Starlink is gaining popularity and for a good reason…it works great! While Starlink offers blazing fast internet just about anywhere it does pose some mounting and storage challenges. That’s why we’re sharing our FAVORITE Starlink Accessories and mounting options that are great for RV and Vanlife.
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Starlink RV Mounting Options
Let’s start with some simple mounting options that don’t require any modifications to the Starlink dish. Don’t worry, I’ll go over some flat mounting options at the end of the article that do require modification.
Flag Pole Buddy Starlink Mount
Flag Pole Buddy – One of the more popular ways to mount the Starlink dish. This system is designed to mount to an existing RV ladder and includes everything you’ll need. Their latest version is designed to fit the Starlink dish making this an easy and effective Starlink mount.
Flag Pole Buddy DIY Version – This kit includes everything needed to mount a 1″ pole to the RV ladder. A great DIY start for those looking to make their own Starlink pole.
Harbor Freight Extendable Flag Pole Mount
Harbor Freight Extendable Flag Pole – The Harbor Freight flagpole is massive and extends to over 20 feet. You’ll need to get an adapter to connect to the Starlink dish pole. You can find that adapter here.
You’ll also need a way to fasten it to your ladder which can be as simple as using some U-bolts or this kit.
Starlink Pivot Mount Accessory
Starlink Pivot Mount plus Magnet Base – The official Starlink pivot mount along with a magnetic base is a great if you have a metal rack or metal roof.
Magnetic Base – You just simply bolt the Starlink pivot mount to the magnets for a simple and quick setup. This would not be secure enough for driving with the dish up.
Etsy Starlink Accessories
Etsy Starlink Accessories – If you’re not familiar with Etsy they are worth a look for Starlink accessories and mounts. They have a lot of custom, DIY, and official Starlink accessories available. Just beware the official Starlink accessories are often priced higher than direct from Starlink.
Seaview Global Starlink Accessories
Seaview Global Starlink Accessories – These folks make some of the highest quality mounts designed for the harshest marine environments.
1″ EMT Conduit Pole Kit – EMT conduit is cheap and available at almost all hardware stores. This is the metal tubing they use to run electrical wiring through. Turns out it makes a great and affordable Starlink pole mount.
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Universal Starlink Pole Mounting Bracket
Universal Pole Mounting Bracket – A bracket like this is perfect for mounting all sorts of poles to a variety of RV’s or Campervans. Works well for ladders, roof racks, and even bumpers.
Starlink Motorized Mount
E-Riggers Starlink Motorized Mount – Here’s a powered Starlink mount that raises and lowers. They have some other very well built mounting options as well.
Starlink Flat Mounts
Everything up until now has not required any modifications to your Starlink. The following Starlink mounts require significant modification to the dish including disabling of the motors.
If you’re new to Starlink, the dish is connected to the pole by way of motors that can move and position the dish to help with reception. There’s a great debate as to how important this motor positioning actually is as many people report no difference in keeping their dish flat.
I myself have tested this out and I could not see any differences in the speed tests. Starlink just announced a flat mount dish for their marine customers to the tune of $10,000!
Starlink Flat Mounting Benefits
Flat mounting Starlink has several benefits. First, you can completely eliminate the pole if you want which allows for a very compact roof mount perfect for stealth Vanlife mounts. Second, is the potential to use the dish while driving.
Although not technically recommended by Starlink MANY folks are doing this without problems. By flat mounting the dish you don’t need to worry about the wind effects of a dish that is tilted and prone to getting ripped off.
The Ultimate Stealth Starlink Vanlife Mount – At just over an inch thick this thing isn’t much bigger than a laptop. This system requires significant modification to the dish including removal of the back plate and disabling motors. But man that looks nice!
Starlink RV Mount – These same folks also make a version that doesn’t require as much modification to the dish. You’ll still have to disable the motors but you’re not cutting the back completely off. These RV mounts have been raced on the Baja 1000 off-road course live streaming via Starlink.
Best Starlink Cases for RV and Vanlife
Regardless of the Starlink mount you chose, aside from the flat mounts, you’re going to need a sturdy case to protect your investment. While a simple tote can work just fine some prefer the security and durability that these cases provide.
Pelican 1600 Case
Pelican 1600 Case – This case provides the ultimate in protection and can house the dish along with router and cables. A perfect case for those that use their Starlink in multiple locations. This can withstand the riggers of overland and off road travel. This case will NOT fit the star shaped stand but check out this custom Pelican case below which is a case and stand all in one.
Savage UTV Starlink Case
Savage UTV has a bunch of great Starlink accessories and I especially like this very well thought out case based on the 1600 Pelican.
The case fits everything you need, plus the case itself has a mounting hole through the lid eliminating the need for the star shaped stand.
They have a bunch more Starlink accessories worth checking out.
Pelican 1610 Case
Pelican 1610 Waterproof Case – This wheeled Starlink case holds EVERYTHING and then some. You’ll have room for the dish, router, cables and stand with this beast.
Caseman Starlink Case
Caseman Durable Starlink Case – This case has everything you need including pre-cut padding so your Starlink fits perfect! A well thought out case built for some serious abuse.
Starlink Travel Case
Starlink Travel Case – Starlink has a rather affordable and durable case that can even be worn as a backpack. The ultimate Starlink case for travel I suppose.
Budget Starlink Storage Case
Budget Starlink Storage Tote – For a simple and affordable Starlink case look no further than this simple yet effective tote. Hopefully you didn’t throw away the original Starlink packing kit. Because that fits perfect and helps to keep things secured as this case doesn’t come with padding.
HDX 17 Gal. Storage Tote – This is another popular and budget friendly Starlink case for RV and Vanlife travel.
Starlink Network Accessories
It’s no secret that the Starlink router is rather basic and lacks in features. Even security isn’t all that great. If you aren’t interested in doing the Starlink router delete, more on that here, you can still add in a more robust router.
Starlink Ethernet Adapter
The Starlink ethernet adapter lets you connect an additional router to the existing Starlink router. This lets you use any router you’d like. This was important for us because we use a router that also has a SIM card modem for cellular plans. You can learn more about our setup here.
WiFi Extender for Starlink
TP Link WiFi Extender – These are very handy if you ever need to extend you WiFi coverage. We often recommend and even install these at RV parks that we stay at with poor WiFi signals. A great way to earn a free night or two.
They do require a little bit of network knowledge and logging in to the back end of the primary router.
Better Starlink Router
TP Link Router – The Starlink router is rather basic in terms of functions and security. Adding an additional router to gain features and security is easy with the above ethernet adapter.
This router has the majority of features you’ll need and can even be powered by 12 volts.
Or you can take it to the next level and completely delete the Starlink router to save space and energy.
Final Thoughts on Starlink Accessories
Starlink is blowing up and great new products are coming to market daily. At the time of writing this Starlink just announced their flat mount dish! It’s only for marine customers and comes in at $10,000. 🤯
But not to worry, us normal folks will always have a place with Starlink. I hope you got some ideas for Starlink mounts, accessories, and storage and look forward to seeing you on the road. Safe travels!
While Starlink does not provide a 12 volt option there are ways to make your own DIY 12 volt system for starlink.
HDX 17 gallon tote mentioned above is the most affordable option which still offers some protection.
The Pelican 1600 case will fit everything except for the stand. The Pelican 1610 case fits everything including the x-stand.