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Old 03-16-2021, 11:30 AM   #1
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Hello all,

My name is John and my wife is Deanna. We are currently living in SC and I am a retired USAF veteran. My daughter graduates high school in June and is heading off to college so my wife and I decided that we are moving north to OH to be closer to family (parents and son's family). We are in the process of looking at a used AS FC28. I have been given permission to work remotely full time as an engineer with my firm, so we are going to sped a couple years full timing as we look for a place in Columbus OH near my son and his family. My wife's parents are only 2.5 hours away from there so we are close enough for a weekend visit easily. We intend on spending winters down in FL near the Space Center to be near my sister.

My biggest hurdle with the whole thing is connectivity for work related issues, but I am pouring over data to see what my best options are. Also looking to figure out the best places in FL to stay.

Looking forward to the transition and enjoying this site and learning what I can before June. Hope to see you all out there.
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Old 03-16-2021, 11:37 AM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We run a small Internet business from the Airstream. We use our Verizon smart phones to create a hotspot to run our laptops. This has worked well for us over several years.

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Old 03-16-2021, 01:55 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, and hopefully the A-S life.
If you get away from the urban areas in FL, you may need a weboost or similar. The wife has started using her Verizon phone for data (prior to that, it was an expensive pay-as-you-go hotspot) and some areas you can talk, but you can’t surf, without boosting the signal.
There is an Airstreams “only” park, Landyacht Harbor, in Melbourne. It gets decent ratings, but is restrictive (no dogs allowed).
You’ll need to have the FL winter accommodations sorted well in advance!
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Old 03-20-2021, 06:05 PM   #4
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Welcome fellow new member

Elon Musk is trying to launch a satilite internet company called Starlink. Not sure when it will be up and running but worth looking into. In the meantime I would second the hotspot on mobile phone idea.
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Old 03-20-2021, 10:19 PM   #5
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Welcome Welcome! What an amazing adventure ahead!

An AMAZING resource for the data needs for full-timing is

They have the very latest info on plans, hardware, options, etc.

Check it out. You can get a lot of info for free and if you join ($80 I think) you unlock additional info plus access to their user forums.
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Old 03-20-2021, 10:37 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by RingKing View Post
Elon Musk is trying to launch a satilite internet company called Starlink. Not sure when it will be up and running but worth looking into. In the meantime I would second the hotspot on mobile phone idea.

It’s up and running now and there are a over 10,000 folks in the beta program. Users are reporting back 100Mpbs+ download speeds / 20Mbps upload. This is a fixed station service. $99/mo plus $499 for equipment.

They just announced that they are expanding the beta pool of users. I believe current coverage is across 30 states and they have an aggressive plan to launch more data lites to expand footprint.

Also, there is currently a starlink specific thread that is currently active discussing this topic:
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Old 03-21-2021, 05:05 AM   #7
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Welcome! Retired Navy here. We full-timed for about 2-years while trying to figure out where to retire since neither of us has roots to any specific location any longer. I ran my solo engineering consulting business on the road and mostly used a Verizon hotspot for internet. We had a T-mobile pay-as-you-go hotspot for backup. I decided to use the dedicated hotspot device over our phones because I could connect an external antenna that gave much better reception than phones on their internal antennas. Never needed a signal booster but that mainly depends on where you are. There are a bunch of dedicated web sites out there for on-the-road connectivity. Some folks even do it from the middle of the desert with no cell service at all.

The 28 is a nice layout. We went back & forth between that & the 30 when we purchased and ended up with the 30 because of the larger couch.
Best of luck in your adventure!

There is a Fam-Camp at Patrick AFB and I believe another military only RV park that is attached to the space center. Haven't stayed at either one but they look nice online.
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Old 03-21-2021, 09:14 AM   #8
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Welcome Aboard, John and Deanna!

Retired Coast Guard here.

I use a T-Mobile MiFi for data on the road but the plan I have is no longer offered (I am grandfathered in). If I had to replace that service, I believe I would go with Verizon using the same hardware.(We have Verizon IPhones and the coverage is better than T-Mobile, especially out West). The phones can also serve as backup hotspots when there is no T-Mobile but we only get 15Gb each on our plan.

As for traveling, try this website:

Enjoy the Journey,

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