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  1. Hi all techies out there... I have been trying to build a new NAS on my coach. I have multiple WD RED drives (1x10TB, 4x4TB, 2x3TB(external)) I purchased the 10TB so I could consolidate the 2 external drives. My problem is cost of unit and now OS. almost 6 months ago I purchased an F2 TNAS from TerraMaster and after several weeks of tech support it was decided that the unit was defective. TerraMaster offered to replace the unit I decided to upgrade to their F4 unit for a small charger. I then purchased WD RED 4x4TB drives, per TerraMaster's suggestion. Well after another 4-5 months of late night tech calls (they are in China) and their refusal to send me a replacement unit I decided to cash out (so to speak). They let me keep the NAS and refund me half my money. It had taken so lone I was just happy to move on. My latest email to their tech informed me that the OS was propriety and that the drives and data would have to be scrubbed before using in another NAS. Is there a standard of OS for NAS boxes? My first task when I get another NAS is to determine a method of transferring all the data from one NAS to another. Hopefully that should not be too much of a task, just time. My question to all you RV techies is what NAS to purchase? I am thinking I need a 5 bay diskless NAS that is very reasonably priced. (FYI - I am your typical retired person living in my RV year round workamping to make ends meet so cost is a factor for me.) Thanks in advance for your help and advice.
  2. Hi DocJ, Thanks I am looking into the WiFiRanger Aspen. It has a lot more than I need but the price is reasonable without the LTE functionality. Also like the PepWave product. NOTE: I have noticed a couple of thangs that maybe you can answer... (1) most of these devices use "tethering" I am a little unsure if that requires hard connections of like or can talk to each other using WiFi? (2) the USB ports are 2.0 and we are well past 3.0 into 3.1. Why the slower connections? Thanks for the help.
  3. Hi all, I live in my RV year round and split my time between Winter Workamping at Sundance RV Resort, Yuma, Az. and Summers at Yosemite Pines RV Resort, Groveland, Ca. I have an unusual WiFi Extender situation that I desperately need help with. With the COVID19 "stay in place" order not having an active WiFi is extremely frustrating. Especially with only mobile phone via WiFi connection too. I have tried several different models of new NetGear WiFi Extenders (Nighthawks, AC2200, EX7300, R7000P etc.) and they all failed to connect with either Variation #1 or #2 below. FYI - Had an WN2000RPTv2 which worked in all environments for years but finally failed, there is no direct replacement from NetGear. All other models failed. After going through the setup procedure on each of the NetGear Extenders I got the same results... "No Internet, Secure" on the WiFi connection and when I open the MyWiFiExt software it reports that it is connected etc. and completely configured. I reality there is no internet connection and no connectivity to any devices. Variation #1 - When in Yuma, Az. I use the Hotspot WiFi device as my connectivity with the rest of the system as noted below. Variation #2 - When in Groveland, Ca. There is no mobile phone support or land lines of any kind or cable systems a the park (Yosemite Pines RV Resort). Our only communications with the outside world is by connecting to the parks WiFi system (TengoInternet). As an employee we are given unlimited connectivity which is authenticated using the MAC address (not using a UserID & PassWord) of a WiFi Extender device... Environment: WiFi Extender (TBD) NAS system (TerraMaster 4F (24TB)) 5 port Netgear Switch Sprint MiFi (HotSpot) device (Yuma only as no connection at Yosemite) If you know of a WiFi Extender that will give me Internet & WiFi service please let me know the make and model. Thanks SquireDude
  4. Hi, Prefer to Flat tow a toad but open to suggestions to modify car or ??? I'm tired of flat towing boring and uncomfortable cars... Time for a change... I'd love to tow a late 90's MBz SL500, or an SL380 or SL450 (all rear wheel drive)? I figure as they are automatic, wish MBz made manuals, (but nothing since the old Diesels & wagons) they are a no go! I also like late 90's Jaguar convertibles… similar issues (no manuals)(rear wheel drive)… so I think that the tow dolly is not an option! Are there any mods that can be made to make it any of these work apart from a flat bed trailer. As a third choice how about a classic 60's or 70's car (preferably manual) as a toad? But that would cost more than my budget unless I can get lucky! Yeah right! :-( Being retired and on SSI I've got a limited budget. I'd like to keep the cost to $5000 or LESS!!! Or trade my clean 1998 Honda CRV with new paint and an replacement engine with less than 90k on it. Would love to hear any suggestions for a car (convertible).. or tow method... or car mod...! Thanks to everyone in advance for your time.
  5. Thanks but its a bit out of my way and budget... but at least I now know what it does cost... good starting place... thanks
  6. That is an option but with today's sensitive on again off again issue I am dubious... but that is am option I am considering. Thanks
  7. Hi Folks, I know I have read threads on here on this subject but most were 3-5 years old and times and technology is moving so fast these days. So here is my question... I have a '97 Fleetwood Discovery 36ft and the "Go Faster Strips" are faded and the clear coat I had sprayed 4 years ago is peeling badly (do not think it was prepped properly, but that is history). Q? Which is better and most cost effective resolution to brighten the coach? Have decals removed and replaced? Have decals removed and paint entire coach (2 color w/no stripes)? Have the entire coach wrapped? other suggestions? I don't think I am up to the task of prepping or doing much, if any, of the work myself. Being retired and on SSI budget is a big issue so cost vs. quality is a dismal target! What sort of budget should I be looking at and time frame? I Look forward to your suggestions and thoughts. If anyone actually has a shop recommendation that would be great. Thanks folks for the effort.
  8. RayIN - Thanks tried that one and after about 2-3 weeks it was back to its ugly self again... but thanks for the suggestion. Richard5933 - Wow! That is detailed and one of my possible solutions. Thank you for the details now I know how to do it I can plan better knowing tht it has been done before. WildeBill - Thanks for your suggestion too.
  9. Hi folks, I have a '97 Fleetwood Discovery, the water heater was replaced by the previous owner about 7 years ago. I have recently been experiencing an ongoing issue with the water heater... it will cycle as expected as long as I am using the water, shower, laundry, dishes, then after no use for a few hours (usually over night) it will shut down. I have to fire it up by using the override switch on the control panel. OR the water heater is overheating the water and shuts down. I have to fire it again from the control panel. I have had the sensors changed several times as well as the control board on the heater, several times. We removed the Winterizing valve system. The burner has been cleaned. Does anyone have any suggestions on what we have missed in our diagnostics and need to change?
  10. Hi Carl C, It is hard finish not a soft pliable rubbery finish. Since the car is a `98 and not worth much I don't want to pour a bunch of money into it. Just spruce it up a bit. I could take it to a body shop to paint it, or buy replacement parts, but neither of those appeal to the pocketbook! I'm hopeful of a cheap, quick, and easy way of refinishing the Trim. Thanks for your response though.
  11. Hi, My TOAD is a `98 Honda CRV and all the plastic trim has turned milky. I've tried several high end products all of which failed miserably, within 2 weeks all the products I tried had failed and the plastic trim is back to its milky color and very dull finish. There are dozens of videos on YouTube showing one product after another but none show what the car and its trim looks like 2 weeks later. Does anyone have any good, or bad, as long as it works on how to get it back to a Black luster finish? Thanks in advance to all who respond.
  12. Hi Rich, Thank you so much for the manual, in looking it over it might be a bit much for me. So I think I will search out an RV person who can work on this for me while I am in Yuma for the winter season. I especially want to thank you for the most important piece of information the time it would take to repair for a qualified service tech... that is I would like to see more fixes come with. Again, thanks for the help.
  13. For years I have been using a NetGear WN2000RPTv2 network extender as my internal private Wi-Fi network and internet connector. It has finally failed and gone to electronics heaven or is that the cloud! Does anyone have any suggestions on what a good product is to replace it with? What it was doing for me was giving me the ability to... connect to an Access Point for internet connectivity, create my own private Wi-Fi, give me router functionality connect my Western Digital MyCloud device to it distribute my entertainment (movies, music, pictures etc.) throughout the coach.
  14. Hi everyone, I have an Atwood Wedgewood Vision Stove top and oven and I haven't used the oven much till I became a full-timer 2 years ago. At first everything was going great but I did start to notice that the oven door was not closing 100% and letting the heat escape. Recently I had an issue where I went to adjust the temp of the oven and the temp know just twisted in my hand and came off... the neat escaping from the gap in the oven door had melted the center shaft and now the know will not even fit. The next week the same thing happened but on the other side to the spark knob. Now I have 2 knobs that don't fit. I don't want to just buy new knobs and the same thing happened again. Before I do that I would like to adjust the door hinges so all the heat will be captured and held inside the oven. Does anyone know how to adjust the hinges on the oven door?
  15. They have stepped up and gave me a whole bunch off the final engine rebuild cost. I think I have done okay but if I have to put new carpet and a new mattress then I will be on the loosing side. I hope I don't have to replace it all!
  16. Hi, I recently had an In-Frame engine rebuild (new pistons) work done on my Discovery's Cummins engine. After the work was completed the carpet in the bedroom was covered in grease and diesel. I have had it professionally cleaned but I still get a strong smell of diesel as soon as I step into the bedroom. I think what happened was that when they first fired up the engine there was a fuel leak that sprayed diesel all over everything. I think it also might have got onto the bottom of the mattress. Anyway; my questions is does anyone know of a cure for that horrible diesel fuel small in the bedroom so I can get some better sleep? I have tried the air freshener sprays and they only work for a few hours at best then the diesel fuel small is back. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Squire Dude
  17. Thanks again to all who and contributed possible solutions to my problem. Because of cost and it actually looks nice I am favoring the Honda CRV. My question now is to "flat tow" do you suggest... Manual? Automatic? AWD? I don't have a preference and of course manual is not an issue for me. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.
  18. I would like to thank everyone who has chimed in and give me lots of really good suggestions. Now that I have a list of vehicles I can sell my current car (2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible, tows well but has very low ground clearance on the hitch). My previous toad was a 1991 Mazda Miata and I never knew it was there as it was so light! Got rid of it as I was getting a bit to heavy (fat) to get in and out of it! :-) Great toad car though for the younger or more agile set. Thanks again to everyone for your contributions
  19. Thanks to everyone who has made suggestions. I really appreciate the assistance. I like the Honda CRV suggestions, will check into that more. KayPSmith - What year is your Geo Tracker? Chevy HHR - not even thought of that as a possibility... interesting, thanks. I have checked out the FMCA toad listings, the problem is that I only found recommendations for that year. Using their prior year listings I still have to do a lot of research on price etc. Mostly that listing of r those who can afford a new toad ever couple of year. Sorry not in my budget anymore! Again thank to everyone and keep them coming. I'll let you all know what I settle on in the end.
  20. Hi folks, I am single living on my SSD and now a new full-timer in my '97 Discover R36, although I've been RVing for 4+ years, and lived on my sail boat for 20+ years before that! Actually I like the small space where everything has its place and a place for everything. My issue is that now I am full time I don't think the 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible I am currently towing is the best vehicle for the job. I need something that I can replace it with that is more functional, better mileage, cheaper to repair. Selling the Mimi should not be a problem, I hope! But what to buy? I checked into Jeeps (Wrangler, Cherokee), but they are expensive and get low mileage. I know my budget is smaller than most, but I think it is doable and when all is said and done that's it... $4K for the car $1k for any repairs (there's always something that needs fixing) $1k for Blue-Ox base plate (parts & labor). Searching for a used car is not much of a problem... but researching if it can be flat towed IS a long process. Can anyone suggest a car that can be flat-towed (Blue-Ox) for about $4k? Thanks in advance to everyone for the assistance.
  21. I just purchased a new laptop with the intent of using it for my navigation while driving my RV. The problem is that the laptop came with a Microsoft Simulated GPS driver not a real GPS chip. Hence it will only function for turn by turn navigation when connected to the Internet... not a function I have while driving! Has anyone found a setup that will rub on a Windows 10 laptop with an external GPS, via USB connection? (Which GPS are you using?) Then will it work with Windows 10 MAPS app? OR What mapping or navigation software do you use?
  22. Hi, I was wondering if anyone else had any experience with Nationwide Warrantees? It seemed like a great deal at first well of course "if it look too good... it's NOT!" When trying to make a claim last month I have found them to be arrogant, nasty, and totally unhelpful to their customers. I started the policy in November of last year with no claims till now and a couple of thousand dollars in payments to them. Last year I decided to look for a now extended warrantee for my 1997 Discovery 36RS coach. Nationwide offered 4 years for the price of 3. Well to cut along story short I tried to make a claim for my fridge and not only was it denied but with very nasty conversations and voice mail messages from them. They treated my like dirt and basically told me we don't care about you and we are not going to honor our contract. When I tried to contact them again, it took 3 emails and 2 phone calls I was fed up so I said CANCEL my policy and give me a refund. I was told it had to be in writing, which I did immediately. Another nasty email from a supervisor who told me to go jump in a lake and they are NOT going to give me any portion of my money back. A warning to anyone out there looking for an Extended Service Warrantee... do NOT use Nationwide Warrantee as they are a rip off... I am still fighting to get my money back. Keep smiling Phill
  23. Hi, It is time to renew my Extended Service Contract or Warranty as it is sometimes known. I previously had Good Sam's and in making a claim I had all sorts of issues and if it were not for a persistent mechanic it would have cost me thousands. (i.e. we were told to go to Walmart to get oil and filters!) I have investigated a couple of other companies and would like to know if anyone has had any experience with Nationwide Auto Warranties of Litchfield Park , AZ? I have an 97 Discovery 36RS with 65K on the clock. The basic policy is 48 months or 48K miles for $3800 (including tire and wheels). I will not go into the details but is read well on all areas to me. Good or bad? Thanks Phill
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