Category: RV Living

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. However, there is such a thing as free RV camping. In fact, President Roosevelt called for the creation of free campgrounds on Federal lands when he addressed Congress in 1901. (Although at that time he wasn’t referring to RVs!)

Now commonly referred to as boondocking, camping free of charge is real, but it isn’t for everyone. Boondocking isn’t officially defined but the term stems from the expression “boondocks” that refers to a remote area. Overnight RV parking places such as truck stops, Wal-Mart parking lots, or campgrounds in which RV hookups aren’t available may not necessarily seem remote, but are all generally lumped into the boondocking category.

Hitting the open road with RV in tow can bring a sense of freedom as you explore new areas or simply get away from it all for a while. But even when you want to get away, you still want to be connected. There are several options for internet connection while you’re traveling. Researching the available choices and determining your needs before you set out is the best way to ensure you have the RV internet option that you need while you’re away from home.

What Are My RV Internet Options?

Cellular Data

Utilizing the data on your cellular phone is the simplest RV internet option to use. With cell phone plans generally comes a data plan which allows internet access. You can access the internet with 3G, 4G, 4GLTE, or now 5G connections, but be aware with older devices that, according to the FCC, mobile carriers are shutting down their older 3G and some 4G networks. So, even though using your cellular data works all over the nation, by the end of 2022 it will only work if you are on a more modern and supported network.

Even with all the network changes, most travelers find that cellular data is still the easiest way to stay connected when they are on the road. But if you aren’t like most travelers and you prefer dry camping in remote areas or boondocking deep into national parks, cellular data may not be a reliable way to stay connected. It only works when there are cell towers nearby, so if you are out in the middle of nature, you may find yourself disconnected if you’re relying only on cellular data.

Cost is another thing to keep in mind when determining whether using cellular data is the right RV internet option for your needs. If you don’t have an unlimited plan, paying for data – especially if you are off the beaten path – can get expensive. So, if you’re a full time RVer, you may want to consider some of the other options.

Satellite Internet for RVs

Satellite internet connects you to the web using satellites in space. It’s an RV internet option that, barring some environmental factors, means you have internet access anywhere on earth. There is initial setup involved with Satellite internet, but after that, you have access almost anywhere. In that way, it is similar to cellular data plans.

While cellular data plans may not have good signals if you aren’t near a tower, your satellite connection can be limited by things like storms and heavy tree cover which can impede the satellite signal from reaching your dish. So, you may have the ability to stay connected in more areas than cellular data but your signal can be lost abruptly plus you’ll have the costs associated with a monthly internet charge. If you’re one to do a lot of free camping, it can easily offset these charges.

Wired Cable Internet

The best connection is a wired connection. It is stable and reliable. For full-time RVers who stay parked in the same area most of the year there’s no better choice. Some campgrounds offer direct connections to wired internet so it feels just like your home connection. Go ahead, stream those movies, use your favorite apps or browse away, as long as the internet is live and you’re plugged in, you’ll be connected.

The drawback to this RV internet option is that you can’t take it with you. So, if you enjoy remote camping, this won’t be an option for you.

WiFi Internet

The most common RV internet option is public WiFi. Although there may be an extra charge for access, many campgrounds provide free WiFi as one of the amenities. Upon check-in you get your campsite number, a parking tag and the WiFi password; a few clicks later, you’re connected!

Sometimes the signal can be weak depending on how far you are from the WiFi source, so there’s a chance that your connection may be spotty. It’s a great RV internet option for those who regularly patronize campgrounds.

The downside to WiFi is, again, it requires you to be somewhere that it’s provided. The National Park Service offers free WiFi at many of their visitor centers and other locations. If you are staying at one of these National Parks but your campsite isn’t close enough to get service, you could grab your morning coffee and head down to the visitor center for an outdoorsy coffee shop internet café experience.

If you’re boondocking on public land, you’ll have to rely on one of the other RV internet options.

What RV Internet Option Is Best for Me?

There are lots of different RV internet options and the one that is right for you will depend your RV usage. In fact, having more than one option may be the best option if your camping habits change.

If you are on the move a lot and just need to check in on occasion, you may find that your needs are met between campground WiFi and cellular plans. Those on the other end of the spectrum who have a favorite spot they go and stay put, like full-time RVers, will likely benefit from a wired connection.

Then there are those who like to get back to nature and spend their time deep in the woods or remote reaches of parks. If you enjoy disbursed camping in remote areas but still love your gadgets, a satellite RV internet option is the way to go.

The great thing is that no matter what type of camper you are and what your RV usage is, there is an option – or combination of options – that will keep you connected to whatever degree you need so that you can enjoy your RVing to the fullest.

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Whether you prefer long trips or you’re a weekend warrior, your RV is home base. It doesn’t matter if you spend your entire vacation within a few steps of your RV or prefer to get out there in the open on your toys or just hiking and exploring, but when you come back to camp you want to make your RV feel like home, even though you’re away from home.

An RV That Looks Like a House Feels Like a House

Get Decorating

One of the great things about RVs is that there is plenty of space for decorations. Even a small RV is like your own little house on wheels, so you can give your RV a few custom decorations that reflect you and your tastes. When you freshen up your RV with a few items like pictures or artwork, your RV gets a new look and you make your RV feel like home.

While you want your RV to look and feel like home, if you are partial to fine collectibles, your RV may not be the best place to display them. Keeping your decorations safe, especially during travel, is something to be mindful of when you are choosing your decorations. Those who take extended trips and stay in one location for long stretches of time – like snowbirds – may prefer to have more fragile items that can be packed safely away while traveling but displayed for the duration of their stay. If you generally take quick weekend trips, there are less extravagant ways to decorate that still make your RV feel like home. Little tricks like double-sided tape can keep small pictures and other décor safer and help them stay in place while you’re on the road. That way, you won’t have to spend time setting up your decorations once you arrive at your destination, they’ll have travelled safely right where they’re displayed!

Customize It!

When you think of your RV as a canvas, you can see how they are perfect for customizing to your liking. You can customize everything! Make the floor your own with custom flooring. A peel-and-stick backsplash or countertop can make the kitchen a reflection of the master chef of the house. There isn’t much that can’t be altered or upgraded to make the interior of your RV feel like home. When you step into your RV you want it to be inviting. After a long day of hiking, swimming, boating or fishing, you want to feel like you’re coming home. Even if you spend the day in a lounge chair under a tree at your campsite reading a book, when you step inside your RV for a snack, it should feel like home.

Depending on the size of your RV and what you choose to customize, there could be added weight, so keep this in mind as you customize. Be sure to know your RV and tow vehicle weight limits to ensure that you’ll be safe on the road.

Don’t Forget to Make It Personal

What is it that really makes a house a home? It’s that personal touch! So, decorate your RV with the things that say “home” like family photos or your child’s artwork on the fridge. Whatever you surround yourself with at home should extend to your RV. Do you love houseplants? There may not be room in your RV for your prize ficus tree, but a small succulent on the kitchen counter won’t take up a lot of space and can still bring a little slice of your enthusiasm for plants to your RV. There are also myriads of artificial plants that could add a nice touch without the worry – even for those without a green thumb!

Match Your Home

Looking for a simple way to bring a taste of home life with you when you’re on the road? Try matching décor! You can buy matching blankets, comforters, and pillows for beds. Bring an extension of your home with you when you match rugs, curtains, even kitchen towels! Whatever you love about your home can have its match in your RV. Replicating your home’s style in your RV can truly make it an extension of your home. It can also be a comfort to children who are new to RVing to have the same bedding in their RV bunk as they do at home.

Get Seasonal

Seasonal decorating is another way to bring the energy from your home to your RV. Do you enjoy decking the halls of your home for every season? Try bringing some of that flair to your RV and feel the warmth of home settle in as you extend your seasonal savvy to your home away from home. Keep it simple if you have a holiday weekend trip planned. If you will be on an extended stay over more than one season or holiday, think about where you’ll store the decorations. Shopping post-holiday sales or clearance sales can be a great way to stock up on some extra decorations, especially if you need to scale down to fit your space.

Now you know how to make your RV feel like home so you can start planning your next trip, with no chance of homesickness!

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore 

The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871 

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