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Old 05-11-2009, 10:07 PM   #11
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Hi When we had a park trailer I ran the cables inthe unused clothes dryer vent!
When we had our Bounder I mounted the "L" brackits to the side so the screws ran into the wall studs ,this gave me a good ground plain and ran the cabels in behind the curtins so they could not be seen . Now with our "c" class I also ran the cables into the back of the cabnets and then out the sides behind the curtins. Good luck 73 Leo K1zek
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:31 PM   #12
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I liked the idea of using a tennis ball to keep rain and crud out of the connector.

Neat.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:48 AM   #13
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I liked the idea of using a tennis ball to keep rain and crud out of the connector.

Neat.
only problem so far with the tennis ball is that the dog keeps trying to get it back !
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:39 AM   #14
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Good idea Randy. Sounds like a neat install. Good luck with it.



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Old 05-12-2009, 10:49 AM   #15
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I have 4 entry points for Coax depending on the antenna

The Cell Phone booster.. 2-way amplifier is in back (main) Bath, in a cabinet, Antenna at the top of the rear cap, cable comes in the real back wall, straight into the cabinet, you don't see it at all less you pull the rear cap

Other antennas which mount BELOW the roof come up through the floor into a cabinet in the Radio room, 100% out of sight

Roof mounted antennas are goign to go through the roof, with proper cable caps, like the one on your Winegard bat-wing. These will likely enter into a cabinet in the radio room, 100% out of sight inside the rig.

That leaves me with the tempory antennas. the ones I put up and take down,

I cut a vent opening (Standard stove vent) the "Flapper" is now sealed shut, and has five feed throughs in it. I'll use it, sealed, looks good (epically when not in use) looks like a factory installed vent in fact. Right angle connectors on the outside, and assorted switches (jumper connected) on the inside
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Interesting post.... well I recently mounted my antenna mount on my 5th wheel, using the ladder, like most I would gather. Because the horizontal part of the ladder at the top was at about 15 degree angle, I decided to use the vertical part of the ladder to be "square" (this is the engineer in me, hi). Coax comes down vertical ladder rain using zip ties. Had to take pix on the wrong side because sun was directly behind if shot from correct side, hi.



At the base of the ladder, I placed a ground strap onto the ladder since it wasnt grounded to the RV frame. Didnt have any big strap or even some large coax braid, so just used a piece of RG-58/u with the center conductor and braid shorted together at each end, then soldered on a connector. I know, it isnt KOSHER, but it does work.....sofar!



For the entrance, I ran the feedline under the trailer abit, using zip ties onto existing wiring loom and then came out next to the slider, using acouple of cable clamps screwed into side of RV body, then thread the coax through the rubber gasket on the slider into the living quarters area.



This method is "quick and clean" at the same time. XYL didnt even notice it until she moved the lounge chair, and then saw this cable. I told her it was for the Satellite, but she knew I was fooling, ha... This setup came through a rain when at the coast afew weeks back, with no water coming in, along the cable.
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For the entrance, I ran the feedline under the trailer abit, using zip ties onto existing wiring loom and then came out next to the slider, using acouple of cable clamps screwed into side of RV body, then thread the coax through the rubber gasket on the slider into the living quarters area.



This method is "quick and clean" at the same time. XYL didnt even notice it until she moved the lounge chair, and then saw this cable. I told her it was for the Satellite, but she knew I was fooling, ha... This setup came through a rain when at the coast afew weeks back, with no water coming in, along the cable.
That's the way I do mine but you are much neater.



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Looking at ZKH's mount I'd like to type a warning here.......

IN Michigan, and I suspect other states, bridges are normally at least 16' above the pavement when you drive under one.. Any bridge lower will have a clearance signe, IE: 15'6"

13'

11'

The bottom of the traffic signal is likewise 16' above the road (or more, but usually not much more)

If your antenna sticks up 18' it's gonna suffer damage..

My roof is 11' as I recall (Measured it) might be 12, 12.5 feet to top of rig, unloaded
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Looking at ZKH's mount I'd like to type a warning here.......

IN Michigan, and I suspect other states, bridges are normally at least 16' above the pavement when you drive under one.. Any bridge lower will have a clearance signe, IE: 15'6"

13'

11'

The bottom of the traffic signal is likewise 16' above the road (or more, but usually not much more)

If your antenna sticks up 18' it's gonna suffer damage..

My roof is 11' as I recall (Measured it) might be 12, 12.5 feet to top of rig, unloaded
I hope you dont think I would be stupid enough to leave the antenna in place while traveling, do ya??? That mount has a Quik-Connect on, so I can switch antennas, or place/remove said antennas at will. I might be a SENIOR CITIZEN, but I havent quite lost my mind yet, hi hi.. !!! (although I am beginning to wonder at times) I picked those Quik-Connects up at the DX convention last month in Visalia, Ca (10 miles away), 3 for $10. Aren't the best quality, as abit sloppy, but they still work fine. Male goes into 3/8"x24 thread on mount, and the female goes on the antennas. Actually, I have 1 spare male left.

Also read my thread "Novel MH Mount" that I placed today here on the forum.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:22 AM   #20
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I've got a couple of those Quick Disconnects. They work well and you don't have to spend a lot of time up on the roof ladder changing out antennas. I just ordered 2 more this week from HRO. They are rather expensive. The ones I ordered are stainless (catalog # QD-2), the female end is springloaded and snaps on in a quarter turn. Those things have gone to $19.95 each. I leave the male half attatched to the ladder as you do.

Talking about the overpasses on the highways. I had a good friend lose his "Texas Bug Catcher" that way. Just forgot it up there. "Spat" !!!

I think the highest point on our 5er is about 12 ft. I need to measure it again. The problem is when you are going down the Interstate, by the time you are close enough to read that height sign, "it's to late". I have to admit there have been a few times when the level of my "pucker factor" has increased dramatically. Hi Hi



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