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RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

I must admit I know little about 5G except it means 5th generation. Up until now, every generation meant an improvement over the old generation. If it's not better, what's it all about? Speed wise it is much much better. Problem is going to be in general access for everyone.
BB_TX 01/13/20 05:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

And when it does roll out it will be limited to major cities. The 5G broadcast range is pathetic, a matter of feet not miles. I doubt it's anything RVers will need to concern themselves with until the do a major upgrade of the tech. True. From Verizon; The shorter wavelength means 5G can carry a lot of data much faster than 4G, but it also means a much shorter range. 4G wavelengths have a range of about 10 miles. 5G wavelengths have a range of about 1,000 feet, not even 2% of 4G's range. So roaming the country with 5G will be almost impossible unless they can somehow improve the range. Or built towers every 1,000 feet.
BB_TX 01/13/20 08:37am Technology Corner
RE: What type of valve is this?

here you go,vac. breaker ^^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^^
BB_TX 01/13/20 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: More tire pressure monitor discussion.

I feel confident that while true blowouts do occur, many of what people claim as blowouts are actually tires that have slowly lost pressure due to a puncture until they run flat and/or overheat and start coming apart at highway speeds. That is where a TPMS is invaluable. Checking pressure at each stop (that may be a couple hours or over 100 miles) is not a particularly good preventative.
BB_TX 01/13/20 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I responded to your other post.
BB_TX 01/12/20 08:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Plug in truck bed or use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

My current truck came with the in-bed plug plus the bumper plug. I normally use the in-bed plug, but have also used the bumper plug a couple times. Either works fine for me. My previous truck only had the bumper plug and never a problem with it towing the 5er several years with it.
BB_TX 01/12/20 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: melting plug

A 30 amp service can only supply 30 amps. If the current rises much above 30 amps the breaker will trip. If the equipment is properly constructed and in good condition it will not over heat at 30 amps or some design amount above that. Low voltage cannot make the current increase more than that 30 amps without causing the breaker to trip. And the RV cannot overload the circuit without also tripping the breaker. Again, if properly constructed and in good condition. Heat is caused by too much current flowing thru a resistance. A bad, worn, or loose receptacle will cause the plug to overheat and possibly melt the plug. Likewise a bad, worn, or loose plug will cause the plug to overheat. A loose wire in either will do the same. All of those add resistance to the circuit.
BB_TX 01/11/20 07:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th Wheel from IL to PHX in March

All depends on the weather forecast at the time. That same route may be fine. But if winter storms are forecast for OK, TX panhandle, or northern NM then you should probably head farther south to get to I-20 or even all the way down to I-10. Being weather aware should dictate your decision.
BB_TX 01/11/20 12:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tire pressure monitors

I have had the TST 507 non flow thru type for a number of years. Add 2-3 lb air in the spring and good for the season as my tires just don’t lose air. Sensors are smaller and lighter than the flow thru and simple to remove if I should need to add air.
BB_TX 01/10/20 08:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: State route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona

There is a sign just before you drop into the canyon stating 50' limit. Don't know how well that is enforced, but would be a long trip back if you were not allowed to go thru. And the curves, switchbacks, and narrow highway mean there are places where you will be taking up your lane and part of the oncoming lane. Or scraping the rocks along side.
BB_TX 01/08/20 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Self Driving 18 wheeler Going 75 MPH

Can't wait to see if these self drivers exceed the CA 55 speed limit. No doubt they will be programmed for local speed limits. Even newer GPS models will show the local posted speed limit on the screen, and typically very accurate showing that number as you enter or leave a speed limit change area.
BB_TX 01/06/20 08:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Washer/Dryer worth it?

We have a Splendide vented combo and DW would not be without it. Although she occasionally uses the park laundry if she has a particularly large load, she would much rather use her own. With the combo, the loads are somewhat small, but she can set it to wash AND dry, put in a load of laundry, we leave to do whatever we want, and come back later to a clean dry load. And repeat if necessary. Better than sitting around a laundry waiting for the washers and dryers to do their thing.
BB_TX 01/06/20 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Discount on fuel if paying with cash??

Not unusual in this area for stations to have a cash price and a credit card price a few cents higher. The station (or any business for that matter) has to pay the credit card company a fee for each credit card transaction. So they are passing that fee along to you. We used to own a small business and the monthly fee for credit card transactions can add up to a significant amount.
BB_TX 01/06/20 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Larger 5th wheels in/on state and federal parks

Our 5er is 34’. We have been in some state parks where we have had more than enough room. And we have been in some where even a foot longer and we probably could not have fit. Varies a lot park to park. Some parks have sites ranging from short to long with the long ones typically grabbed up first. And some have very narrow access roads limiting what you can get thru.
BB_TX 01/04/20 08:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Keystone Montana for fulltiming??

There are a lot of Montana Owners who full time. Check out the Montana Owners Club forum.
BB_TX 01/04/20 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Self Driving 18 wheeler Going 75 MPH

He is guessing it is in autopilot simply because she has one hand on the wheel, but is only guessing. He doesn't like going 75, but is going 75 to stay with it while talking and looking into his camera to do his video, even raising both hands off the wheel at one point. He apparently speeds up to pull up beside the truck which implies he has increased his speed beyond 75. Not sure which one to be more concerned about.
BB_TX 01/04/20 09:03am Around the Campfire
RE: Tornado Season

Put it in perspective. There are around 70 tornado deaths in the US per year. There are in excess of 35,000 vehicle deaths in the US per year. You are in far more danger in driving thru the area than by tornadoes while in the area. And the months of April, May, and June are the prime months for tornadoes primarily beginning in the southern states early and moving northward as the weather warms. So April will be sort of a "shoulder" month in the great plains. Tornadoes are very destructive and life threatening, IF you happen to be in the path of one. But they are not something that happen daily, or even weekly. They are typically very scattered, short lived, and cover a short distance before they dissipate. I have lived in the southern end of tornado (north TX) all my 74 years. The last time a tornado hit our house I was 3 years old. And none particularly close since then. Don't be overly concerned about them. But do be prepared. There are weather apps for your smart phone that will send out warnings for the local area. A good NOAA weather radio is good to have. You can program in the local county you are presently in. If strong storms are predicted, stay tuned to local TV channels for up to date weather forecasts. When you check into an RV park find out if they have a shelter on site. And if not, where is the nearest safe place to go. Again, be prepared. But don't let that worry spoil your trip.
BB_TX 01/04/20 08:44am Roads and Routes
RE: Big Bend National Park

For the hill country we really like Kerrville-Schreiner Park in Kerrville. Formerly a state park now owned by the city of Kerrville. Split by a highway with Riverside and Hillside areas. We like the Hillside, but it has only 30 amp FHU. If you want 50 amp FHU you have to stay on the Riverside. But both sides are great. And likely deer will come grazing thru your camp site. Good central area to visit Fredericksburg (with a large number of wineries), Boerne, Bandera, etc.
BB_TX 01/03/20 11:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

When we bought our 5er we did a PDI and then we wrote a check for the full amount and towed it home.
BB_TX 01/02/20 06:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: So California to Creede CO

Good info to add would be what type and size RV you will be traveling in. And if you have any problem driving on mountain roads and associated heights and altitudes.
BB_TX 01/02/20 04:21pm Roads and Routes
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