Everybody needs to stay connected these days. Okay – so you might not need to stay connected, but you certainly want to have access to the internet while you travel. If you are staying in a hotel, you can simply tap into the Wi-Fi that is provided by most facilities. However, when traveling in an RV, the picture is a little less clear.
Whether you need to keep connected for work purposes or you just want to have the luxuries that are provided by having access to the web, it is important to know an understand your RV Wi-Fi options. The following information should help you figure out the best way to stay connected during your next trip.
Using Cellular Data
This is probably the easiest, and most-popular option that you have available to you as an RV traveler. You can use cell data to access the web, whether through your existing plan or a plan that you have picked out specifically for RV travel. Many cell packages offer the ability to blast a Wi-Fi signal out from one of your devices, so this method can work to get your whole family hooded up. While this is an easy option to use, it is also rather expensive and there are typically limits on the data you can consume. So, for the ‘power user’, this isn’t likely to be an acceptable option. However, if you only want to check in on your email and the news from time to time, tapping into cell data is likely your best bet.
Depending on where you travel, you might be able to tap into a Wi-Fi signal that is being provided by your campground. While this obviously isn’t going to be an option deep in the woods (usually), it will frequently be offered at campgrounds that are long main roads or in cities. Many RV parks will even include Wi-Fi with your nightly fee, so you may not have to pay anything at all to have access to this benefit. Of course, nothing comes without downsides, and it is usually slow speeds that limit the usefulness of a campground Wi-Fi signal. When you combine the number of people using the signal with the distance that your RV is from the hub, you may be lucky to navigate even a few pages before giving up.
Satellite Internet Service
The limitation that you will find attached to cellular data is the fact that you have to be within range of a cell tower for it to work. That, of course, is not the case with satellite internet. This option works nearly anywhere around the globe, so it is great for RV’ers who are off the beaten path frequently. However, this option is usually rather expensive, it can run rather slow, and it can even be complicated to setup. While satellite internet can be right for people in certain circumstances, it isn’t going to be a good fit for the majority of RV travelers.
In the end, picking out internet options for your RV experience depends mostly on your individual needs. Are you going to be along main roads most of the time? If so, your own cell service should do the job. If not, you may need to think about alternatives to get your internet fix.