This week our RV Life Q&A is all about outdoor entertainment. Over the weekend we posted a picture of “Outdoor Movie Night” and received tons of inquiries about how we set it up. Today we’ll explain each component involved and hopefully give you some ideas for your next outdoor event!
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We’re currently boondocking deep in the Ajo desert with absolutely no amenities. It makes for the perfect nighttime movie environment, but comes with a unique set of challenges since there are no hookups or speedy wifi.
Below you’ll find the five components that made this successful movie night possible.
#1 – Internet
Since we don’t own a DVD player, internet is essential for our movie & TV viewing. Unfortunately, there’s not always a lot of it available when we’re camped in the boonies.
In the Ajo desert, our T-Mobile hotspot received no network connection. However, once we powered up our WeBoost cell booster, we were able to connect to T-Mobile’s 4G network! This was the first step to a great movie night!
#2 – Laptop
We used our laptop to stream the movie, but an iPad, iPhone or DVD player would all work with our current set up. I’m sure other smart phones would work as well.
#3 – Rif 6 Cube Projector
This is the star of the show! The Rif6 is a tiny (2 cubic inches) projector with a lot of power. It has adaptors for many different devices, but uses a tradition HDMI outlet to connect. The Rif6 charges with a USB connection. This makes it easy to stay charged; we just keep it plugged into the laptop during the entire movie so it doesn’t run out of battery.
The projector also has built in sound (however, we prefer connecting a bluetooth speaker).
#4 – Braven Bluetooth Speaker
This is our go-to speaker for all outdoor activities. We just connected it to the laptop and it puts out enough sound to get that “loud theater experience”. The Braven has an indoor & outdoor audio option. The outdoor setting has less bass, but projects the sound much further.
Any bluetooth speak would do the job, it’s just a matter of preference. But, if you don’t own one yet, we highly recommend it. We love to carry it around with us and listen to music on all of our adventures.
#5 – Goal Zero’s Sherpa 100
The Sherpa 100 is a portable charging with numerous inputs. We set up the unit next to the laptop & projector and plugged in all of our devices so they wouldn’t loose charge throughout the movie. If you’re good at planning ahead, the Goal Zero isn’t necessary. We, unfortunately, never have our devices fully charged and the Goal Zero really helps on these occasions.
So, that’s how we do it! Leave us a comment and let us know what your set up looks like. Also, please leave any questions in the comment section and we’ll reply ASAP!
UPDATE: We’ve begun work on a new music project! In April we’ll enter the recording studio to capture an album inspired by life on the road. If you’ve found our blogs informative or inspirational, please give this a look. We need your help to complete the album.
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Why do you need a cell booster? If you have the projector and speaker networked together with a laptop, and the your media is on the laptop, do you need your hotspot?
We were streaming the movie from Netflix
Love love. 🙂
Too funny. I stopped to ask your group about any boondocking spots past where you were parked. I didn’t realize it was Drivin and Vibin even though it is plainly written on your rig. As we drove off my wife said, isn’t that the guys you were asking about boondocking tips in Alabama. We didn’t end up staying in the area, but it would have been nice to pick your brain on a few things. Thanks for all the good content.
Great idea! I love your graphic as well, I can’t wait to try this!
I am aware that most mobile internet plans have a gb limit each month. Can you explain how many gigs streaming a movie through Netflix burns?
We have a T-Mobil plan that has the “Binge On” feature which lets us stream movies & music without it counting against our monthly data allotment.
How funny! Happy Trails!