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Terri Foxx-Wishert
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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 wifi. It would still be cheaper than Verizon!

Janice Frame
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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?

keith cooper
4 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Rather than a signal booster we chose to go with a WiFi router in the coach so that all of the WiFi enabled devices in the coach use a single connection to the WiFi service in the RV park. Either way the key measurements for the Booster or router you choose are radio transmit power, receiver sensitivity and antenna gain. In the US, maximum radio transmit power is one watt or 30 dbm. With an omni directional antenna attached the maximum combined gain is 36 dbm (aka 4 watts). With a directional antenna the maximum combined gain is 48 dbm ( aka 64 watts). Typical receiver sensitivity ranges from -70 db to -90 db.
There is a decent do it yourself WiFi router video on the Outside Our Bubble web site at.: https://www.outsideourbubble.com/secure-private-rv-wi-fi-and-making-a-better-park-connection-for-under-100
The only change i might suggest is to use a Ubiquiti NanoStation M2 for a little better coverage.
to put some of the numbers above in perspective one mile is approximately 104 dbm at 2400 Mhz (WiFi frequencies) So if you transmit at 30 dbm and receive at -74 dbm you have an effective range of one mile. Power is doubled or halved for every change of 3 db. Distance is doubled or halved for every change of 6 db,

Kristina Cessna
4 years ago

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 out, I live in a “marginal” area and Verizon is not going to increase the service to the area until there are more houses built in the area. Please look into this and advise your readers correctly…the Jet Pack does not work everywhere. You may have not ran into problems in the years you have been using the device and have been very lucky to not experience using the device in a “marginal” area. The local cell tower is about 11 miles away by road but the area is in the foothills.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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, e.g. Google Maps, RVparkreviews, Amazon, etc that 1GB would be a lot, but do not know for sure. We don’t stream movies and only occasionally watch a something on YouTube, mainly for info, not entertainment.

So….. What do you think might be a good option for what we do?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions to research.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  Doug Smith

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
4 years ago

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 and data rates available. When we arrive at a destination we are also able to improve the overall signal strength by utilizing a Wilson Electronics 460108 4G/lTE signal booster. Typically, we see a 27 db boost in signal strength inside the coach. As you may or may not know, there is a direct correlation between signal strength and data throughput rates. To help put these comments in perspective i should state that I am a retiree with 37+ years background in the Telecom industry.

Diane Souders
4 years ago

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 had a problem with the connection. It does use a lot of data if your downloading movies, but for normal use, emails, surfing the internet etc., it is not excessive.

Joe and Sue Schmidt
4 years ago

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 continue to die, neither from Winnebago, or any of the techs online, or any of the service centers that were authorized for dealers. The continuing thread, from readers online and talking with service techs is that some, curiously not all, evaporative refrigerators in a slide experience problems. Well we were one of those people. After almost a month of testing and talking with Winebago, service techs on line and three service local service centers… includng a new cooling unit made by the Amish… AND two different systems installed to redirect the cooling air from the outside vents… WE Had The Fridge Pulled Out Completely, bought a Residential Fridge from Sears, and had the RV service center install it with new molding. It fit into tne same hole.

WE LOVE IT. It has much more space, gets and stays below freezing in plus 100 degree weather, cools literally 8 times faster, freezes ice in about + 1 hour. it only works on electricity and our generator, but we don’t Boondock anyway. Should we decide we’d like to Boondock without our generator, we can upgrade our inverter and will be all set. But we see no need for that.

The new adventures now I’ll give you the option between the evaporative or residential refrigerator, and go online and you’ll see that 100% of other RV Resort changed to residential fridge are as happy as we are. We highly recommend it.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

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
4 years ago

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 in the USA (we are from Canada). me and my wife both have a cell phone with voice & data plan

Jim Hamm
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

Is there no more game contest?

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Bob,

We’ll have more contests soon.

David & Andrea Burckhardt
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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 and I highly recommend it.

Mike Jackson
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  John Griffithj

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