RV Cell Signal Booster Install – SolidRF RV Pro Cellular 4G LTE Amplifier



Here is a step by step install video of the SolidRF RV Pro cell signal booster onto our travel trailer. Goodbye weak signal, hello connectivity!

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46 thoughts on “RV Cell Signal Booster Install – SolidRF RV Pro Cellular 4G LTE Amplifier

  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Nice, David! FYI, as a woodworker, here's a tip when you want to drill to a certain depth and no further. Use painters tape to make a flag on your drill bit (cheap!). When the flag gets to the surface you're at the depth you wanted. Should work for the hole saw too, although I've never tried it. I would be super nervous next to that tank. There's also something called a gimlet you can use to drill holes. Not as fast as a drill but more precise and totally controllable. I have six different sizes in my woodshop. You twist them by hand. Cheers!

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    I think I might install one at my moms workshop which has steel siding and roofing, and we always have to go outside for a phone call, everything else can be used with wifi

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    My wife and I are looking to start this sort of life as well. What kind of speeds (download/ upload) are you getting when boondocking with the signal booster?

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    My wife and I have followed you from the beginning great job wanted to ask you if you still back the RV cell booster that you installed do you feel that’s a good choice today

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Hi David.  Another great vid.  Just an observation.  I noticed as you were connecting the ground wire that there was a lot of debris around the strip of wires. A quick vacuum would be in order to avoid any possible problems.  Just a thought.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Hi David, You first state the interior needs to be less than a foot and a half from the outside antenna. Then you show the internal antenna on a desk more than a foot away. How does that affect your install. Also did you look into a booster kit where the booster stays inside the coach? and not outside on the roof???

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    You have connected the positive side of your cell booster to the positive bus. Please fuse this device at the bus or better yet use an actual fused position in your breaker box before you burn your trailer up.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Did this antenna make a difference in download/upload speeds? Thanks.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Thank you for showing the actual improvement. I tried a WeBoost and it was all but useless. Just an FYI. When I ran my 12 volt power up to my roof to power fans for my AC units, (the original 110 volt fans failed miserably), I used half inch water piping to run the wires through. It protects the wires from sun damage and most of all from squirrel damage. I used small pipe clamps to hold the runs in place. Standard connectors and tees made the job neat and easy. I used the flexible piping so going over the end of my roof which joins to a large radius on the end cap was easy as well.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Great video as usual. I have one question, what made you decide to go with the solidrf and not the weboost? I know you would have researched them both so what was it that helped make your decision. Once again I always say you put our the best 3 part solar install videos on the entire net, great job.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Nice video…On that table corner, if you place a small square of aluminum foil, between the antenna and the wall, to make it act like a reflector for the antenna, you might increase the range and signal strenght, almost for free. Give it a try! You can also apply the same principle for the roof antenna, so you can direct it to the signal source when you are in the woods.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    so, a couple of things:

    1) your phone's signal meter is not going to give you an accurate reading on the actual signal that you are getting. your phone will only show you the signal strength between it and whatever antenna it is connected to. obviously, since your phone is connecting to your indoor antenna, and it's only a few feet away, you are going to get "great signal strength"…but that means nothing if the signal quality coming in to the outdoor unit is junk (or non-existent) to begin with. there is a huge difference between signal strength and signal quality (and your phone only shows you strength). the real test is actually trying to pass data, that is what will tell you the full story…which leads into:

    2) you should never, ever, ever, ever, run your signal cables parallel with any sort of power cable. ever. i don't care how much easier/cleaner/prettier it is, or how much work it is to run them separately…if you run your power & signal cables parallel with each other, there will be signal degradation/distortion, which will limit the quality of your signal as it comes out the antennae. if you absolutely have no choice but to cross power cables with your signal cable, make sure they are perpendicular with each other, and not parallel, in order to limit the surface area of EM induction.

    i'm not trying to be negative here, just stating facts that a lot of people either don't know, or don't think about when doing these types of installs. that said, we are all free to do things as we see fit, but i just want to make sure that as many people are at least aware of the facts beforehand so they can make their own "informed" decision on what works best for them.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    We installed a weBoost at the end of last year and it has made a world of difference. I think you will enjoy the benefits of increased data throughput (you can't just go by signal or bars as that can be misleading). Great video as always!

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Great video! How far can you get from the internal antennas, and does it provide cell signal to all of your RV?

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Good stuff, but as an RF guy, I have to comment on the measurements at the end of the video.

    First, the units for the measurement are not "decibels", it's "dBm", which is "decibels with respect to 1 milliwatt". A decibel is the log of a power RATIO, not a power level.

    Second, just because the power level is higher doesn't mean the reception is any better. It MIGHT be better, or it might be worse! This touches on an RF concept of "noise figure", which is how much worse a circuit makes the signal-to-noise ratio. When you have an amplifier, you don't just make the signal bigger, you also add noise. In contrast to this, the antenna on the roof probably gathers more signal, while the walls of the RF, as well as the lower position of your phone vs. the antenna on the roof reduce the signal level. So the signal booster has a chance to make the signal quite a bit better–but probably not the 30 dB (it's now a ratio, so dB is correct) improvement you see on the phone.

    The only simple way to know that you've got a better signal is to do a throughput test. There are (much) more complicated ways, but they are going to be quite painful for a setup like this.

    So why not do a speed test in an area with poor signal, and see how much better it is? You don't even have to put the phone in a test mode to do this (which is likely if you are showing the radio signal level).

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Jen , I have to say that your guy is so much funnier. Yeah I guess don't forget my daughter's bf is a dumb piece of shit. Wish I was kidding

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Thank You for this informative video. Next year is launch for us to go out full time and I’ll be using some of your videos for guidance. My question is, Where are you doing the install? Family, Friend?
    Campgrounds frown on mods being done while there and doing an install on Blm or National lands can be arduous if you need supplies. More curious how you find a place to do installs if it’s not friends or family.
    Thanks

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Put dielectric grease into all the external coaxial connections to avoid future corrosion and signal loss. Otherwise great video. Good Luck!

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Thanks for a great tutorial. Very helpful and clean install.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Another fantastic DIY How-to Video – Good Job, David! … by the way, this video was also a very professional video "I don't think most viewers understand all the video prep, planning and scripting you had to do – even before you pushed record on your camera". Keep 'em Coming – Happy and Safe Travels..!

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Could I replace the top of my TV antenna with this antenna and just crank it up when I set up ? We never use a TV antenna anyway. Looks like it would work and be higher !

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Great job on the video David. We're considering something like this as well for our cell/Internet needs. Thanks. I'm curious if the slots in the bracket that you filled with Dicor are for cooling. Just a thought. Great vid.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    I don’t think I would drill 8 holes in my roof for any kind of booster… These things seem to have an obsolescence of about 2-3 years…

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    I think I might have positioned that outside antennae bracket a little differently considering that you could only hit one rafter. Positioning it diagonally would have allowed you to securely mount it in two opposing corners. GRANTED, it would have looked weird and honestly like a mistake (admit it, it would have looked a bit crappy to you and I because I suspect we are both perfectionists) but it would have a REALLY GOOD grip on those two corners, leaving no room for flexing up as is possible if those two screws on the one side that are only going into 1/4-inch plywood back out. Still, it's likely going to be just fine as is. (Apologies for the Monday morning quarterbacking. LOL. I hate it when that happens, tbh, but did think my suggestion "might" be helpful for others who may be less confident in the plywood only method for the one side.)

    Edited to Add: I retract my suggestion. You have FOUR screws in that one rafter which is much better than the TWO that my suggestion would result in. Good video. Safe travels, y'all.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Just a slight amount of overkill: 8 screws for a small plate holding a few ounces of gear….

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Remember that the signal strength measurements you have shown will not equal quality service. I can take you to locations with -90dbm signal and the quality is so poor you will have next to no throughput. Another good video from you guys although we missed seeing sweetie dog on this one. Safe travels.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Good job kid
    I'm 77 takes me 5 min to get up and down ,so why don't I just swing by and you do mine ,
    I'll bring steak and wine

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    A great tutorial video. You guys are awesome.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Thanks for sharing the installation video. I was confused when you said the inside antenna has to be 1 1/2' from the exterior, but then when you put it inside it looks like it's probably 6' below the exterior antenna. Does that mean it has to be laterally within 1 1/2', but can be vertically several feet away?

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    I have a class A that is already 13.3 inches, so what is the height above the roof of the antenna?

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Good job, David. Lots of work involved. Alice needed a daddy hug, of course while you're busy. Love her! 🐱

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    I love how Alice is supervising the process, lol! Great video, David!

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Mike Wendland of the RV Lifestyle channel posted a video this morning where he removed this product due to quality and performance issues.

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  • September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    what's the signal strength outside your camper at that location? Lets not forget a trailer is a metal box. I find good signal at my windows, but loose most signal when not at a window in my camper.

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