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RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

You can buy the card from Callingmart online and get instant delivery of the PIN. Thanks for that tip. I saw similar "instant delivery" vendors on eBay. Some directly credit your account. They seem to charge an extra 95c fee, though.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/20/16 08:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

So can I test the $5-10-20 Data card now (filled with $5) with 1-1/2 months left or do I have to wait until there is 1 month or less to add a refill card? It will only cost you $5 now to find out. The worst that can happen is you don't get extended at all. Let us know. :) I wouldn't go by what the refill card says. This is obviously some "special plan" and not a "standard" Verizon prepaid plan. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 04/20/16 06:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Since these can be used with $5.00 per month cards, can months be skipped when we don't need such as when we're not travelling? I bought my unit from glselectronics on eBay. I asked about paying for more than one month at a time and what happens if I don't pay on time. Here was the answer: any denomination you use will only extend service 30 days, so do $5 monthly. do not let payment lapse more than 1 month. it will get account disconnected I asked for clarification on the "lapse" answer and here is what I got: Best bet is to pay a day or 2 before due date. If the account gets disconnected from non payment, the device will need a new account and reflash $45 Guess I'll make sure to do it every month. :) I ordered 5 ea $5 cards from BestBuy to make sure I have them while ramblin' this summer.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/20/16 09:30am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

I specifically got the 4510L MiFi unit because it has an external antenna connection. I've previously used a Wilson 301103 mag mount antenna with a 3G USB modem. I have the antenna mounted on top of my truck camper and it has helped me get a signal in some remote campsites.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/15/16 09:18am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Dan & Jim, Thanks for the info. I'll wait til just before my 2 months is up and see if I can do a multi-month renew. I'm traveling several months in the summer and would like to not have to worry about missing renewal in time. I've only tried mine here at home. Worked fine. Been using 3G when I travel for several years and don't need anything faster. I just cancelled my Verizon $50/mo 3G account. I'll hope I don't run into too many "dead spots" w/o true Verizon towers. I can put up with one now and then to save $45/mo. :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 04/07/16 07:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Jim, Do you know if you can pay for more than one month at a time? I bought a unit from a different vendor on eBay and am paid up until late May. All I've done so far is try the phone number and got a Verizon message. Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 04/07/16 09:26am Technology Corner
What does "flashed" mean for an eBay mifi device?

I've used a Verizon 3G USB modem for years. Trying to reduce my monthly cost. Looking on eBay I see Mifi units that say they are "flashed". I know what flash memory is, but what does this refer to? Also, is this something that is "borderline" as far as legality? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 03/28/16 12:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Bilstein 4600 Shocks

Thanks for the input. I knew about the life time warranty. I bought them online. Therefore, not feasible to send them back for replacement. Not sure if "decreased performance" would even be covered. I'm going to email Bilstein and find out what is unique about the truck camper model before I order them. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 03/12/16 06:29pm Truck Campers
Bilstein 4600 Shocks

I'm replacing my Bilstein 4600 shocks, which have 100K miles on them. Last summer I found my camper rolling from side to side more, and dumping things on the floor. Since they worked really well initially, I'm sticking with them. I checked the Bilstein website for the proper part numbers. I see they have a rear shock specifically for trucks carrying a slide-in camper. I didn't use that model initially, just the standard one. Has anyone had experience with their "truck camper" rear shock? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 03/11/16 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Laptop doesn't 'see' GPS

Last year I started having the same problem with my Garmin 2557LMT. Emailed Garmin and got the usual boilerplate things to try. None worked. Found 2 ways to get it to work: a) Do a reset on the unit, which erases all waypoints but not the map. Problem eventually crops up again, though. b) Connect it just after rebooting my laptop, but before the boot is finished. I'm convinced something is wrong with the unit. I've almost filled the 1000 waypoints storage. Maybe this has something to do with? Probably will buy a new unit before I hit the road this summer. Won't buy a new Mac (or PC), though. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 03/07/16 09:51am Technology Corner
My campsite map now has almost 580 sites!

I travel about 6 months a year in my truck camper. Last spring I posted about a map I made for all my campsites for 9 years of ramblin' - 540 of them. Since then I've finished another 6 months of ramblin' and visited many new sites. My map is now up to almost 580 sites! Most are government campgrounds. (i.e. non-commercial). There are about 40 boondocking spots, too. This year I added GPS coordinates to the campground comments. This makes it easy to "cut & paste" from my map to Google maps for directions to the site. If you find any problems with the map or have suggestions for changes, please let me know. You can view the map here. If you live in the West, you've probably been in at least one of them. :) Ramblin' on,
Ramblin' Ralph 02/03/16 08:29pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Replacing 100w Solar Panel

I bought a 125w Kyocera 10 years ago from the same company and it's still cranking out the amps. BTW, paid $565 for it. I'm sure they are quite a bit cheaper now.
Ramblin' Ralph 02/01/16 10:21am Tech Issues
RE: A brief Poudre River excursion

Poudre Canyon is just beautiful! Been there twice in my 10 years of ramblin'. Was there last summer and stayed at Ansel Watrous (lower section) and Big Bend. A bit warmer when I was there. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 01/17/16 10:05am Truck Campers
RE: Camping and fishing next to Madison River

I go to MT every summer for a 2 week visit with my cousin. I've stayed at many USFS/BLM campgrounds around Ennis. Look at my map of everyplace I've camped here and zoom into the Ennis area. MT is beautiful. You'll love it. Sorry I can't give you any fishing tips, because I usually don't catch many w/o a guide. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 12/11/15 10:03am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: SPOT, DeLorme, or ?

I travel 6 months a year in my truck camper and my original Gen 1 SPOT has worked out great for me, for around 6 years. However, I would like to be able to send some text to explain my need for non-SOS assistance. I realize the newer units can send text if you have a smartphone, but I don't. Wasn't aware of the InReach. I'll have to check it out.
Ramblin' Ralph 12/11/15 09:52am Technology Corner
RE: Our Lance will be 20 years old in March........

I bought my 2001 Lance 845 in late 2005 from the first owner. Have put 95K+ miles on it, by traveling 6 months a year. Took it to the factory a couple of years ago for some wood rot repair between the walls. Fridge works great, but pilot does out sometimes when driving. For some reason, sometimes won't start right back up, either. Have to wait an hour or so. I love it!! However, I doubt I'll live long enough to have it for 20 years. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 11/21/15 09:22am Truck Campers
RE: Make video of my travel route?

Yes, Animaps would do what I want. I was actually looking at the site when you posted. I had used the term "animated" when I googled, this time. :) I'll have to see how time consuming it is to get the track to follow a road. It appears to handle GPS GPX files and I save those regularly. Those show my exact track on roads. Having a picture pop up at certain points was something I wanted and it has it! Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 11/17/15 08:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Make video of my travel route?

I want to make it myself and it would be a map with an animated track that grows and crawls around the map. If it turns out well, assuming it even happens, I'd post it on YouTube and link it to my site. Tried googling and I can't seem to find the right terms. :) Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 11/17/15 07:28pm Technology Corner
Make video of my travel route?

I keep a good website of my summer travels that includes a map of all campsites. I'd like to make a video of the approximate route between these sites. I'd prefer not to have a "straight line" route, but one that follows hwys/roads. The route line "tip" would move across the map between sites at a speed I select. I have a spreadsheet with the GPS coordinates of all sites in order. Anyone done this or have suggestions? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 11/17/15 05:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Cleaning holding tanks?

OK, OK I get the message. This time I'll just flush my tanks once after I dump them and then let my rig sit for 6 months. It will save me some effort, which at my age is important. Then, on my next therapist appointment, I'll ask her what childhood event might have caused me to have the "must clean holding tanks" urge. :B
Ramblin' Ralph 11/06/15 01:02pm Tech Issues
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