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  1. It's difficult even with the correct tool to get a good crimp on the typical MC4 pin. I would suggest crimping the pin to the wire as best you can, then solder it.
  2. Got an email from Visible yesterday stating: Good news: your data is no longer capped at 5 Mbps. That means unlimited data, now with more speed. It's free to new users for a limited time, but since you're an early access member, you'll be grandfathered in. Meaning you'll enjoy uncapped speeds for no additional fee - for as long as you’re with Visible. It's our way of saying thanks! All you have to do is turn your phone off and then back on to get started. (Mobile hotspot will still be capped at 5 Mbps.) I downloaded a 800MB file using the hotspot and the speed was about 17Mbps. Hopefully the uncapped speed will continue.
  3. The R2 has 16GB of internal storage. You can also add a micro SD card. I have had the plan for 3 weeks and after an initial nightmare with customer support, it is working well. The phone's hotspot will only connect to one device. I have a cheap travel router that I connect to and this allows me to connect to multiple devices. If you have an old android phone, you can trade it in and get the R2 for free.
  4. My 2005 coach that I purchased in 2010 has a Generac with only 150 hours run time. I needed a gasket for the oil filter mount and at the time Camping World was the only distributor. Gasket was priced at $0.65 but shipping was $11.00. Needless to say, I made a gasket out of piece of cardboard. The generator has performed well. Getting parts may be a big issue.
  5. I updated my LG Gram notebook with i7 processor to 1903 on May 22 without a hitch. So far so good. It's always best to do a fresh install, but don't know if I could find all the drivers I needed, so I did a reset which put my PC back to factory fresh condition. Uninstalled all the unneeded crap and did an upgrade.
  6. A better option would be to purchase a converter and add cables to make it portable. To make it future proof, you may consider one that is adjustable and rated for lithium. You can check BestConverter.com which has many choices.
  7. SCVJeff who was a member on RV.NET did an extensive test of the Jack vs. Batwing. Jeff is a TV broadcast engineer and used a spectrum analyzer to compare the two. Here's a link to his test: Test of Jack vs. Batwing
  8. Keep in mind that about 25% of TV stations are broadcasting on the VHF band. As far as I know the Winegard Batwing is the only RV antenna the does well for the VHF. The wide wings of the Batwing is the VHF portion of the antenna.
  9. I have had the opposite experience. I have both a Jack and a Winegard Sensar IV (Batwing). The Jack works poorly for the VHF broadcast band and is about on par with the Batwing for the UHF band. If you have an older Batwing, there is an attachment available called the Wingman that improves the UHF reception.
  10. I purchased curtains and curtain wire from IKEA.
  11. The eBay ad doesn't mention how much the service costs. Other sellers state that service is $100/month.
  12. Fastest Wireless Network 2019 I don't know how valid the test is, but Verizon comes out on top by a pretty good margin.
  13. Your trailer should have a built in converter/charger. You can plug your shore power cord into a generator and charge your battery. I use a 1000 watt Yamaha generator that works well. Make sure to switch your fridge from auto to LP and don't try to use any appliances that draw a lot of current while charging.
  14. Satellite TV may be going away, but satellite internet is on the horizon. Elon Musk's SpaceX is in the process of launching thousands of low orbit satellites.
  15. If you are willing to jump ship there are a couple of reasonable options. Consumer Cellular would cost you $35 plus fees for 5Gb of data. $15 for talk and $20 for data. They use AT&T service. Their customer service is top notch. Your existing AT&T phone can probably be ported over. Verizon has a new service called Visible. They offer truly unlimited data including hotspot for $40 per month with no added fees. They recently added service for Android phones. You can check their website to see if your existing phone is compatible. If not, they have an Android phone for $99. Here's their website: https://www.visible.com/home/
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