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RE: Waze app for navigation?

I use Co-Pilot also. What has concerned me about Waze is that the maps are edited by users. Anyone with an account can sign into the website and change a map - correctly, or maliciously. The phone also must have data connected for Waze to work and as their website says, this can use a lot of data. The maps coming from CoPilot are commercially produced maps and are free downloads that are stored on the phone or tablet - no need for any data while traveling, you have all of the maps for the entire country - or the maps for the regions you want. Copilot has RV mode and will route around low overpasses and propane restrictions - based on what you have set into your RV profile. For $10 this is an RV specific GPS that functions as well as the RV standa lone units. (CoPilot includes a one year subscription for traffic coverage which does use data but from my experience it uses very, very little data over a five hour trip. After the first year traffic costs $10 a year - or just don't have traffic and all other premium features work.) If you could install the maps on your phone and have Waze work without data I might consider it - but from what I see, you can't do any of that. while waze can be used as a GPS but it's really more of a real-time traffic app. I ran it continuously in my jeep on a trip between Chicago and Port Charlotte, FL. it didn't use a whole lot of data.
rk911 06/22/15 05:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Waze app for navigation?

Wondering if anyone is using the navigational aid Waze app on their Smart phone when on-the-road? How do you like it, and does it work everywhere you travel? I use it when driving cross country in the jeep but not in the MH. I find it more useful for traffic backups than anything else. google maps or INRIX traffic will do the same.
rk911 06/20/15 07:47am Technology Corner
RE: Pricing confusion???????????

The RV stealership, whoops, dealership is going to charge as much as they can... and there's nothing wrong with that, is there? or should there be price controls on RVs?
rk911 06/18/15 04:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Free Upgrade to Window's 10?

...I will probably only move to Win 10 when I build or buy a new machine. X2 and only when the major bugs have been exterminated.
rk911 06/18/15 08:54am Technology Corner
RE: Class A Insurance - Options

This "Topic" has been discussed but mostly with emotion. (JMHO) I am getting ready to renew? or change, we have been with Progressive and just need to shop the rates and coverage options. Appears to just keep going up - (sound familiar) just wondering if there are any surprises, good deals or new agents/companies to contact. Progressive Geico Allstate Nationwide Local agent These are the normal options and in the order I rated them what do you think, and why? In my 50 years paying in --- I have never had a claim, but feel like I've bought a New Coach. Just looking for a good option - so if you have something positive to add please join in. TIA, state farm unless you're fulltiming. I've been with SF since 1966 which should tell you something.
rk911 06/18/15 08:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pricing confusion???????????

So how or where can I find out what a RV actually sold for? It's not like a house, where the property transfers are public record. the dealer won't tell you...the buyer could tell you, if you can find him/her. otherwise you'll just have to make the best deal you can...best in terms of what you think, what's acceptable to you. remember, profit is not a dirty word. the dealer's job is to separate as much money from you as they can. your job is to minimize it.
rk911 06/17/15 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pricing confusion???????????

Was looking at an ad for a 2002 R-Vision Trail-lite 251 motorhome on RVTrader. It's listed by a dealer for $24,900. NADA average retail, accounting for mileage but no options added is $11,582. (This is the most my credit union would loan.) Almost alll the options to check as add-ons on the NADA guide are standard items on that type of motor home. The same model is listed on PPL as sold for $14,495. So over $13K difference in the highest and lowest in that range. HOW ON EARTH would you begin to know what to offer to buy? (Assuming all systems work and no major condition issues.) Very very baffling. something is worth only what someone is willing to pay. the fellow we bought our home from in 1988 was asked almost $50K more than we ultimately paid. we got it for about 76% of what he was asking. from his perspective it didn't hurt to ask for more...maybe someone would bite. if I were you and you were going to finance the whole thing (something I would advise against doing) I would use the max amount available to you as your red line but I would offer 75% of that as a starting point for negotiating. and any offer should be contingent upon a thorough inspection by a qualified RV tech. remember, you may love this particular RV but it's not the last one on Earth...you'll find others.
rk911 06/17/15 01:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Based P.V, Systems & New NEC Regs

Might be wise to figure out if these regs can somehow be warped in the future to apply to RV's and underwriter's fire insurance... PV System???? Photovoltaics or solar. thanks.
rk911 06/17/15 12:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Based P.V, Systems & New NEC Regs

Might be wise to figure out if these regs can somehow be warped in the future to apply to RV's and underwriter's fire insurance... PV System????
rk911 06/17/15 11:51am Tech Issues
RE: Windows 10

I have yet to find a way to shut off updates in Win 8.1. What you can shut off are app updates but not OS updates - and when it decides to update you can not turn off the computer without letting the update download and install. I just went through this at a campground with limited wifi. If anyone can specify where to set a setting to stop this from happening please share details. As to updating to Win 10, make a full drive backup first just in case the update stinks worse than 8.1 does. I don't know Win 8.1 but in Win7 I would do the following to control OS updates: - Control Panel - Windows Updates - Change Settings
rk911 06/17/15 08:08am Technology Corner
RE: Free Upgrade to Window's 10?

Got an e-mail from Microsoft saying I can sign up for a free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1. Anybody else got the e-mail? Are you signing up or are you waiting to see how it all shakes out? waiting. I'm on Win7 and happy. no need to be in a rush to maybe go over another Win8 or VISTA cliff.
rk911 06/16/15 04:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Traveling I-80

... As for 80, Getting around Chicago sucks but it always did.... Bring lots of change... Hate to disagree, but improvements over the past several years have made this section of 80 much easier. Just don't go through during Chicago rush hours. Only one toll that I'm aware of, just before Indiana. I believe it's largely toll beginning in Indiana and heading east. OP doesn't say how far into Illinois he's going, so might be a moot point. correct. I-80 doesn't go thru Chicago...it skirts it thru the south suburbs. just the one toll booth where I-80/I-294 meet. but you still want to avoid it during rush hours.
rk911 06/16/15 07:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Traveling I-80

How is interstate 80 from Ca. to Illinois in July and is there someplace to park a 40 ft. motorhome while visiting Mt. Rushmore? there is ample parking at Mt. Rushmore for a 40' RV, no sweat. but if you're staying in the area many of the parks and CGs offer shuttles to/from the park. btw, I-80 doesn't run anywhere near the Black Hills. did you maybe mean I-90?
rk911 06/16/15 07:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windows 10

... well I have although it's been years and Eric&Lisa are (is) correct. a lot of software is bloated and buggy and is dependent on users to find and report problems. Bloated I can agree with but no company would ever be so arrogant as to depend on users to find and report problems.Garmin quicken
rk911 06/13/15 06:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Windows 10

Welcome to Microsoft where the first customers are the last beta testers! ... Spoken by someone who obviously has never written a single line of code! well I have although it's been years and Eric&Lisa are (is) correct. a lot of software is bloated and buggy and is dependent on users to find and report problems.
rk911 06/12/15 04:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Windows 10

Question... How many of us could do everything we do today with Windows 98 & Office 97 (assuming the software was stable)? Answer ... that software was **** compared to what we have now. I don't think I could do ANYTHING with Windows 98 now. I use Windows XP, barely, to look up the occasional web page. dunt know about '98 but I sure did like XP and would still be using it had it not been buried. surfing, e-mail, taxes, quicken, word processing, excel...that makes up the majority of my use. Win7 is nice...starting to like it almost as much as XP. no interest in 8 and I'm reserving opinions on Win 10. publish or perish, Microsoft.
rk911 06/12/15 04:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Gas Caps

5-6 years ago when I took our '00 Suncruiser/Ford F53 in for testing the tech put the detector wand into the tailpipe for the genny instead of the engine tailpipe. he was impressed with how clean the F53 was running. :)
rk911 06/12/15 09:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windows 10

...To the person who will wait until SP1 is out, may be waiting a long long time. MS states that there will only be updates, no SP1. that was me. i will still not be in the vanguard of those making the switch as soon as it's available. there's no rush.
rk911 06/11/15 09:35am Technology Corner
RE: Windows 10

Has anyone began the conversion to 10? Problems, comments? Do you know if it loads on top of say, 7, or replaces all of the older version? Thanks, Jim jim, I always wait to upgrade an OS until at least the first service pack has been issued. these things never seem to go smoothly and I'm happy to wait until others have blazed the trail, encountered the problems that MS eventually addresses. I love Win7 but didn't upgrade to that until XP was dead and buried. good luck.
rk911 06/10/15 09:35am Technology Corner
RE: What is the single best part of RVing?

There are many many reasons we all do it but if someone were to ask for the number 1 reason you do it, what would that ONE reason be? For us its having our own bed and toilet. You could argue that that is 2 things but I classify it as one reason. If I had to categorize it I would call it "having a hotel room that I clean". for us, even though we are retired and everyday is Saturday, it's a feeling of being on vacation...seeing new things, new people.
rk911 06/08/15 02:01pm Class A Motorhomes
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