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Boosting Cellular Signal — Install The WeBoost Drive 4G-X Cellular Booster & 4G-OTR Antenna

Boosting Cellular Signal — Install The WeBoost Drive 4G-X Cellular Booster & 4G-OTR Antenna

Our latest video provides a complete overview and step-by-step installation of the WeBoost Drive 4G-X cellular booster, including our custom flat-mount of the spring-loaded 4G-OTR truck antenna on the roof of our RV.

While the magnet-mount “stubby” antenna that comes with the standard Drive 4G-X is probably fine in the majority of situations, we opted to upgrade to the kit that comes with the spring-loaded OTR trucker antenna for the increased performance. Since it’s not really designed for an RV roof, and we didn’t have another suitable location to mount it, we came up with our own solution. While there are surely many ways to skin this cat, we’re very happy with our results.

Your installation may vary based on a number of factors, including antenna choice, mounting location for both the antenna and the interior booster, and the type of roof material on your RV. We cover all of those variables in this overview and installation tutorial.


CHECK OUT THESE OTHER EXCELLENT WEBOOST RESOURCES:

WHEELINGIT’S WEBOOST EXPERIENCE:
Check out our friends Nina & Paul’s great article & video here: http://wheelingit.us/2016/11/28/easy-rv-mod-the-weboost-drive-4g-x-otr-cellular-booster-kit/

RV WITH TITO’S WEBOOST SYSTEM:
Our friends Brian & Melissa also use WeBoost. View their overview and video here: http://www.rvwithtito.com/articles/stay-connected-4g-signal-booster

DRIVIN’ & VIBIN’ REVIEW THEIR WEBOOST:
See our friends Kyle & Olivia’s review: https://drivinvibin.com/2016/08/21/weboost-otr-4g-x-cell-booster-product-review/

And for more information about their full range of products, visit WeBoost’s Website.


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Bob Watkins

Saturday 1st of June 2019

VHB Update- How’s the VHB holding up and would you do it that way again? I’m looking to do a similar install and have watched your video a couple times. Thanks for the great video and links to all the supplies.

Bob Watkins

Saturday 1st of June 2019

Just put my glasses on and saw your reply to a similar question just a couple months ago. No need to respond. Thanks again for all you do.

I.L.

Tuesday 29th of January 2019

Thank you very much for your excellent, detailed video. I am curious, now that some time has passed, what your current impression and feedback is for the VHB tape. How has it held up? To what degree has it been exposed to prolonged high temperatures. I am asking because we are about to replicate your design for the metal roof of our Sprinter Class B RV. I looked at 3M's website and understand what they say they can do; and, we still have some reservations to sitting out in the sun at lower latitude and traveling at times up to 70 mph. How is it working for you? If you would do it again, would you make any modifications?

Thank you very much for your time in answering my question. Also, thank you very much for your generosity of everything you have created and shared on your website.

TheRVgeeks

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

Hi I. L. We haven't exposed our antenna mount to EXTREME heat (i.e. no Death Valley in August), but it's been in plenty of hot places (90+ degrees, blazing sun, and humid) and cold ones (below freezing, windy, and wet) and it's still holding up great. We wouldn't change a thing about the setup we used. It's been rock solid. The VHB is amazing stuff... we've heard of people using it to mount solar panels to their roof without having to drill holes, so our little antenna mount isn't much of a challenge for it. We've got no qualms about how it has held up, and would do it again in a heartbeat.

jeporter99

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Gentlemen:

Excellent video (as always) and I just ordered my WeBoost OTR kit. I'm planning on utilizing your method on the roof and I'm wondering: should I stick with the VHB tape (pun intended) or puddle some dicore under each of the 4 blocks and trust to that? FWIW: we're in FL, but going full-time in the spring.

Thanks.

TheRVgeeks

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Thanks so much. First off, congrats on your plans to go full-time! Second, we would definitely stick with the pun (VHB) as Dicor is a sealant, not an adhesive, and we would not trust it for this purpose. Dicor stays pliable, and we're pretty sure it wouldn't take long for you to find your antenna lying on the roof, held up there only by the cable, after some 60 MPH winds worked it loose while driving. ;-)

Kerri Gilligan

Thursday 22nd of March 2018

Hi Guys! Thanks for the video, planning to install the 19" spring based OTR antenna with the Drive 4G-X booster. I have a question about the antenna mount, as we may use your custom mount or possibly use our ladder to mount. I'm wondering this, we were a bit concerned about the antenna height when underway and thought it might be good to have a way to bend the antenna over and secure it while driving. based on the antenna spring design do you think that is feasible or would you have any concerns about doing this? Thanks in advance!

TheRVgeeks

Thursday 22nd of March 2018

Hi Kerri! It's always a good idea to be cognizant of any additions to the height of your RV... installing the OTR antenna raised our total height by 9". And while it is a spring-mounted base... that spring is QUITE stiff. We'd have concerns about planning to bend it over and secure it flatter to the roof while driving. It exerts a LOT of force. And while it would give and bend if it encountered a stiff branch (at slow speed), we'd think you'd have a hard time bending it over and holding it there.

If you're concerned about the height, you may want to consider using a pivotable marine-style mount (like this one on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2DNVwo1 ) that you could release and lower to the roof before driving. But keep in mind that doing that will reduce (or completely eliminate) the boosting capability of the antenna while underway. If you're planning to want the booster while driving... you may want to instead consider the Drive 4G-X RV model. It doesn't necessarily have any better of a mount (primarily, they intend for it to be mounted to a ladder... so if you're not going to do that, you need to cobble together some other mounting mechanism to put it on the roof), but it's much shorter and won't extend above the roof the way the OTR antenna will.

Hope this helps!

John and Regina

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Hi guys, Thank you so much for doing these information videos. My husband and I are new to RVing and recently found your videos which have so helpful to first timers. We have reviewed your 2016 video in installing the wifi ranger and your January 2017 video regarding the we boost and we are a little confused as to whether we need both the we boost and a wifi ranger. Thank you so much for your help.

TheRVgeeks

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Hi John & Regina! Thanks so much for your note, and question. There is indeed common confusion regarding the WiFi Ranger and the WeBoost. The difference is that they use two different ways of accessing the internet. One uses WiFi (the WiFi Ranger, of course), and the other uses cellular data (the WeBoost).

The two technologies are distinct and separate from each other. Cellular data is broadcast from powerful towers over long distances, and picked up only by cellular-enabled devices, such as cell phones, Mi-Fi devices, and cellular-enabled tablets.

WiFi is broadcast in more contained areas by coffee shops, RV parks, offices, restaurants, within people's homes, etc, and can be picked up by virtually any device, including laptop and desk top computers.

The WiFi Ranger will strengthen your connection to someone else's Wi-Fi network, as long as you have any required password, often allowing free access. But the source has to be within a reasonable distance, often within a half-mile or even less, depending on conditions.

The WeBoost is great for being autonomous if you have a good cellular data plan. It will help you stay connected in many more remote areas, even when no WiFi signal is anywhere nearby.

Hope this helps a bit. Safe travels!

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