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Old 01-25-2008, 12:58 PM   #341
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I understand the post counter only goes up to 4 digits so Terry will be starting over from zero. Naw! Even if we wanted we couldn't make it so...

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Old 01-26-2008, 04:57 PM   #342
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After exceeding my bandwidth quota with the picture I posted a couple of days ago, I was forced to go buy an Aircard today so I could get back online. This was not much fun, as the wireless companies all run credit checks before allowing you to sign up, and our recent misadventures have ruined any credit rating I may have had. My first choice demanded a year's payment in advance . Wow...
So, we wound up with a Cingular air card, since we already have Cingular cell phones. We were able to add it to our account. It won't go as many places as we would like, but I also didn't have to shell out a grand in fees to get online.
I also pieced together a Dish Network pre-paid dish service (same issue, they run a credit report before allowing you to use their stuff). Net cost was $120 for an RV ground-placed dish, and $40 fo a receiver, with a $40 prepaid card included.
But, we now can get online, and watch something besides broadcast tv, both good things.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:29 PM   #343
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Thanks for all of the great posts- Time to blow up the 10,000 counter and cause an Airforums version of Y2K, although your neighbor my be the only reason the power shuts off....
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:24 AM   #344
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Ten Thousand posts! Whooaah, Terry. It's right around the corner. ll bet you'll post something profound.

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Old 01-27-2008, 04:14 PM   #345
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Feeling Fan-tastic

No, this isn't "the big post", but it's the next best thing...
Anyway, over the course of the last couple of weeks, I have been trying to get on the roof of Bertha to see if I can find the source of our indoor pool in the kitchen area. Water seems to be leaking from around the Fantastic vent I installed last fall, but every time I have a day off to climb on the roof, it is rainging, or cold, or windy, or a combination of all three. Yesterday I got to try out my new 7 foot collapsible ladder. It was a disappointment, as it only came as high as mid-window as far as height. Off to Camping World I went, to exchange it for a 10 foot telescoping ladder. For those of you that haven't used one, they are great. It collapses into a height of less than knee-high for storage, and weighs about 25 pounds.
I arrived back at Bertha in time for a series of rain squalls. so I had to delay (again) my foray onto the roof. This morning dawned kind of cloudy and windy, but no rain, so around 11 this morning, I gathered up my equipment, and hit the roof. While I didn't find any obvious places it was leaking, I resealed the area around the base of the vent. We'll see if that fixed it.
Since I am a glutton for punishment, I decided today would be a good day to replace the old Elixer fan and cover with a slightly used Fantastic Vent I had acquired during our wedding trip in October. I removed the Maxx-Air cover, and removed the screws holding the old vent in place.I slid a putty knife between the vent and the body, and lifted the vent out. I then clipped the wires going to the vent, and tossed the vent to Marie. (note to self: vents are not frisbees).
After scraping off the goo holding the old vent in place, I placed the new foam gasket on the antastic, and dropped it into the hole. I then put what seemed like a gazillion screws into the housing to attach it to the roof, and liberally doused the seam with sealant. We then moved inside to wire everything up. Unfortunately, the vent came unassembled, and all the same color. Wiring the motor and switch wasn't bad, but there is a double-pole, double-throw switch that reverses the fan, with 4 identically-colored wires on it. So, after much trial and error, and watching to make sure we didn't let the factory installed smoke out of the unit, we got it wired correctly. At least, the fan runs forward and reverse, and turns off on command, and the wires don't smoke.
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:30 AM   #346
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So, we wound up with a Cingular air card ...
I got an AT&T/Cingular Aircard too (Sierra 875) and after 60 days or so, my internet connection got so bad that it was unusable. If this happens to you, let me know and I'll tell you what I did to fix mine.
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:15 PM   #347
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I got an AT&T/Cingular Aircard too (Sierra 875) and after 60 days or so, my internet connection got so bad that it was unusable. If this happens to you, let me know and I'll tell you what I did to fix mine.
It's already happening. Ours is a Sierra 880, and it just took over 3 minutes to load this page.
PM is on its way, unless you want to post it here.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:04 AM   #348
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I have a Sierra Aircard 875 which may be similar to your card (no promises) and have similar problems. Here's what I had to do to fix mine.

First of all, in the AT&T Communication Manager Program which interfaces the card to Windows, I found that I could increase my overall connectivity by changing it to use "non-accelerated" as the default profile. This improved dropouts somewhat.

I ran like this for a while but finally I got frustrated at not getting what I was paying for and I ordered an external antenna from WPS Antennas to boost my signal (I got a 4-6 dB improvement). This helped to increase my connectivity and throughput speed.

Finally, in frustration at still not getting the performance that I had been promised, I downloaded and installed the "3G Watcher" program for my card from Sierra Wireless and (after uninstalling that steaming pile of AT&T software) I now have good (or at least acceptable) performance all of the time. I've been using this combo for more than a month now and I think I've got it whipped.
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:28 PM   #349
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The aircard debacle

I have found out why I can never get more than 32k speed out of my G3 aircard that is supposed to offer 700k speed-- we are not in the coverage area. Since we are going to be there for a while, I opted to not continue with the aircard that would be worse than dialup.
If and when we can come up with another solution to our internet issue, i'll let y'all know. I'm sure we aren't the only fulltimers trying to do this.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:35 PM   #350
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The satellite gods have smiled upon us...

We looked around, and found a Dish Network prepaid program. You buy the dish and receiver, and pay as you go, with no credit checks, and no contract. Both are important to us right now. As I mentioned earlier, my medical bills, and problems paying our bills when I was hurt have caused most bankers and loan officers to run screaming from the room when I ask for money. Also, with no contract, if we move to a park with cable service provided, we can discontinue the dish, and restart it when we leave with no problem.
Obviously, prices are subject to change, but I found a DishNow (prepaid plan) receiver online for $40, with a $40 card included in the box, making the receiver free, plus postage (about $20). The dish was another bag of potatoes, though, I went to Camping World to get a ground-mounted dish that collapses, with a built-in signal finder and compass, for about $120. Naturaly, they were out of them, and would not have them in-stock until after the sale ended (no rainchecks?). So, I bought the cheaper model, which is also the same price, but not as collapsible, and without the built in goodies. I've since found out the goodies weren't all that good, so maybe my favorite motto still holds true: "If it ain't there, it can't break". Marie's car has manual crank-up windows, and I've never had to replace a power window motor in it yet, but I digress...
Anyway, I managed to find a spot just outside our official campsite area to place the dish (trees are great for shade, not so great for satellite reception), find enough cable and connectors to run to it from the trailer (25' is included with the dish), and call Dish Network to activate the system.
The young man on the other end of the phone was very helpful, though a little hard to understand (does ANYBODY still use Americans for customer service?), and a few minutes later we were watching a repeat of a show we saw last May. ALL the shows were repeats from last May. Sigh...
Anyway, the plan we selected was $30/month, so we got about a month and a third of service for $40, and it supplements the broadcast stuff nicely.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:47 PM   #351
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That's great news Terry.


It's nice when things start coming back together again. It's not like you've not paid your dues and then some these past couple of years.

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Old 02-11-2008, 07:52 PM   #352
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The Refrigerator Follies, part 2

Those of you that are long-time readers of my little diatribe here have probably noticed we had some issues with our new fridge. Namely, the fridge box stops getting cold. I replaced the cooling unit back in November, and the fridge has worked flawlessly since-- until last Thursday night. Marie poured a glass of milk, and the blobs of curds came dumping out all over the counter. The fridge part has failed again, and this time, the freezer isn't much better. The fridge is at about 60 degrees, and the freezer is between 20-32 degrees.
A quick call to the place we got the fridge from ("Again? What the hell are you doing to them? Drinking the ammonia?") and they were planning on bringing a new fridge down to us, and helping me install it. From Illinois. Talk about customer service! The fridge guy has an ulterior motive, he is retiring at the end of the month, and wants to move to Florida, so he's taking advantage of this opportunity to come down and look around for a house while he's here.
Unfortunately, they seem to be in the process of being snowed in, so he doesn't think he will be able to get down here in time to help us. They are sending the new fridge down, and when they get dug out of the snow, he'll head down, and pick up the old one for failure analysis later. He says the important thing is to get us a fridge that works reliably, and I agree with that. Replacing spoiled food can get expensive.
This is something to consider when making a major purchase from out of your area, how will they service their product if you have problems with it?
Anyway, I am supposed to call him Wednesday, and he'll let me know when to expect a large truck to deliver a fridge. Another problem, where are they going to send it? There is no loading dock at the RV park. I live for this stuff...
Stay tuned till next time, for another exciting episode of "As The Stomache Churns."
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another exciting episode of "As The Stomache Churns."
Well, it's no wonder since you keeping eating that old fridge food.
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Old 02-12-2008, 08:54 PM   #354
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Fresh from the fridge

Hey Grandpa, Whats for supper?

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Old 02-15-2008, 08:08 PM   #355
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The fridge follies, part 3...

Since the guy that I got our fridge from is in the process of retiring, and his warranty will (obviously) be no good after he closes his doors. So, we have a quandary. If we get the replacement fridge, how long will it last before also going belly-up? A year? 6 months? 3 months (again)?
While I'm kind of handy, and good with tools, I really don't want to get NASCAR-like practice at changing out refrigerators, not to mention throwing away spoiled food if it again goes south on us.
I was made an offer of a brand-new unit nearly identical to our refurbed fridge, with a factory Dometic warranty (3 year), serviceable at any Dometic repair facility, rather than the one-man show we got our present one from.
So, do I roll the dice again with a rebuilt replacement fridge, or do I bite the bullet and get a brand-new unit for about the cost of the one we have now? I will be buying twice, as the point of refunds is long past, plus I will then have a rebuilt fridge, for all intents and purposes new, with no place to put it, and not wanting to throw away a probably good working unit.
If I pass on the deal for the new fridge, a replacement unit if and when the replacement fails would run about $1200-1300 shipped or picked up, including taxes, and if I buy now, it is $750, free delivery to Sarasota Fairgrounds next week.
Decisions, decisions...
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Can you resell the one that needs repair once that is complete and recoup some of your money? If this were me and one rebuild was unsuccessful I'd be taking the new one with the warranty.

Tough decision, but I'm not a huge fan of rebuilts after my own frustrating experiences.

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Old 02-15-2008, 08:15 PM   #357
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Terry,
It's an election year so here's my vote.
Go for the new fridge with the warranty and sell the replacement rebuilt fridge on the classifieds or ebay "as is".
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Can you resell the one that needs repair once that is complete and recoup some of your money? If this were me and one rebuild was unsuccessful I'd be taking the new one with the warranty.

Tough decision, but I'm not a huge fan of rebuilts after my own frustrating experiences.

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I'm thinking along the same lines. Get the factory-new unit, and when the replacement fridge arrives, offer it up for sale or trade to help defray the cost of the new unit.
The jury is still out, but I am currently wieghing my options, which currently look like partially thawed frozen steaks in one hand, and a new fridge in the other...
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Oh, by the way, the fridge is coming directly from Airstream. There would be no reason for it not to fit, and I can get it service at Camping World, or any Airstream dealer, or any RV dealer, for that matter (thinking ahead to our future travels) When I go for new, I don't mess around...
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Terry.... wow... I know I LOVE things that have a 3 year warrantee!! Are you keeping good notes on all this?? You'll make a million$$$ when they make it into a movie! How far are you guys from Plant City, FL again????
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