5 RV Internet Solutions: Stay Connected on the Road

Do you want to stay connected while on the road? Here are our top five RV internet solutions that kept us connected, productive and entertained while traveling full-time via RV.

Sometimes I kind of resent the power it has over me.

It’s strange to resent something and be thankful for it at the same time, but that’s how I feel about our RV internet solutions as we travel full time.

Our internet connection is absolutely necessary, making great things possible. And yet the pursuit of that connection seems to occupy far too much of my mind space and time on far too many occasions.

Working with a laptop from my RV is an everyday occurrence in my full-time RV life. Having adequate internet connectivity is a must, but it isn't always easy.
Being able to work remote can be a dream, but traveling full-time can lead to a love, hate relationship with the internet.

No matter how you might feel about staying connected on the road, the fact remains that it is a necessity for “digital nomads” like ourselves.

I Am Not an Internet Solutions Expert

Let me please start this off with a big caveat. I do not claim to know everything there is to know about “mobile connectivity”. Not by a long shot.

Even after spending a year and a half on the road, staying connected with a strong signal continues to be an elusive goal. Working from a boondocking site in central Arizona can be a challenge!

While I still consider myself a relative novice when it comes to a steady internet connection from an RV, I have found a number of ways to increase the likelihood of seeing the wireless icon bars light up. And I have also found great products that help improve the overall signal strength.

So what I want to do here is share with you how we were able to travel for over a year, live in an RV, visit with friends, visit national parks, hike, and build our businesses.

I won’t try and cover all of the possible best internet for RV options that are out there for you to explore. An entire website could be dedicated to the topic of establishing and maintaining an internet connection on the road.

Which reminds me, throughout all my efforts to keep us connected, I did find some great information. This post will point you toward additional resources that provide more extensive information on RV internet connections.

So let’s jump right in and take a look at our list of the best recommendations and internet for RVers.

Stay Connected and Get Work Done

I can’t really start this section off without recognizing that our success was due in part to our unlimited data plan. If we did not have unlimited cellular data, we would have been up a creek without a paddle (and without much money).

You see, it just so happened that in the month before we left on our big RV adventure, I stumbled into an Unlimited Data plan with Verizon Wireless that apparently is no longer offered.

And it is pure gold. At least that’s what I am told by the jealous full-time RVers we discuss it with.

Now, I have been with Verizon Wireless since 2007 and we have had several different plans during that time. But this Unlimited Data plan that we have now has been a real life-saver for us I think.

Solution #1 – Mobile Hotspot

Our Verizon Unlimited Data plan is actually called “The New Verizon Plan Unlimited”. The cost is $110 per month for this plan (based on my info).

On this plan, we have 15 GB of 4G LTE hotspot data per device, per month included. For us, this is a total of 60 GB on our four iPhones alone (when four of us are in the RV most of the year) and is what made RV internet service possible for us.

Everything else below is pretty much built on top of this solid foundation that Verizon has provided. So let’s keep it rolling.

Solution #2 – Add-On Jetpack Hotspot

A Verizon Jetpack Review

In addition to our phones, I purchased a mobile hotspot, the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – AC791L, for about $200 through Verizon Wireless shortly after we hit the road. This provides another 15 GB of high speed hotspot data per month for our RV internet service.

We are able to connect up to 15 wireless devices to this hotspot, so it more than meets our needs.

In total, this gives us up to 75 GB of high speed 4G LTE hotspot data per month through our Verizon plan. This is normally how the majority of our work gets done.

When we have used up the 4G LTE data on a device (this happens fairly often), the 3G speeds it drops to are sometimes still adequate to continue working at a fast pace. It just depends completely on our location at the time and on the “heftiness” of the work being done.

What About the Non-Hotspot Data?

Of course, we have plenty more 4G LTE data to use beyond that hotspot data I’ve been talking about, because this is an unlimited data plan. Officially, Verizon is free to slow down our data on a device after 22 GB of high speed data usage.

Have we experienced that slow down? No.

I don’t want to throw around the figures for total data that we have used monthly over this past year, but let’s just say that we have gone well into the triple digits (GB of data) on multiple occasions without any noticeable data slowdown. I know…we have been pretty shocked as well!

Total Verizon Wireless Cost?

As I mentioned, the Unlimited Data plan through Verizon has a sticker price of $11o per month. When you tack on the line access fees ($20 per device), we hit a grand total of $210 per month to cover the vast majority of our data needs. (Note: This monthly total does not include device payments.)

So is this everything we need? Well, sort of.

Solution #3 – weBoost Drive 4G & 5G

Before we hit the road, I still felt pretty clueless about the internet for RVers game.

With everything else I had on my plate (as a complete newbie to RVing and towing, with selling the house, etc.), I simply had to set this on the back burner in order to not blow a gasket.

I figured we would just have to get it figured out as we hit the road and encountered connection problems. I couldn’t find the optimal solution without any experience on the road.

Essentially, I did not want to be throwing away good money on technology we might not even need! That’s reasonable, right?

But I knew I needed to have something in place for the “rough spots” we would inevitably hit.

Enter the weBoost Drive Sleek to give us a little bit of peace of mind. This device is designed to boost a cell tower signal up to 32x when you find yourself in a spot with a weak (but existing) signal.

Be Aware of Two Things Before Purchasing this Device:

  1. If you have ZERO signal from your cell service provider in a location, this will not be useful. It boosts an existing, weak signal. So it will not solve all of your RV internet connection problems.
  2. This product is a cradle for boosting only one device at a time. You can place a cell phone or a mobile hotspot in the cradle in order to boost the cell signal to only that device.

This device got us through the first six months on the road. It was not ideal for our situation obviously, since we had 5-6 cellular devices in the RV at any time. But we made it work even through the rough spots.

I never did gather “empirical” data (testing connection speeds with and without the signal booster) on this device, but it did seem to get us to functional and allowed us to get work done when the connection was worse than we would have preferred.

But eventually, we needed something a bit “beefier” that was capable of boosting the cell signal for multiple devices simultaneously.

Solution #4 – weBoost Drive 4G-M Booster

For us, the next logical signal boosting option that would work in our 26-ft travel trailer was the weBoost Drive 4G-M.

I’ll be honest, this option was enticing, but it’s pricey by comparison. What flipped my decision to spend the extra money was a promotional offer.

Like many of the essential RV accessories we purchased, we bought this on Amazon. Keep a look out for Prime Day and other discount seasons, such as around the holidays.

With this new cell phone signal booster, everyone in the family benefits. We can all simultaneously receive a boosted signal. That’s a major advantage for enabling everyone to stay productive and still get all of us out of the RV in time for a nice afternoon hike.

Other Cell Boosting Solutions

weBoost makes other cell signal booster products that might be a better fit for you and your RV.

We were not able to consider something like the more powerful and more expensive weBoost Drive Reach RV because of the smaller size of our travel trailer (26 feet long).

Essentially, if you place the external antenna (pulling in the weaker cell signal) and the internal antenna (broadcasting the boosted cell signal inside the RV) too close together, you will experience frequency modulation.

Frequency modulation means that these two signals are interfering with each other because of their strength and proximity to each other. In essence, you will lose any “boosting” benefit that the device is trying to provide.

If you have a 5th wheel or Class A motorhome that is closer to 35 or 40 feet in length, the Drive Reach RV model may be the right choice and provide you with maximum boost. Please do your own research before making a purchase to ensure the product is compatible with your rig.

Solution #5 – Lightning Digital AV Adapter

All of the solutions and devices I’ve covered so far would definitely fall under the “necessities” category. They all get us up and running and able to get our work done with a reasonable amount of predictability.

But Solution #5, which we mentioned in a previous RV Tour post, although it has been very nice to have, definitely falls under the “conveniences” category. It is not absolutely necessary, but it is a great addition for family entertainment purposes.

The Apple iPhone to HDMI Adapter can be purchased from Amazon or at an Apple store. It simply allows you to connect your iPhone or iPad to an external screen via HDMI cable in order to display video on the external screen without using Hotspot data; it only uses regular data via your iPhone or iPad.

And as an added bonus, you are also able to charge your device through the adapter while streaming your favorite movie or show. How cool and convenient is that?

So, family movie night is back on in this RV! And it can be in yours also…woohoo!

Spend More for Faster Speeds

Here’s the truth: We probably have done less to prepare ourselves for a reliable internet connection than most full-time families out there. I am basing this conclusion on conversations we have had with many of them over the past year.

Many families have data plans with at least two different cellular carriers. The top two carriers for overall coverage and for popularity are definitely Verizon and AT&T.

From what I understand, Sprint and T-Mobile continue to trail behind the other two carriers. They still don’t have nationwide reach, particularly when it comes to the more remote areas.

Having more than one carrier allows you to explore an alternative when you hit an area that has poor coverage for your primary carrier. And this makes sense for many families.

Additional Resources for RV Internet

If you are considering hitting the road, I encourage you to go take a peek at the Coverage? app, created by the same folks who run Technomadia and the Mobile Internet Resource Center . Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard are hardcore techies! They cover everything you could ever want to know (and more) about staying connected on the road.

They offer lots of information. Much of it is free. They also offer a premium level. With premium, you can access all the minutiae and nitty gritty details about getting connected and staying connected.

Don’t Forget WiFi Connections

In addition to boosting and expanding your cellular plan, be sure to explore WiFi connectivity options. Establishing your WiFi options will help you stay connected without relying solely on multiple cellular carriers.

There are many WiFi signal boosting devices designed to help you to take advantage of free internet connections. You will be connected in no time at campgrounds, libraries, and even some mall parking lots.

These RV Internet Solutions Keep You Connected

When you work remotely and use that opportunity to also travel extensively, an internet connection is a priority. It’s critical in order to stay connected and remain productive. There is no doubt about that.

But don’t worry, we don’t work all the time! Probably less than we should, honestly. (But that’s a different post.)

Hopefully I shed a bit of light on the best way to stay connected from an RV. It is possible to be both productive AND entertained during your time on the open road.

You probably still have a lot of work before finalizing your decision. We wish you the best of luck finding the best RV Internet solution! And with that, I will wrap this up and let you dive in.

But after that research phase, remember to get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and keep on TREKKN!

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  1. Thanks so much for your information. I am going to be living full time in my 35 ft Motorhome and I do gave Verizon hotspot device which works vey well. I was very interested in the iPhone adapter so I can hook the phone to my TV. Will look for it. Thank again.

  2. First, I thank you for your easy to understand article. Nice knowing there are others “still learning”. I am a retired, single female.
    I recently purchased my first “tiny” 19’ travel trailer and am a total newbie at rv life. I like using my iPhone as a mini-computer & use it with a wireless printer. I use Comcast internet via a cable into my home. I do NOT subscribe to a tv cable service but do use a ROKU to stream HULU, Netflix, etc. On a recent (car only) roadtrip, I discovered the hard-way I had used all of my phone’s “data”……(had no idea what I had done, have never had it happen before). As you have probably guessed, I am pretty much a techno illiterate. Will it be possible for me to use my wireless printer, my ROKU to enjoy watching Hulu, etc while staying in FL campgrounds? If so, HOW? What specific items should I be considering? Any & all info you can offer is greatly appreciated.

    1. Thanks for your comment and question and I’m glad to hear we provided some helpful info! I will be completely honest with you here and simply say that I don’t have enough information about your situation to really help out too much. I don’t personally have experience with a wireless printer or with a ROKU device, so I know nothing about how much of your phone’s data might be used for the printing functions nor about the “working relationship” between your phone and your ROKU (if any). That is completely new territory for me, so I can’t recommend any specific items.

      You did mention that you had an issue with using up all of your data, but I’m not sure if you are referring to your cellular data or your phone’s hotspot data. Each cellular plan is different when it comes to hotspot data, but I know that while we were traveling we constantly struggled with running out of hotspot data (we have 15GB per line, per month of hotspot data with Verizon). So if the hotspot is the issue, check with your provider and find out how much hotspot data you have first (and how much additional data costs per GB), and this might give you a better idea of how to tackle your situation in Florida.

      If you have any other info you can provide to clarify any of these points, let me know and I will be more than happy to try and help out…again. 🙂 Take care!


  3. I work full time from home. I live in a rural area and my internet choices were Satellite or hotspot on my phone. After several days of searching I found UBIFI. It is a little on the pricey side because you have to buy the wireless modem outright and cost for me is $80 a month for service. Service is thru AT&T with no contract on any of it. Cancel anytime. The best thing is the modem has a menu where you can select mobile or stationary. I just found that part recently. We bought our first trailer in 2019 a 40’ mallard m335 from camping world. We made our first trip from Texas to Oregon. The wife has a serious internet addiction and I needed to work too. I have an unlimited data plan with our phones and I was able to get a portable hotspot on that same plan. It no longer offered and it though AT&T for the portable. However thru Ubifi I have unlimited 4G data with no throttling other than when att does maintence. So far we have traveled 7000 miles this year from Alabama To Oregon using the Ubifi mofi modem and I have not had any issues and was able to stream video and work play mmog games and the wife can keep up with FarmVille and face book. I don’t have the Ubifi website at the moment but search the inet and it should come up. Good luck anyway but for us this was a good solution to both my rural and travel internet issue.

    1. Hi Paul, and thank you so much for sharing this information about UBIFI! I have honestly never heard of it before but will absolutely be checking out the details. It sounds like a coveted and affordable solution for RVers of many varieties.

      That service may warrant its own post here on the site once I gather all of the details. Keep an eye out…

      Happy trails, and thanks again!

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