I have AAA with the RV upgrade. I have used it only once and that was in Arizona. Since I am a member of Southern California AAA, it took a while for the Arizona AAA and SC AAA to communicate, but I finally got assistance after about an hour wait. So, your ability to use AAA is really dependent on where your are in the country. I would say that California and Arizona have good AAA coverage.
Read those advertisements carefully, most of them are for "stationary" satellite internet, not for "mobile" internet. Or, they could be for TV coverage. There are only a couple of major mobile internet satellite providers, HughsNet, Starband, and IDirect. I had a MotoSat internet dish on my coach for many years with internet service from HughsNet, and it served me well. I was able to have internet access anywhere where I could see the southern sky.
Now, with the advent of better 3G/4G service, many of the former satellite users have switched to wireless internet with Verizon, AT&T, or others. And, I have to add myself to this group.
And, if you start looking at wireless services, be sure to check out Millenicom. They are resellers of Verizon, AT&T and Sprint data services. They offer more band width for less dollars per month than the major wireless providers.
A lot of us are switching over to Millenicom due to price, higher data limit, and the benefit of using the Verizon network. Millenicom is a reseller of Verizon, AT&T and Sprint data services. On the Verizon side, anywhere you can get a Verizon data connection, you can get a Millenicom data connection. Millenicom does not offer any phone plans, only data plans. Plus, NO TAXES and NO CONTRACT! When you sign up for the 69.99 Verizon MiFi plan, you pay 69.99 total!
Back to the OP's question... I am not sure how much data is transferred during gaming sessions, but I would sure be very careful when using any provider's plan because of the possibility of exceeding the data limits. I do know two people that love their games AND they love Netflix. Both of them have purchased TWO Verizon data plans from Millenicom, giving them each 40 GB of bandwidth a month.
Let's see now... You also do not have a contract with Millenicom. And, you do not pay ANY taxes or fees, there are no "hidden" fees with Millenicom. In my case, I have experienced nothing but fantastic customer service from Millenicom. I had a few startup problems of my own fault, and a quick call to them got everything working in no time.
If you haven't already joined the Yahoo Group for Monaco Coaches, I would suggest you do so. They keep parts lists and all sorts of information on all Monaco products. Plus, there is a large amount of technical people on the forum that can help you with just about any problem.
Just a quick note for Millenicom's MiFi users. There was a software release last year that really helped reduce or eliminate all the dropped connection problems. I found that almost all of my dropped connections have disappeared since the software update. Also, be aware that if your connection is idle for so long, the MiFi will disconnect. A lot of users confuse the dropped connection due to idle time with the service problem.
A possible solution to the idle time drops is using some type of a "ping" program that every so often sends out a web request using Port 80 (standard web bowsing). I have a program that does this every 5 minutes. This little program has eliminated all my dropped connections due to idle time.
The MiFi plan from Millenicom runs over Verizon's network, so you are getting the "best" network. In fact, when I unpacked the MiFi I received, the Verizon sticker was still on it!!
You asked for pros and cons... for "pros" how's this - more data for less money - plus there is no tax charged and no hidden charges - and excellent customer service. For "cons", I really cannot come up with any except I wish there was a program, or app, to track our usage.
Short answer: Yes. EMS stands for Electrical Management System, or something like that. An EMS compares incoming amperage to load (or usage) amperage and ensures that you are not trying to run things that need more amps than you have coming in. It automatically shed devices such as A/C compressors, 120 volt water heater, etc., to keep your coach in balance. A Surge Protector serves a completely different purpose. The surge protector will "clamp" down on any voltage spike that could cause damage with your electrical equipment such as microwaves, TV's, etc. These voltage spikes can come from lightning storms, or just an old electrical system in the park.
rv2go: Make sure you are on the DataStorm Users Group forum. There are several dealers out there that have an inventory of parts and can keep the DataStorms running for several more years. It's just going to be a little more difficult. I had my DataStorm since 2003 and just unplugged it last year, but I kept using it for DirectTV service. A month ago, several sensors broke so I decided to have it removed and installed a Winegard dome. Now I wish I saved it because I could probably recoup all my expenses by parting out the DataStorm.
It is now official. MoSAT (new name), or MotoSat (old name), has officially closed their doors. This posting on another forum, was posted yesterday afternoon announcing the closing. But it appears that RFMogul (link) will take over the TV line, but the internet dishes are now without support.
A quick background on these companies... The owners of MotoSat sold the business several years ago and the new owners changed the name to MoSAT. Meanwhile, the top executives from the old MotoSat opened RFMogul, so they have a great knowledge of the MotoSat line of dishes.
Well, my coach fits your specs BUT it's not for sale. 2007 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 36 PDQ with 400 hp Cummins ISL. The engine is actually a 2006 so I don't have the smog stuff that started in 2007 - plus with the Endeavor I don't have the trailing arm problem.
Funny, when I bought the coach new, there were a lot of them on the lot and I got a really great deal. Seems like everyone wanted a 40'+ length in those days. Now, everyone seems to want a short diesel!
I have made several trips from SoCal to San Antonio. I found the best scheduled stops were first night in Tucson, second night in Van Horn, Texas. I stay at, what is now known as, the LazyDays RV park in Tucson and the KOA in Van Horn.
From your home, that would be about 450 miles to Tucson, and about 430 miles from Tucson to Van Horn. Both legs, depending on how fast you drive, would be around 6 hours driving time.
To continue on to Houston, a distance of some 600 miles from Van Horn, you would probably want to find another night stop somewhere in the middle of that segment.
Millenicom is DATA only service, no cell service. Millenicom resells systems that run on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. A lot of users, myself included, have chosen the Millenicom MIFI system which uses the Verizon towers, but you get more bandwidth for less money with Millenicom. You can connect up to 5 devices on 3G service, or 10 devices on 4G service. When I got my MIFI unit from Millenicom, it still had the Verizon logo on it!
You will still need to have cell service for your phones. Verizon is probably the preferred provider since it appears to have better coverage than AT&T, especially in the West.
Another "gadget" you didn't mention is a GPS unit. I would definitely suggest a good GPS that has unlimited map updates and a BIG screen.