Mark and Dale Bruss

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  • Birthday 02/09/1944

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  1. We started over 11 years ago with a Winegard AS-2003 automatic roof dish. The AS-2003 is equivalent to a current dome dish, a single LNBF. We quickly came to the problem that often Dale and I wanted to watch different channels. The Dish receiver could do that but not the single LNBF dish. So less than one month out we erected a ground tripod dish so we could use all the available satellites at one time. We did that for 7 years. During that time, I also erected a Hughesnet Satellite Internet dish at every stop. Then we replaced the AS-2003 with a Trav'ler roof and life was good. Changed over to Verizon to replace Hughesnet. We still carry a ground tripod for the times when we have trees in the way of the roof dish. This was about 4 times out of 40 stops a year. Then it became a requirement to use the Eastern Arc satellites when we in the Eastern US. This is to get HD Locals and use PTAT with our Hopper 3. The Trav'ler is setup for the Western Arc. So in our tour of the East and the Maritimes in Canada, we basically put up the ground tripod for every move. This is a few minute proposition to setup and align the dish. Good tripod ( and tools make a big difference. So far we had to use the tripod 30 out of 34 stops this year. The net is the reason we stopped using the AS-2003 the first month 11 years ago still is a deficiency in any dome dish and we would never consider one.
  2. Probably will but the advantage of the Mobley is the $20 unlimited plan. There are many better hotspots ignoring the vendor/plans.
  3. A little dome is fine if you only watch one channel at a time in the RV. We watch different programs and are recording others so we use a ground tripod. Like Dutch_12078, the time to setup isn't much more than leveling the dome and we get all three satellites at once. You will find trying to maintain your viewing habits via the Internet like you did at home is problematic. The cost can be high and the availability of enough Internet bandwidth is seldom enough.
  4. We stay at KOAs and the rates for the sites we pick include all the "markups" that are supposedly added. If you only look at the base rate for a site, the "addons" will cost more. We make reservations and the prices we had at reservation is the price we paid.. KOA has come up with a tied rating for parks. Right now we are in KOA Holiday park which is full of amenities and the kids that go with them and a price to fit. But it was near a Viet Nam Buddy and that is okay with us. There are now KOA Journey parks which are targeted for over-night type stops. Fewer amenities and lower prices to fit. Park [rices in general have gone up. Another thing we are aware of is the closer a park to a tourist center, the higher the rates. We stayed at a park near Niagara Falls and the price before discounts was $91. The other thing to look for is places where most of the business on weekends, typically near bigger cities. The parks are absolutely full on Friday-Sunday and then very vacant the rest of the week. Those places set their rates to compensate for the reduced number of occupancy site days.
  5. Have to disagree. We had Camping World install the Trav'ler on our Bounder and couldn't be happier with the quality of the install.
  6. The Controller and the logic in the base of the Trav'ler position the dish. The Controller has nothing to do with signals out to the receivers. The issue must be related to the SWM logic.
  7. We only stopped in campgrounds. For overnight we always disconnected as we didn't want to hang the truck off of the trailer if the suspension should bleed down. We also always leveled the trailer before extending the slides. We connected water and electric and put the satellites (when using Hughsnet) up for the night.
  8. We crossed into New Brunswick back in the middle of June with nothing more than checking the passports and registrations which we had ready. A couple of questions on guns and booze and we were on out way. We came back south of Montreal with the same experience, passports, registrations and anything to declare. I guess I look more honest.
  9. What is the gauge of your extension cord? When we got our first motorhome, and park in on the cul-de-sac, we needed about 80' of extension cord. Having problems running things we found the voltage going into the motorhome was about 95 volts. That was with a very typical #16 gauge extension cord. Spent the money for a #10 100' extension cord and I got 120 volts at the motorhome.
  10. Yes
  11. Actually the first lane warning system was from Eaton Industries for the trucking industry. My 2000 Volvo tractor had the system. With the tech turn in automotive safety devices, this is inevitable and will have more popularity than solar. More people drive than boondock.
  12. Since we have been on the road, every vehicle we have purchased including the original truck and fifth-wheel and the bounder were registered in South Dakota using our mail service, My Home Address.
  13. ATS switches three wires. Many ATS relays are powered to make contact, a relay for each source. Very few are double pole where off is shore and on is generator. We had two input connectors with a ATS between them. The output went to the ATS for the generator. Our EMS plugged into the power pole. We used an ATS between the two input connectors so that when one was in use, the other was dead to prying kiddy fingers.
  14. Use to do when I was young. Knew every part number of every time replaceable item on a Huey. Use to. Now I use LastPass.
  15. Since I have been using the same email address from about the beginning of the Internet, I have 4 hits on the survey. But pay attention to the statement is that they were checking for the presence of the email address. They have no way of determining whether the password is "cracked". My passwords get changed every so often usually forced by Microsoft or the email provider. Then I have to ripple thru all the places I use. I use LastPass to manage my logins. One it remembers them and Two I know where I need to change them if needed.