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  1. Buy my new phones via Swapa, and never ever ask Verizon for help if I can avoid it. And then I do it only in a Verizon store, and with clear communication that I do not want anything on my plan changed. (Had to go in for a new SIM, two phone changes ago.). The term Unlimited goods used on many plans on many carriers... Specifically on my Verizon account, I have what I call 'Grandfathered Unlimited Data'. (Started it on 3G a I recall, on a Motorola Droid.) In those days, used PDA Net, and all was well. When PDA net was closed off. I waited until after one of the courts intervention on Verizon, and when I saw I could activate Hotspot again, without losing the 'Grandfathered Unlimited Data', I added it. Due to equipment, and the locations we've been traveling the last few years - probably 85%+ of our streaming and internet has been via ATT (Mobly with SIM in Nighthawk MR1100, with MIMO roof top Mobile Mark antenna feeds.). However the last three weeks, my Samsung S8 on Hotspot, has been our primary connection device. 164+G usage so far. With no signs of De-prioritization, which is appropriate - as my plan is not subject to such... Unlimited, does not always truly mean 'unlimited'. But sometimes 'unlimited' is unlimited:)! We'll see what happens with 5G rolling out:)! Best to all, Smitty
  2. Sure, I'll drink Kool-Aid served from Musk:)! Does he hit it out of the park each time, no. But he's a good track record of accomplishing what many consider unachievable. And wasn't it nice to see we have individuals still with the courage to at least try... I'm a Musk fan, and when he stumbles - I applaud when he gets up and tries again. $.02:)! Smitty
  3. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wifiranger-Elite-AC-Pack/372859822820?hash=item56d02d62e4:g:eesAAOSwomJd4ons Good price for a well regarded product. Used so do due diligence:)! https://wifiranger.com/images/guides/WiFiRanger_ProductComparison.pdf The above is a good comparison, and shows the distance and cost of that ebay unit. I seem to recall that when they would sell the GOac router by itself, it was in the $200+ range, so getting the Booster Antenna for a bit more in this GOac Used Package, is nice... Best of luck to you, Smitty
  4. We had a Norcold 1200. I upgraded it with Amish Cooling unit, because I did not trust the Mickey Mouse series of recalls... We did add, along with the Amish Cooling unit, the rear Halon SS30 Extinguisher and a dedicated rear of the fridge smoke detector. And, we bought the ARP board, which I think is a good addition for any three way fridge, but did not install it. We started to see failures of the 1200 in other areas. And since we had upgraded our battery bank, added solar and Inverter - decided to switch to residential Samsung RF18 instead of putting more funds into the 1200. IMO, the Norcold 1200, even with Amish Cooling Unit - is still a less then ideal 3 Way Unit. For those with non Norcold 1200's? Well, I do see lots more flexibility and 'non grid' capability of these units. If you have a fridge that size wise meets your needs - I recommend you consider your RV'ing style, and not be shy of retaining a 3 way fridge!! All IMO, factor safety first - any reservations, spend funds on a mod to residential. Our decision was two fold. We had spent as much on fixing our 1200, as it would have for a Residential. And when indications came in that we needed to again spend these funds, well... As well as, we were spending up to 7-9 months a year traveling. So a larger fridge and freezer, was a no brainer for us... (Though, we do miss our two junk drawers we lost in the swap out to the Samsung RF18)... No right or wrong on this, just choices... Consider what you feel is important to you. BUT, if any doubt about the SAFETY of your fridge - well, get rid of it... Best to all, Smitty
  5. Yes to pictures and phone number... Smitty (760) 415-0733 https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/rvs/d/encinitas-2007-dolphin-lx-34ft/7024374787.html
  6. Believe I saw this unit on San Diego Craigslist, might have a way to connect with the seller via that method... Smitty
  7. This would be the ISM, and in that era good chance it is pre EGR, and a fine engine. Miles are not a concern, and the descriptions of the care and recently new items is a positive too. We're to looking, but for those who prefer under 40', and especially if they want to tow a heavier trailer or toad - the power and tag are a good combo. Yep, the tag does take away from some of the basement storage:)! U320's, in 40' trim, were on our short list when we were shopping... The DW usually found the Foretravel's to have a smaller galley then what she wanted. But, many owner's find them to be just fine (And to put that in perspective, the coach we ended up buying - was 90% because of the 10' non slide galley... I had wanted a larger displacement ISM, C12 or DD60's block engine, but DW saw the galley - and it was game over...). Hope the OP can link more info and pictures, and wish them luck on the sell!! Best to all, Smitty
  8. I bought a 1968 VW Fun Camper (Not Westphalia, no pop-up roof.), in 1979 or so. It had a ice box, small sink, fold bed. We really enjoyed that it... Remember I picked it up in San Luis Opispo from a good friend (And yes, good enough that we both were aware and agreed this was a 'as is' deal - no way we'd let a vehicle impact a friendship:)!). Drove it down to San Diego during a day of Santa Ana winds. I quickly learned to slow down in those winds, and would use the turn indicator as the wind pushed me out of the slow lane into the fast lane of Hwy 101 - not much I could do about it!!! (I did change shocks, wheels, tires and repaired a few of the steering bushings and such - and that did help 'handling' (Handling, it was a 68 VW Van! Handling meant it sort of went in the direction wanted it to go, and slowly up hills too!!!). Dual batteries were also added. Wish I had hung onto it, as we missed it as our combo 2nd vehicle and mini truck. We'd go buy X-mass Trees in this thing, and deliver and set up one at my Mom's and MIL's house every year... My daughter still talks about being trapped in the back with two trees!! Best to all, Smitty
  9. We also added 'Stated/Agreed to Replacement Cost' (Or some such wording.), on the unit itself in case of a catastrophic lost. We've added quite a bit to this unit, and no that to get anywhere near the same amount of replacement RV - NADA pricing would not cover it. Not all companies will do this, but we found ARP Hartford would do this for us. Best to all, Smitty
  10. Great timing, for non slide coach! This is a rolling classic! If looking for a non-slide, this unit is really in great shape. (I walked thru and around it probably 3 times, while getting work (Nope, not my slides:)!) - this coach was garage kept, and even down to the OEM Southwestern Bedspread matching the Valances (The era, this was a 'thing'!)... Would prefer a Concept towards the later years with the DD60 Series - but the great shape of the coach, and Gillig bus chassis, would not make me too unhappy with the 450HP of the 8V92:)! This coach, the Country Coach Concept, really raised the bar for the higher end models from say Monaco or Foretravel - they really had to dig pick up the game!! (Of course, that's all IMHO:)!) Smitty https://www.premierrvservices.com/1992-country-coach-concept-40/
  11. A comment on slide vs non slides. (Understand you've decided you prefer non slide, so more so those who might read this thread in the future:)!). When traveling for months at a time, or full time, and having a period of weather that keeps you in doors for multiple days at a time - that extra space of a slide, is a nice feature:)! No question, that a non slide coach, will never have problems with, well - a slide:)! But also if the coach you choose is of good quality, solid chassis, and solid components - slides will be relatively reliable. (And yes, some coaches, and trailers and fivers - did have problems with slides, especially in model year changes and with new designed slide approaches. But those should be weeded out during the search process.) Normal maintenance of slides is not significant. And yes over time, slide toppers may need replacing. And also no question that a slide's insulation is not as good as the rest of a coach. So trade off's for sure. For those who might consider a coach with a slide, research between Electric and Hydraulic. And look at Deep slides vs shallow slides. A negative of coaches with lots of slides, say four, is that you lose about 1' of wall space (~6") on each side of the slide, for cabinets. And cabinets within a slide, are usually 6-8" less high, which reduces storage space. Access to lower bays with four slide coaches, can be a PITA too. A good compromise, is Three Slides in a coach, with no slide not he Passenger/Patio front living area of the coach. All that being said, some of the Prevost based 40' coaches without slides, are surprisingly affordable, and usually solid coaches. We just had a friend leave the park we're in here in Oregon, in a 2nd year Prevost 40' based non slide Country Coach. The person helping her drive the coach (Owner lost her husband 3-4 years ago, and a fellow park member and Country Coach owner drives with her when she comes to Oregon in the summer from Tucson, and the back home at the end of the season.), commented that even with 160K + on this coach, it was just a dream to drive, solid, and incredible power with the Detroit DD60 series... And, he's 6' 5" tall, and finds the coach surprisingly livable for the few days of travel each way. (He did say, he would not trade his two slide 40' Intrigue for it:)! As he would rather have the slides, then the headroom!!! Best to you, Smitty
  12. It would not be as good in 'cold' weather as a true '4 season' trailer. Especially with the slides. The insulation values of most this coach would not be as high as say a Triple E. This coach is a mid a lower mid tier Class A gasser. And not meant as bad thing, it met the price point the manufacturer was targeting, and a customer was willing to pay. That does not mean you can not add reflexit to the windows, insulation to the solar light in the bath (If it has one.), insulation cushions into the roof vent. Cover the dash inside/and out, to reduce heat lost... But if you really are going to deep cold usage, do more fact gathering by owners of that manufacturer and coach. IRV2 Owner's area might be able to help you. Good luck, Smitty
  13. If you can find a well cared for unit, and not afraid of age, I'd also add: -National's Dolphin to your list - 36' coaches were available on Workhorse with 8.1 5 & I believe 6spd Allisons. Or the Ford F53 with the 5spd transmission. They were, and if properly cared for, are, good solid coaches. -Also, Newmar had the Mountain Aire available in Gas Class A's too. Probably one of the top quality and appointed gas coaches of the mid 2000 era. -Finally. Often overlooked, are two other smaller volume makers: 1) Tipple E - Made some very nice coaches, I believe mostly on F53 chassis; 2) Rexhall - Also made some unique, very livable layout gas Class A's. Both Workhorse and F53. === And if you want something a bit unique, the Workhorse UFO Chassis, with the 8.1 with Allison 5spd, rear engine coaches - are mostly loved by their owners. Monaco's Holiday Rambler and Rexhall - would be the two I'd focus on if those grab our attention. The 37' Rexhall UFO based unit, had two large T-Rex Superslides (And Bill Rex, designed one of the best slides in the industry, and one piece fiberglass roofs too, also Steel Framed all around the cockpit for added safety.), was soooo big - you could square-dance inside of it. More room then many 40-42' DP's... Happy hunting to you, Smitty
  14. Thk's Zulu (I saw you had responded, then got sidetracked...)! Like how you distinguished between 'availability' vs 'stream ability'. I believe I mentioned that I do use external MIMO antenna for ATT, and also at time will use Maximum Signal Cellular AMP. We do our best to remain available via Email and Text with family members. So between our gear, we focus on that. Being able to surf, is our secondary priority. But admit, that a very close third priority - is 'stream ability'. Our current 'entertainment' approach, is still ~65% DirecTV (And shows we record.), but that has dropped form last year ~75%. We find we are shifting to 'streaming' more frequently. My opinion, is that over the next few years as 5G, and low orbiting satellite delivery systems, rollout - 'streaming' will grow to an even higher percentage... I do still look at Park WiFi, but due to our multiple Cellular Data Sources - very seldom use 'conventional park WiFi'. (As with your results, in many locations, I've found that I have 'stream ability' signals from both Verizon and ATT - so I can balance the usage between carriers.) And I think that is the key difference over the last few years - the difference between useable and stream able signals from both ATT and Verizon, has really narrowed. Really appreciate your time and effort, and sharing of results, Smitty 9/16 Edit: Classic timing:)! We're at Evergreen COOP, and testing Verizon, at this corner of the RV park, we were seeing RSRP's of 107-110m SNR of GT 18.2. Turned on our Maximum Signal Cellular Booster. My Verizon S8 phone is about 7-8' away from the inside repeater antenna. RSRP's 92-98, SNR 10.8 - 12.7 range. A good example where external antenna, amp, and inside repeater antenna's can make a difference. (By the way, I turned the Cellular Amp due to calls being broken up. We're using the ATT Nighthawk, via Mobile Mobile Mark rooftop MIMO antenna - to tether to the GOac for the inside the coach WiFi usage. Three times faster then even the amplified Verizon:)!)
  15. I enjoyed reading your data, and have a follow up questions (And if I missed (Or more probably forgot!) reading this info - sorry!): -Was ATT via Mobley, and no exterior Antenna? (Doc's comments make me think this...) -Verizon, same question. Exterior antennas involved? -If exterior antenna was involved for ATT and Verizon, was it MIMO antenna? -Wifi. Was this directly Park to computer Speednet (Or other.) testing of Download Speeds? Or do you hav external antenna's to capture Park Wifi? -Do any of the the Cellular Data feeds to ATT and Verizon include a Celluar Amp? ===== And note, in general, I've found very similar situations. With the states we've traveled the last 2 years or so, I find that the bulk of our Data feeds have come from either ATT and or Verizon. Verizon for us, is via a Hotspot over a Samsung S8 phone. Upon occasions, the phone needs the Maximum Signal Amp to provide usable Data Speeds. The ATT is fed into a dedicated Mobley SIM in a Nighthawk (The last 6 or so months.), or Netgear 815S earlier, for Data Feeds. Both devices were connected to a Rooftop Mobile Marke MIMO antenna. The few times we've needed to depend on WiFi, I've found the WiFiRanger has maximized pulling in WiFi for Data usage. Usually just via the GOac, but a few times using the EliteAC POE Ubiquity Antenna booster. Whenever either ATT or Verizon is available, that is what we use. ==== Really appreciate you taking the time to track and summarize what you've seen. I think for 2019, I'll try to keep the same kind of basic records, and share them too:)! Best to you, and all, Smitty Note: I've set up a reminder for in about two weeks, to come back and research your earlier posts, to see if you outlined equipment and or how you get the 'data feed'. So if you've covered the above questions on your data approaches, just say so, and I'll find them while digging a bit deeper:)!
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