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RE: Using my phone hotspot for the tv.

We watch VERY LITTLE TV while camping. I have always been able to pull in a few local stations which I want mainly for local weather and news. I use a Chromecast for movies or TV shows. The catch is I download content and stream it to the Chromecast on the TV. Wifi is required and I use my phone as a hotspot. The advantage is very little bandwidth is used as the content is on my phone. As I said, we watch little TV, but if the weather is bad we have some things downloaded to watch. If we take grandkids I let them choose some movies prior to trip that I can download ahead of time.
pbeverly 07/07/22 04:48am Tech Issues
RE: New Travel Trailer

Prices are rapidly falling! A similar trailer that is 1 or 2 years old would cost half as much! I am the same way. I do not give my kids advice because if it ends up wrong I don't want that on my shoulders. What I do do is present some things for them to think about. "Did you consider this?" blah blah blah. I have also learned that a lot of people seeking advice really just want you to confirm what they have already decided. Others don't want to take the time to research and figure things out.
pbeverly 07/06/22 04:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Lack of RV Parks... Jimmy Buffet to the rescue!

In our younger days,when the kids were young and camping with us. We might’ve thought about it for the kids experience. Now days we want pice and quiet. We love “ Up The Creek “ in Pigeon Forge, but the way it’s building up there we’re looking for somewhere else. Maybe Townsend or even Ashville, or even maybe Maggie Valley. Up the Creek is in a very good location. If you want tourist trap stuff you have that. If you want to get into the National Park there are roads in that totally skip Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Spent a week at Up the Creek in May and it was probably the nicest campground we have stayed out. That said, we are looking for a place on the NC side of the park, Bryson City area, to explore. Nothing so far looks comparable to Up The Creek.
pbeverly 07/06/22 04:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lack of RV Parks... Jimmy Buffet to the rescue!

At least someone is building RV parks. We rode through the Pigeon Forge park in May and it is finished. Nice but expensive. Great location. Check out Up The Creek in Pigeon Forge. No special RV Resort type stuff, but a beautiful park and very well maintained.
pbeverly 07/06/22 04:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Problems with door after new steps installed

What do you mean about "fold away". In the Lippert site I see pull out and fold down. If the stairs have feet on the ground you need to adjust them to be shorter. The first thing I do when setting up is get my stairs set properly and testing the door. Sometimes there is not a perfect leg adjustment setting for the situation so I carry some different sizes of wood to shim them so they are rock steady before using them. If the legs are too short and not shimmed you can bend the step area where they are attached to the camper where the door goes over it when closing. If you do bend it you can close the door and gently bend it back.
pbeverly 06/23/22 05:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Harbor Freight Predator 3500

There a literally thousands of posts here, about that generator. Bottom line is tnat most love the generator. But the 2000w version is not a good choice because of its much louder noise rating. I have the 2000 one and am amazed at how quiet it is.
pbeverly 06/23/22 05:40am Tech Issues
RE: Empty parks with no open sites.

One way to help this would be to make reservations 100% prepay in advance, and cancellations require a 2 week notice - or you lose your prepayment. There have been so many times where I read about people using "the system" to reserve and cancel at popular places in order to get what they want. Fort Wilderness is a prime example of this - or at least was 10 years ago, the last time we were there. In SC you pay 100% when making reservation. A No Show would get no refund. Here is the cancellation policy. So if you cancel 3 days or less you get nothing back. SC is still making money on No Shows and no incentive for SC to release the sites. Win for SC and a loss for those looking for last minute sites. 60 + days away – no charge 15 - 59 days away- $10 Administrative Fee (non-taxable) 4-14 days- 1st night's stay 3 days or less- no refund. I had to cancel a beach house years ago and due to the timing of the cancellation the policy was if they rented it out during the time I had scheduled then I would get a refund, otherwise I would not.
pbeverly 06/23/22 05:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

I am newer to these forums and pretty much visit daily. I follow some FB groups as well. The FB groups are mostly focused on camping in various states and one if for my type of camper. If I am going to ask serious RV type questions I am going to ask here. FB groups are a lot like a big convention. People wander over to a table and the same questions get asked over and over. While FB has good search functionality within the groups, very few people take the time to do a search. FB groups are great for short little conversations while forums like this are more suitable for longer and more in depth conversations. Some moderators are heavy handed on FB and others need to step up the enforcement of rules. The moderation helps keep the level of **** being posted down. When following a few groups the less **** the better. With forums like this things are divided into interest and then while in a section you can see a subject title which gives you a clue whether you want to go in and check out the conversation. Now here on this forum some subjects could be improved upon, they give you no clue what the conversation is about. The forums I follow here currently has decent activity. Maybe not what it was but usually something new every could days or so, so not too overwhelming to keep up with.
pbeverly 06/23/22 04:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Motor Home GPS Phone AP

Free phone apps aren't going to take care of your RV needs. Apps that you pay for and have the ability to enter your size data are going to better. For a serious trip I am going to use my PAID for phone app. Google maps is good for short little quick things, provided I have cell coverage. Google Maps was good at navigating to be specific places in the Great Smokey Mountains NP. I downloaded the maps so coverage was not an issue. I tried Waze and really didn't care for it. Really don't care where the cops are as I only do about 5 over the limit and don't even do that when pulling a camper. I am not in a hurry, the place where I am heading to will be there when I arrive regardless. If it is a timed thing then I make sure I have plenty of time for the unexpected.
pbeverly 06/21/22 04:45am Technology Corner
RE: Dude ranch RV parks?

We usually take our horses with us when we can. Most parks & places we go don't rent horses. This is not a Dude Ranch but you can camp and rent horses. Good horses aren't cheap and cheap horses aren't good. We have learned that if you "rent" horses to ride it is best not to let the place know you have horses as they tend to stick you on horses that are more difficult. We are paying to have an enjoyable ride, not to help train your horses. Love the comment "Good horses aren't cheap and cheap horses aren't good."
pbeverly 06/21/22 04:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Motor Home GPS Phone AP

I have struggled with having a worthy GPS solution on my phone as well. With this thread I looked into some of these once again. When looking at reviews on Google Play none of them have stellar reviews. In the past I had TomTom standalone units. When it was time to move on to using the phone I got the TomTom app. I had grown accustomed to the TomTom interface and maps. Google Maps has it's place and purpose, but for serious navigation I use the TomTom. I have tried Waze and it didn't thrill me. But TomTom wasn't so great with pulling a trailer. This became very apparent traveling in the Smokey Mountains this past May. Took us on roads we shouldn't have been on. After that trip I learned I can go to the TomTom MyDrive site and customize my routes and save them online. When I use the app on the phone the saved routes are there for me to use. Some campgrounds will let you know in their confirmation emails the best route to get there and what to avoid. Customizing my route was a great improvement, but not quite what I needed. SO then I discovered that on this site you can tell them you are doing a camper/rv and provide all your details, length, width, height and weight. So I let it plan the Smokey Mountains trip again and it skipped all the roads I should have never been on. I changed it to driving a car, and it went back to the squirrely roads. There is an annual subscription cost. Sometimes you get what you pay for. The ability to plan on big screen and save it off for later use is great!
pbeverly 06/17/22 08:54am Technology Corner
RE: Tire Recall

The government started investigating the tires in 2017, 14 years after the last one was made. The tires were for Class As. Thinking they were/are on vehicles not driven a whole lot and the tread looked good.
pbeverly 06/08/22 04:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Smokey Mountains area

Up The Creek is a really nice private campground and I tried to avoid those as well. It is in Pigeon Forge but you can get into the National Park without going thru Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. Sites 16, 17, & 18 are the best. Large sites on a creek. Up The Creek We are looking for something on the NC side for 2023 and struggling to find something we are happy with. We want an FH site.
pbeverly 06/02/22 06:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's up with CGs?

It's obvious it is pointed towards the revelers like spring break Datona, groups that will pile pallets 10' high and start a bonfire, bring their 1,000 amp speakers and a DJ, or G-string clad "ladies". As CG host I ran hard into this attitude. 1 end of loop had several sites reserved for weekend in same last name. Some pulling in on Thursday afternoon, while I was off duty. About 7, music started, loud enough I could not her my news show in camper. My shift started at quiet time, so I went over there. As soon as I said anything, somebody turned it down to a reasonable level. I said that would of been good for last 3 hours, but now needs to be off, pointed out rules on their receipt. 1 of the 40-something men said "We are not a bunch of college kids cutting loose, WE ARE A FAMILY!" Typical mindset of such people. We are exceptional and entitled and the rules do not apply to me. Easter weekend we did with a party going on until 2AM in the morning day before a wedding. Party was next to camp host, who was not there. Day of wedding party camp host was there and stopped it at midnight. The site that had the parties was occupied by 55+ couple. We were at the Great Smoky Mountains NP a few weeks ago. We did what is considered the most popular trail. At the trailhead it clearly stated NO PETS. Of course there were exceptional and entitled people that this rule did not apply to. Service dogs are not an exception here and none of them were service dogs anyway. Dogs are only allowed on 2 trails within the entire park. When researching I learned this is pretty much standard practice at all National Parks. On their website they explain why and it pretty much all very valid reasons. Exceptional and Entitled people can do what they want and to Hell with the rest of us.
pbeverly 06/02/22 05:51am General RVing Issues
RE: CC safety

My phone alerts me to EVERY transaction. One time after using the card the night before at a gas station, my phone alerted me to a $2200 transaction to an online furniture store. I immediately alerted Capitol 1. Needless to say, the a$$hole that stole my CC number got caught. If a gas pump has the old style black card reader that sticks out you need to grab it and make sure it is tight and won't come off. If it isn't tight it probably is a skimmer grabbing your data. Had this happen to me in SC and was buying groceries that day in Canada after I got skimmed.
pbeverly 06/01/22 04:51am Technology Corner
RE: What's up with CGs?

After our Easter Weekend at a SC State Park this year, which all of these rules pretty much applied, I wish they would send out an email like this as a STRONG reminder of the rules. The REAL question should be "What's up with campers these days?"
pbeverly 06/01/22 04:41am General RVing Issues
RE: CC safety

Very safe. Your actual credit card number is not used in the transaction, it generates a one time unique one each time it is used. SO very safe. I prefer to use Samsung Pay as it does the same thing and I do not have to whip out my credit card at all. I also have it setup for my debit card, again don't have to whip out physical card. My credit card company allows me to setup virtual cards. I have 5 different ones set up. These are for online/phone use. One just for Amazon. One for hotel/camping reservations. The intent is if say my credit card info gets stolen from Amazon I shut down that virtual card, create a new one and don't have to update credit card information everywhere, just Amazon. My REAL credit card number is still good.
pbeverly 05/30/22 06:07am Technology Corner
RE: Charleston SC and Savannah Ga

We like James Island but found the limbs hanging over the roadway to be very low. Hope they have been cut since we were there. Pretty scary worrying about leaving an air conditioner laying in the street behind you. I didn't think the campground itself was bad. There is a road you drive in on where the oak trees are huge and literally right next to the road. The email you get from the park when you register tells you how to avoid that road.
pbeverly 05/08/22 04:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV's and internet connections

We watch very little TV while camping, actually watch very little at home. Use OTA for local news and weather. For rainy weather or if we have grandkids I do download content beforehand. Netflix, Disney, Amazon all allow you to download content. I have a Chromecast device on the TV that I can cast the content to. I do have to have Internet for this to work, but it uses VERY LITTLE bandwidth as the content is already downloaded and it gets pushed via local wifi to the Chromecast. I use my phone as a hotspot. Now if my phone gets no service then so much for that. Most campground wifi is pretty much useless.
pbeverly 05/03/22 04:31am Technology Corner
RE: Route to Up The Creek, Pigeon Forge, TN

ken56 Thanks for the information. I am pulling a TT with the height of 10.5'. If I was to take 25 I would not get back on 40, I would just cross or go under it. I am leaning on just staying on 40. As a kid I lived in NE TN and loved riding that section of 40. Had great views. Last time I was on it the trees had grown so tall the views were all but gone. Trucks were not limited to the right lane only back then either. I remember a huge slab of rock where you could see tire marks as it was used as a road. Can't see that anymore. Congestion will slow traffic down so wife will be more relaxed, not that I drive like an idiot, it will slow down the others who are idiots.
pbeverly 04/23/22 05:09am General RVing Issues
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