All depends on how you plan to travel. On my last 10,000 mile jaunt through 15 states across the northern and middle parts of the country, I used my generator every day to power the big power appliances in my rig and to recharge the batteries as I only stayed a short part of the time at campgrounds, the rest of it was at walmarts and truck stops.
We run our business from the road, so we have to have consistent internet.
We use Verizon's MiFi. 4G service where available, 20GB/month for $59/month. Only one place over the last three years have we been disappointed with the service.
How did you get 20GB for $59
I have 5GB for $50!
I have Verizon MiFi 4G LTE
There's a few resellers that can give you better data bundle deals than verizon directly, I've noticed, but still use their network...
Since I lucked out and have one of the grandfathered in unlimited data plans on my smart phone / hot spot, I usually use it if there's a Verizon data connection available for most of my internet needs, if not, then I will try to use the park's service, which has been hit or miss, even with the good powerful external wifi antenna I have.
Currently, running a game using Hero System Ed.5 w/the fantasy hero add-on, steampunk/victorian/roaring twenties world, also have a Japanese Anime-based campaign (two of them) using the Ani-Dai system, one is the classic college setting, the other uses Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy railways as the basis for the campaign.
Online, I'm playing a private Ragnarok Online server called We are Online (formerly known as Deliverance Online), it's a very very old MMO and is free to play, the server group relies on people doing donations for a few extras in game to keep it running. Very small child friendly, no blood, no guts, 2D sprite characters running around in a 3d world.
If a few of the mods I'm using ever get updated for the newer versions of Minecraft, I'll likely port the giant industrial/railroad world I've been playing in Single player over to a server.
The misses and I are also participating in an SG-1/SG-Atlantis system campaign that is basically replaying the story of the Atlantis TV series if it had been basically an all military style operation, much like SG-1 was.
Eventually, I'm going to download WoW and see if it will play well with the network latency of the Verizon wireless network or if it will lag too much.
Usually, I buy them on Amazon.com, or at Fye or BuyBacks so I can get the DVDs cheap. For TV shows, I stream what I can on hulu via my VW unlimited data and hotspot, plus crunchyroll (Japanese programming), and eventually netflix if I ever get a subscription.
Been using multiple of those giant DampRid buckets that are ready to go, simply remove the lid and leave in place.
If power is available, there's a little marine air dryer unit you can get that basically is a small heating element and a blower, ya basically stick it in your sink and leave it running.
Usually, I end up at a local laundromat, as I normally have 6-8 large loads of laundry and its cheaper usually at the bigger in town laundromat than at the RV park, but not always, sometimes I come across a RV park with some good old top load washers and nice dryers for a good price.
nothing worked this weekend. Nothing. We went through i don't know how many cans of bug spray. We sat in front of fans. We moved away from the fans and tried the little clip on "off" things. We had close to 20 torches going between the 3 campsites. We fogged. Oh my word, we got bit up so bad. The kids are all itching and whining today. We toughed it out, but the bugs made it really rough. They were out in full force all day long.
Soaking the kids in various relief lotions and sending them to school with lots of bug bites tomorrow:(
For the big ones, you can't use less than a 40% concentration of Deet, the 25% mixtures in 'Deep Woods' off won't do jack and squat, especially against the Asian buggers.
If you want to stay with Ford, go with an older Ford with the 7.3L Diesel vs the 6.0, while nothing's perfect, the 7.3L was their last well known dependable series. The 6.0 line had nothing but problems and that which came after are still fairly young technologically.
Let's see.... bunch of USFS campgrounds in the Cascade mountains, drove it through the National Bison Range in it's entirety in Montana, whole lot of hair pin turns and steep steep grades, lot of 2-lo climbing there :).
They are all on my side of the country, lots out at the Oregon Coast this past weekend and we were one of them....
Yeah, that pretty much sums up what I said a while ago. :)
Where are all the Truck Campers? Over where there's lots of public lands :).
I was wondering what was everone planning for the long weekend.
Weather permitting I will be making my first trip out on the beach.
Sit tight, pay down bills and save up for a 5th wheel to add to the fleet :).
I didn't see Michigan on that list...
Yeah, not this year. In the future when the kids are off and running their own lives, I would like to hit some of the north eastern states and catch the fall colors.
I've been all over OR, WA, ID, CA, NV, AZ, UT, CO, WY, (not really interested in NM. Been to parts of FL, TX, NE, SD, and MT.
So this year we are hitting more of the mid and lower south east.
Totally looking forward to the sweltering heat and bugs! :E
I can tell you from having just done that last year, that those colors are awesome, nothing in the NW looks near as eye popping as Wisconsin and the UP in Fall.
I cannot even imagine trying to park an RV in the city, much less drive it in there. Closest CG to Schaumburg I think might be the Chicago/NW KOA out in Union. Do NOT drive in the city with anything more than the toad.
Been there, done that, drove through downtown, too, and a whole lot on Lake Shore Drive. My only beef is that the google navigator doesn't have a "Vehicle Height" feature, which would have made it alot easier.
Usually ended up parking out near soldier field at the parking lot for the park there.
I found a 4.4 cu ft model real close to the dimensions of my gas fridge.
The specs say 24 watts per hour. That is 2 amps per hour? If so that is right in the ball park with my Engel 45 which used 2.5/hour.
My Engel picked up a bad vibration after 2 seasons. :M Won't go that route again. $$$$$
Really tired of these gas fridges that can't cut hot weather. 60 degree beer in 100 degree weather BLOWS!!!
Haven't had a chance to test again in 100 degree weather, though I have tested in upper 90s, and after super insulating the cabinet and adding custom ducting and a large number of specifically placed fans to improve air flow in the back on the fridge, it's stayed pretty much at 28-32 degrees all year round without having to adjust the settings up from 1 (out of 10 on electric) and 2 (out of 10) on gas.
Geh, that thing just keeps coming around :p and it hasn't gotten any less ugly or looking like something your proctologist uses :p.
I won't ask how you know that Matt :E
Sokay, the answer would simply be, "The Internet" :p.