Here are the best RV cellular boosters to keep you connected on the road.
Here are the best RV cellular boosters to keep you connected on the road.
- 1.1 What is an RV Cellular Booster?
- 1.2 7 Best RV Cellular Boosters
- 1.3 What RV Cellular Booster Do You Use?
- 1.4 Curious about the gear, gadgets, accessories, and RV products Mike & Jennifer use and recommend?
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.
CLICK HERE for a YouTube playlist of some of the videos we’ve done on RV 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:
Weboost Drive X RV
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.
Cel-Fi Go X
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.
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV
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 Travel 4G 2.0 RV
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.
ProuTone 4G LTE Cell Booster For Vehicle
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.
AnyCall Car Use Mobile Booster For All Networks
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.
SureCall N-Range 2.0 Vehicle Signal Booster
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.
Curious about the gear, gadgets, accessories, and RV products Mike & Jennifer use and recommend?
On this RV Lifestyle Travel blog, our RV Podcast, and our RV Lifestyle YouTube Channel, we mention all sorts of RV-related products and gear that we use. So, we created a special page that links to them. We update this all the time. CLICK HERE to go to it directly.
May 02, 2022at10:27 pm, David Bernardin said:
I live way out in the boonies. I have a Long Range LTE Cellular High Gain Outdoor Parabolic Booster Antenna +26db with 50 ohm N connectors on a 50 ft mast. I have 2 phones and a LTE modem on a single LTE carrier and I still need more boost. I’m willing to pay any amount to get the thing to work consistently because it keeps quitting. What really strong booster can I use or find ? I’m getting desperate as this is driving me insane with it constantly not working.
January 20, 2022at8:59 pm, Larry Waggoner said:
You did not specify which cell booster you used or recommend. Sorry not a technical electronic type of person but just want a reliable and purposeful booster. Any names you could recommend or recommend not buying.
Thanks for your time.
December 05, 2021at8:09 am, Samantha Nichols said:
The SureCall worked much better than expected and boosted a very weak signal to LTE on Verizon. We camp a lot and while deep in National Park, it won’t get a signal, we have been pleased with getting enough service in most places to be able to at least text or call someone. Our first unit got zapped in a power overload, and we could tell this cell phone booster was missing. Glad to have it back. Worth the investment to have cell service while traveling.
November 06, 2021at9:48 am, Dalton Bourne said:
I have used cell phone boosters for two months at an RV campground in Tombstone, Arizona, where AT&T and Verizon service were marginal. The signal was boosted enough to enable me to work remotely through Remote Desktop and also download large data files. It works for stationary use and in motion. It is also capable of supporting several devices without compromising the fast network speed that it can provide. In addition, it’s compatible with almost all carriers and provides excellent cellular coverage.
November 08, 2021at9:23 pm, Dalton Bourne said:
With these cell phone boosters for RVs, I can improve my communication lines while helping them stay open. It can enhance the 3G and 4G signals not only of moving vehicles but also of permanent dwellings. However, this cell phone booster is quite expensive, but it is worth it if you consider its overall quality and capabilities.
May 31, 2022at10:17 am, Teena Blakley said:
Hello, which cell phone booster are you using and having the best luck with?
October 27, 2021at8:13 am, Andrew Yang said:
I used this Alfa WiFi Camp 2 WiFi Repeater Kit to grab weak WiFi signal at an RV campground area. The instructions are clear enough that one does not need to be a technical genius to set up. The kit consists of an R36A portable router as well as an outdoor antenna with high sensitivity. I was immediately able to take an unusable signal and stream XFinity and Netflix with no lag.
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October 04, 2021at10:31 am, Cory said:
Anyone use these for first world experience ? I don’t see any many options for 5G as 4G at this point.
February 02, 2021at6:35 pm, Tom Wickstrom said:
Have you ever tried, evaluated, or published an article on Mobile Routers with MIMO antennas??
I believe you will find that they work better than cell boosters for both Internet access and cell phone calling via the WiFi they broadcast internal to the RV.
February 03, 2021at9:10 am, Rick Filcoff said:
Hello Mike, You may want to refer your readers to the excellent related and in-depth information from one of your gusts, Technomadia, on this subject and, specifically, a YouTube the video with information specifically relating to the use of MIMO routers/antenna versus the use of cellular boosters: https://www.technomadia.com/2019/02/our-mobile-internet-setup-for-rv-and-boat-how-weve-kept-online-for-13-years-of-technomadic-travel/
February 02, 2021at12:52 pm, Roger Hall said:
Last year I purchased a SureCall for RV. It did NOT boost my Xfinity Mobile cell signal because it uses a different frequency than the other major carriers, even though it uses Verizon towers. I sent it back to SureCall to test/check. They found nothing wrong with it and sent me a new one. Same problem. Finally I sold it for half of what I paid for it. I am sure it works for the other carriers but was disappointed it would not work with Xfinity Mobile. Before I buy a different model I would like to hear from others who are on the Xfinity network to see which booster does work on it. I don’t accept statements that it will work with all carriers anymore.
February 02, 2021at7:53 am, Noah Nason said:
I have the weBoost Connect RV 65. This is stationary only. The key benefit is the easily employable 25-foot directional antenna. I found this to work exceptionally well to pull in a signal when the lower omnidirectional antenna was not adequate.