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Old 09-22-2017, 06:02 PM   #1
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Cell phone/Wi-Fi Antenna Installation

For those folks who have installed their own antennas aftermarket, what kind of weatherproof grommets and hardware have you used once the hole is drilled? And where do you get such hardware?

Apparently, ETI no longer will install antennas, as of August 2, on new orders. So, those of us who want to add an antenna need to install them ourselves. So what's the best weather protection we can get?
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:05 PM   #2
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See here for info Best WiFi and Cell Equipment currently (9/2017) Available?
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:21 PM   #3
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I should be more specific: I think I have the electronics properly covered. It's the mechanics I do get: I drill the hole and then what? I need a port of some kind to keep out the weather, like what is used from the solar panels. What are those weather proof hole covers? The other Forum thread covers the cell & WiFi booster devices, not the hole.
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The detail to the electronics should tell you the hole size as well as the type of mount??
https://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Co...oof+port+in+rv
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On my 2011 17, Escape used a Strain Relief Power Cord Connectors. As the link shows, they come in a number of sizes, & I've used them on antennas I've added myself. The only difficulty (besides getting up the nerve to drill a big hole in your trailer) is to compress the vinyl liner enough to get the nut on the body of the feedthrough. I had better luck cutting away the liner around the feedthrough. I put a dab of ProFlex on the outside surface as well as fill the space between the wire & hole in the feedthrough. Be sure the size you order fits the smallest connector, not just the wire...

I had Escape install a cell antenna on my new 2017 21, and they simply drilled a hole & ProFlexed both inside & out. I prefer the feedthrough.
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Or you can drill a hole in the floor for a mag-mount antenna then put a small piece of metal on the roof. I sling my wire around the bumper and the antenna sits on the bumper unless I need it.
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On my 2011 17, Escape used a Strain Relief Power Cord Connectors. As the link shows, they come in a number of sizes, & I've used them on antennas I've added myself. The only difficulty (besides getting up the nerve to drill a big hole in your trailer) is to compress the vinyl liner enough to get the nut on the body of the feedthrough. I had better luck cutting away the liner around the feedthrough. I put a dab of ProFlex on the outside surface as well as fill the space between the wire & hole in the feedthrough. Be sure the size you order fits the smallest connector, not just the wire...

I had Escape install a cell antenna on my new 2017 21, and they simply drilled a hole & ProFlexed both inside & out. I prefer the feedthrough.
Exactly what I needed, Jon. Thanks! Sometimes you just need the right jargon.

Unfortunately, ETI will no longer install cell antenna so I need to drill the hole myself and insert the appropriate connectors, running the antenna cable through the hole. I think I can handle connecting the cable to the booster, as long as ETI will cable the inside antenna.
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I didn't drill the trailer, glued up a block out of PVC board using 3m 5200, I think. carved/cut it to mate with the roof line near the fridge vent and glued it on. Mounted an antenna 90 degrees bracket to it. Antenna goes down the fridge vent and into the adjoining cabinet.
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I didn't drill the trailer, glued up a block out of PVC board using 3m 5200, I think. carved/cut it to mate with the roof line near the fridge vent and glued it on. Mounted an antenna 90 degrees bracket to it. Antenna goes down the fridge vent and into the adjoining cabinet.
Bob,

Did you have any difficulty in "fishing" your line down the vent and finding it at the other end?
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Bob,

Did you have any difficulty in "fishing" your line down the vent and finding it at the other end?
I only went down far enough to get to the upper cabinets, I should have been more explicit. I did cut the screening in the vent so I could reach in, reconnected it with wire ties. Little globs of caulking to keep the cable on the roof in place, help it down with qt paint cans till it dried.
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