6 Reasons We Won't Be Using Starlink For RV'S — Important Information To Know!

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  1. We ordered Starlink for our home and added probability. We have a clear path from our home. Our internet is a little slow as we live an hour out of Columbus OH. So our intention is to try it out for a couple of weeks. We will take it camping since we added probability and test there as well. It is pricey to purchase the equipment but it is a one time deal. All returnable for 30 days. We will be saving money in that area. Our cell phone is Visible which we love because it uses Verizon towers and unlimited data for $25 a piece. What we found going west last year, the cell service did ok but not adequate to download videos. And at home, the download speeds can be slow. We didn't choose the RV option for the reasons you stated. The nice thing about probability, you can use it for a month and stop it. So being weekenders ourselves, it will be worth the money. Our fellow friends got it ahead of us and they have fast internet where they live as well. Trees are the worst enemy for Starlink users. However when you don't have the greatess internet, it will be worth the try. So the jury is out and will let you know how it works. Deana

  2. At $135 a month Internet isn't that important to me. Half the cost, and I'd consider turning off my home Internet and replacing with Starlink. Be nice in the motorhome, but Verizon is good enough. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you Izzy and MJ! Great video! I thank you for saying saying what Starlink is like and how much it costs. Too pricy for me. I’m paying way less than that for my home internet. I would get whatever you guys have in your Rv for internet for my Rv. I want to get what works best. And you don’t have to pay too much. Thank you Izzy and MJ for this video.

  4. I’m going with everything, phone hotspot, Pepwave with t-mobile and ATandT and Starlink

  5. Lots of my neighbors have it where we live. We live in rural northern Michigan. Spotty and slow cell service and NO internet. Its DirecTV, Dishtv or stream. My download speed right now is 18, when thousands descend on our area for the summer starting next week it will be terrible. We are mad we did not get in on beta test – those neighbors paid less.

  6. I ordered Starlink last May, when it truly was in Beta. The area that I wanted to primarily use it was my cabin, on a lake in very rural Northwestern Wisconsin. I received the V2 Starlink starter kit in January. Since my cabin is only a 3 season, with Winter not being 1 of those seasons, I set it up on my front yard lawn, in the urban forrest that is Minneapolis, to test it out and play with it a bit. Surprisingly, it was able to see and maintain a signal for all but about 5 minutes, every 12 hours. That was better than expected, and the speeds were 90-130 Mega Bits Per Second (mbps) down and 8-15 mbps up, which I rate as fast for it being a very narrow corridor of sky through which it had to communicate.
    When May came around, and I was able to open my cabin, I moved Starlink up there, and have it (currently) sitting on my dock. It now has 0 downtime, due to obstructions, and I am seeing download speeds of between 90-160 mbps down and 8-12 mbps up. When I moved it up to NW Wisconsin, my cabin address was not a valid service address, so I turned on the Portability option, for $25/month. I noticed no throttling, and expected none, due to the remoteness of my location. I continued to monitor the Starlink availability map, and to my surprise, this week my address now shows as being a valid service address. It took me 5 minutes to change my account service address, so now I will pay the $110/month, while my cabin is open.
    If you are still with me, here comes the RV portion of this post. When Halloween roles around, and the snow starts to make itself known, I will be packing up Starlink, my dog, and driving my Class A gas motorhome to the high desert of Eastern California, where my daughter's family lives, to spend the winter, out of the brutal cold of the upper Midwest, for the first time in 31 years. Now Starlink won't be officially available, in the eastern Sierras, until 2023, but already having the dish will allow me to use it there, just by turning back on the portability option.
    I am not a "power" user, don't do Zoom calls, but I do have 2 Roku TVs, a cell phone, a laptop, and an iPad, all connected and able to stream YouTube, movies, and check the weather, all at the same time, with little to no lag time.
    As you may well understand, Starlink is a very good fit, for the way that I live, and RV. I will also be able to use Starlink, on the road, with less than a 5 minute setup, once it is installed in the RV.
    If you made it to the end, of my short story, thank you for reading this far, and listening to my story. Happy trails to you all!

  7. We live rural and received Starlink back in 2020. We have had zero issues and incredible speeds. We have also just received our 2nd starlink for our motorhome. We will be using for the first time next week with the excellent stable service at home I look forward to using this on the road.

  8. We have Starlink at home and the service has been excellent (even through BETA). All your points are spot on. If you are a full timer I think this is a great option, for part timing, the cost doesn't make it worth it yet. When we plan to travel south in the winter for a few weeks we will just take our dish/modem and activate roaming for an extra $25.00

  9. Hehehe I have it. I have it for home. I turned it off. I have too many trees, it will NOT work with trees. If you are in the Desert it will be GREAT. TREES NO. In the mountains and trees, NO. And it uses a lot of power…..

  10. I work for a very small rural non-profit internet provider. For our commuity, Starlink (for homes) has been the best thing ever. These last two years a bazillion folks moved out from the city and realtors told them "High speed internet available" hahaha. We offer 10/2 meg and 5/1 meg packages. Try translating that for city-folk.

  11. Could you please share what cellular data rig you are using instead of the Starlink? I.e., which cellular modem/router, what outside antenna on the roof, and which carrier/data plan? Thanks!

  12. We currently use the FMCA/t-Mobile hotspot which works well for us. Starlink is a game changer and we are considering it but the issue of "in-motion" usage is primarily due to Starlink not obtaining authorization from the FCC for in-motion usage. Logically the satellite dish doesn't look like it could withstand the forces it would be subject to when traveling at 60 mph but the FCC is the reason it can't be used in-motion. My understanding is they are working on getting FCC approval. The primary reason Starlink had to limit the number of households that could use Starlink in an area was the satellites initially deployed could only communicate with the ground station. All the satellites deployed for the past year now have the ability to communicate via laser with other Starlink satellites. This now allows the capacity to be based on the total number of satellites deployed in the constellation vs just the one satellite you're connected to. My biggest concern with Starlink is they plan to have as many as 40,000 satellites. Today they have about 2,000 deployed. I wonder how you can deploy so many satellites in low earth orbit without some kind of incident.

  13. We are camped in Roan Mountain, TN for 4 weeks and have not had cell phone or internet for the first week and a half. I ordered starlink on day two. It arrived yesterday and I must say I must say that I'm glad that we made the purchase. It works great! We will probably be keeping it for the long haul. Between our T-mobile at Home (Which does not work here) and Starlink, I am hoping that we will always have an internet signal wherever we go. THUMBS UP to Starlink for us!

  14. Good info, my thoughts too. After playing around with different equipment and setups. I have settled on my MOFI 5500 with AT&T with a fixed 5G antenna for the RV. Depending on how close to the cell tower I can get 80MBP, even under trees in a state park we were still able to get 40MBP. Starlink wouldn't have worked at all. The only "problem" is that when we are home. I don't turn off the power to RV so the internet still running. The MOFI is so strong of a signal we keep losing our devices keep wanting to switch to that connection. LOL House is just a bit faster on the download speeds, not much tho.

  15. I have had Starlink for 4 months and I am awestruck at the speeds I get. I am in a part of So. Florida that is "not available" for service and I have 152 Mbps speeds. I have travelled to Louisiana, Florida and Georgia and had 235 MBPs ! I have had no drop outs lasting more than 20 seconds and in the total time only one 2 minute outage. I do not have it mounted…Most of the time on the ground and sometimes on the roof of my Toad. As long as you have a clear view of the Northern Sky it works fine. the setup at each stop is quick. I keep the Dishy in the forward Electrical bin under the driver seat and drilled a hole in the bin to the inside and snaked the wire to the modem inside. It connects within 2-5 minutes of powering it up. I don't know the big deal about "in motion". When you are driving you have cell service that is most of the time fine. I have the Starlink Modem connected to my Pepwave Dual Router on my motor home with the Ethernet adapter and I stream everything on my Smart Tv's. This is a game changer. Looking forward to our 4 month trip out west. The frustration of a good signal will be over. Also i have great Cell Phone Wifi calling.

  16. Is the Starlink download speed measured in "Mega Bytes" as you said or in 'mega bits' ?

  17. I work full time living full time in my Class C RV. I use about 130GB of data monthly.
    I have a Winegard 360+ antenna, connected to a Gateway modem inside. Which I have wired to my work computer via Ethernet.
    Then I have a Verizon SIM card for their data plan. The equipment was thrown in when I bought the RV, but the 150 GB data plan is $110 per month.
    And it only works when there is average to above avg signal.
    I look forward to Starlink!

  18. I'm in North Central Texas and I ordered Starlink over 7 months ago and the service is still not available.

  19. Hey, not sure I completely agree with all of the issues or potential issues your raise as in they can be issues with cellular also. No need to bore folks with the detail. If I were part-time, I doubt I could justify Starlink. However, I'm not and recently did an analysis of grading my gear to 5G versus Starlink. The result: equipment would cost basically the same, a little more for 5G, monthly service Starlink is less for me and the increased bandwidth led me to Starlink. There are fixed mounting options (sort of) available so that the dish is up above the RV and wiring fixed. As I type this I am looking at the box, I'm installing tomorrow. Wish me luck. Oh as for in motion, it's just me so I probably should not be watching ERVing youtube while going down the road. lol.

  20. Starlink has changed our lives. Fastest internet service we have ever had, that includes fiber optics. Had it since the beginning of the year. One or two very minor outages. (I mean maybe a couple of minutes). Very easy to install and setup. We are not full time RVers but are still considering using Starlink for our RV. I am seeing more and more RVers with Starlink. If you work on the road, I would highly consider it.

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