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RE: CG Wifi help

This makes it look like an issue with the service provider. I don't think many people appreciate how erratic internet access can actually be, especially in relatively rural areas. Many users think that when you, for instance, pay for 3Mbps DSL that you really get that all the time. Far from the truth; if you could monitor your effective bandwidth over time you would see that it varies all over the place and can even go to zero for a few moments. We've been at a CG for the past 6 weeks where the owners have installed a super wifi system in a very rural environment and pay for on-call professional help. But the underlying backhaul is cable and we have had a number of instances of "local only" access and other issues. Since I'm more technically inclined than the owners, I've become the day to day interface with their tech support people. I routinely send tech support emails to let them know if we're down or experiencing serious slowdowns, dramatically increased ping times, etc. They, in turn, will let me know if they've had to call the cable company, etc, so I can let the owners know that the problem might take a little while to get resolved. The owners have been grateful since their average customer simply complains "the wifi doesn't work" without providing any analysis of what is wrong.
docj 08/31/14 06:19am Technology Corner
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

Max: The new RVPR website has a lot more functionality including things such as "Report this post" capability so errors in posts can be easily flagged. Also, there is far more control over park attributes (is there a pool? shade? playground?) There can be more attributes listed for a park than is presently possible but they cannot be directly changed by users. Users can "suggest an edit for this park" which will create a flag that an admin can evaluate and make the change if it is appropriate. That will prevent people from, for example, saying that a park doesn't have a pool just because it was closed when they visited. Also park owners have the ability to "claim this listing" so they can keep data current about their own parks. Joel
docj 08/31/14 05:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

I only a couple of times "ripped" a place and both times was lack of ethics and honesty. I now chuckle as I just sent a ripper and, although toned down when you got it, you rejected it - rightfully so. You accepted it on my 2nd revision! You did your job well as I realize now that I am calmed down and my blood pressure is down! :-) Keep up the good work. Lauren Lauren: Thanks for being a supporter of RVPR and for providing so many helpful reviews. People such as yourself make the site the effective tool it is for RVers. As for once in a while submitting a somewhat "heated" review, I'm glad you can joke about it. When experienced reviewers like yourself occasionally get frustrated by an RV park experience, we're pretty confident that giving you a chance to cool off will result in a "more balanced" review. Joel
docj 08/30/14 09:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

I have noticed that the number of reviews posted each day seems to have been reduced. The way I use it is to disregard the worse and best reviews if there are quite a few reviews. Don If you are judging the number of new reviews per day by the ones that show on the Home page that is not a good measurement. The current software picks only a few of the newest reviews to post on that list. None of us admins know how it selects the ones it puts there. The number being posted per day is still more than 50.
docj 08/30/14 06:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

Joel, I know this is slightly off topic, but since you have identified yourself as an RVPR admin, I just want to say thank you!! I find RVPR to be enormously useful. Yes, there are the occasional flame reviews, but those can be discounted. And yes, there are the unreasonably favorable reviews (usually by newbies who have fallen in love with camping and think everything is wonderful all the time). But day in and day out, the RVPR reviews provide us with useful, detailed, and relatively objective commentary, often saving us from terrible rv parks or revealing hidden gems. Well done!! I will pass your comments along to my colleagues; they will appreciate them. Thanks. I think you will enjoy exploring the new website with lots of additional features with more on the way. One of the new features is a numerical average rating for a park so you don't have to try to average the sores in your head. But even more importantly, you, the reader, will be able to award "helpful points" in much the same way you can on TripAdvisor or Amazon. If you wish you may give more significance to people with lots of "helpful" points, or not, as you wish. Another new feature is the ability to add special "tips" to your review. These might be things like: "make sure to come into this park via Route XYZ because route ABC is very steep" or "be sure to eat at XXX's restaurant just down the road". Also, there will be direct links from RVPR to reviews of the same park on TripAdvisor, Good Sam, etc. So you will be able to check all the reviews of a particular park with just a couple of clicks (these cross links will not all be fully populated when the site first comes up). Other features will be added as we get the new site up and running smoothly. A smart phone app is under development and I expect to see it released by the end of the year.
docj 08/30/14 06:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

Many people here have probably received an email from RVParkReviews.com asking that you check and verify your user name for that site. This is NOT SPAM. As an admin for RVParkReviews let me clarify this request. The current site software does not associate reviews of parks with a displayed individual's name (obviously, the system knows who submits each review). However, the new software platform we are migrating to next month will display a name for each review in much the same way that TripAdvisor does. Many RVPR's members used their real names when they signed up to join the site. Some took advantage of the ability to create a "display name" but many did not. This didn't matter if names weren't associated with reviews but it might bother some people to have their names publicly linked to some reviews they have posted, particularly unfavorable ones. The purpose of this email is to give members the chance to change the name that will be displayed. It does not require you to make a change; it only notifies you of the right to do so if you wish. Here's the link to the webpage where you can check your RVPR account settings: RVPR account settingsSo people who have posted reviews in the past, with the assumption they would be anonymous, are now going to have their names associated with those past reviews? Bet the RV park owners are salivating like Pavlov's dog knowing they will soon KNOW who posted rants rather than just having to make an educated guess. If you read my post carefully you would have seen that I stated that people are being given a chance to change their Display Names if they happened to have used their real names at the time the registered on the site. If they change their display name it will affect ALL previously posted reviews. No one will have their name displayed if they do not wish to do so. Thanks for a chance to further clarify this issue.That's all fine for the people who read these forums, who read the forums at rvparkreviews.com and the like. It isn't too great for the vast majority of people who have e-mails from places like rvparkreviews, tripadvisor and scads of other sites sent directly to their junk mail files on the way to the trash file. What about all the people who have changed e-mail addresses and aren't getting those e-mails. Their reviews are now going to have personal identifiers? It is akin to this site suddenly sending out an email saying if you don't file an opt out we are going to release all the personal information we have gathered on all the participants to whomever wants it. Changes like this usually require an opt in, not a opt out. Tens of thousands of reviews were posted with the understanding that no user identification would ever be associated with those reviews. To retroactively change that policy doesn't sit well with me. Every person logging into the new website for the first time will be directed to a page where they can review and edit their display name. Between the emails, the currently posted notice on the RVPR website and this mechanism we believe we have provided adequate notification to members of this change in policy.
docj 08/29/14 07:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

Many people here have probably received an email from RVParkReviews.com asking that you check and verify your user name for that site. This is NOT SPAM. As an admin for RVParkReviews let me clarify this request. The current site software does not associate reviews of parks with a displayed individual's name (obviously, the system knows who submits each review). However, the new software platform we are migrating to next month will display a name for each review in much the same way that TripAdvisor does. Many RVPR's members used their real names when they signed up to join the site. Some took advantage of the ability to create a "display name" but many did not. This didn't matter if names weren't associated with reviews but it might bother some people to have their names publicly linked to some reviews they have posted, particularly unfavorable ones. The purpose of this email is to give members the chance to change the name that will be displayed. It does not require you to make a change; it only notifies you of the right to do so if you wish. Here's the link to the webpage where you can check your RVPR account settings: RVPR account settingsSo people who have posted reviews in the past, with the assumption they would be anonymous, are now going to have their names associated with those past reviews? Bet the RV park owners are salivating like Pavlov's dog knowing they will soon KNOW who posted rants rather than just having to make an educated guess. If you read my post carefully you would have seen that I stated that people are being given a chance to change their Display Names if they happened to have used their real names at the time the registered on the site. If they change their display name it will affect ALL previously posted reviews. No one will have their name displayed if they do not wish to do so. Thanks for a chance to further clarify this issue.
docj 08/29/14 02:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

It seams to take forever for them to post your review> Maybe that will change to Normally, reviews are posted in a couple of days; the current delay is 2 days (I just checked). This summer we were inundated with reviews; at the peak they were coming in at more than 100 per day. We take pride in the fact that every review on RVPR is screened by a real person before it is posted to the site to ensure that the site's review standards are complied with. At times this summer our delay reached 10 days but was never worse than that.
docj 08/29/14 01:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

I think you will really like the improvements you will find on the new RVPR website next month. In addition to a more modern interface there will be lots more capabilities including a smartphone app later this year.
docj 08/28/14 03:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

I never got or saw an e-mail from you, so thanks for the heads up. I've been told that they are going out in waves, but some people, including me, have not been getting routine emails from RVPR for several months. We don't know why and, since, we are migrating to a new platform, this has not been the highest priority thing to fix. So it's possible you won't ever receive an email.
docj 08/28/14 12:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Emails from RVParkReviews.com

Many people here have probably received an email from RVParkReviews.com asking that you check and verify your user name for that site. This is NOT SPAM. As an admin for RVParkReviews let me clarify this request. The current site software does not associate reviews of parks with a displayed individual's name (obviously, the system knows who submits each review). However, the new software platform we are migrating to next month will display a name for each review in much the same way that TripAdvisor does. Many RVPR's members used their real names when they signed up to join the site. Some took advantage of the ability to create a "display name" but many did not. This didn't matter if names weren't associated with reviews but it might bother some people to have their names publicly linked to some reviews they have posted, particularly unfavorable ones. The purpose of this email is to give members the chance to change the name that will be displayed. It does not require you to make a change; it only notifies you of the right to do so if you wish. Here's the link to the webpage where you can check your RVPR account settings: RVPR account settings
docj 08/28/14 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toad Battery going dead!!

If one were to add a dedicated +12V line for battery maintenance, would it not make sense to include a similarly sized extra ground wire? That's correct; I added a pair of heavier gauge wires to mine.
docj 08/25/14 06:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raleigh NC campgrounds

We just stayed at Jordan Lake, beautiful campground. The gates were not locked until 10 PM when we were there. If you're out and about doing things with family, having to be back at the park by 10pm is an unacceptable restriction for us. JMO
docj 08/25/14 06:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Raleigh NC campgrounds

We think the fairgrounds is excellent for a short stay to visit family. Jordan Lake might be interesting but NC state parks have a crazy rule that the gates are locked in the early evening and you can't get in or out.
docj 08/24/14 06:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: WiFiRanger Pro

WiFiRanger pro Is it me or is this thing a piece of junk. Bought it for $140.00 in 2011. It was problematic from the start. Now after putting it away for awhile I can not even get to the menu. Am I just to stubborn to accept this is antiquated technology? Thanks, r0n……..:S You do have one of the earlier WiFiRanger models. However, even it can be updated to the latest software. If you are unable to access it via wifi have you tried connecting to it with an Ethernet cable? The online control panel will be at the same IP address as it would be if you were accessing it via wifi.
docj 08/24/14 05:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Wi-Fi Refund

camping and RVing, got along just fine for a hundred years without internet With all due respect this is a classic non sequitur; it is an irrelevant fact. Civilization existed for several thousand years without most of the technology available today but few are advocating returning to life in an earlier age. I find it difficult to understand how someone who moderates an internet forum can state that the internet is a luxury relative to camping and RVing solely because they "got along just fine for 100 years" without it. For many people internet access isn't a luxury, it is very much part of their private lives and careers. This may not be true for you, but it is for more and more of us. As a full-time RVer I don't rely on campground wifi, but I do rely on internet access in one form or another. A campground without at least minimal internet access via wifi or cellular would not be a place we would return to no matter how beautiful it was.
docj 08/24/14 02:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Toad Battery going dead!!

IMO if you're measuring the 12.5V while your MH engine is running, that isn't sufficient for charging purposes. You need a charging voltage >13V. Since you used the "umbilical" cable for the charging current that may be your problem; the wires may be too small and you're suffering voltage drop. I ran a separate 10 gauge wire for my ToadCharge and zip-tied it to the umbilical cable. First thing to do is check all your connections to make sure that something isn't loose. If that doesn't raise your voltage you may need to consider running a new charging wire.
docj 08/24/14 07:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HD Satelitte

If you are using a wireless HDMI setup why would you need or want to go through your selector box? A number of the wireless HDMI systems have a loop-through so you can take the output of the receiver through the wireless and then to the front TV. The rear TV would receive the wireless signal. Your switch box is no doubt coax and is pretty much useless in today's world. The limitation of using the wireless HDMI is that the two TVs will have to watch the same program. If you want the TVs to be able to watch different programs then you need two receivers and you would probably want to use an appropriate method for sending a separate satellite signal to the rear TV probably through a new coax from the Trav'ler most likely installed on the roof.
docj 08/23/14 02:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Paint / Clearcoat Recommendation - South Texas

I don't yet have personal experience with these folks, but I've been thinking of calling them when we're in TX this winter: Texas Custom Coach I suspect they won't be cheap, but it's worth asking.
docj 08/21/14 07:22am Tech Issues
RE: crossing the borders (food & fuel)

The origin of the fruit is not a factor. We've had California oranges taken from us when crossing from Canada to the USA. The agents don't care where the product was grown. They do care about where it has been. I'm sorry that isn't true. The case of oranges is specifically discussed on the US Border Protection website. Fruits that are grown in Canada can be brought into the US, but, since oranges don't grow there, you can't bring them into the US unless you can show they were grown in the US in the first place. There are lots of foods that can be brought into the US from Canada that wouldn't be allowed if they came from other companies. Here's the official website that describes what you can bring back into the US from Canada (about halfway down the page): What food can I bring into the US? The Canadian rules for taking food into their country are here: What food can I bring into Canada?
docj 08/18/14 04:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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