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What Are the Differences Between the TST 507 and TST 510 Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems?

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Are you looking to buy a TST Tire Pressure Monitoring System and you can't decide between the 507 and 510 model?  Before you make your final decision, you should know there are some similarities and differences between the two that you need to consider before purchasing.

Differences between the TST 507 and TST 510 Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Let's start with the the type of sensors that are available for the units.  Both the TST 507 and the TST 510 are available with cap sensors, but only the TST 507 gives you the option to use the TST Flow-thru Sensor.  This is a sensor that you do not have to remove in order to add air to your tire.   

Both the cap sensor and flow-thru sensor for the TST 507 have batteries that can be replaced by the user.  It is a CR1632 battery and has an average life of 10-12 months. The TST 510 cap sensor battery is not user-replaceable and must be returned to TST when it needs to be replaced (approximately every 5 years) for the cost of $19.95.

Another …

The Perfect Document Scanner for an RV: Your Phone!

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I was recently asked to send a copy of a form to my doctor, and I wasn’t anywhere near a copy machine/scanner.  The form was time-sensitive, and I really needed to get it to them, so I started looking on my phone for the nearest Kinko’s.  That’s when it hit me.  My phone!  I quickly went to my Google Play Store and put “Document Scanner” in the search bar.  I found several choices, but decided on Tiny Scanner.  After a short download, I opened the program and had two options: take a picture or get a picture from my gallery.  I took a picture of the form using my camera being careful to take it in a well-lit area from above.  It gave me the option to crop it, then it instantly converted it into a PDF.  I had the choice to add another page to the PDF (which I didn’t need to do), or to export it.  I could place it in my Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or email it.  I chose email and emailed it to my doctor that easily.   I also emailed it to myself so I could have a copy for my records.…

How Does Wi-Fi Work and How Do I Get It for my RV?

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How Does Wi-Fi Work and How Do I Get It for My RV?
Have you ever felt like Wi-Fi should be added to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs? If so, then you must read this!
Do you ever think about how things work? Can you imagine that we talk on a cell phone to someone a thousand miles away, and somehow we just accept it? But how? This kind of stuff just blows my mind. Wi-Fi is kind of the same way. Are you kidding, I can pick up a contraption (cell phone), type in a request, and somehow the answer appears. This seems like some kind of witchcraft. I mean if someone would have told you back in the 1940s that we would be communicating wirelessly the way we do, they would probably have lined you up on the firing squad, but yet today we do it without a second thought.
As RVers, we need our Wi-Fi, so we should at least understand it. So here is what Wi-Fi is to a certain extent. Wi-Fi is a network using radio waves to communicate. Your computer or device has a component in it called a wireless adaptor. …

What is GPS and How Does it Work?

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I don’t know why I’m hung up on how stuff works this month, but GPS is another one that is worth being knowledgeable about. A good GPS system has advantages over using your iPad or similar tablet as a GPS, specifically, no cellular signal is needed to load maps, and we will talk more about this in a moment.  An RV GPS, like the Rand McNally, works by using the Global Positioning System (GPS) put into place by the U.S. Department of Defense in 1973.  The space-based navigation system works in all weather conditions as long as there is an unobstructed line-of-sight to at least 4 or more GPS satellites.  The U.S. government created the system, maintains it and provides it for free to anyone that has a GPS receiver; it does not require Wi-Fi or cellular service.   GPS consists of 3 segments: the space segment, the control segment, and the user segment. 
The space segment consists of the 24 to 31 GPS satellites orbiting the earth, each maintained by the U.S. Air Force, which are responsibl…