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Getting the Most out of a Campground's WiFi

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Getting the Most Out of Your Campground's Wi-Fi
Connecting to your RV park's WiFi is a good way to help reduce the data load on your cell phone / MiFi card plan. These plans can be very expensive and any way to reduce the usage of the cellular plan can save you money. Connecting to the RV parks WiFi signal can be a real issue at times.  However, it is not magic. If the park's WiFi has low bandwidth, it doesn't matter how much you boost it, your data rate will still be very slow. You just want to give yourself the best opportunity to take advantage of the parks WiFi, and having a WiFi booster will give you that opportunity.
WiFi is basically like a two-way radio.  Instead of speaking English, your computer speaks a language called 802.11; this has a few variations, but you get the point.  The radio waves use a frequency band called the 2.4GHz ISM band which is also used by microwave ovens and some cordless telephones.  This means that WiFi can sometimes suffer interferenc…

How Does the RV Electrical System Work?

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I get asked a lot of questions about electricity in RVs, and while my background is not as an electrician, I have gained knowledge of the RV systems through trial and error (Luckily not too much error). Electricity and RV’s are a bit complicated. The main reason it can be a bit difficult to follow is because unlike a regular house that only has AC power, the RV runs AC and DC components. Just to confirm the terms here, AC means alternating current (2 way current) and DC means direct current (One Way Current). AC comes from the power lines and DC comes from batteries. So just look over this diagram and it will all come clear:



Kidding of course, but what in the world is going on in this diagram? I see power coming in, and then I see batteries providing power. Then I see all of these funny little convertor and invertor boxes. Understand this, different components in a RV are designed to run on different types of power, either 120 volts AC or 12 volts DC. Since the origin of the power is A…