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  1. My '05 which is a 5 speed also has tow/haul. My shifts are a bit harsher when in tow/haul so on level ground I turn it off. If there are no sharp curves you do not need to slow down. Tow/haul will select the correct gear to maintain the speed limit.
  2. My Smart car has the same problem. An easy fix is to tie a bungee cord to the steering wheel and attach the other end somewhere to keep slight tension on the wheel. This may also work for the Jeep.
  3. Adjusting for inflation $295.50 in today's dollars would be $614.35.
  4. Get rid of the PWM and disconnect the start battery. If you think you may need to maintain the start battery get a Trik-L-Start maintainer. http://www.lslproducts.net/TLSPage.html
  5. Check out Visible. They are owned by Verizon and thus use Verizon towers. Their service costs $40/month for unlimited phone, text, and data. This also includes unlimited hotspot. The cost can be brought down to $25/month by joining a "Party Pay". Here are some links: https://www.visible.com/ https://www.visible.com/party-pay This is a reddit site where people post available Party Pay slots: https://www.reddit.com/r/VisiblePartyPay/ I have been using Visible for a year and it has worked great for me. If your present smart phone is compatible you can continue to use it. Or you can trade an Android phone for a new one for free.
  6. Check out Visible. It is a Verizon owned company and offers unlimited everything for $40/month, taxes and fees included. This also includes hotspot use. https://www.visible.com/ You can check if your present phone is compatible on their site. If you need to purchase a new phone, their cheapest model is a ZTE A7 for $49 (Free if you trade in an Android phone). Unfortunately that model is currently out of stock. I've been a customer since last June and my ZTE R2 has worked great. One thing to note is that you can only connect one device at a time to the hotspot. If you need to connect multiple devices you can purchase a router. But wait! There's more. If you join a "Party Pay" you can bring the monthly total down to $25.
  7. Those are not fuses but diodes. Sounds like you hooked the panel directly to your battery and got the polarity wrong. If you are lucky, you can replace the diodes.
  8. Both of the recommended antennas are small, therefore they would not work well for VHF channels. The Winegard Sensar IV (aka Batwing) is considered the best RV antenna. The wide "wings" of the Sensar IV assure better reception for the VHF channels. About 25% of TV stations are now broadcasting on the VHF band. An accessory called the SensarPro is available which is an amplifier/attenuator and signal level meter which aids in positioning the antenna. It replaces your existing wall plate.
  9. I mounted a Winegard Sensar IV on a mast and attached it to my ladder. The mast is military surplus that I purchased on eBay. It consists of 4 foot sections that stack. I use this when I'm in a fringe area. If you mount your antenna to the top of your ladder with a piece of pipe, your biggest challenge will be rotating the antenna.
  10. I use this one: GL.iNet GL-AR150 Mini Travel Router $26.50 on Amazon. It connects to my R2 via WiFi. It allows multiple connections.
  11. The cheapest option is to pick up one of these: Ematic converter box Available at Walmart for $27.99. With the addition of a USB hard drive or thumb drive it becomes a DVR. I have one of these and there are some issues but once you get the hang of things it works quite well. Only one tuner. No skip function which means you have to fast forward through commercials. You can not start watching a show until it has finished recording. Very limited program guide. Sometimes channels will disappear which means you have to rescan channels.
  12. I switched from Straight Talk to Visible last June and it has been working great. Visible recently started a service called "Party Pay" which can reduce the $40 per month down to $25. Here's a link for more info: https://www.visible.com/party-pay Here's a link to a site where people post available spots: https://www.reddit.com/r/VisiblePartyPay/ I used the reddit site to join a party. Your Visible account remains completely private. Once you are accepted into a party your monthly rate will be reduced by $5 for each additional party until a total of 4 accounts are reached. When you log into your Visible account you can check what your monthly bill will be.
  13. Check out TOGO: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/att-360-yr-rv-unlimited-data-plan-now-available-with-togo-roadlink-c2/ https://rvmiles.com/review-togo-roadlink-lte-router-wifi-booster-unlimited-rv-internet-for-30-month/ $400 to purchase the device then $360 per year for unlimited data.
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