly Verizon 4G 4620L.
I believe when they say flashed, they are flashing the sim so it will operate only on the older 3G system. Not sure how they are getting the phone numbers for unlimited, but the unit has a phone number.
I activated mine on 6 Mar, so far about 60G.
I just renewed on line for my first 5 years, I think they only allow every other cycle.
You can call the Depart of Safety and request an extension.
They would also be able to tell you if it has to be a physical renewal this time.
In our previous 2003 Adventurer, the heat pump would quit running for 2 conditions.
First-The Heat pump could not maintain the set temperature. If the coach is losing heat faster than the HP can produce, then the LP furnace is activated. In this case the tstat will indicate DIFF, that the 2nd stage heat stage is activated.
If this happens 3 times in a row, then the HP is locked out for 2 hours. Only the LP furnace will run during that time.
The tstat uses 20 min as a criteria. If the HP can't satisfy the set point for 20 min, the lp is turned on.
Second- The HP shuts off because the outdoor coil Thermister cuts-off due to low freon temp. This usually occurs due to ice build up on the coils. In this case the lp furnace is in a safe mode. It will come on at 45 deg and shut off at 60 deg.
Setting the mode to gas will let the lp furnace operate to the set temp.
In my experience, the heat pump can operate at low outside temps, below 32 deg F. A lot depends on the humidity, and how long it take ice to form on the outside coils.
These basement units do not have any defrost circuitry built in, as do home units.