A cellular booster is a necessary addition for some RVs.
This is especially true for those of us who travel to locations that don’t have good cellular service.
Jennifer and I run our website, YouTube channel, Podcast, and eBook business from the road and so we need reliable access to the internet. Other RVers need it to remain in contact with family and friends back home and their jobs, too, in this age of the remote workforce.
What is an RV Cellular Booster?
A cellular booster is a device used to enhance the cellular signal of your mobile hotspot, tablet, smartphone, or cellular embedded router. It works by using an antenna that’s better located and more powerful than the one present in your cellular devices.
Using one will help create a stronger signal inside your RV. The stronger signal can provide a more stable internet connection, faster data speeds, improved battery life, and fewer dropped calls.
If you plan to work remotely from an RV, a cellular booster is probably a must. It is for us!
I’ve done lots of stories and videos through the years on cellular boosters.
And below is a video that shows how a cellular booster can be installed in an RV and what improvements it makes.
7 Best RV Cellular Boosters
There are many RV cellular boosters available, so how do you know which one to choose? We’ve created a list of what we think are the best RV cellular boosters available, in no particular order:
Those who are big into remote working from their RV have heard of weBoost before. This company is a pioneer in the RV cellular boosters market. They were among the first to create these devices and continue to release quality products today.
The Drive X RV is the latest RV-specific version, and it is a broadband device, which means it will work for all cellular signals. We love this model because it’s not carrier-specific and really does an amazing job at boosting the signal.
This device has features that include 5G capabilities, it operates even when moving, has a solid, reliable antenna, and can be used with any cellular provider.
The weBoost Drive X RV is usually priced around $499.
The Cel-Fi Go X is another great option. But it is expensive. VERY expensive.
It’s a single carrier booster that features industry-leading 100dB gain, and it’s compatible with T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.
The most significant advantage that this device has over others is that it’s not limited to the 70dB gain by the FCC like others on the market. It boosts by 100 db.
However, one of the downfalls is that it can only be used to boost one network at a time. So, if you have additional users on multiple networks, you’ll need more than one device.
You can install this signal booster inside or out, as it is NEMA 4 weather resistant and works in many applications, including RVs, homes, outdoors, hospitals, etc. In fact, most often this booster is used indoors, in remote homes, in office buildings, and in business settings.
But, yes, it can be used in an RV and if your connectivity is so critical that you must have only the best, then dig deep into your wallet and get this one.
Another thing that makes this a good option is that it’s easy to monitor and optimize through the use of the dedicated app called Cel-Fi WAVE.
While many would agree that this product works well, we think it is priced too steep for most RVers, around $999.
If you are looking for a smaller solution that’s not a large booster box or bulky antenna, then this is a great option.
The SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV is a compact booster that supports multiple users at one time. So, unlike the Cel-Fi model above, you only need one for as many people as you want.
Like the weBoost Drive X, this RV cellular booster works with all the latest smartphone technologies. We like the Fusion2Go because it’s smaller than usual, 5G compatible, and since the antenna is also smaller, it reduces the risk of it getting broken.
There’s really only one drawback, and that’s the unit only comes with about 10-feet of cable. So, it’s smart to buy additional when you buy the device.
This model is priced around $500.
Hiboost released the updated Travel 4G 2.0 RV in late 2019. It replaced the venerable 4G LTE Booster. This is one of the best RV cellular boosters because it has many great features, starting with its dedicated app.
The booster has both Bluetooth and WiFi modules that allow you to monitor the signal via the mobile app called ‘Signal Supervisor’. This app not only shows you real-time signal readings but also demonstrates how effectively the booster is performing. The app gives you access to a signal meter tool that helps locate the best outdoor position for your antenna, and HiBoost operates a technical support center you can contact directly from the app.
The Hiboost Travel 4G usually costs around $450.
The ProuTone 4G LTE booster is known for delivering higher audio quality, faster streaming, and increased data and voice speeds.
This signal booster is not 5G compatible but can boost the signal for multiple 4G LTE users at one time. It covers an area of up to 4,500 square feet, so it’s perfect for nearly any RV.
The advantages of choosing this device are: it supports multiple users simultaneously, covers a large area, and is equipped with automatic gain control.
The disadvantage is this model only works on cellular systems that run on the 700 MHz frequency. That does include Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile but cellular devices on the Sprint and Boost network do not work on that frequency.
This ProuTone cellular booster usually costs less than $200.
If you’re looking for a simple but effective device that’s a little easier on your wallet, check out the AnyCall Car Use Mobile Booster.
Not only is it affordable, but it works with all network providers. Even though the unit is roughly half the others’ price, its service is nearly the same.
This broadband model is great because it has features such as “inactivity mode,” which reduces power consumption, and can be used in motion or parked.
It usually sells for under $300.
The SureCall N-Range 2.0 is the bare-bones bargain unit of RV Cellular boosters.
This option is best for those looking for a small, simple device that offers no frills or thrills. It’s great because the setup is easy, and it works with all carriers.
Just beware that it’s only 3G and 4G LTE compatible and only supports one user at a time. You put your cell phone in a cradle and it’s powered by a 12-volt adapter (cigarette lighter) on the dash.
Though it’s sold mostly for passenger vehicles, there’s no reason it also won’t work in an RV.
And at only around $200, this is one of the most affordable choices on our list.
Way back in 2013, a device similar to this was my first cellular booster and it worked great.
So… just in case you don’t think such an inexpensive will work, here is that old video, shot nearly eight years ago:
What RV Cellular Booster Do You Use?
What do you consider the best RV Cellular booster? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.
Do you need to read through a little more of a How-To post about the best RV cellular boosters? Here you go.
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