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  1. I think that Pepwave and WFR offer some products with similar features. I tether my phone to the WFR router so I have no real need for a router with a Sim card. I use a Ubiquity Nanostation (CPE) to connect to park and other WIFI sources. It connects to the router via ethernet. I installed an external ethernet port so that the Nanostation can be located or raised on a pole for optimum line of site to park or other WIFI access points. I wired the RV with ethernet to the computer and printer locations. Most of the time the router's WIFI broadcast is disabled as I do not need it. The WFR router's ability to load share is discussed briefly on page 20 of the User's Manual.
  2. The Mobley was designed to be used in a vehicle and powered through the ODB port. There are power adapters to power it from other sources. Some folks chose to remove the sim card from the Mobley and place it in another hotspot with better performance like the Unite Explore. The AT&T Car Connect Plan was/is also available in GM vehicles appropriately equipped. I do not know for sure but Class B, B+ and C on GM chassis may be available with the car connect equipment installed as it is on my truck. -
  3. Mine is not an add on plugged into the OBD port. It is factory installed. I have no idea where the device actually is and if the sim card can be removed. There is also a cellphone (that I use) which I do not know if it is a separate device. The hotspot will run for about 10 minutes with the key turned off as long as you do not open the drivers door. The draw on the batteries is the combined draw of all the electronics that remain on when the key is in the accessory position (which I understand includes the vehicles computer). I have measured it several times and it is about 6.5 amps. Other GM owners on other forums have also found that the vehicle battery will be severely drained after a relatively short time. The one thing that I have not determined yet is whether the RV converter/charger can send enough through the trailer wiring harness to keep the batteries charged. In GM vehicles the connection is hot even with the ignition off. I know that in general, the long wire run and small gauge of the wire generally results in slow charging of the RV batteries from the vehicles alternator.
  4. I am not sure that your conclusion is true. Yes, Verizon says they may subject users to prioritization after 22G, but they also will throttle hotspot or tethering use to 0.6mbs after 15G on a devise. I can attest to this as fact as it has happened to me. I do not think the AT&T plan includes the throttling at 15g since that would mean that the devices installed in vehicles as mine is would essentially have a 15G limit which it does not seem to. The down side for me is that to run the car connect for more than a few minutes, the ignition of the truck must be in the accessory on position. Combined with the other loads that come on with the ignition in the accessory position, the draw is about 6.5amps. To keep the batteries (the truck has two) from being discharged, I have to connect a charger or the portable solar panels to the truck batteries.
  5. TCW

    Hotspot/Router connections

    I think there are probably a number of wireless routers that have ethernet ports. I know that the WIFI Ranger Routers do. They can connect wirelessly to your hotspot and also have the capability to tether a hotspot or phone that has that capability. I have tethered both a hotspot (MIFI) and my phone to their products and connect two computers by ethernet.
  6. I do not claim to be an expert, but I think (as I mentioned in a previous post) this has to do with the fact that the WeBoost is a repeater i.e. receives the signal and retransmits it to the router, computer phone, etc. I do not think the WeBoost or Max Signal devices are two radio repeaters so they can not transmit and receive at the same time. As with WIFI, each additional hop in the system results in a decrease in speed.
  7. Bad wording on my part. What I should have said is that if use of the amplifier produces a usable single when there is not one without it, then the benefit is pretty obvious. I do not know at what db level my phone no longer shows a signal, but I do know that I have gotten a usable signal using the Sleek when the phone alone showed no service. .
  8. If the booster gives a signal when there is none without it than the benefit is pretty obvious. I am not an expert, but one thing I rarely see mentioned in the discussions of cellular boosters is the fact that many are repeaters, which by their very nature of introducing another hop in the signal chain, will decrease the speed of the connection. I have seen recommendations to always speed test to compare with and without the booster, but the why is rarely mentioned. In my experience, using a Sleek the speed without it is faster than with it if my phone shows a signal strength of -110db or stronger. Tethering the cellular device to a router and then connecting to the router by ethernet produces faster speeds than connecting to the cellular device or router wirelessly. It seems to me that the best combination of enhanced signal and improved speed would be achieved by an inline amplifier. This would require a cellular devise capable of connecting an external antennae. If the device was a cellphone or hotspot, I would also want to be able to tether it to a router as I have ethernet cable from the router location to the computer locations. A comment about the Technomadia website. In my opinion, the most useful information requires a paid membership.
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    Thanks for your oh so helpful post. The same could be said about many of the topics started on this forum and also many of the responses! I didn't want to respond and let the sender know that they had a valid address.
  10. I did years ago and never got a response. Did someone have to ask for Escapees to support the 3Ps initiatives or did Escapees take the initiative to create this poll on their own? It will be very interesting to see what if anything Escapees actually does on this issue since most topics on this forum having anything to do with raising the cost/fees on public lands seem to be dominated by those opposed to any increases or claiming that increases will deny a large number of folks access. The use of more concessionaires and requiring them to make infrastructure improvements as part of their contract is very likely to increase the cost of any services they provide. My impression is that many RVers are not that pleased with the operation and cost of current concessions so it will be interesting to see if they support an increase in concession operations. I doubt that Escapees is interested in supporting the excise tax concept that they know RVers and the no fee crowd have historically opposed. In my opinion, small organizations like Escapees, that I doubt have lobbyists and lawyers in Washington, are not as important as individuals contacting their members of Congress.
  11. I took the survey, however I wish that Escapees would be looking to support other options in addition to increasing the use of concessionaires. The National Park Restoration Act is currently working its way through Congress. It would use revenues from oil and gas leases to fund the National Park Maintenance Backlog. I have said this a number of times before on this forum. In my opinion; patrons of public lands like RVers, campers, hikers, outdoor photographers, etc., need to take a lesson from hunters, fishermen and boaters who decades ago set up systems to at least provide some permanent sustainable funding for the public lands that they use and enjoy. Research the history of the Migratory Bird hunting stamp, Dingle-Johnson, Pitman-Robertson and Wallops-Bordeaux excise tax acts. If an excise tax was charged on all camping/outdoor equipment such as is charged on hunting and fishing gear, it would amount to millions of dollars a year. This was proposed decades ago and as far as I know no major outdoor/conservation organization supported it and most of the industries/retailers with the exception of Cabela's and Bass Pro opposed it also because they were afraid that it might result in a small increase in the cost of backpacks used for school book totes and urban sheek camo outfits.
  12. The GM version of the Mobley is hard wired into the vehicle's systems. I have no idea where the sim is located to attempt to put it in another device as some have done with the Mobley sim. The vehicle has to be running or the ignition left in the accessory position. From what I have read, it does not take all that long for the Mobley and the other phantom loads to run the vehicle battery down. I have hooked up my stand alone smart charger to the truck while running the hotspot and it appears to draw 6.5 amps. In theory my 160 watt solar panels would keep up in full sun. The GM hot wire on the seven pin is hot with the ignition off. I know that if left connected to the trailer when hooked to shore, some charge will get to the truck batteries. I also know that because of the length of the run and the gauge of the wires, the trailer batteries do not get a very good charge from the vehicle alternator. I have not tried it for long enough to see if the charge from the trailer's converter will keep up with the drain of running the hotspot. If the GM car connect is available in Class B, B+ and C motorhomes that might be a valuable feature for serious long term RVers when considering an RV model.
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    Considering getting a small TT

    And what facts might those be? The ones you cherry pick? Not every dog owner feels the need to take their dog everywhere they go. Some dogs, like mine, even though they are hunting dogs do not enjoy or need to go for long hikes on a leash. Before I retired, the dogs I had were use to spending 10-12 hours in the house. They easily adapted to the RV. The dogs I have now have RVed their entire lives. I already provided some links that contradict your statements about dogs in Wilderness Areas and not being able to leave dogs in National Park Campgrounds. I am not aware of a law that says that because I own a dog, I can not hike without them. I have hiked most of what you claim I can not in Arches while the dogs stayed in the trailer (as permitted by park regulations linked to in my previous post). I have also camped in the BLM campgrounds on UT-128 along the Colorado River or disperse camped on BLM land North of Arches and left the dogs in the trailer while hiking or sight seeing. From these same campgrounds; I have visited Canyonlands National Park, the Needles District, Dead Horse Point State Park, Sago Canyon and driven a number of the Scenic Byways and Backways all without the dogs. When we visit Capitol Reef, I don't even bother to go to the Fruita campground as it has become so popular that it is not worth wasting my time to see if there are any available sites. There are campgrounds and dispersed camping opportunities in the adjacent Dixie and Fish Lake National Forests where dogs can be left in the trailer and even run loose, under voice control, outside of the campground area. Although it has been many years, I worked as a Park Ranger in Yellowstone. I never heard of anybody checking to see if dogs were left in RV's in the campgrounds. We did occasionally get calls to check on pets left in vehicles at trailheads and parking lots. In recent visits we have stayed outside the park at Forest Service Campgrounds like Bakers Hole, Eagle Creek, Soda Butte, Rex Hale and Wapiti or disperse camped in the Forests. I have visited many of the thermal features and hiked to the top of Mount Washburn and other trails. I have fished the Upper Meadow of Slough Creek, Nez Perce, Blacktail Deer and Soda Butte Creeks, the Yellowstone, Madison, Gibbon, Fire Hole, and Gardner Rivers. All while travelling with dogs. Teri, There are many ways to RV, and even visit National Parks, that do not require that pet owners choose between Rving and their pets. I have visited 104 facilities operated by the National Park Service, hiked many trails and taken many guided tours. I have never felt overly constrained by the fact that I RV with dogs.
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    Considering getting a small TT

    Teri, One last point about RVing with your dog. The rules can and do vary from location to location even within the same agency such as the National Park Service. It is your responsibility to know and comply with the applicable rules. This statement was made about camping in National Parks. To make my point, this is from the Arches National Park Website: This from the Grand Teton National Park website: An RV is a vehicle.