All RVers have their own camping style. Nine years ago we decided ours is to get as far away from humanity as possible. Like this free West Texas sweet spot that we just vacated after two weeks. Nobody else paid us a visit except the game warden.
It’s not that we don’t like people, it’s that we love the independence and self-reliance that a fully self-contained RV provides. Why not make the most of what we paid for, by living off-grid among gorgeous scenery like this?
When it comes to our satellite Internet system, I get all giddy when we arrive somewhere, the dish goes up and locks on to service. Speeds are so fast now that we can make VOIP phone calls, have screen shares and conference calls, all over satellite. We can call with our smart phone over wifi, or use this flashback $1 phone we acquired from a Nevada thrift store. The phone is connected to our dish via a special MobilSat device.
Personally I prefer the “Bat Phone.” It reminds me of the one I had in high school. Jim wants to paint it red.
A number of times we’ve been judged by RVing geeks who think we’re crazy for spending money on our RV DataSat 840. They look at the price and then say things like:
- “Wow you must have a lot of disposable income…that’s expensive!”
- “Why would you pay that much for data?”
- “You can get broadband almost everywhere, why bother?”
The first key word you see there is “expensive.” Yes, it’s pricey bandwidth, fair enough. But it’s a cost of lifestyle choice. We can live in a stunning place we adore with nobody else around and earn a living. We work our tails off to do what we do. But we play hard too, and strive to make the most of everywhere we camp.
Are we saving money with free camping, even though we’re paying more for data service? Not yet. The DataSat system probably won’t pay for itself until this time next year. Do we care? Pfft. Not when this is our backyard.
The next key word(s) are “broadband almost everywhere.” Yes, cellular broadband coverage is better than it was nine years ago when we started full-timing. But thank Dog there will always be remote, faraway places where cell phone companies don’t have financial incentives to be. That’s where you’ll find us, like here at our backcountry campsite in Big Bend National Park where I’m writing this from.
It’s places like the Big Bend which we strive to find in our travels. Out here in West Texas we’re on our own, and we like it that way.