Starlink has introduced a new service tier, joining the existing Residential and Business levels. Starlink RV allows anyone to order a Starlink kit and enjoy the next generation of satellite internet from anywhere with active coverage.
We’ve previously covered Starlink Portability/Roaming Mode. It was always clear from the beginning that Starlink planned to offer portable solutions, and now it has officially arrived!
What is Starlink RV?
Starlink RV is a new level of service offered by Starlink. It is different from Residential and Business service tiers. The target market for Starlink RV is recreational users who travel full-time or part-time in their travel trailers, RV’s, vans, etc.
Starlink is a constellation of low earth orbit satellites that create a global network of broadband internet access. Customers with the rectangular antenna’s can access high speed, low latency internet from anywhere that Starlink is active. The satellite deployment is in the early stages, and service will continue to expand and improve with new launches and regulatory approval.
Starlink RV allows van dwellers, RV’ers, and other recreational users to enjoy the Starlink network without the waitlist or location restrictions. There are a few caveats that we will cover below in more detail. The biggest one is that Starlink RV bandwidth is de-prioritized. In other words, if you are in a busy area with a lot of Starlink users, you’re last in line in terms of performance.
What’s the Starlink RV coverage area?
Starlink RV service is designed to operate anywhere with an active Starlink signal. See the Starlink availability map for areas that are currently covered. This includes areas labeled Low Capacity and High Capacity.
How much does Starlink RV cost?
The price for Starlink RV is broken down into two parts. The hardware kit costs $599, and service is $135 per month. The $25 per month portability fee is automatically added to your bill when you order Starlink RV, which is why the service starts out more than the $110 per month Residential tier.
Can I pause my Starlink RV subscription?
Yes, Starlink RV customers can pause and resume their service at any time. Service cannot be pro-rated. You will be charged in full monthly increments.
This means that seasonal users can enjoy Starlink during camping season, and then pause their subscription until they need to use it again. This is one of the most requested features from customers using the Portability/Roaming, and now it will be available to new Starlink RV customers.
What are the specs?
Starlink RV has similar performance capabilities as the regular service. The expected download speeds are 5-50 mbps under normal conditions. There are no data caps.
It is important to understand that regular Starlink customers have bandwidth priority. In areas with a lot of Starlink activity and congestion, Starlink RV customers will have a “best effort” service. Speeds could drop to as slow as 5 mbps, according to the specification table on Starlink’s website.
As the satellite deployment continues, bandwidth capabilities should increase.
Can I change my account to Starlink RV?
Yes, Residential customers are able to switch to Starlink RV. At this time, RV users are not able to switch back to Residential.
To change your account type to RV, log in to the account portal on the Starlink website.
If you want to remain a Residential customer but still travel, you’ll still be able to add Portability/Roaming to your Residential account for an extra $25/month when you need to take Starlink on the go. In other words, existing and dual-purpose customers in the Residential tier can still use Starlink just like Starlink RV customers.
The only downside for Residential customers is that they are not able to pause their subscription. Since standard Starlink service is based on your service address, you’ll be sent to the back of the waitlist if you cancel a standard account and then try to resume, unless your area has open availability.
It doesn’t look like Starlink RV customers can change to a Residential account at a later date. It’s not clear at this time if Starlink plans to allow customers to change between service tiers in the future.
Tutorial: How To Switch From Residential To RV
Is there a waitlist for Starlink RV?
No, there is no waitlist for Starlink RV. One nice thing about this launch is that RV users do not have to wait to get a Starlink kit, like normal residential customers. When you go to the Starlink RV website, it asks only for a shipping address. You do not have to provide a service address like you do when you order the residential kit.
How do I order Starlink RV?
To order, simply visit the Starlink website. Click on RV in the upper right corner (mobile users need to expand the menu). Enter your shipping address, and Starlink will calculate your total cost. You can then purchase your hardware kit.
Should I order Starlink RV?
If you only plan to use Starlink on the go, never permanently staying in one place, we recommend ordering Starlink RV. The primary benefit of Starlink RV over Residential is the ability to pause and resume service at any time. That’s a big advantage for part-time travelers.
If you plan to use Starlink for home and RV, we recommend ordering the Residential tier if available. Remember, Residential Starlink customers can still use Portability/Roaming just like Starlink RV users. The big difference is that Residential customers cannot pause their subscription, which isn’t a concern if you use Starlink all year long.
See also: Starlink RV vs Starlink Residential
Can I use Starlink RV at home?
Yes, you can use Starlink RV at home, even permanently, if you wish. The hardware is identical to Residential. The difference is that Starlink RV users are deprioritized on the network. RV users using the dish at home will experience slower speeds and degraded performance compared to regular customers.
Is there a 12V DC power supply available?
No, not at the moment. The Starlink router doubles as the power supply. You’ll need to supply 120V AC power to use Starlink. There is no word on whether Starlink will offer a DC power supply for RV’s.
Are there any Starlink RV mounts or accessories?
As of right now, there are no official Starlink RV mounts. Customers will need to use the included base that comes with the Starlink kit, or purchase additional mounts for a more permanent installation.
See Also: Starlink Mounting Options
There is an accessory called the Starlink Travel Case. This official Starlink accessory allows you to pack up and transport your rectangular Starlink kit when traveling. It’s perfect for Starlink RV customers. Check the Starlink shop to see more information.
See our recommended list of aftermarket cases for Starlink in our Starlink RV Case Guide.