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Old 06-04-2014, 05:18 PM   #11
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Thanks Mike - I'll attach to the tire upright as we don't always take our bikes along.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:43 PM   #12
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The spare tire carrier tube on my 21 is a 1.5 inch square metal tube, closed on top. I connected my antenna mast on the side of it using hose clamps and U-bolts. This was a temporary measure, though, and insufficiently nerdy-- I think I'll have a welding shop make me some kind of rig to fasten onto the bike carrier tube and use it to hold antennas.

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How does the cord from the antenna get inside the trailer? I would like to do something like RV Sue, but she just slides the cord in through a window. Is there a more elegant solution?
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:31 PM   #13
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I send the cord in via the port that holds the trailer's power cord, then up past the edge of the seat. Works well enough, but I'll add another connector so that I don't have to run the cable every time.

BTW - I bought the Wilson directional cell antenna that RV Sue uses, and even had a cable made for it to connect to my hotspot, but while I was on my trip it never did me any good. I normally left the hotspot in the Tacoma, connected to a roof-mount omnidirectional antenna; the directional antenna never gave me an advantage.

But once I returned home and found that the nearby cell tower was on the blink, I hooked up the Wilson antenna to the hotspot and was able to aim it at another tower, restoring my data connection.

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Old 06-04-2014, 06:58 PM   #14
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Antennas like these don't work with iPhones or iPads do they?
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:06 PM   #15
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Antennas like these don't work with iPhones or iPads do they?
Yes, they do - I'm going to use an iPhone on an unlimited data plan as my wifi hub.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:09 PM   #16
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Sure they do. Wilson is the ETI of signal boosters, located in St. George, Utah. Great people-great customer service. Check them out online, or call them for advice for your particular needs.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:52 PM   #17
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If you have the bike rack hitch, that might be a good place to mount a portable mast.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:15 AM   #18
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Mike said,

"The spare tire carrier tube on my 21 is a 1.5 inch square metal tube, closed on top. I connected my antenna mast on the side of it using hose clamps and U-bolts."

Question - is the top on this tube a plug or cap that can be removed? I'm thinking that would be a great spot to drop a temporary antenna mast into when camped.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:11 AM   #19
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There are several companies that sell flag poles and flag pole holders for RVs. I've seen just about every type of mount you can imagine on those sites. A telescoping pole and your preferred mount would get the job done and give you some choice in locations.

I have a Top Signal booster. It does a great job of making a poor signal into a useable one. I have a Wilson cradle type interior antenna hooked to it which works well with my smart phone. I currently use a magnetic mount exterior antenna. I lose the ability to get height but gain the ability to switch easily between vehicles.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:28 AM   #20
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WestEnder, just add a flat metal plate on top of the telescoping mast and you've got a ground plane AND height.............
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