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Old 11-10-2014, 10:42 AM   #41
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The phones are pretty capable now. I was impressed with ours. I just did a speed test on my phone and it was doing 9 Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. That is faster download than DSL and better upload speed than my cable internet at home. If you get one of the bigger data plans with AT&T they throw in the WiFi hot spot capability. You can also download apps that will let you use your phone as a hot spot even if your phone company wants you to pay extra for it. We have a 10G plan that the wife and I share and it is plenty for basic internet. Now if you want to watch movies through the phone connection you better get one of the better data plans. The speed is there. We used the phone at home when our internet was out for a couple of weeks.

Also if the phone is outside the trailer where it can get good signal you have plenty of WiFi inside the trailer and around the camp sight. I usually put the phone on top of a cloths line pole or on top of the truck roof. The higher the better.

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Old 11-10-2014, 04:43 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by martin300662 View Post
Reminds me of a conversation I had last week with the guys rebuilding our Argosy motorhome, it went something like this

Kevin (the Airstream tech); what TV antenna do you want me to install.

Me; haven't you just spent 2 months removing 'stuff' from the roof, and making good the holes?

Kevin; OK, I get it

Only things we have on the roof are the sky-lights....
Yes, I would prefer cleaner lines on the AS roof. Kind of why I'm torn over our one MaxxAir vent. Very tempted to remove it.

I think what I want to do since we don't use the TV antenna is replace it with a directional antenna array designed for Verizon's spectrum. But I am scetching this out.

Most guys seem to go with something like a Surecall 9 inch omnidirectional antenna.

The wilson works really well, and right now I'm just putting it up, it's not officially permanently mounted yet.


Speaking of my earlier statement about TV's and better sound, I'm really disappointed that Bose is the only company offering a sound bar that is under 32 inches.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:32 PM   #43
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I have 2 roof airs and a MaxxAir fan vent cover. People who are not familiar with the MaxxAir covers ask if I have 3 roof airs-
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:51 PM   #44
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We use netflix streaming where there is adequate bandwidth. DVD's for the rest.

Last spring I replaced the 100lb Magnavox tube TV with a 32" Panasonic flat screen. The sound wasn't up to installed a 300 watt sound bar along with a 100 watt powered sub woofer. Now we have basically a "home theater" on the road. We love it.

This isn't "camping", this is "glamping". Call it what you want....I used to walk into the woods with a Bowie knife and come back three days later, eating what I could kill with the knife and inner bark of a pine tree (tastes like spearmint, actually...) The Silver Tube with a kitchen, a bed, and home theatre is better
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