Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-09-2021, 12:06 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 79
SpaceX Starlink Coming to RVs

I just read that SpaceX has asked to start deploying the ground base stations so they can offer mobile internet to RVs, ships, planes, and semi-trucks! I have already signed up for the home version, so I'm hoping this comes to fruition.

https://arstechnica.com/information-...ts-and-planes/
__________________
RV Newbies
2020 Grey Wolf 23MK
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
SeabrooksFam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2021, 01:36 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 294
What's it going to cost?
latner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2021, 01:41 PM   #3
Pickin', Campin', Mason
 
5picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Western PA
Posts: 15,414
Interesting that they say the 'antenna' will need to be installed by professionals.
__________________
_________________________________________
2016 Flagstaff 8529IKBS Diamond Package 5th Wheel•Goodyear Endurance Tires•2017 Ford F-Series SCREW 4x4•Factory Puck•B&W Companion•TST Tire Monitor w/Repeater•Sinemate 3500w Gen.
F&AM Lodge 358 Somerset, PA - JAFFA Shrine - Altoona, PA

Days Camped: '17=38 '18=49 '19=58 '20=110 '21=116 '22=19
5picker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2021, 02:39 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by 5picker View Post
Interesting that they say the 'antenna' will need to be installed by professionals.
Yes, I'm sure that's out of an abundance of caution considering they are saying it's due to radiation.
__________________
RV Newbies
2020 Grey Wolf 23MK
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
SeabrooksFam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2021, 02:41 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by latner View Post
What's it going to cost?
No idea yet. But if it's $99/month like the home-based version, that's cheaper than anything VZW or AT&T is charging for "RV" plans.
__________________
RV Newbies
2020 Grey Wolf 23MK
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
SeabrooksFam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2021, 02:48 PM   #6
llr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 1,374
It is interesting that they say the receiver is the same as home based. So at least technically you should be able to bring your home system to a campground.

They were saying it was limited to a few miles from home but hopefully that limit either is gone or will be soon. I don't care about the in motion option, just in campgrounds
__________________
TT 2021 Grand Design 2800BH
Prior TT 2017 Flagstaff 831CLBSS Classic Ultra lite - SOLD 5/21
TV 2017 F150 6.5' bed 3.5 Eco-boost
prior TV 2014 Silverado 2500 HD
llr is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2021, 03:34 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: IL
Posts: 1,152
$500 for the hardware put me off when I was offered a beta setup here at home. Doubt the mobile version would be cheaper, but it might be worth it for some folks.



Rich Phillips
__________________
Rich Phillips
2019 K-2500 Duramax Crew Cab
2014 Silverback 33RL
richp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2021, 03:59 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 13,640
Quote:
Originally Posted by richp View Post
$500 for the hardware put me off when I was offered a beta setup here at home. Doubt the mobile version would be cheaper, but it might be worth it for some folks.



Rich Phillips
Yes, the $500 hardware cost is significant but at least it's only a one-time expense.

Depending on the content available it seems like a bargain compared to most cable bills around me.

I told my cable company to pound sand when the bill reached $200/mo.
__________________
"A wise man can change his mind. A fool never will."

"You only grow old when you run out of new things to do"

2018 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BDS
2004 Nissan Titan
TitanMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2021, 04:27 PM   #9
Pickin', Campin', Mason
 
5picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Western PA
Posts: 15,414
Quote:
Originally Posted by richp View Post
$500 for the hardware put me off when I was offered a beta setup here at home. Doubt the mobile version would be cheaper, but it might be worth it for some folks.
Rich Phillips
Seems a bit expensive on the surface but for folks in rural areas where NOTHING is available, they won't blink at $500 for the equipment.

I live in a rural area of PA and we have nothing at my location. No cable, no dial-up service and very limited cell service. I wound up putting in a $4k self-supporting 100' tower on my property along with over $2k worth of AirFiber equipment to have internet. One does what one has to do.
__________________
_________________________________________
2016 Flagstaff 8529IKBS Diamond Package 5th Wheel•Goodyear Endurance Tires•2017 Ford F-Series SCREW 4x4•Factory Puck•B&W Companion•TST Tire Monitor w/Repeater•Sinemate 3500w Gen.
F&AM Lodge 358 Somerset, PA - JAFFA Shrine - Altoona, PA

Days Camped: '17=38 '18=49 '19=58 '20=110 '21=116 '22=19
5picker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2021, 02:14 PM   #10
Dahagen
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cascade Idaho
Posts: 529
Starlink is internet only according to their website. So it doesn't replace DirecTV or Dish. With Starlink you would have to pay extra for movies and news from streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, CBS and Disney Plus. That would add quite a bit to the $99 monthly Starlink charge.
dahagen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2021, 04:49 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by dahagen View Post
Starlink is internet only according to their website. So it doesn't replace DirecTV or Dish. With Starlink you would have to pay extra for movies and news from streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, CBS and Disney Plus. That would add quite a bit to the $99 monthly Starlink charge.
Yes, it's "just" the Internet. That's the whole point. Most people stream today anyway. I haven't had cable/satellite TV in YEARS. Prime comes with video, so that's a sunk cost. Netflix for me is paid by T-Mobile as a benefit of my plan, My son pays for my Paramont+ and I pay for Disney+. So, there are ways around costs.
__________________
RV Newbies
2020 Grey Wolf 23MK
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
SeabrooksFam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2021, 04:53 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by TitanMike View Post
Yes, the $500 hardware cost is significant but at least it's only a one-time expense.

Depending on the content available it seems like a bargain compared to most cable bills around me.

I told my cable company to pound sand when the bill reached $200/mo.
If you put down the $99 REFUNDABLE deposit, it is applied to the $499 cost, so that puts you at $400 when it drops. But even at $500, that's $20.83 for 24 months. How much do you pay for cable modem rentals now, I think in some parts, it's up the $8.99/month. Most people are stuck with their Internet provider for over 5 years and in most cases, forever. So, $500 is a nothing-burger for me. :-)
__________________
RV Newbies
2020 Grey Wolf 23MK
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
SeabrooksFam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2021, 05:00 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,170
I'm interested in following this thread. The thought of decent WiFi on the road is exciting. We already did away with DirecTV and pretty much use the streaming services now, so something like StarLink would be great.
__________________
2003 Duramax
2017 Crusader 315

2016 Boston Whaler Montauk 150
Former Montana owner
Colorado Cruiser, Over the Pass and Down the Hill
Comanchecreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2021, 05:25 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Comanchecreek View Post
I'm interested in following this thread. The thought of decent WiFi on the road is exciting. We already did away with DirecTV and pretty much use the streaming services now, so something like StarLink would be great.
I agree. I'll try and keep it updated as more information comes out.
__________________
RV Newbies
2020 Grey Wolf 23MK
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
SeabrooksFam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2021, 06:01 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,170
It will really be interesting if we can use it at home, AND take it on the road with us.

We used to do that with DirecTv, but their programming was really expensive for what you got, and the internet at the parks still stunk.
__________________
2003 Duramax
2017 Crusader 315

2016 Boston Whaler Montauk 150
Former Montana owner
Colorado Cruiser, Over the Pass and Down the Hill
Comanchecreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2021, 08:05 PM   #16
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Edgar, WI
Posts: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeabrooksFam View Post
I just read that SpaceX has asked to start deploying the ground base stations so they can offer mobile internet to RVs, ships, planes, and semi-trucks! I have already signed up for the home version, so I'm hoping this comes to fruition.

https://arstechnica.com/information-...ts-and-planes/
I’m also signed up for the home version so I’m anxious to hear more about this mobile version as well. We live in a fairly remote rural area and our current internet provider is not the best.
__________________
2021 F-150, 4x4, Ecoboost
2018 Flagstaff Microlite 21DS
Oklamartin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2021, 08:31 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 5,600
and to think, the first thing I did when we bought our cabin and acerage in MO, was to tear the satelite receiver off the roof and disconnect all the components inside, boxed em up and stuck it all in a closet. What was I thinking ?
TheWolfPaq82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2021, 11:18 AM   #18
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 7
Hi my starLink is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. I hope to set up over the weekend. I will let you know how it goes. I was also told the RV system were on the drawing board but likely 1 to 2 years away. They need to get all the satellites launch before it will function properly.
eddy67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2021, 02:01 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 998
I'll dig into this deeper. Last we asked they were not ready to try beta on RV's, sounds like they have a new version of their dish.



My company works in the plant that makes the Starlink equipment in Hawthorne, CA and we're in the thick of this. I'll ask my foreman to poke around a bit more. I'm so looking forward to this, it will take the place of cell, satellite and wifi.
nayther is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2021, 02:09 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
robo44's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 909
Currently, this isn’t a good option for RVers who travel. If you can get it, and that’s an if as it’s only available in certain geographic regions and mostly rural areas, it’s geofenced to one specific address or location. Also, currently, they only have a fraction of the planned number of satellites launched, so any obstruction in the sky like trees can dramatically affect it. USD cost is $499 plus tax and shipping and $99 a month. Ummm few years before this is a on the road for RV mobile use.. I will wait
__________________
2019 FR3 33DS Motorhome
650 Watts Solar, 400Ah LIFEPO4, 2000 Watt Inverter, 40A DC/DC Charger, SumoSprings, Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer, BlueOx Trac Bar, Truma AquaGo WH, NVIDIA Shield TV
Days Camping
2019 57:2020 20:2021 30 [/B]
robo44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:59 PM.