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How to Watch TV in the Boondocks

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If you're addicted to watching television, but you like to camp in the boondocks (and don't want to spend megabucks for a satellite system), you may be in for some big disappoints as an RVer.

Even if you stay in nice campgrounds that have TV, you may find that many times their cable system is not completely reliable. Of course, sometimes it is, but don't pull into a campground with your heart set on watching your favorite TV show. If you do, you might be disappointed.

I stayed at a campground back in the mountains for over a month in the early spring where there was no cable. (If you look closely, at the picture at the top of the page, you can see my motorhome next tot he river.) I could get one channel with my antenna. I could get CBS and that channel had some programs that I liked, so that was enough TV for me.

But as the old saying goes, "All good things must come to an end." I could receive my one TV channel until the leaves were on the trees. Then it was gone.

How RVers can Watch TV

Where there's a will, there's a way. A simple four-step process now allows me to watch all of the TV I want.

Go to an AT&T store and buy a ZTE Mobley device and then sign up for their Car Connect unlimited data paln for $20 a month. If they don't know anything about it, (and a lot of stores don't), sign up for the least expensive plan they offer and then call 866-595-1222 and ask to have your current plan changed to the $20 a month unlimited data plan. The ZTE Mobley device will cost about $100, but it's free if you sign up for a 2-year plan. That's what I did.

The next thing you will need to do is go to eBay and search for a ZTE Mobley adapter. That will allow you to power your Mobley device from any USB port. These cost about $30.

The next thing I did was to order an Amazon FireTVstick for $39, and then I signed up for Huhu for $8 a month. (I soon changed to the Huhu $12 a month plan to get rid of all of the commercials.) It is well worth a dollar a week not to have to watch commercials.

Since I'm already an Amazon Prime member, I also get to watch hundreds (maybe thousands) of movies for free. I don't watch many movies. In fact, I don't watch much TV, but it's nice to have it when I want it. With the system I've described, I also get to watch unlimited YouTube videos. I think I watch YouTube more than I watch TV.

Of course, I'm not watching live TV, but I have access to several seasons of all of the best programs. And since I haven't watched TV in years, the shows are all new to me.

If you do want to watch live TV, you can do that using Huhu for $34 a month, but I don't care about watching TV that much.

Bottom Line: The key to making this system work is having unlimited WiFi, becasue, as you know, watching video using WiFi burns through data in a hurry.

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