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RE: Wiring diagram - Find my mistakes!
Tom_M 06/02/23 12:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Best range/oven to purchase?

My coach came with a Panasonic combination microwave/convection oven. The convection part works amazingly well for baking. I can fit up to a 13 pound turkey in it. The down side is that it uses lots of power and I either need to run my generator or be plugged into shore power.
Tom_M 04/09/23 05:11am Tech Issues
RE: Walmart overnight parking

Here's the lowdown on how this started. The person that told me this had downloaded a Walmart POI file from POI Factory three days ago. Every store was flagged as 'NOP' meaning No Overnight Parking and he assumed the worst. Today I downloaded a Walmart POI file from POI Factory and found that about one fourth of the stores were flagged NOP. Obviously somebody screwed up at POI Factory. Sorry for the confusion.
Tom_M 03/31/23 04:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Walmart overnight parking

Parking at Walmart is a store-by-store situation depending on local ordinances and other factors. There used to be a guide floating around the internet about which stores allowed in and which don't. Do some searching and you might be able to find it (if it's been kept up-to-date). RobThat's always been the case. This is something recent and supposedly nationwide.
Tom_M 03/31/23 09:40am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Walmart overnight parking

I hope that the corporate info is up to date. I hit Walmart at least three times on my travels to and from Minneapolis and Florida.
Tom_M 03/31/23 07:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Walmart overnight parking

I was recently told that Walmart has changed their policy concerning overnight parking nation wide and no longer allow overnight parking. I can't find anything doing a Google search. Can anyone confirm this?
Tom_M 03/31/23 04:10am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: batteies

That sure looks authoritative, but what are the credentials behind whoever wrote that up? Anybody can write anything, but that doesn't really mean it's strictly factual. I don't care personally, but any cut-and-paste without crediting the source is sometimes questionable.Here's the source. You will note that he quoted himself so it must be true. I upgraded to a Renogy lithium battery and did not upgrade my converter. I'm hardly ever plugged in to a 120 volt source relying on solar most of the time. When I'm plugged in my battery will not charge fully but that is not a problem with lithium.
Tom_M 03/29/23 04:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Visible wants me to upgrade to new plan

I just did the system upgrade yesterday and it went well. I have a Visible ZTE Blade 11 Prime which does not have 5G. My fears were that they would make me upgrade my phone but thankfully that was not the case.
Tom_M 03/16/23 07:33am Technology Corner
RE: Visible Cell Plans & Service

The only customer service you get from Visible is via online chat or email.This is typically true. But if you are not getting results via chat you can really push the matter and arrange for a voice call back.
Tom_M 02/28/23 07:26am Technology Corner
RE: How to transfer large video from phone to computer

Once you get the video to your computer there is a basic cuts only video edit software called Avidemux. It's free and can be downloaded here:
Tom_M 02/26/23 10:35am Technology Corner
RE: Visible wants me to upgrade to new plan

I am under the impression that Visible started as a virtual carrier using Verizon network and was later bought out by Verizon, Visible business address is in Colorado,The following is from Wikipedia: "Visible is an all-digital wireless carrier in the United States, offering unlimited text, talk, data, and hotspot, on Verizon’s 4G LTE and 5G NR Networks. It is owned by Verizon and was founded in 2018. The service supports Apple and Android devices. The service is cheaper than Verizon with the downside being service will be deprioritized if Verizon subscribers in the area are busy on the network, giving Verizon subscribers the faster connection."
Tom_M 02/25/23 05:41am Technology Corner
RE: Visible wants me to upgrade to new plan

I got the same email. When I log onto the app and select "See new plans" I get a message stating "We are unable to process your order. Please chat with our care team to help resolve the issue". I think I'll wait a while before I pursue this.
Tom_M 02/18/23 03:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Install "Generic / Text Only" printer on port

The OP is talking about a virtual printer. He's not looking for a printer.
Tom_M 02/09/23 04:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Feedback on 12V water heater element as solar diversion load

What I don't understand is why you feel the need "to do something with excess solar harvest that would otherwise be wasted." It's not as if you would have to go out and buy new "solar harvest" if you waste it. It seems to me that this is a solution in search of a problem.It means that you would use less propane. Once your battery is fully charged you would then heat your water with the excess electricity. Seems like a great idea to me.
Tom_M 02/06/23 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Visible Cell Plans & Service

We've been on it for a couple of years and we have never seen that throttling. I did not see a mention of that in the new plan description either. However they do throttle to 5 mb/sec at all times. Usually not an issue.Not entirely true. Only the hotspot data is capped at 5 Mb/s. Data on the phone is not capped. There is a way to remove the hotspot data rate cap. It involves editing a script on a wireless router or doing a registry edit for the Windows firewall.
Tom_M 02/04/23 07:05am Technology Corner
RE: Batwing vs.BatMan vs. Jack: The Results.. finally (LONG)

This thread is almost 10 years old. I do not have access to a spectrum analyzer but my tests were vastly different from SCVJeff's. For me the Jack was on par with the Batwing for the UHF band but did poorly on VHF. SCVJeff has not been active on this forum for several years.
Tom_M 02/02/23 05:32am Technology Corner
RE: Got forced into MS 365

Let's get real here. Most computers are Windows based and that is what most people are familiar with. The vast number of users do not want to mess with Linux. It seems like any time someone has problems with Windows someone will suggest switching to Linux. That is just not going to happen. People also suggest doing a clean install of Windows by downloading it and creating a bootable USB drive. The average user will have no clue on how to do this. If your computer is really messed up, about the only option is to do a reset. If possible, prior to doing this, copy off all your documents, photos, and videos. Also save all your bookmarks for your internet browser and all your login passwords. Doing a reset will put your computer back to a condition when you first purchased it which includes all the required drivers.
Tom_M 01/30/23 05:16pm Technology Corner
RE: $519 3800w generator available on woot for a few more hours

Woot is part of Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime shipping is free. I've purchased a few things and it has worked well.
Tom_M 01/12/23 02:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: cheap solar panels

And how about this 1800 watt power pack with 100 watts of solar for only $89:
Tom_M 01/08/23 05:51am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium batteries

The best YouTube source is Will Prowse. He tears apart lots of batteries. Some of the cheaper LiFePo4 batteries have no low temp sensor. He checks this by dipping the sensor in ice water.
Tom_M 12/02/22 08:04am Tech Issues
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