THOR Industries has announced a new partnership with SpaceX that will see Starlink equipment integrated directly into the company’s recreational vehicles (RVs). Thor Industries says they are the first RV manufacturer to work directly with SpaceX to add Starlink to their RVs, which come under nameplates such as Airstream, Entegra Coach, Jayco and Tiffin.
In a press release announcing the new deal, THOR says SpaceX’s flat high-performance Starlink dishes, which provide high-speed, low-latency internet while in motion, will be added to select motorized RVs in the US starting this year.
“We’re excited to work with THOR, Airstream, Entegra Coach, Jayco and Tiffin to bring Starlink to RV owners around the world. By providing game-changing connectivity in remote locations whether parked or in motion, Starlink is expanding the boundaries of where RVers can explore while still staying connected to friends and family,” said SpaceX Vice President of Business Operations Chad Gibbs.
THOR Industries says customers could purchase and install the equipment themselves, but buyers will have the benefit of a “factory installed” system. In addition they will also receive a one month service credit after the initial month of activation, amounting to $135 in the US or $170 in Canada.
Thor Industries is the first RV company to work with SpaceX to integrate Starlink equipment, but Canada’s De Havilland became the first aircraft manufacturer to sign a similar deal for Starlink equipment integration on their flagship Dash 8-400 aircraft.