Who knew it was going to be this hard to tell you all about how this adventure is going?
Desert Trails has free WiFi – sort of. There are 6 different WiFi installations throughout the park, but with over 200 sites, and people with a lot of time on their hands, those closer to each station you are the better and faster connection you get. As the newbies, we are just at the edge of the reach of the two stations we are closest to, so we have to rely on a WiFi cellular hotspot for the best connection.
At home in Steamboat we have WiFi all the time so we only use cellular “data” on our phones when we are away from our home WiFi. Here we have had to up the amount of data access we purchase from our carrier from 1 GB to 6 GB and then to 12GB. Since we haven’t done a whole month here yet, we still don’t know if that is enough. (Cha-ching!) We don’t stream movies or leave the hotspot on between sessions. We are having to change our WiFi habits radically! And we still don’t have it figured out. Casey is going to talk to us about a WiFi booster we can purchase to (hopefully) allow us to use the park’s WiFi for free from the trailer. We’re learning.
Then there’s the TV reception. We have an antenna on the trailer that supposedly gets the local networks. Well, yes, but very snowy images. Again, we are about 8 miles out of South Tucson with lots of mountains around us, and reception is terrible. Most of the full-time RVers have a King Tailgater satellite system hooked up to Dish Network. On “Black Saturday” (since they weren’t open on Black Friday), we went back to Camping World and got the weekend deal on a satellite system. (Cha-ching).
Cooper installed the system and we are now enjoying TV. Before we left, Cooper also got a Chromecast Dongle so that we could watch Netflix, but, not yet knowing how much data we will be using, we don’t want to eat it up by watching a movie. We MIGHT get this figured out by the time we leave this park. Who knew we were so dependent on all this technology? Thanks, Casey, our son, (she says sarcastically, since he has introduced us to all this stuff and got us hooked).