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  1. I purchased curtains and curtain wire from IKEA.
  2. The eBay ad doesn't mention how much the service costs. Other sellers state that service is $100/month.
  3. Fastest Wireless Network 2019 I don't know how valid the test is, but Verizon comes out on top by a pretty good margin.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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/
  7. Walmart is now showing "Out of stock". Amazon's price has now gone to $1499.99. Looks like I jumped on board at just the right time.
  8. All good points. I have been using a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries. I think my biggest issue is not fully charging them on a regular basis. I dry camp and rely on solar for virtually all of my charging so I will be updating my charge controller. I rarely run my generator and am rarely plugged in so my converter is not much of an issue. I most likely will update that at some point. The Renogy battery has built in BMS that monitors each cell. If a single cell's voltage goes above or below parameters, the battery disconnects. It also monitors battery temperature. The BMS will prevent discharging below the cell cutoff voltage. This should allow 100% usage of the 170ah. Well time will tell how this works out. Hopefully a long time.
  9. Amazon has dropped their price to the same as Walmart, so perhaps we'll have a price war. Here's a good video on YouTube comparing options for lithium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOqQp2Xjr6U
  10. I ordered one of these Thursday and it is scheduled to arrive at a Walmart April 4. I'm also in Florida and will start my trek back home soon. Will be in the Lake City area mid April. I won't be installing the battery until I get back to Minneapolis.
  11. Walmart is selling a Renogy LiFePO4 170ah for $980.84. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Renogy-Lithium-Iron-Phosphate-Battery-12-Volt-170-Amp-Hour/838476134
  12. Price has gone to $339.99. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Renogy-Deep-Cycle-AGM-Battery-12-Volt-200Ah/900928791
  13. Here's a good article on cell boosters: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/guides/mobile-cellular-boosters/
  14. Many newer TVs are capable of playing video content directly from a USB hard drive or thumb drive . If you have a drive with video files on it, just plug it into the USB port on the TV. Check the manual for your TV and see if yours can do this.
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