Glad to have you guys on the team!
What type of cell phone booster did you use? I've been looking for one myself.
Sounds like you already made the fix, but don't hesitate to reach out if you ever need a replacement part for the flexible drain. Not sure if you are on it yet but we do have an owners page on Facebook if you're interested. Here is a link https://www.facebook.com/groups/412460505981506/
Thanks for the detailed response! Do you mind if I copy and paste that to the owners page? I know this is a question that comes up from time to time.Hey Matt! Yep, we're on the facebook group.
Regarding the cell booster...
Initially we tried a weBoost Drive 4G-X OTR which is designed for big rigs on the road. It's nice in that the antenna is omni-directional but it didn't quite have the reach we needed with it mounted to a 10ft painters pole. The tiny indoor signal transmitter also didn't have the range that we needed around the trailer, it only worked within about 6 inches of the transmitter.
I replaced the external antenna with a directional version and the 25ft telescoping pole that comes with the Connect RV 65 kit. The pole mounts to the driver side of the trailer with a modified TechnoRV suction cup with larger hose clamps plus some zip ties on the roof rack and the fender step just in case the suction cup lets go....which it has. Our trailer has the mesh steps, not the diamond plate, so it's easy to attach zip ties. I also replaced the indoor antenna with the desktop version. I plan to get another indoor antenna so I can leave one in the cabinet in the sleeping area when we're working inside (at night or in the rain) and have another we can swap to when working outside of the trailer. The booster's brain is mounted between the galley cabinets and plugs into the 12v socket. This year I want to engineer a more permanent mount for the pole that attaches to the roof rack and use the suction cup as secondary stabilization. There needs to be some flexibility with the mount since the pole needs to be plumb but the trailer is rarely perfectly level.
There aren't any kits that match exactly what we're using now. The Drive X RV is close but uses the smaller omni-directional antenna. You'd still need a pole of some sort to get the separation needed between the two antennas.
weBoost didn't recommend the full Connect RV 65 kit since the transmitter may be too powerful for the trailer's size and the trailer not being constructed from metal to provide some shielding between the two antennas. Their customer service is great and they could help you piece together a kit.
Here are links to the parts we have, all you would need is the Drive X booster brain and power adapter (which should come with it) -
Desktop indoor antenna
Telescoping antenna pole
Directional outdoor antenna
Cable for outdoor antenna
Connector adapter (the outdoor antenna has an N connector and the booster has an SMA connector)
The TechnoRV mount is WAY overpriced, get a couple of these and some hose clamps instead or engineer something more permanent.
(I didn't use the stick on mount that comes with the pole because there's no way to get the antenna plumb when the trailer is on rough terrain.)
Here are some mobile phone apps that are useful when trying to find the best signal -
Network Cell Info Lite
LTE Speed Coverage Map
Hey DrockinWV! Thanks for posting up! Trevor at Front Range is a super cool dude and knows his stuff. If a dealer doesn't have a unit in stock we always keep inventory at our factory in Denver. Lead times will typically never exceed 1-2 weeks including shipping time.Glad I have come across this page! Have been searching the inter-webs for a few days now of all the different trailer options. So far my wife and I keep coming back to the Boreas XT! Shot an email out to Front Range Gear this morning and Trevor mentioned they can have them in stock pretty quickly, for when we make our final decision. Hope to be in the owners club soon, and explore all the great state of West Virginia has to offer!
Glad I have come across this page! Have been searching the inter-webs for a few days now of all the different trailer options. So far my wife and I keep coming back to the Boreas XT! Shot an email out to Front Range Gear this morning and Trevor mentioned they can have them in stock pretty quickly, for when we make our final decision. Hope to be in the owners club soon, and explore all the great state of West Virginia has to offer!
Hey Hscoots! The proto is under construction as I'm typing this. I wish I could give people a hard date for shipments but I don't want to make any promises I can't keep. The hardest part lately has been pulling back the reigns on the project. We don't want to rush things that will end up costing time, money, and customer satisfaction in the future.
Hey DrockinWV! Thanks for posting up! Trevor at Front Range is a super cool dude and knows his stuff. If a dealer doesn't have a unit in stock we always keep inventory at our factory in Denver. Lead times will typically never exceed 1-2 weeks including shipping time.
Our dealer in Denver, B&B RV, does have two 2019 rental units up for sale. They just came off lease a couple weeks ago. Just thought I'd throw that out there!
I have read a few reviews about customers raving about Trevor over at Front Range, which is definitely a breath of fresh air from some of the horrors stories you can read online. Thanks for the heads up on the used rental inventory, we will definitely keep that in mind the closer we get to pulling the trigger on one (hoping this spring/summer). Mainly just searching everywhere to read about peoples experiences and how much abuse they can take.
I appreciate the offer Pax2525, and will definitely keep you all in mind! Main reason going with Trevor, isn't just the reviews I've read. But he is also the closest dealer to us by far. My wife and I live in Morgantown, WV and to his town, is just under a 12 hour drive lol.
Trevor is the man for sure. Solid dude. I only mentioned it just in case he doesn't have one available or whatever else. I know he must be significantly closer with you being in WV.
As far as abuse, I had a customer pick up a camper and that night was in a crazy storm including hail...camper was perfectly fine in the morning and zero damage! These trailers are tough!!! Ive pulled one personally probably 5K miles and no issues. Ive also seen pics and know Matt has personally pushed the envelope far beyond what normal use is, ha....and the trailer took the abuse and asked for me!
Good luck on the search, you won't be disappointed in going with a Boreas! My family loves it and my wife loooooves the kitchen set up.
I have read they are pretty tough, just looking for all the information I can to satisfy my itch until we make our purchase lol
Thanks Diamond D! And thank you for all the awesome pictures along the years!!View attachment 567293View attachment 567295View attachment 567297View attachment 567296
Our family of 3 has used one of the earlier versions of the Boreas XT since early 2017 across Colorado and the western US. It’s been a wonderful tool for us. My wife enjoys exploring and being outside, but can’t sleep when it’s too cold and doesn’t like sleeping bags, so that led us to about 6 months of trailer research at which time we decided to go with Matt’s product. It’s tough, it follows extremely well and predictably through rough terrain, and it’s helped us be ready to go camping with just a restock of the fridge. It’s been extremely reliable, and Matt has helped fix the occasional issue without hesitation.
I’d highly recommend the Boreas, and I’m jealous of some of the new features/materials on the latest units. If anyone has questions about them feel free to ask.