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Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 04-07-2016, 11:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 492
Posted By Jack Mayer
Pivoting Sewer Hose

Back when Excel 5th Wheels were being produced they had a nifty pivoting sewer hose carrier that allowed you to leave the hose connected all the time. It was a proprietary solution for Excel only. It...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 03-24-2016, 12:47 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,318
Posted By Jack Mayer
HERE ...

HERE (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T440sS_aKlB3OjrCjOne3MV8cRXCCJuNKD4W2wJa-Ic/edit?usp=sharing)is the design document for our whole house RO system. We have been using this for 1.5 years...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 03-19-2016, 10:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,701
Posted By Jack Mayer
The rig pictured by the OP was a new truck. Larry...

The rig pictured by the OP was a new truck. Larry Herrin at Herrin Haulers built the body. The truck is a factory single with a 23K rear axle. So no issues with overloading.

Generally a converted...
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 06-19-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 33,340
Posted By Jack Mayer
Truma AquaGo Instant Hot Water Heater

For the past several months I have been testing the Truma instant hot water heater in our 2015 New Horizons. You can read the test report HERE...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 04-09-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 84,071
Posted By Jack Mayer
Most Ubiquity devices can be powered with 12 volt...

Most Ubiquity devices can be powered with 12 volt directly. It depends on: 1) how long the ethernet cable is, 2) the specific device.

As an example: I currently have a Bullet, a pico and a nano...
Forum: New Horizons Owners Forum and NHOG 04-03-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,020
Posted By Jack Mayer
Take a look at some of the used units out there...

Take a look at some of the used units out there that are newer. There are some very good values at the moment. In particular, THIS ONE...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-03-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,739
Posted By Jack Mayer
Here is a LINK...

Here is a LINK (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T440sS_aKlB3OjrCjOne3MV8cRXCCJuNKD4W2wJa-Ic/edit?usp=sharing) to a document the describes what we did for a whole house RO system. I'm happy to...
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 02-08-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,746
Posted By Jack Mayer
Rogue Wave WiFi Capture Device Review

I recently completed a review of the Rogue Wave. This device uses a Ubiquity Bullet and external antenna to better capture wifi signals. It is similar in function to the WiFiRanger Mobile, but is...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 10-13-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,919
Posted By Jack Mayer
This is an endless debate with both sides simply...

This is an endless debate with both sides simply repeating their positions. There is merit to both arguments. But the mistake people constantly make is assuming all locations that are not in the...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 10-11-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
There is a video playlist of the final coach - at...

There is a video playlist of the final coach - at least most of it was done, some minor things missing. Playlist is HERE (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiJ8IVlm34GBlVvXkD6JdABRH-gpylAmE).
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-15-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,785
Posted By Jack Mayer
Technomadia and Myself are both going to test the...

Technomadia and Myself are both going to test the Maximumsignal new wireless amp as soon as we can get a production model. Test reports will be available at that time. I second Joel's advice to wait.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-11-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,674
Posted By Jack Mayer
Costs of a network: It obviously depends on...

Costs of a network:

It obviously depends on how large an area. A single state of the art AP with wiring, etc will run around $300-500. The AP itself will be under $100 for the equipment I select....
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-11-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,163
Posted By Jack Mayer
Tom, if you live in a Verizon or ATT LTE area you...

Tom, if you live in a Verizon or ATT LTE area you can easily get 15 mbps. That actually is pretty slow these days where the 4G stuff is in place. I measure up to 70 mbps in my area (XLTE). Just...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-11-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,704
Posted By Jack Mayer
Generally, the 6-point are used when there is too...

Generally, the 6-point are used when there is too much flex in the frame. Marketing will tell you that it stabilized the coach better. I have not seen any data that supports this, and when walking...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-10-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,674
Posted By Jack Mayer
I'm in no way defending campground owners that do...

I'm in no way defending campground owners that do not maintain their equipment. Generally, "paid for" services not under the control of the campground that have issues are not under their control....
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-09-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,163
Posted By Jack Mayer
Be very cautious about claims of pulling in wifi...

Be very cautious about claims of pulling in wifi from 2 miles away.

Yes, it can be done, but typically you need clear line of site or over open water. Plus the right equipment, of course. An RV...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-09-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,674
Posted By Jack Mayer
Actually, the cost of putting up the APs is not...

Actually, the cost of putting up the APs is not all that bad. But it does add up. Worse is the cost of securing the network, providing electrical to all the APs, etc. I typically use Cisco ISAs in...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-09-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,674
Posted By Jack Mayer
First of all, to the person who told me I was all...

First of all, to the person who told me I was all wrong...with all due respect, how can I be wrong when I simply shared what I do. I think you need to read my original post again. Maybe I AM wrong to...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-08-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,674
Posted By Jack Mayer
ONE of the issues is that what is "usable" for...

ONE of the issues is that what is "usable" for you is not "usable" for me. A "quality experience" is based solely on the users expectations being met. And that is not possible for all users all the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-04-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 34,849
Posted By Jack Mayer
Actually, what Scout said above is very good...

Actually, what Scout said above is very good advice if you like the process of upgrading a coach. Get a quality older coach and renovate it. Something in the early 2000 era is what I would look for....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-31-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 34,849
Posted By Jack Mayer
That is not totally true. I would consider out...

That is not totally true. I would consider out New Horizons a pretty nice coach. We workamp, and have been campground hosts at Arches NP. We do own lots in a high end resort, but we are rarely...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 08-20-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
Some additional photos of interior at the end of...

Some additional photos of interior at the end of the album (https://plus.google.com/photos/112522427527415928357/albums/6016769263941638865).
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 08-07-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
There are some new pictures of interior...

There are some new pictures of interior finishes....including some of the tile work.

We tow about 8000 miles a year. That is an extended circuit around the country. You are not taking a setup our...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 08-04-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
The roof surface is a continuous sheet of pebbled...

The roof surface is a continuous sheet of pebbled fiberglass laminated as the exterior of the roof. The roof is a laminated structure - inside to outside: soft touch padded vinyl interior, luan, 2"...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-14-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,384
Posted By Jack Mayer
Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion.... ...

Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion....

This is the reason why many parks take out perfectly usable wifi (assuming no streaming). It is not worth the effort to deal with unhappy customers....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-14-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,889
Posted By Jack Mayer
I'm glad you love it. It looks very familiar to...

I'm glad you love it. It looks very familiar to us....:)

Wonder what got edited out?
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 07-14-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
Hi Larry. It is off to be painted at CDI. Should...

Hi Larry. It is off to be painted at CDI. Should be back in about 10 days.

There are some additional pictures in the album since I posted here last. They start around #64. LINK...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-08-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,384
Posted By Jack Mayer
That is exactly what I do. I block ALL streaming...

That is exactly what I do. I block ALL streaming sites. It makes the system "viable". Although not what I consider fast. We generally have 1.5-3 mbps at each site - outdoors. Best I can do for the...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-06-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,384
Posted By Jack Mayer
What you saw for a limitation was an exception....

What you saw for a limitation was an exception. I don't believe I have ever seen bandwidth set that low before.

While wifi can often be an issue, rarely is it as bad as you describe and still...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-03-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,384
Posted By Jack Mayer
The odds are pretty good you are correct, Dave....

The odds are pretty good you are correct, Dave. In smaller parks I have been seeing a trend to REMOVE the wifi, and at best offer it only in the office. Why? Because they cannot provide satisfactory...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-03-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,740
Posted By Jack Mayer
Again, I caution people. DO NOT GO BY THE MANUF...

Again, I caution people. DO NOT GO BY THE MANUF TOW NUMBERS. They make assumptions that are not true for most people in the real world. Specifically, it is VERY easy to overload the rear axle on most...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-02-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,384
Posted By Jack Mayer
Joel, with all due respect, you are misinformed...

Joel, with all due respect, you are misinformed about availability of bandwidth to many campgrounds. In this area, for example - and I only use it as an example, it is repeated widely - I can ONLY...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-02-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,740
Posted By Jack Mayer
When looking at the "super pickups" - like the...

When looking at the "super pickups" - like the F450/550, the DOdge 3500HD and the Dodge 5500 make sure that you take into account the rear GAWR. Most of these have limitations in that area that a...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 06-26-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,897
Posted By Jack Mayer
Yes, the Pantech 291 can handle the AWS bands. I...

Yes, the Pantech 291 can handle the AWS bands. I averaged 70mbps on AWS.
Forum: Boondocking 06-23-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 13,725
Posted By Jack Mayer
As I have said before many times - there is...

As I have said before many times - there is nothing magical about designing a good solar/electrical system. The facts on what makes it perform well are well known....just seemingly not by many solar...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 06-22-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,104
Posted By Jack Mayer
There is a 5% discount coupon on my website -...

There is a 5% discount coupon on my website - anyone can use it....link in my signature. Go to Communications.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 06-14-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,482
Posted By Jack Mayer
What Joel said is very important. If the system...

What Joel said is very important. If the system itself is compromised, getting a good connection to it is not really getting you much.....However, there are usable wifi systems out there where if you...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 06-14-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,482
Posted By Jack Mayer
The Surf products are nice. Years ago I sold Surf...

The Surf products are nice. Years ago I sold Surf APs as CPEs to complement and assist installations of wifi in RV parks. I sold a pile of them - hundreds. They work very well but are limited in...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 06-13-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,482
Posted By Jack Mayer
Thanks, Steve...I appreciate it. Sounds like...

Thanks, Steve...I appreciate it.

Sounds like your system meets your needs. If you want a little more distance capture try a Nanostation on the pole :) It will get WAY out there. Or, if you really...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 06-13-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
Won't be getting down there this trip, Tim. Will...

Won't be getting down there this trip, Tim. Will I see you at the HDT Rally in October?
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 06-12-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 17,508
Posted By Jack Mayer
I'm going to order a flagpole buddy for our new...

I'm going to order a flagpole buddy for our new coach and play with it some. I'll likely mount a Mobile to it....mounting a cellular antenna that far away from the modem is not conducive to good...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 06-12-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,482
Posted By Jack Mayer
There is no real difference in the way that the...

There is no real difference in the way that the WiFIRanger handles data from either the cellular side or the wifi side. You can specify failover rules that favor either. That is true for most of...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-12-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,889
Posted By Jack Mayer
Only thing you forgot on your 2008 and older list...

Only thing you forgot on your 2008 and older list was Newmar. Other than that - spot on.

These days the list is probably Forks, Spacecraft, New Horizons. I would not put Lifestyle on that list -...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 06-12-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
To keep the digging into the past posts down,...

To keep the digging into the past posts down, here is another link to the pictures. LINK (https://plus.google.com/photos/112522427527415928357/albums/6016769263941638865).

There will be a LOT of...
Forum: New Horizons Owners Forum and NHOG 06-07-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,631
Posted By Jack Mayer
There is a reason why the Majestic has manual...

There is a reason why the Majestic has manual valves.....

We have had electric and they were not an issue for US. But I would never spec a coach with them...

I'll be out there on the 16th to...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 06-07-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
The exhaust comes out at the rear/side. There are...

The exhaust comes out at the rear/side. There are fixed pane windows (non-operable ) back there. So it vents as well as it would if in front. Better, actually, since in front it exhausts not all that...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 06-02-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
Larry, they are Never-Lube. I've had both in the...

Larry, they are Never-Lube. I've had both in the past and actually prefer the Never-Lube, despite past issues they had with them. I believe that those issues are fixed now. Everything is a compromise...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 05-27-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
I expect it to be in the 24.5-25K area loaded. In...

I expect it to be in the 24.5-25K area loaded. In my signature line you see what I pull with - a Volvo tractor 515hp/1850 torque, with a smart car on the back.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-27-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,372
Posted By Jack Mayer
I towed doubles (a Jeep TJ) as a fulltimer for...

I towed doubles (a Jeep TJ) as a fulltimer for about 8 years. I don't recommend it. While it can be done relatively safely, and the laws are not enforced in most places, it is simply not as safe as...
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 05-26-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,544
Posted By Jack Mayer
2015 New Horizons Custom 44.5' Fifth Wheel Build Thread

This thread documents the build of our 2015 New Horizons custom 5th wheel. Many people have asked about it, so I started this thread...

I'll put data/info on our personal website, but the pictures...
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