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RE: Would You Take A Vaccine COVID-19

Whether or how soon I would take a new COVID-19 vaccine would be solely dependent on the science behind it and who is declaring it safe. There are those in the virology field I would trust, and others I would not trust.
Dutch_12078 09/30/20 06:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: SpaceX/Starlink at work for the public good...

More info and photos about the WA Emergency Management Starlink installations: Washington emergency responders first to use SpaceX’s Starlink internet in the field: ‘It’s amazing’
Dutch_12078 09/29/20 05:18pm Technology Corner
SpaceX/Starlink at work for the public good...
Dutch_12078 09/28/20 08:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Tow vehicle specs

I've been using the same set of diodes since 2008, currently installed in the second toad. Not a single failure so far...
Dutch_12078 09/28/20 10:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Remco to discontinue it's vehicle towing kits

I suspect the wider use of CVT's that can't use an add-on transmission lube pump for four down towing has been a significant factor in their reduced sales volume for that line. Fortunately for them, Remco has been expanding their pump line into other markets over the past several years, including RV water and macerator pumps along with a line of agricultural and industrial pumps.
Dutch_12078 09/28/20 10:46am Dinghy Towing
RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

A "freeze test" is not a good way to test RV antifreeze. The propylene glycol and water mix it's made with will in fact freeze at some point. The difference compared to straight water though, is that the PG/water mix does not expand to cause damage when it freezes.
Dutch_12078 09/25/20 05:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2-way refrigerator operation without a battery

The common Magnetek converters from that era used the battery as part of the filter system to regulate the 12-volt output. Without the battery the voltage typically runs too high and may cook some fuses. Even a cheap lawn tractor battery will work well enough to operate the fridge.
Dutch_12078 09/25/20 11:43am Tech Issues
RE: Domestic electric water heaters

Our 19 year old Atwood water heater works fine, although it did need a new ignitor board a couple of years ago. We also "have hot water whenever and wherever" we want, even when shorepower is not available and we don't want to run our generator... ;
Dutch_12078 09/25/20 06:40am Tech Issues
RE: Camping experiences

If it were me, I'd avoid those high end resorts in the future... ;)
Dutch_12078 09/24/20 05:17pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

Have you looked at Verizon's "Visible" subsidiary? Unlimited talk, text, and LTE data for as low as $25/month. Tethering is allowed... Many years ago there was a company called "Millenicom" that bought Verizon bandwidth and resold it for data use - they provided a Verizon mifi and 20 GB of data per month for a reasonable fee (I forget what we were paying back then) but after some time Verizon saw that it was eating into their customer base so they put Millenicom out of business by cancelling their contract. I am hesitant to jump to another company that is using a third party bandwidth knowing that the third party can shut it down whenever they want. It doesn't matter to me if Verizon owns Visible - they can still shut it down at their discretion. I had a Millenicom account almost as soon as they opened the doors and was caught short when their contract was cancelled. Of course Verizon could shut down Visible any time they want to, just like they can cancel their own direct plans with little notice. As long as Visible is making money for them though, there's little incentive to shut it down, unlike an MVNO making money that's not going in the Verizon pocket.
Dutch_12078 09/22/20 08:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Recommendations on shower fixture

We tried the Oxygenics shower head and were not happy with it. Then we tried a Camco shower head with 5 spray patterns and loved it. The slide valve is positive on/off with no dribble and it has rubber nozzle tips that are very easy to clean if you have mineral buildup. Camco 43712 RV Shower Head with On/Off Switch
Dutch_12078 09/22/20 07:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

If it is unlimited only to a specified cap, it is not really unlimited. Regardless of what marketing chooses to call it. Doesn't matter if it's a marketing ploy or not - if it's all that's available we're stuck with it. Those of you with truly unlimited plans are fortunate, but those plans are no longer available for a reasonable price, so we peons must make do with what is available today, or wait until someone invents a time machine so we can go back in time and purchase one of those grandfathered "real unlimited" plans... Have you looked at Verizon's "Visible" subsidiary? Unlimited talk, text, and LTE data for as low as $25/month. Tethering is allowed...
Dutch_12078 09/21/20 06:03pm Technology Corner
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

If it is unlimited only to a specified cap, it is not really unlimited. Regardless of what marketing chooses to call it. Unlimited data, not unlimited speed...
Dutch_12078 09/21/20 05:59pm Technology Corner
RE: We can breathe again!!

The smoke has even affected the skies here on the east coast, but only with a high altitude haze carried by the jetstream. No effect on our air quality fortunately...
Dutch_12078 09/19/20 06:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: OTR Mobile - GRRRR

It is in my phone - Galaxy S8+. I use it as a hotspot when we are camping all the time. Barney Nice plan for limited access. I believe only one device at a time can use the hotspot feature? I've had my Visible SIM in Novatel hotspots for about a year now with no complaints from Visible. The hotspot doesn't have the single device limit that the phones have. Another option is to make the single device connected to the phone one of the many routers that will accept a tethered or WiFi Internet connection. On edit, I should add that I'm only paying $25/mo using Visible's "Party Pay" feature.
Dutch_12078 09/19/20 11:53am Technology Corner
RE: Roadside Assistance Programs

FMCA and the Escapees RV Club both use SafeRide Motor Club as their ERS provider, and Good Sam uses Allstate Motor Club as their provider. On the other hand Coach-Net is an ERS provider that other companies, such as Ford, contract with as their ERS provider. Your vehicle insurance company may also offer an ERS plan, usually at a lower rate than the independent plans, but with limited benefits. Progressive uses Cross Country Motor Club, and Allstate is obvious, but I don't know who the others use.
Dutch_12078 09/19/20 11:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Food!

Maybe it's time to go vegan? ;)
Dutch_12078 09/17/20 06:37pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How do you pay your bills on the road on extended trips?

We have direct deposit for our SSI and some annuity payments, but we also receive several royalty and other annuity payments by check. Our credit union and our bank both have a photo deposit feature that lets us make deposits online anywhere we have Internet service.
Dutch_12078 09/17/20 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Iphone vs separate hotspot box

We have both AT&T and Verizon hotspots, along with Tracfone/Verizon phones with hotspot capability. The big advantage for us with our hotspots is that we can connect them to our roof mounted MIMO antennas for increased signal strength. One MIMO pair is omni-directional, while the other pair is directional using our crank up OTA batwing antenna. We've found that the directional MIMO pair often gives us a better signal than we can get with our cell amplifier/repeater. As said, one hotspot often works better than the other in various locations.
Dutch_12078 09/16/20 07:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Roadside Assiatance

Last year I switched from Coach-Net to the roadside service provided through my Progressive insurance for $22/year. The contractor is Cross Country Motor Club. Recently we had an engine failure incident while traveling on the NYS Thruway where road service requires special permits and must be dispatched through the Thruway Authority's own dispatcher. Because of that, Cross Country was not able to arrange a tow and instead gave me the phone number for the dispatcher and advised me that I would be reimbursed for the tow up to the policy limits. The tow operator that was dispatched was prompt and did a great job of hauling the coach to the Ford dealership we requested. The bill came to $810 and within a week of submitting the claim and a copy of the invoice online we received a check in the mail for the full amount. Sign and go would have been better, but I think the annual cost has been covered now for quite some time...
Dutch_12078 09/16/20 06:33pm General RVing Issues
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