Can You Use The Ring Doorbell On An RV?
The Ring doorbell is a motion-detecting video doorbell that uses Wi-Fi to send alerts of activity around your home to your mobile device. You can then respond to the alerts and either see who is at your door or view recorded video footage. The Ring doorbell also has apps available to let you see what the neighbor’s Ring doorbell is viewing.
Many people have Ring doorbells at home. A lot of RV owners are also finding Ring doorbells to be useful for RV life. This is in large part because the video doorbells are available with a wireless, no-drill mounting system. This makes it a really easy fit for RVs. But just why would you want to have one of these doorbells on your RV?
Reasons to get a video doorbell for your RV
It can be handy to have a wireless doorbell that sends alerts if there is activity at your door or around your RV. The wireless Wi-Fi camera on the Ring doorbell has a customizable range of up to 30 feet, so it can give you real-time or recorded footage of what is happening around your RV, either when you aren’t at the campsite or when you’re home but might not want to answer the door.
The Ring doorbell only works if you have a Wi-Fi connection at your campsite. This is something to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to get one. Users report that it doesn’t work at all if your internet service is less than stable. Here are some reasons to consider getting a Ring doorbell.
- You are concerned about security at your campsite.
- You want to see video footage of wildlife passing through your campsite at night.
- You want to see who is at the door before opening it.
- You get parcel deliveries to your RV and want to record them.
- You just want to see what happens at the campsite when you aren’t there.
- You want to communicate with people outside the RV without going outside.
Why get a Ring doorbell?
There are now quite a few video doorbells available, but the Ring doorbell remains one of the best for use on RVs. Here are a few of the reasons RVers love the Ring doorbell:
- Wireless installation means no drilling to connect wires
- No-drill mounting hardware is available
- The Ring’s quick-release rechargeable battery can last months on a charge
- Customizable range
- 160 degrees horizontal, 84 degrees vertical field of view
- Optional Ring Protect Plan allows videos and photos to be saved, stored, and shared
- Mobile notifications are sent to your phone when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers the built-in motion sensors
- Two-way talk
- High-definition video, including night vision
- The app can be configured to work with Alexa
- The water-resistant camera and doorbell remove easily for travel and reinstall when you get there
- Works between 5°F and 120°F
If you are considering video security for your RV, this video doorbell could be great choice for you. However, in order to function, it needs to have a stable Wi-Fi connection. It’s also important to remember that Wi-Fi internet needs a stable power supply to operate. Because of this, even though it’s powered by a rechargeable battery, it also requires stable power to operate.
RVers who have chosen the Ring doorbell are happy with their choice, as it allows them to see what is going on around their RV anytime they want to look at their mobile device.
How to set up a Ring doorbell on your RV
Ring doorbells are super easy to mount and set up. Here is a brief rundown of the steps involved in setting one up for an RV.
- Charge the battery.
- Mount and secure your video doorbell with the adhesive-backed mount and click the faceplate into place.
- On your smartphone, connect your doorbell to the Ring app and follow the steps to customize your settings.
You can find the Ring video doorbell on Amazon for about $100. There is also a newer version available with improved color video for about $220.
See what other RVers are saying
Forums such as iRV2.com and blog sites like RV LIFE, Do It Yourself RV, and Camper Report provide all the information you need to enjoy your RV. You’ll also find brand-specific information on additional forums like Air Forums, Forest River Forums, and Jayco Owners Forum.
Lynne Fedorick is a freelance writer with 35 years of RVing experience. She specializes in topics such as fulltime RV life, great destinations for RVers, RV organization, RV News, RV tech, and dog behavior/training.
2 thoughts on “Should You Set Up The Ring Doorbell On Your RV?”
Ring Alarm Pro can store video locally without a monthly service fee or internet.
I would use a Wyze doorbell because it records on its own SD card rather than a paid service. I got rid of all my Ring stuff.