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Mark and Dale Bruss

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  1. One of our RVWaterFilterStore hose is 13 years old and it still in fine shape. The cost is well less than the cumulative cost of cheap hoses. By using 200 psi hoses allowed us to locate the pressure regulator in the RV rather that at the hose bib. Our first hose, a standard type, was almost 2" in diameter when attached to a parl with 100 psi water pressure.
  2. ??? No cell data is no cell data no matter what carrier you want to use.
  3. Reading the FCC summary, it appears the FCC is finally addressing the blackmail tactic of local broadcast stations in the licensing of the Broadcast Network channels for re-transmission. With declining advertising revenues, some stations have radically hiked the fees to the satellite and cable networks. Originally the fees to to repay the stations for the cost of providing the signals, not as a profit maker for other lost revenues. The disputes have caused channel blackouts. The one between Dish and Harlingen, TX ABC lasted almost one and a half years. The FCC created monopolies of the Broadcast Networks signals through the local stations to protect advertising revenues for the local stations. The local stations pay fees to the National Networks based upon possible advertising revenues from the area of the local station, called a Direct Marketing Area (DMA). If there wasn't some control, if subscribers could choose their signal from anywhere, many could choose New York, the local station would be paying fees to the National Network but not have local subscribers viewing, thus not getting advertising revenue. There was a need for this DMA monopoly system that the FCC created but like any monopoly, one important job of the government is to monitor and regulate the monopoly. The FCC wasn't doing that. It appeared from the FCC summary was a plan to take the local stations out of the loop by determining a National Fee for the satellite and cable companies to pay. The local stations do not like this plan because is eliminates a blackmail hold on Broadcast Channel signals. DNS was created as an exemption for a very narrow group of people, RVers, OTR truckers, and people who could not receive OTA signals and in the beginning, the satellite companies only had access to a few. Over time, Dish added every DMA set of Locals to it offerings which is why DNS has faded from the Dish offerings. DirecTV does not have every DMA and therefore still offers DNS.
  4. We used the AT&T $20 plan for our GM Car as back fill for our Verizon plan. Neither was reliable enough for streaming Video as an alternative to satellite TV.
  5. Sure a lot of ads for Goodyear G614 tires to be discontinued
  6. As base services, both Dish and DirecTV deliver pretty decent satellite services. There can be a forever argument about equipment each uses. Today, I would make my decision on how the supplier has adapted to RVers. DirecTV is on a strong path away from mobile RVers while Dish is adding functions designed for the mobile RVer. As for a roof dish, for several years I only used a ground tripod. The tripod was setup at every overnight stop. Good tools make the setup of a ground tripod easy and relatively quick. But having an automatic roof dish does make site setup a lot easier. But we still carried a ground tripod. We would ask for satellite friendly camp sites but it wasn't critical. If the roof dish could not lock onto the satellites, we would just put up the tripod. The tripod also allowed to choose between the two sets of Dish satellites when it was beneficial to us.
  7. As I said before, not one of the tables I have ever seen on length/width limits has been correct. The only accurate sources are from each state, either from the Drivers Licence manual or more accurately the state codes. So trying to fine line reading those tables is useless. In doing research for the HHRV Resource Guide, http://www.hhrvresource.com, for limits on using Class 8 trucks for RV purposes, I have been in all 50 states'and the District of Columbia codes and have seen the actual definitions and limits. While I considered compiling my own and accurate table, I decided against it as I don't get paid for researching things for people who don't want to do the lookup them selves or just ignore laws anyways. If you want the accurate numbers, look them up. By law, all state codes have to be available to the public on the Internet. And every state Department of Motor Vehicles has the Drivers license manuals online.
  8. Interesting, spreadsheets are hard but CAD is easy?
  9. Nice list but wrong is so many ways. For the record, 28.5' is the typical max trailer length for double commercial trailers. Whenever I see lists like this I start with Maryland because I have dug into the state codes in great detail. Maryland made 40' trailers legal in 2003 and I have yet to see any of these supposedly accurate lists show that. Length and width rules are by state, i.e. you have to obey the rules of the state when on their roads. This is unlike your drivers license which is good is all the states and the District of Columbia. Rough rule of thumb for RVs is 65' rig total, 40' trailer, 45' motorhome. Be aware that commercial limits are not applicable to RVs. And yes, sometimes tickets are written for over length.
  10. There is none. But I guess Carlos likes hunt for programming.
  11. Bingo. Even if you have the Internet bandwidth, you don't have the features of a satellite guide.
  12. Are you saying the space between the plates that the rubber springs are bonded to are only 1 inch apart? Since the spring plates should work in a parallel fashion, the plates should not close on each other. If you are in fact seeing a 1 inch spacing between the plates, I would be calling MOE/ryde. Out trailer is 13 years old with about 90,000 miles and the rubber spring spacing is the same as new. We did replace one spring several years ago because we has a slight bonding failure. Photo of when we replaced the rubber spring. You can the normal spacing of the rubber spring plates.
  13. My first location was under a shelf above the refrigerator as in the second picture in Inverter/Charger; Later I cut a hole in the dash above the radio and installed the display there.
  14. You should have seen the hype with Motorola's low earth world-wide cell phone service many years ago. The only way it survived was the CIA writing a huge check. True, low earth satellites will have lower latency than the geosynchronous satellites but that is assuming you will be transversing one satellite but is all probably you will bounce around a few between you and the website you want. And streaming video uses about the double the number of bits compared the one-way satellite feed after packeting, and required reverse response.
  15. Patriot Act never required banks to have physical addresses for accounts. The banks were just too lazy to deal with virtual addresses. Patriot Act is still in effect.
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