Starlink RV Launched

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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 retains the same incredible performance capabilities as the regular service. The expected download speeds are 50-250 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.

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.

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.

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Simon Manley
8 days ago

I tweaked the starlink RV antenna by hand to align it to look at the sky. I’m guessing this broke the motors – the antenna still moves but will not lock on to anything. how would i know for sure and is there any option for repair?

John
John
29 days ago

Just received the Home version after having RV for a couple months as I couldn’t deal with the lousy internet I had. I know I can’t swap my account straight over, but can I just physically swap the gateway without having to re-install the physical dish itself? Hardware is identical, yes?

John
John
28 days ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

That seems really counter-intuitive to me, but who knows. I swapped out the router/gateway, and everything seems to be working fine. But speeds fluctuate greatly, so I don’t know how to tell if the dish itself is limiting anything, or telling SpaceX which system I am running. I may wind up swapping it out anyway… why take chances. But having to go 25′ up to do that is not something I am looking forward to.

Charlie
Charlie
1 month ago

Peers are using the RV version on vessels. They all claim the speeds are great and when the vessel changes course, loss of signal is temporary. I’m reading about future upgrades, any reason why I should wait or just go for it?

Bill Lamphear
Bill Lamphear
1 month ago

My son raves about the service they have in California. I’m looking for a solution I can use at our home in Northwest Arkansas but also use when we travel to our RV near Branson, MO. The RV is permanent and never moves from the property. Based on this, is the best plan to purchase the Starlink RV package, and use it between the two locations?

Jason
Jason
1 month ago

What if I order portable residential service and one of the areas I will use it is on the waiting list? For example, my primary residence is on waiting list, but my secondary address is not?

Robert
Robert
2 months ago

Does starlink rv have service at Big Sur California and it’s surrounding campground areas

Last edited 2 months ago by Robert
Dudley Winn
Dudley Winn
2 months ago

Does waitlist on the map mean there is no service in that area, even for RV’s

Bob Pudwill
Bob Pudwill
3 months ago

Are the modems for RV and residential the same? Can you plug a cat 6 into it to extend range?

Bob Pudwill
Bob Pudwill
3 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

I was thinking of a way to send a signal to another location on my ranch about 300 meters away. I would need to run cable 100 meters to get line of sight the rest of the way.

Jordan
Jordan
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob Pudwill

I don’t have Starlink yet (I might RV if nothing by end of “mid-2022”), but being a network engineer and currently having my (crappy) internet pumped throughout my farm, I can so almost positively using Ubiquiti wireless bridges can inexpensively do what you want. I’m using NanoStation 5AC Loco model (was $49 each on Amazon prior to everything shortage). They have other models slightly larger and slight more $s but only use the proprietary WiFi device over 5GHz. 5 minutes to setup and fine-tuning easy if needed.

A
A
3 months ago

Exciting… until you get into details… Garbage!

An “rv kit” for a device that is potentially on 24/7 AND consumes 60 watts which isn’t 12vdc is insanely dumb. The inverter overhead is quite a bit, and I prefer not to use an Inverter at all.

No mounting options.. lol.

I doubt anyone at Tesla has ever used an RV.

Graham
Graham
3 months ago

You say that RV will work wherever StarLink offers service. So my RV service registered in England will work in USA and Australia for example? This is important to me as previously the restriction to same content would force me to purchase 3 residential services. Thanks.

Cathy Levis
Cathy Levis
3 months ago

Is the dish really the same for RV vs residential ? Can I order a roof mount for the RV version ?

Matteo
Matteo
4 months ago

What’s the power consumption of the RV version? Same of the home version or were there any improvements given it’s meant to be used on the road?

Megan
Megan
4 months ago

If you are in a waitlist area with no local service, even 5mbps is good. So should I get Starlink RV for my local service? Is the equipment the same no matter what? Will that keep me on the waitlist for Starlink at home? If so, once it comes to my area (initially projected 2021, now 2023), can I just cancel Starlink RV and use regular Starlink? We are desperate!

Paul Abernathy
2 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

Why two emails? The online ordering allows you to order both, one on preorder waitlist and still order the RV StarLink. This is what I did and both are viewable in the same app. However, I have not received my RV Kit yet but do plan on testing it from a prospective home site…

Last edited 2 months ago by Paul Abernathy
Just a question
Just a question
4 months ago

What power does it use? 12v or 120V? Do you have to run an inverter to use this?