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  1. Well the natural answer is to never leave an opened bottle unfinished from the night before:)! Yes, this can be painful the next day, especially if opening large bottle of scotch - but we do what we must do... ===== Yep, keep it out of reach of the cockpit area, and don't worry about it. It is legal in most states to have passengers drink while driving, as long as they are behind the cockpit/driver. (My DW and Daughter would go share a bottle of wine as I would drive, the nights we'd be heading out for a trip after a day of work... (We'd leave around 7:00PM, and get north of Los Angeles before stopping that night. Did this for several years while we were all still working, and time was short on vacations get aways. We preferred this to getting up way early, and trying to beat (If that is ever possible now...) the LA traffic:)!) Have fun, travel safe, Smitty
  2. I'll second the benefit of toppers in hot weather. Can really make a difference over the slide roof, which is usually much less isolated then the rest of the roof. We toss the rope trick too, when strong winds are forecasted (May have learned this one from Dutch - been so long now, can't remember where we go that tip.). I also spent money for a large boating used bumper cushion. Using a fold out electrical wire feeder, I snaked a rope under the topper from one side to the other, and with a short 5' ladder could reach the end. This was prettied to the bumper cushion, and I could pull it under the topper until it was mid way from front to back, and within the width of the topper. This made a 'bump' that would do two things. Help keep water from pooling, as the topper slanted to front/back directions. And it would hold the topper a bit tighter, which would reduce wind noise too. Did this for one full season. And then stopped doing it. Not because it did not help, but because I was just not having as many times when I needed it. (I carefully bring in the slides when wet. And as mentioned, now toss the rope and make the sides of the topper snugged down a bit to help in the wind.) Best of luck to you on your decision, Smitty
  3. I read this as more of a positive post then a negative post. And if this rubs you the wrong way too, no reason to respond - as it's how I read it... Best of luck on the sell of your truck:)! Smitty (Try reducing the size of your photo's down to fit. As a photo tells a 1000 words:)!)
  4. Any chance you were filling the water tank with a bypass valve and left it on? Our coach does not have 'auto valve shutoff', an simple valve that diverts the water coming in from shore to the tank for filling, vs feeding pressure into your waterlines for coach usage. If we leave our water pump on, and turn the water valve from coach to tank fill - the water pump will run. A bit more info, and suspect you'll get some good info on things to look into:)! Best of luck, Smitty
  5. I'm sorry to see the plan pulled. If Verizon and FMCA had signed a contract, which I believe they must have before Verizon would have allowed the 'soft rollout (NOT!)' to proceed - then disappointed that Verizon would pull out of this so quickly. (Yes, I'm sure the contracts had wording tallow them to cancel or change the pricing.). And yes FMCA has an opportunity to learn from this. Especially on keeping it quiet it until it's a done deal. And then also having processes to handle the new program or offer, whatever it might be. I do still salute FMCA for trying, as it was going to be a good benefit for their members. (And who else from the RV'ing community had tried to do something like this?) I hope Verizon realizes the bad PR will just add to those that are ready and willing to jump to other providers of Data (And this was all about Data, not voice or even text.) that are planning to be rolling out over the next 5 to 10 years. I posted on IRV2 about Western Union (Telegraph), which technology wise was the king of long distance communication for years... Technology evolving has away of changing the playing field. And Verizon as well as ATT are good examples of companies that do not really seem to value their customers... Oh well. Though I have not receive my email of cancelation - I'm thinking this ship has sailed. Keeping my eyes out for a another fine schooner to jump onto:)! Best to all, Smitty
  6. FMCA is supposed to this year, vote on if they will extend membership to all RV'er's. One school of thought is to open an affiliated club for other units, due to the Family 'Motor Coach' Association's name. They would be full members as I understand it, and the combined collective of numbers does help on business dealings such as this one. But they'd have another name associated to this grouping. So it looks like things maybe changing from an FMCA perspective. (And with the increase in not just Fiver's, but also a whole new group that was not even around decades ago - the combo live/toy hauler group is an ever growing population - it makes since for them to adapt to new demographics of RV ownership:)!) $.02:)! Best to all, Smitty
  7. Randy?/Nancy? I believe the Verizon plans you referred to caps data usage via Hotspot/Tethering to 10GB, then basically slows you down to turtle speed. If you're streaming on the actual device, the 22GB before any impact. Could be wrong, and did not research it this time around:)! Best, Smitty
  8. Dutch thanks for updating this here. I actually pushed away from the laptop long enough to do some hiking and campground socializing yesterday afternoon and evening... I hope they can work out the kinks on this, as I maintain it's a good value:)! Smitty
  9. Biker56 - Concur that ATT Mobley is economically a better deal:)! But only better - when and where ATT has coverage:)! And the two of these combined, are still less then say the Verizon GF UDP plans cost per month. And they really increase the chances of obtaining a useable Download speed at a location. And again, the Verizon Novatel 7730L is a much more modern and advanced MiFi then the ZTE Mobley. With MIMO capability, even without additional antennas, it is capable of yielding dramatically faster Down/Up Load speeds. I do feel that it is an attractive price point, good device, and for many might make a good addition to their Data Communication arsenal. And note, I have on ATT their Unite Explore MiFi (MIMO) and it hands downs beats the ZTE Mobley we have too, on download speeds. But the Unite Explore is on a 20GB shared data plan. So in areas where the ZTE Mobley has a solid connection and adequate Mbps speeds I use it. On this trip thru Colorado over the last two months or so now. I've found that ATT has had better coverage then our Go To Verizon GF UDP via Samsung S6 on Hotspot - in all but two locations. Have had to use the Unite Explore (With roof top MIMO antenna feed.) in some of those locations, as the ZTE Mobley was not able to pull in useable Download speeds. And no worries. I shared it here as I had not seen it mentioned of RVNETWORK, and thought it was something that might be of interest to those that might be looking for a new data source. And 10-4 on the FMCA costs. But like my wife and I, many Escapees are FMCA members too:)! And I do agree that for those researching new gear, checking ATT Mobley is a solid and low cost move... Best to you, and all, Smitty
  10. I'm not going to repeat what is available on many forums already. (IRV2's Forum under the Technology segment, has a thread going on this. As well as fellow Escapees RVMOBILEINTERNET (Technomadia), and of course the FMCA Forum too:)! But for those of you who may not read too many other forums, here is some info: FMCA/Verizon program includes a Novatel 7730L MiFi (A very current generation, with some future proofing features available for when Verizon rolls out updates to towers with newer technology.) device; 25GB (Vs 22GB for other Verizon UDP) before the potential of network de-prioritization, on towers that need that kind of management; No contract and not start up costs; Cancel, even after one month, and keep the 7730L device; Full network coverage; All of under $44 a month. IMO, this is a solid plan, with a good device. And may work well for someone who wants another Data source tool in their Connectivity Toolbox. Worth taking a look at, and for sure OK if not needed:)! Best to all, Smitty
  11. We kept our old OEM unit as a spare, and added the SF 4048. Higher pressure, good GPM, and quieter then the OEM Flojet. I you can rebuild your old unit, that could be your spare:)! And yes to higher GPM and pressure filling the Grey quicker:)! Smitty
  12. Some great input, especially about how to research and learn about different RV's. I'll share what we did, and if this helps you great, if not - also great:)! As you start walking thru, around, under different Class A's. Both of you add to a list of 'Must Have's' and 'Nice to Have's. Also come up with a smaller subset of manufacturers/models/years that seem to fit what you both like. Create a simple spread sheet, and as you start your earnest shopping, take it with you and each grade a specific coach. Award one point for any item that the coach has, zero if it is not on the coach. Each of you also get up to 5 (We choose 5, but pick a number that you both feel is fair.), and allow up to 5 points marking for items that you feel are important to you. (For example, the DW wanted a large galley, and good size shower - so each of those items would be given 5 points. I wanted side radiator, and IFS - so 5 points each. (We had other items too, and both would use our 5 points on all 5 items.). When were returned home, I'd add both of our sheets together into the spread sheet with the name and make year of the coach. (And I added a comments area, for engine, miles, jake compression, color, etc.) This way when you sit back after looking at several coaches and models and year - you have a document that helps you non emotionally compare coaches with each other. ====== And a bit different, well maybe not different as I agree with Kirk's assessment that the reality of budget influence of coach choices is very real. But what we did was; >Choose a purchase budget price point. (We choose $150K for this, now 8-9 years ago. And we choose an amount below what we could have comfortably afforded to write a check for... The main reason was because we were not sure how long we'd want to do this. We both committed to 5 years of what I call Permanent Part Time Full Timing (We go out 6-8 months during the year.), so we did not want to overspend on something where we may both want out after 5 years.) >Retain a separate budget line amount for post coach purchase fixes/updates/maintenance catch-up, etc. (We choose $25K for this amount.) >We dropped years to remain within budget of purchase, and choose manufacturers/models/years that were of the highest quality we could find. (Now, that is a subjective comment. As what we choose as a 'hight quality' coach, someone else may consider a 'mid quality' coach.) After researching, our opinion was that a higher quality older coach, would be like a home with a good foundation - worthy of upgrading into what we wanted. (And, again 8-9 years ago now, I also preferred a engine with less of the smog stuff that came out in rapidly from say after 2006 and on. My sweet spot for years were 2004 and earlier, before the shift over to ULSD and EGR's. But the first series of engines between 2004-2006 smog change levels, were also on our list.) >After about 18 months of visiting shows, super tent mega dealer RV shows, FMCA shows, and probably 20 visits to different dealers within a 300 mile range of our home - we came up with our combined 'Short List' of manufactures/models/years we both felt met our needs, and budget. >We then started our shopping in earnest. (We were kind of lucky timing wise, as this was about 12-16 months after the last big recession. And in Southern California area, and elsewhere, many owners had to get 'out from under' the monthly payments of owning a coach. So the number of higher end coaches available, and at about 20-30% under normal market conditions - allowed us to purchase more coach for our budgeted amount. Sorry for those that had over extended, and lucky for us that we had positioned ourselves to be able to pull our planned purchase year forward by about 2 years.) ------- OK, that's my input. With one final thought. Go slow, don't get sucked into the emotions and buy one just to get out and going. And have fun along the way:)! Best to you, and all, Smitty
  13. Zulu - I just recommended this vary package to a friend with a 32' Class A. He was going to mount the Core in a cabinet just about midship, so plenty of coverage range to his living and bedroom areas. I also feel the SkyPro vs EliteAC FM is so close in range of practical usage, and without the drama of the higher and not quite as 'bendy' antennas and gee a lower purchase price point too - that the slight improvement in range coverage is negligible. Very pleased to see your real world results. He is installing his this weekend. I did want the GOac due to we have ours placed in a rear bedroom cabinet, with the wife acceptance requirement to keep the cabinet door closed. Our ROKU Premier + is in a cabinet at the front of the coach, it's door closed too... The GO2 802.11N had trouble at times when speeds were on the edge of non buffering streaming. (I'd open both cabinet doors if it was something the Dear Wife wanted to see, and that was OK then:)!). So went with the GOac for the bit of extra muscle in sending out a signal. Five weeks on this first trip with it installed, along with he EliteAC FM - and it has allowed cabinet doors closed usage so far. (Only in one park did we stream off of the Park WiFi, and they said to go ahead and do so, as the park was less then a quarter full. Most times it is streaming off of cellular connections.) I've sent my body your results:)! Best, Smitty
  14. And I know Joel knows this, but in case you do get the SignalCheck Pro (I use it, and like it.), take a 5 minutes and surf what SNR values mean to the ability to Down/Upload. Strength of DB is of course a key item, but SNR fits in too. (Think of it as static, more static, the worse reception is for say a TV. Same basic thing for say Data feeding Down/Up!). Best to all, Smitty
  15. Thanks for sharing your experiences with this. And yes, Netflix does seem to deliver more, with less bandwidth! But I also think that the 'unit' feeding the streaming helps to. Joel mention Roku, not sure what model, but I've noticed a difference between what our Samsung Smart TV can do vs our Roku. (At home, it is a Roku Premier, an aging but still good unit. Via CAT5 feed. Will upgrade when we upgrade this home TV probably in 2018. In the RV, it's a Roku Ultra via 802.11AC connected to the WFR GOac. (I'm a hifi buff, and prefer routing the PCM signal thru our Oppo DAC. The Ultra provides both HDMI and Optical out (Though I prefer coax.), so this was factor.) It's the total connectivity handshake on getting Data out of the air, and fed to the your picture:)! Best to all, Smitty