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RE: Painfully slow internet

Some of you that are speaking techie are being helpful but a little over my head. My phone has unlimited but not hot spot. Is Webboost a standalone system or are there other pieces of the puzzle? WeBoost takes an existing cell phone signal and makes it stronger. A one bar signal may go up to three bars. Three may go to four. It will not create a cell phone signal if nothing is there to begin with. A zero signal area is still a zero signal with a booster. That still only creates a stronger cell phone signal. You then must convert the cell phone signal into a wifi signal. A Verizon Jet Pack does it. Most other carriers offer similar. Many smart phones have one built in (tether, wifi, hotspot -- different phones call it different). A dedicated jet pack is usually faster, though. If you go this route you are using your cell phone plan data or minutes. If you have unlimited then all is good. If you have a cap you have to keep an eye on your data usage.
dave54 07/03/20 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do most parks check/copy your ID? (Victims of ID theft)

Your address is public record and anyone can do a search for your home address. They don't need to get it off your license. Your property tax records are also public record along with the value of your house, when it was purchased, how much you paid etc. I am even aware of a way to get deceased persons social security numbers. If I were a scam artists I could use/have as many of those as I wanted. There is a lot of information that can be obtained in ways other than seeing your id or credit/debit card. Our house does not have a street address. Everything is a PO Box. Somewhere in the county records is a parcel number. If someone wants to dig through records to figure out where I live, that is a waste of time. Anyone could simply go to the local grocery store and ask. Small enough town everybody knows everybody. The deed is in the name of the family trust. Back to the OP. I have never had anyone ask for photo ID at a private or public campground. If I ask for a discount they usually give me one without asking for proof.
dave54 07/01/20 10:23am Beginning RVing
RE: Culling the herd....

OK, she was not social distancing. But was she wearing a mask?
dave54 06/30/20 11:29am General RVing Issues
RE: ONe-way roads in Yellowstone NP

Last time we did Blacktail Drive the road had just opened that morning. Rutted in a few places from winter runoff, but still easily drivable. The wildlife was great -- herds of elk on the road, black and grizzly bear next to the road, lots of birds. At one point we got out and walked south to a low ridgeline that overlooked a large meadow expanse of the Park interior. Saw another of herd of browsing elk that must have numbered several hundred. Blacktail is all unpaved, but our Suby did fine.
dave54 06/23/20 02:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hostess Cup Cake

I liked them when I was a kid. Now they are too sweet for me.
dave54 06/22/20 07:28pm Around the Campfire
What is wrong with the Customer Service number?

We ordered a propane detector online and installed it. It is defective. As soon as you connect it to power it begins a solid shrieking beep. Need to return it. Tried calling the customer service number 4 times in the last two days, and had a 45 minute wait each time, before the call disconnecting. We want to return it. The nearest store is 2 hours away.
dave54 06/18/20 10:40am Camping World Accessories
RE: Without getting political....

The NFL has finally lost me for good. Started being selective a couple of years ago, but I have had enough. Off the soapbox, flame retardant suit on.. Agree. Stopped watching the NFL years ago. I now spend my Sundays hiking, fishing, bike riding, reading, et al. Much happier.
dave54 06/16/20 01:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Harbor Freight has lifetime warranty on hand tools

A lifetime warranty is useless if a tool breaks in the middle of a job. I live 2 hours from the nearest HF store. So if a tool breaks I have to drive 4 hours round trip to finish the job. No thanks. I had the same problem with Craftsman tools when they were having their QC crisis. I now buy quality up front and not worry about it.
dave54 06/16/20 01:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is it just me !

The aliens moved on from airplanes. They now make tupperware lids and socks disappear.
dave54 06/15/20 05:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: First Aid Kit Contents

A couple of the small airline sized bottles of bourbon. For internal use only.
dave54 06/15/20 01:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lassen Volcanic National Park

We just returned yesterday from Lassen NP. The forest service camp grounds along the way towards the south entrance were closed. Best call before you go. Lassen National Forest has extended the closures until 6/25. Forest officials are coordinating with the FS Regional Office in SF, state officials, and local county governments. Trying to walk the tightrope keeping everyone happy. This applies to developed recreation sites. Boondocking/dispersed camping is still allowed.
dave54 06/15/20 01:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of national parks and public lands.

There is a general lack of knowledge among lay people of how government budgets work. It is not like your household budget. Suppose you budget $300 this month for fuel for your family car. In most months that comes pretty close. About the middle of the month you realize you are driving a lot less, and the price of fuel is way down. So you are halfway through the month and you have only spent $75. You think to yourself “This is great! I can use the savings to buy a new grill for my RV.” That is reasonable, and most people would congratulate you on your financial savvy. The government cannot do that. If you ran your finances the way the government is mandated, you cannot spend the fuel savings on anything else. That money is for fuel and can only be spent on fuel. That you have money left over in your fuel budget while your grill has died and no longer usable is irrelevant. You are forbidden by law to spend the surplus in your fuel account on a new grill. You cannot even go to the gas station on the last day of the month and top off your tanks in anticipation of a fuel price increase and a big trip next month. That is not allowed either. This is an oversimplification, but it illustrates the point. Funds allocated for one purpose cannot be used for other purposes (thank you Al Gore…). There is very little wiggle room to reallocate funds. Sometimes the regulations allow, say, 10% of program A funds may be spent on program B, and 15% of program B may be spent with an equal amount from program C on a joint project, if it can be completed within this fiscal year. A good agency budget analyst is a valuable person in these cases, knowing how to move funding around to where needed while staying within the law. There is still a very limited amount of creative accounting you can get away with, though.
dave54 06/09/20 10:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of national parks and public lands.

Nothing political, just data and info, the current administration cut National Park's budget by 13% where they are saying that they are already behind in repairs and maintenance -- something that obvious and we are seeing. And of course, by logic, if you are behind in those areas, how can you even do improvements? The NPS requested less money in the FY2020 budget documents. I could not find an explanation why they requested less money from FY2019. I can only speculate a realignment of some programs meant they could get by with less, but I really do not know.
dave54 06/09/20 09:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of national parks and public lands.

The National Parks do not show a profit from entrance fees. The total collected for FY2020 is projected to be $312 million. The total NPS budget for FY2020 is $3.5 billion. So the entrance fees reflect less than 10% of the budget. Of the 419 units of the National Park System, only 109 charge entrance fees. 80% of the fees collected are retained by the individual Park (100% if the unit collects less than $500,000). The other 20% is pooled and distributed to the Parks that do not collect entrance fees. Under current law, none of the fees are returned to the Treasury. The fees can only be spent on capital improvements. It cannot go to salaries or routine operations. However... this got no media ink. In 2019 the Trump Administration changed the accounting rules for the fund. Previously, the fees could not be spent on salaries under any circumstances. This is why in the last government budget shutdown the Parks were closed even though there were hundreds of millions of dollars available in the fund. The Trump administration changed changed the rule so in the even of a future budget impasse, the NPS may borrow against the fund to keep the Parks open, and repay the fund when the impasse ends and general funds are available. The old rule was part of Al Gore's 'Reforming Government' initiative in the 1990s.
dave54 06/07/20 02:56pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of national parks and public lands.

Were the log trucks from National Forest timber sales or private lands? Who is responsible for the rest room -- Forest Service or Caltrans under a cost share agreement?
dave54 06/04/20 08:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Concrete graffiti

New driveway poured. Carefully smoothed and textured. Made sure to tell all the neighbor kids I do not want any initials or footprints to appear overnight. The kids obeyed. Not one of them marred the fresh pour. Should have told the raccoons! I now have wildlife tracks preserved for posterity.
dave54 06/04/20 08:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: Most expensive camp chair!

Wait until season end closeout at Walmart and buy a folding chair for $10. Does the Yeti version last 30x as long as the cheap one?
dave54 05/30/20 07:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ladder

Nobody steals ladders. Agree. A simple unlocked strap may be enough. No thief will spend more than a few seconds on taking a ladder. He'll see it strapped down and not bother with the effort. There are locks that cannot be cut with an angle grinder (or at least very difficult and time consuming) but they cost more than the ladder is worth. Our ladder collapses lengthwise into the dimensions of a 4x4. It slides into a space under the rear bumper, and held in place with straps.
dave54 05/19/20 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: National parks balancing demands for cell service, silence

Interesting subject. Balancing the pros and cons of electronics but Congress seems to want connectivity. Congress only wants what the people tell them. There is public demand for connectivity, and Congress is responding to the demand. As for me -- my phone has a power off switch and I use it often. Anyone that needs to contact me should know how to leave a voicemail or text. I figure if Lewis and Clark could navigate across an unmapped continent without a GPS and only a compass, I can live for a few hours with my phone off.
dave54 05/03/20 05:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Rude People

Any couples having a DV incident had stresses and problems long before the quarantine started.
dave54 04/21/20 10:45pm Around the Campfire
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