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Old 04-11-2015, 08:45 AM   #57
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Looking to Hit the Road!

On our most recent trip (Houston), we stayed in a campground/RV-park that offered "free WiFI"
in their activity room (adjacent to the office). WiFi was not available (from the park anyway) in
the remainder of the park.

If you have a laptop (or tablet?), you could take advantage of those spaces and conserve
other paid bandwidth.

The previously described "dual monitor" setup was done with an MS/Windows laptop.
If you use a MAC or Linux, you might need to ask someone else if that "dual monitor"
configuration would work.

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Old 04-11-2015, 09:04 AM   #58
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We thought about going the Tiny House route too!!! We even had tv shows trying to cast us...but then we realized for half the money we could get an awesome Fiberglass RV. Lol we totally planned our escape based on when our lease was up, because we couldn't see signing a whole new one. Here's some links that might help find the right trailer (this is a listing of all small trailer brands...there are some really nice teardrops that might work) Manufacturers | The Small Trailer Enthusiast
and this guy had some interesting stuff about small trailers but I haven't spent tons of time looking through it Guide To Ultra-Lightweight Travel Trailers Hope you guys find something cool!!!
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:05 AM   #59
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Hi Fridaynext, welcome. I have a 13' Boler am will soon be starting my reno to prep for fulltiming. That said, I have worked out some floorplans that will give me a lot of storage. Have you considered using a large flat screen TV for your monitor? I think it would save weight and space. In a small trailer multipurpose items work best, in my opinion. I was going to go the THOW route too, then decided I already own one, my tiny Boler. LOL. All the best, hope to see you on the road.

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Old 04-11-2015, 09:10 AM   #60
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I'm with Carol H... she knows of what she speaks.
Some peeps might not like bad news, but it's still the news. Her post refers to years of earlier posts that were nothing more than an advertisement for one dealer until they were corralled by the administrators.


Your best advise might be from members that actually own and tow FGRV's with smaller cars.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:33 AM   #61
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On our most recent trip (Houston), we stayed in a campground/RV-park that offered "free WiFI"
in their activity room (adjacent to the office). WiFi was not available (from the park anyway) in
the remainder of the park.

If you have a laptop (or tablet?), you could take advantage of those spaces and conserve
other paid bandwidth.

The previously described "dual monitor" setup was done with an MS/Windows laptop.
If you use a MAC or Linux, you might need to ask someone else if that "dual monitor"
configuration would work.

Ray

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Casey,

Over our 14 years wi-fi availability has grown enormously. Many private parks have 'free' WI-fi thru the park and these days even some state parks.

Our Escapee Park has multiple free wi-fi towers thru the park for guests and members.

As we travel, we carry our own wi-fi hotspot in the trailer. Over the last few years we've had a wifi signal just about every where we've been. We doi have a Wilson booster with provision for an outside antenna.

Since I'm retired and not working we carry the minimum, lightest, no failure prone hard drive, lowest cost laptop, a Samsung Chromebook. We've had it for 3 years, dropped it a number of times and no issues what so ever. Certainly not a business solution but great for us.

All our other electronic devices, pad and phones, are also Samsung.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:42 AM   #62
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How are you going to get that 4K video from your trailer to your client?
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:46 AM   #63
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How are you going to get that 4K video from your trailer to your client?
A combo of LTE connections from multiple carriers. My main connection will likely be T-Mobile tethering on the $80 unlimited plan.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:59 AM   #64
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Casey,

We are grandfathered into the Verizon 3G unlimited plan. We choose Verizon because they seem to be every where in NA. Our plan is $60. In addition to our 3G plan, we share 3 Gigs on our phone system.

I can't remember if I mentioned it but we moved into the RV from our house, parking it in the front yard, practicing for a few months. This allowed us to figure out things we didn't know or things we forgot.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:03 AM   #65
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You mentioned in your first post about relocating to California from Texas, have you given any thought to taxes? One may want to compare local and state taxes in California to Texas.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:45 AM   #66
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You mentioned in your first post about relocating to California from Texas, have you given any thought to taxes? One may want to compare local and state taxes in California to Texas.
I haven't yet, but as Texas has no state Taxes, I'll definitely see what I can do about keeping an address here.
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Casey,

We are grandfathered into the Verizon 3G unlimited plan. We choose Verizon because they seem to be every where in NA. Our plan is $60. In addition to our 3G plan, we share 3 Gigs on our phone system.

I can't remember if I mentioned it but we moved into the RV from our house, parking it in the front yard, practicing for a few months. This allowed us to figure out things we didn't know or things we forgot.
Have you looked into upgrading it to LTE? I've seen a number of threads on the main forum I frequent on doing just that. Verizon's LTE speeds are blazing fast, so it's worth considering.

I wanted to do an AOL of an unlimited VZW plan, but they stopped allowing that in November of 2014. I might still be able to find a way to slip through the cracks...
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:57 AM   #67
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Another good read posted by a member here in regards to his real life experience with towing with a Jetta rather than reading something written by someone who makes their living selling folks the means to tow over weight trailers...


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Carol, there's no need to be passive aggressive about this. I feel if everyone took a helpful critical approach, rather than verbally abusing the opposition on this forum, it would be a much more productive place.
Carol, there's no need to be passive aggressive about this. I feel if everyone took a helpful critical approach, rather than verbally abusing the opposition on this forum, it would be a much more productive place.
Seriously? When did posting a link to a post of a party who has been there and done that with the vehicle in question and had the courage to come forward and tell their actually experience become verbally abusing the opposition. Gezzz

I have personally found that nothing trumps hearing from someone who has actually done what you are contemplating and hearing from them the good and the bad. Even when its something we were hoping not to hear. As you are new to towing and this list I have no way of knowing that you were already aware of one of the weak links in regards to towing with your vehicle is the hitch attachment points.

Having pulled without incident for six years with a smaller tow vehicle that I loved and did not want to part with & was more than happy with its capability to tow the trailer solidly & safely, I am now well aware there was a big down side to having done so that I was not expecting and I like Barry I don't mind sharing that real life experience with that vehicle, so others can hopefully avoid the same.

Yes one can go to Can-Am and have them do an install to make it a much safer/solid tow and I would encourage you to talk directly to them and get a quote on what it will take to bring your vehicle hitch set up to the standard *they* feel is needed to make the vehicle safe to tow with in NA. It would be a good bet they are going to tell you that the hitch set up you currently have on the car is not it.

Again as you are new to towing I don't know if you are aware but there are actually few hitch shops else where that have the same level of knowledge or capability as Can-Am. I personally would not feel comfortable getting the modifications Can-Am feels are needed to make it safe done elsewhere, unless Can-Am themselves was willing to vouch for the other shops capablitlies & give them the blue print as to what all needs to be done and how.

You may find as others who have before you, that the cost of making it a safe & solid tow to Can-Am standards may be cost prohibitive or in worse case scenario more than the resale value of the vehicle in question if it is an older vehicle.
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Casey,

Regarding the laptop vs desktop question .....
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On our most recent trip (Houston), we stayed in a campground/RV-park that offered "free WiFI"

A laptop in a campground with free WiFi is icing on the cake.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:08 PM   #69
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A laptop in a campground with free WiFi is icing on the cake.
Only if the free WiFi system at the campground is big enough/strong enough to handle the hundreds of folks running all the smartphones, iPads and laptops who are camping there, which sadly they are often not.

When having to do a lot of emails or send out attachments for work related items heading out and finding a Starbucks or other coffee shop with a stronger/faster service often becomes high priority.
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The OP is talking about filing 4K video, not emails.
Free campground WIFI would be useless.
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