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RE: And so it begins. (In North America).

Moved from General RVing.
dedmiston 03/05/21 04:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Bluetooth Adjustable Converter?

The solar controller I installed in the Safari is Bluetooth controlled, and I really like having that function, I'm kind of a geek and I love to lie in bed as the sun is coming up and watch the app to see when the panels actually start to charge. It's always amazing to me to see how quickly the numbers come up in the morning.
dedmiston 03/04/21 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Any software devs, working from their RV?

Thank you All. This is some great info. dedmiston , what do you use for a dataplan? I forget the brand/model of the device. It's whatever was on sale at the time from AT&T. I bought it years ago when our kid was finishing up clinical studies and was doing an internship at a remote mental hospital (super creepy). A new facility had been built, but they still housed the students in the old abandoned hospital building (picture lots of big keys and heavy doors like a prison). There was no wifi there, so we bought the hotspot and paid for the plan. Years later after graduation, I asked for the device back since it wasn't being used anymore. I think we pay $30/month for the all-you-can-eat-but-we're-gonna-throttle-you plan. It feels expensive, but I think we foolishly pay that much for my wife's iPad data plan too, so who am I to judge? Our longest stint on the road was probably 10-12 weeks and we drained every single packet of data we could out of that thing, and I never could detect any throttling. I think they only throttle your speed if you're in a heavily impacted area and the cell tower is saturated. Presumably that's when they put you at the lowest priority in the queue. If I thought I'd hit the cap and the speed was being throttled, I was ready to switch over to tethering from my phone, but that has never happened. I never bothered to run a speed check on the hotspot vs. the iPhone, but it always just feels faster than tethering. I have a hunch that the performance I see from the hotspot was just the hotspot's better transmit capabilities. I have to be pretty close to my phone to tether, but I just keep the hotspot in a tall cupboard in the fiver and the signal is as good in the garage of our toy hauler as it is in the front sleeper (or even outside in camp). It's really been ideal for me for remote work. We've been able to see a lot of the country without me having to take off any time. I don't expect to have to go back to the office any time soon, because our open floor plan is a germ infested cesspool where one person with the sniffles will wipe us all out. Who knew that our old cubicle farms were so much healthier? This thing has been a lifesaver for me though. It sure beats sitting at home.
dedmiston 03/04/21 01:40pm Full-time RVing
RE: Would you back a camper for someone?

Years ago a friend of ours was badly injured at camp (blew out his knee and needed it replaced). We all helped out by packing them up and babysitting their daughters (and doing a TON of dishes) while his wife took him to the ER to get temporarily fixed up. His wife drove him home and parked their trailer on the street when they got there. The next day I drove over there and parked their trailer behind their hose for them, because it was too tight and scary for her to back it up. So yes, there are helpful people in the world. This isn't an all or nothing case though. You'll slowly get used to towing and eventually even backing. There are some amazing Youtube videos that teach a back-up parking technique called "The Scoop" or "The Swoop". They're worth taking a look and giving it a try. The kindness of strangers will be a big help until you develop the skills and techniques to do it yourself. And good for you for supporting your husband this way. It sounds like he's a lucky man.
dedmiston 03/04/21 01:07pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Sold the toy hauler :(

So basically for me I’ll be doing solo desert runs with my dirt bike. Does this mean we won't be running into you in Trona anymore? That was a fun surprise. I looked up that Grand Design. It's a beauty. You guys will love it. It reminds me of the layout of our fiver, except you have the bunkhouse where we have the garage. Thanks again for always being so generous and sharing all your trip pics. There are a handful of members like you who have kept this forum alive during the past slow years. It's starting to pick up a little, but nothing like the good old days before the '08 crash. I've always been grateful to you and the others who've been so loyal.
dedmiston 03/04/21 12:50pm Toy Haulers
RE: Sold the toy hauler :(

Noooooooooooooo!!!!! :E I'm sure your family was tired of the hauler after living in it during construction. You guys sure got your money out of it though. You made some incredible memories in that trailer. What do you think you'll replace it with and how will you bring your toys?
dedmiston 03/04/21 06:11am Toy Haulers
RE: Any software devs, working from their RV?

Business Systems Analyst here. I work weeks at a time from the RV all the time. My hotspot has been rock solid for work during the day and streaming at night. I've tested lots of different conditions and haven't ever hit a data cap or been throttled yet. I have to be strategic about the spots where I camp, but it's not too tough to find a hill or unobstructed valley where I'll get a good signal. I don't recommend doing like Lwiddis suggests and trying to bill your employer, because they'll tell you to quit telecommuting (once the lockdown is over) and make you come back to the desk that they're already paying for.
dedmiston 03/03/21 04:29pm Full-time RVing
RE: Nomadland

In a similar category, but different spin, there's a documentary that was all the buzz here on RV.NET fifteen years or so ago. It's about people who live in Walmart parking lots, bouncing from Walmart to Walmart. It used to be free on Amazon Prime, but now it looks like they're charging for it. "This Is Nowhere"
dedmiston 03/03/21 01:50pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Need help with route for noobs - SoCal to NorCal

I would avoid Pasadena too. Not that there's anything wrong with the 210, but that's just not the right route. The 58 from Barstow to Bakersfield is a great road now. Actually, it's the Barstow to Mojave leg that is great now, because that's the part that they widened and improved. From Mojave over Tehachapi to Bakersfield is good too though. Once you get to Bako, you can pick your favorite route over to I5. The 46 is a pretty good road. That whole drive should be pretty easy. Tehachapi is the only pass you'll go over, and it isn't bad at all. Hopefully you're not in it for the scenery though, because most of that route is pretty bland.
dedmiston 03/02/21 05:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: 4 seasons toy haulers under 5000lbs dry weight?

Good luck on the "4 seasons" part ! I would not trust any "toy hauler" with plumbing when temps are in the low 20s ! What's that based on? Our temps drop into the 20s a couple of times a year, and we haven't had any trouble with either of our haulers. What makes a toy hauler more vulnerable to the cold than any other trailer?
dedmiston 03/02/21 09:58am Toy Haulers
RE: Potentially dangerous mistake in March RV Magazine

Years ago we were out on a riding trip and one of my buddies blew out his knee on his way over the handlebars. After we took him to the ER, we packed him up and his wife said she could drive the trailer home. I called her that night and she said she didn't know how to back it into their driveway to park it behind the house, so I went over after work the next day to help out. They had one of those Power Caster electric dollies, so I threaded the needle between their fence and house and got the trailer to the back yard. When it was time to stop, I realized that I hadn't thought things all the way through and had no way to stop the thing. (I learned later that there was a connection to the trailer brakes that I hadn't been briefed on.) Somehow I managed to use my Fred Flintstone brakes and drag my heels to stop their trailer just in time. Scared the snot out of me. I think of that freewheeling trailer whenever I unhitch.
dedmiston 03/01/21 11:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Potentially dangerous mistake in March RV Magazine

Thanks so much for posting this. I can't believe that point made it through their editorial review.
dedmiston 02/28/21 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting van build

mobile ear doctor WHAT? Click the blue link :R As Fog horn Leghorn says... It's a joke, son. :B
dedmiston 02/27/21 10:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gen octane recommend

I run exclusively 89 in ours, because our bikes and SxS require 89 and I don't want to deal with two grades of fuel. No problems with ours. That's what I do as well. It just crossed my mind that maybe the higher octane was causing issues I meant to say 91. I drive a diesel, so the choices at the gas pump are foreign to me. :B Premium.
dedmiston 02/26/21 04:23pm Toy Haulers
RE: Oregon Coast Camping

Moved from RV Lifestyle.
dedmiston 02/26/21 04:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2005 IOTA power converter

It's a pretty short thread now, after taking out the trash. Let's try to play nice, folks.
dedmiston 02/26/21 04:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

This pulls my trailer out into the road and ***** it towards the space with the driver's side wheels aligned right with the end of the space. I wonder what dirty word I used? Maybe a male rooster? I can't figure it out.
dedmiston 02/26/21 03:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will water lines freeze?

Mixed messages from Lwiddis: Don't chance it with filling your tanks ahead of time. ~ and ~ Don't chance drinking the water from the parks because it will kill you.
dedmiston 02/26/21 01:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

It's the Scoop Maneuver This guy calls it the Swoop I can't get into my driveway without doing this. My street is narrow and has deep ditches on both sides BINGO. I've heard it called The Swoop and The Scoop. The details depend on the length/geometry of your trailer and truck. The technique is the same, but the distances will vary. I have a 44' fifth wheel and a long bed dually. When I'm pulling up to a back-in space I first cross my fingers and hope that the space is on my left, because it's so much easier to see from the driver's side. It's not much harder on the other side though. Pull up slowly on the same side as the space. So if the space is on the left, I hug the left side of the road and watch my mirror or hang my head out the window to see when my front trailer wheels get just start to get to the far side of the space's driveway. When I get to that point, I cut my wheels hard to the right and go almost as far as I can, and then I turn hard to the left and pull forward a little. This pulls my trailer out into the road and ***** it towards the space with the driver's side wheels aligned right with the end of the space. As I back in, I straighten out the truck (wheels left) so the trailer stops turning, and it backs right in. At that point, I only have to make slight corrections depending on where the pedestal and any other obstacles are located. It's usually a one-shot deal.
dedmiston 02/26/21 01:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: mass elec. storage 'battery' rethink the term application.

Just when I thought we'd run out of junk to argue about...*xlEI5bWMSj6sZ06aPQsiJg.png
dedmiston 02/26/21 01:18pm General RVing Issues
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