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Old 05-06-2007, 05:01 PM   #29
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">how come my mirrors can't be at the elevation of yours? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hi! They were designed for the height of the person who owns the coach, so that they wouldn't hit their head on them. Paul
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Paul I think I would prefer to hit my head on them than hit some vehicle behind me cause I can't see dickedy doo out them in a glare situation. I guess if you are a basketball player they don't even put mirror on them.

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Old 05-09-2007, 01:43 PM   #31
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We started with the KR1 mobile wireless router and KPC-650 aircard. The KR-1 dropped to many calls so we trashed it in favor of the D-Link DIR-450, which works incredibly well. The 450 is mounted in a lower cabinet in the coach. I drilled a hole in the side of the cabinet to allow me to connect an external antenna to the aircard that is suction cupped to a window behind the window treatment so you don't see it.

We are primarily east coast based and the above with Verizon works great with super speeds on an EVDO network. We just completed a trip from FL to Newmar then to CA and back to CO, up to SD and back to NH. We had internet service every night across the US. We found more locations out west though, that didn't support EVDO so the service was sometimes slower then back east.

All in all we had less trouble getting internet service then we did getting sat. service. A lot of the campgrounds out west brag about all the shade trees they have. So we had quite a few nights without TV. We have to get better at asking for open spaces.
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Road Pilot, What kind of speed were you getting? Unfortunately a lot of places don't have cell service(at a RV park now without cell) but still have wireless internet from the park-go figure.
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The local internet service is supplied by cable or phone line, both hardwire services. These are even available in the most remote places, wireless service is not. I'm sure in not too many years sat. services will eventually replace all these services at a price all can afford.

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Whatever happened to the low level sats Gates was going to put up? Until that happens not much will change with voice/data communications.

Interesting though more and more RV parks are providing internet access-we had it throughout Mexico where cell/sat was not available.
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Dave5942,

During our tgrip out west I didn't check connection speeds, but I was able to draw some conclusions.

At the house we have cable modem and it's a screamer. Pretty much all up and down the east coast we have had EVDO service and although it's not as fast as our cable modem, it doesn't really limit us in any way. We can get on any site and download almost anything we want in reasonable time frames. Even with EVDO I would hesitate to download a new version of AOL.

In most those areas without EVDO service was still better then a 56K modem. Out west there were more areas that fell into this category. We still were happy checking e mail and surfing most sites. But if someone e mailed us 4 or 5 photos of the grandbay, we began to look for a wifi connection.

In other areas out west we were pretty far from even a non-EVDO tower and connections were slow. We could check e mail, but general surfing of the web was slow so we didn't bother. We rarely encountered this level of service.

In short, some of the campgrounds offered free wifi, which we almost always availed ourselves of. We never paid for wifi becuase the aircard, even in slow areas, did what we wanted. But wifi is so ubiquitous and becoming almost universal, you can almost always find a connection if needed.
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RoadPolit, Thanks for the info. Will probably stick with WiFi for now as we are at another(three weeks total) KOA with wifi but no cell service.
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Well I tested out the wireless aircard router in the field last night. I was at Rama casino, in the rear parking area. Normally with the aircard inserted into my laptop I have to stand on my head to get enough signal to operate. But, with the aircard inserted in the router located high up in the front of the coach, no problem. Both Cherrie (my wife) and I had full gain on both our laptops.

Field test results: Excellent

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The Dlink 451 is far superior to the Kyrocera router. It's compatible with most cards and runs very cool.

It has pass throughs for VPN if you need it. I put these into many many mobile solutions and they work flawlessly. While the Kyrocera has gotten a lot of press and good overall reviews, in my experience of many installs, including harsh environments, the Dlink is so much better that is all we use.
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Hey , Maybesoon, agree about the Dlink Mobil Router, BUT, the 451 is for only 2 providers,
The 450 covers the rest so check the Provider list before you buy.
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Yes, correct, I got my numbers mixed up. We use the 451 will equally good results but for ATT/Cingular (not first choice). Of the mobile Internet providers, Verizon is as good as we've found. We like it slightly better than Sprint and both of them are heads and tails above ATT/Cingular or T-Mobile (they use the Cingular network)whic is much slower.

One thing we noticed about heat was that in general, the electronics in Motor Coaches aren't very well ventilated. The sensors to turn on the vent fans is set to something on the order of 130 degrees. That is much too high and ventilation should come on around 100 or less. The lower the better. The typical electronics are not chosen for harsh environments, they are off the shelf items and I'd never think to run them anywhere near 120, let alone hotter, for longer service and fewer heat related problems.

As we know, hot air rises yet, the electronics are placed high (at least in a Mountain Aire). Plus, the fans that are installed just move the air around, they do absolutely nothing for cooling since there is no air draw from the A/C cooled air in the coach. If you can exhaust the air it's far better and in the 4528, the vent for the Dryer is right next door so we just exhaust the hot air similarly. The result is a nice cool environment for all the electronics.

The solution is pretty simple. A small exhaust hose through which a small 12v fan forces hot air out of and away from the gadgets. Just make sure that air leaves the coach which is pretty easy to do. The air draw is then from the coach living areas which is much cooler.
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Another thing most of us do not think about is when we park the coaches, (when not in use) is that the temps in the overhead cabinets rises greatly !

I always open the cabinet doors so that the hot air is not trapped.
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I added a separate switched power strip in my electronics cabinet. All units plug into it, it is plugged into the coach supplied A/C receptical. If I am not using the units, they are depowered. Most affected was my Sat rcvr. This may not work if you have units that need continuous power, obviously. When the power is on, the cabinet door is ajar. Works for me.
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