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RE: does a detached over-the-air television antenna help?

Before you empty your wallet on OTA antennas, see what signals/stations can be received in your specific camping location. Goto AntennaWeb or ANTOP and enter the address where you will be camping. The lists will tell you the signal strength and direction to point your antenna. An omnidirectional antenna will pickup nearby strong stations without pointing. A directional antenna is required for moderate stations and must be pointed directly at those towers. Weak stations require a very big antenna mounted high up and pointed directly at those towers. If you do purchase your own antenna, be sure it comes with an RG6 cable for best reception. Do not use an RG59 cable.
Rover_Bill 12/28/20 11:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Installing a safe?

Money safe - To store extra credit cards, some cash, checkbooks, spare keys, and TP locate the safe in a dark corner under the kitchen sink behind the pots and pans, dishtowels, and cleaning supplies. The location should be a tight space where a crowbar can't be used to pry the safe. You won't be accessing this safe very frequently so it can be hidden. Handgun safe - A biometric safe bolted to a wall or cabinet exterior in plain sight and easy access. The best place for a handgun is in a holster on your hip loaded and ready to use. Rifle safe - A locking wall mount attached under the bed or inside a closet. The rifle should be unloaded and ammo stored in a different but accessible location along with the keys.
Rover_Bill 12/28/20 12:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Using a flag pole to hold cell antenna?

The weBoost Connect RV Cellphone booster kits uses THIS 25ft telescoping pole mount and THIS yagi directional antenna. They work well together and are recommended.
Rover_Bill 12/24/20 10:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Greasing the hitch

The Eaz-Lift ReCurve R3 and R6 require both a greased ball and a shot of grease on the shaft. The R6 also requires grease on the sway control bearings.
Rover_Bill 12/22/20 10:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Incline Parking Tips

After you level your TT, you'll notice that the back axel and springs are carrying more weight than the front axel due to the driveway slope. A 2X6 wood block placed under each front axel tires BEFORE you disconnect and level the trailer will help reduce the extra stress on the back tires during storage.
Rover_Bill 12/11/20 10:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wingard Playmaker

Just out of curiosity - how did you determine the Playmaker was not working? What troubleshooting steps did you follow? I'm asking because I had mine (PL-7000) for 5 years and it works great. You do realize that the PL-7000 is the original Playmaker. It supports only one receiver and gets signals from only the western arch satellites (110, 119, and 129). Which is great for areas west of the Mississippi and not so good for eastern USA. The PL-8000 is the newest and most improved Playmaker. It supports two receivers and gets signals from both western arch and the eastern arch satellite (61.5). This makes it the most capable antenna in the Playmaker line.
Rover_Bill 12/05/20 10:08pm Technology Corner
RE: Tow Vehicle Rear End Sag

A WDH is not a one size fits all item. It is adjusted to match your specific TT to your specific TV. When you change either, the hitch has to be readjusted for the new combination.
Rover_Bill 11/22/20 08:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you value your RV?

Fact of life - When you drove it off the dealers lot, you automatically lost 20%+.
Rover_Bill 11/01/20 08:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short Steep or Long gradual

You have large hills to go up and down 64 and 60. 220 to 460 not so much. Some road construction on 220, for a short distance, then you hit 4 lane the rest of the way. X2 on 220/460 nice easy ride. Don't have to worry about meeting a logging truck head-on in the switchbacks on 60.
Rover_Bill 10/31/20 11:17pm Towing
RE: RV GPS

An RV specific GPS (when RV enabled) will tend to route you on commercial grade roads where your RV requirements (length, height, weight) will be supported. The Google GPS assumes you're driving a 4WD drive car and will route you on the shortest path to your destination including dirt roads, low bridges, and tight switchbacks. I use both - plan and drive the route on my Garmin RV-660 but use Google GPS on my phone for current road conditions. (The Garmin also has a good backup camera.)
Rover_Bill 10/30/20 11:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Security Cameras.. just asking

When enabled, the IR-LED's are illuminated 100% of the time to be able to detect motion. If one camera "sees" the other camera, it will see it as a VERY bright spot but motion detection will still work in both cameras. In my case, I turned the IR's off and installed a motion sensor spot light because spiders were using the cameras to support their webs and tripping the motion detection at night when they crawled on their webs. The spot light sensor is not sensitive enough to detect spiders.
Rover_Bill 10/30/20 11:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Surge protector

...I thought that’s what fuses and breakers were for... Fuses and breakers don't protect your electronics and compressors from LOW VOLTAGE damage which is the most common issue in overcrowded campgrounds. A high voltage spike can destroy your electronics long before the fuses can blow. An EMS is the best guard-dog you can get for your RV.
Rover_Bill 10/30/20 10:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing Safety Tech

No matter how many gadgets you have and how advanced they are, they are not going to stop the jerk in front of you from doing something stupid. It's best to pay full attention to the road and be prepared for anything to happen.
Rover_Bill 10/30/20 10:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hulu, or something similar?

Ok. So I have icons on our dish menu for Netflix and amazon prime video. How do I connect the dish receiver to my iPhone hotspot? I went in settings and it found the iPhone, entered password but it keeps coming back saying not connected! What else do I need to do? Does your cell phone data plan include tethering?
Rover_Bill 10/24/20 11:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Hard lesson learned on water heater anode.

Hmm.. Learned something new! Don't open the low point drains until after the water heater has been bypassed. Thanks for the tip! :)
Rover_Bill 10/21/20 09:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Hard lesson learned on water heater anode.

Clogged toilet valve supply... :? Does your toilet use HOT water for flushing? I hope you're using an inline water filter on your water supply - both city water connection and to fill your fresh water tank. :W
Rover_Bill 10/18/20 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: Different type of battery

Interesting new technology! Explained HERE.
Rover_Bill 10/01/20 09:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Transponder selection on Pathway X2

Yes and no, you don't need to select the transponder manually (assuming you're subscribed to the DISH network). The DISH receiver will automatically select the satellite/transponder combination to give you the best available picture quality for the channel you're viewing. The diagnostic screen that you're viewing is best used to help you locate the X2 around your campsite so that you get the best satellite signal strength at your current location (avoiding obstructions and tree cover). When traveling, the eastern arch satellites (61.5 and 72) provide the best signal strength in the eastern states and the western arch satellites (110, 119, and 129) are best in the western states.
Rover_Bill 09/25/20 10:34pm Technology Corner
RE: TPMS

AAAH! Comparing apples to oranges. :S The Smart TPMS (Clicky) that you are referring to is a cell phone enabled deluxe version of the standard RV TPMS - TireMinder Model TM-77 (Clicky). Twenty-two tires, up to 232 psi., with repeater for standard long trailers (>30 ft.) The Trailer TPMS (Clicky) that you are referring to is the new SOLAR POWERED TPMS designed for smaller (pop-up/utility/mini) trailers less than 25 ft long, not more than 4 tires, and not more than 70 psi. per tire. (TPMS warranty is void if the tires exceed 71 psi). Sorry, I assumed that you were comparing the Smart unit with the standard RV trailer unit TM-77. I use and recommend the TM-77.
Rover_Bill 09/16/20 11:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bad air quality--finally taped a house filter on the A/C

Most A/C filters (and furnace filters) are for cleaning dust only and don't trap smoke. To clean out smoke you should use a stand-alone air purifier equipped with a HEPA and carbon filters. Something like this.
Rover_Bill 09/16/20 10:55pm Tech Issues
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