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Old 02-20-2015, 06:00 PM   #11
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We talked about technology needs during our just-finished 3 week trip. We are not equipped for any type of music in the Escape, didn't take our TV, seldom had access to the internet, plus we have cheapo cell phone service that doesn't work a lot of places. Our cell phone more than once said "emergency service only" so at least we could use that for outbound emergencies if needed. We just totally enjoyed the blessed silence and disconnect from news of the outside world.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:58 PM   #12
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Jon, what did you do for a radio antenna?
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:03 PM   #13
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I agree that it is nice to "get away", but I travel for months at a time & need to deal with bills, etc as well as posting a daily journal of my travels. I still enjoy sitting around reading a book more than TV...


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I added an external antenna that states it doesn't need a ground plane - only fair but it works. One problem is it is too close to the cell antenna - if the cell amp is on, the reception tanks on the FM radio. Hope to do some moving around in the Spring.
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Jon,

Regarding install of sleek, where did you place the antenna in your escape? And do you use this both in the rv and in your car? If so, is easily move from one to the other?

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Jon,

Regarding install of sleek, where did you place the antenna in your escape? And do you use this both in the rv and in your car? If so, is easily move from one to the other?

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Don't know about Jon's Linda, but our is mounted on the roof more toward the front on the drivers side. They couldn't mount it on the rear because we have a solar panel. It's permanently mounted so you can't move it from vehicle to vehicle, although it does unscrew and lay down flat if you want to cover the trailer. The Sleek cradle is mounted in one of the overhead cabinets, and connects to the roof mounted antenna.
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:48 PM   #17
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Like Jon, I also have the Millenicom-now-Verizon hotspot data service, and I also tend to use about 15 GB per month, well below the 20 GB limit. However, I don't stream anything, including audio, but I do download podcasts to listen to later. Sometimes I use public wifi spots to do this, saving my own data allotment. At the end of the billing period I check to see how much I have under the limit, then use what's left to download application updates, GPS map updates, etc. I call this "download day".
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My cell antenna was installed by Escape at the rear of the driver's side of the trailer. I will be replacing it with a higher gain antenna that is easier to remove (for covering the trailer for the winter - the Wilson Trucker Antenna I currently use has a permanent connected cable) this Spring; at the same time, moving the FM antenna back to the location of the current cell antenna. Hopefully, this will improve the FM reception when the cell amp is on.

As to the tow vehicle, I have another Sleek there that is an older AT&T only version with the standard magnetic antenna I use for my iPhone. The WiFi signal from the Verizon MHS91LVW Jetpack is strong enough to cover the tow vehicle, so if I can't pick up an AT&T tower on the iPhone for data, I can use the Verizon coverage onWiFi to listen to internet radio or Pandora.

I do wish AT&T coverage was better since I have unlimited data on the iPhone. Of course, unlimited data from AT&T only means 3GB per month; then they slow you down to dial up speeds. On top of that, the do not allow tethering on the unlimited plan so I still need the Jetpack for the laptop.

By the way, I do have three docking stations for my XM radio receiver. One for the RAV4, one in the trailer & an AC powered one for home. Makes it easy to switch the radio from location to location.
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