The nerdstick, relocated - Page 2 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Modifications and Alterations
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-03-2016, 12:10 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Florida panhandle, Florida
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Posts: 761
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron in BC View Post
To make the aluminum pole fit more firmly in the steel pole you might consider cutting about a 3" vertical slit with a hack saw and using either a hose clamp or muffler clamp to squeeze it onto the aluminum section.

If I might make a suggestion, it would be to have someone drive along side as you go through a range of speeds. Sometimes there's a difference in how an object behaves during static testing and what it does under dynamic conditions.
Ron
Both good ideas. In particular, I was at a loss on how to snug up that opening, but your slit idea would work. Thanks.
__________________

__________________
Mike Lewis
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie-- Propane.
Mike Lewis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2016, 01:24 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 7,782
I like Ron's slot-and-clamp approach (as long as there isn't too much gap to close, and the outer pipe will flex enough with reasonable clamping force), and if you want hardware specifically intended to do this, you could try something like a seat post clamp if you can get the right size. They even come in quick-release.

If a nice seat post (or similar) clamp can't be found in the right size, a more general band clamp might be a decent alternative.
__________________

Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2016, 02:43 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North Van., British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19
Posts: 2,408
Yep, several choices in clamps. This is the one I used to keep my solar panel mast from swiveling in a breeze. I added the knob so I could tighten and release it without tools but a nut driver works fine. These are stronger clamps than the garden variety hose clamps.

Ron
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 23-12-2014 2-12-09 PM1_resize.jpg (173.5 KB, 24 views)
Ron in BC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2016, 10:32 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
MyronL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Edgewood, New Mexico
Trailer: 2013 Esc19/'14 Silvrado
Posts: 1,709
This thread got me wondering about doing an upgrade of my own TV antenna mast solution. I have only set it up a couple times because I found it to be too much of a bother. I am no Ham but something less clunky like what you guys did might work for me.

Found a 21 foot telescoping push up antenna pole/mast, $119.95 on sale, eBay. Has 5 non tapering sections, top section is 1" diameter. Will take on 5-10 pounds of vertical weight. Could easily drop into a bumper bracket/tube. Thoughts?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Antmast01.jpg (98.7 KB, 33 views)
File Type: jpg AntHam.JPG (15.1 KB, 20 views)
__________________
Myron
"A billion here, a billion there...add it all up and before you know it you're talking real money." Everett Dirkson
MyronL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2016, 01:06 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Hill on the Moon, Texas
Trailer: perhaps 2017
Posts: 474
Quote:
Originally Posted by MyronL View Post
This thread got me wondering about doing an upgrade of my own TV antenna mast solution. I have only set it up a couple times because I found it to be too much of a bother. I am no Ham but something less clunky like what you guys did might work for me.

Found a 21 foot telescoping push up antenna pole/mast, $119.95 on sale, eBay. Has 5 non tapering sections, top section is 1" diameter. Will take on 5-10 pounds of vertical weight. Could easily drop into a bumper bracket/tube. Thoughts?
like your creative use of what appears to be pvc pipe in your current design...but yeah the new fiberglass pole is a bit sleeker design but not nearly as nerdy!
not sure what might be better...fiberglass or aluminum pole, but perhaps the aluminum allows a higher vertical support weight. The clamps probably have a say in that factor as well. Looks like you are able to use a significantly shorter mast tube holder in the current design.
Perhaps this camper may have ETI mount another empty 120 vac outdoor type outlet box+ cover near the rear to be wired later for coax and connectors.
freespirit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2016, 01:40 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North Van., British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19
Posts: 2,408
Quote:
Originally Posted by MyronL View Post

I am no Ham
I don't know, some of your photo captions are pretty funny.

I think it comes down to the ease of use situation. If it's a nuisance to set-up it just doesn't get used.

Having a socket that holds the pole firmly would be an improvement for set-up. And site's like TVfool seem to base coverage on antenna height so the longer pole could be better.

Ron
Ron in BC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2016, 01:49 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
MyronL's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Edgewood, New Mexico
Trailer: 2013 Esc19/'14 Silvrado
Posts: 1,709
Exactly, Ron. All PVC, and comes apart for storage. Cross brace into the awning bracket provides necessary horizontal support, allowing for short bumper tube. Works fine, except I'd like to shorten the assembly time. Coax runs around to connection on street side. (Nerdacity is the mother of invention.)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Antmast01a.jpg (76.6 KB, 21 views)
__________________
Myron
"A billion here, a billion there...add it all up and before you know it you're talking real money." Everett Dirkson
MyronL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2016, 07:11 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Notasulga, Alabama
Trailer: 2010 EggCamper; Escape 21 on order
Posts: 265
I don't have pictures at the moment, but this antenna setup works fine for us on our current EggCamper (use your imagination to visualize).

Antenna Base: 18" length of 1" schedule 40 PVC pipe with PVC cap glued to bottom (drill small hole for drainage) and two stainless steel hose clamps to clamp PVC pipe to the upright square tubing of the spare tire carrier on rear bumper.

Pole: Blue Hawk 1" diameter 6'-12' telescoping pole, cut the blue plastic handle off the base end for it to fit snugly into the 1" PVC pipe (from Lowe’s, yes 1" diameter is strong enough for normal use in normal weather):
Shop Blue Hawk 6-ft to 12-ft Telescoping Threaded Extension Pole at Lowes.com

Antenna: ClearStream2V (UHF/VHF) Indoor/Outdoor antenna (the VHF wings fold down for storage; I’ve seen it on sale for as low as $40)
https://www.amazon.com/ClearStream-I.../dp/B007RH5GZI

Easy to store, simple to set up, works well for us. I'll try to remember to take pictures next time we have it set up.
War Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2016, 01:00 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Daubsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Austin, Texas
Trailer: 2009 Escape 19'
Posts: 233
I think I mentioned this in my mods thread, but I have a similar setup for my wifi antenna. I bought a 15ft telescoping painters pole from here:

https://www.mgs4u.com/fiberglass-pai...e-products.htm

At first I had it mounted in a fishing rod holder on the trailer bumper. But it moved around too much while traveling because it's so top heavy. I ended up securing the pole to the spare tire mount with U bolts and zip ties, but I had to move the whole thing forward about 1 1/2" to clear the belly band around the trailer. It's much more stable now, but it still sways some because the antenna I have is so bulky. I may just get a more compact, lighter antenna.

I have a Ubiquiti bullet attached to the antenna. The POE cable goes through the inside of the fiberglass pole, so it is concealed.

It took some trial and error to optimize this setup. But now when I get to a campground I can deploy the antenna mast and turn on wifi in less than a minute.

Daubsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2016, 07:01 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Hill on the Moon, Texas
Trailer: perhaps 2017
Posts: 474
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daubsy View Post
I think I mentioned this in my mods thread, but I have a similar setup for my wifi antenna. I bought a 15ft telescoping painters pole from here:

https://www.mgs4u.com/fiberglass-pai...e-products.htm

At first I had it mounted in a fishing rod holder on the trailer bumper. But it moved around too much while traveling because it's so top heavy. I ended up securing the pole to the spare tire mount with U bolts and zip ties, but I had to move the whole thing forward about 1 1/2" to clear the belly band around the trailer. It's much more stable now, but it still sways some because the antenna I have is so bulky. I may just get a more compact, lighter antenna.
thinking out loud and possibly wanting a removable mast..it might be feasible to weld or bolt the mast holder tube like others use, directly to the vertical tire mount similar to your bolt on method.
Wondering if the vertical tire mount is welded or bolted on to the Escape frame for rigidity?
__________________

freespirit is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.