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  1. So I'll be honest with y'all... I'm a newbie to RVing, a newbie to full-timing, AND even a newbie to towing a travel trailer (or towing anything at all really! yeah, I know, gasp!)... but I'll be doing ALL THREE in about 4 weeks. I went through RV Online University already, and I'm graduating from Escapees Bootcamp tomorrow at the Escapade in Sedalia, among other classes I've completed, so I think I've done as much video and word-of-mouth and classroom educating myself as I can at this point (and I do have an in-person driving class tentatively scheduled for my trailer pick-up date too). However, there are several very specific electrical and security-related mods that I want done to my travel trailer (it's a tiny econo-20-footer, FYI), and I am looking for recommendations from people who have had mobile RV tech work done in Arizona and can vouch for the both the trustworthiness of the tech and the quality of the work they had done. As a solo female, I really find it critical to educate myself ahead of time and get as many recommendations as I possibly can, never really taking the first, second, or even 13th person's word on anything... because... I mean... it's a wild world out there (even if you aren't Cat Stevens). And traditionally, I was never the used-car-dealership-savvy-type, if that says anything about my vehicle acumen. I didn't even know it was possible to negotiate the price of the very first USED car I bought (as a lowly Air Force enlistee). So I just paid them what they asked. Yeah, I know... cringe, cringe, cringe! And yeah, I do know a *bit* more now. I know enough to be skeptical of everything, at least. But I also know that there are some really good people in this group. So please, help a girl out if you can? So to be honest, the potentially most expensive mobile tech work I'm looking to get done (and I don't have an unlimited budget) include: a solar panel array (160 watt x 3) + inverter (3000 watt pure sine) + replacement battery bank (200-300 Ah lithium ion bank) install (and making sure that the wiring is compatible with all of the existing appliances) so I'd need someone who can do all of that... on a 20-foot travel trailer (roof space is at a premium, but I really don't want to do portable/foldables, and I think the 3 160s would fit, even if with brackets to raise them above some of the roof structures/appliances). Also... a smaller matter... but an RV-specializing locksmith... I want to put a deadbolt on my door, among a few other security-related things. Any recommendations in that regard, whether in AZ (maybe near Tucson or Phoenix)... or even better, in Indiana near Nappanee, would be great! Thanks for reading! Any constructive comments are much appreciated!
  2. We will be taking delivery of our full-time fifth wheel soon. Already took delivery of truck with B&W turnover ball hitch. We want to purchase a hitch lock, locks for the cargo doors, lock for the generator, and whatever other security measures might be needed? Would appreciate any thoughts and recommendations.
  3. Let's face it. Software has holes. And hackers love to exploit them. New vulnerabilities appear almost daily. If you have software - we all do - you need to keep tabs on the latest vulnerabilities: Go here for all the major security items you may need to know: http://www.zdnet.com/topic/security/?ftag=TRE17cfd61&bhid=19724681974700635514865380622813
  4. Here is a short and simple checklist in a slide show with each step to a more secure and stable personal/SOHO computer. Click on the link, then click through the slides and read the captions under each. http://www.zdnet.com/pictures/simple-steps-to-lock-down-secure-pc-online-accounts/ Safe computing!
  5. Many times I see consumer computer security articles and I cringe and expect more of the passwords and anti virus/malware/adware/spamware/ransomware/threatware/underware assertions that just don't seem to get it. This article covers it all well and in a relatively short, concise article. If you know it all you can skip this but if you think you could use some really great advice you can understand, this is a must read. Excerpt: "The world is awash in bad security advice that distracts from addressing the real threats. Here's what you really need to know I couldn't put my finger on what was nagging at me the last few months. When I finally sorted it out, it was the realization that most computer security advice is an absolute waste of time -- and most of what isn't is barely useful. Even I'm guilty. Statements I've spouted in the past, like using long and complex passwords or hardening your computer system, don't really deliver much value. Disable weak password hashes? That was good advice 15 years ago. Use an up-to-date antivirus program? If that worked, we would have solved the problem decades ago. When I look at the data of how people and computers are compromised, those previous recommendations didn't effectively address the attack vectors that make malicious hackers so successful. Instead of giving you dozens to hundreds of truly ineffective recommendations, I'm going to give you a few basic defenses that really work. Forget every past computer security advice you've ever read -- even from me. This is the real deal. Everything else is wasted cycles." He goes on to cover all you ever wanted to know about keeping your digital intercourse with the world safer, but were afraid to ask! Where? Here: http://www.infoworld.com/article/2871131/security/the-best-computer-security-advice-youll-get.html?phint=newt%3Dinfoworld_enterprise_data_explosion&phint=idg_eid%3D6aa01e18b29f7b6f9149f611f8eac228#tk.IFWNLE__2015-01-26
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