Tips for Better Cell Phone Reception in an RV

1. Try to Be Stationary If You Can

When you’re deciding the best way to improve your cell phone signal in an RV, one thing to consider is whether you plan to be stationary, travel most of the time or do a little of each. Knowing this can help you better select a cell phone booster that will do the job you need it to do.

If you have the type of RV that is functional only as a shelter, like a fifth-wheel camper for example, you’re in luck — it’ll be easier for you to get a stronger cell phone signal when your RV is stationary because your phone doesn’t have to constantly adjust to your changing location. It’s easier for you to pick up and hold a strong signal when the vehicle isn’t moving.

2. Find Higher Ground

If you’re on the road trying to find a spot to camp and you’re factoring in cell phone signal strength as a consideration, try to find a safe high point, such as at the top of a hill. Increasing your elevation decreases the chances that the cell phone signal in your area will hit an obstruction — think buildings, trees, hills or mountains.

3. Go Outside

This was discussed above, but it bears repeating: cell phone signals tend to be stronger outdoors because building materials can’t interfere with them. You may have experienced this yourself at work or while at a restaurant. You might receive a call inside but then have to step outside to get the other person to hear you more clearly.

The same is often true of RVs, which are made of materials that can block phone signals from getting inside. Stepping outside of your RV’s confines can help improve your signal strength.

4. Use a Cell Phone Signal Booster Designed for RVs

A cell phone signal booster made specifically for RVs may be your best long-term solution. These devices mount directly onto your camper or RV and boost the existing cell phone signal.  Installing one helps to address two of the major problems with weak cell phone signal in an RV: the distance from the nearest cell phone tower and the signal strength lost due to signal blockers.

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How a Cell Phone Signal Booster Works for an RV

All cell phone signal booster systems work with three primary components: an external antenna, an amplifier and a series of indoor antennas. Depending on the size of your system, you may have one, two or more internal antennas.

RV cell phone boosters pull in a weak outdoor signal, boost it and rebroadcast it to a designated area, such as the interior of your RV. It’s important to note that a cell phone signal booster, whether it’s for a building or a vehicle, can’t create a signal — there needs to be an existing signal, however weak, for it to work.

The external antenna (mounted to your RV) picks up the existing cell phone signal and sends it to the amplifier. The amplifier increases the signal strength and transmits it to the internal antennas, which then broadcast the strengthened signal to your smartphone.

Boosting Cell Phone Signal for an RV While Parked

As mentioned before, if you’re planning on staying stationary, it’s much easier to improve your cell phone signal because your smartphone doesn’t constantly have to adjust your location. Neither does the external antenna.

When choosing a cell phone booster for an RV that’s parked, select a cell phone booster equipped with a directional antenna, such as the weBoost Connect RV 65.

A directional antenna works at the farthest possible distance from a cell phone tower, so if you’re planning to park in a relatively rural area, this may be the best choice for you. The Connect RV 65 has 65 dB max gain, which means it provides the best possible coverage, and it boasts a 25-foot telescoping external antenna pole, ideal for capturing cell phone signals high above nearby obstructions.

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Boosting Cell Phone Signal for an RV While Moving

If you’re planning to be on the go or doing a combination of both, which is what most RV travelers do, you have a few choices when it comes to cell phone signal boosters from weBoost: the Drive Reach RV and Drive X RV.

Both of these RV cell phone signal boosters have omnidirectional antennas, which means they accept cell phone signals from all directions, and the booster doesn’t have to be pointed in the direction of a tower.

RV Cell Phone Signal Booster Features

No matter what type of RV cell phone signal booster you select, all of weBoost’s choices include some key features that are important, no matter which model you select.

If you’re ready to embark on an RV adventure, and you’re interested in boosting your cell phone signal on the way to your destination (and after you get there!), check out weBoost’s line of RV cell phone signal boosters.

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