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Terri Foxx-Wishert
Terri Foxx-Wishert

I agree with your experience of poor Wi-Fi in RV parks. We are full-time RVer’s, and have been using both Verizon for cell-phone and a jet pack. Thank goodness for both of these. Rarely do we have issues anymore with connectivity.

Kat Stewart
Kat Stewart

Chuck, I agree totally with you on wifi in every parks. My partner had to get Verizon’s hotspot for working on the road. And it works just as great as you said. HOWEVER. The data costs are outrageous. I limp along on whatever lousy wifi is available where we stay and he uses the hot spot for his business only. I’d say Verizon knows it has us over a barrel. Whenever we leave a park I make sure to tell the manager/owner/whoever’s in charge that we would be more than willing to pay $15-20 more if they’d just install real… Read more »

Janice Frame
Janice Frame

Chuck, I am so glad you have found your soul mate and are making plans to keep traveling the country! I am a bit sad that you are giving up your View, as that is what I have. I understand that you will be full timing and that the additional space will be well-used.
Thinking fond thoughts for the two of you,
Janice

Tom Lemcool
Tom Lemcool

Reroof add says that there is a dealer in MI that is the abbreviation for Michigan not Mississippi, I have not found a dealer in Michigan

Vince Sadowski
Vince Sadowski

Is there any way to boost the incoming wifi signal that is reliable? Years ago I had a device that was about the size of a pack of cigarettes that flipped up and swiveled. It plugged into a usb port. For some reason I sold it or gave it away.
Does anyone know of a device that will do this?
I just bought a Net Gear AC600 Dual Band wireless AC adapter. This is my second try using it and so far I am able to get a signal and stay on line using it an rv park.
What else is out there?

Kristina Cessna
Kristina Cessna

Chuck, i beg to differ on the Verizon Jet Pack. I purchased one with a contract since I live in a not too rural area but we cannot get cable tv or high speed internet. I was told by the salesman that the Jet Pack will work any where and he looked up my zip code on a map and said “yes you have service” I tried using the Jet Pack for 3 months and found that I lost the connection, it was super slow and there was not a good signal any where on my lot. Come to find… Read more »

Chuck Woodbury

Kristina, you are having your problem in one location. That happens with all carriers. I have found dead spots in Verizon’s coverage, sometimes in urban areas where you would expect it to be strong. But overall, in my travels around the USA for the last 10 years, Verizon has been very dependable. I have tried both Sprint and AT&T and experienced many more dead zones. — Chuck

Doug Smith
Doug Smith

Very difficult to compose in light gray type. Hope it converts to black type when posted.. Chuck, What do you recommend for part timers who take a couple of 6 week trips a year? I would prefer a prepaid plan, but JetPack sounds good. I see that you can buy a Jetpack® MiFi 6620L or a Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot-AC791L for $199 with no plan or an Ellipsis JetPack MHS800L for $149 no plan. I see some Verizon offerings including $20/30das (1GB) and others. I am assuming that if we just do email and general stuff on the internet,… Read more »

Chuck Woodbury

Doug, you’ll run out of bandwidth fast if you only sign up for 1 GB. I’d recommend 3GB. It might cost you an extra $20. But you could start with 1 GB and see how it goes. Verizon will text you if you are getting near your monthly limit. One thing about Verizon is that you can sign up for the minimum bandwidth plan, then increase it month by month when you are traveling. There are likely other options, too, but I’m not familiar with anything much beyond my plan. — Chuck

Keith & Eileen Cooper
Keith & Eileen Cooper

As with so many others we use multiple carriers for Cellular data. as an RVer the best service provider depends on where we are parked at any given point in time. We usually try to predict the service we can expect in a given campground by using two app’s that provide a form of drive testing results. The two apps are Coverage Map and OpenSignal. Its also important to recognize that voice and data networks provided by a service provider may actually be different networks. For us, the selection of cellular service provider depends on price, coverage along our routes… Read more »

Diane Souders
Diane Souders

I live in a rural area and we have no internet service available other than dial up. I also use Verizon for my cell phone and a year ago purchased the Jet Pack, it works great. Verizon charges $20.00 month for the Jet Pack as it is counted as a phone line with its own number, and it is shared with my cell phones data plan. I can check anytime how much data I have used and what amount of data is left available. The Jet Pack always goes with me when we travel in our RV and have never… Read more »

Joe and Sue Schmidt
Joe and Sue Schmidt

Hi Chuck, Welcome to the world of Winni Adventurer. We have the same model in Bronze and think the floorplan is fantastic. We did FYI have a continuing problem with the fridge which started immediately upon delivery ( Brand new in 2012). It had to be completely removed and a new one installed. It died on and off and was repaired each time under our extended warranty…. but that’s a time-consuming process with days of diagnosis, waiting for Winnebago to respond back.. the repair warranty people, parts to arrive and install, and so forth. no reasons could be given wired… Read more »

Chuck Woodbury

Joe and/or Sue,

So far we have had no problems with our refrigerator. But thanks for describing your problem and the solution. — Chuck

Gene Bjerke
Gene Bjerke

Just now commenting on your new MH. I know you and Gail are happy with it. As a dedicated Class B traveler (Sprinter Roadtrek) I felt that with your small Class C we were sort of “in the same club.” That was a warm feeling. I still like your ideas and your writing now that you are playing with the big boys. And at lest you didn’t go all the way to a 45-foot MacMotorhome. Enjoy.

Chuck Woodbury

Gene, I’ve always enjoyed small RVs and this one feels too big to me in the early stages of ownership. But, really, I just could not envision full-timing with the View and its “upstairs” bunk. I feel the 32-footer is roomy enough for our comfort; I wouldn’t want anything longer. For the first time, too, I will be towing a car — a Honda Fit, manual transmission. I’ll write about all of this later. — Chuck

Alain Marchildon
Alain Marchildon

Last year, we spent two months in Louisiana and Texas and the coverage (voice and data) with Roam Mobility was non existent at least half the time. We could see other people using their cell phones but for us, we just had no signal… This year, we spent two months in New Mexico, eastern Arizona, South Utah and Colorado and had a much better experience: we had service about 80% of the time. Still, when we were without coverage, we could see plenty of people using their cellphone. So I will certainly try Verizon wireless the next time I travel… Read more »

Jim Hamm
Jim Hamm

Chuck, I agree with your comments on wifi in RV parks and Verizon, although we happen to have AT&T because we bought the iPhone when it first came out, and AT&T was the only Carrier. I buy 3GB of data monthly for my iPad and use the iPad in RV parks when the wifi is too poor to use. If I don’t watch any video, 3GB does fine for emails and web surfing. Enjoy your new motorhome and I’m interested to read what you think about it.

Ray Thompson
Ray Thompson

Last year my wife and I went across Canada for 2 month s we signed up for Bell Mobility for our phone and internet. If this was great my wife could get on the internet as we were going down the road , pick a campsite call them and reserve a spot for that night. Bell is counted with |Verizon in the US.

Bob
Bob

Is there no more game contest?

Chuck Woodbury

Bob,

We’ll have more contests soon.

David & Andrea Burckhardt
David & Andrea Burckhardt

We use the AT&T Velocity mi-fi which has given us excellent signal all over the western states. It often will provide an adequate wi-fi signal when our phones cannot connect or are marginal. I would love to see an article or suggestions on managing/preserving data…we are usually over our data at end of every billing cycle. We are presently workamping as volunteers at an Oregon State Park and depend on the Velocity for all our data needs.

Tom Becher
Tom Becher

Love my Jet-Pack. got it in Yuma because of the fact that you mentioned. all the bandwidth being used by people that thought they were the only ones on earth. The only place iv’e not been able to use it is when we go to a friends home near Hayward Wi. Just NO service anywhere near. I buy 10 gigs of service for my 2 cell phones and Jet pack and never run over for $50 a month. and it is with me so I don’t have to worry about canceling cable while away.

Alan Prochoroff
Alan Prochoroff

Disagree with your comments about Verizon. I, too, have a Verizon hotspot (and an unlimited data plan), and its coverage is extensive. But there have been times when, for whatever reason, Verizon just didn’t deliver (lack of coverage, too many people on the same cell tower, etc.). When I travel, I need Internet service for my work, so I also carry an AT&T hotspot. But really, coverage on all the four main carriers is improving, and there is a great app for smartphones, Coverage?, that shows where there is service for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint & T-Mobile. It is updated periodically… Read more »

Mike Jackson
Mike Jackson

Certainly agree about Verizon as a carrier. One of their techs suggested using an iPad as the hotspot rather than an iPhone. Better battery capacity.

John Griffithj
John Griffithj

Strange that the service with AT&T seems bad. We have had an AT&T air card and cell service for years with no problems at all., regardless where in the country we were.

Chuck Woodbury

John, I carry both AT&T and Verizon MiFi cards and I find the Verizon is by far the most dependable. — Chuck

Diane Moreno
Diane Moreno

As far as the wifi is concerned. I have been at RV Parks where the wifi is good, maybe not perfect but definitely accomplishes what I need to surf the web. I also have been to RV parks where they advertise having wifi and it doesn’t work at all. I believe they need to be held accountable for false advertising. Most RVers look for parks that have wifi in their travels and for those parks who show no initiative or who say, “well what do you expect for free”. I say they need to be tried in civil court for… Read more »

Dominic La Barbera
Dominic La Barbera

Iv’e had Verizon for over ten years also. I have to be pretty remote to not get good service. I’ll have to look into a jet pack, have not heard about it yet.

Patrick Fox
Patrick Fox

Editor’s corner
With Chuck Woodbury

“The WiFi in RV parks stinks”. I generally agree.

I have heard many a nightmares regarding lack of Wi-Fi at many RV Resorts. At Boulder Creek Lodge Montana (www.bouldercreeklodgemontana) our guests happiness is top priority.

We have Wifi at each of our RV pull through sites. If guests technology allows 5g streaming capability is available at no extra price.

We welcome GoodSam Club, EscapeeRV Club, Veterans, School Teachers and AARP with discounts

Boulder Creek Lodge Montana strives to be “The Happiest Place in Montana” each and every day.

Frank
Frank

I agree that Verizon has the best service. During this winter’s trip to the SW it was only necessary to use my new external antenna one time to get reliable service on my MiFi. The big issue with Verizon in the cost. Maybe competition will help?

Scott Caddow
Scott Caddow

Hi Chuck,

I totally agree about RV Park Wifi! I work from my Rv and need reliable internet. I too use Verizon (data only), but have an actual router I bought from them. Multiple users and I can plug in my laptop or printer as well if I don’t have or use wifi. I also have ATT on my iPhone and can use it as a back up. Thanks for all the great information – love the new website and format!

Pete
Pete

Hello Chuck, I used a Verizon mifi for several years. It gave me very good internet at a great price. Last summer I decided to upgrade to the JetPack. I was very unhappy with it. The first week out I only used it to send a couple of emails to let family know where we were. Then all of a sudden I was advised I had used all of my 5G of data. Impossible. Never ran out with the mifi. Called Verizon. Sat on hold for a very long time. Finally was advised it was a computer glitch that deleted… Read more »

Chuck Woodbury

That’s odd, Pete. I have never had that problem. I do suspect it was on your end. — Chuck

BoxinTheCompass
BoxinTheCompass

Hi Chuck, Concerning rv park wifi… There is a product called PlayOn which offers various channels including Netflix to record essentially online content and stream it to various devices such as tablets, smart phones and roku, etc They just added capability to schedule what you want to record whenever…. this works great for RVrs who have congested park wifi or satellite internet with no bandwidth limitations between midnight and 5 am. This product can strip out commercials and reformats the video into mp4 video format, perfect for streaming to portable devices. I am not an employee of playon, I do… Read more »

Ted Leavitt
Ted Leavitt

Excellent newsletter this week as usual. My point in this comment is that a Verizon 4G Broadband Router with Voice is another alternative to getting your wifi on the road. We got the Verizon MIFI220 in April 2010, 18 months after starting full time. We upgraded to the Mifi4510. Mifi4620, and now have the Mifi6620. We believe it is secure and rely on it to do our banking and pay bills. In Feb of 2016, we added the Verizon 4G Broadband Router with Voice, but we do not use the voice. The router connects faster and has a little stronger… Read more »

Craig MacKenna
Craig MacKenna

In the lead article about RV park WiFi, what does the author mean that a Verizon JetPack “will connect to the Internet much faster than a cell phone’s personal hotspot — typically five to ten times faster”? Bandwidth or some kind of startup delay?

Chuck Woodbury

When I compare how fast my service is at any particular place using my phone’s cell phone’s “personal hotspot” function, and then test the connection with the Jetpack, the Jetpack is typically far faster. You can test the speed of your connection wherever you are by going to this website and following the simple instructions (no charge): https://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

Jerry Collis
Jerry Collis

Chuck, I’m a bit disappointed that you have recommended Verizon as the carrier of choice. Is there a kick-back involved? Do you own their stock? For those of us that use AT&T, a ZTE hotspot does the same as the Verizon. What you failed to mention is that ALL companies use everyone else’s sites in those “weak areas”. The speed may be slower, but it still works. I may not be as well traveled as you (still a beginner full-timer), but I have been to sufficient states, including Alaska that my ZTE works fine. In fact, in some small rural… Read more »

Chuck Woodbury

Jerry, I have carried Sprint and AT&T MiFi devices and was disappointed in both compared to Verizon. I still carry a pay-as-you-go AT&T device for emergencies — in case I can’t get a connection through Verizon. On my 4-month coast to coast trip last summer I compared the AT&T and Verizon devices at each place where I stayed and there was only one time I could get on with the AT&T device and not with Verizon. The Verizon device got on just about everywhere. In my discussions with RVers through the years, most who needed to get online did so… Read more »

Bernie
Bernie

I thought I was one of the few that noticed the poor WiFi… This is so true it should be escalated to a nation wide issue and set up some action on behalf of the future of camping. At the middle of the baby boomers, I cant see any interest in younger generations to pick up camping or RV traveling as an interesting hobby. Just like your analogy about water pressure, I suppose adding pressure to this issue can only help the business. This might be something worth while we want to leave to our children. BTW, I use a… Read more »