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RE: How to get a loan for RV

Based on the amount you want to borrow, it appears you'll be buying used. Lenders will typically lend on newer RVs and charge a higher interest rate, compared to new. Your best bet will be to check with your credit union.
gemsworld 04/06/21 04:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: Cell coverage in Death Valley

Just got back from Death Valley and T-Moble works there. As time2roll stated, decent signal and 3G for T-Mobile as well.
gemsworld 02/24/21 07:25pm Technology Corner
RE: T-Mobile Coverage

I had an opportunity to take my T-Mobile phone for a 400 miles "test drive" around AZ, CA and NV. Our drive took us through mostly small towns and hamlets in the desert and the coverage was mostly good. As expected with all carriers, there were a few spots along desolate areas where there was no signal. The phone also worked well in Death Valley, although data was 3G and some pages did take long to load and others did not load. Note: T-Mobile is in a partnership with other operators in some of the areas we traveled. At times, the phone said were were connected to USA Connect.
gemsworld 02/24/21 07:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Cell coverage in Death Valley

Solid 3G in Texas Springs campground right now. And a beautiful day in DV today. Nice to know.
gemsworld 02/21/21 07:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Cell Boosting Kits Sold on Ebay

Notice the low rating on the reviews please.... Many of those units are being sold as "open box," which leads me to believe they were returned by unsatisfied customers. When I could determine brands, I checked reviews elsewhere and a few of them had decent reviews.
gemsworld 02/18/21 08:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Cell Boosting Kits Sold on Ebay

The real test of T-Mobile coverage will take place when we start traveling, but so far so good.Perhaps their coverage has improved, but, Verizon's been very good to me. I'm not sure how much of your "careful consideration" was cost. :) We were with Verizon for about 20 years, most of those years living in a very large metropolitan area where coverage was second to none. Verizon also served us well most of the time in our many travels across the country. However, as I mentioned before, where we live now T-Mobile has better coverage than Verizon. Proven by testing Verizon and T-Mobile cell phones side by side using apps measuring signal strength, tower locations and speed comparisons, and by checking a couple of up-to-date cell coverage third-party websites. And, yes, cost was part of our careful consideration.
gemsworld 02/18/21 11:25am Technology Corner
RE: Cell Boosting Kits Sold on Ebay

You may consider switching to Verizon and not have a need for a booster. Yeash T Mobile has the worst coverage out west. Verizon is the best followed by ATT After careful consideration we recently switched from Verizon to T-Mobile. We actually have much better coverage with T-Mobile than Verizon in our small community. The real test of T-Mobile coverage will take place when we start traveling, but so far so good.
gemsworld 02/18/21 10:28am Technology Corner
RE: Cell Boosting Kits Sold on Ebay

You are rolling the dice buying electronics from eBay chinese suppliers. I bought this unit off Amazon where you can at least return something. It seems to give about one to two bars of signal boost. Tho I have not done a quantitative test yet. We had visible/Verizon signals everywhere this last summer except one spot. That was in 21 states and 32 camp spots. I'm also considering this unit. I like the fact it comes with an external omni-directional antenna. Based on what I've read, experts recommend using omni-directional antennas for RVs since they don't require taking the time to aim the antenna. We bought a painter pole that extends to 20 feet for$35 from Lowes. Putting the antenna up higher can get a signal when you have none or a weak signal. I could put a directional antenna on that but like you I am holding off on that. We did not have the pole last summer tho the antenna is on the top of our ladder, about 10 feet up. I'm also planning to get a telescoping pole.
gemsworld 02/18/21 10:22am Technology Corner
RE: Cell Boosting Kits Sold on Ebay

You are rolling the dice buying electronics from eBay chinese suppliers. I bought this unit off Amazon where you can at least return something. It seems to give about one to two bars of signal boost. Tho I have not done a quantitative test yet. We had visible/Verizon signals everywhere this last summer except one spot. That was in 21 states and 32 camp spots. I'm also considering this unit. I like the fact it comes with an external omni-directional antenna. Based on what I've read, experts recommend using omni-directional antennas for RVs since they don't require taking the time to aim the antenna.
gemsworld 02/18/21 09:56am Technology Corner
RE: Cell Boosting Kits Sold on Ebay

Who's your provider? T-Mobile
gemsworld 02/18/21 09:47am Technology Corner
Cell Boosting Kits Sold on Ebay

Has anyone purchased an inexpensive cell boosting kit that are sold on Ebay? If so, are they any good, or they are just worthless junk? There are several of them ranging in price from $100 to $200. weBoost (made by Wilson Antenna) offers a kit for $500 that has mostly good reviews but I can't justify the cost for the very few times we may need to use it, hence why I'm looking to get something cheaper. The following link is for illustrative purposes: Cell Phone Signal Booster Moderator's Note: Changed URL link to shortcut. Using the full Ebay page link can sometimes cause unwanted characters to appear in Forum posts.
gemsworld 02/18/21 08:58am Technology Corner
RE: Cell coverage in Death Valley

Thanks for the info. It has been several years since we were in Death Valley and were hoping for some cell coverage in the campground areas.
gemsworld 02/17/21 10:04am Technology Corner
Cell coverage in Death Valley

Hi folks. Has anyone been to Death Valley recently that can tell me if there is cell coverage in the Furnace Creek area. Thanks in advance.
gemsworld 02/16/21 06:55pm Technology Corner
RE: Transition to Dish from DirecTV?

I have a Winegard Carryout 2 with Dish, and the short coax cable can be a hindrance at times. I'm in the Southwest and Dish uses satellites 110, 119 and 129. 129 carries most of the HD channels, however, 129 is the lowest satellite in the sky and the weakest. If you have room in your RV, I would recommend keeping the 18" antenna and use it when the Pathway can't be used.
gemsworld 02/15/21 08:44am Tech Issues
RE: T-Mobile Coverage

Thanks everyone for your feedback. It appears T-Mobile has better coverage than before, but not to the level of Verizon. T-Mobile is offering a device similar to a MiFi for a 30-day free trial period that allows you to connect any cell phone to it so you can see how T-Mobile works in your area. They even give you 30 gigs of data.
gemsworld 01/12/21 08:38am Technology Corner
T-Mobile Coverage

What has your experience been with T-Mobile as you travel around? How is the coverage along the highways, semi-rural and rural areas? We travel extensively and have been very satisfied with Verizon coverage, however, our Verizon plan offers little in terms of data and increasing it is pricey for our overall needs. T-Mobile offers some decent plans that will allow us to get considerably more data for the same amount of money we currently spend with Verizon. I don't want to take the plunge and find out when we hit the road I made a big mistake. Thanks in advance for sharing your experience.
gemsworld 01/11/21 04:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Good time to buy class a diesel?

Drove by earlier today by a dealer catering to snowbirds. The dealer always had a very good selection of new and used Class As, including diesels. The lot is now full of trailers, with only a few small mohos.
gemsworld 12/31/20 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Acquired by Thor for 300mil.

When Thor purchase Jayco, NOTHING was done to change their people or management. Doug And your point is? You don't think Thor is going to tell management of acquired companies what to do and how to run the business? I've seen RVs made prior to Thor acquiring a company and the same RVs made after Thor's acquisition. The drop in quality was glaring. 1. I work for a Dealer that sells Airstream/Jayco and Tiffin. ALL have been purchased by Thor 2. I DEAL with all 3 companies almost daily and the Employees tell me not one thing was changed after Thor purchased them 3. I have known Bob Tiffin for 41 years. We have been a Tiffin dealer for 45 years. Doug No one has ever accused Thor of upping the quality in the RV brands they acquire, just the opposite. I have a good friend who's been a master RV tech for decades and gets to the see the good, the bad and the ugly that most of us will never see, and he keeps me informed of what's happening in the industry. As a seasoned RV owner having purchased several new RVs throughout the years I know quality when I see it or when it's missing. As an RV enthusiast, I go to RV shows regularly and take a look at almost every single RV in display, from tiny teardrop trailers to million dollar plus diesel pushers. I have yet to be impressed with anything made by Thor.
gemsworld 12/21/20 06:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tiffin Acquired by Thor for 300mil.

When Thor purchase Jayco, NOTHING was done to change their people or management. Doug And your point is? You don't think Thor is going to tell management of acquired companies what to do and how to run the business? I've seen RVs made prior to Thor acquiring a company and the same RVs made after Thor's acquisition. The drop in quality was glaring.
gemsworld 12/21/20 10:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toad or No Toad ?- Grand Canyon road trip in a 23' class A

We ditched our toad years ago and have no regrets. We get around just fine in our Winnebago Navion, which is almost 26 feet long. We have gone sightseeing through national parks with no problems, and finding parking has always been easy. Same thing traveling in narrow and congested streets in San Francisco, CA and Old Quebec City in Canada. I would only recommend renting a car if you're planning on staying put in one place for extended periods.
gemsworld 12/12/20 03:07pm Class A Motorhomes
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