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RE: Goofy Garmin Directions

Fastest route sometimes depends on whether the GPS is getting current traffic info and figuring it into the calculations. Garmin is also pretty good at adapting the routing to your driving habits - if you drive the same route a few times, Garmin will give that route preference sometimes. Try clearing your travel history. Double-check your routing preferences, and turn off the display option that shows all those Starbucks logos. Reset the unit. We have two units - one for the toad, and one for the motorhome. We've had almost no problem with routing. There was one instance where Garmin thought there was a length limit on a particular stretch of road and refused to route the motorhome over it . . .but I reduced the length in the RV profile by 1 foot and then it worked. In the motorhome, I ALWAYS proof the route on the laptop to make sure it goes where I want it to. In the toad, we tend to go where Garmin wants, because we can always get the toad out of a funny situation. al
aslakson 11/25/15 10:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Disneyland route to South of Bullhead City route?

We usually vote for the shortest route (gas mileage, you know) - and once you get past the traffic, the I-40 route out of San Bernardino is the shortest and quickest, according to Google Maps. The run over the mountains to Victorville might be uncomfortable, depending on your rig. I'd probably go up to 40 thru Joshua Tree. Just a tad slower, but IMHO an easier drive. We usually start out in Palm Springs, and from there the run thru Desert Center to Bullhead is our choice. al
aslakson 11/24/15 09:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Mobile rv repairs

We've only had one questionable mobile repair guy - suburbs of Cincinatti . . but other than that, the service has always been top flight. We always ask at the RV park for suggestions. They usually recommend the folks who advertise in the park map, but often have cards from other folks. We also try to post our reviews on http://rvservicereviews.com/ - and wish more people would do the same. al
aslakson 11/23/15 07:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Need a place to park for a week in LA

Try the 1000 Trails Soledad Canyon Resort in Acton - might even be able to ride the light rail to the ship. We've also stayed at the 1000 Trails Wilderness Lakes in Menifee (south of Riverside) and left the rig to go cruising. Don't know what the costs would be for non-members (or even if they'd do it for non-members), but worth a call or two. Acton would be the most convenient to the cruise dock. As I recall, there's also a KOA near Acton that might work out . . . al al
aslakson 11/18/15 09:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need advice on an RV GPS?

My vote's for the Garmin dezl 760 - it's the trucker's unit, but also has RV profiles (Height, weight, length, etc.) 7" screen makes it big enough to see in a big RV cockpit. Might have to load some campground POI files - but all the fuel stops are there. If you have a smart phone, there's a free Garmin APP that will link to the unit for realtime weather, gas prices, road info, etc. And the free Garmin Base Camp software lets you build trips on a laptop and load them into the GPS (my preference). As with any routing aid, it's probably not perfect, but so far haven't found any flaws. al
aslakson 11/14/15 04:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Direct TV ??

It'll work - if you have a dish, you can get the current stuff. If you don't, you can play the stuff you've already recorded. If there's no satellite signal, the Genie won't be completely happy - the time displayed will be wrong - but other than that, no big deal. The Genie is an HD receiver, so depending on your home dish setup, you may have to reset the antenna type to match your portable dish, but it will work. Our Genie in the motorhome is connected to the rooftop HD dish, but we also have a portable SD dish and sometimes park where no dish works. But we still watch our Genie. al
aslakson 11/14/15 05:19am Technology Corner
RE: Advice for flying trips while on the road

Check with park to fly in Orlando - they keep your vehicle, charge less than airport parking fees, and run a shuttle to the airport on demand. We've left our car there(motorhome's in a seasonal site west of Orlando), and I know they say "oversize vehicles may cost more". It's a secured lot. Park To Fly Orlando 7800 Narcoossee Road 1/4 mile N. of (S R 528) Beachline Exit 13 Orlando, FL 32822 Phone: 407-851-8875 al
aslakson 11/10/15 03:50pm Full-time RVing
RE: Verizon HotSpot Plans

Verizon is currently offering an 18gb a month plan for $100 . . . don't know how long that will last. Used to be their 15gb was $130 a month. And they do now offer a USB 4G stick . . . al
aslakson 11/09/15 11:20am Technology Corner
RE: Finding the "real" Florida

Go to the Titusville area - even if you don't go to the space stuff, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is outstanding - so many birds you won't be able to count them all. And the claim is that Gatorland outside Orlando is one of the "original" tourist attractions - - - and the migrating birds there are also outstanding - you get close enough to the nests to count the eggs, and the birds don't mind. al
aslakson 11/08/15 01:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Garmin 2597LMT question

Route numbers may be used if the route doesn't otherwise have a name. And sometimes the route number is shown on the screen but not spken (or vice versa). We use the 2797 in the Toad, but have the Dezl 760 for the motorhome - I like being able to enter the dimensions of the rig (height, length, weight, etc) and get some assurance that I won't be routed to places that won't be big enough. The Dezl is essentially a trucking unit, but with RV pofiling built in. Takes some getting used to, but hasn't done us wrong so far. Although why the unit insists that the exit ramp to a rest area or truck stop has "unknown truck access" is beyond me. :) al
aslakson 11/07/15 06:19am Technology Corner
RE: My ghostery disappeared like a ghost!

Just updated Firefox to ver 42 - Ghostery still running, but all the options had been reset. Had to turn on blocking for every category. (On this site, it's blocking 3 trackers.) Ver 42 has some inbuilt tracking blocking that supposedly does some of the same stuff as Ghostery, but you have to specifically enable it in the Privacy settings. I didn't, but if you did, that might be the problem. al
aslakson 11/07/15 06:09am Technology Corner
RE: Garmin Basecamp

Rather steep learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, Base Camp is pretty neat. I use it regularly. As far as the POI files, check out Extra POI Editor. Once you've downloaded the POI file from wherever, it'll do the necessary conversions for Garmin. It's also good at creating your own POI files. Experiment with the Trip Planner function . . . and know that just because Base Camp plots a route, your GPS may change it for whatever reason. Trick to force the route is to create and use waypoints on the roads that Garmin doesn't choose to use and route to them. Once you program the start and end points of a route, use the slider to find other things along that route - including your waypoints. And you can right-click any point on the map and get a menu that lets you see what's near that point from Garmin's built-in POI files. I always load a base camp created route into my GPS and then display it to see if it still goes where you want. That's especially important for the RV . . . if a campground publishes driving directions, it's good if the GPS will direct you over that routing, but sometimes you have to force it. Don't give up - Base Camp is very powerful, just poorly documented. Best of all, it's free. al
aslakson 11/03/15 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: GPS cutoff switch in tow vehicle

Check your owner manual - there's a fuse you can pull or switch. On my 2012 CRV, it's fuse #19 under the dash, labeled "Accessory Radio Fuse" in the manual. You can buy commercially available tow switch harnesses that let you switch the fuse in and out of the circuit for $50 and up. I built my own with about $15 in parts from Radio Shack and Autozone. Here;s a link to the Blue Ox setup: on Amazon.
aslakson 10/28/15 10:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What are Full Time benefits?

We have a little house., but a really big yard. It's the relative freedom. Go where you want to, stay as long as you want to, explore what you want to. We've been on the road 8 1/2 years. Not having to worry about a house full of stuff we don't really need, or having a lawn to mow or plants to tend is fantastic. There's always something new to see or learn about. Plus, there's the slightly perverse pleasure that most of your relatives think you're nuts. al
aslakson 10/28/15 06:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Directv, Distant Networks and PBS

When I first signed up for the DNS package, I remember paying extra (around $3 a month) to get PBS. But I notice that now my statement just shows $15 for DNS. Wish the PBS feed was HD, but it's not . . . al
aslakson 10/21/15 01:23pm Technology Corner
RE: DirectTV--getting NBC, ABC

DirecTV will change your "service address" to your new location, but they get testy if you try to do that more than once or twice a year. And as often as not, they'll also wind up changing your billing address. Best way is to get an outboard DirecTV AM-21 off-air tuner (about $50 lots of places) that uses your crank-up TV antenna to add any local off-air channels to your DirecTV guide. Works great. If you have a separate DirecTV account for your RV (or if your only account is an RV account, you can do the paperwork and subscribe to DirecTV's "Distant Networks" service that gets you either east coast or west cast network stations for about $15 a month. Don't expect the DirecTV phone talker who answers to know about the distant network service - most of them don't. Do your research on the web and you'll be fine. al
aslakson 10/10/15 06:55am Technology Corner
RE: I65 thru southern Indiana

It was mostly one-lane as they were resurfacing in June, last time we were thru there. Might be smoother now. al
aslakson 10/09/15 09:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Extra_POI_Editor

Although the editor is primarily a Garmin tool, it does save the results to other formats, including TomTom. I've found it easy enough to use once you get the hang of it. And the price is certainly right . . . al
aslakson 10/09/15 07:48am General RVing Issues
RE: oops - no reservations in Newburgh, NY now what?

Can't speak to the OP's reasons, but we try to live by the 2-2-2 rule - drive about 200 miles, get there by 2pm, stay at least 2 weeks. Of course, we're retired fulltimers and realize lots of folks don't have that kind freedom. Apparently the OP does . . al
aslakson 10/08/15 03:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Toaster Oven in an RV?

We have a Cuisinart we bought at Sam's Club or Costco (can't recall which). Our rig came with a 30amp energey management system that sheds loads as necessary when the current draw is too high, and the oven is plugged into a circuit that was marked "coffee pot", so any shutdowns are automatic. Judy loves it - uses it for toast, bagels, pizza, cheese bread, etc. Doesn't take up much more space than the toaster it replaced, and we don't find the heat to be a problem - just don't set stuff on top of the oven. al
aslakson 10/08/15 07:47am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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