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Old 03-28-2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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Seeking tips for installing an exterior antenna

Hi,
I swear I've searched like crazy but I haven't found (yet) the guidance I'm looking for. I'm wanting to install one of those Wilson (now WeBoost) Sleek cellphone amplifiers and antenna.

I think I'm generally up to the task, but I'm not sure of the best location for the antenna, and don't know the best approach for making a hole for the connecting cable to run through. Are there through-hull fittings" for eggs like ours? Or is there a different / better method?

I plan to wander aimlessly amongst the Escapes this May in Osoyoos to get ideas, but in the meantime, thanks for any light you can shed.
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Here is a link to a review of an Oliver trailer with the antenna installed, he does a description of it from the exterior and interior Wincrasher's Travels: Video Review of the Oliver Legacy Elite II
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It's not specific to the Escape, but here's how I did it on our Scamp. Perhaps you can leverage the concept.
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Thanks Jim, that helps. Quite the video, and quite the trailer!
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The feed through cable clamps on the left side of this link are the ones I use (and Escape used for my antenna). I bought mine at a real electronics store.

As to location, I put mine on the driver's side, so it would be out of the way of the awning & less likely to be nailed by roadside brush or trees.

There are a couple of photos that include the antenna on my Trailer Modifications page.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:01 PM   #6
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Couple of good options there from Jon and John. I think I am screwing up the courage to... order parts! Baby steps. Thanks all!
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Doug, the trucker antenna I purchased was a roof mount, but they also sell spring mounts designed to be mounted on the side or clamped to a window frame. If you want to install the roof mount, all you need is to drill about a 1/4" hole. The mount comes with a roof side and interior side washer and gasket. You could also add a bit of sealant on the roof side before tightening it down. As for location, I suggest the entry point be placed inside one of the overhead cabinets like ETI did for ours. I'll post a photo of the mount from the inside.
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Here you go.
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Thanks, Robert, that looks pretty straightforward! The pics really help. But wait, you're supposed to be enjoying your grand journey, even if it is with a darkened fridge. :-) Thanks a heap for the info.
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