Modern-day RVing is much different from the days of generations past. And while the purpose of traveling for many RVers is still to get out and explore the world outside their RV, the comforts and entertainments inside have improved drastically. As much as the Great Outdoors builds lasting connections, the indoors can bring people together, too.
TV & Movies
Today’s RVs often feature multiple flat-screen HDTVs for watching movies and catching up on shows. Some TVs have built-in DVD players, while others are easily hooked up to a DVD player stowed away in a cabinet. To access TV channels, there are a few different solutions RVers use (sometimes in combination):
- Cable hookups — Campgrounds and RV resorts often offer hookups for cable TV. You can access additional and HD channels by installing a cable box from your chosen provider.
- Satellite — Thousands of satellites provide signal all over the country. Many providers have plans that allow you to pay as you go.
- Antennas — HDTV antennas help you tap into network and local TV channels.
Internet from the road used to be cumbersome and at times nonexistent. But today, RVers have much better options for staying connected.
- Cellular networks — Because cell networks continue to expand their coverage, many RVers choose to use cell data and mobile hotspots while on the road.
- Wi-Fi — Many campgrounds and RV resorts have accessible Wi-Fi for a small fee. Accessing free Wi-Fi from cafés and libraries is also a good short-term solution. If you’re planning to stay in one place for a while, you can have an internet connection installed in your RV.
- Satellite — Much like satellite TV, signal is available wherever the satellites can make a visual connection with your receiver. Often you can use the same provider for TV and internet.
To learn about TV and internet options available to you, start with your cable/mobile/satellite provider and give them an idea of what you’ll need on the road. Also, always be sure to check with the campground or RV resort you plan on visiting to see if they have Wi-Fi and cable hookups.