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RE: any other options to increase tv reception?

Got any links? Other than very expensive professional equipment, I have played with two signal hunters. One dis the Winegard SensarPro that works really well. The other is a small handheld spectrum analyzer that scans and displays even faster than the Winegard and shows the entire spectrum on an LCD display. The Winegard is about $75, and the other about $250. But they both do an excellent job This is an example….. http://www.amazon.com/King-Controls-SL1000-SureLock-Digital/dp/B0045E3MHK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1384819837&sr=1-1&keywords=signal+strength+meter
VAfan 11/18/13 05:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: any other options to increase tv reception?

I guess in your case things are not going to improve until you sit down and figure things out... Oh I DO have it figured out. When there's no signal, there's NO SIGNAL :S ---snip---'No Signal' doesn't necessarily mean 'NO Signal'. It just means it may or may not be clean enough or quite strong enough to recover all the bits. Often that’s just a matter of minor tweaking of the antenna. The Batwing/ Wingman combo is hands down the best for the mobile market. But if you want an excellent tool to point it, the SensarPro is the best short of portable professional gear. Its often amazing how far away you can pick up an ASTC signal, sometimes way farther than the analog equivalent. Patience………. BTW, Don't blame the government completely. The digital train left years and years before the government stepped in and put it on schedule. Any experience with “inline” strength meters…like the ones on Amazon?
VAfan 11/17/13 07:50pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Relief from dreadful RV gas mileage

We were thinking about taking a motorcycle last week while in Hershey PA. Solves the "someone with no transportation problem" when we have different interests. I like the size……just need to figure out how to mount it – have a Suburban and a travel trailer.
VAfan 10/28/13 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone biked around the Gettysburg battlefield?

Thanks for the replies everyone. Multiple days would be great…….hopefully my wife can find several days of activities around Gettysburg to keep her occupied.
VAfan 09/28/13 07:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anyone biked around the Gettysburg battlefield?

These podcasts are great! I have a little MP3 player……I'll try to download them. Looks like a bike tour from the campground will start at the visitor’s center or at the Pennsylvania memorial; opposed to starting at stop 1 (in chronological order). Love the: Two young retirees restless to GO! Life is too short to wait too long to do all we want to do!! Go and enjoy!! Love camping / adventures but I’m retired (56) and my wife wants to work part time….not sure how manage my “restlessness”.
VAfan 09/23/13 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Anyone biked around the Gettysburg battlefield?

Looking for any information about biking around the Gettysburg battlefield. Thinking about riding a bike from the Artillery Ridge campground.
VAfan 09/22/13 07:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Humidity! How to drop 20-30% in an hour.

Great post Diskdoctr. I tried the heat/cool method several weeks ago on a rainy night when the outside temp was ~75 degrees and the inside RH was 75%+. I used a small electric heater on the low setting (~630 watts, 5.3 amps). The method worked but the 30 amp breaker tripped several times. We had the AC/TV/VCR on and with the convertor were close to the max – plus on a suspected worn out campground breaker. I was on a mission to buy a small dehumidifier not only for the summer time but those times during the fall when the RH builds due to showers/rain/etc. Maybe I’ll continue to try this method and run an extension cord to the electrical post. Part of the problem with me sometimes is “too much information”…..maybe hiding the Temp/RH meter would help.
VAfan 07/30/13 08:13am General RVing Issues
80+ and still pulling a travel trailer or Fifth Wheel?

My 83 yr. old father-in law loves camping and still pulls his 36ft fifth wheel. He is starting to “slow up” and is considering storing it at a local campground. My wife and I are thinking he has done well to pull a camper until his 80’s and should have considered storing it a long time ago. Anyone 80+ (or know of anyone) still pulling a travel trailer or Fifth Wheel? What is the criteria for “hanging it up”.
VAfan 07/27/13 07:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Small dehumidifier recommendation?

Anyone tried the Eva-Dry Edv-2200 Mid-Size Dehumidifier? Looks interesting – weighs 8 lbs, good for 2200 cubic feet and ~$100 at Amazon.
VAfan 07/12/13 11:06am Travel Trailers
Small dehumidifier recommendation?

Time to purchase a dehumidifier. Inside my 27’ TT this morning was 70%+ humidity because the outside temp is around the inside (~76 degrees) and we had lots of rain. Also need one for the cooler outside temps when humidity is high due to showers/etc. Part of the problem is having a temp/humidity meter….maybe a “too much knowledge” thing. Anyone know of a small “relatively light weight” dehumidifier?
VAfan 07/11/13 01:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: SPRAY ON RUST REMOVER

Interesting Rust Converter study performed by the NCPTT: http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/materials-research-program-begins-rust-convertor-study/comment-page-1/ Results (conclusion slide 29): http://www.slideshare.net/ChurchJ/church-rust-convertor-study#_methods=onPlusOne%2C_ready%2C_close%2C_open%2C_resizeMe%2C_renderstart%2Concircled%2Conload&id=I0_1370865774842&parent=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.slideshare.net&rpctoken=78079388
VAfan 06/10/13 06:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Campers who bully and badger

“Morals of this episode: It doesn't matter how long you've camped somewhere. It's rude to ask people to move for your convenience or because you didn't plan ahead. It's also rude to ask them to break the park rules for your convenience or lack of planning. It's downright wrong and even illegal to badger and bully someone to get your way. You're not the only camper there and the world doesn't revolve around you.” Well said! A similar episode happened to us last Friday at First Landing SP in VA. Sites are also first come first serve. We were in nice site close to the beach and waiting for a storm to pass so we could finish packing up for a 3:00 check out. A knock on the door at ~12:30 started the harassment. I open the door…the wind pulls it out my hand and slams it against the camper. A woman and her husband are standing in the wind/rain….which is now blowing in on me and in the trailer….asking, “What time are you leaving?” My response was…”when the storm blows over…put your tag under mine”. That obviously was not good enough…..”Well….what time is that?” I shut the door after it was apparent that waiting until my 3:00 check out was not in this couples mind. So they circled around and sat outside our camper…keep in mind they had their tag under ours so we were being accommodating. I wanted to call the ranger and tell him they were trying to “strong arm us” off our site before check out but my wife went out (bless her heart….) and told them we have until 3:00 (which they said they knew) and will call them when we leave. They left us alone and we called……..could have done without the harassment....especially after we told them to place there tag under ours. This is the second (and probably not the last) time this has happened to us. Several years ago we woke up to find a woman had sat-up her tent next to our pop-up and tried her dog to one of poles holding up the bed. Her reasoning was “she had camped in this spot for years”.
VAfan 05/27/13 12:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Snakes

I can relate dbs944. The DW is petrified of snakes and if one is around it seems to want to find her. She will go on walks with me but is constantly looking around and will clap her hands if the path gets narrow. It’s frustrating but I’ve learned what the limits are and she tries to push herself. She is getting better as we see more. We had a huge black snake slither through our campsite at First Landing SP while we were sitting under the awning several years ago and we are still going back. Any serious hiking / biking is done solo while she shops…works for us.
VAfan 05/26/13 08:11pm General RVing Issues
Non staining sun lotion?

Anyone having trouble with sun lotions leaving an orange stain on white cloths and found a non-staining lotion? Apparently they are reacting with the iron in my well water per the internet.
VAfan 05/14/13 07:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: Typical emergency road service?

While camping this weekend our Suburban’s power steering & brakes failed and we used our membership with AAA emergency road service to have it towed home. Making a stressful situation worse the following is a summary: 1. The initial representative informed me of the restrictions before asking any of the details (if the tow truck shows up and we are not around it only waits 5 min, only a one time tow per occasion, etc.) 2. ~45 min. after the initial contact a tow truck operator called from several counties west of us (~150 miles away) saying they were on the way. We quickly established that AAA needed to be contacted again. 3. Second call to AAA…..apparently the first representative was more worried about the restrictions than sending a tow truck operator close to my location. The next representative bounced me to the correct region and to make a long story short we were on our way home ~2.5 hrs after my initial AAA contact. Is this considered typical for emergency road service? We have been with AAA for years and expected a better / more quality response. Thanks for the responses everyone. When I picked up my trailer from the campground yesterday I passed by the tow company that AAA finally contacted to help me – only ~10 miles from where my truck was located. I understand mistakes happen and plan on keeping AAA. Hopefully next time the representative will be more concerned about providing quality service than reading me the riot act. The basic problem was the initial representative was located in the Delaware region and should have transferred me to a representative in the Tidewater region where I was located. Instead she had a tow company from 150 miles away contact me. Apparently it helps to know the region you are located in or at least make sure your representative is in the region you are located.
VAfan 05/01/13 10:52am General RVing Issues
Typical emergency road service?

While camping this weekend our Suburban’s power steering & brakes failed and we used our membership with AAA emergency road service to have it towed home. Making a stressful situation worse the following is a summary: 1. The initial representative informed me of the restrictions before asking any of the details (if the tow truck shows up and we are not around it only waits 5 min, only a one time tow per occasion, etc.) 2. ~45 min. after the initial contact a tow truck operator called from several counties west of us (~150 miles away) saying they were on the way. We quickly established that AAA needed to be contacted again. 3. Second call to AAA…..apparently the first representative was more worried about the restrictions than sending a tow truck operator close to my location. The next representative bounced me to the correct region and to make a long story short we were on our way home ~2.5 hrs after my initial AAA contact. Is this considered typical for emergency road service? We have been with AAA for years and expected a better / more quality response.
VAfan 04/29/13 08:33pm General RVing Issues
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