View Poll Results: What do you use to keep connected to the outside world when camping?
Don't travel with any communications device 0 0%
Only travel with a cell phone (dumb phone) 2 2.35%
Travel with a smart phone 27 31.76%
Travel with a laptop 25 29.41%
Travel with a tablet (Kindle, Nook, Galaxy, Surface, etc.) 7 8.24%
Travel with an iPhone 13 15.29%
Travel with an iPad 5 5.88%
Travel with a box of apples! ; ) 6 7.06%
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:52 AM   #11
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A verizon mifi in US, android phone (acts like a mifi in canada) , a tablet, multiple laptops. If the kids are with camping me, then too many to count They are hooked on Blackberry and playbooks.

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:13 AM   #12
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I have an iPhone. Also have an HDMI adapter cord for it so I can plug it into the 32" flat screen & watch Netflix.

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:28 AM   #13
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iPad 3G with ATT or wifi (when available).
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:33 AM   #14
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I picked Tablet because that's the newest thing on our list. You didn't have a list for all so here's mine.

2 hand held radios
1 CB
1-2 Laptops one is mandatory I run my company and will never turn down a call to help make payroll, the other depends on wether my DW needs to do some grading
2 "dumb" phones (can send pic text that's as smart as they get)
3-4 Ipods ranging from the old style nano (square one) to an Ipod classic 160GB
1 Nook tablet converted to Android Jelly Bean
1 Nook color strictly for reading
1 Nook simple touch If my son wants to pretend to read that is.
1 Ipad wife wouldn't go anywhere with out it (work supplied it she never lets that thing out of her sight says she won't be the first one to loose it).
1 hot spot to make it all work.

How much gets turned on
Here's the stupid part
On an average trip I only turn on my laptop if a customer calls. the 160GB Ipod runs all the time because mine has ALL the music everyone else has individually, the kids use their little Ipods sometimes mostly when Hank, Merill, and Cash come on. The Ipad or Nook tablet gets turned on about once a night to check email and read a couple forum related things. Nook color and simple touch get used for reading magazines and books.

I think we could save 50Lbs if we would stop bringing all that with us. And I am real proud of our kids they don't bring anything like video games or computers. We went to Yosemite in July and they never turned anything on just played with stuff they found around. And we pride our selves on trying to pick camping spots (when we are going for more than a weekend) without cell signal so even the parents will have to unplug more.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:04 PM   #15
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A verizon hotspot and 2 laptops since last far its ok ..takes awhile to get used to "watching" data usage...but it was nice being able to check e-mails while camping at the state and county parks that dont have wi-fi...We probably have smart phones in our future ??
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #16
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Needs an "All of the above" radio button.

iPhone times 2 with data plan, iPad with data plan, and a Windows 8 WiFi Laptop. As long as we have a cell tower to hit we have internet.

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:04 PM   #17
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We did just use our regular old cellphones and then the laptop for WiFi areas. DW got an Iphone and talked me into getting one, love it. I have all my manuals on my laptop. I use it when we have a good WiFi connection without paying. Don't know how we got along without all the stuff we have.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:14 PM   #18
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When WiFi is not available?

Often when RVing in the USA we do not have good WiFi for a number of reasons. KOA, Maderia Beach is a Corporate park with terrible service, mainly due to their provider.

This question is directed to RVer's who need to buy an Internet service plan and cannot get a deal connected to a HOME plan, for instance, us Canadians who want an Internet plan for a few months when going south, some providers require a USA address.

We have used Virgin Mobile 3G USB device (goes to cell tower) with some success, but, their download limits are small and Skype doesn't work very well. $55 /month with a 25G limit, last year.

Any suggestions for short term Internet Plans? Thanks !!!,
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #19
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2 Verizon Smartphones
1 Laptop connected with Verizon's MIFI.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:27 PM   #20
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Your poll needs the ability to check multiple answers. I camp with a laptop and blackberry for work (Verizon Wireless), and iPad and a Kindle for play. I must admit the Kindle gets the most use when I am able to relax at camp!

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