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RE: getting to NYC from Liberty Harbor

The PATH train from NJ is a subway, but a different system from NYC's MTA subway, but when you get off the PATH you will be right there at the NYC subway. Just buy a card for each and make it easy. There are special cards with unlimited trips for a several days that will save money if you plan to travel around NYC. Regardless, everything is so expensive in Manhattan the PATH and Subway will be the least of your expenses. Don't even think about driving over in an RV unless you want to have nightmares for many years to come! ;) We live near NYC and I do not bring my car into Manhattan. New speed limit with many tickets being given. No place to park without paying more than you can imagine. Not to mention double parked trucks on one way streets.
1775 07/01/15 11:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Software Question

LibreOffice. LibreOffice is developed by the two who first developed OpenOffice but they did not like where the company was going with Openoffice. They split off and put out LibreOffice which is kept nicely up to date. It looks very much like Open Office and if you know MS Office it works the same way. You can open any Microsoft Office file (except Access) both new and old, plus save to be compatible with new or old versions of MS Office. Can't beat it - its free!
1775 07/01/15 11:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Excellent Phone and Data Coverage with T Mobile

I have TMobile and voice coverage is great but data coverage can be spotty. I generally always have data service but in some places it is only Edge service which is less than 3G. I have not been to Yellowstone so I can't comment on coverage there. But I have had coverage where a friend with ATT didn't.
1775 07/01/15 11:28pm Technology Corner
RE: air conditioner on just fan

If you want outside air to be pulled in,open a window with the A/C on fan only. Or if you have a roof fan like a Fantastic Fan, open a window and turn it on exhaust.
1775 07/01/15 11:14pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Help finding a small sink

X2 on a bar sink. No different than an RV sink.
1775 06/30/15 11:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flashlight

Costco - 1000 lumen flashlight. Bright. Sees far. Blinding on strobe.
1775 06/30/15 11:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: What now? Have my route mapped out...

You don't say where you are traveling. Most places have everything right off the interstate - one town about the same as the next - and you won't have any problem finding gas or whatever you need. And since you don't say where you are or are traveling keep in mind that you are an overheight vehicle. In some areas of the Country (particularly the Northeast to Middle Atlantic) some roads that Google may route you on have height restrictions too low for your Class C. Follow the trucks and you will not have a problem - if an 18 wheeler can fit under so can you. Sounds like you have never RVed before. Before you leave the rental place ask them to show you how EVERYTHING works. Pay attention. It looks easy until you have to remember what they said to do. You will be fine. No matter what DON'T watch the movie RV before you go... ;)
1775 06/30/15 11:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie needs advice for 1st RV trip in a week.

Heading out the first week in July to anyplace that is popular means finding a campground with out reservations is going to be very, very hit and miss - and National Park campsites book well in advance. Walmarts are good for one night only - and you must ask permission of the manager of the store to stay overnight. Also some Walmarts do not permit overnight parking due to local regulations. Check for signs as you enter the parking lot that may say no overnight parking. There are alternatives to Walmart - Cracker Barrel restaurants will allow you to overnight. Flying J/Pilot stations allow overnight parking (if you can get a space). Other truck stops allow overnight parking but you are in competition with the 18 wheelers. Many casinos allow overnight parking and usually have an RV lot set aside. Some Cabela's stores allow overnight parking. Always ask first. Any business that allows you to overnight in their lot expects that you are going to spend some money while there at that business. Be very careful where you stop, especially, if you just decide to pull over - and if something does not feel right - leave. There are websites that list free overnight parking for RVs. As has been said, a first time trip should never be a long distance trip but if you are buying long distance and have to make the trip, it is a good idea to stay close to where you purchased and spend one or two nights in the RV. Get a feel for it and if you have any questions you can go back to the person you bought it from and get them answered. Best suggestion - spend a lot of time with who you are buying if from and have him show you everything working = and how to get it to work. You want no surprises that this or that does not work - or you don't know how to get it to work. Don't let this be rushed and either video record the whole thing. Taking notes gets too confusing. Have them show you while your wife videos it. Also if there is a manual for this RV you want it. If the owner does not have it look for it on the internet.
1775 06/30/15 11:19pm Beginning RVing
RE: Raspberry Pi, AirPlay, and dry camping

Sounds great! I recently got a Raspberry Pi 2 B and paid $35 for the board, put it together with some cables, a mouse, and keyboard I already had and a $8 charger and have another desktop PC. I agree that Linux is not for the uninitiated. I have been playing around with Linux distros for years on old PCs. I have found Ubuntu Mate 15.04 runs much faster on my Pi than Raspbian and has been easier to configure to the network. Not sure if your set up will work with Ubuntu. Its incredible what this little board can do and for so little cost.
1775 06/30/15 06:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Do ATT & Verizon Limit Towers for PayGo Phones

Between Verizon prepaid coverage and ATT prepaid coverage you will likely find that Verizon offers a wider area of coverage. My wife moved from ATT prepaid to Verizon prepaid and has had better coverage on her phone in places that we travel regularly than she had before.
1775 06/30/15 05:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Evernote - Onenote etc

I use Evernote. It does (and doesn't) store notes locally - sounds silly but this is what Evernote told me. They said that headers will be stored on the device. On my tablet which is newer and has a newer version of Android than my phone, all of my notes are on the tablet and I only need to sync to get changes or new notes created on my PC. On my phone, the phone searches to make a connection before it displays my notes - with no connection I don't get my notes - on the phone. On the tablet I do. On my PC, Evernote will not start without a data connection. Evernote has a lot of features. It seemed to me to be the best to do just what you are looking to do - keep notes that are accessible and editable between devices. Android and Google need a Memo app that goes across devices that stores locally - as Contacts and Calendar do. Evernote seemed the next best thing with that lacking.
1775 06/30/15 05:44pm Technology Corner
RE: Mouse quits?

Yes, it has a switch on bottom - I turn it off when I shut down LT, and turn it on when booting up LT (usually) Turn the mouse switch on before you turn on the laptop - not while it is booting. Unless this is a mouse that you don't use very often, there is no need to turn off the switch. It is not going to draw much from the battery when it is idle. I never touch the switch on my desktop's mouse. If you store this away for days or weeks between uses then turn it off.
1775 06/30/15 05:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Questions on 2008 Roadtrek Popular 19

Some questions on the potential purchase of a 2008 Roadtrek Popular 19: What brand of shocks would give me the best ride? How would I repair a small hole in the spare tire fiberglass cover? What would cause a refrigerator to fail to operate but start again after a lengthy ride? Any knowledge you can pass on to me would be appreciated. Bilstein shocks are the most recommended for Roadtreks and those who have them say the ride is dramatically improved. A small hole in the fiberglass cover on the Continental Spare is not going to effect anything but appearance. The bracket and the chrome rim around the tire is what is holding it in place. You can put anything over the hole or fill it - as was suggested - with resin - and then cover it. I put adhesive reflectors on mine just to improve its visibility in the dark sticking out from the bumper. The fridge works on DC, Propane, and AC. If your battery was very low to start it would not work on DC and even with Propane there might not have been enough in the battery to ignite the propane (did you have your battery switch on when starting the fridge?). As you drive the TrippLite 750 inverter/converter/charger charges the coach batteries - about to full charge in two hours - and this is a good indication that your batteries were low to start with if your fridge did not work until after a long ride. Come see my site - linked below in my sig - all about 190s!
1775 06/30/15 05:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: VCR

... I have a VCR with a digital tuner. I connect the cable coming into the house directly to the coax connector on the VCR and its digital tuner gets all of the basic channels - no problem. It is not connected through the cable box. Our cable went digital about years ago. We use this when the cable box decides its time to update itself for a hour. This update (which is a regular occurrence) only effects the cable box and not the cable signal on the line. Works just fine.Can you tell us who your cable provider is? Optimum - also known as Cablevision. They are in at least three states - NY, NJ, CT. I don't know if they are in RI. As I said,it works through the digital tuner built into a Panasonic VCR/DVD recorder - it does not work any other way and what I get is CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, WPIX, and two local PBS stations. Not a lot, but the main broadcast channels are there. I can set the VCR/DVD and record these channels to time shift - plus when the box reboots (frequently) there is something to watch until it is back up - if it goes back up. I should add that the CEO of this cable company (who has bought up the main newspaper in this area) has stated that his goal is for every one of his cable subscribers pay $500 a month for his services. It is not quite there yet but it goes up regularly without any gain. I recently put up a quality antenna outside and pull in a lot of broadcast channels including some that I am paying for on the Cable and some not on the cable that are pretty good. But if I drop the cable television service my internet will go up to just about what I am paying for both...
1775 06/25/15 05:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Windows 10

I have an IBM R40 running win 7 Pro. It is just fine for me since I only do e-mail and some searches. I would think Win 10 would be more than this ol dog can handle. Just curious if MS would even notify me of the Win 10 update. MS says that if you have your Win7 on automatic update you should get the update icon on your task bar. The Win 7 needs to be fully updated and a legitimate installation. This is what MS says on their Win 10 update page - now I have Win 8.1 and all of this and nothing blocked - and I still don't have an update icon.
1775 06/23/15 05:05pm Technology Corner
RE: VCR

If you VCR does not have a digital tuner you are going to have to put a digital tuner box on it - about $50 - to be able to bring in digital signals though you will only get the basic channels as in the broadcast networks. It can be done. I have one at home set up like this. What you cannot do is get full cable unless your cable company provides a cable decoder box with analog out connections - which I also have set up from my cable company - they charge per box but this is half the monthly charge than for the DVR box. Also you can connect an antenna to the same digital tuner box and bring in bring in a lot more as there are many digital over the air networks - some better than what is on cable - you will need a decent antenna to do that. ATSC/CLEAR QAM external tuner WILL NOT WORK PERIOD once the cable co flips to all digital. Ran into this with my Dads cable co last summer. A FCC ruling preventing cable co from scrambling all channels expired a couple of years ago. My local cable co REQUIRES a digital set top cable converter in order to get even basic channels. Cable company will provide at no charge the cheapest piece of junk converter you can find. It has NO analog or digital video/audio outputs and only has analog RF 3/4 modulator. You set your tv to channel 3 or 4 and the converter does all the rest of the work. Very bad for those who are elderly like my Dad and don't have good vision or memory on how to work new things. The converter isn't compatible with the super sized basic 6 button generic remotes I bought for him 4 yrs ago.. Basically in a nutshell the cable co is merely removing all analog channels and then flipping on the private bit in the QAM data stream. A non cable tuner will see the private data bit in the stream and ignore that stream. If the OP wishes to use their VCR to record the cable channels they still can. However there will be some sacrifices to do so. They will need to use RF out of the cable tuner to record. The cable co converter is first (RF out of the converter goes into the ANT IN of the VCR) then the VCR RF output goes to the TV antenna in. VCR tuner needs set to channel 3/4 to get the output of the converter. You will have to set the cable tuner to the channel you want to record then set the VCR tuner for the time you want to record. You will not be able to multiple record without changing the cable tuner and you will not be able to watch a different cable channel while recording.. Not to mention ALL recordings will be reduced in quality due to the multiple tuner chain.. Now if you wanted to chip in and pay a monthly "rental fee" your cable co may offer a better converter which may analog video outputs but these are also becoming dinosaurs, most likely the step up converters will have HDMI output and that output will be HD copy protection compliant. I have a VCR with a digital tuner. I connect the cable coming into the house directly to the coax connector on the VCR and its digital tuner gets all of the basic channels - no problem. It is not connected through the cable box. Our cable went digital about years ago. We use this when the cable box decides its time to update itself for a hour. This update (which is a regular occurrence) only effects the cable box and not the cable signal on the line. Works just fine.
1775 06/23/15 04:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Rv Route & GPS Nav (Droid App)

X2 on CoPilot - lifetime maps included. Try the free version just to check it out but to get auto-rerouting and 3D map, get the premium app for only $10. Set the height and if you want propane restriction routing in RV Mode and you are good to go. Maps are updated a couple of times a year. If you want traffic routing, there is a subscription for $10 a year and traffic uses data - but very little. I don't see any significant data usage after a five hour trip - barely noticeable. Traffic is included for the first year with the premium app.
1775 06/23/15 04:46pm Technology Corner
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.
1775 06/22/15 05:13pm Technology Corner
RE: VCR

If you VCR does not have a digital tuner you are going to have to put a digital tuner box on it - about $50 - to be able to bring in digital signals though you will only get the basic channels as in the broadcast networks. It can be done. I have one at home set up like this. What you cannot do is get full cable unless your cable company provides a cable decoder box with analog out connections - which I also have set up from my cable company - they charge per box but this is half the monthly charge than for the DVR box. Also you can connect an antenna to the same digital tuner box and bring in bring in a lot more as there are many digital over the air networks - some better than what is on cable - you will need a decent antenna to do that.
1775 06/22/15 05:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Looking To Buy A Dash Cam, Pros and Cons

How large an SD card will your GoPro take? The only limit to how long it can record for is how much storage memory it has and what resolution you are recording at - and with a 32Gb SD card you should be able to record as long as any dedicated dash cam will - and you already own it. Some GoPros will accept 64Gb SD cards.
1775 06/22/15 04:53pm Technology Corner
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