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RE: Direct TV dish question

Your dish will work fine, but you will need to repeat the Satellite Setup portion of the receiver menu. At home the antenna settings are going to be something like Slimline-5 or Slimline-3 and the Switch Type could be either Multiswitch or SWM depending on how long ago your installation was done. In order to use your portable dish, the antenna type has to be 18" round and the switch type will be Multiswitch. When you return home the receiver will need to be reset to the home settings, whatever they were.
docj 09/17/14 08:17am Technology Corner
RE: Directv Hook-up problem

The r22 rwceiver needs a b band converter. Try reading this: http://forums.solidsignal.com/content.php/1149-What-is-a-B-Band-Converter-(and-do-I-need-one- B-Band converters were only needed to receive HD signals from the Ka band 99 and 103 satellites. They are not relevant to reception of signals from the 101 bird or to this thread.
docj 09/16/14 05:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Directv Hook-up problem

You don't need a B-Band converter to get signal from the 101 satellite; it is needed only for the 99 and 103 birds.
docj 09/16/14 04:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Using a stand alone smart phone as a GPS

Ok...I just have a simple question about this topic, don't shoot the messenger :) Most of us most likely know where we are headed for the day, right? Doesn't anyone take a look at a map on your cell phone while you are having coffee in the morning and get a general idea of what roads you will be on? Look over the directions and kind of know what your options are? Or look at a Walmart Atlas? I use an old I phone4 and occasionally I will ask the wife to check the built in traffic app and re-route accordingly. Just asking...:B Last week I was working a booth at the Hershey RV show. My CG was about 30 minutes away from the show. My return to the CG was usually at ~6-7pm during the evening traffic peak. I used Google maps to guide me every day. I don't think it used the same route home more than twice since it used real-time traffic information to provide the fastest route. If it doesn't bother you to be stuck in traffic, that's fine. I'm not in a hurry, but I enjoy not sitting in traffic jams. No atlas can do that for you. JMO
docj 09/16/14 04:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

I'm sitting here at the dinette table looking out through 4 large window (not including the cockpit) and chuckling....didn't know I was window deprived. I guess in the bedroom?? Nope more large windows so it must be the toilet room where the window is small. I don't think anyone is saying you are "window deprived"; I own the same coach. But if you haven't seen some of the new MHs you don't understand how few windows they have. Last year we were parked next to a 45' American coach with a full wall slide that had only one tiny window over the kitchen sink on the entire length of the slide. What ever happened to cross ventilation, let alone the view? I know that there are lots of people who never open their windows; that may be fine for them but it sure wouldn't work for us.
docj 09/16/14 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using a stand alone smart phone as a GPS

Have you downloaded an App like Copilot or do you use the just what came with the phone? Is the phone mounted on the dash and can you read it or is it hand held? Do all of the newer phones like I phones have these features that you mentioned? We don't have any additional apps and simply use Google Maps which has excellent navigation and traffic avoidance features. Google's routes are constantly being updated by inputs from every Android device whose GPS function is active. That provides far more traffic data than is available from standalone devices that use the usual traffic info services. The phone is in a RAM mount attached to the windshield and its audio output connects via Bluetooth to the car's radio. All Android smartphones have these features and there's probably something similar for iPhones.
docj 09/16/14 02:55pm Technology Corner
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

Generally, I want privacy when we are inside, the patio is for visiting and being in the open. MM. I must be more private, because I agree with this. When camping if we wish for a bit of privacy, we like to know we can simply move inside the motorhome. Our class c had a huge window by the booth which I liked while inside, but did not care for the 'view' from the outside. Often times we would find ourselves lowering the blind because if not it would place us on display to the campers nearby. However, tinting the windows would have certainly helped. As I noted previously, the windows on our MH make it virtually impossible to see in during the day; we routinely leave our shades open. At night people can see in if lights are on inside and that's when we put the shades down since there's nothing to see when it's dark outside. Not all MH's are made the same; the dark privacy glass we have is similar to that installed in the rear area of many SUVs so people can't see the cargo, etc. They don't seem nearly as dark when you look out through them.
docj 09/16/14 05:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using a stand alone smart phone as a GPS

A smartphone does not need cell service for the GPS to work. It has a dedicated GPS chip for this. What phones have such a chip? Every smart phone I've owned including my current Samsung S4 rely on cell towers for position, not GPS satellites. Without phone signal the GPS stops working. With all due respect this is not correct. Try loading an app such as Satellite Check-GPS status and you will find that your phone can track and display all the available GPS satellites. The phone can lose its ability to provide map routing if you haven't downloaded to it local maps for your area. In that case it is navigating using map data provided via the phone link and interruption of that will cause it to stop navigating. BTW, there's no way that use of phone towers would enable the phone to provide the precise position data displayed in Google maps which can often locate you to within ~100 feet or less.
docj 09/15/14 09:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

we have a 5th wheel currently and are debating if a Class A diesel would suit us better. We understand that we will be giving up floor space due to narrower slides, but we don't see many windows in the A units (looking under 40 feet). It seems like the windshield is the main window, where we have nice windows in the living area currently and a bath skylight. You state that you have windows in your living area. So do we. We have the big windshield and depending where you're parked it can afford a glorious view - rivers, lakes, mountains, wildlife. We choose public parks for that reason and choose a site that has a view and faces east or north so the sun doesn't affect the view. Along with the windshield letting in light and the view, we also have two large windows and a side window in the living area and a 30" long deep slide going back into the dining area. In the dining/kitchen we have a large window and a side window and a kitchen window. Plus, we can easily see the view from the windshield and other windows. In the bedroom we have three windows. We also have a skylight in the bathroom and two Fantastic fans in the house that let in ceiling light. There is very little wall space without a window. I think you just have to get used to having windows in different places. We have an abundance of light. Would love to see a unit with that many windows. What do you have and what year is it? That description pretty well describes our 2000 Beaver even though I know it was written about a different MH. I don't think that many windows was all that unusual then.
docj 09/15/14 08:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

10 total windows in our 1995. We never have the blinds down. What we notice is how many pull into a park and close every blind down so not a speck of light can come in. We never seem to need all that privacy. Pogoil. X2 We have 9 in our 2000 Beaver, not including windshield, driver or door windows. We have tinted windows that are almost impossible to see in through from outside except at night when the lights are on. I think those who say they are always sitting outside are most likely vacationers/weekenders. If you're a full-timer sitting outside is not such a necessity unless the weather is particularly nice. Furthermore, with the large number of windows we have, we always feel like we are outside particularly when the weather is nice enough for them to be open. We recently visited with friends who have a new MH; when we stepped out of their coach we felt like we had come out of a movie theater, it was so dark inside with very few windows combined with a totally brown interior decor with absolutely no color.
docj 09/15/14 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

Our 14 year old Class A has windows almost continually along both sides. However, we have noticed that many newer MHs have far fewer windows. I think some are lost because of the placement of large screen TVs and others have been removed because of the desire to have a half bath. Furthermore, hardly any new MHs have windows above the headboard of the bed. We enjoy the view through our windows and often feel that sitting inside with the windows open is as pleasant as sitting outside.
docj 09/14/14 07:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full-Timing...what's your opinion...

I think part of the difference in perspective that people have on this issue relates to how and where they have lived their lives. Some folks have long-established roots in communities (particularly, small ones) and have children and grandchildren there as well. Others of us are products of suburbia and have little real ties to the place we grew up. We've moved about the country following careers and our children and grandchildren are scattered in different cities hundreds of miles apart. Our last S&B was a beautiful log home on nearly seven acres of wooded mountainside. But, to us, it was just one of the seven homes we've owned over the past ~45 years. We could look at it from a detached, objective viewpoint and decided it required too much work to maintain without seriously impacting on our free time. Furthermore, the climate in the mid-Atlantic area where it was located was, by our estimation, too hot and sticky in the summer and colder than we would like in the winter. So we really didn't have any issues deciding to leave and go full-time. The stuff we sold was just "stuff"; to us life is an adventure and memories are what make it meaningful. Over the nearly four years we have been full-timing we have created hundreds of new memories and accomplished dozens of "bucket list" objectives. We have taken grandchildren on several once-in-a-lifetime adventures. It may not be for everyone, and that is just fine, but for us it has been the adventure of a life-time!
docj 09/13/14 07:57am Class A Motorhomes
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
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