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Al F

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  1. On the other hand, our account got changed to an "Outdoors Account" because I started stating in my chat session that "We are in a RV and want to change our service address." I found out when, back at our sticks & bricks we had a problem with the receiver and went though the trouble shooting process with Dish. When they finally gave up and said they needed to send a tech out, they suddenly stated they can't send a tech to an "Outdoors Account". I would need to contact a local RV repair place to come out, i.e. Camping World or PPL Motorhomes. I stressed to Dish, that while we travel a lot, we were at our home, not in a RV. The did send out a tech and he replaced the receiver, the entire dish and the coax to the dish. Hey, when you replace everything then the problem should go away!
  2. Al F

    Winegard Traveler 1000

    As Mark and Dale said: The satellite signal from the LNB takes somewhat of different path than the signal from the LNB to the Dish receiver. Since the controller locks on to the 3 satellites, the path from the LNB to the receiver has a problem.
  3. Al F

    NEWPOWA Solar Panels

    Re: panels flying off the roof. I installed a pair of residential panels, 325 watts each on my roof in Feb 2014. These panels measure 66" x 52". I mounted them at an angle, 2" above the roof on the drivers side and 4" on the passenger side so the water & dirt wouldn't pool and reduce the power output. I mention the height above the roof, since the wind can get under the panels, unlike if they were mounted about 1" above the roof. The panels are mounted on 4 posts, one near each corner. The posts are screwed and glued (using self leveling Dircor) to the fiberglass roof. I put over 40,000 miles on the RV in all sorts of conditions, including a trip to Alaska with a side trip 230 miles up the gravel, pot holed Dalton Hwy (the Alaska Pipeline haul road). I just removed the panels to move to our new-to-us RV. No evidence that the panels have loosened, or were in any danger of coming loose as I removed them from the roof. I will be mounting the panels on the new RV in the same manner.
  4. This may be helpful to those who are going to be joining Medicare, or for others who have Medicare and want to compare different Medicare Supplement options (Options A thru N). I just received an email from Medicare linking to some great info about Medicare Supplement options. (Also called "Medigap Policies") https://www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/results/medigapresults/medigap-view-all-policies.aspx Also a link to 5 questions to help you decide which Medigap policy is best for you: https://www.medicare.gov/medicarecoverageoptions/?utm_campaign=20181011medgalccrs&utm_content=english&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
  5. Al F

    Seasonal Camping

    Tks for the explanation. Makes sense it stays in a pending approval status w/o a review.
  6. Al F

    Seasonal Camping

    The RV Park is there in the list this morning. I didn't try to add a review, since I never visited the park. I only added the park to see if I could add it when the OP couldn't.
  7. Al F

    Seasonal Camping

    Docj, I can see the listing when I click on your link. However when I go to RVParkReviews and to to Brainerd, MN, the listing doesn't show up. Does it need a review before appears?
  8. Al F

    Seasonal Camping

    That is the new listing I added this morning.
  9. Al F

    Seasonal Camping

    What reason did RV Park Reviews give for not adding the place? You should have received some sort of feedback from RVPR's stating why it wouldn't add. I went though the process of adding it and it seemed to accept it. My addition may not fully complete or be accepted since I didn't give a review since we didn't actually stay or visit the park. I believe a human needs to review the addition before it will appear on the website.
  10. Al F

    Seasonal Camping

    Was this the "Niemeyers Rugged River Resort"? As Barb wrote, be sure to add your comments to RVParkReviews.com.
  11. I can understand that some people can be discourteous. With a simple chat request to change the service address it is hard for me to understand how someone could be discourteous. Personally I end my chat with a thank you for your assistance and for them to have a good day.
  12. Mark and Dale, you seem to have some great knowledge about Dish operations, perhaps you can supply some insight into why I and some others have trouble changing our local channels. We also have problems getting the new locals when we change our service address. I always use chat. About 40-60% of the time I have to start a new chat session to get the new locals to download. The second chat session has never failed to get my new locals activated. It is like they do something that the first contact doesn't do. OR perhaps the "Computer System" doesn't automatically do what it is supposed to do, and a human has to intervene and issue a special command. Once or twice I have even had the program guide for the old locals download. Here is an example of the script I use to change my service address. Long ago I gave up worrying about my billing address. Since the customer service rep screen defaults the billing address to the service address, the CRS must take an extra step to NOT change the billing address. I really don't fault low paid employees to pay close attention to small details. Besides they are probably dinged for spending to much time with one call. So far I have not had a problem with Dish charging my credit card even though the wrong address is on the account. Now, speculation about why I (and others) have problems changing locals and some others apparently don't. Also, the process I go though to change my locals and verify that they have downloaded to my -- I have an 8 year old receiver, a VIP 722. Yes it has been replaced a couple of times, but I doubt the hardware or software has changed, at least as far as reacting to changing local channels. -- Once the CSR says they have changed my service address, I monitor my program guide for the old locals to go away, usually obvious when on the program guide screen. Sometimes they go away in less than 5 minutes. Sometimes they don't change. After about 5-10 minutes I do a "Check Switch" test. This almost always forces a download of a new program guide. As I noted earlier, a couple of times the old guide is downloaded. -- I really think there are some glitches which keeps the change to new locals from happening w/o a human forcing a refresh. As you have said, more than once, we RV'ers are not a big part of Dish's customer base. So these problems would not be a high priority. -- Perhaps the solution would be for an update to the CSR's screen to tell them to do a manual refresh (reset?). I'm not holding my breath. But, hey we (my wife and I) really want the locals wherever we travel. I just deal with the irritation of getting the locals changed. I think it is kind of cool, to be able to receive the local channels for Fairbanks, AK when we were in Yukon, Canada up near the AK border. Especially when we don't have cell coverage and want to see the weather for the area. One thing I keep in mind. Frequently I am asked to participate in a survey after contact with a CSR. The surveys are almost always to rate the CSR, NOT to rate the service the company gives. No point in giving the CSR a bad rating when it is the company at fault.
  13. Makes sense, as long as the program guide update is not sent through the spot beam connection. I'll have to give it a try the next time we are moving to a new local channel area. It sure would beat needing to stop for 30 minutes or so in route to make the change.
  14. A number of times, when I know we will not have cell service in our new location, and we will be out of range of the old locals, I stop along the way and put up the dish and change to the new locals. I also make sure the receiver has downloaded then new program guide. This is one advantage of having a Winegard Trav'ler, push a button and it finds the satellite. I doubt the program guide will download the new local channels if you are not in the new locals footprint. I never tried to do this.
  15. Very interesting when you look up the three words in the online dictionary. Highbred: From good stock, or pedigree Hybrid: Coming from two different species or varieties. Highbread: ??????