Question Satellite communications for backup while RVing?

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Midlothian, VA
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2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
TOW/TOAD
2017 Chevy Colorado
@ARD had a situation yesterday with a toad tire deflating, thankful for TPMS or it could have been ugly. Also thankful she was caravanning with @NWIP who was hero of the day in helping her out in the situation. Where they were there was no cellular, @ARD has both Verizon and AT&T on board. Bad situation. It turned out okay but I share her story because we can all learn from these situations. We as RVers can often find ourselves with no communications. I know @turbopilot has mentioned something in the past, it may be time for me to take a closer look into these solutions for emergency use.

What do you all suggestion for satellite communication backup devices and what are the costs associated?
 
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No Where In Particular
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2020
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Newmar
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Dutch Star 4369
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43’ 9”
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2016 Colorado
We have been looking at SpotX since we returned from our Alaska trip. With yesterday’s event it is becoming a higher priority in getting something.

 
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RV Year
2001
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Mountain Aire
RV Length
40
I opted for a portable HughesNet Gen 5 system.

It works in the lower 48. Dish, tripod, etc cost = $1500. Monthly data plans range from $40/mon (2 GB) to $400/mon (300 GB). 2-year contract.

Fully automatic rooftop systems are available from Oregon RV for about $5k to $6.4k.
 
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