Hippity Hop . . .

Today started out as a work/chores morning with me working on computer/website stuff, while Jan drove down to the park laundry to do some rugs and a quilt that are a little too big for our rig washer.

Lowell sent over some Landon Easter pics. It’s amazing how much he seems to have grown in just the couple of months since we last saw him.



Later in the afternoon I worked on repairing a couple of cables, one was the power cord to my Winegard Carryout Satellite Dish,

Winegard Carryout

There was a locking pin on the 12v power connector where it plugs into the dish that is supposed to keep it from accidently coming loose. But instead it makes it very difficult to get it loose when we stow it away for travel. So a little quick work with a pair of needle-nose pliers took care of the pin.

Next up, I resoldered a loose wire on the cable for the Remote Alert System for my BrakeBuddy Braking System.

Brake Buddy Classic

This is what provides the auxiliary braking for our pickup when it’s being towed behind the RV. The Remote Alert lets me know that the BrakeBuddy is activating properly when we’re on the road.

The rest of the afternoon I mostly puttered without really accomplishing a lot, but it was fun.

Then Nick and Terry Russell showed up a little after 5pm and we all headed out for supper at a local Mexican place called Los Gringos Locos (Crazy White People?). Although our waitress was a little hit or miss, the place was busy, the food was good and, as usual, the conversation was a big part of the evening.

Leaving the restaurant, Nick drove us out of town toward Tortilla Flats for a little ways to check out the RV parking at the local Elks lodge, and get a good view of Superstition Mountain, the fabled home of the Lost Dutchman Mine.

Tomorrow, probably more of the same.


Thought for the Day:

My first flight lesson was "Avoid the edges of the sky, rocks live in clouds, and hit the softest, cheapest thing around, going as slowly as possible."

That and preflight.



15 Responses

  1. We also have the Carry Out and were told, after the power cord broke, to leave it attached and just wind around the dome when it is not being used. Apparently the power cord attachment is a weak point.

  2. Before we mounted our carry out antenna on the ladder, I could never get that electric cord loose. We changed the position of the handle so it wasn’t in the way but I still couldn’t get it loose. Then I started leaving it plugged in and just wrapping the cord around the dome. We have it mounted on the ladder and now we don’t have to worry about it. If it needs to come down, we can take it off very easily.

  3. Do you leave the dome on the ladder mount when travelling? Have you used something to make it more secure up there?

  4. Check out http://www.ranchodetiarosa.com/ in Mesa for great Mexican food.

  5. Mike,

    I actually hadn’t thought of doing that. It makes sense.

    I may give it a try.


  6. Jan,

    I have occasionally thought about mounting mine on the roof or ladder, but I like the option of moving mine around to find an open spot in the trees.

    I’ve actually had mine sitting 60 feet from the rig to get a signal.

  7. David,

    Will do.

  8. Dee,

    I do not have mine permanently mounted.

    It sits on a small collapsible worktable that I can move around.

    In many cases I would not be able to get a signal through the trees if it were mounted on the roof.

  9. We are seriously looking at a satellite setup. Who is your vendor and what model receiver do you use with that antenna?

  10. Jerry,

    We’ve been with Directv since 1997, first in our sticks and bricks, and then on the road since 2008.

    As I mentioned in my blog post, we use the Winegard Carryout:

    Winegard Carryout Satellite Dish

    It will work with both Directv and Dish. Just set it on the ground, plug it in, and a couple minutes later you have a picture.

    Some people mount them on their roof or ladder, but I prefer to be able to move mine around to get a signal through any trees.

    Let me know if I can give you any more info.


  11. I am interested in that antenna along with the pay-as-you-go plan. I also would like to have the capability to record a channel while watching a different channel. I am having trouble finding out what receivers that can do that are compatible with that antenna. Therefore the question about what model receiver do you use.


  12. Jerry,

    If you want to be able to record, you don’t want a plain receiver. You want a DVR (Digital Video Recorder).

    The Winegard Carryout we have is not HD capable, so you just need a standard DVR, not an HD one.

    Any DVR will do what you want, i.e. record one channel while watching another.

    You can also be recording two channels at the same time while watching something you have already recorded.

    Let me know if I can be any more help.


  13. Thank you for your help and sticking with me on this. Maybe I’m not being clear. I’m having trouble getting vendors to tell me what receiver/DVR will work with your antenna. That’s why I keep asking which device you have. On the other hand, I am assuming you record TV from time to time. No HD is OK. Our TVs are only 720p anyway. Also, on the other hand, if your receiver is in a place where it is inconvenient to find the model number, that is OK.

  14. Sorry, I have an R22 DVR and it’s the only one they make.

    The reason I didn’t give you a model number is that Directv only has ONE Standard DVR model and ONE HD DVR.

    And as I said ANY DVR will do what you want.

    The Winegard dish will work with any receiver/DVR, and any receiver/DVR will work with the Winegard.

    In fact, even though the Winegard isn’t HD, it will still work with an HD DVR. The video just won’t be in HD.


  15. That’s what I’m looking for. Thank you so very much. Have a good day.


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