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RE: Planning trips

I don't think there's a right or wrong way to do it, but I'm a planner. To me it's part of the fun of being a touring fulltimer. I wrote a blog outlining my approach. We're getting exited about putting our 2014 adventure into action in a week or so.
nazpaz 04/10/14 03:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pullrite Superglide Hitch Problem?

Mine likes to be a little low, but not too much. There's a spot where it hits something resulting on a solid sounding thump. If I hear that I know I have to pull up and change the height of the 5ver, usually I move it down an inch or so and I'm fine. I have yet to understand what is happening to cause the thump - but once I hear it I know that I need to adjust the height a bit.
nazpaz 04/10/14 08:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Creekwood Farms or Pride RV Parks, Waynesville, NC

Last summer I wrote a review and posted several photos of Pride. Bottom line was that it's a mixed bag for us. Noisy, but comfortable enough and in a beautiful area.
nazpaz 03/31/14 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: full timing

I've recently posted a blog about how to use other people's fulltiming budgets. It might be helpful to you.
nazpaz 03/25/14 09:35am Full-time RVing
RE: Dish Network - No Network feeds after 2/25/2014

Your location is never transmitted back to Dish from the receiver, no matter what is connected or turned on or not. You must personally contact Dish customer service via phone or chat to change your location to receive the local channels for that area. Dish just needs a valid address within the spot beam pattern to tell your receiver what channels it can receive. It doesn't even need to be your specific address, as long as it's within the pattern where you're located. The "locked on" requirement is so your receiver can receive the updated data it needs to allow you to see the channels in your program guide and select them for viewing. Just for fun, let me add to it: your receiver has an address, like a phone number. Dish's satellite sends a signal to that address. It says, "Here's a message for receiver BR-549 - stop letting this fellow watch Valley Locals and start letting him watch Corpus locals instead." Remember, your dish and receiver are already seeing lots of channels it isn't letting you watch - like maybe HBO or Spanish language programming that you aren't paying for. If you call Dish and say, "I want to add Spanish language programming" they will charge you and the satellite will send a message to BR-549 authorizing it to let you start watching those channels. Or something like that.
nazpaz 03/14/14 06:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Winegard Carryout

I ended up replacing the plug with a two prong connector. I just took an old sponge and stuffed it into the hole where the plug is. Poor design for sure.
nazpaz 03/14/14 05:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dish Network - No Network feeds after 2/25/2014

Thank you for that info. We haven't had this VIP211k/Tailgater combo long enough to understand what is happening as we move. I do not understand all this 'package', 'locals', and spot beam lingo. Why should I? My friend, you don't need to understand any of it. When you move, at some point you will turn on your TV, try to go to a local channel, and get a message that it isn't available. When you get that message you can call Dish and tell them you have relocated and they will ask you for your current location and they will handle it from there. You don't need to know anything about spot beams, etc. for that process to work. Good luck and enjoy your travels (and your TV!) :)
nazpaz 03/13/14 09:12am Technology Corner
RE: Dish Network - No Network feeds after 2/25/2014

The Valley and Corpus Locals are on the same spot beam. Your receiver is programmed by the satellite to let you receive the stations in your package. If Dish shows your last known locals to be Valley locals that's what you'll see when you move to Corpus and on up the coast almost to Houston. At that time you'll move out of that spot beam and not have any locals until you call them and tell them you are an RVer and have moved and need your locals updated. OR When you get to Corpus you can call and tell them you've moved and they will send a signal from the satellite to your receiver telling it to no longer let you see the Valley locals and to now start seeing Corpus locals. It's easy to do and it only takes a few minutes. I generally have to reboot my receiver (unplugged for a few seconds) before it will properly update the program guide to show the new programming. By the way, the Houston spot beam reaches to the Corpus vicinity. We're in Rockport and we've been on Houston locals in three different locations - from north of Houston all the way down to Rockport. I haven't had to call and change. Probably won't until we move completely out of the area in a few weeks.
nazpaz 03/12/14 09:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Ford 6.4 diesel?

Here's an article on that motor from Diesel Power Magazine. Their bottom line is that, while there are some things to watch out for, there's nothing to run from.
nazpaz 03/10/14 08:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dish Network - No Network feeds after 2/25/2014

I've thought all along that the DNS service was just another way for someone to make money. It's quick and painless to update your locals on Dish Network. Using the "Season Pass" feature on the DVR you can set up for recording new episodes of programs no matter what channel they are on. I'm sorry for folks who like getting only east or west coast locals, but on a scale of 1 to 10 I'd say this service going away ranks a 2 or 3 at best - and it may even force some folks to save some money in spite of themselves.
nazpaz 02/17/14 02:51pm Technology Corner
RE: park wifi woes

I think the question asked by the OP has been fully answered. His finding is that even if parks advertize WiFi that the WiFi is poor at best and everyone agrees. We can debate whether or not we should expect broadband quality WiFi at our campsites or whether a person should want Internet access at all if we want, but the fact is that a person is naive if they expect to have reliable and fast campground provided internet everywhere they camp. That leaves us with the original concern: what's the best way to provide your own internet access? My thinking is that unless one is fortunate enough to have a grandfathered unlimited Verizon data plan and can use their cell phone as a hotspot that the next best thing is 20 Gigs of data for $70 from Millinicom. That's the solution suggested by several and I agree that it's a good one for fulltimers.
nazpaz 02/08/14 11:20am Full-time RVing
RE: park wifi woes

Public wifi is the payphone of the 21st century. What an interesting statement. I think you are right and the payphone analogy fits quite well.
nazpaz 02/07/14 10:19am Full-time RVing
RE: campground web sites

RVParkReviews is now owned by Social Knowledge, the parent company of IRV2.com and many other social media websites. Major improvements, including the ability to upload pictures will be coming over the next couple of months. Many of the features asked for by users have been limited by the capabilities of the server and software the site has been using. We will be migrating soon to a new platform in order to provide the computer power needed improve the site. That's interesting and good news. I use rvparkreviews a lot and try to contribute a review of every park we visit. On our website I write reviews of campgrounds and try to include lots of candid photos of them. I try to be fair and show the good and the not so good. One reason I do this is because that's the kind of information I always look for when picking a place to stay.
nazpaz 02/06/14 07:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: park wifi woes

Again, you are thinking in 20th century terms! There are broadband options widely available today that would allow loads of people to stream video. I don't think so but perhaps you know more about it than I do. I'm thinking that a campground WiFi router can only carry so much capacity before it's saturated. Maybe you are thinking that campground should provide individual broadband connects to each campsite? If so, I accept the premise that it's technically possible but I doubt that it's practical. Either way, I respect your point of view and it's really neither here or there with me as I use my phone for a hotspot when necessary.
nazpaz 02/06/14 12:56pm Full-time RVing
RE: park wifi woes

I don't see how a campground can win. If they spend the money to provide a good internet then a few people will want to stream Netflix and ruin the connect for other users. If they don't spend the money people will complain about the pitiful internet connect. In the long run, I think people will solve the problem on their own, either using their phone's data or go with a solution like millinicom.
nazpaz 02/06/14 12:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: firefox 27

I'm on 27 right now. Can't see any difference - I'm guessing most of the changes are under the hood.
nazpaz 02/06/14 10:35am Technology Corner
RE: park wifi woes

We've found park WiFi to be iffy at best and that's using a WiFiRanger to boost our WiFi capabilities. At a few parks we've had very good WiFi - at most, poor to none. Security isn't a big issue as long as you have "https" in the address. The security is provided by your web browser and the site you are connected to, not the park WiFi, etc. A good cellular data connection is the most reliable and Verizon is the carrier with the best coverage. I agree with the recommendation of Millenicom - it uses Verizon's towers and gives you 20 gigs a month for a reasonable price. In our case, we are on a grandfathered unlimited data plan so we use our cell phone as a hotspot. Millenicom or your phone, a good investment might be a Wilson Sleek. You put your cell device in a cradle and it boosts your cell signal. It won't magically make a non-existent signal appear, but if you have 1 or 2 bars of poor signal it will boost it to a usable level.
nazpaz 02/06/14 10:32am Full-time RVing
RE: Spray hose by toilet

Ours was invaluable when preparing for a colon scope a few weeks ago.
nazpaz 01/28/14 08:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Church hopping observations

We had some friends that would choose a new church each week, mostly in rural areas to include a nice Sunday drive. On back-to-back weekends, they got rattlesnake handling and vomiting into trash cans during the service to purge demons. My suggestion is to ask a frank question or two before you attend. I am sure most congregations, despite any fringe habits, would not intentionally make a visitor uncomfortable. Matt B Great story - made me laugh out loud. Have you ever heard Wendy Bagwell tell his rattlesnake story? This one is bound to hijack this thread. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSP_ZDV3htk
nazpaz 01/27/14 08:40am Full-time RVing
RE: Church hopping observations

I a bit overwhelmed by the responses to the blog entry - I posted the link on three forums I enjoy and in a few facebook groups and getting a ton of feedback. One thing that is surprising to me is how many retired pastors are fulltimers. I wonder what the connection is? Interesting to say the least. Also, I seem to have lots of church attending company! I knew that in part because of people I've met in campgrounds but the response confirms that. And, I'm getting a lot of agreement about churches being unready for pure walk-ins. I agree that this is something more churches need to think about. A couple of things: 1. We attended a terrific campground ministry in Virgina last summer. A minister from an area congregation led the services, but there were several seasonal residents at the park who took the services quite seriously. It felt like, and was, a small church in and of itself. 2. I agree that this is an area of ministry that churches within a reasonable distance of campgrounds needs to cultivate. We saw a lot of church names and addresses on campground bulletin boards but I really think more can be done to make RVers welcome (including the offer of overnight dry camping on the property). Thanks everyone for the great replies.
nazpaz 01/26/14 08:52pm Full-time RVing
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