Jump to content

Recommended Posts

Has anyone gotten this upgrade on their trailer? When (not if!) I get my Oliver Elite II trailer, it will be crucial that I have as much connectivity as possible, as working from the trailer will be a necessity. 

For those who have this, I'd love to know if you feel it's worth the premium, and how it's worked out for you. I won't be full-timing in my Oliver, but I will be using it regularly.

Thanks for any and all feedback!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators
Posted (edited)

If your business depends on connectivity, then I’d spend some time on rvmobileinternet.com learning what else is available. Chris and Cherie who run the site we’re once Oliver owners and they’ve made a business out of keeping people connected on the road. 

I think Oliver’s kit is fine for most, but there’s always better stuff out there, if you’re willing to spend the money and time. 

Personally, I’m not a big fan of Oliver’s new packages - are individual components still available, or are you forced to buy an electric door lock if all you want is a WiFi booster?

Edited by Overland
  • Like 3

Snowball • 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, Overland said:

I think Oliver’s kit is fine for most, but there’s always better stuff out there, if you’re willing to spend the money and time. 

I agree. There is nothing wrong with Oliver's setup but if you're technical or have the time to become informed, there are better options on the market. If cellular wasn't critical to me, I'd probably just opt for the wifiranger setup and call it a day. The cost isn't that much above the MSRP of the device and the installation will be clean. If you're interested in seeing what else is out there, rvmobileinternet.com is by far the best source on the internet. Their youtube channel is another place to start: https://www.youtube.com/mobileinternetresourcecenter

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

And then check again next week because there will be something else new🙂

David and Vicky
2017 Ford F-250 4x4 6.2L
2020 LEII #686 (under construction)
ALAROKTNTX3eef69d249f7796ab0eb69cba1cb15

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators

Yeah, it hurts when two years later you see the shiny new thing that's both better and cheaper than what you've bought.  You've just got to find an inner peace with that somehow, lol.  

  • Like 1

Snowball • 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, Overland said:

Yeah, it hurts when two years later you see the shiny new thing that's both better and cheaper than what you've bought.  You've just got to find an inner peace with that somehow, lol.  

It’s just the fast pace of modern technology. It’s the most advanced when it comes out. 6 months later it’s obsolete.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I do like my Cell Amplifier, If i have only one bar on my phone it will boost it to 2 bars, most all the time.

  • Like 1

Sue & Harold

 

Oliver Elite II Twin bed,  Hull #508, Ram 2500

               States Visited Map                    

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/26/2020 at 6:11 AM, Overland said:

Personally, I’m not a big fan of Oliver’s new packages - are individual components still available, or are you forced to buy an electric door lock if all you want is a WiFi booster?

All options in the packages are available ala carte, except the 3000w inverter.  If you truly want or need all the items in a package, you will save a few hundred $$.  That is a big if . . . . I wonder if they aren't trying to move inventory items that aren't selling individually, such as the Auto Drain switch in the Electronics Pro Pkg.  the Lithium and the Solar packages are the only combos that go together.  The others, not so much.  These are the options we have chosen:

Lithium Pro pkg - though I wish it had more solar wattage

From the Electronics Pro pkg - only the cell phone booster

Outdoor Pro pkg - 30 lb LP tanks and additional 30 amp convenience connection.

  • Thanks 1

Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin Hull# 699 - delivery December 7, 2020

2013 F350 3.2l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

AZARCACOGAHIIDILKSLAMSMONENVNMOKORSCTNTX

Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, 1Lessworker said:

I do like my Cell Amplifier, If i have only one bar on my phone it will boost it to 2 bars, most all the time.

Has anyone used the cell phone booster with a cellular wifi receiver?;  ours is Mifi.  I'm hoping it will work

Or would the Wifi booster be a better solution for the Mifi?

Edited by Susan Huff

Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin Hull# 699 - delivery December 7, 2020

2013 F350 3.2l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

AZARCACOGAHIIDILKSLAMSMONENVNMOKORSCTNTX

Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Susan Huff said:

Has anyone used the cell phone booster with a cellular wifi receiver?;  ours is Mifi.  I'm hoping it will work

I don't have an Ollie yet, but I've had my truck set up for working online remotely for years now.  I recently upgraded some of my components and I'm very pleased with my results so far.  Currently, I have the WeBoost Drive Reach cellular booster and I use an AT&T Nighthawk hotspot.  The Nighthawk is positioned in the back of my truck very close to the WeBoost internal antenna so it can benefit from the boost.  I have found that the Nighthawk is often great by itself and I only use the WeBoost when the cell signal is very weak.  WeBoost actually hurts download speeds a bit but really helps upload speeds - so it's best to use when doing video conferences and things that require bigger upload speeds.  If you are able to position your mifi near (I'm talking within feet) your cell booster antenna in the Ollie, I don't see why it wouldn't work well.  

Side note:  I then use the WIFI network created by the Nighthawk for everything (iphones, ipad, wireless cameras...).   With this setup I didn't order any of the electronics for our Ollie.  My truck wifi hotspot should work great without modification (I'll just leave it in my truck) when we're in the Ollie as well.  The wifi router also allows other cool things like using the wireless cameras as backup or dashmount while driving and security while camping (even when away from our setup the cameras will ping if there is some activity, etc.).  I plan on checking for bears before I open the front door every morning.  😉

  • Like 3

John and Anita

Future (11/20) Oliver Elite II Owners, Hull TBD

Tow Vehicle:  2006 Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab.  6.6L Duramax

States Visited Map

Link to post
Share on other sites

Will your current set up (in the back of the pickup) work when you are inside the Ollie?  

Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin Hull# 699 - delivery December 7, 2020

2013 F350 3.2l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

AZARCACOGAHIIDILKSLAMSMONENVNMOKORSCTNTX

Link to post
Share on other sites
42 minutes ago, Susan Huff said:

Will your current set up (in the back of the pickup) work when you are inside the Ollie?  

I can't say for sure until I pick up the Ollie and try it but I have a good WiFi connection for about 100' from my truck (unobstructed) and the router will be in the back very close to the Ollie so I will be shocked if it doesn't.  I'll let you know for sure sometime shortly after 11/18 if all goes according to schedule with our pickup.

  • Thanks 2

John and Anita

Future (11/20) Oliver Elite II Owners, Hull TBD

Tow Vehicle:  2006 Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab.  6.6L Duramax

States Visited Map

Link to post
Share on other sites
55 minutes ago, NCeagle said:

I can't say for sure until I pick up the Ollie and try it but I have a good WiFi connection for about 100' from my truck (unobstructed) and the router will be in the back very close to the Ollie so I will be shocked if it doesn't.  I'll let you know for sure sometime shortly after 11/18 if all goes according to schedule with our pickup.

I just wonder . . . .  with the double fiberglass hull and insulation, if the signal will pass through the trailer wall.

Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin Hull# 699 - delivery December 7, 2020

2013 F350 3.2l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

AZARCACOGAHIIDILKSLAMSMONENVNMOKORSCTNTX

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderators

It does attenuate the signal appreciably it seems, at least sometimes.  I don't know if it's the fiberglass itself or the foil backed insulation.

  • Like 1

Snowball • 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the MIFI Jetpack also and it works with the cell phone booster. I opted not to get the WiFi booster 

Edited by 1Lessworker

Sue & Harold

 

Oliver Elite II Twin bed,  Hull #508, Ram 2500

               States Visited Map                    

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, 1Lessworker said:

I have the MIFI Jetpack also and it works with the cell phone booster. I opted not to get the WiFi booster 

Thanks! . . . . . that's what we are doing.

Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin Hull# 699 - delivery December 7, 2020

2013 F350 3.2l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

AZARCACOGAHIIDILKSLAMSMONENVNMOKORSCTNTX

Link to post
Share on other sites

We have used the Wi-Fi ranger with campground Wi-Fi and with a Verizon Tether and also enabled failover too.  It is a pretty impressive setup.  I have had issues with disconnections because the iPhone needs us to "Trust" the connection.  Recovery is to reconnect through the Wi-Fi Ranger GUI.  I would order the Wi-Fi again.  I believe the WeBoost is a no brainer, but because we have camped in some campgrounds in the NH White Mountains and the VT Green Mountains that have limited cell signal, I ordered an antenna from Wilson with more gain.  I haven't replaced the antenna that came with the unit yet, but I have attached the new antenna and strung the antenna wire through the dinette window and placed it in the same location on the roof.  At times it seems to give me an additional bar and other times it doesn't.  I did the advanced iPhone "hack" to see how the iPhone sees the connection and it appears to have a better empirical signal.  As Wilson says on their YouTube channel, there is benefit in the WeBoost even if you don't get the visible extra bar.  Rerunning the cable will be a pain because I will need to attach a pull string to the end of the existing cable in order to pull back the new cable from the antenna.  I haven't decided yet whether it is worth it to do this yet.  

David Caswell and Paula Saltmarsh


Hull 509 "The Swallow"

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...