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RE: Changed to Dish

Dish and Directv both suck. That's not helpful...
Dutch_12078 02/28/21 09:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Replacement RV Slide Out Topper

Stone Vos has a pretty good explanation of the length issue. Check out question #6: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Dutch_12078 02/28/21 08:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deleting Book from Cloud

Doesn't she have access to the cloud account where she can see what's stored there? And delete unneeded files?
Dutch_12078 02/28/21 07:56am Technology Corner
RE: Atwood 8500 series furnace bench test on high limit switch

Why not just replace it with a new one as long as you're already in there? For the $15 or so they sell for, I wouldn't waste my time on the old one. Save it for a spare...
Dutch_12078 02/27/21 10:57am Tech Issues
RE: Visible Wireless Feedback

We're using our Visible data service with our main TV, Dish Hopper w/Sling, two FireTVsticks, two laptops, two cell phones, and two tablets. Our Visible SIM is in a Novatel Verizon 7730L Jetpack that supports fifteen connected devices and is connected to one of two MIMO antenna sets. So far in our travels up and down the east coast and currently in Florida, we haven't found any place where we didn't have at least some service. Sometimes it's been marginal for streaming in the weaker signal areas not surprisingly. We do have an alternate service for those times though. Connecting to our directional MIMO antenna pair and peaking the signal helps quite a bit. We've used over 150 GB a month on a number of occasions with no complaints from Visible. We've been in a Visible "Party Pay" party almost since they introduced the feature, and have never paid more than $25/mo. since joining. Early on we lost a couple of party members, but they were quickly replaced within hours. I can't speak to the Visible customer service since I've never needed it. All in all we've been very pleased with our Visible service and have no intentions of dropping it any time soon.
Dutch_12078 02/25/21 07:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Overnight

St Marys, GA is just a couple of miles from the Florida line on I-95. The Walmart there appears to be ok and reportedly quiet, but a call to verify access wouldn't hurt. Saint Marys Walmart Supercenter
Dutch_12078 02/25/21 07:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gas Credit Cards

our preference for fuel stops in the MH is Flying J so we have their Pilot/Fkying J RV Plus Card charge card. we have a Pilot near our home so we tend to gas the cars there. the card gets us a $0.05 p/g discount. otherwise we just use our Discover card. we stopped carrying gas CCs decades ago. We use our Good Sam "Swipe and Save" card for the $0.05/gallon discount at PFJ's, and then pay with our PenFed Cash Rewards Visa card that adds an additional 5% rebate. It all adds up...
Dutch_12078 02/19/21 04:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Texas winterizing...

Why water pipes in the ceiling? Hasn't anyone ever seen two story houses with upstairs plumbing?
Dutch_12078 02/19/21 04:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: wind power

A common thread regarding wind and solar power generation is about the lack of bulk storage for the periods those technologies are not generating power. Battery technology is improving, but still has a long way to go for the bulk capacities needed for fossil fuel power plant replacement. But there is an old tried and true power storage technology that's been around for years and is now seeing renewed interest. Take a look at these articles on pumped storage: Pumped storage gets a boost (or two) in the US And this one from Duke Energy: Pumped-Storage Hydro Plants
Dutch_12078 02/19/21 04:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Navigation

We get around quite well using a fairly basic Garmin Novi 52 GPS that's a few years old. With lifetime updates, it stays pretty current on routing changes, and the POI (Points Of Interest) files I've added from free online sources alert us to low clearances, upcoming rest areas, fuel stops, etc. Off hand, I don't recall seeing any publicly available navigational aids with "avoid left turns" type of features. "Fastest", "Shortest" type routing is pretty standard, and there are apps and GPS's that will take the height and length of your RV/truck into consideration in routing though.
Dutch_12078 02/18/21 07:59am Beginning RVing
RE: Cell coverage in Death Valley

Asking a simple question about the status of current technology in specific areas has nothing to do with how things were done before that technology existed. We all know the answer to how it was done back then. I would question how many died before modern technology existed that it could have saved. Knowing what technology is available in your area of travel just makes good sense to me...
Dutch_12078 02/18/21 07:46am Technology Corner
RE: wind power

It appears to me that most of the country's power grid is just fine. May be Texas needs a few lessons on the best way to create electricity Guy Or at least take lessons from the parts of Texas that are having minimal problems like the El Paso area that's connected to the western US power grid. The map linked below is pretty telling in showing that the areas under RECOT control were the hardest hit, while those connected to the national power grid system were much less affected. Texas Power Outages
Dutch_12078 02/18/21 07:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Generator breaker keeps shutting off immediately

You might find some help here: Onan RV Troubleshooting Guide
Dutch_12078 02/18/21 06:59am Tech Issues
RE: New outside shower mod

I'd want a short hose to be able to make it practical. bumpy Yep, our former Class C had an outside shower with a hose and handheld head. The only mod we made was adding a bracket at an appropriate height on the wall for hair washing, etc.
Dutch_12078 02/17/21 05:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

Be aware many RV generators do not provide 240 volts, so you won't be able to run any appliances that call for it, such as most deep well water pumps, etc.
Dutch_12078 02/16/21 09:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Very new to living in an RV/Trailer

If you're planning to stay permanently in one park, they may allow service from a local cable or fiber Internet provider. The Internet service parks typically provide for itinerant guests is usually pretty marginal at best, and not suited to streaming or other heavy uses. Knowing that, many of us bring our own Internet services along with us as we travel in the form of "hotspots" that receive service from the various cell providers, or use the hotspot feature on our phones. There are various data plans available from all the major carriers with differing data allowances. Unlimited data plans are also available from most carriers, but at a premium price. There are some third-party unlimited services that use the major carriers towers usually wth better pricing, but they tend to not to be as reliable since some are using grey market business plans that can be shut down at any time by their provider. The link below is a good starting point for researching available equipment and plans. Mobile Internet Resource Center
Dutch_12078 02/16/21 07:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: wind power

Wind power electrical outages in Texas are minimal. See post on other thread for link. Outages from coal and natural gas powered electrical generating plants in Texas are significant. The major problem. Texas does not require plants to be winterized. Many have to be shut down because they cannot run in temps lower than anything since 1989. Also, natural gas is being diverted to heating, rather than power generation. Texas also does not have the ability to cross connect to other states and 'borrow' or buy excess power. The most energy independent state (as the governor claims) is the worst prepared for a major emergency. Texas Power Outages "The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) operates the electric grid for 75 percent of the state. The Panhandle, South Plains and a corner of Northeast Texas are under the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). El Paso and the far western corner of the Trans Pecos are under the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC). The southeast corner of Texas is under the Southeastern Electric Reliability Corporation (SERC)." Texas Almanac
Dutch_12078 02/16/21 06:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ladder rung end plastic insert

And the suggestion to fill in the crack with something is not a good idea as a failure of the insert will cause a bad fall and the crack is the first sign of that failure. You make a good point... I'm not sure everyone realizes these are not just decorative caps, rather they are the supports that hold the steps in place.
Dutch_12078 02/11/21 04:51pm Tech Issues
RE: CDL Required to Drive Class A?

Doc, I think you missed my point. Air brakes are NOT a “license” issue and so not covered by reciprocity either. An air brake “endorsement” is a sort of qualification to operate air brake systems. In fact I watched exactly that happen. Spot checks are very common in Canada on holiday weekends, aimed at getting unsafe **** off the road. A guy & his wife in a DP class A found out 1,000+ miles from home that he didn’t have the required air brake endorsement. Unfortunately LEO’s can’t just look the other way anymore when they discover a problem. I haven't looked at Canadian provincial licensing regulations in years, but in the US, if you are properly licensed in your own state for the class of vehicle you're operating, you're good in all US states. Since not all states even issue an air brake endorsement for non-commercial vehicles, there's no way drivers from those states can be cited for not having one. NY State, for example, issues an 'R' endorsement that allows personal use "multi-purpose vehicles" (includes motorhomes) over 26,000 lbs to be driven with a standard Class D license, but no air brake specific endorsement. No other state can cite you for not having the specific class of license they use for that application. Canada and the US have had full drivers license reciprocity since at least 1943 when the "CONVENTION ON THE REGULATION OF INTER–AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE TRAFFIC" took place resulting eventually in the "Foreign Reciprocity Resource Guide". There have been some modifications over the years due to technology changes, but the basic premise is still the same. License good in the US? Good in Canada and Mexico...
Dutch_12078 02/10/21 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: New satellite dish

Link: TV Sat 2.5 Portable Satellite Antenna Too bad they don't list a website with more information. Without emailing or calling them, I'm guessing the price is about $1200 based on them saying it's less than half the $2500 they quote for the Trav'ler. That's a few hundred cheaper than the Winegard Trav'ler actual selling price and has the added advantage of portability.
Dutch_12078 02/09/21 07:20pm Technology Corner
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