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How do I Know Which LED Lights to Buy for my RV?

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It can be confusing sometimes when you decide to begin replacing the lights in your RV with LEDs.  There are so many different types to choose from and so many different price ranges out there. And how do you even know which light to buy? There are wedge bases, single bayonets, double bayonets, pancake styles. So many decisions for just one little light.


To help you with this process, we at TechnoRV have developed a simple guide.  It starts with locating the number of your original light bulb and continues all the way through the process to you locating the correct LED bulb for your needs.  The bulbs we offer are from Eco-LED and are made especially for RVs and the large voltage fluctuations they experience. Not all LED bulbs you find online, especially the cheaper ones, are designed for this and can be damaged easily in an RV.  


The newest generation of Eco-LED lights (G4s) are built with an LED driver and use the constant current mode which means the bulb remains bright regardless of …

Do I need a WiFi Booster or a Cell Booster?

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We received a support call the other day and the question was about our Wi-Fi booster products. The customer was saying she needed to boost the Wi-Fi signal in her RV. I proceeded to explain to her about our awesome Wi-Fi products including the Desktop Booster, the External Booster Tube, the Yagi antenna and the Repeater. I was rather proud of my presentation and then she asked if this will help her Verizon MiFi get better signal. OK, I had to back up. Are you needing to boost the Wi-Fi signal from another location into your RV? Or are you trying to get better signal for your Verizon MiFi? These are two totally different issues, and as it turns out, she was wanting to get better signal to her Verizon MiFi. I then explained that her MiFi was a cellular signal, not a Wi-Fi signal, and that a Wi-Fi booster would do absolutely nothing to help her, so much for my great presentation. What she needed is a cell phone signal booster, which of course, TechnoRV sells as well.  I then explained t…

Can I Boost My WiFi Signal from my Jeep's UConnect System?

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We recently had a support call come in about the WiFi feature that comes on 2015 Jeep Wranglers. The newer Jeeps come with a WiFi hotspot through its Uconnect system, and this customer was on the Sprint network. The question he was asking was if the WiFi boosters we sell could assist in boosting the signal of the WiFi from the Jeep, and could this booster be plugged directly into the USB port of the Jeep to accomplish this. 
This was a clever thought, however our WiFi boosters are receivers, not broadcasters and therefore would be unable to take the signal from his Jeep and make it stronger. What we were able to do was suggest that he use a booster inside of his RV to assist him in pulling the signal from his Jeep that would be parked just outside. Then he could use our Repeater to take the boosted signal and create another hotspot within his RV. 

Our WiFi boosters increase the distance that a normal computer WiFi receiver could receive by 2-3 times the distance. This is a very powerful…

How do I use the Weather and Gas Price Features on a Rand McNally?

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In order to utilize the functions of the weather and gas price features of the Rand McNally 7730 GPS**, you must be connected to WiFi; therefore, you must have a WiFi connection available in your RV or vehicle.  This could be achieved through a MiFi card or by turning your cell phone into a mobile hotspot. 
Once you have selected which WiFi you will be using, go to Preferences on your Rand McNally. In the bottom right you'll see the WiFi button (or tap on the WiFi icon in the bottom right of the map). Press Enable WiFi (if it's not enabled already) and the system will look for the available WiFi signals.
Select the name of the WiFi signal you will be using and then enter the password (MiFi passwords can be found on the back of the MiFi card and cell phone hotspot passwords can be found on your phone). Remember that passwords are case sensitive. 

Be aware that you may need to Enable WiFi each time you turn on the unit. You can tell that you are connected because there is a little …

WiFi Booster Tube Installation

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We received a great letter from a customer the other day showing us his WiFi Booster Tube installation and just wanted to share.  Thanks for sharing, Mark!  We appreciate your business.
Eric, Attached is a picture of my WiFi Booster Tube installation.  I mounted it on a 8ft fiberglass/aluminium pole that extends out to 16ft and locks every 6in. The pole was purchased from Home Depot. It is clamped to the ladder using SS electrical stand-off conduit clamps.
For now I have the Repeater mounted on the rear wall of the linen closet above where the Washer/Dryer was before we removed it. It gives me excellent reception with the height of the pole. I have the female end of the USB extension cable tucked inside the unused dryer vent and also put the connected cables into this vent to protect against weather.  
My final setup will be to find and install a weatherproof bulkhead USB connector in the side of the coach for a permanent setup.
Regards, Mark Anderson

Surge Protectors vs. Electrical Protection Systems

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Let’s talk electricity. For those that are experienced RVers, you have certainly experienced power problems at various RV parks. We need the power to run our RVs, but the wrong amounts of power can be catastrophic to the components of your RV. It is not optional to have some kind of electrical protection system for your RV. Let’s talk about the different types that are available.

Surge Protection A lot of people think that they just need to protect themselves against power surges. We will go with that for now. So what is a power surge? A power surge is a temporary power spike that lasts for a short duration, like a second or less. A high voltage spike is generally 330 volts or more.
By comparison, a standard 30 amp and 50 amp rig is operating on 120 volts. Power spikes can be caused by lightning strikes, AC units, heavy equipment, tripped circuit breakers or even grids switching over. A power surge can cause damage to anything connected to it. Components especially sensitive to power sur…

What Size Data Plan do I Need?

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When you’re looking for wireless Internet service, you can run into a lot of technical terms and numbers that might not seem very familiar, or intuitive. When we speak of wireless internet service we are talking about your cell phone or even a hot spot device such as a MiFi. Often times RVers will make their cell phone a hotspot and this applies to what we are talking about as well. Whatever provider you may choose, they’re likely to have a variety of service plans available, so how do you know which one best suits your needs? Let’s take a look at some of the information you’ll need to find the right data plan for you.
How much data will I use? Likely the biggest factor that will go into your decision is how much data you will be using each month. When choosing a plan, this data is likely to be listed in gigabytes, or GBs – this number will be the amount of data you will be allowed to download over the course of the whole month. Netflix, downloading movies and music, playing online game…

How Can I Improve my RV's Gas/Fuel Mileage?

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If you've filled your RV's tank lately, you probably noticed that it ain't cheap - and worse, it doesn't get you as far as you may like. It's not uncommon to see gas mileage as low as single digits, and there's a lot of contributing factors to this poor gas mileage. There's not much that can be done about an RV's large, heavy, un-aerodynamic form, but there's a couple places where you can make improvements to get more miles per gallon. Remember, you can boost your gas mileage by as much as 20% just by getting a fraction of a mile per gallon more.
Weight Weight will obviously drag your gas mileage down, and RVs have lots of it to go around. It can be tempting to over pack (whether you're on a long trip or a short trip), but that isn't going to help your gas mileage - plus, it's going to clutter up an already small space. Don't skimp on the essentials like your fire extinguishers or toolkit, but cutting down in other areas could make a di…

TechnoRV's NEW website is finally up and running...go check it out!

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We have been very busy the last 30 days. Our biggest accomplishment is getting the new TechnoRV website up and running. Have you seen it yet? Go to www.technorv.com and check it out. We wanted to clean the site up a bit and make it more user friendly. We think that you will find the site easier to navigate and understand. We have the new TechnoRV colors and logos on the site, and while we are working through a few glitches here and there, it is open for business.

One thing we are adding to the new website is a question and answer forum. We have not completed the forum yet, but we saved a spot for it on the front page of the website. We get a lot of technical support calls every month and we thought it would be a good idea to share these inquiries with everyone. By having this available, you may be able to get your questions answered more easily through the forum. If you have a question about something it is probably a question someone else has had and now it will be easily accessible o…