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Now that Starlink has their “Starlink For RVs” plan available, and we can pause service when we don’t need it, I finally decided it was time to take the plunge and get one for our own RV, Number One. (Well, that plan thing AND we had the opportunity to mooch off friends’ Starlink setups over the summer… that pretty much sealed the deal.) This video shows the install.
You might have expected me to do some over-the-top, actuator driven, self-raising mast install. I know I kind of expected that. But the most striking thing about this install is how temporary it all is. Basically, I could remove the whole thing, and all that would be left is an outlet and a cable pass-through hole in an exterior storage compartment. This is unusual for me, because “can I remove it” has never really been much of a consideration for me in my mods.
But the temporary nature of things is necessary because I wanted the ability to move the dish around while we were in camp so that we could get it out of the way of obstructions for a better signal. A fixed roof-mount would have made us have to choose between shade or internet service. The Starlink setup comes with a 75 foot cable, and a 150 foot cable is an option, so it seems like moving the dish around to get a good view of the sky is anticipated.
Perhaps the most interesting thing I did was to make a cool cable pass-through hole that I 3D printed a fitting for. Basically, it’s a really large version of my 2-sided grommet, that I then threaded so that it could be plugged from the outside with a large bolt-like thing. Gooping the cable in place wasn’t an option, so I needed a way to pass it in and out of the utility cabinet – but still needed the ability to seal the hole up completely when we start to move. Hopefully that makes sense when you see it in the video.
A Question for Starlink Owners
So my question for those of you that have Starlink for your RVs is: Do you find you really have to move the dish around a lot in order to get a good signal? Or would I have been just as well off with a permanent roof mount? I’m genuinely curious.
I suppose the good news is, if I do remove it and go with a roof mount, it won’t be too hard to remove!
Anyways, enjoy the video!