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Heading for Montana

Just started my annual trek to Montana to visit my cousin for 2 weeks and catch some fish (hopefully). This is my 11th year to ramble for several months and my 10th to Montana (went to Alaska one year). You're welcome to ride shotgun with me (virtually, of course) via my website (see below). I won't even send you a bill for the gas! :) Safe travels to all and have a fun 4th weekend. I personally hate holiday weekends when ramblin', since I have to stay in a campground for more than my usual one night. I get bored! :)
Ramblin' Ralph 06/30/16 01:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Had to get an adapter. Got it here. If you are using something other than the 4510L, then search that store for your model number.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/30/16 10:08am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Has anyone tried an external antenna for the Mifi's that take them? I'd like to get one to try for my 4620 but they seem expensive and with an excessivly long cable. I use an external antenna, mounted on my camper roof, with my 4510L. Works great! Got it here. I bought the 4510L specifically because it had an external antenna connector.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/16/16 01:45pm Technology Corner
RE: BaseCamp vs MapSource

As a long time user of Mapsource, I found Basecamp to be very confusing to use. However, I think the newer versions of Garmin GPS units will not interface with Mapsource, so you're forced to use Basecamp. I read in the stored waypoints from my new GPS with Basecamp, store them in a file, then open the file with Mapsource. YMMV.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/11/16 11:04am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

I've started using my 4510L as I travel in California. Has worked at both places I've stopped; inland from Ventura and near the coast in Orange County. However, in OC it won't connect after I turn it off for a while and then back on again. Shows a signal is available, but no Net connection. Control panel says "connecting" then "disconnecting". Fortunately, removing the battery and restarting gets me connected (although I have to do that twice sometimes). Got 2.5 Mbs download here in OC.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/15/16 12:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

I have logged into my 4510 and gone through all the menu items, but I can't find anything about a prl (whatever that is). What am I doing wrong? It's on the Diagnostics screen (selected from main menu via Advanced IRRC). PRL is on the bottom right. Mine was 59xxx. It's a list of available cell towers.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/11/16 05:06pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

Did that work? Had already left the "problem area" when I got the "remove battery" suggestion, so don't know if that would have worked. vzwmifi, thanks for info.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/11/16 03:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited Verizon 3G $5 a month

I had the first try of my 4510L away from home last weekend. No connection. I was out in nearby farmland for a music festival. A friend had a Verizon smartphone and got his email OK. eBay seller said remove battery and restart (like mentioned earlier in this thread). I'm starting my summer ramblin' all over the West this week. Hope I don't have to remove the battery too many times. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 05/11/16 10:34am Technology Corner
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
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