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RE: Increase Wifi Hot Spot Reception

Never heard of the Weboost Cell Amp option... looks like they are running around $300 and up..It looks like it is used with a Cell phone? I have a $19 dollar flip open cell phone currently through virgin mobile. I think I might stick with my Net Gear Zing modem through Sprint and go with the LMR -195 cable, WeBoost is the name Wilson now markets its products under. It is one of the best established companies in this business area.
docj 10/04/15 12:42pm Technology Corner
RE: hookup to Direct TV rec from older winegard roof receiver

When the OP says he has a 8x10" black box instead of his old silver one, I'm led to believe that he has a Genie, since the HR44 Genie is a much smaller box than any previous DirecTV receivers/DVRs that I am aware of. If that's the case, the Genie is a SWM-only device and won't work with a G2 unless you add a SWM8 switch and a power inserter. The instructions for converting a G2 to SWM can be found here: Using Winegard products with SWM
docj 09/20/15 08:05am Technology Corner
RE: Quality of Park Reviews

I would think that even review sites have to be careful to not allow reviews to become posts that open them up Liable and Slander lawsuits.That's what the Communications Decency Act is for. hopefully, they are familiar with their rights under this act as when a website owner edits contents or filters the material or postings that are published, they may be liable under certain circumstances. And this is one of the reasons why RVPR asks reviewers to revise and resubmit their reviews, rather than having its administrators edit them. We may correct a misspelled word but will not make editorial changes or deletions. For those we return the review to the person who submitted it and provide guidance as to the changes we think it needs. Our new software platform makes it easy for our administrators to write a personal note explaining what changes we think are needed.
docj 09/15/15 06:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quality of Park Reviews

Does that mean that as long as a review isn't a rant, people can now say that a park is "owned by a nice young couple" or "marijuana enthusiasts" the review won't be rejected/declined/edited? As far as I know a review never would have been edited for saying that a park was "owned by a nice young couple." I've used those words in my own reviews. However, our policy doesn't permit the use of names, so if you wrote "the park is owned by Sue and Bob, a nice young couple" it would be edited to remove the names. As for writing that a park is owned by marijuana enthusiasts, it would depend on how you determined that fact to be true. If, for example, the park is in Colorado or Washington State and the park owners operate a pot store in conjunction with it, then there would be nothing preventing you from making that observation. However, if your comment results from observing the owners smoking a joint on their property then we would probably ask that the statement be removed since it doesn't describe the park itself and the actions of residents and employees aren't suitable material for a review unless they affect your stay there. If, OTOH, your statement is based on the fact that the owners and some of the residents had a loud, raucous pot party going that lasted well past midnight and disturbed your sleep then there would be no problem writing that, but we might ask that you delete the pot reference unless you knew for sure that it was true. Loud parties that affect other campers are an issue worth noting regardless of whether or not they are fueled by alcohol or pot. I hope this answers your questions. Some questions don't have "black or white" answers and we, the site admins, spend a lot of time discussing reviews that contain such topics. Our new software enables us to have group discussions of specific reviews which helps to ensure that there is consistency in how we deal with the more controversial ones. Joel
docj 09/12/15 05:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quality of Park Reviews

I no longer trust RVparkreviews due to their editing/censoring policies. If you have actual evidence of RVParkReviews "editing/censoring" reviews other than to ask reviewers to tone down their rants and add other information about the park, I would be interested in seeing it. In my experience the only people who get upset by our policies are those who can't understand why we won't publish their 500 word unedited diatribe about how badly they were treated at a particular park. Sending it back to them asking that they shorten the rant and, at the same time, provide some useful information about the park results in accusations of censorship. In fact it's not censorship, it's what we call "maintaining a standard" for reviews. There are plenty of other review sites that don't do anything more than screen reviews for profanity; we try to do a bit more than that. We know many of our users appreciate it.
docj 09/11/15 01:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quality of Park Reviews

There has been discussion that RVParkReviews has declined/rejected less-than-pleasant reviews, to the point where I no longer use or recommend that site. As an administrator of RVParkReviews I can personally attest to the fact that there are thousands of negative reviews posted on the site. It doesn't take more than a few minutes of searching the site to find scathing reviews of quite a few parks. That being said, it is the policy of the RVPR that we will not post a review that is entirely a rant about a particular bad incident or occurrence. Reviewers are fully entitled to describe their bad experience and negative reactions in their reviews but the review must ALSO contain information useful to others even if they don't have the same bad experience. For example, a common complaint at lots of parks is that someone's reservation is lost or the site type requested is not complied with. This is upsetting and definitely worth noting in one's review. But if the review contains nothing but a recounting of this experience then it is of no value to someone whose reservation works out OK. For that reason we ask reviewers to at least make some effort to provide additional information about the park. We apologize if that simple request is too burdensome, but we believe it is important to provide our users with quality reviews. There are plenty of other sites that essentially post unedited reviews and anyone who finds RVPR's policies too difficult to comply with can always submit reviews to those. Joel Weiss
docj 09/10/15 07:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winter in Arizona or Texas?

Also, in most of the 'snowbird' areas - Arizona, Texas, Florida, you'll find that the parks have tons of permanent Park Model trailers - row after row. The public parks have actual 'travelers' and no permanents. That makes a difference to us. This is far too broad a generalization. We winter in Port Aransas on Mustang Island offshore of Corpus Christi and there isn't a single park model in our park. That's true of most of the parks in the Corpus Christi/Rockport area. We don't like parks where there are a large percentage of park models; we've encountered such parks in FL and AZ. We enjoy staying in one place for the winter. We have local friends and activities, outside of the RV park. The last thing we would want to do is pick up every couple of weeks and go somewhere else. Just our opinions; the way we like to live.
docj 09/06/15 03:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cell phone service for Canada -> U.S. if no sim card?

I have a Telus mobile phone that can call USA. Virgin Mobile can call USA. I think they both run about 40 cents / min for calls to USA. There are others. Walmart.ca and BestBuy.ca have lots of phones. Cheap they're not. You don't actually have to have a Canadian phone (the physical phone itself) as long as you have a Verizon 4G/LTE phone and a Canadian SIM. Verizon 4G phones are not locked to the Verizon network. I currently have my Galaxy S4 Mini equipped with a prepaid Bell SIM. It is 100% functional for voice, text and data. My in-Canada calls are only 20 cents a minute because I subscribe to a texting package for $5/mo and calls to the US are 50 cents/min. We spent the entire summer in Canada and it's really great having a local number. People are much more willing to call you back, if necessary, when they aren't making an international call. Furthermore, this same phone was awful in roaming mode; it would repeatedly lose the network. It runs perfectly fine with the Canadian SIM. If I chose to keep the phone "alive" over the winter I think it will cost me ~$20/mo. That's in Canadian $$ which at the moment means that it really only costs me ~$15.
docj 08/28/15 09:24am Technology Corner
RE: Antenna and Amplifiers for Weak WiFi Signals

which gives me wifi thru Verizon. No, you're not getting wifi through Verizon. What you're getting is internet access via the cellular network. You may choose to set up a wifi network within your RV using a phone's hotspot or a Jetpack device but that's completely independent of what you get from Verizon. Words do matter.
docj 08/28/15 09:15am Technology Corner
RE: rvparkreviews.com - favor couples?

I don't understand the need for swingsets and other "amenities" that can be found on any school playground. Camping is camping. It's all part of the adventure. To me, kid friendly means trails to hike, fires to start (in the fire pit, of course) streams to fish, lakes to kayak, tide pools to explore, and wildlife to view. We don't need a pool, turf, or organized activities. I leave developed parks to seniors and others who want things nice and tidy (and quiet). You express a perfectly valid opinion, but, as one of the administrators of RVParkReviews, I will tell you without hesitation that yours is by, by no means, what all people are looking for in a campground or RV park. There is no single definition of what people want to have at places they RV and there is no right and wrong. Everyone is free to define RVing as they wish.
docj 08/27/15 06:27am Family Camping
RE: rvparkreviews.com - favor couples?

What's the definition of "kid friendly"? Does that include swimming pools and play sets? I consider state parks kid friendly, it's pretty much all we camped in when our daughter was little. But state parks often do not have the built in activities that a KOA or Yogi Bear does. I think many people associate "family friendly/kid friendly" with a park that has at least some activities for children and families. There's no defined list of activities, but things like pools, beaches, playgrounds, video games, mini-golf would be examples. I don't think there's any reason why a state park possibly with water access and, maybe, a playground wouldn't be considered family friendly.
docj 08/17/15 01:29pm Family Camping
RE: rvparkreviews.com - favor couples?

As one of the administrators of RVParkReviews.com I can assure the OP that we don't in any way skew results towards parks for couples or families. However, as others have noted, there are some (mostly older) RVers who dislike having children running around a park with the associated noise, etc, even if the children are well behaved. Some are quite vocal with respect to looking for parks at which there is peace and quiet. Some of these folks are also the ones who object to campfires, another typical part of family fun. Since the RV demographic is skewed towards older RVers, it's therefore not surprising that these factors result in some skewing of the ratings toward "quiet parks" over those that are more active. I have personally processed numerous reviews for KOA's and Jellystone parks (two that cater to families) that contained comments along the lines of "there's a lot of stuff here that we weren't interested in." There's no way we can prevent this from occurring, but I always encourage people to read our reviews and not to rely solely on a park's numerical score. Only by reading a review can you determine if the reviewer's perspective on the park is likely to be similar to yours. If someone downgrades a park because there are lots of kids running around and you are traveling with a family that includes children then this one may be for you even though it wasn't for the other reviewer. Joel Weiss RVPR Administrator
docj 08/16/15 04:55pm Family Camping
RE: First Time Traveling Through Canada.

The egg thing is also for going back into the US. Don't take eggs or chicken or it might be confiscated. I say might because we had frozen chicken in our freezer and after some cogitating and questions we were able to take it with us with a warning going into the States. I can find no evidence of why you would have encountered this. The whole issue relates to an avian flu outbreak in the US; there's little reason that poultry coming from an area without the disease would be an issue. Here's a link to the official rules as to what you can bring to the US from Canada: What food can I bring into the US? Note that you can be asked to prove the country of origin of anything you bring into the US in your refrigerator and freezer. Stuff from Canada is pretty much free of restriction but if you can't prove it came from there you could be in trouble.
docj 08/13/15 08:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: First Time Traveling Through Canada.

For the benefit of first-time travelers to Canada it is worth noting that your US debit cards won't work as debit cards at retail stores but they will work fine as VISA or MasterCard cards More and more businesses in Canada have switched to ''chipped card readers'' only and have abandoned the old mag stripe/signature system used in the United States. Some American tavelers may have trouble using their credit card in some commercial facilities that don't recognize cards that don't have a chip It is true that all Canadian cards appear to be chipped, but every reader I've encountered has had a swipe slot as well as a chip reader. I've never had a problem using an unchipped US card and this is experience based on many months of traveling in Canada over the past 4+ years.
docj 08/11/15 04:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: First Time Traveling Through Canada.

99% of the locations, other then automated will take US dollars. Your issue will be they will exchange at $1 for $1. Keep an eye out for gas stations, they tend to offer a better exchange rate to encourage you to buy from them. I can't see why anyone would be reluctant to get Canadian currency and use it while traveling. The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $1.31 CAD and IMO it is crazy not to take full advantage of it. Yesterday I used my Wells Fargo VISA/debit card at a Canadian ATM and received $600 CAD for $462 US. That's an exchange rate of 1.298. Wells charges me $5 for use of a non-US ATM. So on that transaction I paid less than 1% service charge. You're never going to get that kind of rate by paying a gas station in US dollars. For the benefit of first-time travelers to Canada it is worth noting that your US debit cards won't work as debit cards at retail stores but they will work fine as VISA or MasterCard cards. Since using a debit card as VISA or MC still results in the money being taken out of your account it doesn't have any downside for you. However, since you're not using it as a debit card you can't get cash back. That's why we go to bank ATMs to do "bulk exchanges". As full-timers who spend quite a few summers in Canada we actually maintain a Canadian bank account with debit card. It enables us to make totally "transaction fee free" purchases throughout Canada. The bank we're using (ScotiaBank) offers free checking to seniors so it doesn't cost us anything to maintain the account.
docj 08/11/15 05:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Directv Genie Question

We have a Genie with a wired mini-Genie client. I prefer wired solutions because they have fewer outage issues and not having to have a Video Bridge is just one less thing to find a place for. The system works quite well.
docj 08/08/15 06:49am Technology Corner
RE: Suggestions for camping near St Louis

I second I-370 park. It will be an easy drive to West Port. Another vote for I-370. We had stayed at Sundermeier several times and this is far nicer for less $$.
docj 08/05/15 02:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lake Pleasant RV resort, Bothell Wa

And at $35-40, you're getting into Motel 6 territory. In fact, down in South Padre Island (South Texas) in December a few years ago, during the week some motel rooms were cheaper than our RV space, and it was just an unpleasant FHU spot in a parking lot. For the kind of motel you can get for that price, I'd much rather sleep in my own bed in my MH. I KNOW there are no bedbugs there!:B
docj 08/02/15 03:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lake Pleasant RV resort, Bothell Wa

We have noticed that the price of all RV parks are steadily rising, maybe $44 is not unreasonable any longer. Yeah, $44 isn't really unreasonable any more, especially in a place like Seattle. I'm seeing a LOT of $35-$40 rates in places that have a lot less to offer than Seattle. As full-timers who travel extensively, I can say, unequivocally, that $35-40 plus tax has pretty much become the standard for pleasant, full-hookup parks around the country regardless of where they are located. Near larger cities we have become accustomed to paying ~$50/day if we are forced to pay on a daily rate and not all that much less if we pay weekly. The good news is that monthly rates in many destination places can be significantly less than that.
docj 08/02/15 07:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lake Pleasant RV resort, Bothell Wa

Glad you posted to RVParkReviews. Let us know if your less-than-favorable review gets "declined". I have no idea what prompted this comment, but reviews on RVParkReviews don't get declined because they aren't positive. We have plenty of scathing reviews in our database. What do get sent back to the submitter are rants that devote the entire review to a single bad experience without offering any information useful to other users who might not encounter that same problem. For example, if you had particularly noisy neighbors that is unfortunate, but it is unlikely they will still be there when the next RVParkReviews reader checks in, so unless you provide some other information your review will be of no value to them.
docj 08/01/15 06:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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