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RE: DirecTV DNS issues...

Yes, "Never mind...". Filled out the DNS app and dropped it in the mail. Heading for Mexico a week from Tuesday and I'm hoping I'll be able to pick up DTV down there...I'll be fairly close to the border in San Felipe along the east coast of Baja. But I've heard it'll shut off soon after crossing. Just don't know how far down I can still pick it up. We'll see I guess. If I can't pick it up, guess that means I'll need to contact them again and put it on hiatus, pretty sure I can do that.
Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 12:54pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV DNS issues...

Ah, HAH! As I mentioned, I did a google search for DNS info and kept running into a 404 error (page not found) since those links went to DTV. OK, that's because AT&T bought them and they are handling the DNS stuff now. When I found their FAQ about DNS, there was a link to: DNS Signup And yeah, my memory was the problem...I thought I'd already filled it out and sent it in...but you can't, you have to have a DTV account first and I didn't do that for months after learning the procedure. So I hope the problem is solved when I fill out that form and send it in, in a couple days. Thanks for your help all...
Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 11:45am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV DNS issues...

Call Direct TV and ask to speak to someone in the RV section / office. DTV established this section a year or so ago, I assumed to compete with Dish TV, and not everyone is aware of it. I've talked to them a couple of times and they seem very receptive to solving any satalite tv problems one may be having with service in an RV. I did. The operators I've reached so far in the 2 weeks I've had the satellite working always just say that they know all about RVs and they won't transfer me. And then seem to not know anything. Don't even know the definition of DNS for RV'ers. Do you have a different phone number than 800-386-6597 or 800-531-5000?
Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 11:04am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV DNS issues...

I had followed several FAQs about the issue that all were 404 at DTV, but AT&T owns them now and here's what I found from them about DNS: --------------------------------------------------------------- DNS for your RV, car or boat Certain types of vehicles are eligible for DNS without requiring home address eligibility. For eligible vehicles, see item No. 11 of the FCC Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act fact sheet. Boats and other marine vessels do not qualify for this special consideration. Note: A separate monthly package is now required to enjoy DNS in your vehicle, instead of a smaller mirroring fee that used to be allowed. To add DNS to your mobile service Send a copy of your vehicle registration, a completed Mobile Vehicle Affidavit Declaration of Intent form, and a copy of your commercial driver's license (if requesting service for a commercial vehicle) to the address listed below. DIRECTV Attn: Mobile Network Services P.O. Box 6550 Greenwood Village, CO 80155 It will take 11 to 14 days after receiving your paperwork to verify the information and activate your DNS programming. Your dish must be pointed to the satellite located 101 degrees West longitude at the time we activate DNS service for your system. If you are not receiving DNS programming after 14 days, make sure your dish is pointed to the correct position and then call us to request activation. ------------------------------------------------------------- I think the problem was that I didn't activate the satellite for several weeks after I sent in the form and they say they'll look for my dish in 14 days.
Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 10:59am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV DNS issues...

Like I said, the RV came with $2500 worth of equipment I'd like to use. And the Trav'ler is set up for DirecTV. It would cost another $800 to switch to Dish. Yeah, I can get OTA stations...but that's not the issue. The issue is that I travel, and I want to figure out how to get those national network stations off my satellite before my next trip. That's what I thought satellite is for. So I can go anywhere and still get ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc. from LA. The difference in SD and HD is inconsequential to me. I'm happy with either res.
Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 10:48am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV DNS issues...

I don't think you are eligible unless you are full-time. I just call when I stop and ask to change service address which they do and that gives me the locals for the area. Yes, I am full time. That's what the DNS form was about wasn't it? What number do you call? The techs I talked to at -5000 and -6597 have no idea.
Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 10:26am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV DNS issues...

Several of those channels give me a 721-channel not purchased error. Going to their website and see if I can figure it out...but I just realized that there's an extra charge for DNS, and I haven't been charged that yet.
Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 10:19am Technology Corner
DirecTV DNS issues...

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Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 09:52am Class A Motorhomes
DirecTV DNS issues...

DirecTV using Winegard's Trav'ler I haven't had cable TV since the '70s and have never had satellite. But didn't want the Trav'ler to go to waste. Bought this RV back in February and since it came with the DirecTV Trav'ler antenna I filled out and sent in the DNS paperwork. Waited a few weeks and last week activated the DTV service. BTW, never received any acknowledgement from DTV that the form had been accepted. It shows the channels I'd expect to see when I'm at my home base in Portland Oregon, but here's the problem... I'm traveling and can't seem to find the national network feeds I was thinking I was suppose to get from LA on my dish. So I called DTV and that wasn't much help as most of the techs on a Sunday are in India, have a thick accent and have no idea what DNS is. I did talk to someone who insisted she knew but asked for the ZIP code of where I was parked currently. I'm in Thermal California. She came back and said I can't get the DNS channels because I'm in an area that has off the air antenna service for the national stations. OK, I'm confused. What difference does that make? Thought I was suppose to be able to receive the national networks via satellite wherever I'm parked? Any help from you experts? Any links to an explanatory write up? Thanks!
Jim@HiTek 12/04/16 09:52am Technology Corner
RE: Intermittent Cruise Control SOLVED

Glad to hear you got it sorted. Cruise control just makes the trip so much more comfortable. It was the flyback, wasn't it?
Jim@HiTek 12/01/16 03:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roadside Service

Have used both GS and Coachnet for breakdowns and Coachnet is the winner by far. Much more professional and actually have techs that know what you are talking about.
Jim@HiTek 12/01/16 10:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Power Gear Hydraulic jacks won't retract

You probably have a booklet that came with the system, or you should be able to find it online. My power gear had only one solenoid that drained all the cylinders at once. If yours is that way, find out which one does that and you can power just it to lower the rig. Maybe tap it with the end of a screw driver first. Be careful.
Jim@HiTek 11/28/16 10:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cummins generator

Read the battery level while someone else is trying to start the genset to get an accurate reading.
Jim@HiTek 11/28/16 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential refrigarator

Many have found something on Amazon to do the job. Search for baby latching stuff... Like this...
Jim@HiTek 11/28/16 09:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cummins generator

Check your batteries first. The Circuit Breakers on the Genset are for its AC output.
Jim@HiTek 11/28/16 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RV Recalls on the upswing...

Thought this might interest some people. I'm kinda happy it only goes back to 2010. What I don't know won't hurt me...or so I've been told. RV Recalls...
Jim@HiTek 11/25/16 09:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2001 newmar mountain air cable TV wiring

My cables were unmarked and the PO had disconnected most of them and got many of them incorrectly installed on the back of the switch box. What I did was find every cable I could throughout the RV and using parts I had adapted from cables I bought at thrift stores, found where each cable went. What I did was cut off the connectors from cables I bought, usually under $0.50 each, and soldered a 1000 ohm resistor across the wires. Plug that into the various jacks throughout the RV and then used a DVM to find the other end of a cable that measured 1,000 ohms. Than marked its location. Of course this was all made easier by removing as much equipment from the entertainment cabinets as possible. Including the TV. Some cables could just be eyeballed that way too. What I found in my case was that the input cable from the basement had been incorrectly connected to one of the selector switches outputs instead of the main input. Good luck, and have fun!
Jim@HiTek 11/25/16 07:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Defective Ultra Leather on Flexsteel Furniture

I used vinyl as a generic term meaning 'man made material'. I'll be more careful next time. As far as the early wear issues that many experienced with a seemingly bad batch of 'ultra leather', it wasn't just confined to Tiffin products. My brothers Class C has the same early threadbare condition as does a friend's Class A (brand names escape me ATM). I wonder if low humidity and/or owners reluctance to do maintenance on it might not have something to do with it?
Jim@HiTek 11/25/16 06:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Defective Ultra Leather on Flexsteel Furniture

Ultra leather is vinyl so typically has a shorter life. Especially for people that are very active and get up and down many times per day or while traveling, or for others who may sit in the same spot every time. Many people find replacement furniture at RV reclamation centers instead of trying to reupholster. Or, if you travel in Mexico, lots of low cost reupholstering options down there.
Jim@HiTek 11/25/16 12:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Am I the only one here?

It seems that almost every time I take my MH in for repair (which is practically following each trip), it has to stay at the repair shop longer and longer. Sometimes that stay is for weeks and even months. Usually, the "hold up" (that term can be interpreted in two ways...each correct) is due to "waiting for parts". Can anyone tell me why it takes such a long time to receive parts? Does the part have to be manufactured (of course not)? If I order something on Amazon, it's at my door in two or three days. Does this bother anyone else or am I just full of baloney...or is it turkey? / Larry My recommendation is to to use RVServiceReviews.com to find a repair shop and read reviews by real people as they rate the shops in your area. Only left my RV at a shop once. That was for a busted valve in a diesel engine so major work. But I was there every day and they didn't dally on the work.
Jim@HiTek 11/25/16 12:49pm Class A Motorhomes
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