How can you get better cell service while you’re sitting outside your RV?

Living the RV life is great. Seeing the country and sleeping in your own bed every night is a fabulous way to vacation. You can meet new people, see new places, and enjoy all the comforts of home. One of those comforts, let’s be honest, is staying connected. I know a lot of people who are out in their RVs this summer. I don’t know any of them who keep their phones off. That’s just not how we do things anymore.

Riddle me this

So let’s assume for a second that you’ve settled in for the evening, enjoying a little adult beverage and taking a look at your social feeds. But, you’re off the beaten track. Your data is trickling in, and it’s annoying.  I’m assuming you are reading this article after it took a while to load, because that’s the experience you’re having. You’re frustrated and you want to do something about it.

Here’s the problem, though. Cellular signal boosters, even the ones for RVs, are designed to work inside. The signal boost they provide doesn’t reach outside the cabin, and that’s on purpose. Cell boosters don’t operate outdoors. They are designed not to. If a cell booster provides enough boost that its power reaches its outdoor antenna, it cuts power automatically. This is done to protect the cellular network.

So how can you enjoy a little better service while you’re outside?  There’s a simple trick and it doesn’t cost a lot.

Here’s how you do it.

Start by installing an RV cell booster like weBoost’s Drive Reach RV. This will allow you to flood your RV with great signal as long as you have one measly little bar outside. That’s step one.

For step two, you’ll need a second device. This can be another cell phone for example. Or you can use your cell phone for this part and use a PC or tablet for the next part. The key is to put the cell phone inside the RV and use its “Personal Hotspot” feature. A lot of devices have this, where it will take cell signal and use it to provide Wi-Fi. If you want a more permanent solution you can use a real hotspot, which will give even better results. It’s up to you and your budget.

Now, the Wi-Fi that your device provides is usually good for about 15-20 feet. This is more than enough room for you to sit outside the RV and surf, stream, and shop.

How to get all this done

Getting a cell booster, installing it, setting up a device as a hotspot, getting connected to it… that may seem like a lot of work. It may seem like you’ll never be able to get everything you need. Here’s the good news. You can find everything you need, including cell boosters, hotspots, new lines of service, and tons of free tech support in one place. Shop Solid Signal if you know what you need. If you want someone to take you through the whole process, call us! The number is 888-233-7563 and we’re open during East Coast business hours. Forget about spotty cell service while you’re on the road. We’ll help you live your best digital life!

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.