TV Options for the RV

Although many camp to ‘get away from it all’, many RVers prefer to travel with more of the comforts of home. Whether you are in your RV fulltime or for shorter time periods, there are various options for obtaining television.

Many campgrounds offer a cable jack that allows you to hook up when you are settled at your spot. This is probably the most limited option as the reception is often less than stellar and the channel selections may be very limited.

An antenna of some sort is necessary for improved reception. Antennas come in various styles with many mounted permanently on the RV roof. Bat wing antennas are very common and many RVs come with them. This style of antenna must be adjusted from inside the RV.

An omni-directional dome antenna brings better reception without the need for adjustments. These are more expensive than bat wing antennas but are a popular selection for their ease of use.

Satellite dishes are also classified as an antenna as they perform the same function.

Most antennas are designed to work while the RV is parked, but there are in-motion options for motorhome owners so that passengers can watch TV while traveling. Trailer owners don’t have a need for an in-motion option as no passengers are in the trailer while it’s moving.

As with a brick and mortar home, RV television programming is provided by a satellite provider like DISH Network or DirecTV. Each of these companies offer special packages designed for the special needs of RV owners.

RV owners no longer have to settle for poor television coverage. Owners can expect to have hundreds of channels with the option for HD programming even while on the road. Determine what you think you might need before setting out on a big trip as it is generally easier to set everything up prior to traveling.

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