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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
RE: Millenicom Customer Accounts Acquired by Verizon

Here's what we did - took about a half hour at the Verizon store up the road. We have two "basic" phones with Verizon, and have been paying about $80 a month. We explained the situation, what we wanted, and asked how we could get there. Wound up converting our existing phone service to a "shared anytime" plan, then adding a hotspot with 30gb a month data. The data costs $130 a month. The three phone lines (2 phone, 1 hotspot) cost $20 each. That's $190 a month, or about $20 more than what we had when Millenicom was in the mix, for half again as much data. We also bought (another $50) one of the Verizon 4G/LTE hotspots. It helped that the per-line charges had just been reduced from $30 a day or two ago. Where we are now (Charleston SC) the LTE speed is nothing short of phenomenal. Speedtest.net this morning shows 19.26mbps download, 12.07mbps upload - about double what we got with the 4G. It was half again higher speed last night. Your mileage may vary. But we're not unhappy. I would suggest that it helps to deal with a Verizon company store rather than an "authorized" dealer. They almost always seem better able to make things happen al
aslakson 10/25/14 05:53am Technology Corner
RE: Low Clearance Alerts?

We use the low clearances data in our Delorme Street Atlas software, and wouldn't plan a route without it. Like anything else, it's only as good as the user. As said, it doesn't provide any interactivity with the navigation part of your GPS unit - it just displays the info in some fashion on the screen. With Street Atlas, once the route has been automatically generated, I can then look at the route and manually tweak it to avoid any of those low spots or make any other tweaks needed. With a Garmin, I don't know if you can twiddle the route that way, or if you can control how far ahead those POI icons appear. Just got a Garmin for the toad, and haven't had a chance to play with it all that much yet. al
aslakson 10/24/14 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: What turns on your "time to go" clock

Either. Both. Sometimes we have to be someplace on somebody else's schedule, so it's the calendar. Mostly it's when we have to wear jackets a few days in a row, we head south. And when it's above 90 for a week or so, we'll probably head north. Or not. Depends on how we feel about it. al
aslakson 10/22/14 02:27pm Snowbirds

Check Google maps for the one with a loop that farthest from the highway to minimize noise. Eastbound we use the one west of Sonora at MM 394, but going west we're usually somewhere in the Dakotas. al
aslakson 10/21/14 07:19am Roads and Routes
RE: Backing up computer

I use Macrium Reflect to clone the PC hard drive(s). Windows has some builtin backup and recovery stuff as well, but I've not used it. For backup of critical files to the "cloud" I use Carbonite. al
aslakson 10/21/14 07:11am Technology Corner
RE: Has Verizon contacted ANY Millenicom Customers yet?

A few more days I doubt it. Unless they are immediately changing the terms of the current agreements they won't be contacting you any time soon I'd guess.... Seems like SOMEBODY would want to get paid around the end of this month. We're set up for autopay at Millenicom, and I'm wondering if that payment info also got transferred to Verizon, and if they'll just do the hit. So many wonderings, so little information. . . . al
aslakson 10/21/14 06:07am Technology Corner
RE: Has Verizon contacted ANY Millenicom Customers yet?

Let's just hope they contact us by email - snail mail won't catch up with us by the end of the month . . . . al
aslakson 10/20/14 03:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Weather radio

Just an aside - we're sitting here at Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks, and for the first time ever I'm getting a solid signal on all seven of the weather frequencies. So much for geographical separation. :) al
aslakson 10/17/14 04:10am Technology Corner
US-13 Southbound after bay bridge-tunnel - pulloff?

Google Earth isn't much help. Any easy wide spots to pull off and turn the propane back on? Thanks al
aslakson 10/14/14 05:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: How you heatin?

We use the electric space heater whenever we can - electric is still less expensive than propane, given how inefficient the furnace is. Been looking at adding a propane-fired catalytic heater to the mix - way more efficient than the furnace and not all that expensive. I'd get a propane catalytic - most will run on those little bottles that fuel tabletop grilles. For occasional use, probably wouldn't be TOO expensive. al
aslakson 10/13/14 06:54am Full-time RVing
RE: 3Tb Hard Drive limit to 2.19Tb on Dell 690 Workstation

According to Microsoft, looks like there's a 2tb limit in Win7. Also looks like there MAY be workarounds. al
aslakson 10/13/14 06:31am Technology Corner
RE: Smart Router

If I can't figure it out, I assume it's smarter than I am. Seriously, I think it refers to the router's ability to automatically configure itself and make connections to any devices within range. And that is a remarkably unsafe thing to do, as it opens your router up in ways that aren't healthy. al
aslakson 10/12/14 01:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Water pump location

On our 2000 Aerbus, it's in the wet bay, mounted on the compartment wall. I assume if yours was there, you'd see it. Add some water to the fresh tank, then run the pump with a faucet open and follow the noise . . . al
aslakson 10/08/14 02:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Life lesson - In case you're not aware

We have 3 cards - a BofA Visa, a Chase MC and a Costco Amex. We are fulltimers, and have never been flagged for "out of area". Hope it doesn't happen - we're roaming all the time. I think I recall telling the BofA folk in a passing conversation about something else that we were perpetual travelers with no home area, but AFIK haven't made any similar declarations to the others. What we DO have is notifications on all cards to email us about any transactions over $150 (the usual fuel pump limit) and any transactions for which the card was not present (internet, etc.). Works well for us. They have some other fraud things in place that have caught and asked that we verify a few charges (and some of them were in fact fraudulent and triggered a card replacement), but so far we haven't been stung or inconvenienced. al
aslakson 09/30/14 02:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campground close to Boston

We're currently at the Outdoor Resorts Gateway to Cape Cod about an hour south of Boston in Rochester. Been into Boston 4 times now, twice during rush hour both ways. No major problems with traffic, although it is slower going during rush hour. This place shuts down on 10/16 for the season, but there's room now. We understand there's a waiting list for closing weekend, though. al
aslakson 09/28/14 07:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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