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SusanV

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2018, 09:45:05 AM »
Thank you for the links. I'll do some reading this afternoon.

We're used to working online while we travel (that's a large part of our job), so we're familiar with internet connectivity issues in the US, Europe and South America, but that's always been from hotels, which seems quite different to me than a campground, and certainly to being parked in a remote location, so we have to make sure we've got access.

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2018, 04:23:21 PM »
Hotels tend to have much better wifi than campgrounds my guess is that it has to do with corporate buying power
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Lou Schneider

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2018, 05:48:49 PM »
They also charge several times more per night than a typical campground.  Though in some cases, the price difference is narrowing.  :o

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2018, 08:09:27 PM »
True, but my point is that someone that is accustomed to typical hotel wifi performance, even cheap motel wifi performance, would be shocked by how poor the typical RV park free wifi is.  I would say maybe 1 in 10 campgrounds that offer free wifi can compare even to a below average cheap motels wifi.

Sure there are the rare campgrounds with good free wifi (fast enough to stream HD video), but those are at best 1 in 50, but that is by far the exception and not the rule.  Since getting my AT&T Mobley mobile hotspot last year, I rarely even bother to connect to campground wifi, and when I do I don't try to use it for much.  On the low end wifi performance at campgrounds can be truly awful, though this is often not the fault of the rv park owners, as broadband internet that people have came to expect is often not available in the remote locations where people tend to build RV parks, at least not at prices that are affordable.  The equivalent to a basic cable internet that city folk have came to expect for $50 per month might costs several thousand dollars per month in some more remote areas if it were to be available at all.

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p.s. the worst free campground wifi I have ever experienced was at a Louisiana State Park (yes strangely enough they had free wifi), it was only even remotely usable between midnight and sunrise, in those hours web pages like this message thread without photos would load in 30-45 seconds, during daytime hours web pages would simply time out.
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SusanV

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #34 on: November 11, 2018, 08:10:16 AM »
I should have mentioned we're also used to cruise ship wifi in North/South America and Europe, which is several steps in the direction I imagine campground wifi to be (slow; like, glacially slow). That's a non-starter for us, so we'll need solutions. Libraries seem like a good idea, along with our own mobile hotspot or other self-owned solution. It does seem that for every problem there IS a solution. Even in the short time I've been doing my research, my thinking has become far more flexible when it comes to getting from the problem to a good outcome. Thanks, all!

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2018, 09:15:57 AM »
Susan - in today's world the Internet is ubiquitous, it is everywhere. If you can't find a signal you aren't trying hard enough.
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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2018, 09:52:28 AM »
Susan, like Tom said it's getting very easy to stay online.  Especially if you're able to find and take advantage of a couple of cheap, unlimited or high data limit plans from different providers.

Last year the hot plan was AT&T's $20 a month Connected Car Unlimited plan using the Mobley device, currently it's Verizon's $40 a month unlimited data Vision plan that I mentioned in another topic.  I'm sure there will be more like these in the future.

AT&T and Verizon have the most consistant nationwide coverage, but every carrier has their strong and weak areas.  By having service from multiple carriers you can take advantage of each one's strengths, greatly increasing your ability to get online no matter where you are.

Also check out Technomadia's https://www.rvmobileinternet.com and consider subscribing.  They literally wrote the book on mobile internet connectivity and they keep current on the best deals.
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SusanV

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #37 on: November 11, 2018, 10:43:37 AM »
I've spent all of my free time in the last two days reading through Technomadia's site. Great stuff, and part of the reason I'm thinking in terms of flexibility, more so than I was before. While we never had a firm time-frame, we were figuring on a year non-stop, but it won't really  matter if we return to Florida for two months to take care of a work project that has a fixed deadline if there is no time frame for traveling, right? Dumping the rigid thinking might be part of the process for us, I think. ;)

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #38 on: November 11, 2018, 11:32:38 AM »
You can return home if you want, but there's plenty of wide open spaces (BLM land, etc) out west where you can camp with good cell coverage.  Plop down for a week or two and work with a nice view, solitude and maybe a nearby hot spring to relax in.    ;)
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SusanV

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Re: Still in the planning stages, with two nagging worries.
« Reply #39 on: November 11, 2018, 02:30:18 PM »
That's our main plan, but we have a yearly project we normally do in Florida, and would not really want to end it if we don't have to. We live in FL now, though we'll be selling here and buying a home (cash, no mortgage) in GA to put our son in while he gets his career established, then we'll sell when we're done traveling and decide where we want to be. While we're traveling, we can still come back to Florida and do our annual project. We initially thought we'd give it up, but now we see no reason why we should. 2 months in Florida in April and May isn't the worst thing in the world (July, August and September are!), and if we don't have a limit on how long we'll travel, 2 months won't matter one way or another.