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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
RE: Deal of the Day from Solid Signal

I have one - it works pretty well. Major downside is that you only get about a day's EPG - whatever's in the data stream the TV station is sending, so you need to set up your recordings almost daily. Even when you select a show to record from the guide, it's stored as a time-based recording, so if the show moves, the recording won't follow it. Sometimes screws up recording the same thing every week. I use a 128gb USB stick to record on - the USB doesn't seem strong enough to reliably use an external USB hard drive. And the uncompressed HD data from a 1080p TV station seems to run about 12gb per hour, but I usually offload it to a computer pretty quickly. For ~$30 it's a cheap toy. But I wouldn't use it as my main DVR. Also - the one listed may not be the latest model. Mine is a STB-II. This one just says it's an STB. al
aslakson 07/28/15 12:23pm Technology Corner
RE: All in one computer and RV ?

I've become a big fan of Toshiba laptops - our current one is a P75-A7200 - 17" screen, TWO internal drive bays, Intel I7 processor. Bought it at a Best Buy in Santa Barbara CA about 2 yrs ago when our previous laptop - a highly touted Acer - died. Running Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell to bypass that annoying "metro" interface. Best price I found today was around $800 - paid less than that on a special sale. Shop around . . . al
aslakson 07/28/15 09:40am Technology Corner
RE: What Dish Are You Using For Satellite TV

For SD, we always used the rooftop crank-up Winegard TV dish. Don't have to go out in the weather to set it up. Now with HD, we have the Winegard trav'er up there. But we also carry a cheapo Winegard 18" "pizza" dish for those rare occasions when we can't get a sky shot from wherever we park. So far used it just once. The little Winegard is extremely easy to point - just set the elevation and point it where the compass (or smart phone app) says. Only time I used it, nailed the point on first try - didn't even have to tweak. Beginners luck, maybe . . . al
aslakson 06/25/15 06:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water leak

You might also consider raising this topic on the Rexhall owners group at Yahoo - https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/rexhall_motorhomes/info. And a call to Rexhall service in Lancaster CA might also give you some insight - they can be very helpful. al
aslakson 06/01/15 08:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: convert 3g to 4g mifi without losing unlimited Verizon data?

Generally, you don't trigger a new contract or plan if you don't get a subsidized price on new equipment. You can even upgrade the plan sometimes without losing anything. Go to the closest Verizon store - make sure it's a real Verizon store and not one of their "authorized dealers" - and see what they'll offer. In most cases, they'll try hard to keep you happy. And if you don't get good vibes from the rep who talks to you, walk out and try another store or another day. Just go in with a positive attitude. I've found the Verizon company store reps to be very forthright and have never been misled. I actually went into a store last winter after my phone died and asked to buy a new one. The rep who talked with us fiddled with the battery and got the old phone working again, and even though he couldn't explain why the phone worked again, wouldn't let me buy a new one. Said I should wait and see if it died again. So far it hasn't. He actually talked ME out of the sale. al
aslakson 06/01/15 07:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Black Hills attraction.

It's interesting, but we were kind of underwhelmed. Maybe we're just not into wood carving all that much. But it's not expensive and won't take too long if it's not your thing. al
aslakson 06/01/15 06:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Vista Upgrade to Win10?

You might check to make sure that older desktop has the right hardware to run Win10. I think I read someplace that it might not run on "older" machines. al
aslakson 06/01/15 06:43am Technology Corner
RE: Washington Ferry

And get there early so they load you first - makes it so much easier, and you'll have less traffic ahead of you when you get off on the other side. Spendy ride, but so much less stress than driving or around Seattle. al
aslakson 05/28/15 05:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Portable Hard Drive - rejects long file names

Step one with a new hard drive: FORMAT! Gets rid of all that crapware. al
aslakson 05/27/15 06:27am Technology Corner
RE: Levelling my class A coach.

The only critical components for leveling are your refrigerator and any slides. The reefer needs to be within a couple of degrees of dead level to keep the coolant from crystalizing - and once that happens, you buy a new reefer. As far as the slides, check your user manual. But if the rig is level enough for the refer, it's gonna be level enough for the slides. We use a bullseye level on the kitchen counter and try to get it as close to dead center as possible. But if it's leaning a bit one way or the other, long as the bubble is withn the bullseye, we figure it's good. And if it tilts a hair toward the back, the AC runoff will go behind the slide. al
aslakson 05/24/15 03:11pm Class A Motorhomes
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