Living in a recreational vehicle has its drawbacks. Being able to "disconnect" from the outside world is both an advantage and a disadvantage. I find that life on the road gets more difficult when you want to use "modern conveniences" such as telephones, television, and Internet. "Roughing it" is not always convenient! Luckily, modern technology solves most of these problems. However, one problem has been nagging me but this week I started using a new, partial solution.
I wrote a three-part series of articles entitled "How to Build a Long-Range Wi-Fi System" that is still available with Part #1 starting at http://goo.gl/VpO8F. In that article, I described how I installed an external antenna on the back of my motor home that allows me to connect to wi-fi networks a quarter-mile away and sometimes even further.
In Part #3 of the article (available at http://goo.gl/IgkvI), I described the masts that I used. My first experiment was with a military surplus set of ten four-foot long fiberglass poles. That didn't work very well. The poles were big, heavy, awkward to install, and looked ugly. It got stares in the campground. I later discovered a telescoping aluminum flagpole mount made for recreational vehicles. Although it is described as a flag pole, this mast is perfect for use with a small to medium sized antenna on top! I use it for both my wi-fi antenna and for a television antenna that works a lot better than the one installed at the factory on the motor home's roof.