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YeeYeeHaircut

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I am currently planning to move into an RV/Trailer and park it at a park that preferably has hookups like power and sewer, and I have some questions about the internet situation and power.

I am on the internet quite a bit, and I use a TV/my Laptop/computer, I'm wondering, do parks allow me to pay for my own modem etc, and hook it to my trailer?

and is the power enough to run say a console, or my devices?

TLDR - Can I do everything I'm doing now in an RV/Camper - Using my centurylink/maybe a spectrum modem I pay for and consoles, and powering devices?

(I dug around on the internet but this is what I'd feel to do is ask professionals or someone who knows more about it. I just wanna be prepared to stay in contact with my long distance friends and still do things with them while off of work over the net etc.)

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If you're planning to stay permanently in one park, they may allow service from a local cable or fiber Internet provider. The Internet service parks typically provide for itinerant guests is usually pretty marginal at best, and not suited to streaming or other heavy uses. Knowing that, many of us bring our own Internet services along with us as we travel in the form of "hotspots" that receive service from the various cell providers, or use the hotspot feature on our phones. There are various data plans available from all the major carriers with differing data allowances. Unlimited data plans are also available from most carriers, but at a premium price. There are some third-party unlimited services that use the major carriers towers usually wth better pricing, but they tend to not to be as reliable since some are using grey market business plans that can be shut down at any time by their provider. The link below is a good starting point for researching available equipment and plans.

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Depends upon the park.

Basically the farther out in 'nature' you are, the more difficult it is to get wired internet. And wired internet is always more reliable than anything WiFi over the air solution.

Most RV folks use an over the air situation, connected to a hotspot tied to a major carrier wireless plan. This can vary from barely functional to streaming quality - depending upon how close to cell towers and some other things.

Also, 'Unlimited Data Plans' mean the company will not charge you more money no matter how much data you use. It does not mean that your data rate will not be throttled if you exceed a certain amount of data - ATT, Verison, T-Mobile all do this, and they also impose limits on data transfer rates for companies that resell their service.

Some long term parks had wired cable systems which can provide internet. Not many though. Parks marketed to a mobile RV population seldom go to that expense.

I've seen a few places where long term residents had installed fixed dish satellite internet systems, mostly with good results.

It has to be something you ask about as you look for a 'home'.


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Others have covered internet connectivity well.

If by "power to run your devices" you mean electrical power, then yes--that is more than sufficient for any reasonable "home" technology. Running something akin to a Google server rack is, of course, a slightly different matter.

A 30A RV power connection has a theoretical (nominal) power capacity of 3600 watts; a 50A connection, 12,000 watts. Devices would very likely be no more than a couple hundred watts total, and quite possibly a good bit less. One exception is a laser printer, which uses a fair bit of power for the fuser when it's running (but still well within the power available in a campground--but enough that you may need to pay attention to what other things are running, especially if you have a 30A connection).





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YeeYeeHaircut wrote:

I am currently planning to move into an RV/Trailer and park it at a park that preferably has hookups like power and sewer, and I have some questions about the internet situation and power.

I am on the internet quite a bit, and I use a TV/my Laptop/computer, I'm wondering, do parks allow me to pay for my own modem etc, and hook it to my trailer?

Do not count on using internet services at RV parks. Most are not reliable and their speed is slow and they will charge you. Select another source for your internet services.

and is the power enough to run say a console, or my devices?
NO!

TLDR - Can I do everything I'm doing now in an RV/Camper - Using my centurylink/maybe a spectrum modem I pay for and consoles, and powering devices? Ask your service provider! I was impressed with Spectrum but am not sure about where they provide services.

(I dug around on the internet but this is what I'd feel to do is ask professionals or someone who knows more about it. I just wanna be prepared to stay in contact with my long distance friends and still do things with them while off of work over the net etc.)


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DrewE wrote:

Others have covered internet connectivity well.

If by "power to run your devices" you mean electrical power, then yes--that is more than sufficient for any reasonable "home" technology. Running something akin to a Google server rack is, of course, a slightly different matter.

A 30A RV power connection has a theoretical (nominal) power capacity of 3600 watts; a 50A connection, 12,000 watts. Devices would very likely be no more than a couple hundred watts total, and quite possibly a good bit less. One exception is a laser printer, which uses a fair bit of power for the fuser when it's running (but still well within the power available in a campground--but enough that you may need to pay attention to what other things are running, especially if you have a 30A connection).
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I only plug into a strip in my room currently, my laptop with a charger, a smaller, well, wide stand television, its pretty small but mediuum sized wide Is the best I can describe it, a PS4 , and a phone charger really, and whatever modem I can hook up if the park allows it - I was asking if a trailer I buy would be able to run all of that with a hookup at a park/i'm not sure whether I should look for a certain amp amount in regards to that.

I'm a bit of a dummy, - thank you. I will definitley be asking around parks until I find one that has cable hookup, other cases I saved this info thank you lots.

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PawPaw_n_Gram wrote:

Depends upon the park.

Basically the farther out in 'nature' you are, the more difficult it is to get wired internet. And wired internet is always more reliable than anything WiFi over the air solution.

Most RV folks use an over the air situation, connected to a hotspot tied to a major carrier wireless plan. This can vary from barely functional to streaming quality - depending upon how close to cell towers and some other things.

Also, 'Unlimited Data Plans' mean the company will not charge you more money no matter how much data you use. It does not mean that your data rate will not be throttled if you exceed a certain amount of data - ATT, Verison, T-Mobile all do this, and they also impose limits on data transfer rates for companies that resell their service.

Some long term parks had wired cable systems which can provide internet. Not many though. Parks marketed to a mobile RV population seldom go to that expense.

I've seen a few places where long term residents had installed fixed dish satellite internet systems, mostly with good results.

It has to be something you ask about as you look for a 'home'.
I don't exactly plan to get far out into nature, just a temporary home until I can save enough to get something else but live there for a while. I will definitley ask about it and see if I can find out with hookups like that in regards to the net - thank you.

Is there like a group of parks specifically called permanent parks? - or are there just some permanent residents that stay in the parks

I'm sure fans will become a good friend for warm weather haha

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MarkTwain wrote:

YeeYeeHaircut wrote:

I am currently planning to move into an RV/Trailer and park it at a park that preferably has hookups like power and sewer, and I have some questions about the internet situation and power.

I am on the internet quite a bit, and I use a TV/my Laptop/computer, I'm wondering, do parks allow me to pay for my own modem etc, and hook it to my trailer?

Do not count on using internet services at RV parks. Most are not reliable and their speed is slow and they will charge you. Select another source for your internet services.

and is the power enough to run say a console, or my devices?
NO!

TLDR - Can I do everything I'm doing now in an RV/Camper - Using my centurylink/maybe a spectrum modem I pay for and consoles, and powering devices? Ask your service provider! I was impressed with Spectrum but am not sure about where they provide services.

(I dug around on the internet but this is what I'd feel to do is ask professionals or someone who knows more about it. I just wanna be prepared to stay in contact with my long distance friends and still do things with them while off of work over the net etc.)
wait - no? Like, - It can't run most of it or is it akin to running one thing at a time kind of deal

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My daughter is living in our RV at college when they ran out of dorm rooms due to reduced capacity with COVID rules. The RV park she is in includes cable TV, so I called the cable provider, and they were able to set up an internet connection. So she had plenty of bandwidth for school, and netflix.


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Check around to see what is available at your nearby parks. There isn't a specific group that manages these types of parks.

At our summer park, we did get a wired internet service but it's OK but if you have high demands it might not be enough. Not all parks will have or allow wired internet. The wifi they advertise is almost always marginal at best.

Power depends: Assuming you have a 30amp RV (50amp RVS tend to be bigger and more expensive). You will need to manage your power usage. Even though is says 30amp, in reality that's a peak capability. Continuous use is only good for 24amps. If you are running the air/con, that can eat up 12amps. Add another 2-3 for the fridge, 10amps for the water heater...and you are basically maxed out. If you want to run the microwave, you need to turn off the air/con or water heater. Many will simply run the water heater off propane to reduce demand. Now if you electronics array pulls 2-3 amps total, probably quite reasonable. If it's pulling 10-15amps, that's going to be a challenge.

If you have a 50amp, you should be golden. 30amp is 30amps @ 120v. 50amp is 50amp at 240v split into two legs effectively giving you 100amp @ 120v.

If you are doing this just for cost savings, have you done any price checking? At a nice park, it's not unusual to pay $600-800/month just for the site. Electric is extra. You still pay for your RV including any maintenance and repairs. Unless you are in a really high rent district, it's usually cheaper to just get an apartment (of course, if you are in a really high rent district, you might be paying $1000-1200 for an RV site).

Also check with RV parks if you are looking at older RVs. Some have a 10yr old limit. Usually, if the rig is in good shape, they may overlook it but what they are really trying to do is rule out scruffy beat up rigs.


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