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Posted by Bill Gifford on March 10, 1999 at 02:47:11:
        In Reply to: Heavy Thoughts posted by Pam Sadler on February 10, 1999
         Hi again, Anyone given thought to your RV being computer operated? I mean
         even the power unit has it's own lil computer brain, are they Y2K protected?
         Does anyone thin about this or am I simply over protective? Where can I find
         the answer?... please be kind! ;-)
 

Posted by Stan on April 26, 1999 at 08:17:55:
        In Reply to: Re: Heavy Thoughts posted by Bill Gifford on March 10, 1999
         Bill, Y2K only applies if the computer does something with the year/date field.
         Most that could go wrong with your RV is the date on your clock is wrong, in
         which case you would have to manually reset it. 
 

Posted by Nancy on April 13, 1999 at 21:08:57:
         We will be retiring and full-timing soon. I am in the process of purchasing a
         laptop but have no clue of what I would need for "E-MAIL". I am not going to
         purchase the latest + newest out there, I've heard that I could get a "USED"
         one. Can anyone give me information on what I am suppose to get? Exactly
         what do I need? Is it possible to get a laptop under $1,000 ??? Our dream is
         to travel for about a year for starters. We would like to keep in touch with
         sons, family and friends via E-mail. I plan to keep a journal as we travel. I must
         have the laptop to communicate while traveling. Appreciate any info you can
         give regarding purchase. Doing research on internet, found alot of good
         information for new RVers but not enough on laptops, E-mail etc. Thanks again
         
 

Posted by george on April 14, 1999 at 17:54:31:
        In Reply to: Laptop for E-MAIL posted by Nancy on April 13, 1999
         I think I would be certain that it could be used in strong daylight. Otherwise I
         think that everything has been pretty much referenced. happy motoring george
         
 

Posted by Randolph Davis on April 13, 1999 at 22:34:22:
        In Reply to: Laptop for E-MAIL posted by Nancy on April 13, 1999
         Nancy, You should have no problem buying a laptop for under $1000. I would
         look for a low-end pentium processor. That will give you all the processor
         speed you will need for the Internet. As for the modem, some come with a built
         in modem. I would recommend a 33.6 modem if you get to make the choice.
         The 55.6 is not that great. It is dependent upon the telephone lines coming into
         your computer. If they are not on fiber optic lines you will never get the 55.6.
         You can purchase a new computer from Winbooks for under $1000, if you
         order it off the Internet. The address is www.winbooks.com. By the way, that's
         not an endorsement. If I could afford to buy new and could go up to $2000 I
         would buy a Dell, Gateway, Compaq, or Acer.
 

Posted by Woody Webster on April 16, 1999 at 15:14:29:
        In Reply to: Re: Laptop for E-MAIL posted by Randolph Davis on April 13, 999
         PCs smeechcys. Why not look into the slick new Mac G3 PowerBooks?
         They're awesome and, for beginners, much, much easier to use and understand
         than Pentiums. I know, I've used both for years. Good luck with your choices.
         
 

Posted by Margaret Bushon on March 04, 1999 at 16:55:58:
         We are moving into our 5th wheel next week, for a life of fulltiming. Our home
         does not have a dedicated desk for the PC, so we purchased a desk at Office
         Max. It fits nicely behind the recliner and next to the fridge. The folks at
         Gateway told me I only need to worry about not blocking the fan in the tower,
         and keeping the units from sliding around. I thought it might be better to put
         some kind of cushion under the tower, in addition to stabilizing it. I'm not
         worried about the monitor because I thought it could ride in the recliner. Any
         helpful hints? 
 

 Posted by Andy Ring on March 08, 1999 at 20:03:03:
         Hi We just bought a laptop computer and need to buy an inverter to charge the
         battery. We would also like to get one big enough to run the TV and VCR.
         (Not at the same time as the computer is on though) I tried a Tripplite PV300.
         When I plugged a radio into it all I got was a loud buzz. A TV picture was
         completely covered with wavy noise lines and the buzz rather than audio. After
         this I didn't have the courage to plug my expensive computer into it. What do
         you all use for your computers. Thanks for any help Andy Ring 
 

Posted by Barb Hofmeister on March 14, 1999 at 16:41:50:
        In Reply to: Inverter for computer posted by Andy Ring on March 08, 1999
         Andy, we have the Heart 2000 and it does do the TV, computer and printer all
         at once plus other things. Barb 
 

Posted by Robert Gibbs on March 20, 1999 at 06:03:16:
         We are going to take delivery of a new Fleetwood Class A motorhome next
         month (April 99) and would like advice on getting a good extended warranty.
         We will be keeping this motorhome for a long time (36' with slides) and need
         advice in this area. Thank you ahead of time.