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  1. MKC: Go to the June Fabrics website, there is a new update. Several months ago it didn't work on my wife's Note 8. With the new update it now does.
  2. PDA Net works on the Galaxy Note8 and my understanding is it does not show up as tethered data. Using the new phones with that feature built in do track it. June fabrics recently released an update that works. It has a slightly more convoluted log in. We'll take a look. The one good thing about the GUDPs were the court ruled many years ago that Verizon couldn't restrict how data was used on those. (as long as it was not unlawful use) one of the reasons Verizon is trying to eliminate them and force users to the new, more regulated plans. Does anyone stream the majority of their TV watching? What amount of data does that use per hour?
  3. So if it's USB tethered or running through an external wifi modem it's not detectable? The rep was trying to tell me they throttle the old plans now as well, I hadn't experienced that, but our high traffic rarely exceeds 8gb as we are weekenders, and don't stream television through it. If you stream video through a usb to hdmi or some other physical converter, is it detectable? MKC, Thanks for the info link, I'll check them out.
  4. Is there an advantage to keeping the old grand fathered unlimited data plan vs getting the new 75gb plan? Have any of you upgrade and regretted it? The rep tells me they throttle both of them anyway. We haven't started long term travel yet (it's just around the corner), so we haven't gotten to the limit yet. 2nd question; I have heard of people selling their old unlimited data plans, anybody know how this is accomplished? Thanks for the help Keith
  5. Where did you find that? I'm looking for an upgrade from a Note 2.😃
  6. I've read through several of the Forum topics on extend a stay installations and have a couple questions. My current installation has a 25 gallon tank installed between the frame rails, about the middle of the coach. The fill port is in the right rear compartment. The same panel has an electric switch to activate the remote propane shut off valve. I want to install in that same compartment a line to attach an external tank, as well as a fitting to attach external BBQ grills, etc. I found this diagram for the extend a stay. The questions are: Can I run a permanent line between the fill port on the extend a stay valve and the compartment I want to install it in? Can I run a permanent line between the remote port on the extend a stay valve and the compartment I want to install it in? Are flexible lines acceptable to do that? Will they need to be capped when not in use, or will the valves in the Extend a stay body prevent leaking? Mostly I want the capability to run a BBQ etc from the coach tank as we are still part timers. I figure since I have to break into the line to install an external receptacle, I might as well do it all at once. Anything else I should consider?
  7. Thanks for the replies. After reading the replies I am going to keep the spare and will take it when we go to Alaska. It is unmounted so I can maneuver it around. I may add a jack to the tool bin. Probably carry and never use it LOL. One more question; If I decide it should be a mounted spare, which rim should be the one selected? I assume ( I know, I know) the front tires and inside dual tire can use the same rim, the outside dual is of course a different rim. I'm thinking a front tire compatible would be the most beneficial. Then Murphy can affect the outer tire. I do have a TPMS but I think it has a bad sensor, after I get rolling a while it gives an over pressure warning, but when checked the pressures are within a couple of pounds all around. Thanks again for the advice and experience.
  8. Did some searching here on the forums. The HDT guys did a survey a while back and it looks like the vast majority do not carry a spare. When we bought our MH 16 months ago, it came with a spare (unmounted) that was bought at the same time as the tires mounted on the coach. It takes up a huge space. We took it out and use the space for my wife's mobility scooter. I've read the pros and cons about changing it yourself and quite frankly I'll let the road service do it. Of course with it out, I'll have to buy a new one if we are on the road. Currently we are vacation and weekend users. So the questions are: Can they mount a tire on the road, or is it back to the shop, then back out? Do you carry a spare? Of so, mounted or unmounted? Also we are looking at a trip to Alaska in 2018, what's the thought about carrying it for that trip? Thanks; Keith
  9. Welcome to the Group! Great story, and yes we Glamp now! (glamour camping)
  10. Wannab, You've been given some great advice, especially the "slow down a bit" Also, finding some one to inspect RV's with you when purchase time comes is great advice. This forum is a wonderful place to ask questions. Also it has a lot of information already explained. It WILL be worth your time and effort to research answers on this forum. A year ago we upgraded to our second RV. During that time, there was a lot of help from this community. So much so, I made the commitment to join Escapees, If I do nothing with it (and I've used it) supporting this Forum is worth it. The following is a synopsis of that process with some lessons learned. This took place over a fast 3 month time frame, used up a LOT of non work time and we already had some RV experience. We had a 25 year old small 5th wheel, no slides. Wanted a bit more room, bigger shower, walk around bed, and better kitchen. Maximum size was going to be 32 feet (wanted to stay under 29, helps get into smaller state parks etc.) Also wanted a decent insulation package. All this meant an upgrade to the towing truck. We determined a 1 ton pickup would be a very good choice for what we wanted. (The lesson is Stopping capability, you can tow some very large loads with a very small vehicle, but it WILL be unstable at speed and in windy conditions, and you won't be able to control it during a panic stop or down hills). A new Diesel 1 ton is 'SPENSIVE! Round 2, let's look at motorhomes. I wanted a diesel (one of the more expensive kind to buy and maintain, BTW) reasons: Towing capacity, exhaust brakes, matching Alison 6 speed transmission is almost bullet proof, and durability. A modern diesel will last several hundred thousand miles if properly maintained. We are retiring in the next couple years and plan to travel, since we will be buying used by the time we are done, we could be well over 100 thousand miles. As we started looking we determined for our full time efforts, an on board washer and dryer would be good. (my wife has allergies to perfumes, so commercial laundry mats are a bad thing for us) The smallest workable floor plan for us now came up to 34 feet. (the dreaded two foot creep is starting) LOL! We went through several (many, many) dealers, private sales, Ebay ads, and even a scam, etc. Finally narrowed it down to 2, and chose our 34' Fleetwood Expedition. The inspection process for the coach could have been better, I couldn't find some one I trusted to hire, so I did that myself. We bought from an independent dealer in Central Florida, he was helpful, upright about the things he knew. I would do business there again. The coach is a 2006, and when we bought it it, there was approximately 18 months remaining on an extended warranty. For $50, we were able to transfer that to us. Best thing we did, and it was one of the deciding factors in choosing this coach. Before purchasing I did have the rig taken to a commercial diesel repair shop to have the engine and transmission codes checked, a complete inspection on the suspension, brakes, chassis etc. I also had fluid samples taken and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Report came back that service was needed but a clean bill of health. The dealer told me he had not seen anyone do all that before, I reminded him I spent my life as a Helicopter maintenance test pilot. Certain things were worth doing! Bought the coach for about the price of a late model diesel pick up. In the year and couple months we have owned it, the warranty has replaced the 2 front leveling jacks, replaced the awning motor, is in the process of repairing or replacing a roof air conditioner, replaced several faucets and plumbing lines, and several other things. My copay will be about $500. Total bill will be several thousand. And I have a shop I trust, there are many horror stories about RV repair shops. I am fairly handy and could have done some of those things myself (the jacks are not one of those items) if I hadn't had the warranty. But it was nice to let some one else do the heavy lifting. Becoming a handy person will save you money in the RV living game. The warranty cost the previous owner about 4 grand i think. I know he had a completely new refrigerator installed under it. The age of your RV and the type of coverage will determine the cost. I probably wouldn't have bought one, but I'm eternally grateful for the chance to have had it. Something to consider. One more thing to consider is roadside assistance. Good Sam and AAA offer an RV roadside assistance plan that is not too expensive. Even a short tow, will more than pay for a years membership. Make sure you check the details in writing for the policy you are getting. None of the above is meant to discourage you. Nor is it meant to sway you to choosing a diesel engine motorhome. There are some great Gas engine coaches out there, and for the most part, they are easier and cheaper to maintain. Your travel process, budget, and desire will dictate what you buy. So take your time, educate yourself, buy well, and get started on the great adventure. BTW, are your 2 children sold on this idea? It'll be great memories. Keep us updated!
  11. Got scammed by the flat fee one time many hears ago, since then, I only pay for what gets put in the tank.
  12. Check out Warmshowers.org and Couchsurfing.com for some additional ways to make your travel interesting. Good luck!
  13. I've looked at it, and it seems promising, I hope you get a couple answers from users!
  14. Just got back from the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Stayed at a campground in Downtown Austin near Zilker park. Minimum 5 nights, $100 per night. It was a 12 minute walk to the Festival entrance. The next closest was about 7 miles away, $30 or $35 per night, if I remember correctly, but almost an hour commute during rush hour and $30 to park near the festival entrance. My daughter went last year, stayed in a Motel 6, about 4 miles away, and the 3 nights she stayed cost as much as our spot rental for 5 nights. Plus she either had to drive in or take a taxi. Yes it was spendy, but in the wear and tear vs aggravation, not a bad trade off. But it'll be a few years before I do it again. LOL
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