Links to Mobile Internet Setups
Over the years we have met many RVers and cruisers who have created differing mobile internet arsenals to satisfy their specific needs.
We don’t recommend just copying another blogger’s setup without really assessing if their needs are close enough to yours.
And besides, this stuff changes so often that you really need to look at what the current options are. Even stuff 6 months old can be outdated now.
But looking at the setups of others can be super helpful in understanding how this stuff comes together.
We do recommend reading through our guide to Approaching Your Mobile Internet Solution before diving too deeply into each of the sample set-ups listed below. It's important to understand the ways examining another nomad's setup can be useful - and also the things you need to keep in mind as you do. We have created a guide to help you better understand why there is no one-size-fits-most solution to mobile internet, but that will help you better approach your setup so that you can successfully create an arsenal to support your personal needs and style.:
What follows are links to RVers and cruisers who have shared their own mobile internet setups on their websites. Do note, some of these posts are several years old, with outdated tech and plans that are no longer available. However, we hope you glean a sense of the creativity and variety of solutions fellow nomads have applied to finding mobile internet solution that works for them!
Here are the setups that our very own Mobile Internet Resource Center staff use:
- Technomadia - The personal setup of Chris & Cherie (your hosts here) - on the road since 2006 working remotely as software developers and advisors. They split their time between RV and intercoastal cruising in a boat.
- Life with Dyna - The personal setup of Liz (a contributor here) & Jake - who have been on the road since 2015 working remotely.
- The Free Five - The personal setup of Andy (a contributor here) and his family of five - an adventurous connected family who uses a lot of bandwidth!
Bloggers and Vloggers
- All About RVs - Jared travels with his family full-time, producing popular videos about RV living.
- Ben Stein & Family - A family who spent 14 months on Carver Voyager 570 boat, cruising the Great Loop.
- Changing Lanes RV - Chad and Tara hit the road in late 2017 and work remotely, and run a YouTube channel. They share their mobile internet setup.
- Chickery's Travels - Sean and Julie Chickery are a couple of perpetual travelers who continue to work full-time on the road.
- Geeks on Tour– Chris & Jim have been on the road since 2003, and teach computer training both in-person and remotely. They rely on their grandfathered unlimited Verizon plan.
- Getaway Couple - Rae & Jason traveling and working full-time by RV since July of 2017.
- Gone with the Wynns– Nikki & Jason hit the road in an RV in 2010, and later transitioned to a sailing lifestyle.
- GoPetFriendly - A couple of full-time RVers, traveling the country and reporting on pet-friendly travel practices and destinations.
- Hungry for Tomorrow - Steve & Julia have been traveling full-time since 2016, and they both need to be online for their jobs.
- KelloggShow - A full-time working & homeschooling family of 14, who use both cellular and free WiFi hotspots to stay online.
- Life En Route - Kelly & James work and live full-time in their fifth wheel as of October 2019.
- Live Small, Ride Free - Ching & Jerud are both freelance works who have been full-time in their RV since 2015.
- Living Learning Mobile - Lucie & Craig travel in their 1982 Wanderlodge, both working remotely online. Craig has a 30+ year career in IT, and Lucie teaches online for a University.
- LivinLite.Net - YouTubers and Bloggers Erik & Kala share the internet setup that has kept them connected for 3 years while working full time on the road. They also run MobileMustHave - a storefront offering tons of Mobile Internet-related products.
- Nature Photo Guides - Sarah & Ron travel in their Airstream as photographers, and share the mobile internet setup that keeps them connected in remote locations.
- Newstate Nomads - Howard & Katelyn begin full-time RV living in 2018 and both have jobs where they need to stay connected.
- Outliers Overland - Overlanders Ben and Rebecca roam the road full time in their 4x4 Expedition Vehicle - and share their adventures via YouTube vlogs. Formerly 'His&Hers Vlogs'.
- OurVie - Cees, Elizabeth & Theo travel full-time with their adventure cat, Vladimir.
- Outside our Bubble - The arsenal of two high-tech geeks who work online - and a high-tech arsenal it is!
- Road Less Traveled - Authors and full-timers Emily & Mark Fagan shared their mobile internet setup that is based around a Verizon data plan and no cell phones!
- RV Inspection and Care - Duane Lipham is an RV Inspector and runs a YouTube channel & blog on the top. In this post, he shares his mobile internet setup.
- RV Lifestyle - Mike & Jennifer have a popular YouTube channel and have been RVing part-time since 2012.
- RVLove - Two remote workers shared the internet setup that kept them connected as they explored the country. Now part-timers, RVLove has become a vast resource for those looking to get started and make RVing a reality!
- RV Miles - Full-time RVers and podcasters share their 3-carrier mobile internet setup.
- RV Outlawz- Full-time RVing, these two have remote work corporate jobs that require a lot of connectivity. And, they're known to venture outside of U.S. borders too - and share tips on getting online while in Baja!
- The Snowmads - Formerly a full-time wander, now a part-time nomad, Kristin shares how she stays online while adventuring.
- Story Chasing - Amber works remotely and has been full-time traveling since May 2017.
- Tiny Shiny House - A family of 6 traveling around the country and homeschooling kids and working remotely.
- Tom and Lori RV Life - Now-retired, but formerly traveling while still working remotely, Tom and Lori share their mobile internet setup.
- Trekkn - Todd & Julie traveled full-time for 17 months with their 3 children, and needed to stay connected for work while they were traveling.
- Vegan RV - Kevin & Laura have been living and working full-time in their RV since September 2016.
- We're The Russos - Joe and Kait Russo transitioned to a nomadic lifestyle in 2015.
Have a post about your mobile internet solution you’d like to share? Send us a note with it at email@example.com and we may consider adding it to our list!
Mobile Internet is a changing entity, with new products and plans hitting the market constantly. Life is also a changing entity, and for some nomads, life has lead them to new adventures - some of which no longer involve the use of mobile internet.
This is where we let no longer updated blogs and out-of-date set-ups live.
- Jack Mayer - On the road for over a decade, and working in the software industry. Has vast experience in installing RV Park WiFi setups too.
- WheelingIt - Nina & Paul previously traveled the US in a motorhome doing lots of boondocking and volunteer workamping, as well as running their blogs, investing, and doing some freelance writing & photography. They then moved across the big blue yonder to Europe to continue their adventure.
- The Reckless Choice - Nik & Allison both had location-independent jobs, and worked while roaming in their RV.
Summary: Find What Works For You
Seeing what other RVers and boaters are doing for their internet needs can be helpful, but remember there is no "one size fits all" solution. Everyone's individual circumstances are different, so be sure to understand your own unique needs when building your own personal setup.
We have also created a Sample Setup Explorer, which visually demonstrates some different generic setup possibilities. If you're considering your own setup, we recommend checking it out!
- Approaching Your Mobile Internet Setup
- Assessing Your Mobile Internet Needs
- Sample Setup Explorer
- Finding Cellular Signal and Travel Planning for RV and Boat Mobile Internet
- Mobile Internet System Installation Considerations & The Tech Cabinet Approach
- Thinking Outside the Box - Alternatives to Traditional Mobile Internet Options
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