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Old 06-24-2019, 02:06 AM   #1
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Cool Help with getting internet cable inside Escape 19

Hello all,

I am looking for some advice. I've recently purchased a brand new 19' Escape and I am planning to live in it full time. Since I don't own or watch TV it never occured for me to get it "cable ready". Now I am parked on a private property where I have access to Comcast internet (I need it for work). Originally I thought I would use a hotspot at a campground, but I found this amazing place that's much better than a campground, and it comes with cable internet. My question is how to get the cable inside the trailer? I obviously do not want to be drilling any holes into the fiberglass. The only way at this point I can think of is through a window, but that would mean that bugs and would be getting in as well.

Thank you for any thoughts on this.

Galina
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:41 AM   #2
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Hello all,

I am looking for some advice. I've recently purchased a brand new 19' Escape and I am planning to live in it full time. Since I don't own or watch TV it never occured for me to get it "cable ready". Now I am parked on a private property where I have access to Comcast internet (I need it for work). Originally I thought I would use a hotspot at a campground, but I found this amazing place that's much better than a campground, and it comes with cable internet. My question is how to get the cable inside the trailer? I obviously do not want to be drilling any holes into the fiberglass. The only way at this point I can think of is through a window, but that would mean that bugs and would be getting in as well.

Thank you for any thoughts on this.

Galina
Without drilling any holes, the best way to do this would be to use a Cable Modem Router and connect to it wifi. The Cable Modem Router could be connected to the cable internet and powered outside the trailer - it would need protection from the elements but that could be done with a plastic box.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:37 AM   #3
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If you have a push through power cord there may be room to run an extension cable through that hole. If it were me, I'd drill a hole and add a cable port. Something like this, but in white.

https://www.amazon.com/Furrion-FTVIN...YMAM0A3R16REBK
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:39 AM   #4
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If you have a push through power cord there may be room to run an extension cable through that hole. If it were me, I'd drill a hole and add a cable port. Something like this, but in white.
I agree. And you're not alone with being reluctant to drill a hole in your fiberglass. After the first one it gets easier.

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Old 06-24-2019, 01:12 PM   #5
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I was happy to drill a hole and install a good exterior port. Makes hooking up to an antenna or campsite cable if we want a piece of cake. Same for WiFi booster and in the future a cell booster should we get one.

So far I have drilled 7 holes and cut 3 large openings. Doing this myself is no different that the dealer doing so, or the many inlets we have in our homes too.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:32 AM   #6
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Wow you guys are so confident about drilling holes... I called Escape and still waiting for their call back about this. Meanwhile how do you you know a safe place to drill in and how do you waterproof the hole you make? I am really scared to mess this up - being watertight is the main reason I bought this trailer to begin with.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:56 AM   #7
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Well, look at it this way. I built an ocean going sailboat. When I started it was one large f.g. shell without any holes. When I finished it had 17 holes varying from 3/4" to 1 1/2" below the waterline and countless dozens of holes above the waterline and it was still kept the water out.

Use a good caulk and leakage isn't an issue. For a bomb proof installation use 3M 5200.

There's no mystery about where to drill holes whether it's in the sides or the floor. Just look at your preferred location and find a reference point. Then go inside and find out what's in the area. If there's no conflict you're good to go. I use reference points like a bolt that goes from the frame on the outside to the bolt head visible on the inside. There's a lot of places where there's no conflict with other objects.

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Old 06-25-2019, 01:19 AM   #8
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LOL ok wow - you built a sailboat I think my experience level is a bit below that
This being my very first trailer and me knowing nothing about drilling...
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:19 AM   #10
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is your internet connection via ethernet or via coax CATV ? thats sort of a function of whether the cable modem and router is inside or outside your trailer....
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