Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.
This week’s topic is How To Work Full Time In An RV While Traveling. We will not be discussing how to find a mobile full-time job in this video, instead, we’ll talk about what you can do to make having a mobile job work from a traveling RV/Airstream.
The first major consideration is Internet since most mobile jobs will be internet dependent. We did a lot of research and decided to purchase a grandfathered Unlimited Verizon Plan from eBay. While this cost us money up front we now pay $70 for unlimited data. Once you have a way of getting internet while on the road the next step is camping where you have a signal. We use Campendium to find the best camping spots (both campgrounds and boondocking) with good Verizon signal so that we can stay connected. However, sometimes you can’t get the best signal. That is why we recommend a cell booster so that 1-2 bars 3G can be boosted up to 1-2 bars 4G. While it can’t make a signal from nothing it can certainly help make an unusable signal usable.
Once your internet requirements are out of the way the next things to think about are a comfortable workspace and a schedule. Steve worked full-time from the Airstream dinette for months but it was very comfortable or conducive to a good workday. So we tore it out and put in a nice desk with plenty of room for his laptops and monitor. We also got him a comfortable work chair. All this has made his workday better. A schedule is also a big issue with working from home, especially when traveling. We recommend trying to set up a schedule that works for you and your lifestyle (if it’s not already set by your company) and sticking to it as best you can.
This week’s Friday Favorite is our WeBoost Cell Booster & Yagi Directional Antenna. As many of you know we installed the cell booster in the winter with Steve from the More We Explore helping. We have started to use it in our boondocking adventures and a few of you have had questions on how it’s worked. So we thought we would share our experience so far. We love it and the fact we can still stream our favorite shows during dinner 🙂
As we discussed in a past Tuesday Talk (linked below) we use an unlimited data plan from Verizon for all our internet needs on the road. While we’ve had amazing service in Tucson we know we will soon be camping in places where the service is more spotty. After chatting with Steve from The More We Explore we decided to ditch the TV antenna on the Airstream and instead install a new Directional Antenna and WeBoost system. Steve was kind enough to help us with the install.
We can already tell a difference and can’t wait to be out on the road and test it further.
On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life.
This week we’re discussing how to get and maintain good internet while on the road. We knew internet service was important to us and didn’t want to trust the wireless internet offered at campgrounds (plus we plan to boondock most of the time). So we researched and bought a grandfathered Verizon Wireless Unlimited Data plan back in January of 2016. We used it as our only internet source both in our home and ever since moving into the Airstream. We walk you through why we decided on this route and how we got setup.
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