Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at www.lifeontheopenroad.blogspot.com

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Advanced Boondocking 4 - Satellites and Sno-Parks

Whatcha gonna do when trees are blocking satellite reception? Give up TV for a night? OR, use your compass to find a crack in the trees where the signal is coming through and place your satellite dish there. For these situations, Randy carries extra-long TV cables and a small device he constructed to hold the dish. He "nails" it to the ground and tunes in. Mountains are rarely a barrier because the signal comes in at a very high angle.


Sno-parks are wonderful places to camp - and there are hundreds of them in CA, OR and WA. Each state lists them on the internet:





WA: http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/parks/motorparks.asp

This one at Ochoco summit in Oregon even came with a couch!

2 Comments:

Blogger noneof said...

Do you typically get a Verizon signal at the sno-parks?

7:21 AM  
Blogger Randy & Diana said...

It's hard to generalize. Lots of times there are cell towers at the passes, and that's where the sno-parks often are. But if they are in the middle of nowhere, then Verizon doesn't bother covering the area.

10:28 PM  

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