Back to Utah & A Big Thank You To Wilson Electronics!

Life Elevated!

Last week at the end of my post about installing a solar panel on the roof of my Teardrop, I mentioned my next project was to solve my internet connection problem. I use my Verizon/ Samsung Stratosphere phone as a mobile hotspot, but I’ve been having a hard time finding descent cell service on the road.

I got a bunch of emails from readers with a lot of really great ideas (confession: technology is not my strong suit so input is always welcome!). One person suggested I contact Wilson Electronics, an all-American company that manufactures cell phone signal boosting devices. When I looked up Wilson, I was surprised to find they’re based in southwest Utah, one of my favorite places on Earth.

Overlooking Cedar Breaks National Monument in southwest Utah

I sent a brief email to info@wilsonelectronics.com just saying I was a travel writer living and working on the road, looking to solve my internet connection problems. I also mentioned that if they were in need of road testers, I’d be happy to stop by St. George and bring any of their products along on my journey from Utah, to California, to Alaska.

Within hours I got an email back from somebody with Wilson’s PR firm who said if I stopped by the office St. George, they’d hook me up with everything I could possibly need, for free! At the time I was in Laramie, Wyoming, a 10-hour drive via interstates. I told them I’d be in St. George in four days.

Back to Utah, via the scenic route, of course!

Yesterday morning, I showed up in St. George and a representative from Wilson met me in the parking lot, curious to see my Teardrop. I ended up spending most of the day there, meeting the team, touring the assembly line (all components of all Wilson products are made right there in St. George), having lunch, and hanging out while master wire-hider Mike installed not one but two mobile boosters in my rig: a Sleek 4G-V in my car and a dual-band mobile wireless unit in the Teardrop.

My Wilson antenna on the roof of the Teardrop

I’ve had the boosters for less than 24-hours so this is not a fully informed review, but yesterday I drove aways up Beaver Creek Canyon, a deep narrow defile, and when my phone was out of the Sleek booster cradle my phone alternated between the dreaded “searching for service” and one bar and when it was in the Sleek cradle, I had full service.

Right now I’m working from BLM land in the middle of nowhere, western Utah. When the wireless booster unit in the Teardrop is unplugged (I run it off my solar panel but it also comes with a car charger) I have no service and when it’s on I have full bars!

The mobile wireless booster has a very small footprint- just this blue box, the black slimline antenna on the wall and the antenna on the roof.

Now if I can just get Verizon to tell my why my phone keeps displaying this annoying and frustratingly mysterious “Could not connect to AM Server” error message and I’ll be all set! Good customer service is hard to find, unless you’re working with Wilson!

I should note that the team at Wilson installed both my boosters for free with no strings attached. No requests for reviews, publicity, or road reports. Hanging out with the crew yesterday, it was clear that they just thought living and working on the road is awesome  and a unique use of their product and they wanted to do their part to help make my Teardrop dreams come true. A big thanks to Clay, Jon, Blake, Mike and Derek! You guys made my day and my road trip! :)

My office- BLM land in western Utah! Full signal!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently traveling the backroads from New Mexico to Alaska, writing and living out of a tiny Teardrop camper. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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9 Responses to Back to Utah & A Big Thank You To Wilson Electronics!

  1. Sandra says:

    Wow, you’ve got it all, girl!

  2. mountainmae says:

    Just when I thought the teardrop could not get any cooler………………………

  3. Taylor says:

    Thanks for visiting us here at Wilson Electronics! We enjoyed meeting you and hearing about some of your adventures. With your permission, we would love to share this post and pictures with our Facebook/Twitter fans. Thanks again and safe travels! :)

  4. Don West says:

    Got that company bookmarked for future needs. Thanks Mary!

  5. Wow, your coolness factor just went up 10-fold ! The teardrop is totally awesome, and your newly reviewed Wilson products most certainly have me sold ! Think I’m going to go and check them out.

  6. Joni says:

    You are such a wonderful role model for young girls and women everywhere! I will mention Wilson products to everyone I know. I’m so glad I found your site.
    Joni

  7. Spilledperfume says:

    That is awesome!

  8. Your high-tech capabilities on your teardrop are awesome!! A signal even in the boondocks – fantastic!

  9. meekermeri1957 says:

    Reblogged this on meekermeri.

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