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  1. It won't surprise me if Directv goes under, considering the experience I'm having trying to re-activate a receiver. I have 2 HD receivers, one is active, one got lost, so I deactivated it about 6 months ago. It's been found, and is on its way to me, so I went on the website to see how much trouble I'd have reactivating it. I found it near impossible. Any Directv.com site redirects you to ATT. And it's a mess. After a half hour I finally found what I think is the activation page, but they don't list my equipment, they just make you wait 45 seconds and tell you you don't have anything to activate. Evidently after I de-activated the lost receiver it simply disappeared from my account. The old DTV site clearly showed my equipment and its location. I had that page bookmarked, but that doesn't work anymore. So I go on chat, which in most cases is automated (no help at all), but I finally got a real human. I typed my name to get started. He wanted to look up my account, so he asked my name, and zip code. I told him I already typed my name, and could I use my account number. So I waited a few minutes for him to look up my account. Then he comes back and asks me for the serial numbers of the receivers. Exasperated, I said "You're looking at my account but you don't know what I have?" I terminated the chat. A few minutes later I get a phone call from a man with a very thick Indian accent. He tells me to go to directv.com/activate. Right. That directs me back to ATT, and the whole mess starts over again.
  2. In my office working days I saw the same things.. blowing through every paycheck as if it was their last. But what really blew my mind was listening to them bitch about the forced retirement savings coming out of their paychecks (city gov't.) What they could do with the extra money, how they could invest it better..bitching about Social security.. blah blah.. all the time I'm thinking "yeah, right, you're just going to blow it." I think I was rather lucky to be concerned about retirement when I was 30. I hope fast food wasn't a habit, because that's neither thrifty nor healthy! And when you hit your 60s you need all the health you can get. And that comes from a lifetime of taking care of yourself. I never had to be quite that thrifty, I was a weekend musician with a 40 hr job, but I bought a house I could afford, a car I could afford, and cooked at home. And when married, there was no way I wanted a brood of children to support. Good on you for the winter home. Like Dave Ramsey says "live like no one else so later on you can live like no one else."
  3. We have a guy on the 'other board' who keeps posting this all the time.
  4. I'm getting the best wattage I've ever seen from my 835 watts of 6 panels: 728 watts! I'm at 7700' elev, Mesa Verde National park, high noon, clear blue sky, sun is almost directly overhead. Sweet.
  5. Solar panels don't last forever. Visually inspect each one for yellow marks behind the glass and burned black spots on the back. Test each one for proper output. A bad panel in parallel won't show any voltage drop at the controller as series will, but the controller will show an amperage drop. I didn't see any mention of amperage in your post. That needs to be checked at the controller input.
  6. Until God/Jesus get here we have to solve our own problems... especially the ones we create.
  7. Make sure fuel is a given. Traveling can easily eat $100 a day. Boondocking, or camping real cheap like Quartzsite can save you a ton of money over the long haul. Yes, the initial investment like solar, inverter and Lithium (I recommend) will hit the wallet hard, but you can recoup that just by avoiding RV parks. It's pretty sweet to be in a beautiful location paying next to nothing, knowing the RV park isn't getting their $60 a day. It's a long thread so I haven't read if anyone's talked about internet.
  8. I don't, but if I did I'd go online and check them.
  9. I don't remember ever getting a receipt.. or a need for one.
  10. Sure, but that depends on how much you pump and the price of fuel at other stations.
  11. I googled and found that it's not about driveoffs, it's about CC companies and their concern about 'problem transactions' and not knowing the size of the purchase beforehand.
  12. Because if it goes on Youtube under 'How not to...' it may help someone else.
  13. I use Dri-z-air in the RV (calcium ..something) and it definitely removes moisture into the drip pan. If cat litter did that it would be quite a mess. Besides, like I said, those packets at Wally's are very cheap. Unless you just like DIY stuff, you aren't saving much money at all, if any.
  14. I'm not sure cat litter is much of a desiccant. The only time it absorbs moisture is when she pees in it. Silica gel packs at Walmart are very cheap.
  15. Although everyone asks about running air on gen, in my many years of dry camping I find I'm usually the only one doing that. Most folks just leave for the day, or sweat it out. It becomes a hassle getting gas when you're not near a filling station, and you'll need lots of it.
  16. Check this thread for 4 years ago.
  17. Do you regularly view your pictures and delete what isn't good? Perhaps you're just storing way too much stuff.
  18. It never ceases to amaze me how people can be so dishonest.. lie to you with a smile in their voice.
  19. Paper mail is so 20th century and a big pita. So are medical bills, which I try to pay on the spot, but you never know what comes later.
  20. Yes, I paid over $100 for a campsite. 20 years ago at Newport Beach CA.
  21. But you will still be responsible for the taxes April 15.
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