Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-23-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Where ever I park my Jayco
Posts: 5
Cell phone signal issues

I have a problem with getting cell phone signal in my rv when i'm out in the middle of nowhere and sometimes even near major highways. I could have a good signal outside but not much inside. I would hate to have an emergency and not be able to call some one for help. We're planning to drive to Florida near the end of May and I'd like to have this issue resolved.

We have AT&T, our signal is usually hit and miss even though the coverage map shows otherwise, we use an iphone and a blackberry for both voice and data and have an air card for our laptop which we use most of the time insted of staring at the tiny screens on our phones lol.

I've been looking for solutions to my issue and found a couple of options, but was wondering if any one had a similar issue and what you used to solve it... This is what I'm looking into...

http://www.unwiredsignal.com/?p=1036...stem+801245+RV

It supposed to pick up the signal from the tower, send it to an amp, boost it and broadcast it inside through a panel antenna. Theres nothing connected to our cell phone or our air card which is great because I dont want to be teathered to an antenna with no wiggle room.

If any one has any experience with this gadget please advise or if you have a better solution that doesnt involve switching carriers I'm all ears... I dont think I could give up my iphone lol

Thanks in advance for all the help!
__________________

__________________
Tommy, Naima & Nate
2002 Jayco Avatar Class A, 39ft, 2 slides, Diesel

In your back yard, hanging out...
AVATAR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 04:00 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
One Country Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Wewahitchka, FL
Posts: 152
I've seen that trucker antenna used a lot. Have heard good reports on it. It boasts a 50db gain and the other only 7 db. Every 3 db is a double in signal strenth. 50db is a lot.

You have to understand, if it's only receiving noise it's going to only amplify the noise. If there is a hint of a signal, look for good response.

I'm in the same situation. We use BlackBerrys and looking into an amp. We are with Verizon. Not knocking AT&T, but in the southeast Verizon has much better coverage in remote locations.

Good luck to you.
__________________

__________________
"It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for.":)
~ Will Rogers ~

Jim
Priscilla, best friend & navigator.
Hank (5 year old black & tan Dachshund)
Cocoa (3 year old brown & tan dapple Dachshund)
2010 Fleetwood Excursion 30a
Toad is a 2007 Jeep Wrangler X
(We traded in our F250 and Jayco Eagle)
One Country Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2011, 01:33 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
RoyBraddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: King George
Posts: 2,396
In my recent working days (now retired) all across the US the only provider that worked in most places was VERIZON . I do know AT&T is working hard now to take away a bunch of Verizon places so it wont be too much longer before VERIZON has some competition . Most of the providers do real well following the interstates but fall apart real quick in the back out of the way places... VERIZON does have some bad spots but for us was by far the best providerer to use...

I have great success using the Verizon MIFI box that gives me a five user WIFI HOT SPOT for about 50-feet around my trailer anywhere I get a cell phone signal.. Lets all of my on-board toys log in at same time. I have the 3GB Data plan for $27 a month but I think VERIZON has now come out with a new replacement data plane which is 5GB data plan for $50 a month. I'm good until I have to upgrade haha... I used to use the 5GB AIR CARD plan for $60 a month but changed over to Verizon MIFI when it came out a few years back.
__________________
Roy and Carolyn
I claim Horse Creek Country in Southern Ill - Momabear is from North Texas
We live in King George VA
RETIRED DOD DOAF DON CONTRACTOR Electronics Tech 42YRS

"We're burning daylight" - John Wayne
2008 STARCRAFT 14RT OFF-ROAD POPUP with PD9260C and three 85AH 12VDC batteries
2010 F150 FX4 5.4 GAS with 3.73 gears - Super Cab - Towing Package - 2KW Honda EU2000i Gen
K9PHT (since 1957) 146.52Mhz
"We always have a PLAN B"
RoyBraddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2011, 02:42 PM   #4
Member
 
Jim Manley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Placerville, CA (near Lake Tahoe)
Posts: 80
Send a message via AIM to Jim Manley
Here's a link to my system...
https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...ghlight=Manley
Jim
__________________
Jim and Barbara Manley; 2 toy poodles, Louis and Isabelle; 26BH; Tundra
Jim Manley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2011, 02:47 PM   #5
Site Team
 
Crabman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Virginia`s Eastern Shore
Posts: 14,654
Can ya hear me now?
__________________
2017 Coachmen Catalina 283RKS
2004 Chevy 2500 HD CC 6.0l
2010 Jayflight 28BHS (sold)
Crabman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2011, 07:40 PM   #6
Site Team
 
norty1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 12,043
sold on MIFI

I have had great success with the Verizon mifi service also. I will likely upgrade to the 4g in a few months. Even though we don't get to far out in the sticks, I have never not been able to get online this past year. We even dropped our home DSL service to save a few bucks and just use the mifi all the time.

Works fine if you are not a high volume user. Our internet habits are not geared to downloading music or video so 3g has worked out fine so far.
__________________
Moderator
2011 351RLTS Eagle, Mor/Ryde suspension & pin box
06 F350 Lariat PSD, SRW, LB, CC, EGR delete kit, 16K DrawTite hitch, Timbrens, TST TPMS

Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." - Mark Twain
norty1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2011, 07:58 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: AZ, USA, Earth
Posts: 1,342
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crabman View Post
Can ya hear me now?
What?
__________________
Jeannie
Lady Fitzgerald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2011, 11:57 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North Idaho/Arizona
Posts: 5,303
Trucker antenna. Worked for us and it was just on the cabinet in the trailer.
__________________
2011 Eagle 330RLTS with just about every option.
2017 Silverado 1500 4x4 5.3 with tow package.

I was born with nothing and I still have most of it left.
clutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2011, 12:39 PM   #9
Site Team
 
norty1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 12,043
I have a passive trucker antenna. My new phone has no external antenna jack, so it's for sale with 2 adapters. PM me if interested.
__________________
Moderator
2011 351RLTS Eagle, Mor/Ryde suspension & pin box
06 F350 Lariat PSD, SRW, LB, CC, EGR delete kit, 16K DrawTite hitch, Timbrens, TST TPMS

Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." - Mark Twain
norty1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2011, 02:21 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
3'senough's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 2,072
I've had AT&T who then went to Cingular then back to AT&T, Nextell who became Sprint, T-mobile for WI-FI and Virgin. I now have had Verizon for 8 months and all the dead spots that I had with all the above mentioned providers were plugged with Verizon. While I have no experience nor have I tried boosters, so I cannot speak to reccommend one or another. Changing my carrier has solved my issues.

I've been in major metropolitan areas where coverage just stinks with multiple carriers, so it's not always a rural location problem.

Just my experience with the reliable coverage that I now have.
__________________

__________________

2014 375 BHFS Eagle Premier
2014 Ram 3500 Longhorn DRW CC
6.7 CTD, Aisin, 4.10's
Yamaha EF3000iSEB
3'senough 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


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.