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HughesNET Gen 5 – 2nd Evaluation

HughesNET Eval2 dish setup

About 6 months ago I published my first evaluation of our HughesNET Gen 5 satellite Internet system. At that time I think I was a little disappointed with the results because I was expecting higher speeds.

While the average speed of over 20 Mbps was fast, especially for satellite Internet, I was led to believe that I would see of 40 to 60 Mbps.

However, I wasn’t really that disappointed as I found that 20 Mbps was pretty much the maximum download speed I could expect.

Nevertheless, I’ve decided to try to repeat these evaluations. So, over 4 days this December I conducted HughesNET Gen 5 speed test again, and here are the results . . .


According to the test results, I’ve lost ground . . . about 5 Mbps slower. My testing was comprehensive (see HughesNET Gen 5 Evaluation 2 Data).

I’ll retest after several months when we’re back on the road and see what happens then.

What We’ve Been Doing

It’s been over a month since we last blogged. Here’s some of the things we’ve been doing . . .








It’s about a 4-mile walk from our Crazy Horse park model and around the island walking/biking path:

Click on the photo to enlarge


The island is home to a World War Two landing field (“Site Six”). Parts of the two asphalt runways still remain (solid lines in photo above). The runway numbers — “20” and “23” — are still visible on Google.

The Island Runways in 1943


From our island walks . . .


Very Important Sign (especially in the Walking Dead)


Water Break @ Halfway Point


Walking Down Runway 20



Bathroom by the Palm (very important)


Mile 3.6 (end of the walk)


And now this . . .


Flirt Discovers the Joy of Pillows


We’re Back at Crazy

Yep, sunsets still good.



Massey’s Diesel & RV Repair

Tom (on the far right) is the RV service guy

Our last stop before returning to Lake Havasu City was Massey’s Diesel & RV Repair in Phoenix, AZ.

Every year we stop to get our now 17-year-old Newmar DP checked out.

From favorable comments on the online RV forums, this year we decided to try Massey’s. It looks like the right decision.

We dropped our RV at Massey’s so that they could evaluate what needed to be fixed, and we stayed overnight in a Traveler’s Inn. Our room could best be described as an ash tray and we vowed to only stay one night.

Before starting any actual work, Massey’s inspected our motorhome and took photos of problem areas. Here’s what they found:

  • Brake recall repair that was never done
  • Minor exhaust leak
  • Minor fuel leak
  • Substantial leak in the hydraulic system
  • Generator at 1,000 hours and needing overhaul
  • Rear air bags with 1 year of needing replacement

We decided to have it all fixed, including replacing the rear air bags — which alone should cost about $2,000. C’est la vie.

However, since the repair work was going to take several days, we decided to rent a U-Haul, pack up some essentials, and drive back to Lake Havasu City.

This will only take a few minutes to load up . . .


. . . one hour later


We left Phoenix with our packed U-Haul early Saturday afternoon and arrived at our Crazy Horse Campground park model at dusk. It was worth it.

Ramblin’ Roads

500 miles (and 50 gallons of diesel) out from Bishop, CA and we’re at the Ramblin’ Roads campground. We took Highway 95 in California to get here and it was a great road . . . a two-lane with lots of dips that winds through terrific dessert scenery.

Your Typical SouthWest Sunset


A nice enclosed dog play area . . .


Just bring water and sewer hose extensions . . .