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cheojackson

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  1. Just got the notification that my Karma Go has shipped and should be in Livingston by the 10th. Most of the places that we go show that they are covered by the Sprint network, but I know those coverage maps are sketchy at best. I'll let y'all know how it works, once I get it up and running.
  2. Thanks, all, for the help. I think you are all right in your various different suggestions, even if they won't necessarily work for us. I checked out Jellystone, and that looks like a REALLY fun time, if on the expensive side. I'm active on RVillage, and have reached out to a few of the family groups on there. Fulltimefamilies.com also looks like an awesome resource, for the more traditionally minded -- which I guess I should have mentioned we aren't. But I do thank you all for taking the time to comment, it's nice to just feel like I'm being heard, and that there are awesome folks out there that are interested in helping. It tends to restore one's faith in humanity.
  3. We just started full-timing in October, and realized that our family shared data plan of 10 Gb / month was woefully inadequate. Our 10 year old daughter loves YouTube, so we've been trying to stay in parks that have WiFi, but as you all know that can be really hit-or-miss. (Although I do highly recommend HIco, Tx Bosque River RV park. City park with 3dn 1up for FREE.) But we'd like to be able to go a few more places, maybe even boondock a little. I saw an article about the Karma Go and it really resonated with me, so I jumped in. Probably should have done a little more research first, read some reviews, did some homework before plunking down $600 for "unlimited LTE anywhere" Anybody here have personal experience, praise or horror stories they'd like to share?
  4. In October, our family decided as a unit to move into an RV full-time. Some of our friends, and most of our extended family thought that we were crazy to try to live in such a tiny space with the five of us (Me, Anya my partner in crime, Zoe - precocious 10 year old daughter, Muffins Crystal Ruby Princess the Chiweenie dog, and Miss Kitty von Whiskers a rescued gray tabby.) Reading posts on here, and other RV forums, I see that we are not alone amongst the traveling family set, and are one of the smaller versions! When we started, everyone was super excited. "Oh the places you'll go!" by Dr Seuss kept cycling through my head. I couldn't wait to see awesome sights, meet awesome people, and eat awesome food. Unfortunately, the ties to our old life have prevented us from doing much more than the Dallas, Houston, Austin triangle; meeting cool people, and one cranky old bitty; and eating a LOT of McDonald's, for the free WiFi. HELP! I'm quickly losing the buy-in from my 10yr old, because she desperately misses her friends, and we haven't found many road kids for her to play with. Where are y'all hiding? We got lucky at a park in Bay City for Thanksgiving Week, because the manager had four kids that were on vacation, and bored with the RV scene. I've also noticed that the state parks seemed to have a few kids on the weekends, but I would imagine that as the weather gets colder that will be less likely. Is there a secret families only destination that I didn't get the memo for? Are we just not as cool as I thought we were by jumping into this thing with both feet?
  5. Hey all! Thanks for the quick and thorough responses. There is a lot of information here, and I appreciate you taking the time to walk me through. Kirk -- I actually was reading through The 12volt Side of Life when I asked my question! Mark is amazing, I met him at RV Boot Camp. He, like the rest of you folks on here, seems to have an infinite well of knowledge and patience, which is an amazing combination. Looks like I've got a lot of learning to do! Related question: How do I figure out if I have a converter vs an inverter? I'm assuming, based on the age of my rig, that I just have the standard converter. I had read about true sine wave inverters when the wife asked me to get solar panels installed. I don't think that solar will help us at this point, and we may need to just change our lifestyle. We are currently very dependent on our electronic devices and the internet. Knowing now that the outlets won't work off of shore power is a relief, if a little disappointing. Thanks, again, for all the help, y'all!
  6. Ok, I've read everything that I could get my hands on regarding house batteries and 12v systems. I'm currently living full time (as of October 27) in a 1992 Mallard Sprinter that I bought used off of Craigslist. I have attended the Escapees Bootcamp, and thought that I had gotten my answer, but now I'm confused again. Should I be able to charge my phone in one of the 110 outlets from the house batteries? Or will they only run the 12v lights? I have no RV experience, and I'm not super handy when it comes to home/auto maintenance. I'm trying to learn, and forums have been super helpful. My basic question is: what can I expect to run off my house batteries? The reason I'm asking is because I've had quite the adventure trying to make sure that all of my systems were working properly, and some have influenced others, as you can imagine. When we first purchased the coach, the owner walked me through the systems, and I figured that it was mostly all common sense. I may have been a little starry eyed at the idea of finally finding a rig in my price range, available in the timeframe in which I required it. So everything *appeared* to be working. Once we hit the road, we spent the first weekend at a state park with electrical and water hookups -- learning how all that worked the first time was easy. Even had no issue dumping black and gray water the first time. Then we finally hit the open road, and had to spend one night in a Walmart parking lot. Much to my surprise, nothing seemed to be able to run off the house batteries. No lights, no water, nothing. To further complicate matters, I couldn't get the generator to start. So I thought there was an issue with the genny, and made an appointment to get it looked at. We continued our trip, confining our stays to places that had hookups. Over the course of time, and online research, I read that the engine alternator should be charging the house batteries, as well as shore power. Since we've been driving for a week, and hooking up to shore, I thought that the battery MUST be charged, and tried it again. No luck, but on a whim I tried to start the generator again. Chugging for a bit adn then VROOM it starts! Scratching my head and shrugging my shoulders, I cancel the appointment to have the genny looked at. It has not been a problem since, but I still don't understand the battery situation. It appears to be new, but I haven't gotten it tested yet. I'm far from home, and not even sure where or how to get it tested. An RV tech checking out my furnace touched it with a 12v tester and it lit up, so I'm guessing there is power in there. I should mention that the panel of lights that shows the charge level of the battery, as well as the fill level of our tanks is also on the fritz. When plugged into shore power, it shows the battery at full charge, but the moment we unplug it shows "L" which I'm guessing means Low = discharged. Sorry this post got so long, I'm hoping someone out there will take the time to read it and answer my question. Will the plugs in the rig work off the batteries? or only while plugged into shore power or off the generator?
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