As the proud owner of an Airstream travel trailer I must say that the only problem I have with them is poor wireless internet reception when at an RV park. The unique construction of the Airstream makes it much like the stealth fighter when it comes to reflecting radio waves, including cell phone signals and WiFi.
In RV parks where my neighbors in fiberglass trailers are getting high speed internet while parked right next to me, I can’t even get a signal. I found a couple of solutions that work very well for getting better Wireless internet reception in my Airstream travel trailer.
The best one so far is using an Engenius USB WiFi adapter which is connected to a directional panel antenna that I have mounted on the roof ladder. I attached a painter’s extension pole to the antenna and attached it with U clamps. If I need more height I can raise the pole up to 12 feet higher and rotate it in the direction of the RV park’s wireless internet antenna. These wireless internet boosters work so well that I am often able to pick up dozens of open WiFi networks when we go RV’ing. I also have a grid parabolic long range WiFi antenna that I used in difficult areas. It has 24 DB gain.
A person with average computer skills can easily hook up a long range WiFi booster like the Engenius in about fifteen minutes. First you install the driver CD for whatever version your computer is running, XP, Vista, etc. Next you connect the USB cable which also powers the wireless internet booster. A rubber ducky antenna is provided and for most RV parks this works fine. You can add a longer USB cable and place the wireless adapter next to the window and usually get very good reception. In cases where you are far away from the park office or trying to find an open wireless network anywhere, you can hook up the outside panel antenna and keep refreshing your wireless networks as you rotate the antenna. It helps to have a helper, but if you are alone you can just turn the antenna in each of the four compass directions and hit refresh each time. If you find a signal in one direction you can always fine tune it.
Below is a photo we took at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We hiked up the mountain trail there and using the Engenius booster and set a personal long distance wireless internet record of nearly sixty miles. See Long Distance WiFi Record Attempt
For a good article on how to get better wireless internet reception in a travel trailer see: Long Range WiFi Signal Boosters