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RE: Using Directv HDDVR versus HD

I don't think The antenna you have in the MH is SWM, and the Genie requires a SWM. In addition to the SWM power inserter, you'll need a switch like this one to adapt your antenna to the SWM receiver. The switch also requires a different power inserter than the one from your S&B. There's a lot of info on wiring up a SWM8 switch here. al
aslakson 05/24/16 08:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Oshkosh Air Venture Camping?

Make a reservation - hope it doesn't rain. Rain turns the dry camp fields into bogs. The year we went was just after a bad rain, and they sent us to a paved parking lot a mile or so away, and ran shuttle buses. In retrospect, that probably worked better for us than had we been parked on the grounds - no traffic jams when we wanted to go into town. If you like aircraft or just air shows, it's a must-go event. al
aslakson 05/24/16 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unlimited internet

Looks like T-Mobile for $150 a month, AT&T for $200 a month, Verizon $250 a month. T-Mobile could be tempting depending on the coverage. We currently have Verizon with almost no coverage problems in 9+ years. al al
aslakson 05/17/16 07:58am Technology Corner
RE: Residential Fridge Question

Ours came in thru the passenger window - our entry door is amidships and too narrow. And the Samsung was even on sale at Home Depot that week. Fit into the same space as the old Dometic with very few issues. al
aslakson 05/06/16 07:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Route Heading West From FL to NM & Beyond

Qny way you do it, that haul across Texas west of San Antonio is long and pretty boring. I use I-10, and hope for a tailwind. al
aslakson 05/06/16 07:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Transit through Yellowstone? South ent to west ent

I would come through the south entrance up to Grant Village and then through to West Yellowstone Via Old faithful Ditto. Done it several times. Depending on the time of year, there may be heavy traffic . . . but that's Yellowstone. al
aslakson 04/22/16 12:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: replacing sofa with duel recliners

If it's going into a slideout, make sure the entire recliner footprint will fit on the slide floor - even when fully reclined. Our slide is a full 3' deep, and our FlexSteel recliners just fit. Also, if your recliners are electric (ours are) you'll need a place to plug them in. We had to have AC strung into the slide to make that happen. Our recliners are too big to fit thru the RV's door, and came disassembled. Putting them together may be a challenge - we had pros do it. Other than that, if they fit the space and the folks who'll sit in them, all is good. al
aslakson 04/07/16 04:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dish DirecTV Winegard questions

For HD as you trave, you could go with a Winegard Trav'ler rooftop automatic antenna - it works when stationary. Or, for less money and more hassle, you can get a DirecTV HD antenna and a sturdy tripod and just set it up when you need it. Lots of folks do one or the other. As far as the HR-24, it will work just fine with the newer antennas, and if Winegard says it will work with your old one, you'd be good to go. The HR-24 is not DirecTV's latest recever, but lots of folks have them. Not sure where you'd get one new. though. And if you get one of the newer "Genie" DirectV receivers for your sticks-n-bricks, DirecTV won't also authorize the HR-24. But if you get the HR-24 authorized first and then add the Genie later, they won't turn off the HR-24 (at least they didn't for us). al
aslakson 04/06/16 01:37pm Technology Corner
RE: led taillight replace

We replaced the entire tail-turn light fixtures on the rear of our motorhome with LED fixtures and the increase in daytime visibility was really pronounced. If you can find the direct LED fixture replacement, it's pretty much plug 'n' play. Even I could do it. :) al
aslakson 03/26/16 02:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: San Francisco RV Resort....Well Not Really

In 2006 (was it THAT long ago?) we spent a week at the Tradewinds RV Park in Vallejo CA and toured San Francisco from there. The cross-bay ferry service was fast and inexpensive and close to the park, and the street cars and city buses were easy enough to use. Sure beat fighting traffic. We've since driven past the "San Francisco RV Resort" and were glad we'd chosen not to stay there. But the view is good, at least when the cliff isn't crumbling. :) al
aslakson 03/22/16 03:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: annual inspections & registration on extended trips

As fulltimers, we don't have a "home base" - so we specifically chose South Dakota as our "domicile" state in part because SD doesn't ave annual vehicle inspections. And you can do the registration renewals on-line. In fact, if you choose the right mail forwarding service (We use America's Mailbox)they'll handle the initial registration for you. Of course, you still need to make a personal visit to get your driver's license and/or renew it, but that's just once every five years. al
aslakson 03/03/16 06:33pm Full-time RVing
RE: Thousand Trails

Ditto on the full membership comment. As fulltimers, we typically stay upwards of half the year at various 1000 trails parks for just the cost of our annual dues (272 nights last year). And parks are being upgraded - we've seen upgrades happening at several parks since the economy improved a couple years ago. al
aslakson 03/01/16 05:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Digital TV Antenna

According to folks on this forum who ran comparison tests, the current Winegard Sensar 4 batwing is hands down the most sensitive. al
aslakson 03/01/16 05:42am General RVing Issues

Garmin dezl for sure al
aslakson 02/28/16 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Bars

We use a 10,000lb Blue Ox to tow our Honda CRV - after replacing a few Roadmaster 5K unis (one our fault, two they blamed us when it wasn't), I figured the tougher unit was better. At the time, the price difference was only about $30, which made it a no-brainer. So far, the Blue Ox has given zero problems in 5+ years of full-timing. al
aslakson 02/21/16 03:42pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Any suggestions for a stop between Philly & Charleston, SC?

Or head for the coast and try the Outer Banks. al
aslakson 02/10/16 02:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Adding Inverter

When we had our inverter/charger installed, it was wired whole-house (30amp coach). Not sure how AM Solar did it, but it's just like having an Uninterupted Power Supply for the coach - when the shore power is disconnected, the inverter takes over. When the generator comes on, the inverter starts charging. Of course, we have to remember to turn off the AC and electric WH before killing external power, but even when we don't, the worst thing that happens is that the inverter overloads and shuts down. Turn off the AC and/or WH, and restart the inverter, and all is well. If you go with AGM, DO get a combination inverter/charger if it will fit in your space - AGM and Gel cells are happiest with a staged charging using different voltages. Most older chargeres don't do that. FWIW, we have four 6v gell cells into a 2000 watt inverter, and we can run the whole coach (minus the AC and WH) for about 10 hours on one charge - that without changing any of our normal "plugged in" behavior (Microwave, TV, computer, etc). As a matter of fact, out electrical management system even has a 20amp setting we use if we're going to be dry camping for more than a night. With that, we could even run the AC - one unit only pulls about 6 amps after it gets started - but we don't. al
aslakson 02/10/16 02:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Rv Mechanic Near Orlando Fl

Try Camping Connection in Clermont. Also Master Pro RV Services in Winter Garden. al
aslakson 02/07/16 05:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: DTV losing some channels??

Every other line could also mean the LNB is going bad. There are some test channels up in the high 9000's that might help diagnose . . . al
aslakson 01/03/16 06:08am Technology Corner
RE: How do you get a library card when your address is a PMB

Public libraries are tied to local residency - the only hope you have is in Green Cove Spings (or at least in that county). Check with the folks who rent you the PMB and see what they say. You'll probably have to prove residency in that county, and the mail forwarders should be able to help you with that. Good luck. We're "residents" of Pennington County SD, and this year they've begun charging us traveling residents $70 a year for library membership. al
aslakson 01/02/16 11:24am Full-time RVing
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