RV Internet Access on the Road – Stay Connected While Boondocking



Cell signal at remote boondocking campsites is imperative so we can work from our RV. See how we stay connected to internet on the road as full time RVers.

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When we first hit the road we found it difficult to stay connected to internet while boondocking in the national forests or on BLM lands. But as full time RVers whose livelihood requires cell signal for internet access, necessity forced us to learn how to stay connected.
In this video we explain what devices we use to stay connected to the internet on the road, how we determine if a campsite has cell signal before even arriving at it, and we explain what a weboost signal booster is and how it can help you maintain a fast cellular connection even in remote areas where signal is weak.

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44 thoughts on “RV Internet Access on the Road – Stay Connected While Boondocking

  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Have you tried external antennae for your hotspot? I know that model is compatible with an external antenna and you might be able to get away without the signal booster.

    Also, have you tried vpn bonding across your internet sources into a single network? Services like Speedify and PepWave’s SpeedFusion. I tried Speedify on a week long RV trip and it made remote work with video conferencing viable for me. I’m curious if these tools are still useful while boondocking.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Connectivity is key for me heading out fulltime. Keep an eye out for Elon Musk's Starlink service coming online this fall, could mean high-speed internet via microsatellites so no more hunting for campsites with a 4G signal. https://www.starlink.com/

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Thank you for a great explanation on this! I didn't know they had a different WeBoost for car or RV.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Hi you mention that some locations limit time like 14 days you can stay. Is that the entire park or just that parking spot you're in so other people can enjoy that space and you can move to a new spot in the park

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    I have found the free app "Network Cell Info Lite" helps find the best and strongest services both Cell and WiFi

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    You Could Write A Tips Book, Have It Published FOr Free, Then Sell Your Book On Amazon, Your Website, Your App, Patreon, Audible, Kindle, etc… There's One Last Way You Can Make Money While RVing, But I Already Blew Up Your Comments Sections, So I'll Wait To List The Last Way

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Hey Guys, this video doesn't apply yet, still in sticks n bricks, but a favorite because of the cat time. As I sit here with 15 month old gray tabby in lap, since I've been shut in past week he can't get enough. I also been friendly with local tomcat, drops by for food and nap regularly, looks just like the orange tabby with white face and undercarriage. It's a special thing to care for and enjoy these critters.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    please give mobifi a try I'm using it as my total home internet access better than satellite or dsl, plus it is really unlimited data

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    You might consider the weboost Connect RV 65 instead of the Drive 4G-X RV. Because it is considered a stationary booster with a directional antenna, the FCC allows a stronger booster. The Drive 4G-X RV is limited to a boost of 32db gain whereas the Connect RV 65 is 65db gain. As you probably know, the weBoost 471104 Connect 4G-X is 100 times more powerful than the weBoost 470108 Drive 4G-M that you have in your vehicle. The difference between the 4G-X RV and the RV 65 is at least 100 times greater again. It's about $200 more and requires more time to setup but is well worth the time & money. We started out with the 4G-X RV and now have the RV 65 and we highly recommend the RV 65 with directional antenna and telescoping pole.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    A tip I use to get around the phone hotspot throttle down after you've reached your GB limit is if you have and Android phone is to buy a large GB SD card for your phone then transfer your video via usb cable to the SD card. Then you can upload using your 4g phone connection and not a throttled down phone hot spot.

    You can also load the Dropsync app on your phone and it will automatically sync the contents of a dedicated Dropsync folder you create on your phone to your Dropbox account if you have one.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Hey guys, was just watching your live stream and you mentioned your internet video so wanted to check it out. Not sure if you got grandfathered in to that unlimited package threw verizon or not, but if not you should check out BIX wireless, truly unlimited internet with no de prioritization or data caps. 😁

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    This was a super helpful video as a aspiring boondocker trying to work remote.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Verizon sells their new JetPak that we bought for $350 roughly and we pay a monthly $70 for our unlimited plan. This grabs 18 cell signals and utilizes them to generate your RV WiFi. The laptop, the phones, and our Google Chrome connect to it for both up and down data just like the wired internet in a house.
    We stream our entertainment plus maintain our websites and order online all without any issues. It works with 3g and 4g. Our whole system is verizon. The jetpack is the same size as what you are showing your hotspot.
    Call your verizon rep.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    We are new subscribers. Love the channel! My wife and I just purchased 40 acres near where you boondocked bear Lake Havasu. We have docked our RV on our land, but live in Phoenix. The signal is great on our land, so we would like to figure out a way to leave video cameras in and around our land so that we can check on it from Phoenix.

    Any ideas you have come across to check in on your RV when leaving your It to run into town for a period of time?

    Thank you!

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Remember internet / data on your phone is completely different from internet / data on your computer, at least that's what the cell phone companies want you to believe. We have been using a hotspot 4 proximally 8 years now for home internet we started with AT&T switch to Sprint and apparently are in a Sprint dead area even though half a mile down the street it's great. I will recommend blazing hog through MVO on T-Mobile as an option I'm looking at now they are advertising Unlimited for homes and RV mobile usage.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    So while watching another video that y'all created with some friends Boondocking, and talking about the need for cell/data for working PT jobs. I remembered that as a Ham radio operator (yes, it is good to have this especially in remote areas) you can point an antenna at a cell site 10 miles away, and get a great signal. Just food for thought…

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Great video just as a few helping tips you might try. First if you have devices that can use 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz, in bigger use areas use 5 Ghz generally it will have less traffic and more bandwidth available. Second, Even though they are more expensive Wilson makes Multi-band boosters that work well and with a good outdoor antenna you can find signals in places that you would not see them on your phone, or other devices. Third, there are Apps like LTE Speed coverage map and many others that can help you find areas that have good coverage for you carrier. I am open to helping answer questions for anyone, as I have been a amateur radio operator (HAM) and installer of radio and wireless devices for over 20 years If I don't honestly know the answer I can find it for you. One final thought for you and I am not saying Verizon is bad or is going to become bad but something to be mindful of is that next year the FFA 2020 mandates so into effect and will add more use on the GSM networks.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    I, Jeruel began watching your presentations mainly for idea's of boondocking. I will have to impress that your honesty of travel are very encouraging. Happy Fate Unbound!

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    As a CTO I'm kind of a tech geek and I've been working really hard to find the best connectivity setup. Having the Cell Booster in the car is a must and that will of course help when you are driving 2 1/2 hours from your camp site to Cliff Dwellings in NM. LOL. The other side of this is correct, get one for the RV. Here is the catch………….These Boosters for the RVs require a certain minimum distance from the outdoor antenna to the indoor antenna. So, keep that in mind when you are buying and installing. The indoor antenna is directly connected to the outdoor so you loose the "Metal Box" issue inside. The best way I've found to set this up so far is to have the outdoor antenna at the back of the RV on the Roof. Then, place the indoor antenna at the furthest most point in the front. Then, buy yourself something like the Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile Hotspot Router. This is a combo Mobile Hotspot and WiFi router and is agnostic to carrier. It takes a sim card from any provider in the US as it is setup on all carrier frequencies. Place that in the middle of your RV or wherever and then have your devices all connect to that. It can handle up to 20 devices.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Hi guys. I keep hearing about we boost. I live in Australia. Are they configured to the US market or configured to the internet? Could it be used in Australia

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    I am not able to find you double directional antenna video. You built one didn't you? Would like to copy but can't find it. HELP!

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    thanks guys! we are still in the planing stages and we pick up our 2014 coachman freelander '32 bh class c on 4/19/19. we have used your amazon links to help support you. we will be most likely staying at rv sites, I have many injures from the Army and combat, thats why the beast is important for us. we are in our mid 60's, hate to say that, but we are going to make that jump pretty soon!! YES!!!

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    I was listenening and great advice.. but I was watching the cat litterally melting in your arms and every time you stopped petting the look on his/her face is priceless.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Just a tip but in a pinch when you are done editing your videos you can transfer them to a microSDHC Card or transfer them right to one of your phones. After is on your phone then upload it using your YouTube app. If your phones got unlimited data then this had worked for me. I got Straighttalk – Verizon so it just uses my phone data not hot spot side. Love you videos Keep it up!!!

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Great video. Thanks for making this video. Looking forward to your install video 🙂

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Ah i never realized that my hotspot data was limited.It makes sense though. But that would explain why I have trouble streaming from my ipad while using my phone signal. Guess I will stick with my phone.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    My wife and I both have Verizon unlimited data. It works well, although not cheap. We need it for both cell phones because we use one for wifi in the trailer (we use FaceTime as a doggy cam) and one for us as "parents" to watch over our two labs. We have used it with our WeBoost in Yosemite, for example, and can get internet connectivity for everything from you on YouTube, to watching movies on FireStick. We "bear the pain" every month because the connectivity is worth it.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    I had the unlimited hot spot. It was rather slow.
    I have the unlimited data plan, and stream movies. With a new smart TV I connect with a HDMI/USB-C cable. Beatiful HD.
    Thanks for the videos. There helpful.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Your videos are interesting but it gets annoying hearing you both say "basically" all the time.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    I use an app (I have an iPhone) called OpenSignal. It will show you direction of the cellular signal and how strong it is. You can set it up for different carriers. It can show you different carriers in the same area and you can search for cell towers. It also shows you free WiFi locations either where you are or you can see them in an area that you search for. Nice little app. Really helpful if using cellular or WiFi boosters too as it can tell you where to point them for the best signal. No, I don’t get any money from this. Just sharing info. 😀

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Thanks for the info! I am looking forward to your install video on the weboost RV.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:40 am
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    Nowadays, it is vital to have excellent internet access, no matter where you are! And a lot of data. People work from the road, knuckleheaded ISPs/cell companies. I'm longing for the day when great cell service takes over the internet. That "hot spot" is wha', a pocket wifi? That's what I know them as… I just checked my home ISP, and we use about 20-90 GB a month. A big variation it seems. I think on the road, we would need at least 40GB a month.

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