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beastdriver
post Mar 21 2004, 08:53 AM
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We are noticing, more and more, that some greedy campground owners are taking out the customary free modem connection and insisting that you use a Wi-Fi system at anywhere from $10 to $15 weekly, or $3.00 to $4.00 daily. It doesn't matter to us because we have a MotoSat system that allows us to connect to the internet anywhere, but this appears to be another example of where greedy campground owners are reducing services and increasing prices. For those who depend on internet connections, I would suggest you inquire about modem accomodations when you make a reservation and, whenever possible. refuse to stay at a park that does not continue to offer free modem connections even if it offers Wi-Fi. Campground rates at many locations are already approaching motel rates and this industry is eventually going to kill the goose! sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif
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BBear
post Mar 22 2004, 05:10 PM
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I don't believe campground owners are greedy because they are no longer offering "free" modem connection...I can't believe any offered it in the first place...they (the campground owners) don't get their connection for free so why would anyone think they should offer it free to the customers staying at the campground?????

I don't have to worry about this either...because I leave my laptop at home where it belongs when I'm going camping....in fact that's one of the reasons why I go camping...to escape the computers, phones, tv's, dvd's, cd's, etc...!!! biggrin.gif
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post Mar 22 2004, 10:15 PM
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We fulltime RV and have yet to visit a park that charges extra for WiFi. We are currently in a park in Oregon that includes WiFi for free and will let you use their business phone for a modem connection if that is all you have. Sorry Beasty, but I disagree with your conclusion that parks are charging for WiFi because they're greedy. ph34r.gif
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John Blue
post Mar 22 2004, 11:02 PM
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Beastdriver,

Well well what is next out here? We have land line, cell line, and WiFi for laptop and at times all are a problem. We need to sent and rec. emails due to long times on the roads, three months on this trip. You are correct on some services, we see pay phone lines removed and other services gone. People use cell phones now and pay phones are gone and may never return again.

Park owners have had a couple hard years due to low number of RV people on the road. I think we may see more park owners add WiFi services and land lines for RV people to use in time. As you point out read the information before you travel to a site and see if this is what you want. State parks have only a nice site to park in, no phone problems here.

We all need to keep in mind that everything has a cost. I like your internet system the best.


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post Apr 10 2004, 08:36 PM
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I found that most public libraries have computers you can use for free to get your email while you are on the road. Hubby just bought me a laptop for Valentines Day this year. So now I get to look for modem friendly parks.
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post Apr 12 2004, 07:33 AM
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The last four parks we've visited have taken out their free modem telephone connection and instituted a wi-fi daily or weekly fee. We will not stay at parks in the future that do not offer free telephone connections for modems, and would urge others to do the same.
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post Apr 18 2004, 03:29 PM
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A park owner has a choice. Increase the daily rate for everyone to cover WIFI and or free mod. hookup. Or, charge those of us who use it a daily or weekly fee. I like a freebe as much as the next guy but lets be fair. Why shouldn't those of us using the service pay for it? There is no free lunch.
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post Apr 18 2004, 03:43 PM
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I disagree with the previous post. I don't use the swimming pool, nor do I use the kiddie swings, etc., but I expect such things to be part of the campground fee, especially when they have been included in the past. I am not opposed to paying for Wi-Fi, if I choose to use it, but, at the same time, I believe a telephone line should be made available to guests who can then call their 800 nuimber or their local access number to reach the internet and check messages. Campground owners are tacking on more and more little fees, reducing services, taking away things that used to be part of the camping fee, and generally increasing prices to where it costs almost as much to park a travel trailer and use the facilities as it does to stay in a nice motel.
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post May 6 2004, 09:26 PM
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There is a very old expression which I believe is still true. "You get what you pay for"
We stay in what we call "campgrounds" but apparently there are a large number out there that a 5 star resort would better suit their purpose. They do tend to be a bit pricey though
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post Jun 15 2004, 09:11 PM
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Well this is an RV Park owner that has always offered a free dial up modem connection for our guests. Our park also has high speed cable access through our local cable company. Installation is free and the monthly rate is $34.95. The only benefit that we see from that is a referral discount for each RV site expanded basic cable TV package that we provide for Free to our guests.

For a while we even offered FREE use of a nice Dell computer connected to a local ISP for people to check email and browse the internet. Then one of our guests thought they would like to have the computer and ripped the computer, security cable and all right from the wall in broad daylight. We still provide the free
modem line for guests to use but now all guests must provide their own computer equipment.

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post Jun 20 2004, 04:28 PM
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I would like to know more about MotoSat system, cost, where to get it, is it hard to set up....etc. rolleyes.gif
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post Jul 14 2004, 08:59 PM
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Set up by a dealer (only), costs around $5000.00 upfront and then $99.00 a month, many, many bugs, old generation Direcway software with lots of problems, hardware is great, built like a battleship, not in-motion, won't shoot through trees for the most part you need a very clear shot at south sky (moreso than TV satellite), rumors abound that a new,less expensive technology is coming around from competitors but I don't know nuthin. ...ask the guy with holes in the roof of his prevost.
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post Jul 15 2004, 12:19 AM
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Since I last wrote, we were in a park in Morgan Hills and found an installer with Direcway and bought a system from him. Terrific, it is portable, sets up quickly without tools, runs with the DW6000 modem, we have it going through a D-Link router and have three computers connected to the Internet wireless. We are very pleased, monthly fee is $59.00.
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Beastdriver
post Jul 15 2004, 07:12 AM
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As an owner of a MotoSat system ($6,000), I would like to know more about this portable system that costs only $59.00 per month. Can you tell me if they have a website, or where I can get more info. Thanks! (PS--I like the MotoSat system, have had few problems, and get really high speeds, but, if there is a better mousetrap out there.......)
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post Jul 19 2004, 09:14 AM
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starband has now released a new system for us RVers I have starband at home now i can take it rving with me!!!


http://www.starband.com
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