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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
RE: TV's for MH's

We've had a 32" best buy Insignia and a 22" Visio bouncing around for over 40,000 miles now. Both are relatively permanently mounted. al
aslakson 10/03/15 03:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What GPS Do You Have

Garmin dezl 760 - it's basically the trucker unit, but also has RV profile settings for rig size, etc. Been using it now for 4 months, no problems except for the learning curve. I use Garmin Base Camp to plan the route and upload them to the dezl. Sometimes it will "adjust" the route and not tell you why - so far it's apparently been rig length and weight restrictions. Unless I know better, I'll follow the Garmin directions.
aslakson 09/26/15 06:27am Technology Corner
RE: Monument Valley Tours

Not us . . . al
aslakson 08/28/15 05:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Slide Will Not Extend

Since the slide seems to want to retract but not extend, I'm still favoring a bad switch. On my HWH system, it's a rocker switch - one way's in, one way's out. I had to replace the switch because the "extend" side was intermittent. Fortunately, it's an easy job once you find the right switch. Pull the old one and start at Radio Shack (hope you still have one). al
aslakson 08/28/15 05:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide Will Not Extend

Bad switch?
aslakson 08/28/15 02:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Computer data ??

Pretty much impossible without a fast internet connection. Even in a park with WiFi, the video is very likely to be so choppy as to be unwatchable.
aslakson 08/28/15 10:00am Technology Corner
RE: Should I subscribe to GSRA or not?

I wouldn't travel the RV without some kind of roadside assistance plan that caters to RVs. We've been using GSRA for over 9 years with no problems - all of our calls have been tire-related, and only once did we wait more than an hour for help. That time we were literally in the middle of nowhere. Other folks have had other experiences. But I think the vast majority of GSRA customers either have had no bad experiences or haven't had to use it. Just my 2 cents worth. al
aslakson 08/26/15 10:05am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Monument Valley Tours

Ditto on the self tour. It's a rough ride in some places, so don't be in a hurry. One BIG advantage of a self tour is your own climate - A/C and no dust. Those tour buggys are all open air, and there can be a lot of dust. al
aslakson 08/25/15 03:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Questions -Loading POIs on a Garmin dezl 760?

A) - That's CSV - Comma Separated Value - the file type to save the spreadsheet as. B) - If you don't have Microsoft Excel to work on spreadsheets, you can edit the CSV files in any text editor. But I use a free spreadsheet program that's part of the WPS Office Suite - it looks and works almost exactly like Excel, but it's free. B) - to edit (or create) a Garmin POI file, check out Extra POI Editor. There are some other interesting GPS tweakers available there as well. Have fun- customizing those POI files can get addictive. al
aslakson 08/20/15 05:25am Technology Corner
RE: Navigation nightmare

Check out GPS Visualizer. It'll convert almost anything GPS-related into almost anything else GPS related. Among other things, I've used it to create a route on Google Maps, then export that to a KML file, and then use gps visualizer to turn it into a Garmin GPX file, which I then upload to my Garmin Dezl. Took me a month or so to get the hang of Base Camp, and it's still not as intuitive for me as Delorme's Street Atlas, but it works. And I can still create a route in Street Atlas, and then use gps visualizer to turn it into a GPX file. For the motorhome, I NEVER use the Garmin GPS to create a route - I always create it on the computer, one way or another, and then upload it. al
aslakson 08/02/15 05:32am Technology Corner
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