I had an e-mail from a couple who are three months into their new fulltime RV lifestyle and have quickly become discouraged with the often unreliable RV park WiFi systems they have encountered. They said that the service has ranged from free to paid, with the only common denominator being that it never seems to work very well, if at all.
In this age of air cards, smart phones that serve as WiFi hotspots, MiFi cards, satellite internet dishes, and whatever new technological breakthrough they have come up with in the last 24 hours, I really can’t understand why anybody would be willing to mess with RV park WiFi systems, if getting online is important to them at all. And these days, I don’t know very many RVers who don’t consider reliable internet access important.
Many of us communicate with our family and friends by e-mail, instant messaging, Skype, and social networking websites; we read and post blogs; we read our favorite websites on a daily basis; do our banking and shopping online; and so much more. For those of us who are self-employed and do a significant amount of our business online, not having reliable internet access is unacceptable. I cannot imagine having to depend on an RV park’s WiFi system. I’m willing to pay the $60 a month or so that it costs me to get online. It’s money well spent.
We use a Verizon air card, which we acquired before they instituted their 5 GB limit, so we are grandfathered in with no limits. We run it through a CradlePoint wireless router so we can both be online at the same time. I get a lot of e-mail during a typical day, and some folks get testy if they do not receive a quick acknowledgement of an order, or a response to a question. Even when we’re away from the motorhome, I can check my e-mail on my Droid or iPad, and take care of things as they come up.
How about you? How important is internet access to you? Do you rely on RV park WiFi systems? If not, how do you get online?
On another topic, even though we don’t have a bus conversion any more, we have fond memories of the annual bus rally that Jack and Paula Conrad held every year in Arcadia, Florida. It was always a fun event, with a friendly crowd of people. Jack and Paula have retired and are taking life easier these days, but Bill Phelan is continuing the tradition. And even though it is called a bus rally, all RVers are welcome. This year’s rally is December 29-31 at the Turner Agri Center in Arcadia, and Bill has invited Gypsy Journal and blog readers to come join in the fun. Check out the Arcadia Rally website for more information.
And don’t forget our Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally in Celina, Ohio September 26-30. We are getting more registrations in every week, and we’re looking forward to a great time. Come join us!
Thought For The Day – The times in life that seem to be the worst, sometimes turn out for the best!