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  1. I'm not sure why you all having such problems. My account was switched over to T&T a long time ago, like at the beginning of the takeover. I changed my service address YESTERDAY. it took a total of 3 minutes once I got through to a person and not the voice prompts. The change was made and done while I stayed on the phone with the rep to confirm. No new contract, my has been out of date for a couple of years, no new equipment, and NO PROBLEM getting it done. So saying it cant be done without a new contract and equipment is just not true. Others here and on other forums are getting it done daily with no problems. Chuck
  2. You do NOT call AT&T to change your service or anything else for DirecTV. You call DirecTV. That is probably why so many are having an issue. As I said, no problem at all getting this done for us. Chuck
  3. Just switched from the West Coast feed to our Tampa locals a few weeks ago. Took one call, not on hold long, and in a matter of less than a minute, the change was made. Easy and simple. A had the rep wait on the line until the receiver refreshed and the new locals showed up. It took a matter of several seconds and it was done. Not sure about any "migration" of my account. That has never come up in conversation. Chuck
  4. We have had DirecTV for almost 10 years on our boat and now for 3 years in the RV. We have changed service addresses on a number of occasions but never on a weekly on monthly basis. We usually switch to a New York address when traveling in the east and a Los Angeles address when out west. This gives us the network feeds, which as all we need. In all of my dealing both on the phone and on the website, I have encountered few problems both as DirecTV and now with AT&T. On occasions, their chat service is down on the website but most times, that is all I need to get something done. In those 13 years, we have never encountered the long times and frustrations the OP has encountered. So your new reality and mine don't seem to match up. Chuck
  5. This just isn't true. Let the receiver run through the set up until it starts "searching for satellite". At that time you can press the menu button and go to your DVR recordings. As long as you don't turn the receiver off, you can continue to access the menu. Chuck
  6. J, Probably thousands of folks are doing this all the time. It is getting very difficult to buy and activate DirecTV equipment anymore. Even receivers that you buy from places online like Solid Signal will state that the equipment remains the property of DirecTV even though you have paid for it. AND you will still pay a monthly fee to DirecTV. Unless you call DirecTV and report the location of each receiver, DirecTV has no way to determine where that receiver is located or being used. And as long as they collect their monthly bill, I doubt they will care. Chuck
  7. chuckbear

    Connecting Samsung smart TV to park wifi

    Has not been available for quite some time. Chuck
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    Monitoring your rig on a tablet

    Shawn, In order to use Torque Pro, there must be a device connected to the OBD port. But I see no mention of it on their website. So what is the missing piece of the puzzle? Chuck
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    Progressive bait and switch.

    I have had this exact same issue with Progressive. When we first signed up, the rate was very good. The next year when renewal came around, they raised the rate considerably. No explanation. It seems this is common practice with them now. Chuck
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    Battery questions

    As a marine service tech for almost 40 years I have dealt with more battery issues than I would rather think about. Once Golf Cart batteries came into common use, the debate on which are best have been ongoing. It has been my experience in both repairing others systems and in my own use as a 25 year liveaboard and cruisers is that given proper battery maintenance, the only difference between Trojans and the better quality 6 volt batteries like those sold at Sams Club is the price. After about 7 years of heavy use in discharging and recharging our house batteries, they show signs of needing replacement. This is using the batteries EVERY DAY to run systems without charging until about 50% discharged and then doing a proper charge to get them back to 100%. I personally have never seen any benefit to spending more money on the Trojans. Talking about Gel, Lithium Ion and AGM batteries is a whole different discussion. But proper maintenance is the key rather than throwing more money at more expensive batteries. Chuck
  11. chuckbear

    Use flashing LED lights as rodent deterrent

    If your planning on using flashing lights, please don't park next to us. Chuck
  12. chuckbear

    DirecTV upping prices

    Price has gone up for this increase at about $3.00 on average. Not really a deal breaker for us. Every provider including netflix and Hulu have raised prices from time to time. Chuck
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    Unusual Occurrence

    You are correct. I was using the wrong terminology. I do understand the difference. Thanks. Chuck
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    Unusual Occurrence

    Kirk and Dutch. I plan to add a snorkel higher up using PVC pipe. I found some posts online from someone that did this and it looks like a solid and permanent solution. I plan or working on this over the weekend since sudden and heavy downpours are quite common here in Florida, even this time of year. We have a trip planned for Christmas. Chuck
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    Unusual Occurrence

    As I understand the "fix" for this issue, including a Ford TSB that is no longer available, is to remove all the ground wires connected to the OBD connector and solder them to a new single ground. Then attaching that ground to a new clean connection to the firewall. As for the air filter, it isn't a matter of changing the filter, but modifying the air intake so I can drive if it's raining. Chuck