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RV Cell Phone Boosters: Enjoy the Road. Stay Connected

on 28th Feb 2019

Are You Sick of Bad Signal on the Road or Campsite?

RV living comes with the curse of poor cellular service. While people have managed to make power and water supplies remarkably reliable while out on the road, cellular service is often overlooked.

Solutions do exist. They’re called cell phone signal boosters for RVs, and they can be installed in any RV model, whether it’s a fancy Winnebago, a humble Keystone travel trailer, or a big old Grand Design Fifth Wheel. They work with every North American carrier (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Freedom, and more), as well as every phone model (iPhone, Android, Samsung Galaxy, you name it).

Unfortunately, their use isn’t as simple as your water system. You need three things to set up an RV cell phone booster:

  1. Existing outside signal
  2. Basic cable exit and entry points for installation
  3. Knowledge of whether you want to use it while stationary or moving

The first of these is just a matter of where you are. If you’ve weak signal in your campground, you’ll get only a little bit of amplification, mostly localized in the area around your indoor antenna. This will allow you to make calls, though, which is still better than not being able to at all. If your campground has great signal outdoors, but you’re struggling for anything inside, a booster will completely solve that issue.

The second one is completely based on your RV. In order to make use of a signal booster, you’ll need to run some cable from the outside in. Depending on your RV model, this can be a challenge. However, most RV models make this relatively painless, and it isn’t much different than setting up an RV tv antenna.

How Do I Select the Right RV Cell Phone Booster for Me?

There are two types of signal booster for RV: ones for use when stationary, and others to be used while driving. The difference between these boils down to antenna options and power.

Stationary RV signal boosters can make use of stronger, more directional antennas, because they aren’t in motion and can point toward your nearest cell tower. The amplifiers themselves are also more powerful, and the interior antennas bundled with them are, too. The problem is, once you pack up and move again, you’ll have to remove the outdoor antenna.

Signal boosters for RVs in motion are great for their set-it-and-forget-it installation, and the fact that you can get better signal while driving, but if you have a large RV or spend most of your time at a campsite (or, better, value a boosted signal more while at a campsite), you might find its coverage lacking.

So, unfortunately, there is no perfect solution. You’ll need to decide: do you spend more time at a campsite or otherwise stationary, or do you spend more time on the road and care about reliable signal at that time? One thing we can guarantee: you will see a difference, no matter which you choose.

Stationary RV Signal Boosters

Our Pick 

weboost connect rv 65

weBoost Connect RV 65

  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, Internet, 4G LTE, and 3G Data
  • For Whole RV Coverage While Stationary
  • Uses Yagi RV antenna with Telescoping Pole Mount
  • Up to +65 dB Gain

Our Review:

This is essentially a home unit designed for a quick, easy install that has been repurposed for RV use. It comes with a yagi directional outdoor RV antenna, designed to be placed on a telescoping lens in order to provide maximum separation between the antenna and the amplifier. It uses a directional panel capable of covering the entirety of any RV, as long as it's one single room, whether it's a Winnebago or a Fifth Wheel.

It bears repeating that this is not meant to be used while driving, and that removing and replacing the yagi antenna and its mount will be necessary at each campground or place you park.

Mobile RV Signal Boosters

Our Pick 

weboost drive 4gx RV

weBoost Drive 4G-X RV

  • Boosts Voice, Text Messages, Internet, 4G LTE, and 3G Data
  • For RV cabin coverage while driving or in motion
  • Uses Omni RV antenna with retractable mount
  • Up to +50 dB Gain

Our Review:

A cheaper option for RVs in motion. This uses an omni antenna designed to be placed on the back, as opposed to the OTR antenna which is meant for the front, and comes with an indoor desktop antenna, which is also omni-directional. The downside is, if you're at a remote campsite or road, you probably will not have total coverage in a larger RV. Still, it's a good option for smaller RVs, or if you don't really mind having just a small oasis where cellular coverage isn't an issue.

What are my RV Antenna Options?

There are two types of RV antennas: omni-directional, and yagi.

If you’re wanting boosted signal while in motion, your only option is an omni antenna, for obvious reasons. This is reliable and simple-to-use, but doesn’t provide the power or reach of a yagi antenna, which is part of the reason a stationary RV booster provides better interior coverage. You can also use an omni antenna with a stationary RV booster, and it has the same advantages and disadvantages.

What might not be as obvious as this antenna business is the mount you use with your antenna. Another consideration you need to make when installing your booster is oscillation: that is, the interaction between antennas. This can cause reduced performance, and in the worst case, can cause your booster to shut down completely. It’s something often overlooked in booster installation, and accounts for a lot of the problems we hear about when dealing with those using an RV booster.

RV telescoping lens

The weBoost Connect RV 65 for Stationary RVs comes with a telescoping pole mount. This is designed to be set up on the back of your RV or trailer, with the directional antenna pointed toward your nearest cell tower. This means that the amplifier should be placed toward the front of the vehicle to avoid oscillation.

wilson omni RV antenna

Finally, the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV has an omni antenna designed to be installed on the back of your RV, with a retractable mount. This means the desktop antenna should be placed toward the front of your RV, away from the antenna.

How Does an RV Cell Phone Booster Work?

wilson yagi directional 75 ohm antenna

As touched on, an RV cell phone signal booster snatches the existing outside signal, amplifies it up to 32x, and then broadcasts the boosted signal within a confined space. This is why your RV is perfect for these devices. They typically consist of an outside antenna to snatch signal, the amplifier (or cellular repeater) itself, an interior antenna to broadcast the signal indoors, and cable to attach them all together.

The amplifier also needs access to a power supply, and can’t be attached directly to a generator any other alternate power means except a simple AV connector. Use your generator to power your RV, then plug it into the wall within.

Hope this helps with your signal boosting search!

Learn more about cell phone signal boosters with our complete guide:

How May We Help You?

Wilson Amplifiers is the leading provider of cell phone signal boosters. Cell phone boosters amplify 4G LTE and 3G for any phone with any carrier for home, office, or vehicle.

We seriously hate dropped calls and poor coverage, so it's our goal in life to squash poor signal like the pest it is.

  • Free consultation (ask us anything) with our US-based customer support (sales@wilsonamplifiers.ca) or call us or at 1-800-568-2723.
  • Free shipping.
  • Better signal in 90 days or your money back guaranteed. No questions asked.

We want everyone to be satisfied, so we provide lifetime technical support and a 2-year warranty for all products. 

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