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RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

mine is expired and i have to get it re-activated thru somebody or buy another one The Verizon phone prompts now say that you have 90 days after your payment is due to pay and restart service. They didn't say that 6 months ago. Maybe that's for "standard" pay-per-month accounts, though, and not our "special" plan.
Ramblin' Ralph 11/28/16 09:33am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

I have a 6620L from that website everyone was using 6 months ago. My 6 months are up today and I went to add $5.00 and Verizon says I don't have service with them . .. If I'm thinking of the same website, it's now charging $10/mo. I wonder if that's why Verizon doesn't recognize your phone number? BTW, other vendors are still saying $5/mo. :h Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 11/22/16 09:54am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

Regarding resetting a MiFi device: I bought a 4510L MiFi from an eBay dealer (not the one mentioned here) last April to use during my Western States travel. When in Montana I had a similar problem to the OP - good signal, but no Net connection. Here is what the dealer told me to do and it worked: If it is a 4510 device, turn on device, remove battery cover, insert pin in reset hole for approx 12 seconds. I've used the device in 7 states and in only about 4 towns has it not worked (probably non Verizon towers).
Ramblin' Ralph 11/11/16 09:08am Technology Corner
RE: Fridge stopped working

Hope you tipped him. While he was doing it, I said I'd pay. When done, went back inside and he said "how does $25 sound?". I gladly paid it. Of course, at that point I didn't know if it fixed my problem, but at least there was a good possibility. Now it's a fact. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 08/03/16 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge stopped working

Update: Stopped by an RV repair place. They said next appointment was 2 weeks. That didn't surprise me and I told them I'm traveling and can't wait. As I was starting my truck, the guy I talked to came out and told me to back up to the service bay. He got out an air hose and gave the insides of my fridge compartment a good cleaning, including the burner assembly. The "pilot" lit right back up OK (which previously has been "iffy"). Five hours later the freezer was cold enough to have frozen a bit of water in a small ziploc bag. Lower part getting cool. Moral to the story. Clean my fridge burner with compressed air before I take off each year. Tech also told me my intermittent problems getting the "pilot" to light could have been due to the dirt. Re no pilot in my model: I see now that it really is the burner that causes the indicator on my fridge panel to move to the middle. Thanks for all the suggestions. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 08/02/16 08:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge stopped working

Thanks for the replies: 1) Not sure if the burner came on, since I'm not sure what it looks like. If it's a couple of inches long with slots in it, then there was a very small flame. 2) Thermostat is usually on 1+. Had it on 3 overnight w/o any cooling.
Ramblin' Ralph 08/02/16 12:25pm Tech Issues
Fridge stopped working

Opened my TC fridge yesterday and all the frost in freezer had melted and drained to the bottom. Pilot light was out. Restarted pilot light, but fridge didn't get cold overnight. Didn't try it on a/c or battery. Unit is a Dometic RM2453, which has worked great the last 10 years, even being on about 6 months a year. Going to stop by a RV place near McCall, ID today, but not holding out any hope for a quick repair (or even a diagnosis). Will probably end up buying a cooler and putting only essentials in it until I get to my cousin's in MT for a couple of weeks stay. Any suggestions on finding the problem myself? Thanks
Ramblin' Ralph 08/02/16 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: Heading for Montana

Thanks for the good wishes! Creating a book of my adventures would be too much like a 4 letter word beginning with "W". :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 07/01/16 12:30pm Truck Campers
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: 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
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
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