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John Laninga

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  • Birthday 05/05/1943

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    Hiking, photography, reading, music and traveling the country

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  1. Some time ago I bought the Essential PH1 with 360 degree camera for under $500. You can find them cheaper if you look. It works on all major networks (except Google Fi, but then, only Google phones do). A great deal, the solid titanium body is durable and nice to hold. The screen is Gorilla glass and has a great image. It is regularly updated, I’m now on Android 8.1. It comes with 128G memory, and runs all the Android apps. So I have been happy with this phone and am able to pass on all the high priced new ones and still am competitive with features. I don’t own stock or have any interest in Essential, just a happy user. == John
  2. Saw a post on another forum that ATT was cracking down, like in cancelling, accounts where the Mobley SIM card is used in a router or amplifier. Don’t have any confirmation, this is just a heads up. John
  3. We just bought a new motor home out of state and are on our way to Livingston. We need an inspection done before we can register it. Anyone know of a good place to have a motor home inspected Saturday morning?
  4. In my current coach I have an HD dish (MotoSat), SWM equipped, and an HR24-500 DVR receiver. I receive the NY national channels as well as home channels when I'm close enough. I am trading in my coach and the one I'm getting has an InMotion dish. Can I set the InMotion dish to DTV, then view TV in SD using my HR24-500 DVR? Reason: before I buy another Trav'ler dish I'd like to try Internet TV, which I have working pretty well right now. So the satellite is my backup plan. Then some time in the future if I feel Internet TV is the only way to go I can cancel my DTV. Your input is appreciated John
  5. Our '09 Monaco Camelot SOLD

    No longer available, traded it in on a new Tiffin. -- John
  6. Our '09 Monaco Camelot SOLD

    Found our new coach and I would be in a much better position to conclude the deal on a cash basis. So I'm lowering the price to $135,000 for a quick sale. But it would have to be in the next 2 weeks. email me at john at laninga dot com for a quicker response. == John
  7. Our '09 Monaco Camelot SOLD

    Just lowered the price on RVTrader and so here as well to $144,995. == John
  8. As a former hardware and software developer (I can pretty well guarantee that you've used our products at some time) my initial response was: what's the problem? I thought it was commendable for Apple to provide a solution that would extend the battery life, even if it slowed the phone down some. The alternative would be to just let the battery die suddenly and leave you without a phone. I think all the hubbub about the battery issue was something for the media to make stories about and especially for lawyers who see this as a source of income. == John
  9. GM's version of "Mobley"

    Dutch: I am not worried about range but the car hotspot turns off after I turn off the car. It will stay on if there is an active connection though but I don't know how long. Chirakawa: They are independent. I do not have OnStar but do have the $20/unlimited. It is not a contract, I can cancel anytime. We use it in the car because we keep our Verizon phones on a 2GB plan because it is cheap so the GM plan helps when we're exploring. Use it to find local places of interest, restaurants, and so on. Also, Google Maps routes work better than any in car DVD based GPS, and the one in my GMC is pretty good.
  10. I am very happy with my AT&T Unlimted Mobey plan for $20 a month. My new GMC Denali came with OnStar, which has a local in car hotspot, also through AT&T. So when the 6 month trial period ended I signed up for the GM version of Mobley, that is, $20/month for unlimited LTE. We use it enough in car to justify the $20. Unlike with Ford, the GM is integrated with the OnStar, which is built in to the vehicle. I had thought to try to find some way to also use it in the motor home, even if the car is parked in front of the MH as I can "see" and attach to the car hot spot. I haven't started any research yet, but will once the after holiday rush is over. Has anyone else tried and found a way to use the GM unlimited hotspot in other locations? It would be cool to have a backup to the Mobley.... == John
  11. DIRECTVNOW on the road

    I saw that verbage regarding only seeing local stations when you are in your home zip code. That pretty well kills it for me, as a full timer. AFAIK, there is no DNS service so you pretty well don't have networks when traveling outside your zip code area. Finally, there is no DVR function yet that I can see. And if you play older versions of a show, I have not seen any way to skip commercials. So I think DirecTVNow is a good start but needs a lot of work to be usable for RVers that travel == John
  12. DIRECTVNOW on the road

    Let me clear it up a bit... the DirecTV program finds local channels available on DirecTV. It has nothing to do with OTA channels, those are easy to find. I just wanted to see what local channels were covered by DirecTV. For example, last summer I was up in Utah where there were no, none, zip OTA channels. But CBS All Access did let me view a Salt Lake City CBS affiliate. I had similar results in other fringe areas. That's all I was asking about. == John
  13. DIRECTVNOW on the road

    After some more research, I found a search box (in the DirecTVNow web site) that allows you to enter the zip code and it tells you if any local channels are in that area, and which ones. For example, in Dallas I get all 4 major networks, but in Port Aransas (where we will be in January) it only has Fox. I checked for the areas where we travel most often and it appears we get local channels maybe 75% of the places we visit. That may be enough to warrant getting the program. I have an offer for a free trial month, so that way I can give it a try. Thanks for your responses. == John
  14. Our '09 Monaco Camelot SOLD

    Bump--- after the holidays I am going to get more active to sell this coach. I am the original owner, have all service history, and know it is a fine coach so I would prefer to sell it to my fellow forumers. So I am bumping this up to keep it active... ==John
  15. DIRECTVNOW on the road

    We like to see local news because they discuss things unique to where we are. For example, we may find a story about a local fair, or a local music event, or just ads for local restaurants that help us learn about a new area. We've seen some unique things that we learned about this way. There are other ways, and this is just one way, but we like it. == John