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Old 11-15-2014, 09:38 PM   #11
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I don't think I'll be staying in many RV parks--planning on state and national parks and lots of off-the-grid. Just Googled "Wilson trucker." Looks interesting. Ohhhh, so much to learn. Fortunately I have 11 more months to cram. Thanks!
We'll be off grid quite a bit too. Just be aware that any streaming service like Netflix does use alot of data, so make sure you have an adequate data plan or you may see some nasty 'surprises' on your bill.
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:49 PM   #12
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Yup, that's something I really have to research. From what I've read so far, seems like Verizon might be the way to go with a 4G hotspot and then, as you say, enough data. Actually was just wondering if maybe I could even go that route now, in my condo, for my laptop and iMac. But haven't checked into any prices yet.
p.s. Seems like I see "surprises" regularly in my bill from AT&T.


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We'll be off grid quite a bit too. Just be aware that any streaming service like Netflix does use alot of data, so make sure you have an adequate data plan or you may see some nasty 'surprises' on your bill.
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:53 PM   #13
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Most RV parks frown on using Netflix or other heavy bandwidth eating applications. Using Netflix on a campground WiFi system can load the network connection to the point where you slow down the rest of the users.

As to using cell services, even with the 20GB per month plan I now have with Verizon (at $100.00 per month + taxes & fees) the typical Netfilx movie eats anywhere from .5 to 2GB. That doesn't add up to too many movies before you hit your data limit, particularly if you use the internet for much else.

Without a TV I still use 10-15GB per month while traveling. I admit I do quite a bit of graphics with my photography, but if you currently use Netfilx for movies, it might be better to use Redbox DVDs, library rentals, etc with a DVD drive on your laptop rather than waste the bandwidth. Even better, give up TV and read!!!
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:57 PM   #14
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I don't carry a TV either but can watch over the air stations on my laptop via a USB TV Tuner and the trailers roof top antenna. Works pretty well although you have to locate the local channels when you go to use it the first time in a new location, takes something like 10 minutes. That and Redbox do it for us, I brought along a small USB DVD/CD player. On a 5 week trip, we used Redbox twice when snowbound, and watched the morning news once under the same conditions. For the most part sitting in the trailer and watching TV isn't high up on our list of things to do when on a trip. I do have Netflix at home, I suspend both the home delivered movies and the streaming when traveling.
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I'm with Jon and Bob.

We don't even have a TV in the trailer. Although when I retire and we do more and longer trips we may change our ways and watch movies we bring along via our Mac
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:13 PM   #16
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Great information, Jon, that was exactly what I wanted to find out.
Thanks!
"Even better, give up TV and read!!!"
I WISH. My eyes get tired quicker by the year.
Have switched to audio books.
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:16 PM   #17
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I've never used Redbox. Don't the DVD's have to be returned the next day?

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On a 5 week trip, we used Redbox twice when snowbound, and watched the morning news once under the same conditions.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:25 PM   #18
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I've never used Redbox. Don't the DVD's have to be returned the next day?
Yes, but not necessarily at the same location. We have rented late and the next day traveled down the road and dropped it off at another location.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:30 PM   #19
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Ahh, ok, just Googled and see there's a Redbox app!
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Yes, but not necessarily at the same location. We have rented late and the next day traveled down the road and dropped it off at another location.
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:31 AM   #20
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Kind of disappointing to hear this. I don't have a TV and watch only streaming Netflix on my laptop. Was counting on that when I start traveling. Maybe by 10/15, there will be more and better options?
There's no problem streaming Netflix onto a laptop if you can get at least 2 or 3 bars of WiFi reception. I use a Straight Talk mobile hotspot and have streamed with 3G. An hour long show gobbles up about 300-400mb. No sweat. Battery doesn't last long so an inverter helps.

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