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RE: Visible wants me to upgrade to new plan

I upgraded about a week ago. Fortunately, no problems. Haven't noticed any improvement yet, but I'm not a heavy user of Net things with it. So, not much opportunity for before/after comparison.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/01/23 09:00am Technology Corner
RE: Make line on driveway for camper loading?

Thanks for the ideas. My biggest problem is being parallel with the camper. So I think some sort of line along the driver side tires would work best for me. It would give me both parallel and left-right guidance. However, any other ideas are welcome. Will let you know what I come up.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/31/23 10:22am Truck Campers
Make line on driveway for camper loading?

Although I've done it for years, I'm trying to simplify loading my camper by myself in my old age. Recently I laid a string along the tires before offloading and that definitely helped when loading again. However, the string didn't last in wet weather. So, I'm thinking about a long "thingee" (plastic/wood/tape??) I could attach to the asphalt with glue or screws. Distance between tires is about 14 ft. BTW, don't want to paint the line or install a laser system. Thanks for any ideas.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/30/23 05:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Mopkka tank Sensors

Just bought one of these and installed it on my horizontal 20 lb tank in my TC. Had just filled the tank and the phone app reports 80%, so that's a good start. Should be an improvement on the "days used" meter I've been using :) Changed the reporting time to 10 seconds in hopes of improving battery life.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/14/23 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Hotspot (usb tethering) with Visible: Help needed

It looks like I fixed the issue after messing around with iTunes. I will do some testing and post my final report later tonight. I have/had the same problem with my phone and iTunes. If I uninstalled iTunes from my computer I was able to connect to my iPhone7 with USB. Since I wanted to keep iTunes on my PC, I just used WiFi to connect PC to iPhone. Now have iPhone SE but haven't tried USB. Sorry, but didn't remember I had the problem when you first posted. :) Glad you figured it out.
Ramblin' Ralph 02/21/23 08:37am Technology Corner
RE: Visible wants me to upgrade to new plan

Tom M: Thanks for posting this. Exactly why I'm not switching right now. Hope the "I can't understand why you aren't switching" folks have read your post too. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 02/18/23 04:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Visible wants me to upgrade to new plan

I'm reluctant because of all the "horror stories" I've seen on other forums about changing Visible plans. I'm a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" type of person. Since things are working fine, I think I'll chew on the decision for a while. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 02/18/23 02:59pm Technology Corner
Visible wants me to upgrade to new plan

Yesterday I got an email from Visible that said this: We’re moving our valued members (that’s you!) onto our upgraded network. It’s faster and more reliable. So you’ll have all the unlimited data you have now, but with improved performance. Still $25/mo, taxes & fees included. I've been on the old plan for about a year for $25. I think I might wait and see if they force me to change. Anybody else get an email like this?
Ramblin' Ralph 02/18/23 08:45am Technology Corner
RE: 1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

Got the custom adapter from the machine shop to go from 1" to 3/8". Photo below is the full setup before it's mounted on the ladder rail. With my shaky hands I need another person to help. The lever arm is horizontal to lock the antenna rotation and vertical to allow antenna to be raised or lowered. Just hope I remember to lower it when investigating boondocking spots in trees. :) BTW, I used the term "pipe cap" previously not knowing a real one uses a tapered thread. The threads in both cases here are "standard". https://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/miscphotos/CellAntMountArrowsText_s.jpg
Ramblin' Ralph 02/09/23 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone awitch to new Visible Plans?

I'm sticking with the $25 legacy plan until they force me to change.
Ramblin' Ralph 02/03/23 09:21am Technology Corner
RE: 1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

Thanks for the additional tips. I got a 1" pipe cap and took it to the machine shop yesterday. He will drill and tap the 3/8 hole. I'll post a pic of the complete antenna mount after I get the cap from the shop.
Ramblin' Ralph 02/02/23 08:02am Tech Issues
RE: 1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

Thanks for the additional info. I'll post a pic of my solution in a couple of weeks. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 01/27/23 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: 1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

Option B go to a machine shop and have them make one for you. That's what I'm going to do. I found I can buy a 1" pipe "cap" in stainless or brass. Since my old hands are too shaky to DIY, I'll take it to a local machine shop to drill/thread the 3/8 hole. Thanks to both for the input. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/26/23 01:23pm Tech Issues
1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

I want to mount my cell booster antenna to a rotating mount on my ladder. The antenna has spring at the end with a male 3/8 x 24 thread. The antenna mount has a male 1" x 14 thread. I've browsed the web some for a female-to-female adapter that would solve my problem, but no luck. Maybe there is someone here with more mechanical knowledge than me that has a suggestion? :) Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/26/23 11:49am Tech Issues
RE: Effect of no absorption on LiFePo4?

Thank for the info. Glad to know I'm damaging my battery. :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/21/23 07:03pm Tech Issues
Effect of no absorption on LiFePo4?

I bought a low end 100Ah LiFePo4 a couple of years ago. The manufacturer only listed charge and float voltages on their spec sheet. Later I asked them about absorption and they told me 14.4v. They also said it wasn't on the spec sheet because "it's not that frequently ask by our customer". :) I never got around to setting my solar controller for absorption. For 2 summers of extended summer travel the battery has performed very well and is only charged by my 225w solar system. So what is the effect on the battery to not have absorption? Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/21/23 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

I really like my Victron 75/15, especially all the bluetooth info! Be sure and write down the PUK number on the back, in case you need to reset the PIN in the phone app.
Ramblin' Ralph 12/28/22 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Refinished our 2001 lance 845

Looks great!! I have the same year and model. Still looks pretty good, but not near as good as your refurbed one. :) Have fun camping this summer.
Ramblin' Ralph 12/25/22 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Took the camper off my truck so I could get some truck maintenance items done in preparation for Ramblin' 2023 starting in June!
Ramblin' Ralph 12/17/22 09:10am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

Third, it is true that most of my charging is from my solar panel (120 watts). Most of our snow camping tends to be in Utah and the Sierra, so we usually get lots of sun. But assuming that I go with lithium batteries, I will want to make sure that the software in the battery prevents charging when it is below 32 degrees. My Victron MPPT solar controller will stop charging if the battery is below a configured voltage. A $30 battery temperature sensor is required to do this. My switch to a single 100 Ah LifePO4 has worked out great. With my 225w of solar, I have NEVER charged it up with anything but solar in 2 extended summers of ramblin'. Also, my old body can lift it. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 12/07/22 10:27am Tech Issues
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