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RE: Verizon $5/mo renew method has changed?

I just called the 6804 number and got the same new "no PIN option". Tried 4646 number mentioned above, which I've never used before. I entered my Mifi phone number and it tells me I'm on the $15 plan and to make a payment now. Since I've been paying $5, I decided to wait another day or 2 and see if the 6804 number starts to work like it used to. My unit expires in 2 days, so I need to do something. I guess I'll use CallingMart if needed, but wonder what will happen if I pay $5 through CM and my unit REALLY needs $15? BTW, the eBay seller told me to "try a few times" when I reported the old number isn't working as usual He is still selling $5/mo units, so one would think that plan is still available.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/16/18 05:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon $5/mo renew method has changed?

Thanks for the info. I've been using CallingMart to get PIN numbers to do a "self renew", but didn't know they could post the payment to a number themselves. Will try that. Would still like a way to call and find out what the expiration date is, though. Maybe the "old way" will suddenly reappear on the original number. :) Yes, I specifically didn't talk to VZ about this for fear of cancellation. :) Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 06/16/18 09:28am Technology Corner
Verizon $5/mo renew method has changed?

Two years ago I got one of the $5/mo Verizon 3G Mifi units on eBay. Has worked great. However, just tried the phone number I've always used to renew it for another month and it wants to connect me to an operator to help me. Previously I just keyed in the info. Anybody else still using these and what phone number do you use? I've used 888-294-6804 since I got it. I'm a bit worried this is the end of this "special" plan. Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 06/15/18 09:31pm Technology Corner
RE: North Cascades Hwy.

I have traveled across WA20 twice in the last several years. Check out my "660 sites" map in signature for some suggestions. No commercial ones. Great hwy to travel. I loved it! Have fun.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/24/18 08:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Garmin, really

I doubt you were really talking to Garmin. You probably googled about your problem and the scammers website came up on the list. Same thing happened to a friend of mine. Here's the true Garmin support site: https://support.garmin.com/en-US/
Ramblin' Ralph 05/03/18 10:30am Technology Corner
RE: Wiring problems installing new converter

Thanks for the tips. I think I've come up with a workable solution. Still to be fully implemented. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 04/22/18 07:51pm Tech Issues
Wiring problems installing new converter

I decided to replace my old Magnetek converter with a new Progressive Dynamics 35A unit. Having some problems with connecting to existing large wiring to my battery. Old unit used two AWG 8 wires for positive and two for negative. They connected to large terminals on the back of the DC fuse board with a large set screw to hold the wires in. New unit has same type of terminal, with about a 1/4" x 1/4" opening, but at the top of the front of the DC fuse board. Battery wires come in from the bottom of the enclosure and it's very hard to bend them to come up above the board then bend 90 degrees to fit into the terminal. I decided to get some sort of "set screw" junction box for the AWG 8 wires and a short piece of flexible AWG 6 battery wire to attach to the junction box and to the fuse board. This way my old hands wouldn't have to crimp terminals on AWG 8. I got this. Problem with it is that the enclosure is only 5" wide and has about 1-3/4" behind the fuse board. Not much room with four AWG 8 wires interfering. Also had planned on 2 junction boxes (positive and negative). The junction box is about 2" X 2" X 1". Don't think I can get 2 into the enclosure. Found these, but they are too long. So maybe since I have to crimp to use a terminal board, I might as well use a bolt to hold the 3 ring terminals together. Obviously would have to insulate the positive one. When I installed my 2nd battery, I did some crimping of AWG 8, but I'm older and weaker now. :) This whole project has been complicated by the fact the unit is at floor level. My old mid 70s body doesn't tolerate me lying down on my side to work on things for more than a few minutes. Another problem is the existing AWG 8 wires only stick out a couple of inches from the fuse board enclosure. Fortunately, this is far enough for crimping. Any suggestions? Is a bolt for a junction "box" a good idea? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 04/21/18 06:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar experts....Matching solar panels help needed.

I have a 2001 Lance 845 with a 125w panel and two group 27 batteries. I travel in it about 6 months of the year and never reach the 50% discharge level on the batteries. I usually drive about 100 miles a day to a new campground, which charges the batteries. However, I've also stayed at the same place for 3 to 4 days. I don't have a generator and never plug in to 110v. Don't have microwave or a/c. If your use is similar to mine, I don't think you need any more watts. Enjoy Alaska. It's beautiful!
Ramblin' Ralph 04/16/18 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Thinking about buying a 02 Lance 845

I bought a used 2001 845 twelve years ago and love it! It's home for me about 6 months of the year.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/09/18 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: TC accident CA99 in Bakersfield

Someone posted on Instagram about this. They were there before any rescue people arrived. Said a semi rear ended another semi and the TC was in front of both semis. The Instagram post is here.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/04/18 09:28am Truck Campers
RE: Disposing of old jacks?

Thanks for the variety of tips. :) I'll try the "put them out front" way first. Travel Ram: They are Rieco-Titan, not Atwood.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/31/18 10:06am Truck Campers
Disposing of old jacks?

Note: Not looking to sell. Replaced my 15+ year old unreliable electric jacks with new ones. What is the easiest and cheapest way to get rid of them (county dump, salvage yard, etc.)? They are about 48" long (compressed) and weigh about 30 lbs each. I live in the San Luis Obispo, CA area. Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 03/30/18 01:49pm Truck Campers
RE: knowledge of campgrounds intersecting PCT

A similar spot to Banning is Scott Mountain Campground in Trinity where the trail cuts across highway 3. I stayed at Scott Mountain CG years ago. There were a couple of older backpackers there hiking the PCT (in sections). I remember I gave them a couple of cold beers! :)
Ramblin' Ralph 03/20/18 10:04am Truck Campers
RE: New video on my YouTube channel

Thanks for watching! I think Alabama Hills is getting more popular. My favorite spot has been taken the last 2 or 3 times I was there. :(
Ramblin' Ralph 03/19/18 10:02am Truck Campers
New video on my YouTube channel

I just uploaded a 2nd video to my YouTube channel. It's from last fall, when I was in the Alabama Hills area, near Lone Pine, CA. Includes some nice views of the beautiful Eastern Sierra mountains (my favorite part of CA). My first video was just still pictures artificially moved around by the movie generator program I used. The new one is mostly "real" video, from a dash cam my 2 kids gave me last year. This was the inaugural test. You can access my channel and select the Alabama Hills video here. It's about 8-1/2 minutes long. Thanks for watching!
Ramblin' Ralph 03/15/18 01:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Second battery?

I added a 2nd battery in my truck bed for my Lance 845. Used a marine type Both-1-2-Off switch under the sink. Works great! http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos/2ndBattery.jpg
Ramblin' Ralph 03/12/18 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: BLM information

https://www.blm.gov/visit This is an improvement! Be sure to click on 'recreation vehicles' not 'camping'. There's a difference. For Nevada, one (1) "rec vehicle" site (Sand Mountain). "Camping" gets you 40!
Ramblin' Ralph 03/08/18 10:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: SoCal to Denali in a class C

I made the trip from CA to Alaska in 2012 in my truck camper. All went smoothly. Saw some fantastic scenery. Only made reservations for Denali. I second the recommendation for Church's Alaska Campgrounds book. Very helpful. Took the ferry back from Haines to Prince Rupert. You might get some ideas from my blog of the trip, which lists every campground, here. Have fun!
Ramblin' Ralph 02/05/18 09:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: North Rim (actual East Rim) Grand canyon FR-611

Ralph, it looks like we visited your East Rim boondocking site on our mountain bikes! Dan, yep it's a small world. I'm familiar with your posts and am not surprised you've been in that area. :) Pedal on,
Ramblin' Ralph 02/02/18 06:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: North Rim (actual East Rim) Grand canyon FR-611

I had a fantastic boondocking spot off of FR611 in Sep 2013 in my truck camper. Too long ago to remember road conditions to get there, but I'm 2WD and not very adventurous. It's at 8800 ft, so weather could be a problem. A map is here. Photo of view below: http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos2/RVSep13_242.jpg Check out my blog for that year in mid Sept, and you'll see a couple of other boondocking spots off AZ67 along with pictures. It's here. Great area for boondocking. Have fun!
Ramblin' Ralph 02/02/18 10:24am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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