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  • Birthday 03/11/1943

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    Winters south, summers north
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  1. So How Do We Pack When Moving

    All of our good "china" is Corelle, and not one piece has broken since we bought the set in 2005. The plates and bowls are simply stacked in a kitchen cabinet just as they would be in a sticks & bricks, and we don't do anything special to protect them.
  2. SKP Resort Wauchula FL

    I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your stay there! We've been meaning to stop in for a few days or more when we're in the area, but so far, the scheduling just hasn't worked out. Maybe we can fit in a stop there after Sumter Oaks next winter on our way further south.
  3. Winter Reservations

    At this time of year, that's not surprising with the current RV'ing boom. We're getting close to the time when we'll start making reservations for the following winter. Most of our reservations for this winter were made when we were in Florida last winter. You may have better luck trying to get shorter time slots in multiple parks.
  4. MaximumSignal Update?

    Yes, the current regs require the booster amp to scale back on power as the signal from the tower gets stronger, just as cell phones/hotspots do by design. With a decent "native" signal, the amplifier should effectively shut down. And I see that as a good thing... I've streamed video content on several occasions using one of our Verizon 3G only Jetpacks at 1.5-2.5Mbps with minimal buffering, albeit the resolution gets dropped to 720 or 480 most of the time. Our 4G/LTE AT&T Mobley hotspot works better of course, with rarely any buffering at all, and solid 1080 pretty much whenever it's available. We nearly always have speeds above 7-8Mbps with the Max Amp working, on up to 20-30Mbps where it's not needed.
  5. MaximumSignal Update?

    The maximum allowed speed is controlled by the provider, but the speed at the user end is also a function of the signal quality. A stronger signal will nearly always mean better speeds up to the maximum available.
  6. MaximumSignal Update?

    Exactly, Jack. That's precisely what I want my cell booster/repeater to do, as does the FCC...
  7. What would proper wifi cost a park?

    In theory, an RV park could be wired similar to a housing development or apartment, with drops and individual modems for each site. The costs to install and maintain such a network would likely be pretty prohibitive though, as would the monthly subscription fees.
  8. MaximumSignal Update?

    Regardless of what the published specs are, our Max Amp RV has repeatedly given us usable 4G/LTE service in places our previous weBoost Drive 4G-M gave us nothing or 3G at best.
  9. What would proper wifi cost a park?

    According to the statistics site, "Statista", about 85% of US households have access to broadband Internet as of 2016. I suspect they're using the old 4Mbps/1Mbps minimum speeds FCC definition of "broadband" rather than the newer 25Mbps/3Mbps minimum speeds definition adopted in 2015, but either one is capable of streaming video at some level. https://www.statista.com/statistics/183614/us-households-with-broadband-internet-access-since-2009/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/183635/number-of-households-in-the-us/
  10. What would proper wifi cost a park?

    Some parks do allow long term guests to arrange for individual residential level Internet/TV services direct with the local cable service, etc., but that would be difficult and expensive to do for every site in a park on an ongoing basis.
  11. DW wants an oven

    Our Atwood Wedgewood stove/oven works fine for us. The newer modulated oven burner rather than the older on/off burners we've had in the past seems to make all the difference. We bake cookies, cakes, roasts, etc. with good results and the temperatures are very stable. I did have to adjust the oven temp control initially, to get the temp to agree with the dial numbers, but that was a simple process. We even did an 18 lb turkey in it last Thanksgiving by cutting it in half and doing half at a time. Our daughters didn't believe we did it in our RV oven until they spotted the toothpicks holding the halves together on the platter.
  12. Monthly Electric Rates

    Currently, the only park we stay at long enough to have a separate electric usage charge is the SKP's Sumter Oaks near Bushnell, FL. If there's been no change from last February, the rate is 12 cents per KWH, and our typical monthly bill has always been in $30-$35 range on a 30 amp site there. This winter we expect to be on a 50 amp site, but I don't expect any significant difference. If we were there in the summer heat running both A/C's, I'm sure the bill would be considerably higher than that of course.
  13. Securing fridge door while traveling

    I use a pair of window latches to lock the doors on our top freezer 10 cu ft fridge.
  14. Domicile Question

    "Under Texas law, to have a common law marriage, you must do three things:" "(1) Agree to be married (2) Live together as husband and wife, and (3) Told others (hold yourselves out) that you are married." From FindLaw: Common Law Marriage in Texas
  15. "Tiny House" vs. Fiver?

    In most/all states a "tiny house" would have to have a certified scale weight, suitable lighting for stop, tail, and parking lights, and possibly clearance and marker lighting. The wheels would likely also require brakes.