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eldel

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I was daydreaming about that 'post retirement' mega trip when an interesting thought occurred. How do you get roadside assistance when you're out of cell coverage? I can think of a dozen such places within 20 miles of where I live but we're in a sufficiently populated region that you wouldn't have to wait more than 30 minutes for another vehicle who would, hopefully, give you a lift.

But .. how about the Dalton highway or the northernmost highways in Canada? I looked around and found (relatively) inexpensive text only Inmarsat devices that will work anywhere. Assuming you are actually on the earth's surface that is. I sent in a question to coach-net to see if they supported text only help requests and they just sent me the standard droid response "we have an app which will send your location". Yeah - when I specifically asked what would happen outside cell coverage.

So - is this an issue worth worrying about and if so does anyone have any good ideas as to a solution.

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The only solution is to be self-sufficient. You are dreaming if you think anyone in the Yukon or on the Dalton Highway is coming to help you.

Do people really sit and wait for help to change a tire?

* This post was edited 07/14/20 08:41am by ppine *

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smoke signal,s but your right they just can,t get a good signal every where,

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- amateur radio. requires a license but with the right radio/antenna you can talk with other hams around the country or around the world. of course someone has to be listening.

- rent/buy a sat phone

- or as Blanche DuBois said..."...i have always depended on the kindness of strangers."


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Law enforcement patrols. Flag down a fellow RVer. If it’s a truck, SUV, trailer or 5er, learn how to change a tire. Learn at home, in your driveway.


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Ham Radio... When all else fails.

www.arrl.org for more information.


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What did we do before God made cell phones? We walked to the nearest phone to call for help or we waved down a passing motorist.

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I had a police officer radio in a call request for me when he stopped to assist, and I've also unhooked our toad and driven to a location where phone service was available.


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Two Hands wrote:

What did we do before God made cell phones?

We got in our car/truck/RV, looked at our paper maps and navigated from the east coast to the west coast. [emoticon]

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We were in remote Idaho a couple years ago, and NO ONE had any communication at all. It made one think about how folks were able to do anything before dependence on phones. Or GPS.
We made it out alive.
Safe travels my friend.

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