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Old 05-08-2014, 11:26 AM   #21
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I was really caught up on making the RV similar to my home. I mean, I have satellite TV, Gas Grill, Microwave etc... and forgot why I bought the thing in the first place, and that is to get away from my home.
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Sometimes I get caught up in the tech of it with the challenge to be seamless that I forgot I wanted to get away from that in the first place!
As mentioned in an earlier post, we really do not access the actual home-front via remote access all that often (other than the VPN portion of it for secure banking/ordering transactions). It eases the mind to know that it is there, if we need it. We don’t have to wait for neighbors to get home from work, or get them out of bed, to check or do something. If we were only camping for a week-end or week at a time, I do not think that we would care.

The issue comes in as we are camping anywhere from 4 to 6 months straight. It is no longer a weekend getaway with nature; it is a complete change in lifestyle. Your TT becomes one of your 2 long term homes. Throw in a hurricane or two (and you are up in the mountains of Georgia) and a click of the key, puts the mind at ease. A few years back a hurricane uprooted a tree on our property causing it to fall over, taking out our pool (which we did not replace), and ended up leaning on part of the roof (no damage). Had the TT been there, we would have been ordering a new one. Is that why we travel during hurricane season, to protect the TT?

When you are out for 6 months at a time that leaves you a lot of time to sit back, relax, read books and in my case build new electronic projects (The TT is this years victim for a technology upgrade). Being out in the mountains is great, but I am not one that dwells on nature for very long, so we split up our nature visits over the 6 months. We like sitting out under the awning with the Tv on, watching a Tampa Bay Rays ballgame sipping on a glass of wine or can of Pepsi. We can still hear the birds chirping in the background and the crickets making their noises and the butterflies landing next to me. I am a city kid, born and raised on the South-west side of Chicago that is where my roots are (ok Central Florida now). I really enjoy camping ( I guess in my case it is not camping, but an environmental relocation to the unpopulated region in the mountains for an extended period of time), but I also enjoy my hobbies, and using the finished products of my hobby, so I can enjoy camping without the stress of leaving the home unattended for 6 months.

So this is why our Eagle has all the latest and greatest toys. We are both happy with the setup and that is all that really counts. Most campers can not spend as much time away, as we do, so they focus on the isolation and nature.. But after awhile, you will need to fill that time with meaningful things like hobbies, talking on your HAM radio, working on the TT, going to Wal-Mart to people watch or just taking a good long afternoon siesta.

Hey, when you have 6 months away, you can accomplish all the above, have time left over and be HAPPY!

Enjoy!!!
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I think that's the difference and if I were away like you are it's no longer a get away but indeed a second home and needs to be equipped as such. I think that your particular setup is phenomenal and I would love to see it and chat in person if our paths ever cross!
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:33 PM   #23
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I think that your particular setup is phenomenal and I would love to see it and chat in person if our paths ever cross!
Maybe next year, health and weather permitting. We are planning an extended trip up to Maine along the east coast. Will have to arrange for a stop over in your area!! I just made a sticky note to include it in our 2015 trip schedule.. or I will never remember...

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Gonna pick one up myself and I can report on it at a later time.
http://rvaccessorynews.com/2014/03/1...ignal-booster/
Nice unit, but the price is a little high for what it does, especially when you add on the inside Wi-Fi router. The unit is a 600 mWatt unit, which is good, as mine EnGenius EOC5611P is a 500 mWatt unit, and it receives/sends signals over a mile away. Unless you purchase your own Wi-Fi router elsewhere, the package deals (with their Wi-Fi router) are either $499 or $599. I am not pushing any name brand, but there are lot out there that you could get for less than $200 and up to 800 mWatts of power, do the same thing. The security is the same on any of products like these.

I just think you could get more for your dollars, with other systems. But if you do decide to purchase it... keep us informed!

Just my thoughts

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Gee..... And I feel guilty just for watchin' TV!!!
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Gee..... And I feel guilty just for watchin' TV!!!
Don't feel guilty, just relaxed.
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We use our cell phones with built in wifi hotspot (Sprint is unlimited data if you have simply unlimited plan). If the phone doesn't support this you can download Pdanet to both cell phone and computer and use with a USB cable. Very simple and cheap. The cable came with my phone so I have $0.00 invested. Pdanet is free. No sharing, everybody has their own feed and full speed.
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Ok.. installed on my Winegard antenna (since I dont use it anyway, and it allowed me to get higher than the campers in the campground) and what a difference. Posting from it now. I had no signal, now I can stream netflix on the CG wifi. I opted for the $350 version. Really east to install. I changed the name of the domain, and password. It did the rest.

Very happy with the purchase.

(for reference.. http://rvaccessorynews.com/2014/03/1...ignal-booster/)
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John, how does this work where the CG wifi requires a login? My last trip had terrible wifi everywhere I stayed.
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