bottom line: Starlink has launched a satellite internet service designed specifically for travelers. Starlink for RVs is more or less similar to the company’s residential service in terms of equipment and functionality, albeit with a few important caveats.
The service provides Internet access as needed wherever Starlink provides active coverage. Users can pause and resume service at any time to accommodate travel schedules, but service fees are charged monthly and cannot be prorated. There is also no waiting list – all orders will be shipped shortly upon receipt.
Starlink is now available to owners of RVs, campers and other large vehicles (note the antenna is too big for cars). https://t.co/uwKwduNioj
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2022
Starlink for RVs cannot be used while the vehicle is in motion. Attempting to do so will void your kit’s warranty, Starlink notes in its Frequently asked Questions. The service is also always deprived of priority over other Starlink services, resulting in poor quality of service and slower speeds in congested areas and during peak hours. The company said service degradation would be most visible in “waiting list” areas on its availability map during high usage hours.
Cost is another issue. Starlink for RV retails for $599 plus $50 shipping and any applicable taxes, all of which must be paid up front (versus the $99 deposit required today for residential services). The monthly maintenance rate for an RV is also higher at $135/month versus $110/month for a residential home.
Is it worth it? It is up to the person to decide. If internet connectivity is an absolute priority, the extra $25 on top of a residential rate and potentially lower performance probably won’t be a deterrent.
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