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Old 02-16-2007, 06:35 PM   #1
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Internet / Satellite Hookups

In four or five years, when I reach retirement, I plan on taking extended trips with my yet to be purchased Airstream.

I'm am a neanderthal and a computer dummy..........what are my options for:

#1: computer internet hookup

#2: TV reception.....i.e. satellite hookup
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:04 PM   #2
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Welcome,
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:07 PM   #3
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What key words would you suggest?
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:08 PM   #4
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it's all out there!

I put a Verizon Wireless card on my laptop - sometimes a bit slow, but good coverage. There is also the possibility of finding hot spots and just getting on someone elses broadband, but viruses, etc are a risk.

Many people have ground mount or roof mount dishes. I don't bother cause I'm not going camping for TV.

NICE radio/CD/DVD player in my Airstream. Finding a good channel for weather is nice.

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Old 02-16-2007, 08:27 PM   #5
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Go to the Escapees forum Escapees Discussion Forum - Powered by eve community. Scroll down to the forum section titled "Internet Access On The Road" and the forum section titled "Satellite Television and Radio". This should have all the informtion needed. Escapees is an RV organization supporting the fulltiming and extended timing lifestle.

Hope this helps.

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Old 02-16-2007, 08:35 PM   #6
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In four or five years....
tv and the web in 4-5 years?

no one has a clue.

my decoder ring doesn't do 2012...

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We use an Alltel Aircard for internet; it has decent speed and works about anywhere.

Most campgrounds these days have cable, so we haven't really looked into any of the dish systems. I think that we will be getting our TV over the internet in the near future.
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Go to the Escapees forum Escapees Discussion Forum - Powered by eve community. Scroll down to the forum section titled "Internet Access On The Road" and the forum section titled "Satellite Television and Radio". This should have all the informtion needed. Escapees is an RV organization supporting the fulltiming and extended timing lifestle.

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Old 02-17-2007, 07:45 AM   #9
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tv and the web in 4-5 years?

no one has a clue.

my decoder ring doesn't do 2012...

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I realize it's quite a stretch for the old crystal ball, but I'm just getting into this whole thing and want to see what's out there now.
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tv and the web in 4-5 years?
no one has a clue.
my decoder ring doesn't do 2012...
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2airishuman is absolutely right. If we go back four or five years and look at what RV parks were supposed to be installing in order to be "in," it doesn't resemble at all what's current now. A couple of examples:

+Back then, telephone hookups at sites were The Big Thing, according to the campground rating gods. Now, site telephone hookups are history, and the expensive wiring has turned into rabbit food.

+Back then, there was lots of pressure to put in cable TV hookups at sites. Now, there are so many suppliers of RV satellite systems, and so many people with those systems, that cable hookups have become passe.

So what's to happen four or five years from now? Heaven knows. Try the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (and bring a divining rod)!


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We've been fulltiming since May '06 using Dish satellite and a T-Mobile aircard. Works great now!
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Y'all will probably poke fun at me..........but I'm probably the last adult left without a cell phone...........like I said, I'm a dinosaur.
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"Hook ups" in the teenage language means something else. Since you appear to be in your 50's you are mostlikey alright using that terminology here but do not use it when discussing it with your grandchildren. To be more serious, WIFI at campgrounds should be fairly common by the time you retire. If they do not have it, you can park in front of most Staples or Office Max and get good free service. There are a few cities that already have hot spots thru out the city and within a few years there will be alot more.
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Old 02-24-2007, 04:19 PM   #14
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Smile Alltel Aircard

We also use an Alltel Aircard for internet in my laptop computer. It works pretty well. But.... is about $60 a month.
We are just now checking into Sat. systems for Cable. Not sure we would use it that much.
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