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When you’re on the road it isn’t convenient to have to mess around with getting TV in your rig. While some RV parks offer local cable channels you may still find yourself missing out on your favorite shows. Another option is RV antennas. The best way to avoid missing out is hands down the Roku. But with lots of options to choose from, how do you know which is the best Roku for an RV?
Best Roku for Your RV
Here are our top picks for the best Roku options for RVers.
- New! Disney+ and Apple TV are now streaming on all Roku devices
- Power, picture, performance: Roku Ultra lets you stream free, live and premium TV over the Internet; right on your 4K...
The Roku Ultra is by far the best Roku for an RV. Roku Ultra has excellent HD video quality and allows you to stream live and premium channels for free using your internet connection. The Roku Ultra is also a great choice for some of the unique features it offers including voice control, lost remote finder, and access to over 500,000 movies.
All of these features and having the power to choose which channels you want to stream helps you save time and money compared to cable.
Headphone jack on remote for watching TV quietly
The real reason the Roku Ultra is the best for your RV though is the option to listen to your TV through the included JBL Premium headphones.
When spending time in a small space like an RV, you can’t get away from the sound of the TV. If you want to go to bed early but your spouse is a night owl, the sound of the TV will definitely be heard in your bedroom.
Luckily for you, that no longer has to be the case. You can use the headphone jack offered with the Roku Ultra to bring the sound of your TV straight to your ears leaving the rest of the family with sweet silence.
Roku Streaming Stick+
- Wireless that goes the distance: Basement rec room. Backyard movie night. Bring ‘em on. The long-range wireless...
- Brilliant picture quality: Experience your favorite shows with stunning detail and clarity—whether you’re streaming...
Another one of the best Roku’s for your RV is the small and sleek Roku Streaming Stick+. The Roku Ultra is a slightly larger device that needs a bit of counter space to set it up. If you’re looking for all of the amazing channels with an even smaller Roku, the Streaming Stick+ is by far the best choice.
This Roku is about the size of a traditional flash drive and takes up virtually no space at all. The Streaming Stick+ delivers amazing video quality while being simple to set up and start using.
What is a Roku?
A Roku is a streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV in the RV. Roku devices can be used to stream thousands of shows, movies, and TV channels straight to your TV. There are thousands of free channels as well as options to watch some TV shows on-demand after they have aired live on TV.
Also, you have the option to add paid channels as well as connect other services such as Netflix and Disney+ so you can conveniently watch all of your favorite shows with easy access from one location, your TV.
Having a Roku means you can ditch traditional satellite TV and bring your favorite shows with you wherever you go in your RV. As long as you have an internet connection, you can watch TV.
Roku also makes it extremely simple to access multiple streaming services in one place. You can add Roku Channels for Netflix, Sling, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV, and more. Then you can access them all with a simple press of a button on your Roku remote.
You can also get tons of channels in your RV for free saving you money while adding simplicity to your life!
How to Set Up
- Power up: Simply plug your Roku into the HDMI port on the back of your RV TV. Roku will then walk you through several steps.
- Connect to Wifi: After selecting your preferred language, you will be prompted to set up your wireless internet connection. Choose your network, enter your Wi-Fi password, click “Connect”, and you are set to go.
- Create a ROKU account: Setting up a Roku account is necessary to be able to use your new Roku device. But the good news is, creating an account is simple and free. To create your account, enter your email address on the TV. Then check your email on your phone or computer to click the activation link. It really is as simple as that!
- Add channels: Once your Roku is connected to your RV internet, you will see an option that says “add channel”. Click this button to search by channel name or browse through options by category. Once you find the channel you want simply click on it to install. If you decide you don’t want a particular channel later, you can easily uninstall it.
Now you’re ready to start watching all your favorite channels on the best Roku for your RV. Enjoy!
Last update on 2023-03-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
We use Amazon 4K Fire TV Firesticks. We subscribe to a live TV service: Philo for only $20 a month. We also subscribe to a few other streaming services: Prime Video, Netflix, Disney + and HULU basic. Those pretty much get us covered for whatever we need.
Amazon Fire allows you to download alternative sources, not locked in like Roku is.
We do use Roku at home. Not on the road yet. Planning on going full-time after this school year is over. We were going to do it last year but then covid-19 happened. So needless to say we had a delay of game. I am retired my wife is a teacher and hopefully is going to teach from the road. We just bought our truck and are looking for the perfect RV to trailer to live full time on the road. We’re going to sell the house and everything else and travel the country. We couldn’t be more excited. But would be open to any suggestions you could offer. We have been following you guys for a while. And you seem to have it all together. We are probably the most real people we have seen. We’re looking forward to a response thank you in advance. Bob and Lisa Spencer.
We use a cell phone hot spot to run a Roku stick
We have a mobile router with SIM card which pulls from local towers for internet. We move it from home to RV. We have Sling at home via Amazon Fire. We have Amazon Fire and Fire Stick on the TVs in the RV loaded with Sling so we don’t go without both internet or TV when we are traveling. This has worked great via our travels this year both in Pacific NW and AZ.
We use Roku and our cell phones as hot spots. We also carry DVD’s just in case we don’t have cell phone signal. And Redbox is also an alternative.
Hi Jason & Rae,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
When we started out full time RVing two years ago we had a Directv satellite installed in the roof of our Class A. It worked really well as long as you didn’t have trees blocking, hehe! Our rate with Directv went up a Lot, so I started looking at alternatives. We choose YouTube TV about a year ago. We have two jet packs with unlimited data & a WeBoost. So far we have been happy with our decision. We cut our out of pocket expense over 50%.
While Roku is a great method to watch TV, if you have limited data it’s to limited. We use Dish Network with a portable antenna. We’ve traveled to areas where a campground is in a valley with no cell service. At the same time, with a fairly good view of the southwest (or southeast in the southern US) we can pull in our subscribed channels. Plus most times we can pull in the local OTA for news and weather.
We’re new to recent RVing…with 202 Airstream Atlas equipped with a DISH Winegard T4 system, a considerable capital outlay and now a hefty monthly fee…for something that simply doesn’t work…satellites too low on the horizon, trees and mountains interfere. As a crutch, we’re limping along using our cellular connection (when we can get internet). We get a good feed from our NEWSMAX App and movies from Prime membership and U-Tube app. I’m sure there are other streams. But that’s not the point. In this day and age, with enough technology to counterrotate the moon, the lowly RVer’s are entitled to abetter ROI and video experience. Campgrounds should upgrade their Internet. We’ve spent several nights at Walmart…in New Bern, the whole city apparently has free internet!