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RE: Internet for campsite and while en route (travel trailer)

If you have deep pockets, look into an "in motion" type satellite system like they install on luxury yachts and huge class A motorhomes. Latency might be too high for interactive video, but should let you stream one way video and other content. Another poster mentioned SpaceX Starlink. It is now in "open public beta" for Northern US and Canada (so your grand canyon / so cal adventure is out.) $100 monthly plus $500 for the fixed ground station (not mobile!) gets you 50 to 100mbit and roughly 20msec latency.
GordonThree 11/02/20 11:16am Technology Corner
RE: CREE Has Been Purchased New LEDs In The Works

My beef with Cree is their success also caused severe damage to the brand name. Every Tom Dick and Harry on eBay, Amazon, elsewhere is happy to proclaim their products contain Cree LEDs. This is hardly the case, and is especially evident when your lighting gizmo quickly fails, while delivering a less than useful light quality (cri and temperature). I build all my own LED lights whenever possible, and use almost exclusively Lumileds products, purchased via a secure supply chain, to avoid counterfeit products. Wikipedia has a nice article on luminous efficacy, which also covers the limitations behind 300lm/w for "white" LEDs.
GordonThree 10/21/20 04:28pm Tech Issues
RE: CREE Has Been Purchased New LEDs In The Works

I thought the maximum was 300lm/watt for a phosphor conversion LED? The blue/uv they use to drive the phosphor is the bottleneck as I recall. If they could drive the phosphor with green LEDs instead, could be interesting.
GordonThree 10/20/20 02:06pm Tech Issues
RE: CREE Has Been Purchased New LEDs In The Works

As I understand it, using carbide allows the diodes to operate and remain stable at much higher temperatures. For a while, Cree found more profits in using their process technology to make switches for EV and electrical grid applications, instead of the LED market. Cree has come out with some fantastic hugely powerful transistors over the last few years.
GordonThree 10/20/20 06:23am Tech Issues
RE: Uconnect 8.4 default to bluetooth?

Goducks ... Tried your steps, but must have missed something. While doing the voice command + green phone button all it did was complain about not understanding. After that having the door open until the dash turned off, then closing and starting the engine, radio still defaulting to XM, and still not connecting to BT with the media button. Will try again when it's not pouring out. Kinda thinking I have a defective head unit.
GordonThree 10/18/20 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uconnect 8.4 default to bluetooth?

What type of phone? That version should use wireless Carplay. Not sure about the Android auto function. Then you can just hit the Carplay icon instead of media. I think wireless was introduced in more upscale models. I can do wired android auto, and the radio will default to that. I don't use it for quick drives to avoid wear and tear on the expensive to replace phone connector.
GordonThree 10/17/20 05:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uconnect 8.4 default to bluetooth?

Okay Googled around and found this. After I did step 6, my Uconnect system quickly flashed through several screens including what looked like a dial pad and the text "enter anti-theft code" (?). It still started in FM radio, but when I pressed the Media icon, it immediately went to Bluetooth (whereas in the past, I would have to hit the down arrow then select Bluetooth). I restarted the vehicle normally again, and this time it went straight to Bluetooth. Let me know if you have any questions, or you can call Uconnect General Support here: https://www.driveuconnect.com/contact-us.html . Great I'll give this a try, thanks!
GordonThree 10/17/20 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uconnect 8.4 default to bluetooth?

Have you had it on the phone and pushed the seat memory button, to remember "your" personal settings, for seat, mirrors, HVAC, and radio etc? No memory button.
GordonThree 10/17/20 11:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uconnect 8.4 default to bluetooth?

My 19 Ram won't stay in Bluetooth after shutting it off. Haven't taken the time to research so I'm staying tuned in to this thread. Pretty frustrating to say the least. My '17 did.. I wonder if it's a feature FCA removed sometime during the '19 model year?
GordonThree 10/17/20 11:17am Tow Vehicles
Uconnect 8.4 default to bluetooth?

I have a 2020 ram 1500, with the 8.4 non-nav Uconnect system. My XM trial has expired and I don't plan on renewing. There's not much for broadcast radio, so I'd like to default to Bluetooth on the radio. I can't seem to find the menu option to set that. Years ago (2013) I had 8.4 Uconnect with Nav and it just worked didn't have to do anything. Now when I connect to the phone, and turn off, the next time I start up it goes back to the dead XM radio instead of the phone. Maybe my radio is defective? Any ideas?
GordonThree 10/16/20 05:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wooded Campgrounds for TTs

Plenty of wooded state parks here in Michigan with room for big rigs if you're good at driving / parking you rig. The sites are large but it can take some impressive skills to get a long rig to fit.
GordonThree 10/12/20 07:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Curt trailer coupler lock

Might want to choose a different brand coupler lock. I think Curt missed something when they made this fine product? Clicky
GordonThree 10/07/20 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Atlanta to Grand Canyon with 10 days

I spent Christmas at GCNP, south rim, 2017. It snowed some, it was cold, but still remarkable. Water was turned off at the sites in trailer village. I would consider flying to Vegas, renting an RV and driving it to GCNP, rather than trying to tow a rig cross country. Alternate ideas; fly to Vegas, rent an RV and drive to Zion NP, or Death Valley NP, both closer and much warmer.
GordonThree 10/06/20 09:10am Roads and Routes
RE: SSD Storage

Is this a bare drive SSD you put in your own enclosure, or a legit Samsung external SSD? I own several Samsung external SSD, they all arrived correctly formatted. Maybe a counterfeit?
GordonThree 10/02/20 01:46pm Technology Corner
RE: SSD Storage

The free tool, Samsung Magician might help. Sounds like a bad USB port?
GordonThree 10/02/20 12:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Solution to Trash Left Behind!

Instead of mailing trash back to them, just ban the offender and their entire family until they complete X hours of community service? You'd need a huge beaurocracy to register and enforce something like that ... make everyone register for dispersed camping, and send someone to check the site after their departure.
GordonThree 09/26/20 10:35am Truck Campers
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

How fast were you driving. Most ST trailer tires are rated at 65 mph. x2 for this. amazed every time I hit the road with my tt, how many others blast past me. they must be doing 75+ mph. it's a wonder there aren't more blowouts.
GordonThree 09/07/20 08:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Sheesh lots of naysayers and fraidy cats on here! Have you camped in sub zero temperatures? The typical RV might do OK down to freezing but is just not likely to do well below zero. Even if the RV is set up to avoid frozen valves, pipes, and tanks, it will require LOTS of propane just to keep it useable. Condensation is likely to be another big issue. Water can condense on aluminum window frames and vent covers making them inoperable. Yes, I camp year round in Michigan. Haven't had any issues with condensation freezing anything shut. In addition to the furnace and electric heat, I run a dehumidifier. Me and my dog give off lots of moisture, so a powerful dehumidifier is important. Typically my water system is winterized by December, so I don't worry about pipe or tank freezing. When I was camping in Colorado and Utah in January, electric heat tape and pads, along with a hot water circulation system kept everything functional, even at -15F. I was boondocking mostly, so the generator was running almost 24x7, and had dual 20# tanks plus a spare. Lots of fuel was burned but such is the nature of extreme weather RV'ing.
GordonThree 09/05/20 08:00am Beginning RVing
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Sheesh lots of naysayers and fraidy cats on here! I would find someone local to you and work with them to outfit your trailer for very cold weather. Do NOT trust the manufacturer to have done anything to prep that trailer for what you're looking at. My trailer has been modified and can camp during all four seasons, in Northern winter, not a chilly overnight in the South. I wouldn't trust ducted heat. Use electric heating pads on tanks and electric heat tape on plumbing. Use the furnace too, keep it turned up. Extreme cold is not the place to cheap out and save energy. 100% agree with the previous recommendation for extra propane tank(s). I setup my generator to run while driving to keep the electric heating systems active and avoid running the batteries down. Don't expect to have any hook-ups at your campground. They may have a heated hose for you to fill with, I found finding open dump sites to be more problematic.
GordonThree 09/04/20 05:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: Boat Rentals

Yikes! The tiny campground up the road from me was asking $40 for half a day, included fuel.
GordonThree 09/02/20 07:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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