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RE: Adding Fireplace heater

If you're looking for heat, stick to the ceramic. RV fireplaces are largely decorative, IMHO. al
aslakson 11/30/14 12:26pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Stand alone mapping software

DeLorme runs from the local hard drive once installed. Install it from a USB DVD drive and you'll be good to go. That's a 4.7gb download from Amazon, and will take at least an hour. Personally, I'd rather have the DVD on hand. I tend to reload computers from time to time. al
aslakson 11/29/14 07:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Normal electric KWH used by the coach when camping

Also depends on where you park it. We're paying $45 a month fixed rate at the 1000 Trails Orlando park, because there's no meter on our post. I'm guessing that if it were metered, it would probably be about the same. They're not about to give it away. :) We rented a month in Palm Springs (January) a couple years ago where usage was metered - paid just under $30 for that month. Rented a week in Arizona a coupe years ago and the metered power was around $15. Call some parks you're interested in and ask what a typical charge would be. al
aslakson 11/29/14 07:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ethernet (RJ45) Jack on 5th wheel sidewall

Looks like a good plan, although sorta spendy for my blood. I'd drill a small hole thru the sidewall of your rig and measure the wall thickness - not necessarily through the insulation and inner wall, but just the outer wall. Inside, you can make that hole as big as you need, and if it's inside a cabinet or behind some furniture, it won't show anyway. al
aslakson 11/29/14 11:17am Technology Corner
RE: How Long Does Brake Buddy Last?

I think a lot depends on WHERE you travel - we started out with a Brake Buddy and after 2 years it developed a pinhole leak in the air reservoir. Brake Buddy replaced it with a new or rebuilt unit (I forget which), which developed the same problem after about a year. They said it was because of high humidity air leaving water in the tank, which rusted it from the inside. We switched to a Blue Ox Patriot, which while it has other quirks, doesn't use an air tank so doesn't have the leak problem. al
aslakson 11/25/14 06:36am Dinghy Towing
RE: Your Wish List for RV Manufacturers

Usable nightstands next to the bed with available AC outlets TV sets mounted where you can actually see them straight on from comfy seats Easily accessible cable ducts from front to rear of the rig - just in case No "step up" into rear bedrooms or baths No Norcold refrigerators, ever . . Black and gray tanks that'll last for a full week. And for a real wish - zero-gravity storage bays - more stuff, less weight. :) al
aslakson 11/22/14 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Long shot, anyone used WA state as home base?

We looked at WA and couldn't find a mail handling service that could provide a valid domicile address that wasn't in an area that required annual vehicle inspections. So we chose South Dakota. Medicare is national, so that wasn't a factor for us. Just gt our 2015 license tag notice - it'll be $87 for the car, $195 for the motorhome, including vanity plates on both. al
aslakson 11/20/14 10:41am Full-time RVing
RE: Millenicom Customer Accounts Acquired by Verizon

I just got a call from Verizon, and they were offering to reactivate the Millenicom hotspot to a 20gb plan for $99. They were also offering to upgrade it to 30gb for $130, essentially converting it to the "double-data" 15gb plan that was available in October. Told them we'd already done that with Verizon and got a newer piece of hardware as well. They said to hang on to the old hotspot just in case, as if the new one should die, we can just move the sim card over to the old one and be alive again. So we have a hardware backup. :) So - make sure you ask "what else" when/if they make their pitch. al
aslakson 11/13/14 01:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Problems with South Dakota Health Insurance for Full Timer's

Does your mailing service also offer a qualfying ""non-PMB" address? Ours does - it's used for voter registration and a library card, among other things. We thus have both a "domicile" address and a "mailing address". We've had no problems so far . . . but our monthly mail shipment arrives tomorrow, and we'll see if that brings anything from Humana . . . al
aslakson 11/13/14 07:19am Full-time RVing
RE: Arizona?

Forgot the Route 66 Museum in Kingman, Oatman and Jerome, and the old silver mining country north of Yuma. Plus the Arizona Marketplace at Yuma, one of the best "flea markets" anyplace. Make me want to Winter in AZ. Unfortunately, this winter we're in Florida. al
aslakson 11/11/14 03:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Arizona?

Sedona, Grand Canyon, all the Indian ruins around Cottonwood and Flagstaff, Meteor Crater, Organ Pipes and Saguaro National Parks, Tombstone . . . . al
aslakson 11/11/14 02:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: streaming TV direct from satellite to computer

EDIT: Actually read the page. This also requires an internet connection and looks like it streams from the internet, not from the satellite receiver itself. This might do it . . . DirecTV Anywhere However, if there were a gizmo that would accept an input from a satellite receiver (RGB, maybe) and make it available as a source on your local network, might work. Take some digging, but I'd bet there's something out there that would do it. al
aslakson 11/11/14 04:46am Technology Corner
RE: How long to get ready?

About 4 months, but there was Thanksgiving and Christmas in there to complicate things. And the last month of that was actually living in the motorhome in a park down the road while we got the house fixed up to sell - new carpet, paint, etc. Set a target date but don't get all stressed if you have to slip it a week or two. Actually sold our second car just two days before our target date, which cleared the slate and left us free. al
aslakson 11/10/14 05:49am Full-time RVing
RE: Non-subscription DVR?

I've got this one on my Amazon wish list and will probably order it before too long. From what I've been able to see on various review sites, it's about the best one available without paying Tivo. al
aslakson 11/08/14 04:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Windshield Chip repair in Indio, Palm Desert, CA

Call Dick & ROsemary Allen - Patriot Enterprises - 541-953-2757. They're RVers from Oregon who winter in Indio, and are connected with GlasWeld, about the best glass chip fixers around. Don't know if they've come south yet. They've fixed a couple of chips for us and do excellent work. And they're nice folks to boot. al
aslakson 11/04/14 03:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: wheel cover socket wrench

Most any RV parts store should have them. I use a standard 1 1/8" socket with a long handle - much better control. al
aslakson 11/03/14 07:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: State of residence for full timers

Taxes, insurance rates, vehicle registration fees, vehicle inspection requirements, length of driver's license term, relaxation of jury duty requirements, absentee ballots, reliable & friendly mail handling service - all played into our choice of South Dakota - specifically America's Mailbox in Box Elder (Rapid City). al
aslakson 11/02/14 04:50am Full-time RVing
RE: Millenicom Customer Accounts Acquired by Verizon

Yeah - I meant AWS. And yeah, I know it will suffer as more folks move to the newer hardware, and as we move to places that don't yet have AWS. But still . . . :) al
aslakson 10/25/14 10:05am Technology Corner
RE: Satellite TV

Our DNS channels are in HD (and also in SD). I think the HD stuff is all enabled when you subscribe to HD service. al
aslakson 10/25/14 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Satellite TV

You need to talk with somebody who deals with RV users, not the folks who put dishes on houses. As far as DirecTV is concerned, our "home" is a mail service box in Rapid City SD. They did the installation, such as it was, in Wilimington Ohio. And we've done all the paperwork to get "distant networks" so we have access to the off-air networks (ABC, CBS etc) as well. Plus we bought one of the DurecTV Off-Air tuner boxes, so we can add whatever local signals our TV antenna picks up to our DirecTV DVR. al
aslakson 10/25/14 06:37am Class A Motorhomes
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