While some people may want to get away and "unplug" from their everyday lives while travelling in their RVs, many still want all the comforts and conveniences of home including computers, iPads, high-tech gadgets and televisions. For all those who want to tune in and watch their favorite shows while on the road, NewRVer.com offers some tips on getting television reception in your RV.
There are three options to get a TV signal inside an RV: satellite, cable or antenna. Many RVers use a combination of methods, depending on their travels and budget. For those who are lucky to have Internet access, there are multiple streaming services available such as Netflix, Apple iTunes and Hulu.
Using a satellite dish is a popular way to get reception, although individuals who choose this option should know that getting local network channels isn't an option when you travel outside of what's considered your local service area unless you contact your company and change your "home base." This can sometimes be a hassle to get on the line and talk to a customer service rep. Most times you will be on hold long enough before you get frustrated and hang up.
Satellite dishes can be mounted on your RV itself, or can be portable satellite units that sit on the ground outside of the vehicle whenever you stop such as the DISH Tailgater
Cable television is a good option for people who travel to RV parks instead of more remote locations since you'll need a cable hookup in order to get reception. You will normally not get as many channels as your personal portable satellite, but it's better than nothing. Sometimes RV parks and campgrounds will charge it's customers to use the cable tv service. For a list of campgrounds and if they have cable tv hookups, visit the campground directory at TrailerLifeDirectory.com
If you plan to use an antenna to get reception, remember that you'll need a digital converter box. This option ensures you'll get local TV networks wherever you travel, and it's free!
One of the best selling portable satellite antenna is the Dish Tailgater which you can purchase at Camping World. The video below shows more details about the Dish Tailgater.
What other tips do you have for getting TV reception in your RV?