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RE: Fulltimers....what's your favorite 5er?

Another vote for a used Nuwa Hitchhiker from Kansas RV center. They sell others now, but are the location of the former Nuwa factory. They refurbish used units and can make changes if you want. We had some changes and additions done on our unit. We have been FT for just over a year. X3 and their service department is first rate. I have an appointment in a few weeks. I stop once a year to get whatever glitches or upgrades have come up handled.
ljr 09/04/15 06:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: cleaning and protecting rv tires

7X 303 Do I hear 8?
ljr 09/04/15 08:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: full-timing and credit rating

Selling a house and going full time should not adversely affect your credit. A good place to check and monitor your credit for free; https://www.creditkarma.com/ You can play with different hypothetical changes and see the effect on your score. The site for federally mandated free credit reports (does not include FICO score); https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action I recommend that everyone should place a credit freeze on your account at each of the three reporting agencies. At most it will cost you $30 depending on state of residence. It is the only way to be guaranteed to prevent id theft and can easily be thawed at any time. Monitoring services are a waste of money and not worth having even if free. For info; http://www.clarkhoward.com/credit-freeze-and-thaw-guide X2 on the freeze. I did it years ago. Nobody can open any kind of account in your name if the credit check fails. It doesn't matter how much info they have. It cuts down on the junk mail credit offers too.
ljr 09/04/15 06:49am Full-time RVing
RE: full-timing and credit rating

I have one credit card i pay off every month. The last time I bought a TV they tried to talk me into financing so I let them run a credit check just to see what came back. It was 0. I normally keep my credit history locked.
ljr 09/04/15 02:38am Full-time RVing
RE: full-timing and credit rating

Not sure about the "what does it matter if you are debt free". Aren't insurance rates partially based on credit rating? Yup. Really? My credit rating is 0. I've been with the same insurance company for almost 30 years and the subject never came up.
ljr 09/03/15 11:40am Full-time RVing
RE: Buying local vs the national dealers

I very much prefer local but the one that sold my last 2 stopped doing warranty service. I bought my current factory direct. If you can find a reliable local dealer you're lucky. Stick with them.
ljr 09/03/15 08:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

Perhaps you can sell it to someone that's OK with those limitations and move on to something else? The only possible change would be to a fully MANUALLY pointed, tripod based antenna if you still wanted all the functionally of a Trav'ler. The dome style antennas can be set for WA or EA but due to changes by Dish, even the EA option is not always a viable option with a dome. I have a 1000.4 with both WA and EA LNB assemblies, a solid tripod and a good meter. I just don't understand the requirement that it be dark and raining every time I set it up.
ljr 09/01/15 05:09pm Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

Perhaps you can sell it to someone that's OK with those limitations and move on to something else? The thought has crossed my mind. I'd just go back to the portable on a tripod. I use it too often anyway and with it everything works.
ljr 09/01/15 04:47pm Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

110, 119, 129 are 9 and 10 degrees separated (19 degrees total). 61.5, 72, 77 are 10.5 and 5 degrees apart (15.5 degrees total). The skews required for each would be different as well as the separation. Even if it were possible to get to of the LNB's to hit 2 of the satellites, there is no software available to locate the 3 EA satellites. You would have to manually point to one and somehow (without ruining the control wires and still providing the required 48VDC) manually move the antenna while watching the signal meter on your receiver in hopes of finding something. I have the Trav'ler SWM setup for DirecTV and have been a DirecTV subscriber since 2000 but I used to work for Winegard so I am very familiar with both mounts. Ok, I'm convinced. It's not practical to modify it myself. I guess I'll just have to face that I made a very expensive mistake buying this thing and try to keep others from doing the same.
ljr 09/01/15 03:37pm Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

ljr- The problem is the skew. If you are on much of the east coast there is only a few degrees. By using the previously mentioned method of turning off power during the 72 manual search, I am able to get 61 and 72 of the EA by loosening the LNB screws and twisting the left side of the LNB up a few degrees and nylon tieing it. Have someone watch the signal meter then run the switch test.The manual mode searches with the center LNB head. It defeats the purpose of the intended 1 button setup but is a work around if you will be at a site for a while. There is nothing on 77 at this point that I understand. We used to use this staggered LNB setup years ago for getting 101 and 91 on the same dish.:) When I get time I am going to cut up an LNB head and put the proper spacing in it and some homemade skew. I think I can do it so it finds 61 and the offset LNB head will be on 72. Probably just easier and quicker to setup a portable. I am struck by the absurdity of playing such games after the $ we spent for "convenience". The existing LNBs are close enough to EA spacing that I wonder if I could get power to the skew motor and set it manually? There must be two wires in the control box cable that control it.
ljr 09/01/15 03:15pm Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

Since we are looking to purchase a trav'ler in the near future, I checked the website. Under FAQs: "Q. Can I use the Eastern Arc with the DISH/Bell TV TRAV’LER antenna? A. The DISH/Bell TV TRAV’LER antenna is not compatible for Eastern Arc in multi-satellite mode. It may be capable of reading satellites 61.5°, 72.7° and 77° in manual mode depending on the manufacture date of the antenna." So it seems, the longer I wait, the more likely I will be able to get a trav'ler with the ability to get EA, at least in manual mode. If I wait long enough, they may add that capability for auto mode. The LNB used with the Trav'ler for Dish (SK-1000) is not capable of working with the EA satellites so no matter how long you wait you will never be able to receive all of the EA satellites simultaneously. Winegard would need to produce a 2nd Dish antenna and software setup (highly unlikely due to limited demand) for that to work or provide a 2nd software setup with an LNB swap option. That's about what I was hoping for unless they came up with a 4 LNB bar that could accommodate either arc. If you are correct about demand then I wish I was a Direct subscriber but I'm not convinced you are. On edit: I've been thinking about it some more. If I added an LNB 10.5 degrees off center to a 1000.2 WA LNB bar and replaced the DP33 with a DP44 would that work? Does the control box run imbedded Linux?
ljr 08/31/15 05:02pm Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

Since we are looking to purchase a trav'ler in the near future, I checked the website. Under FAQs: "Q. Can I use the Eastern Arc with the DISH/Bell TV TRAV’LER antenna? A. The DISH/Bell TV TRAV’LER antenna is not compatible for Eastern Arc in multi-satellite mode. It may be capable of reading satellites 61.5°, 72.7° and 77° in manual mode depending on the manufacture date of the antenna." So it seems, the longer I wait, the more likely I will be able to get a trav'ler with the ability to get EA, at least in manual mode. If I wait long enough, they may add that capability for auto mode. That was my thinking as I delayed purchase for over a year. It's been over a year since I bought it anyway. I've exchanged email with Winegard many times through all that and never got the slightest indication that EA support was even being considered. I'd say switch to Direct and get a Trav'ler.
ljr 08/31/15 02:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Where To Camp In Winter Down South?Campgrounds/Affordibility

check out Garner State Park in Texas (google it). I stayed up there last winter and really enjoyed it. Is there a way to stay more then 14 days? If you get a work-camping position in one of these parks for the season, you can stay for the season. But you have to work. I've never been to Garner but at other TX Parks in the Winter I've asked to stay longer and they always said yes. You'd have to wait until you are there and see how busy it is.
ljr 08/30/15 03:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where To Camp In Winter Down South?Campgrounds/Affordibility

Thanks again everyone...A huge thank you to all!! When it comes to temperatures I can handle...mid 40's for the low,and a high of at least 70 would be great!! I'm overwhelmed with all the possibilities,and going over all the feed back over loads my thinking capacity..hahaha..(smile) I'm still leaning on the south west U.S,and the perfect campground with hook ups for the RV....(space a little privacy)..and must say thanks again,for all the good leads....Will be looking into them all shortly :) You guys are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! George The "at least 70" part rules out the places I frequent during the winter. The Gulf Coast is out except for Southern FL and the RGV.
ljr 08/30/15 12:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dish Network Arbitration

I can't think of any reason I would want to sue DISH. Can you? If they P--- me off, I'll just cancel and go to DIRECT TV, OTA, or cable. They are not the only deal in town. I've thought of Direct many times but I have no reason to believe they are any better.
ljr 08/30/15 08:20am Technology Corner
RE: Dish Network Arbitration

I got it. I haven't quite decided how I feel about it. While Dish has done some slimey things over my many years as a customer, one of which involved an attorney, I think I prefer arbitration anyway. The only ones that seem to win class action suits are the attorneys.
ljr 08/30/15 06:37am Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

I have contacted them repeatedly about the lack of EA on the Trav'ler. What makes it even worse is the manual use of the antenna does not work either. So the average person can't even get 72º sat manually. I've had this discussion in other threads but for some strange reason, I can. That's another topic though.
ljr 08/30/15 05:37am Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

So you really have to change the Dish dish as you travel across the country for the E/W arcs? :h I guess we should call DTV the ArcLess technology! If any of the things mentioned in my original post matter to you, yes. For some they don't.
ljr 08/29/15 07:12pm Technology Corner
RE: I regret purchasing a Winegard Trav'ler for Dish Network

Try Direct TV. If I didn't already have so much $ tied up in Dish equipment I might do that but it would be much easier if Winegard got up to speed.
ljr 08/29/15 06:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Where To Camp In Winter Down South?Campgrounds/Affordibility

My usual winter stomping grounds runs from around Corpus Cristi to Southern Georgia. I know of huge, waterfront FHU sites for $400/mo but if 80 degree days are a requirement, forget it. That's why I asked for the OP's definition of "warm".
ljr 08/29/15 02:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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