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Old 11-26-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
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Installation of a Sirius XM radio

The standard radio installed by Escape is an AM/FM receiver with video playback capability. I want to interface this radio with a portable XM radio sold by Sirius using the AUX jack in front of the standard installed Escape radio. This means installing a separate satellite radio antenna. Would be interested in knowing how others have mounted an XM radio and satellite antenna in their Escape trailer.
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:44 PM   #2
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The standard radio installed by Escape is an AM/FM receiver with video playback capability. I want to interface this radio with a portable XM radio sold by Sirius using the AUX jack in front of the standard installed Escape radio. This means installing a separate satellite radio antenna. Would be interested in knowing how others have mounted an XM radio and satellite antenna in their Escape trailer.
Check with Sirius to see if they sell an indoor antenna for the receiver you're using.
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:59 PM   #3
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Go here to learn the options:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=Locat...LYjqoATMrIG4Cg

I have a puck type on the dash in the car ( supposed to go on the roof ) and I have the directional in the trailer.
I just point it at the satellite through the fibreglass (no insulation in my trailer ). It works OK, but better if I run the cord ( 30' I think ) out a window and position it so it's not obstructed by trees etc.
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Old 11-26-2015, 06:29 PM   #4
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I have three XM Radio base units that the receiver plugs into. One in the tow vehicle, one in my stick built house, and the other mounted on the wall next to the head of my bed. I move the receiver from place to place as needed. Saves having multiple subscriptions. I used the TV 12V outlet to power it & replaced the TV amplifier with a plate that has holes for the antenna & the audio cable going to the receiver mounted under the cabinets at the foot of the bed.

I started out with a standard puck antenna stuffed against the fiberglass roof in the rear cabinet, which worked pretty well, however since I don't have a TV, I eventually replaced the TV antenna with a high gain marine XM radio antenna. It does seem to work better than the old puck when parked under trees or in northern Canada & Alaska.
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Escape ran my Sirius puck antenna wire up through the roof fridge vent and stuck it on the roof a few inches away.
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Might be my imagination, or not, but I think I get better reception from the puck antenna on the dash of the RAV than I do from the directional antenna in or out of the trailer.
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:39 PM   #7
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Here is a source for Sirius/XM radios and accessories.

SiriusXM Satellite Radios, Antennas, All Accessories and Installation Equipment | TSS-Radio
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New build? Like Jon did with dedicated marine antenna.

Old build? Like I do, just move the puck around inside to get signal. Trees are not your friend for this method. No holes!
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Not sure you can do better than just moving the puck antenna around since trailer orientation and surroundings change from camp to camp.
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mounted on the roof

I got tired of the wires inside and had my receiver hard wired in. We drilled a pinhole, cut the wire and fished it thru the hole and glued the antenna to the roof above the radio. Easy, clean and sealed up nicely. We put an am antenna up there while we were at it.

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