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RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

The Damon is a nice coach but the F53 it's built on is pretty much limited to 5K lbs towing and maybe even less depending on which chassis model. Your at 4,500 lbs for the Jeep add in potentially 1500 lbs for a light trailer and golf cart puts you beyond the chassis limits. Trailing the Jeep and golf cart will put you well beyond the limits of the chassis. Spot on summary . . . which has unfortunately been pretty much ignored. I'm guessing OP has disappeared for good.
TechWriter 11/13/19 07:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Going from Direct TV to Dish Need information

So if I was to say I was at my son's house in the Baltimore service area, I would receive the Baltimore locals anywhere I go? I very seldom switch my antenna to the eastern arc so I use 119 almost all the time. I can't figure out why a small market like Springfield, MO would be broadcast nationwide. In fact many of the cities listed are very small markets. To have them available across the nation seems like a waste of bandwidth. Your reply reminds me of the story about the guy who gave a panhandler $20. Then the panhandler complained that the $20 bill was wrinkled.
TechWriter 11/13/19 10:14am Technology Corner
RE: Going from Direct TV to Dish Need information

. . . why are they charging me $12.50 for the St Louis locals? As I travel around and request locals from the area I'm in, I'm charged different rates (and taxes) depending on which state/city I'm in. My bad. The rate is now $12/month for local stations, not "distant locals". For me, that price is good everywhere as I've changed locals many times while traveling. Please enlighten us as to how to go about getting distance locals. I'd prefer some on the east coast so I can watch late night TV at a reasonable time. You're confusing two different things: Local TV coverage ($12/month) -- your local TV stations will appear in your DISH programming guide. When you travel outside your local TV station coverage, then you can change to other local stations. Distant Network (like All American) -- a non-DISH service that used to provide East or West Coast TV stations (LA or NY I think). As you travelled around the country you could always count on receiving these stations because they were on CONUS sats. Though DISH Distant Network service is no longer available, CONUS service is available for these TV markets: https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/conus-locals-on-dish.jpg For example, if you have a Sacramento, CA address, then you could receive Sacramento locals in HD all across the country . . . as long as you can receive sat 119.
TechWriter 11/12/19 08:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Going from Direct TV to Dish Need information

I say all this to let you know you don't need to switch locals as you travel across a state. Sometimes the spot beams overlap and you can make use of that. If you're 500 miles out of a market area, you'll have to switch. Also, the cost of locals may change from one market to another and that will be reflected on your bill. There are several DISH CONUS markets that you can receive anywhere in the US -- Sacramento, CA for example. Also, DISH locals cost a flat $10/month.
TechWriter 11/12/19 03:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Is a fuse a fuse?

I'm fusing my solar panels individually in the combiner box before they are combined . . . OP, I suggest checking out the MidNite Solar Forum. These are the guys who manufacture, test, and install solar equipment . . . actual experts. The advice you get on this forum may be well-meaning, but it can be mixed, and even outright dangerous . . . for example, one of the current posters suggested that using a piece of wire was just as good as a fuse.
TechWriter 11/10/19 04:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Circuit Breaker on Solar

Check out this MidNite Solar article on DC breakers.
TechWriter 11/05/19 08:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Internet

What do you use for Internet? We are going to probably use a streaming service for TV Viewing. I have read a little about OTR. Here's what I used this summer. Campground Wifi networks are notoriuosly overloaded so you will likely not be able to use them for streaming. That's not what I found.
TechWriter 11/05/19 05:00pm Full-time RVing
RE: Full-time in the Arizona heat

If you don't have two ACs, I wouldn't do it. You might be able to install a swamp cooler in an RV window. Buy an autoformer because sure as shooting the park voltage will dip during the summer months. If you have a dog, buy pet shoes otherwise you risk burning the dog's feet. If possible, try a summer getaway to a mountain campground (> 7000') as it's cooler up there. Keep in mind that when the summer monsoons hit, it becomes very humid as well as hot.
TechWriter 11/05/19 04:52pm Full-time RVing
RE: 2020 ACA ("Obamacare") Update for Full Timers

Income of prior years doesn't figure in at all. You will need income (like taxable 401K / IRA distributions) to qualify for a subsidy. I don't think SS counts as income under ACA rules. Better do some more research on ACA subsidies if you are planning on one. You need enough taxable income to rise above 140% of the poverty level to qualify. Otherwise your only option is Medicaid which brings in a whole other set of rules. What's included as income
TechWriter 11/02/19 12:47pm Full-time RVing
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

My husband and I are planning to retire in the spring, sell our house and buy a used 40+ Class A and live it in for at least 6 months or maybe longer . . . We live in MI now . . . We have a lot of equity in our house and he will fully retire when he turns 63 in May. As mentioned previously, health insurance will be very important while on the road . . . and it sounds like both of you won't be on Medicare, so you'll have to get individual health insurance for both of you, right? If you have health insurance through your employer, then I believe you can continue that same insurance through COBRA for 18 months. That's what we did when we started full timing in 2013. I was 63 too. After that? If you haven't paid for the full cost of your health insurance, prepare for sticker shock. Our pre-Obamacare COBRA plan (a BCBS PPO) cost about $1,000/month for my wife and I. I went on Medicare in 2016, but my wife signed up for an AZ Obamacare plan for $1150/month -- just for her. Now she's also on Medicare. For full timers, you want a "portable" health plan . . . one that operates (and costs) equally in every state. Some more info from my blog: 2020 ACA Health Care Options for full timers.
TechWriter 10/31/19 01:57pm General RVing Issues
2020 ACA ("Obamacare") Update for Full Timers

2020 ACA Health Plans with Nationwide Networks
TechWriter 10/31/19 01:09pm Full-time RVing
RE: Sale of Direct TV to Dish TV

May be time for all of you to toss your TV's and get back to camping. :) We're long past our "camping" days, now we're "RV'ers" with all the comforts that come with most homes. ;) x2
TechWriter 10/29/19 08:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Starlink supposedly will be available in 2020

Spacex has said previously that the sats and ground terminals would work well for mobile operation, and that seems to be born out by the aircraft test transmissions mentioned in this article. That bodes well for the RV and OTR trucking markets it seems. StarLink will probably use flat panel antennas (phased array) which may have to be gimbaled for some mobile applications. For in-motion use, that's a possible solution, but for parked use the flat panel terminals would be similar to roof mounted sat TV dishes like the Trav'ler except with much fewer aiming issues. As long as there's enough sky view, regardless of the direction, they should work... This may be the antenna -- about 6" x 6" capable of 20 Mbps: https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/possiblestarlinkantenna01_20-mbps_15-antenna-in-200-300-user-terminal.jpg height=512 width=384
TechWriter 10/28/19 10:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Starlink supposedly will be available in 2020

Spacex has said previously that the sats and ground terminals would work well for mobile operation, and that seems to be born out by the aircraft test transmissions mentioned in this article. That bodes well for the RV and OTR trucking markets it seems. StarLink will probably use flat panel antennas (phased array) which may have to be gimbaled for some mobile applications. I look forward to bootleg internet in the controlled areas. How would you do that? They won't be beaming WiFi from space. What is possibly going to die is cable TV from all this. Not likely. Change, sure.
TechWriter 10/28/19 06:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Sale of Direct TV to Dish TV

I wonder if the big problems with Directv Customer Service is actually concentrated on forums like this. Maybe it is only a problem for RV type uses. I have both home and commercial services from Directv and never have an issue other than when they are having a fight over content fees and a channel is blacked out or the occasional loss of signal in heavy rain or snow. Both of those cure themselves without intervention of a customer service agent. It just might be that customers with RVs constitute 2% of their business and 90% of their problems. If that is case, it might be in Directv's interest to actively eliminate that segment of the market. DirecTV is bleeding customers and it has very little to do with RVers.
TechWriter 10/28/19 11:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Sale of Direct TV to Dish TV

Can’t wait for Elon to get his world wide sat network up. He has some up now and has applied for permits for 30,000 small low altitude sats.I figure he can get about 4 Billion customers. At an average $10 / mo that’s an income of 40 Billion/mo, not bad, I’ll be happy to pay it and say goodbye to Dish. 4 billion customers? I don't think so. StarLink's main customers will be financial markets who will pay through the nose for shorter Internet access times.
TechWriter 10/26/19 02:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Maybe we _campers_ should boycott those that "don't like the smell of smoke" or has detrimental effects on their health...You do that, and let me know how you intend to go about it, and the final results. :) You'll be able to find me because I will be the one that doesn't stink of smoke, or have red eyes due to sitting in the smoke. :) Bam!
TechWriter 10/12/19 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Forest have always had fires...the question is how much of our “rights” do we lose to protect against the possibility of a fire? All of them.
TechWriter 10/10/19 06:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

We RVers need to Boycott places that don’t allow a special part of the camping experience...”campfires”. It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous. Au contraire. Please supply a list of these smoke free campgrounds. They're my next stops.
TechWriter 10/10/19 01:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

I don't regard the OP as "whinging" or "whining". I don't think it's unreasonable to expect public utilities to maintain their facilities in a way that doesn't jeopardize public safety. Time to install that backup generator, California. (They make natural gas gennies, too.) Because a Honda 2000 or an RV gen ain't gonna power a 200A (or 100A) service house. With apologies to Bob Dylan, You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
TechWriter 10/10/19 01:35pm Class A Motorhomes
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