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RE: **** Albuquerque Parks *****

We thought High Desert was fine for the 4 days we spent there. The manager was very pleasant and the park was clean.
docj 04/16/14 05:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for new camping spots near the ocean/beach.

RV Park Reviews is a great website for finding possible sots to stay in just by listing a city where you want to stay. Thanks for the compliment. Watch for lots of new features on RVParkReviews when it moves soon to its new server and improved software. A phone app is even being developed.
docj 04/15/14 06:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Not given site reserved

Yes we paid for the first night and had a printed piece of paper saying that we had reserved that specific site, but upon arrival she gave me a piece of paper with a different number on it and I showed her the paper she had given me 2 weeks prior. Also said the site we were moved to was 40 foot and it barely fit our 30 foot on it. What a rip off. I'd be steaming. Please share your experience on RVPARKREVIEWS. I agree that you should submit this to RVParkReviews but I would like to point out that the site's policies require you to write about more than just this bad experience. Since you did stay at the park there are, no doubt, other observations you can make about it and share with others. We do this to ensure that all reviews have at least some information that is applicable to other RVers. Hopefully, few of them will experience the reservation problem you had, so having your review contain additional information will ensure that it will have relevance to them regardless of that. If you are a moderator at RVparkreviews and if it is as you say that there must be a positive portion of the review, even of a place that is a dump, ripoff or misrepresented. As of late I've noticed some my submitted reviews haven't been showing up. I guess I won't be wasting my time adding anymore honest reviews to my over 270 at your web site. I often check the reviews and have wondered on occasion why things seemed "off". Nowhere did I say that reviews had to have a positive portion. All I said was that reviews had to have something other than a rant about a particular bad experience. You could say that the sites were gravel and narrow; the restrooms were old and dirty and the one washing machine didn't work. All we're asking is that you provide information that would be useful to others in addition to your bad experience. As I said previously, it is likely that most other people won't have the same exact bad experience you did. If your review contains only a recount of it, then it is of little use to anyone else who doesn't share this experience. By adding additional information you have ensured that your review will be significant to others.
docj 04/12/14 03:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Not given site reserved

Yes we paid for the first night and had a printed piece of paper saying that we had reserved that specific site, but upon arrival she gave me a piece of paper with a different number on it and I showed her the paper she had given me 2 weeks prior. Also said the site we were moved to was 40 foot and it barely fit our 30 foot on it. What a rip off. I'd be steaming. Please share your experience on RVPARKREVIEWS. I agree that you should submit this to RVParkReviews but I would like to point out that the site's policies require you to write about more than just this bad experience. Since you did stay at the park there are, no doubt, other observations you can make about it and share with others. We do this to ensure that all reviews have at least some information that is applicable to other RVers. Hopefully, few of them will experience the reservation problem you had, so having your review contain additional information will ensure that it will have relevance to them regardless of that.
docj 04/12/14 06:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Satellite TV and internet connection

Not that I know of. That would be to easy No, it's not easy since satellite TV and satellite internet have virtually nothing in common other than the fact that they both use satellites. Satellite TV is a one-way communication system, from ground station to satellite to your TV. Satellite internet involves a two-way communication link which includes a transmitter in your antenna to talk back to the satellite. So there is no reason for the two services to be bundled; the providers are different and the equipment needed is very different.
docj 04/10/14 07:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Colter Bay Village RV - the only kid in town?

Note that any of the above full hookup parks are extremely expensive. Do you really need hookups? I don't know what you consider "extremely expensive" but 3 years ago Colter Bay gave us a ~$10/night discount using our Senior Pass and our full hookup site was ~$50/night including tax. We didn't think that was too bad considering that full hookup parks in many locations in the US are charging ~$35/night these days and they sure don't have the scenery that Colter Bay has. And as to why people need full-hookups, some of us like to use our washing machines and take long showers. We don't camp; we RV, and we get full hookups whenever possible. RVing is not "roughing it" (for us, anyway).:B
docj 04/10/14 07:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toad Advice

Given the vista 27 Specs, GVWR = 18k and GCWR = 23k. Hitch is 5k. GCWR - GVWR = 5k. SO at the very Maximum you can tow 5k, but that's dry off the shelf. You add fuel, water, people, gear, food etc and you lessen that number. NO! The GVWR is the maximum his MH should weigh loaded with everything (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). The dry weight number is a lot less. The GCWR-GVWR=5,000 won't change. What he does have to concern himself with is the fully loaded weight of the toad which will be more than its dry weight but should still be less than its GVWR.
docj 04/09/14 07:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Music through an inverter on your television

This is because the DVR uses a mechanical hard disk drive to store the recordings... but it's not like a laptop drive that is designed to take some rough and tumble. It is a video drive, designed to run for 1000s of hours without complaint. Hard drives are all the same. There is no such thing as a video hard drive. In fact, the new line of DirecTV DVRs uses easy to replace hard drives that are exactly the same as those in laptops. We leave our DVR running all the time and, after >30,000 miles of full-timing we have had no problems whatsoever.
docj 04/09/14 07:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Music through an inverter on your television

If you have a DirecTV DVR you ought to be able to record the music channels, although I've never tried it. We stream Pandora on a smart phone while driving.
docj 04/08/14 08:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Digital television antenna - a simple solution

This is a situation in which a bare wire can work fine, but a properly sized antenna usually, but not always, will work better. Electromagnetic radiation (TV signals) have specific wavelengths (around half a meter for the signals in the TV band). An antenna the receiving elements of which are approximately this length or multiples of it will have higher gain (ability to receive) than will an arbitrarily sized wire. The OP's improvised antenna will work fine as long as the signal strength is reasonably high.
docj 04/06/14 07:58am Technology Corner
RE: RV Park Reviews

It's a great idea but it's 15 yr old design and poorly executed. Still somewhat useful but could be sooooo much better. I couldn't agree with you more, but the good news is that the new owner of the site, Social Knowledge, is in the process of migrating it to a larger, more powerful server and all new software. The reason the site looks so dated is that the existing server was pretty much maxed out. I've seen mockups of the new layout and it is a big improvement over the current implementation. There will be a number of new options, such as the ability to rate cellular phone service (by carrier). Even more importantly, the database will be fully searchable so that you should be able to look for things like family friendly RV parks with swimming pools, playgrounds and dog runs. In addition, a phone app is under development. I expect the platform to be changed in the next couple of months. Some features will be available at once and others will be phased in over time.
docj 04/05/14 07:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: what security for my win 8.1 laptop

Kaspersky is a good one but I pay for mine, it does everything, I get it at bestbuy, never seen it at walmart. I've been using Kaspersky for years; you can buy and download right from the Kaspersky website. I buy a 3-computer license which handles all of my needs.
docj 04/04/14 11:17am Technology Corner
RE: Amazon Fire TV?

The Amazon Fire connects to your network via either WiFi or Ethernet just like any other network device. It should connect just fine to a phone's hotspot or to a router. It appears to have many of the same attributes as a Roku. Here's a good description: Amazon Fire
docj 04/04/14 11:14am Technology Corner
RE: Amazon Fire TV?

I have unlimited data on my cell phone and use the phone as a Hot Spot to send movies to my TV (Netflix, YouTube etc) via Chromecast, my Android tablet runs the actual Chromecast app and also attaches to the phone. This works really well although Google says it won't work !! Go figure. Now, I would like to do the same thing with Amazon Fire and of course they say it won't work through a cell phone Hot Spot also, it must go through a traditional stand alone router..for all intents and purposes a Hot Spot is really just a simple router so has anyone tried the Amazon Fire app like that? Your phone hotspot "is" a standalone router and should work fine with the Amazon Fire. We also have an unlimited Verizon plan and stream countless hours of video using our phone as a hotspot. We have it connect to our Roku to which the phone simply appears as another wifi access point. You can also use your phone to connect a laptop to a wireless printer just as you could with a standard router. Actually, Chromecast is an "atypical" use of the phone because, as I understand it, you are actually mirroring on the TV what is on the phone. With the Roku and, I assume, the Fire, the phone can do anything else you wish while serving as a hotspot. With most phones, you can even have a voice conversation while continuing to use the hotspot.
docj 04/04/14 06:41am Technology Corner
RE: RV Park Reviews

I continue to use RV Park Reviews, and I'm glad to see that they are publishing them after only 4 different reviewers have commented. It used to be 10. I think there's some confusion here. A new reviewer's reviews are posted after that person submits three reviews. A park is listed when any reviewer posts a single review; there is no required number of reviewers needed. If that's what you meant, I apologize that I misinterpreted your comment. Please explain how a new reviewer needs to submit 3 reviews before a review is posted? Do you hold those 3 reviews in limbo until the 3rd one is received? Quite often we'll see a "one review" at the bottom of a post. How did that one review get posted if you're saying they need to post three? The policy stated on the website is that three reviews have to be approved before any are posted. If you don't happen to submit enough acceptable reviews they are held in a "pending" file and get published when you submit some additional ones. As for why some people show as having only "one other review" published, I do know that, for a period of time, the site had been posting reviews after two, rather than three, had been submitted but had not changed the posted policy. My comments have been consistent with the posted policy because I do not have the ability to override it and don't want to give people false expectations of when their reviews would get posted.
docj 04/04/14 06:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park Reviews

I continue to use RV Park Reviews, and I'm glad to see that they are publishing them after only 4 different reviewers have commented. It used to be 10. I think there's some confusion here. A new reviewer's reviews are posted after that person submits three reviews. A park is listed when any reviewer posts a single review; there is no required number of reviewers needed. If that's what you meant, I apologize that I misinterpreted your comment.
docj 04/03/14 06:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What, No bathroom

Hi Jayco-noslide, thank you for posting your concern regarding this Good Sam Park. I apologize that you were surprise to find that this park didn't have restroom facilities. We visit and rate every Good Sam Park that is listed in the directory and online. These ratings are posted in the park's listing and will indicate whether a park has a bathroom or not. If the park doesn't have a restroom, the rating will be posted as "N/A". Most Good Sam Parks have restrooms, but there are a few with an N/A rating. Please provide the name of the park you visited, and I will check their listing to make sure it reflects the N/A rating. Again, thank you for posting. MaryEllen Herrera Good Sam Park Network Coordinator I'm a bit confused how you handle your 10/10/10 rating system if a park gets an "N/A" for its restrooms. I assume this means that the park can't get a "10" in the first rating category because it doesn't have a "complete set" of facilities? Giving it a "10" would seem to violate the completeness concept and would lead to questions such as "can a park that doesn't have a swimming pool get a "10" and claim it should be rated N/A for its pool?" The second rating category would have to be N/A if there are no restrooms. And the third category would be unaffected. So if my logic is correct, the best rating that a park without restrooms can achieve is 9/(N/A)/10. Is this a correct assumption?
docj 04/03/14 04:20pm Good Sam Club
RE: Amazon Fire TV?

I'm wondering why these companies are bringing out all these Internet access devices. They are for TVs that don't have internet access built in. Don't most TVs that are sold today have this already? It seems to me these devices will be useless as people buy new TVs. So it seems a loosing market down the road. What am I not seeing. Most internet-ready TV's have built-in capabilities for a specific set of content providers and are rarely updated after purchase. We found it much more cost effective to buy a "dumb" TV with no internet connectivity and to purchase a Roku for <$100. The TV manufacturers charge several hundred dollars more for the same TV in a smart version. The Roku's firmware is continuously being updated and there are hundreds of channels available, far more than are built into "smart" TV's.
docj 04/02/14 06:34pm Technology Corner
RE: What, No bathroom

Just wondering if any of you have signed in to a campground all set up to find there is no bathroom or shower? None! We just found 1, a Good Sam park in Flagstaff, Az. And no mention of it until I asked. I'm not sure, if, in 40 years of camping we have ever found this nor would I expect to. I know some of you don't care but we prefer to not put solids into our waste tank so that we never worry about plugging up or only dumping when full so it does matter to us. There were also some other problems so I would recommend that Good Sam not be endorsing this campground and I have informed them of the name. There are plenty of excellent RV parks that have no bathroom facilities and restrict their customers to those with fully contained RVs. IMHO there is nothing wrong with this as long as they make the fact known. We never use the bathroom or showers at parks and there are many others like us. It should have nothing to do with how a park is rated by Good Sam or RVParkReviews.
docj 04/01/14 08:03am Good Sam Club
RE: What type TV??

It should be a digital QAM tuner (they all have them now). I think it was in 2007 that all TVs sold in the US had to have digital tuners.
docj 03/30/14 05:22pm Technology Corner
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