Thursday, January 20, 2022


How likely would you stay more than one night at a location with no internet access of any kind?

How important is having access to the internet where you camp? Is it a “must have” or an “I don’t care” proposition?

Some RVers are so addicted to social media that they go into withdrawal when they can’t post a photo or report every little thing they’re doing to their adoring fans. Heaven forbid they can’t get an internet connection.

Others, of course, work from their RVs and need access to do their job.

In general, RVers increasingly demand having internet access where they stay, whether it’s free or available for a fee. It could be a matter of an RV park having good Wi-Fi, or it could mean they’ll only stay where there’s cell phone service, where their phone or its hotspot function can connect them with cyberspace.

How about you? Will you stay for longer than a day where you’re on your own, not connected to the outside world? Remember, it can take a few moments for the poll to load if you are on a slow connection.


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1 month ago

Not easy to answer because it depends. If it’s a destination location that I want to visit, the internet is less important. I’d stay. (My advanced planning would already have informed me.) If it’s a stopover while traveling then it’s probably more important as I use it to check up on news, weather, update reservations, further trip planning, etc. and less likely to stay. It also depends on the alternatives.

1 month ago

do not need it, try to get away when camping.

Cal in Florida
1 month ago

Are we all so addicted to our connectivity that we can’t take a break for an evening? When did camping stop being ‘getting away from it all’?

1 month ago

I’d stay without hesitation, but i’d have a plan to drive to a place where internet access was available every few days just to stay in touch for business reasons.

1 month ago

For those that need a lifeline or to connect while “in the hole”, consider one of the emergency satellite two way trackers. Some of them will cross connect you to SMS messaging.

Not perfect but they do work

Also, for entertainment, consider using apps with offline modes. There are many ways to download content for offline use. Ie: movie apps, e-readers, & music apps.

To get prepared in advance just download some content and then switch to airplane mode to test.

I use Prime Video, Xfinity Stream, & Spotify. I have several podcast players and e-reader programs as well.

Sharon Nelson
1 month ago

I’ve NEVER chosen a place to stay in my RV based on internet service. If I have it, great… if I don’t, no big deal.

Neal Davis
1 month ago

“No internet service” implies no cell service. Not getting on the internet is no big deal, but not being able to apprise loved ones of our location and of our well-being is a problem. Although we stayed in such a place for several days while traveling around Alaska, it is something I’ll try to avoid in the lower 48.

1 month ago

If I want internet service, I’ll stay home.

Vanessa Simmons
1 month ago

I have a mifi through FMCA that works most places but I have property in eastern WA that has a little RV park down in a coulee and there is no cell reception. There is weak internet service in the clubhouse and basically none at the sites. I spend at least a week there every summer. If I really need to connect, I go to the clubhouse or wait until I need to go to town or go out sightseeing. My sister tracks me on Life 360 so I tell her “I’m going into the hole.” so she doesn’t get worried that I have disappeared.

Last edited 1 month ago by Vanessa Simmons
1 month ago

Once we leave home we have nothing that uses internet. Once we leave home we are outertnet.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

Good one, Kelly! 😆 Take care, and stay healthy. –Diane

1 month ago

We spent 10 day in Yellowstone had no internet in most of the park

1 month ago

I’m retired so I wouldn’t miss it. Not out using the RV to check internet and watch the tube. Enjoy nature. If you must work so be it.

1 month ago

No internet, no problem. Most campgrounds have poor internet–the Wifi and/or cell service are overloaded by other campers.

We seldom spend all day at a campground. We’re there to tour the area and/or eat the local cuisine.

Jeff Craig
1 month ago

One night, it would be a bit of an inconvenience, especially if we were on the road and making plans for the following day. That said, when we stayed at Yellowstone NP’s Fishing Bridge about 11 years ago, we had zero internet access. Luckily, we had made all our plans before the trip. I understand they now have a few fiber fed cell sites in the park, so that can be a good thing – or bad, depending on how you use it.

Diane M
1 month ago

I’ve never used the internet while camping. I don’t own a laptop or tablet or smartphone, just a PC at home. And I’m happier for it.

Carson Axtell
1 month ago

I’m so glad I grew up camping in the BC era, ie “Before Computers”… Back then we learned all sorts of ways to keep entertained without needing to be constantly bathed in the glow of a screen, even a television one. We relied on something even better in the evenings: a campfire. It’s amazing how many things you can see and enjoy while just staring into a fire, especially after a long day of doing all the things you couldn’t do at home.

Last edited 1 month ago by Carson Axtell
Frank Zabotsky
1 month ago

Would probably stay my home campgrounds has bad internet anyways

Paul Cecil
1 month ago

My answer is the box that says Other. My real response is why am I there? If I went to that area to just quietly relax and do “work”, which is usually on the internet, then I will move if I have no internet. If on the other hand I am there to sight see and play tourist then as long as I can find a public WiFi to check email then I will stay.

Like so many polls there is no one true answer.

1 month ago

If I know the availability is 10-15 minutes drive to cell service I’m good. I don’t need internet because don’t watch TV but listen to the radio for weather report or music notice not the news. I’ve gone camping to decompress not to stress.

Roy Davis
1 month ago

Most areas we go to may not have internet but these days many other places nearby have internet available. So many fast food places now offer it which gives the opportunity to check emails.