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RE: How About California?

I also love the Arizona State Parks, and found the ones along the Colorado River to be quite comfortable during the winter. Most have a 2 week limit, however a few provide long term stays (although at little or no reduced cost). I also spent a month at the La Paz County Park near Parker, AZ. Inexpensive, nice people, and a floating bar/restaurant next door that has great daily specials. I'll agree that the California State Park system is about the most expensive in the country, but there are some beautiful parks. Most do not have hookups, so you are not getting much for your $35.00. One quiet park that I liked was Red Rock Canyon. More information here. If you want an interesting place to spend the winter, the Imperial Dam BLM campground is in California on the Colorado River just across the border from Arizona. Yuma is reasonably close for shopping. $40.00 for 2 weeks, or $180.00 for the entire winter (7 months). Lots of activities, and you can be as close (or as far away) from your neighbors as you want. My 2 week stay starts here. More information here.
vermilye 04/19/14 02:14pm Snowbirds
RE: PA Route 487 South from Ricketts Glen SP

According to the sign at the top, it is a 2 mile, 18% grade. I have no problems either way (other than being slow) hauling my 3000 lb trailer up or down the hill with a RAV4, but if you are under powered, it can be an ordeal going up, and, of course, important to depend on engine braking going down. As dahkota says, it isn't a cliffhanger view wise, just steep. This is my favorite state park. The hike along the waterfalls, particularly in the fall is unmatched. http://lakeshoreimages.com/images273/ASG_7318.jpg height=480
vermilye 04/18/14 03:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon Hwy 101

Considering the same route and was wondering about campgrounds, will reservations be needed or can we travel at our leisure.Depends on the time of year. A couple of summers back, I needed reservations any day of the week. Right now I'm in Bullards Beach State Park and the "Walk In" (first come) section is pretty near empty on a weekend. And, it is only $20.00 for full hookups.
vermilye 04/13/14 01:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: "Old fashioned State Parks?

There are big differences between states - I paid $33.00 (including a $2.00 senior discount) for a dry site in more than one California State Park (Burney falls & Humboldt Redwood State Park most recently) while a few miles north I'm currently in Bullards Beach State Park, OR for $20.00 with full hookups (the price goes up to $24.00 for the Summer).
vermilye 04/13/14 01:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Portable Solar Panels from Solar Blvd.

Here is my review of their 160Watt panel: Solar Blvd 160 Watt Folding Panel
vermilye 04/13/14 12:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Quieter - OK, less noisy A/C unit.

If you want to find something quieter, be careful of the Coleman Mach 8 ACs. There has been quite a bit of discussion on the Casita Forum (You have to sign up to read) regards to the SPL levels, particularly outside the trailer since Casita switched to the new AC. Enough that Coleman is designing a new fan blade...
vermilye 04/13/14 12:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Permanently installing 3G antenna on camper roof?

Combined with the Sleek my hotspot sits in, the trucker antenna provides as much as 23db gain, enough that I have not had any problems.
vermilye 04/13/14 12:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Permanently installing 3G antenna on camper roof?

Another antenna possibility is the Wilson short trucker antenna. The latest versions cover the 4G frequencies, although with only 3db gain. Never the less, combined with a Sleek amplifier, I have had excellent results throughout the country. http://lakeshoreimages.com/images235/ASG_1931.jpg height=350
vermilye 04/12/14 10:28am Technology Corner
RE: South west RVs are not nice

I live on Lake Ontario in upstate NY, and I keep telling my friends in Colorado that I'll trade half the lake for one 14er...
vermilye 04/06/14 09:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TESLA Hyperventilating About $ 5 Billion Battery Plant

Rather than a battery, I'd love to see a practical (maybe one that runs on propane) version of the fuel cell that powers Chevy's experimental Equinox - 100 kilowatts in a package the size of a bread box. A couple of those would power an entire RV, including the drive train... I saw one of them at the New York State Fair a couple of years ago - at $1,000,000 each, it might take awhile for them to become practical!
vermilye 04/04/14 02:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Beware Millenicom

It's just like a $5.00 cup of coffee at Starbucks. Does anyone really think a cup of coffee costs 5 bucks to make? :B I'm getting ready to change carriers for the internet and phone and after reading all the posts here about Verizon rates, changing rates, throttling back, contract problems, etc. I don't think I would ever consider them. And they do not have the best coverage as they have seemed to convince everyone. While I can't vouch for Sprint's nationwide coverage, I have spent a great deal of time in out of the way places on my last 3 trips around the country, and Verizon (through Millenicom) has provided far better coverage than AT&T. I use data on both networks, and while there have been a few locations where only AT&T was available, it has been rare where I had no Verizon available. Verizon is usually faster as well...
vermilye 04/04/14 02:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Dead Horse Point -- your favorite?

Site 13: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images174/ASD_1329.jpg width=640
vermilye 03/28/14 04:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Verizon Wireless Coverage at Gouldings Monument Valley UT

I had good Verizon signal strength at site 20 in Gouldings, however it was slow. Campground WiFi was a bit faster...
vermilye 03/26/14 10:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help with Verizon - Out of Service Area

I was in WV and had 1X on extended network. I had a Wilson booster and trucker antenna and booster. Still got 1x. Tried my wife smart phone on its hot spot. got same service. Using a Wilson booster or any other kind of booster will not change a 1x signal into a 3G or 4G one no matter how strong you make it. They are totally separate kinds of transmission; they don't change from one to another because of signal strength.While true, using a booster will increase a weak signal. There are many areas where the 1X signal is the strongest, and the 3G or 4G covering the same area may not be strong enough for a unamplified phone to use. Adding a booster may provide enough gain that the faster service will become available. For example, I'm currently in Valley of Fire State Park, NV. Without a booster I get 1X service. Adding a Wilson exterior antenna & Sleek amplifier lets me connect to 4G LTE service.
vermilye 03/23/14 12:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Portable Solar Panel Question

You might want to consider some of the folding panels available from Solar Blvd. They include a PWM controller, cable, etc. I have their 160 watt panel @ $239.00 & have been pleased with the performance (although the weight listed on their specifications is wrong - it is around 30 lbs) Cheap imports from China, but far less expensive than most of the folding panel kits from other manufacturers.
vermilye 03/15/14 11:57am Tech Issues
RE: GPS woes!

I had the 1490, and agree that it has a very slow processor. Took forever to acquire satellites, recalculate, etc. I switched to a Garmin NUVI 3580, which if much faster all around.
vermilye 03/15/14 11:29am Technology Corner
RE: Cedar Key, Florida

2X on Shell Mound County Park, although I'll agree that the air boats can be a bit annoying! Had a great time talking about "Old Cedar Key" with a gentleman in the museum across the way from Tony's Clam Chowder (which is pretty good!)
vermilye 03/13/14 11:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Verizon Unlimited Data

I spoke to Verizon just yesterday and was told that at least for the monthly off-contracts, they have just gone to free WiFi! Fir their $45.00/mo plan they offer 500gb of free data, and for each additional $5.00 you get an additional 500gbs od data. So when My month is up end of March, I will opt for a $60.00 plan which will give me 2 gigs of data per month. I may be able to surf, play some games and maybe a movie to two... Two gigs is a fair amount of data, but this is a great move on Verizon's part. You can plug up to ten instruments free. For $69.99 per month & a start up fee, you can get a no contract, 20GB per month plan using their hotspot from Millenicom, which runs on the Verizon network.
vermilye 03/05/14 08:34pm Technology Corner
RE: MiFi vs Jetpack - strictly GB usage question ...

If you view pages with images or videos, you will likely find you use more data on faster connections. The reason is more images or portions of the videos will download before you view them. With the older 3G technology many pages would still be downloading data when you quit the page. With the faster 4G technology far more data will be downloaded during the same time. It won't make much of a difference if you are downloading the entire data (such as a movie), but sites that download data in the background (such as Facebook) will use more.
vermilye 02/20/14 03:41pm Technology Corner
RE: RV site close to NYC?

While it is a 45 minute train ride away, I also suggest Croton Point. While there, take a drive to Croton Dam.
vermilye 02/19/14 11:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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