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We usually install WeBoost cell boosters in our RVs. And I wouldn’t normally call a cell booster install “Brilliant,” but this one qualifies. This came out 50 BILLION TIMES better than I expected it would. The final product is nearly invisible, keeps a great degree of separation between the two antennas, and we tested it and it works great!
Besides a willingness to get your hands dirty, you’ll need a few things for this install (and yes, these are affiliate links):
- The WeBoost Drive Reach RV: Other cell boosters may work, but you need one that uses RG-6 cable between the outdoor antenna and the control unit. We’ve never looked any further than WeBoost, and we’ve never been disappointed.
- SMB to F RG6 Coax Antenna Conversion kit: The WeBoost kit uses a thinner gauge cabling with smaller adapters. This is the first of two you’ll need to make the switch.
- F-Type to SMA Male Female Adapters: And this is the second.
- USB and 12v Wall Outlet: This is the outlet you see me install in place of the HDMI outlet I removed.
- The 3D Printed Cap for the King Jack Antenna: This is the piece that makes it all come together. I’ve published the model on Treatstock.com. If you want one, you should be able to add it to your cart, and then pick a printing company to print and ship it to you. You can even change the material and color, if you want. Want it in blue nylon? Pick that. Want it in wood-infused plastic? You can do that too. Clear polycarbonate? Weird, but go ahead. I highly recommend just sticking with the black ABS though, since that’s what the part mates up with.
For a Winnebago EKKO, the install process would run pretty much like I show it in the video. If you have a different model of RV, it would still work, but you’d have to check your roof cables and your King Jack Antenna model to see if it will all work out.
Now, About that WeBoost
When I tested the WeBoost at the end of the video, it was in the worst location I know of for cell service. Sure, I know of places with no service at all – but a cell booster won’t help you if there’s nothing to boost. The campground we were at has sometimes-there-sometimes-not cell service. It’s the most annoying thing ever: you think there’s service, and your phone shows 1 or maybe even 2 bars. But what’s there is completely non-functional. But you keep trying anyway because every so often a few pixels will show up. It’s MADDENING!
The WeBoost did NOT suddenly make this spot a cell service utopia, but it did make it so you might be able to get an email or two out. Since that test we’ve taken the WeBoost on a 2+ week trip across the West and Midwest. It worked fabulously! Every time we had poor service and turned it on, things improved straight away. It’s those kind of fringe areas that we got the WeBoost for, and it’s why we’ve been traveling with their products for over 5 years now.
Let me know what you think of this install. I’m really starting to wonder how I ever traveled in an RV without a 3D printer. If you guys like it, and enough people find my antenna cap useful, I have a few other things I’ve printed up to make using our RV more enjoyable. If there’s demand, I’ll use the same marketplace with them so everyone can get them printed out. Let me know in the comments!