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RE: Are Most Class A Motorhome Owners Hermits?

We have been to a few upscale rv resorts, and yes we have noticed that most of the grumpy old people sit in their motorhome all the time and watch TV. That is an offensive, gross generalization. I may be old and grumpy but when I wish to sit inside it isn't because I'm not being social. :BWe sat outside this evening and had a glass of wine while watching the sun set. Afterwards, we went inside and fixed dinner in our spacious kitchen using some of our gourmet kitchen appliances. We do grill outside when we desire, but that's only if the recipe calls for it. We ate dinner inside because it was air conditioned and bug-free and because I hate taking the porcelain dinnerware outside!:W After dinner we surfed the internet while watching a few shows on DirecTV. Our living area seating pieces are Ekornes Stressless furniture finished in glove-soft leather; some of the world's most comfortable furniture. I could have sat outside in the dark or with a campfire, but my 40" HDTV was more pleasurable. I hope this doesn't sound too snarky, but we're not compelled to sit outside to prove that we're camping. There's enough glass in our MH to permit us to feel as if we're outside anytime we wish. I suspect that in a year of full-timing we're outside a lot more than you are during your vacation or weekend adventures. We're not snobbish, we simply have options other than sitting outside.
docj 10/19/14 09:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are Most Class A Motorhome Owners Hermits?

We have been to a few upscale rv resorts, and yes we have noticed that most of the grumpy old people sit in their motorhome all the time and watch TV. That is an offensive, gross generalization. I may be old and grumpy but when I wish to sit inside it isn't because I'm not being social. We sat outside this evening and had a glass of wine while watching the sun set. Afterwards, we went inside and fixed dinner in our spacious kitchen using some of our gourmet kitchen appliances. We do grill outside when we desire, but that's only if the recipe calls for it. We ate dinner inside because it was air conditioned and bug-free and because I hate taking the porcelain dinnerware outside!:W After dinner we surfed the internet while watching a few shows on DirecTV. Our living area seating pieces are Ekornes Stressless furniture finished in glove-soft leather; some of the world's most comfortable furniture. I could have sat outside in the dark or with a campfire, but my 40" HDTV was more pleasurable. I hope this doesn't sound too snarky, but we're not compelled to sit outside to prove that we're camping. There's enough glass in our MH to permit us to feel as if we're outside anytime we wish. I suspect that in a year of full-timing we're outside a lot more than you are during your vacation or weekend adventures. We're not snobbish, we simply have options other than sitting outside.
docj 10/19/14 09:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cell phone boosters

So does the phone have to remain in the cradle with the Sleek? Seems like there would be issues with using in living room vs bedroom. Is there a device which will cover the entire trailer interior? The phone has to remain in the cradle but most people just use a Bluetooth earpiece so they can use the phone for voice calls.
docj 10/17/14 04:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Montana LLC

Render unto Caesar! Then you will be able to sleep at night and not pucker up everytime you passs a cop or a roadblock. IF you are a resident of FL and liscense in MT it is considered illegal by the state of FL and they are looking into it. Heard not long ago about them doing it on I4. Get caught in AZ and you'll probably never get out of jail. Check this out also. You are just biting off trouble all around by trying to beat the system. They are going to check where your domicile is and track you down. http://www.fmca.com/index.php/motorhoming/motor-coach-news/319-llcs-may-require-trip-permit-or-ifta-license OH! Then you'll have to have a NY HUT. Just so no one else wastes the time to follow your link, this is a 7 year old article that flamed about something that never came to pass. If you don't want to have a MT LLC that's fine with me, but don't spread misinformation to others. Most of the nay-sayers here don't realize that it is totally legal to have vehicles registered to you in multiple states, only one of which is your domicile. Rich people do it all the time. Don't you remember Mitt Romney talking about the multiple Cadillacs his wife has at their different homes? It's no big deal to have an SD license and a vehicle with MT plates. We went to Canada this year with a MH with MT plates pulling our toad with SD plates and our SD licenses. Had all our appropriate paperwork and didn't have the slightest problem going or coming back.
docj 10/16/14 07:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

We used Action Services of Missoula MT. That specifically answers the OP's question. Anyone who wants to become a "better citizen" by paying my taxes for me can send me a PM.:B
docj 10/15/14 07:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cell phone boosters

You made it sound as if you wanted to make phone calls, you didn't say anything about texting. Can't you just open it up and then put it back into the cradle? The Sleek has a very limited distance range between it and the phone but you should be able to lay it back in there and still get some benefit. It's not as it taking it out the cradle and then putting it back causes any "harm".
docj 10/15/14 07:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Cell phone boosters

Wilson Sleek. Walmart.com for around $100. Also, get the taller RV antenna with the window mount. The small car antenna won't be enough. Have not seen the 4G model for that price http://www.wpsantennas.com/460107-Wilson-Electronics-Sleek.aspx Amazon sells the outdated 3G version for $100. The 4G one is ~$140. Be careful which one you are buying; I seriously doubt Walmart has the 4G one for $100.
docj 10/15/14 06:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Improve campground WiFi signal

We access the internet with our smartphone and discovered that virtually everything we use the phone for, except telephone calls, eats into our monthly limit and there is a penalty $$$ for going over. Most phone plans simply charge you for the extra data you use; I've not yet seen a plan that has an actual "penalty" for going over. There's a big difference between a pro rata charge and a penalty.
docj 10/15/14 03:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Improve campground WiFi signal

All too often questions on this forum about streaming are answered judgmentally rather than with facts. You asked a question and IMHO you deserve an answer. There is no particular reason why you can't use your Roku and let it directly connect to an RV park's wifi. It may or may not have enough transmit and receive capability to do this well, in which case you might want to invest in a router with what is known as "WiFi as WAN" capability. It would be able to access the park's wifi and then redistribute it to the network inside your RV which would include the Roku. Such routers typically have better antennas and higher transmit power which make their wifi connections more reliable. I happen to work for one such company, WiFiRanger.com but there are several others that make similar devices. It's worth noting, however, that many RV parks lack the bandwidth in their wifi systems to sustain even SD streams. No router or other device can improve that situation. Furthermore, the larger the number of people using the wifi, the smaller the bandwidth is for everyone. If you managed to stream you would be taking bandwidth from other campers. If you use your cellular connection it is possible to stream even with a 3G connection (SD only). We happen to have an unlimited data plan so we stream quite often; with 4G HD streaming is easy. If you do have a limited data plan you can conserve it, at least on Netflix, by changing your My Account settings so that your streams are limited to SD. If you do that the usage is roughly 1GB per two hour movie. My wife and I like to stream TV shows we haven't seen many of which were only broadcast in SD so our usage levels are about the same even on services such as HuluPlus and Amazon on which you can't directly control the data rate. My advice ignore those who tell you streaming isn't possible or that it will cost big bucks on a data plan. If you pay $10/GB a two hour movie (in SD) will cost roughly $10 which is not all that much more than a pay per view on TV. If you have any questions feel free to post or PM me. Joel
docj 10/14/14 06:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Montana LLC

I feel a sense of obligation to pay the taxes in the state in which I live. Not to mention I am legally bound to do so. I might consider it if I were full time as it makes perfect sense to register in the state with the most advantages. I don't think anyone here is advocating not paying all the legally required taxes to the state you live in. But I, for one, am not eager to pay any more taxes than I am required to. If there are legal mechanisms for reducing the amount of taxes I have to pay, then I will use them and see no reason not to. Let's not be naive, rich people and corporations use every possible loophole that they can to reduce their taxes. They would be foolish not to and a corporation's shareholders would be upset if they didn't. That's exactly why some corporations are transferring their headquarters overseas; if the law permits it then they would be remiss for not taking advantage of it. If reducing taxes through legal means upsets you then urge your legislators to change the law.
docj 10/14/14 05:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

I recall an old song that applies to these threds: Skip A Rope The verse that applies: Cheating on your taxes, don't it feel cool What's that you said about the Golden Rule Forget the rules just play to win And hate you neighbor for the shade of his skin Skip a rope Skip a rope Listen to the children as they play Ain't it kind of funny what the children say Skip a rope That was popular around 1970 give or take a few years. To those who would like to imply that there is something wrong with LEGALLY keeping your taxes as low as possible, I offer this quotation from the noted jurist Learned Hand: "Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands."
docj 10/14/14 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smart Router

Correct. WFR may be "smart enough" to select the strongest wifi signal, but not necessarily the one with the best throughput. Actually, the latest WFR firmware can fairly easily pick the fastest wifi access point out of a group of them at an RV park. However, if you ask it to decide whether to use wifi or cellular on the basis of which is faster, it is less reliable.
docj 10/14/14 06:38am Technology Corner
RE: Montana LLC

TinMac, if it was a private party sale there is no sales tax. DMV fees should'nt be that bad for that old of a coach. Even though there may not be any sales tax, most states still have a tax (fee?) that has to be paid to title a vehicle. Montana does not which is why the LLC is popular. Furthermore, for vehicles >10 yrs old the plates issued are permanent.
docj 10/13/14 09:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

A Montana LLC is a totally legal entity but IMHO it is best suited for use by full-timers who don't spend much, if any, time in the state where they are domiciled. Contrary to much of what you read on this and other forums, you can have a domicile in one state and have vehicles registered in another one. Problems arise, however, if you register a vehicle in one state but park it in your domicile state in excess of the number of days specified by that state's laws. In other words, you can't register a vehicle in Montana but keep it at your home in another state. That state will be justly upset by that and will probably go after you for all sorts of tax evasion. However, if you are, for example, a South Dakota full-time RV resident and your Montana vehicles spend little, if any, time in SD then you aren't breaking SD law and your MT LLC will have fulfilled its purpose.
docj 10/13/14 06:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smart Router

Hi, I was thinking more along the lines of the wifi ranger which apparently picks the best way to access the wobbly wide web whether it be the campground wifi, wifi in the wild, or a cell phone dongle. The WiFiRanger will let you choose among a variety of internet sources, be they campground wifi, your cellular connection or something else. It's a bit of a stretch to say that it is "smart" enough to automatically choose between them (at least not without some supervision).
docj 10/13/14 06:40am Technology Corner
RE: Directv in Travel Trailer

alright so i just went to go activate the receiver i bought on ebay and directv tells me that my account does not show any receivers eligible for activation. Do I need to call them or what is the workaround for this? Your account won't show any receiver eligible for activation until you go through the "add a receiver" process online and enter the proper ID numbers for the new receiver. It's not as if DirecTV can sense the presence of a receiver in your home.
docj 10/12/14 03:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Over Priced Used Motorhomes.

One thing that's pretty much been missing from this discussion is that not all older MH's were created equal. Our Beaver was a luxury coach with an MSRP in the ~$400k range. Fortunately, we didn't pay anywhere near that. It has a full-body paint job in an automotive-quality finish with multiple layers of clearcoat. There are no decals. When waxed and buffed it looks as good as new and people are astounded to learn that it is 14 years old. Mechanically, we try to keep it in top-notch condition. It has a large-block 12 liter CAT engine designed to last >750k miles before first in-frame rebuild, coupled to a heavy duty Allison 4060 transmission. With 95,000 miles on them, they are just broken in. My maintenance schedule conforms to factory recommendations and I don't cut corners because my per year mileage is low. As for the interior we have changed most of it, except for the solid wood cabinets for which Beaver was known. The typical RV furniture has been replaced by an Ekornes Stressless sofa and recliner, some of the most comfortable seating pieces in the world. Lighting, electronics, flooring, etc have all been updated. There's a residential fridge, a new washer/dryer and microwave, etc. If you start with a quality item and employ high quality products when you update it, there is no reason that an older MH can't have a fairly high selling price. The drive train alone on a rig like ours is worth $20-30k just as a used engine and transmission.
docj 10/11/14 08:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Webber Q1000 LP grill question

Here's a discussion of the topic. Yes, you will need to remove the regulator from the grill and buy whatever fittings are needed to connect your hose to the hole where the regulator was: Weber Q conversion
docj 10/11/14 08:20am Tech Issues
RE: Good news for Verizon unlimited plan holders....

I ask because my family has the grandfathered unlimited data but when we use the $20/2GB verizon official hotspot it only allows 2GB and doesn't use any of the regular unlimited data that's available to us. We pay Verizon $30/mo for the use of our smartphone as a hotspot because unlimited plans do not get hotspot usage for free under the terms of the 2012 FCC decision. However, having said this we have full access to the unlimited plan; a couple of months ago we hit a high of 69GB. You aren't still using 3G phones are you? I think the rules are different for 3G.
docj 10/07/14 04:18pm Technology Corner
RE: Directv code 42-446

110 and 119 are not used and no longer necessary. If you have nothing on 99 and 103 but single on 101 it's possible the antenna has moved and you are either getting a false signal reading on 101 or the skew moved slightly. Are you able to watch some channels on the SD channels (you may need to set the receiver to view SD channels) to verify that you actually are getting the 101 signal? I would start trouble shooting at the antenna as DTV is going to tell you they must send an installer if you are not getting the signal they expect. They can't help you point it over the phone so you are going to be at somewhat of a disadvantage trying to get phone support. Thanks for the info, when did this take effect? 110 and 119 were removed from standard English-language programming usage a couple of years ago, around the time the satellites at 99 and 103 began to be used for HD programming.
docj 10/07/14 04:07pm Technology Corner
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