While disconnecting can be a good thing, it’s not practical for many who work from the road and rely on WiFi to do so.
Last year, we stayed at RV resorts in some of the most beautiful locations, but in some places, the lack of internet put a damper on our stay. Instead of enjoying our location, we had to scramble to find places to work. A lot of campgrounds may offer WiFi, but often it isn’t enough to work or send files, and sometimes it won’t even be accessible from all the RV sites. Once, we unknowingly booked a resort with no WiFi or cell service! Well, their website says they offer internet, but when we got to the resort, we were greeted by a sign that read, “We don’t offer refunds due to lack of WiFi,” which is exactly what I would have asked for. Looks like I wouldn’t have been the first!🙈
Before we hit the road again this year, we knew our internet issue was something that had to be figured out beforehand. And since this was the most challenging thing for us during our first road trip, we thought we would share what’s been working for us!
Here it goes:
Winegard ConnecT 2.0.
We installed our Winegard ConnecT 2.0 right before we hit the road for the summer, and it’s been a game changer! It’s a self-contained roof-mounted booster that allows you to connect all your devices to the internet via wifi or 4G LTE wireless networks through its built-in secure mobile broadband hotspot. If you connect via WiFi it’s absolutely free to use and gives you secure internet access which you aren’t promised when connecting to public WiFi. Another thing I love about it is you don’t have to sign any contracts. It’s a month-to-month plan, so we only purchase the service when we are traveling and/or when we don’t have any access to internet. And trust me… when you work from the road, it takes the stress away that comes with staying at a location with no WiFi. You can also send huge files from the road! That’s a major bonus for us and literally saved us on one of our most recent driving days!
Verizon Unlimited Data Plan
We have an unlimited data plan with Verizon, which offers free hotspot. We utilize our hotspot as much as we can since it’s free to use! While it’s not going to be high speed like the Winegard ConnecT 2.0, it’s perfect for emails here and there or internet use that doesn’t require large files.
RV Resort WiFi
When you’re at an RV resort, some locations are better than others when it comes to internet access. We typically ask when checking in where we can get the best signal. Jacob has even worked from laundry rooms at many RV resorts to get good WiFi and some peace and quiet. Because when you live in 215 square feet, there’s never any quiet! 😆 Often, resorts will have clubhouses, lounges, or even WiFi huts, and these are also good places to work!
Find a local coffee shop! This is a great way to get free WiFi and a delicious cup of joe, too! We love when we can find a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop while we’re traveling. Just make sure you go during their open hours. Once, Jacob went back to a Starbucks after hours to send out a file from the parking lot (because we had no WiFi at our resort🤦🏻♀️) and almost got mugged! Good thing it wasn’t me, because my natural instinct is to freeze up and scream! Somehow he was able to get the truck in gear and get out just in time. Whew! Talk about a bad day at the office! 🤣
weBoost Drive 4G-X RV Cell Phone Booster
We also have a weBoost cell phone booster in our Airstream to help with our cellular signal. There have been times where we’ve had zero cell service, but by positioning ourselves right by the weBoost have still been able to make calls and text. This has definitely saved us as well! There’s no monthly fee for this one either; it’s a one-time purchase.
Welp, there it is! We hope that some of our not-so-great experiences can help you. And of course, if there’s anything that’s worked for you, let us know! We’d love to hear about it. Leave it in the comments below!