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RE: Tracfone data usage - smartphone vs. dumbphone?

Interesting I have 2000 minutes on my existing phone. I will have to order it from Trac Phone because my number is in Nebtaska (our homebase) and we will be in Florida. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/25/14 07:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Tracfone data usage - smartphone vs. dumbphone?

I transferred from a dumb phone to a smart phone. All of my minutes transferred, plus I got the same amount of MB of data and texts. When you buy more minutes for Tracfone smart phone, you get triple minutes, triple texts and triple data (eg, buy 60 minutes, get 180 minutes, 180 texts, 180 MB of data). This is the way it worked for me also when I upgraded to the ZTE Valet phone. It also uses the Verizon network. Minutes, data, and text are now counted separately. I'm thinking of changing my Trac Phone to a smart phone, so my minutes will transfer but I will have to buy text and data. The phone will text and some limited data but it just uses my minutes but data is 1X. So I take it that will no longer work. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/25/14 04:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Laptop or Chrome Book?

One thing you have to look at when looking at a Chromebook and hard drive size, remember you will no longer have a massive operating system taking up large amounts of space. Instead there is a small operating system and you can add what you want by way of adding apps, more apps are coming all the time. We have a Acer C720P with a Intel processor, full touch screen and keyboard and 32gb solid state hard drive. If you run out of HD space just move it to the cloud. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/25/14 07:19am Technology Corner
RE: Laptop or Chrome Book?

Wifes desktop died, want to replace with laptop. Should I go with a chrome book? Sounds good but I guess everything is out in the cloud, not on a hard drive, right? Everything is not out in the cloud, we have all files stored on the solid state hard drive in the Chrome Book. We went with a Chrome Book because we just didn't need all the MS programs anymore, 99% of our use is on the internet. We were already using Chrome for a browser so we just had to enter our password and everything was there. The only work around was out old printer. There are also Office type apps that will read and modify MS documents. It's also fast because you don't have a the MS bloated system hogging all the hard drive space with stuff you don't need. All we use anymore is a Galaxy 7" tablet and our Chrome Book and Drop Box to transfer files between the two. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/25/14 06:21am Technology Corner
RE: Ford 6.2L Engine

I do love the sound of my super duty with the 6.2. Kind of sounds like the muscle cars of past ;) Denny
Denny & Jami 11/20/14 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.2L Engine

I'm running a 6.2 with 4.30 gears pulling a trailer rated at 15600, that's also what the truck is rated to pull. I have no problems towing it and it never has to run at red line unless I want it to. Most interstate or flat two lanes it just runs along just under or at 2K rpm with the cruise set. Remember one thing lower gears does more than raise the rpm it changes the torque multiplication so matter what gear you are in you will have more HP and torque at the point were the rubber meets the road. You can have a 1000 HP but if the final gearing is wrong you have defeated all the power the motor can generate, the new 6 speed with 2 OD gears makes up for the lower gears when at hwy speeds. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/20/14 05:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel Bearings

I just had my 5er, 2009 Silverback, 35ft, at the repair shop. I had the never lube bearings replaced with new ones. A little over 25,000 miles on the old ones. When my trailer guy pressed out one of them, it fell apart in his hands. He also said that the grease smelled bad. I have never trusted them at all. We had discussed replacing them after a 6500 mile trip this past summer. Got back home from that trip and waited until after our Thanksgiving before bringing the 5er to him. We did go camping for 10 days during that time. Another 500 miles or so. I guess we got very lucky. So I guess the moral of the story is, have your never lube bearings checked before too many miles are put on them. Stay safe. I replaced mine after 7 years and 70 K miles because one was starting to run warm. You do know that the only way to press them out is by using the inner race because of the way the retaining lip is machined in the back of the hub, so you can destroy the bearing getting it out. If they were installed by using the outer race to push them in I wouldn't worry about them, just check for heat when you stop every once in a while. I use my hand on the lug nuts to check the temp. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/19/14 12:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water heater pressure release valve

When I changed ours on our Suburban water heater I found it made the job easier if I removed the heat vent shield, there's 4 screws holding it on. I when to Home Depot and bought a replacement, no drip after replacing it. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/16/14 05:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: AGM Battery Questions

Your right my 03 Optima D31M batteries have 55AH the new D31M have 75AH DennyWhat is the weight on the old versus the new? If they're even remotely the same weight, the new is a MUCH lower quality battery. I don't know about the weight but it's taller than the ones I have with about the same base foot print. How good they are I won't find out until one of mine dies. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/11/14 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: AGM Battery Questions

"Old Timers" who report success with many years of good service have to remember this is not 2005, or whatever. The quality of batteries has degraded. The Optima battery of 2000 is not the Optima battery of 2014. Keep this in mind for ALL batteries, flooded or VRB. Grrrr.... Your right my 03 Optima D31M batteries have 55AH the new D31M have 75AH Denny
Denny & Jami 11/11/14 11:38am Tech Issues
RE: Setting up Dish Tailgater and Receiver

All you have to do is set your Tailgater outside with a clear view of the southwestern sky, hook it to your receiver that is for the Tailgater turn it on tell it what state you are in and it will do the rest excluding any new software it will need. Then call Dish and authorize the receiver Denny
Denny & Jami 11/11/14 11:28am Technology Corner
RE: AGM Battery Questions

I installed 2 Optima Blue Tops 11.5 years ago and they show no signs giving up never had to clean anything except for some dust off the top. I've never measured my draw but when dry camping they they seem to last about the same amount of time. Take them for granted anymore and never look at them. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/11/14 06:41am Tech Issues
RE: Torque converter lock up.

I have been inclined to look at the Ram Cummins because of it's manual transmission availability. I always thought it would give better EB on the steep two lane mountain roads that I travel on. But last night I noticed that the Ford auto can stay locked up down to 900 rpm. If that's true that is about what you would expect from a manual transmission. Anyone know about the torque converter lock ups on the Chevy and the Ram. Or if any of them work as claimed. Such as does the Ford 900 rpm apply to any gear? Yes the Ford 6 speed auto will stay locked up down that low in TH and the manual mode. In TH it will down shift but stay locked up until you are almost stopped, in manual it will stay locked up but if you don't manually down shift it it will go to 2nd when you come to a stop and stay there. I found that out by forgetting that I was in manual mode. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/02/14 05:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Never lube bearings

We bought a 2005 5er with never-lubes last spring. Don't know how many miles on it. Planning an Alaska trip in a couple years and definitely want to replace prior to that just to be sure. Any info on options would be appreciated. As I understand: 1- could have new never-lubes pressed in, if have shop do everything maybe $600? 2- could buy new drums with never-lubes in place and self adjusting brakes, install myself, maybe $1800? 3- could swap out never-lubes for conventional bearings. This would involve new axels too? No idea the cost. I'm leaning towards #2 above, any thoughts, comments, or advice? Thanks I replaced our bearings at 70K but we've had our trailer from new. I had some brake problems before we left a couple months ago, the magnetic brake components are just wearing out from over 90K miles that are on the trailer. We have Dexter HD brakes (12.25 × 3 3/8 shoes) and it would be over $500 a wheel for new ones so I'm going to upgrade to disk brakes for around $2600, I will install them myself. We have no plans to retire the trailer so we are just going to keep upgrading it. Denny
Denny & Jami 10/31/14 08:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Never lube bearings

I changed ours out a few years back, I bought the bearings from Dexter and had a shop with a 50 ton press install them. I removed the snap ring that retains the bearing and it was a PITA. When we get to our homebase in the spring I'm going to convert to disk brakes so they will be changed again. Remember they are Never Lube not never replace or check. Denny
Denny & Jami 10/31/14 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dish Tailgater - I don't like!

Thank you for all of the responses. I have an offer on a dish so I'll at least have a choice. I'm going to wind up making a diy pole for my tailgater to get it up about 15-20ft. I'm also going to redo the cable run into the TT to both shorten the run and get rid of all but one barrel connector. I purchased a 100ft. coax and Dish said there is no way that 100ft. Would work. They claim that only 35-50ft. would work due to signal loss. The tech I spoke to today said that was BS. My big issue is wanting more than will be capable as far as getting a good signal in the heavily wooded parks around my area. I'll do my homework allot more prior to my next trip. Again, thanks for all of the input. Edit....I did download Satellite AR. Great App. Wish I had my tailgater here at work. 84 hours of basic cable sucks. Lol. Took me all of 2 minutes to download and find EchoStar 14. The only time I had any problem with our tailgater it was the connector at the back of the trailer were it comes in. Denny
Denny & Jami 10/28/14 07:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish Tailgater - I don't like!

As long as I can find a reasonable size hole thru the trees in the direction of the sats, my Tailgater does fine. I use the dishformyrv app to locate a hole to see the sats, but still sometimes have to move it a little one way or the other. But much better, at least for me, than trying to aim my 1000.4 tripod mount. I have an Android Phone. I got on their App Store and could not locate the Dishformyrv App. Where can I get it?j It's a Apple app not Android, the Android Satfinder works for me. Denny
Denny & Jami 10/28/14 02:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish Tailgater - I don't like!

I'm using the Satfinder app for my Android tablet to see if anything is in the way of our Tailgater. Where we are sitting right now 110 is through a hole in tree branches, 119 is in the clear and 129 is totally blocked by a tall tree. Even if I had a regular dish I still would get 129. I'm at my nephews and no matter where I use the app I can't get all 3 satellites so it's 110 and 119 for the next few weeks. The new apps are great just use the devices camera and you can see exactly where the satellite is at. Denny
Denny & Jami 10/28/14 01:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Gas/Diesel and Resulting Transmission Temps

I'm also pulling with a 6.2 Ford and compared to other Fords I have owned the transmission temp runs higher all the time when using the readout on the information center. It may have to do with were they take the reading but it's normal and it seams to be constant. Mine always stays around 200 and as high as 220 when pulling hard up a grade. Denny
Denny & Jami 10/22/14 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dish Network loses 7 Turner Broadcasting channels

Drop those channels along with 100 other junk channels and reduce the price. 2X maybe when Dish doesn't get many calls because they don't have them they will give us something else or god forbid lower the price. Denny
Denny & Jami 10/22/14 06:30am Technology Corner
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