Don’t Forget the Connectivity on your Next RV Trip

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Automakers learned long ago that if you want to keep a buyer’s attention, you’ve got to keep them hooked up to their favorite thing: the internet. Whether it’s through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, people need to have that lifeline to their favorite virtual places. The RV is a lot bigger than your average passenger car or even SUV, but travelers trying to get away from it all still want the freedom to connect when they need to. If you’ve got an RV adventure planned but don’t have connectivity yet, here’s how to get it quickly.

Ways to Stay Connected While RVing

The RV trip is different from a road trip. A car tends to stay close to civilization. RVs are meant to go deep into the wildernesses of America or well-known campsites that don’t exist close to roads and cities. If you really want to make the most out of an RV, staying connected might seem impossible. Thankfully, it’s not.

1. RV Park Public Access

This one is the simplest one to take advantage and allows you to hook up to a public Wi-Fi network, just like you would do at a fast food place. Some campgrounds are happy to provide a free – although sometimes spotty – internet hotspot for campers. If you’re planning a trip to a certain location, you can sometimes get information online about whether there’s Wi-Fi available there. If it’s important enough to you, you can even pick your RV park based on its kindness to internet users.

2. Cellular

Wireless cell phone services often have enough data available to give you an instant hookup to the internet when on the road. You can even turn your phone into a mobile hotspot sometimes through services like AT&T, Verizon, or T-mobile. Don’t expect to get the greatest connection to the internet in history, as cellular services are known to go down in very remote areas. If you’re the type of RV adventurer who normally goes way off radar during your travels, cellular service might not be reliable enough for you.

3. Satellite

Satellite internet will be the most expensive of these options, but it’s often the most reliable for an RV traveler. Just make sure you’re facing the southern area of the sky to get the best reception for your internet. Unlike other earthbound options, satellite internet relies on satellites rotating in our orbit, so they’re not inhibited by things like trees, wilderness, or other objects or places. You won’t “lose reception” as long as you remember to get your RV in a southern-facing position (at least most of the time).

4. DSL or Cable?

There’s a question mark up there because this isn’t a yes or no answer. You absolutely can use your DSL or cable internet if you’re homebound with an RV parked in your driveway or garage. You can also use Wi-Fi in your RV that way. However, when you really get out there to the campsite or place you’re exploring, this isn’t going to work. We’d advise using DSL or cable only if you plan to make your RV a sort of home away from home in your backyard.

To Connect or Disconnect

There are purist RV adventurers who believe that the sole purpose of getting in an RV is to go as far away as you can get from civilization. The point is to disconnect, not just from the internet but from mankind in general. You take your own crew and leave the world behind. For more social RV drivers who believe that the social is still a part of this pastime, there are many ways to keep your RV connected to the internet while you disconnect from civilization. It’s a pleasant mix of the two. If you want a calm, gentle morning with just your thoughts and nature, you can have it, but you’re also free to check your email after the meditation is over. If you’re in the latter category, just remember that you can stay connected when RVing.


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