Saturday, March 25, 2017

RV Satellite! Winegard Pathway X2

OMG! This is the best way to get Satellite in your RV, Travel Trailer, 5th Wheel, or anything else you camp in.

I know, I know!  Many don't watch TV in while camping. We don't if just camping a weekend. But we always camp for a week at a time. And like to relax after a busy day and catch the news.

Okay! On to this amazing thing.  If you read my story of how we came to buy this and why, you will see how easy it is to set up.

We were looking for a Automatic Satellite and man, they are expensive. We had direct TV at home so was looking for the Winegard Carryout to work with Direct TV. Goodness! Why is the one for Direct TV so much more than the others like Tailgater? So on to Facebook market place, all kinds of camping Facebook pages and yard sale groups. And finally found this at an amazing deal.

It's the Winegard Pathway X2   I found it on Craigslist and it came with the unit below and 2 receivers and remotes and all the coax cables all for $250.  I know what your thinking. That don't work with Direct TV!  Correct!

What did we do? We cancelled our Direct tv and saved $140 a month for basic cable, how crazy is that?  And went with a Amazon Fire stick!  That is totally awesome!   And called Dish Network and signed up with Dish for my RV or the Pay as you go program.  This is how easy it was:

Called Dish, spent a few minutes on the phone setting up the account, gave them the receiver number and the Sim card number.  The registered it, said, make sure you set it up with in 2 hours so the signal takes, or just call back and have them resend it. 

I hooked up the coax cable to the receiver and hubby took it out side and hooked it up to the Pathway (that is how it gets it power). Then hooked up the HDMI cable from the receiver to the TV. 

On screen it ask you for which receiver 1 or 2, What channel for satellite, #A, Then select your State by letter A-H for Florida, Then South Florida for my region. Click Scan and that is it.  Hubby is out side, and this thing is doing circles and back and forth, and on the screen it shows found 1 then 2 then 3 satellites. when locked on, It just starts showing the TV shows.  It's that simple.  It's amazing how fast and easy it was compared to the big dish. 

With the pay as you go. There is NO contracts! You pay, you watch for 30 days,  Don't pay, Dont watch, Simple as that.  We only got the Flex Pack its 50+ channels (all the ones we watch Discovery, History, A&E, TLC) for $34.99  and we added the local channels for our local news and stuff for only $10 more.  So with tax its $50.80 a month, Still cheaper than Direct tv for the same channels.  

There are several other packages you can add like Sports, News or kids channels for $10 each. Or movie channels.   This is good for one Receiver.  If you want to hook up the 2nd receiver, its only $7 extra a month.  

Here is another tip!  Your home Zip code is good to run your package where ever you go, You just plug it in, and select state and scan and it will find the satellite and play.  Now! the only exception is.  If you have the local package, it will only work for up to 150 Miles from your home. If you are camping outside the 150 miles and want your local channels. Just call Dish and tell them your out camping and need to enter a new zip. And then you will get your local channels for where your at.  But have to change it back when you get home.  If you don't' care about local channels when you travel then you never have to have it reset.  

We will be loving this thing and using it at the house this weekend till we go camping next week.  So check craigslist and stuff for a great deal on one,

Read post below how we came about getting this after many trials and errors!

Story of how we came to buy the Winegard Pathway!

We camp for a week at a time!  And although we spend all our time outdoors fishing and sight seeing.  It's nice to enjoy a little TV before bed to relax after a full days activities or when its raining.  Yes, it rains just about every camping trip but that don't stop us. It has to end some time right?

We had Direct tv at home and many said "Just buy a extra dish and bring your box from home"!  Yeah, okay! Its not that easy!

We had a old smaller dish on the roof they left when they installed the new slimline dish.  Thinking it would work. We tried everything, could not get it to get signal. Even sat it right beside the one in the yard to make sure it was in the right direction. Nope! Nothing!

Did some research and found out that you have to have the exact same dish (Slimline) as you have at home, and have to order a extra black power box for it. Well searched craigslist and happen to find one close to where we were camping and ran over and got it, and tried it for hours. Nothing! and gave up. Ordered a new LNB that matched the one at the house to see if that was the problem.

Next trip, we were at Sebastian Inlet and said, well, lets give it a try, Downloaded all these satellite finders, digital compass and all kinds of things and so many internet searches. And still NOTHING!

We noticed our neighbors the next day came in, And were setting up the same dish set up we had, He was using some computer thing to set his up. He looked like an expert so we walked over and asked for some tips. He came over and worked for about 2 hours but finally got it to work. Not really sure what the issue was but it was working. Maybe the different LNB, who knows!  We are now great camping friends and plan trips together. LOL

Next Camping trip. Sebastian Inlet again, Same spot so we knew exactly where to set it up, Direct and everything, Set it up and WAM!  It was working just sitting it on the ground.  Next day, Storm, And it moved, And for the life of us, Could not get it to find the satellite again, So moved it other side of spot and found it again, go figure!?!?!?  We were confused! but hey it worked.  

All was going well, It was weighted down with a heavy tool box. Then a bad storm came up. Rangers told us a tornado was spotted and to take down awning and dish and take cover.  So we did.  We folded the legs and leaned it up against the front trailer by the hitch, A a huge gust of wind gust came and blew it over and broke the LNB on the front and bent the dish. Hubby threw it in the back of the truck and said "That's It".   We are getting a Automatic one!

On to searching for a Automatic Satellite!

Friday, March 24, 2017

No More Slide Issues! New Travel Trailer!

If you have been following my blog! You would see that we had a number of issues with our then brand new 2014 Coachman Freedom Express!

After so many problems with the slide! Truly a designer flaw.  With the last repair having welded arms on for support.  Giant Recreation world in Winter garden Florida (Where we bought it) did the warranty work on the slide this time.

When we finally got it back after waiting for new slide parts to come in.  We went to pick it up, and it was sitting right out front waiting for us.  We went in to sign it out, and they could not find our keys.  Took about an hour to find them, while this was going on, I had hubby out checking the slide, and when I got out there, he said, its a mess. I took a look and the repair was not up to my standards. It was plain to see the welded arms sticking out under the couch,  The floor was still bowed up where the slide uprooted the floor, the trim on the inside of the slide was not reattached,  And on the out side, we went to see if it was seated even on both sides.  Well, It was not, it was out of alignment.

After they finally found the keys, My husband said, well, this is it, We are done with this trailer, the slide will be a continued problem after the warranty expires next month.

So what did we do?  We left there and took it to Camping world and traded it for a 2016 Keystone Bullet 243bhs.  

It's only 5 feet longer than our 19 foot one and we love it. It has double bunks for the grand kids. And the Slide has Airline cables on both sides of the slide to support it. I'm used to these from our Pop up. So I know they are strong. And totally loving the outdoor kitchen. As I do all our cooking out side! Now we don't have to carry all the extra grills. 

 Above is a from the entertainment center in front of the Queen walk around bed. Looking to the Large U shaped dinette. Bathroom with but and shower, Full size bunks, Kitchen.

Other direction towards the Entertainment center and Queen walk around bed. And door on the Right front. This one has the sliding doors in the bedroom. 32 inch TV in the living room and one behind it in the bedroom.  Ducted air is the way to go. Works so much better than the standard AC. And this one is 15000 BTU the other one was only 13000 BTU and standard and struggled to keep up with the Florida heat. This one will freeze you out.

We have thoroughly enjoyed this Travel trailer this past year.  We camped 2 times at Anastasia State park in Saint Augustine.   And several times at Sebastian Inlet.  

We really need to expand our camping places. But this year is already booked.  First trip is coming up at Fort Desoto!

More to come!

New Beginnings!

It's been awhile since I have posted to my blogs. A year really!  I really miss it and going to try and get back into it since I now have a lot of free time.

This has been a crazy year! My husband has worked for the same company for 31 years. He started right before we got married. His job has supported us well over the years of raising our children.

In Sept of 2015 he was notified that he was no longer needed and would be laid off in January of 2016 along with several others.  We were really stressed about this and kind of happy at the same time. Stressed because we didn't know what would happen. Would he be able to get a new job? Would we lose our house? How would we live?  Maybe in the small Travel trailer? Who knows!  

Well, January 29th came.  His last day, He was excited about it for many reasons. I was stressed but tried to keep telling him we would be okay.  He got a severance and a paid year of insurance so we would be okay for a while. And just spent the year adjusting to our new life. It's a big change!  

Since he has several medical problems, High blood pressure and Diabetes. As well as 100 % deaf if he don't have a working Cochlear implant processor. Which happens often as they fail often, and Insurance sometimes replaces them. But more often we have to pay out of pocket and they are very expensive.   We decided to see if he could qualify for disability.  Well, It only took 2 months and he was approved.  So at this point we knew we would be okay.

We have really enjoyed him being home everyday this past year.  And just been camping as much as we can afford to do on our budget.  

Next post!  Traded  Freedom Express.  

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Slide Issues Again! Ugh!

We love our little 2014 Coachman Freedom Express 192 rbs. But let me tell you.  The slide has been a real pain in the behind!

We have already had to have the whole slide mechanism replaced right after we bought it. And have nothing but issues with it since.

We have had it exactly 2 years this valentines day.  And that weekend we took it to our family's house about 80 miles away. And the slide wont work.  So on the way home.  We dropped it off at Giant Recreation world in Winter Garden where we bought it to get them to look at it. As its 65 miles from home. They called yesterday and said the inspectors were out taking pictures.  Today I get the call that the extended warranty we paid for is going to cover the total replacement of the slide system and we just have to pay the deductible. Now, I don't think we should have to pay that because this is a continued issue from the original warranty repair. But it is what it is and I just want my trailer back.

 They have decided that since they are so many of these trailers coming in with this same issue. They are going to weld arms on to help guide the slide and support the Single arm slide. Let me tell you, I don't know who designed this. But anything that heavy, even being small, requires two arms. One on each side. to support each other so it don't walk in and out and jump out of track while on the road. Wow, that could cause a whole other issue if your driving down the road and the slide falls out!

Now just hope to get it back soon so we can go camping.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Anastasia State Park Review

Our 30th Anniversary trip!

We decided to go to St. Augustine.  I have lived in Florida all my 48 years, but never been to St. Augustine.  My husband had only been once.

So this being a all new trip. We stayed at Anastasia state park also a first.  It was awesome and beautiful.  Im loved seeing St. Augustine and all it has to offer and seen as much as we could in the 5 days we were there.  But we are not the touristy type.  So dont think we will make the 4 hour drive again.  I just like to go camping and check out the park.  So if I went again.   I would go for the camp ground and maybe see the fort again and light house but that is it.   We love old forts and lighthouses. As you know our favorite place is Fort. Desoto.  But! Be prepared to pay everywhere you go.  

You could opt to do the trolley, You wont have to pay for parking, and many things are included in the price. so pick your plan. You can pick up a trolley every 20 minutes so your never waiting long for the next one.  I have heard the Red trolley tours is the best. We were going to take this, but with my medical conditions, And never knowing when I will need to make it to the car. We decided to forgo the trolley and do a little everyday on my terms. And could leave when I needed to.

Map of the camp ground

This is our spot 109 Coquina.
So here are some pictures of our trip.  We stayed in the first loop which is Coquina loop in spot 109.  It was really shady. We had to use one Camco yellow block to raise to level on the door side. Site has a slight run off to the back. You can see a trail some one made to direct the water.  And a palm tree on side where you park.   Water faucet is at the front of the spot. So make sure you have a long hose. 

At the entrance of the park just past the check in station. On the right, Look for white mounds of sand. During the sunny day, The gopher turtles are laying out catching some rays. There are several along the road.  They are huge. There is a side walk you can walk by them.  Please stay on side walk so you don't bother them. 

Our first visit was the Light house. This was really nice to see. They were in the process of painting the top red while we were there. The museum is awesome. And a lovely day. To walk around and check it out.  $10 a person and free parking

I am not able to climb stairs but my husband was. So I waited at the bottom with others that can't climb. I took this cool picture that looks up the stair well.  Notice each floor has a landing. I'm thinking this is so if you fall at the top, you only go one floor instead of rolling all the way down.
Can you believe there were several women there, running up and down the stairs several times. Wow!  

Next day, we went to the fort and stopped to take pictures of the Lions at the bridge and check out the boats.  Pay to park on the street to see the bridge and lions. 

Panoramic view of the Castillo De San Marco Fort. We love forts so this was a real treat to see.  The top is really cool to walk around with lots of cannons.  Pay to park at fort and get it. Use access pass if you have it. $8 a person and Pay to park. Note, this parking lot is used by others that go to George street shopping. So parking is hard to find.  Also, if you pay for parking and you don't use your time. You can give your parking pass to someone else. We did this when we had 30 minutes one time,  And also another day we went to George street and paid for 2 hours. But were only there 30 mins and didn't like it so we left and gave someone our spot and our parking pass.  They really appreciated it. 

This guy can tell you a lot about the fort. Chat with him if you have a chance.

We are not drinkers but my husband works for a liquor distributor so he wanted to check out San Sebastian Winery.  WOW! Like I said, we don't drink, but boy did we learn a lot about wine. We had the best tour guide Markus and we were in the upstairs room. We taste tested 10 wines and learned about aerators and how to cook with what wines.  We had the best time. And get this, Totally FREE. So yes. add this to your list of must do!  Do not bring your kids. 

When I seen this Light house bottle. I just had to have it. I love odd shaped or colored bottles. And this was the perfect thing for this trip.  I plan to add colored beach sand I got on the beach to fill it with. And yeah, the wine was pretty good. My husband is addicted. And found out they sell it at the grove where they grow the grapes in Lake county which isn't far. So we might make a trip over. LOL  And you can buy all their wines online. San Sebastian Winery  .And money from every sale of the Lighthouse bottle goes to the restoration of the lighthouse.  

Next day was Mission Nombre de Dios. The grounds are beautiful. Free parking and entry.

Right next door to the mission is The fountain of Youth.  This was a pretty cool place. We spent several hours here. Seeing everything.  They had this beautiful white peacock. And many colored peacocks. They are all over the park, in the trees, on the roofs, everywhere.  We also got to see how they shoot the musket guns and how they shoot cannons. Wow, that was awesome.  $15 a person to get in here. Free parking

And this was our last night. We loved the campground and the beach. It's so different than ours our in Sarasota. But We missed every sunrise. We are sunset people. So on the last night, We walked the beach and look, We caught a sunset. LOL!  Im standing in the water and looking over the dunes. Ah! Perfect end to a wonderful trip.   I took 400 pictures this week. but no way to load them here. So I might load them to my photobucket later.

Next trip is a week booked for End of July at another of our favorite places. Sebastian Inlet state park. New spot again. This will be our 3rd trip and 3rd spot.  We will be taking my daughter and her two kids with us this trip. Can't wait.

Then we have a week booked for our other Favorite place, Fort desoto. Trying a different part of the pet section this time. Last time we were on the sea wall, and so many people walked by the back of the spot, that our dogs kept going crazy. So this time, we will be on the end section with no trail behind the camper so hopefully us and the dogs wont be so stressed. LOL!  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

COBB Grill!

I was at a thrift store Friday.  Came across something in a big black bag with long handles.  It said COBB on top.  Well, I had no clue, So unzipped it.   And inside.  I see this cardboard disk on the lid.  You know, like when you buy a new pan and there is a piece of cardboard attached to the top knob to protect it.

So I lift the lid and see all these books and papers and magazine articles inside, And see a handle, a grill plate and a wire basket, so lift up the plate and see this bowl looking bottom.  No clue what it is.  So I open the book and start reading.  And my heart started pounding and I got so excited to see what it was.

Its like a oven to cook,  smoke or bake your food in.  This thing had never been used, it was still shinny, no burn marks are anything. It had a receipt attached to the cook book, it said it was purchased at Camping world July 3, 2004,  Can you believe that, it sat some where for 10 years and was never used.   So I got a brand spaking new Cobb for only $8.

Going to give it a try tomorrow with boneless country pork ribs and potatoes.  And plan to take it out on our camping trip for a week, starting next week.

Anyone have a Cobb grill.  Any suggestions, Recipes, Links, Groups, Facebook pages, Found a few and joined them.

Now I need to find the rack, and fry pan and extender ring for it.


Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Garden Transformation

We have been busy with working on the back yard. We needed to move the Red shed to the shady area so we can use the old space to make the garden bigger in the full sun area.
rsmobley85's 2015 Garden Transformation album on Photobucket
These are a few pictures so far. We still have so much to do. To get the shed done, everything put back in and get the garden area ready. I will post more pictures later. Thank you for stopping by! Sharon