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Old 03-16-2014, 05:18 PM   #11
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Tell us a bit more about your booster. Seems to get good reviews. Do you use for data? Where do you have it mounted. Do you use it in your tug, I used my droid maxx last trip as a hot spot. Seems like that would work well for internet with a boost. Would be nice to move up to tug when on the road. Thanks.
What I had mounted on the roof was a Wilson 301119 Dual-band Roof Mount Rv Trucker 800/1900 Mhz Antenna . The cable from the antenna was fed into the front cabinet on the driver's side. As the cable supplied with the antenna didn't quite reach all the way to the front of our 19', I then attached a Wilson 6' Adapter Extension Coax RG174 (SMA Female to SMA-Male) to extend the antenna cable to the front overhead shelf. The last piece was a Wilson 971119 Fme Male to Sma Male Connector to connect the antenna cable to the Wilson Sleek 4G Cell Phone Signal Booster. The signal booster is powered by a 12V adapter that I had installed on the driver's side of the overhead shelf.

For the MiFi Hotspot, I used a Millenicom HotSpot Plan that provided 20 gigabytes of data per month. The plan I chose used a 4620LE 3G/4G Jetpack that works with the Verizon network.

The Wilson Sleek came with a magnetic mount antenna for the car so it could be used there also. In practice, I just put the Jetpack in the amplifier cradle and used a rubber band to hold it more securely in the cradle. When we were in the trailer, I simply connected the antenna, plugged it into the 12V socket, turned it on, and laid the unit up on the top shelf. If I wanted to use it in the car, I'd move the Sleek to the car, connect the antenna cable and plug in the power source. The unit worked fine just lying in the glove box.

I didn't use the booster at all for phone calls, just for data. I had no problems connecting to the internet in the trailer or driving down the road as long as there was a Verizon signal available.

The only place I did not have a phone signal was in the vicinity of the Amistad Reservoir in south Texas. I did use an iPhone app called 'Coverage?' that helped in showing if Verizon coverage was available in areas we planned to travel.

The other item I tried was a C. Crane US3 Super USB Wi-Fi Antenna 3 . This had some success in picking up wireless networks that were in the vicinity of where we were. I had the most luck with this by attaching it to the upper end of the awning support and then running the cable through the door (or window) to connect to a USB port on the computer.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:16 PM   #12
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Great info. Assume you had ETI mount the antenna and run the long cable? Thanks.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:03 AM   #13
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Great info. Assume you had ETI mount the antenna and run the long cable? Thanks.
Yes, ETI mounted the antenna and routed the cable attached to the antenna (I believe it was 11' long) as far forward as it would reach.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:13 AM   #14
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Hello Don and Cheryl,

We are pleased that you all had a great trip. We enjoyed your digital pictures. We are anxiously waiting to pick up our trailer in May in Chilliwack. The trailer was paid for and is parking at the ETI factory. We hope to meet with you guys some day in the future.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:01 PM   #15
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Hello Don and Cheryl,

We are pleased that you all had a great trip. We enjoyed your digital pictures. We are anxiously waiting to pick up our trailer in May in Chilliwack. The trailer was paid for and is parking at the ETI factory. We hope to meet with you guys some day in the future.

Tonny and Carole
Thanks Tonny. I'm sure you are getting anxious for May to get here. I'll let you know when we are next in the Little Rock area to see if we can get together.
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Yes, ETI mounted the antenna and routed the cable attached to the antenna (I believe it was 11' long) as far forward as it would reach.
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I like this setup a lot. I will go with it for our 21'. How did you determine this location for the antenna? Also on the antenna, it looks like it has a spring near the base? Concerned about clearance storing in our barn and hitting obstructions. It is hard to tell from pictures online. Thanks.
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I did much the same thing with my 17. I used the Wilson RV/Trucker antenna . The original installation used a Wilson Vehicle Booster Kit which was great because you didn't have to put the phone or MiFi unit in a cradle, and worked with both Verizon & AT&T. Since it was 3G only, when I switched to 4G service I switched to a Wilson Sleek. In the 17, the original cable from the antenna is long enough that it reaches the front cabinet so I didn't need the extension.

For the best performance, the antenna should be separated far enough from the Sleek to prevent oscillation. While the distance is probably less than necessary with the Vehicle Booster Kit, you don't want them on top of each other. I'm sure the original cable length would provide enough separation. I wanted the Sleek in the front cabinet so that its WiFi signal extended to the tow vehicle to provide a connection while traveling.

As to the spring, it is very stiff - I wouldn't want to use it for anything except emergency protection...

By the way, Millenicom is now supplying the Pantech MHS291LVW Jetpack, which is a big improvement over the older 4620LE 3G/4G. Much better in weak signal areas when it switches between 3G & 4G, and it shows actual usage. Since I travel in weak signal areas, it was worth paying Millenicom to switch Jetpacks.
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I like this setup a lot. I will go with it for our 21'. How did you determine this location for the antenna? Also on the antenna, it looks like it has a spring near the base? Concerned about clearance storing in our barn and hitting obstructions. It is hard to tell from pictures online. Thanks.
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On the antenna location, I asked Reace to keep it as far back as possible and still allow the cable to reach into the the front cabinet. I'd guess it's a few inches forward of the TV antenna on the opposite corner of the roof. I wouldn't say the antenna is really mounted on a spring; it's pretty solid.

Glad to see J Vermilye responded to your question also as I used his setup as the model for mine. I believe Jon broke off his original antenna but I'm not sure of the circumstances or if he replaced the antenna with the same model.
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Glad to see J Vermilye responded to your question also as I used his setup as the model for mine. I believe Jon broke off his original antenna but I'm not sure of the circumstances or if he replaced the antenna with the same model.
The replacement looks exactly the same, but has a different model number (301133 for the new one & 308433 for the original). The spec sheet for the new antenna shows 3.1db gain at 4G LTE frequencies, while the older one does not. I bought the older one before 4G LTE existed, so it may be the same, or it may have a different loading coil.

In any case, rerunning the cable for the new antenna after the trailer was built was a bear. I even ended up using a inspection camera to route the cable over the shower. While someone told me that Reace couldn't do it in a 19, if I had it to do over in the 17, I'd ask for a 1" conduit run behind the shower - would make replacement cables much easier!
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I did much the same thing with my 17. I used the Wilson RV/Trucker antenna . The original installation used a Wilson Vehicle Booster Kit which was great because you didn't have to put the phone or MiFi unit in a cradle, and worked with both Verizon & AT&T. Since it was 3G only, when I switched to 4G service I switched to a Wilson Sleek. In the 17, the original cable from the antenna is long enough that it reaches the front cabinet so I didn't need the extension.

For the best performance, the antenna should be separated far enough from the Sleek to prevent oscillation. While the distance is probably less than necessary with the Vehicle Booster Kit, you don't want them on top of each other. I'm sure the original cable length would provide enough separation. I wanted the Sleek in the front cabinet so that its WiFi signal extended to the tow vehicle to provide a connection while traveling.

As to the spring, it is very stiff - I wouldn't want to use it for anything except emergency protection...

By the way, Millenicom is now supplying the Pantech MHS291LVW Jetpack, which is a big improvement over the older 4620LE 3G/4G. Much better in weak signal areas when it switches between 3G & 4G, and it shows actual usage. Since I travel in weak signal areas, it was worth paying Millenicom to switch Jetpacks.
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I was planning on using my Droid Maxx as my hotspot. We used it that way on a recent trip to Florida and it seemed OK. No booster just phone plugged into 12 volt in the Casita. Any reason that wouldn't work docked with the Wilson? Thanks.
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