Summer is considered to be the best time to go for RV camping. Taking your RV travel with your family during these summer-months with warm weather gives you, your kids, and your family the chance to have fun. An RV combines all of the benefits of a mobile home with the opportunity to travel and explore new places daily. While conveniences like power and water have evolved to the point where they’re as reliable as being at home, phone service can still be unreliable. Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to have perfect service in absolutely every place you travel, but a cell phone signal booster for your RV can significantly increase the likelihood that you’ll have usable signal while you’re in transit and/or parking for the night.
When you purchase your RV and plan an RV getaway with your family, you may add a few upgrades such as a new mattress, a solar power system and more, to improve your RV, in a hope to enjoy the journey to the largest extent. Here, we would like to recommend equipment to enlarge your entertainment and happiness on the road and at the campsite–A cell phone signal booster for RV to help you get cell coverage.
What is an RV Cell Phone Signal Booster?
An RV cell phone signal booster is a system that receives the existing outside cell signal, passes it through a signal amplifier inside of the vehicle, and then broadcasts the boosted signal to an area within the RV. An RV signal booster typically consists of an outside antenna, a signal amplifier, an inside antenna, and low loss cable to connect all of the components together.
The outside antenna is usually mounted to the roof or back ladder of the RV, and then connected to the signal amplifier with a cable. The signal amplifier is located within the RV and is connected to the inside antenna by a low loss cable, which is mounted in the area of the RV where you need better signal.
Why you need a signal booster to your RV
Whether you occasionally plan for a weekend RV getaway or are RV enthusiasts who have tripped a lot, you need a cell phone to stay connected whenever you go. Reliable cellular service is absolutely a necessity. A cell phone with cell signal help you access GPS and location service, find the right route to your destination, stay connected with your friends and family, listen to music or stream movies for your kids on the move or the campground.
Weak signal on the road and campsite
Whether you’re taking your RV to a regular spot or an adventure to explore the wild, you’re far from the city. You are distant from the cell source and get weaken the signal. Besides, obstructions on the road or the wild are also the result of the bad cell service, which block and weaken the signal transmitting from a cell tower. These obstructions can be hill and mountains, vegetation like trees, and even weather like rain, snow and frog. Moreover, the body of your RV, the metal skin and glass that covers your RV, play their part in preventing the signal from travelling through. If there are many RV parked at the campsite, people all try to make a call, send text or steam movie, there is possibly not enough bandwidth to satisfy everyone’s need and enjoy reliable service. You may get dropped calls, missed or delayed text and slow data speed and experience a lag when streaming video and or having a Face-time chat.
Greater peace and joy in mind with signal booster
When you hit the road with your RV, there is not always constant and strong cell signal. You possibly can not get access to stable Wi-Fi at the destination campground, you still rely on your smartphone. Therefore, a reliable cellular service to stay connected is what you want during the trip. If bad weather comes, break down happens or another emergency happens, a cell phone with the strong and constant signal can be a lifesaver. Therefore, it’s necessary to include a signal booster in your emergency kit on your RV.
On the other hand, when you take your kids with you, it’s most likely that they will spend time on their tablets, playing games, watching a video, listening to music or drawing pictures via the apps on the tablets. With these engaging activities, you’re likely to get less whining from them and driving hours will fly by. You will get easier simply by providing them with reliable cell connection via setting up a hotspot Wi-Fi for their tablet. Stopped at the campsite, isn’t it joyful to steam a Netflix movie and spent the time with the family? All you need to do is to get a signal booster to ensure solid and strong signal; don’t let the terrible cell service ruin your wonderful trip.
Selecting the Right Signal Booster for Your RV
There are two main types of RV cell phone signal boosters: For use while moving AND parked and for use ONLY while parked. Each type of booster system has pros and cons, so you’ll need to figure out which one is going to be best for your typical usage.
For Use While Moving AND Parked
If you’re looking to use your cell phone signal booster while driving between campsites as well as when parked, then you’ll want the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 4G Extreme RV Signal Booster Kit. It is the most versatile RV booster kit available, boosts all networks on all carriers in North America, and will allow you to be as far as possible from the cell towers while still receiving boosted cell signal. There is no manual adjustment needed while driving or parked, the booster will automatically adjust itself and boost signal as long as it can receive some signal in the outside antenna.
Since the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 4G Extreme RV Kit is designed to boost your cell signal while both moving and stopped, the FCC limits the overall boosting power of the amplifier, so the booster is not able to create as large of a coverage area as if it were a building booster. Depending on the strength of the existing outside signal, the coverage area can be between 6 ft from the inside antenna for a strong outside signal, down to about 12 inches if the outside signal is very weak.
If you want to boost signal while moving AND parked, don’t need a huge coverage area, and want to be as far from the cell towers as possible, then the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 4G Extreme RV Kit is the right option for you.
For Use ONLY While Parked
The FCC limits the boosting power of any cell phone signal booster that is used while in motion, such as in a car, truck or RV, so the inside coverage area that you’ll get from that type of system is going to be much smaller than what you’ll receive from a booster designed for use while parked. If you plan to only use your signal booster once you arrive at your campsite, and want a larger coverage area inside than just a few feet from the inside antenna, then the following kit is going to be the best option for you.
The weBoost Connect RV 65 Signal Booster Kit includes a yagi outside antenna, telescoping pole, and much stronger amplifier than the Fusion2Go 3.0 RV kit. It takes some extra time to set up once you arrive at the campsite, since you have to extend the telescoping pole and rotate the outside yagi antenna into place, but you should be able to receive a weaker outside cell signal and create a larger coverage area inside with this setup.
While these kit options should work for most situations you’ll find while RVing, if you need a special setup or have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our experts can help you select the right booster for your situation or troubleshoot your existing setup over the phone.