Much of the information and research in this article was contributed by Jill Wills at UberSignal.com. Ubersignal.com is a retailer and subject matter expert in cell phone signal booster technology.
Traveling by RV can be one of the greatest ways to see the world. It allows you to travel in comfort while still being able to venture into areas where your only other sleeping option would be a tent.
Although RVs allow access to remote locations, this off-grid travel often comes with a price – poor cell phone reception.
While some consider poor cell phone reception an unavoidable result of traveling, there are options for improving your cell signal so you can stay connected, even when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Causes of Poor Cell Phone Reception in RVs
There are two main reasons why people experience poor cell phone service while RVing:
- distance from the nearest cell tower
- objects that obstruct the signal
When dealing with RVs, the main cause of poor service is the first: distance from the closest cell tower.
Also terrain, such as mountains, hills, and trees can cause further interference.
The metal and composite materials that an RV is constructed of also degrades the cell signal.
When you combine all of these factors, it’s no wonder cell signals have a tough time making it to your phone.
How to Boost Your Cell Signal
A cell phone signal booster is designed to improve the cell signal in your RV.
A cell phone signal booster works by receiving a weak cell signal, amplifying it, and then broadcasting the amplified signal to the surrounding area.
Cell phone signal boosters are comprised of a few main elements: an external antenna, a signal amplifier, an internal antenna, and cabling to connect all of the components together.
To learn more read How Do Cell Phone Boosters Work from ehow.com.
Cell Phone Signal Booster: Types
When it comes to the different cell phone signal booster options for RVs, there are three main categories you’ll want to know about.
The first type is called a cradle cell phone signal booster, and is meant for boosting the signal of one phone at a time.
As the name suggests, it employs a cradle that the phone has to sit in the entire time it is being used in order to receive a boosted signal.
The cradle has a magnetically mounted external antenna that you must place outside of the RV.
A cradle type booster is a good option if you routinely travel by yourself, or only need to boost the signal of one device at a time. It’s also very portable, so you can use it in your vehicle on a daily basis, and then move it to your RV when it comes time to travel.
3G RV Signal Booster Kit
Another type of cell phone signal booster is an RV signal booster kit, which is a more permanent solution that you install in your RV.
This type of system provides a boosted signal throughout the RV, so you can use your cell phone or mobile device normally, without having to place it in a cradle.
Multiple people can use their devices at the same time and all receive the boosted signal. These RV cell signal booster kits typically only support 3G carrier networks.
3G and 4G RV Signal Booster Kit
This kit offers the same voice and 3G data signal boosting as the previous option, but also includes the opportunity to boost the 4G network for the carrier of your choice.
With the wide-scale roll-out of 4G LTE by most major carriers over the next couple of years, this kit will ensure that you can boost whichever network is available at your location, including high-speed 4G LTE, for the foreseeable future.
Learn more about the differences between 3G and 4G wireless technology.