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Old 06-05-2014, 03:39 AM   #21
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Good thought, thanks.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:37 AM   #22
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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.
It appears to be welded shut. Also, when I said I was thinking about having an antenna mount made, I meant for it to go into the square receiver used for the bike rack mount. So-- having an antenna mount rather than a bike rack.

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Old 06-05-2014, 09:08 PM   #23
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It appears to be welded shut. Also, when I said I was thinking about having an antenna mount made, I meant for it to go into the square receiver used for the bike rack mount. So-- having an antenna mount rather than a bike rack.

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Clarification-- I took another look at this. The top of the square metal vertical tube appears to be welded to another short square tube at right angles, pointing away from the trailer. The end of this short piece is the mounting point for the spare tire. The effect is the same, though-- there is no hollow place to insert an antenna mast.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:21 PM   #24
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Thanks Mike.

Think I'll just have ETI mount the antenna on the top of the trailer and route the cabling through the driver side cabinets to the front bed cabinet. Antenna cable is 11 ft long, so I'll use a couple of 6 ft extensions so I can reroute it when we get the trailer.
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Thanks Mike.

Think I'll just have ETI mount the antenna on the top of the trailer and route the cabling through the driver side cabinets to the front bed cabinet. Antenna cable is 11 ft long, so I'll use a couple of 6 ft extensions so I can reroute it when we get the trailer.
If at all possible, avoid extensions. Cable loss is bad enough with the attached cable (on the Wilson Trucker Antenna) Adding extensions before an amplifier will increase losses & increase noise. It would be better to mount the antenna on the side of the trailer within the original cable length of where you want to put your amp or device.
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Jon, I'll probably be able to do that, but without the trailer here to measure, it's simpler to just let ETI do the cable routing. I can always re-route and pull the cables back.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:02 PM   #27
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Jon, I'll probably be able to do that, but without the trailer here to measure, it's simpler to just let ETI do the cable routing. I can always re-route and pull the cables back.
Actually, now that I think about it, if I have ETI run a cable from a rear mounting location to the front of the trailer it would pass thru the fridge venting area on a 21 and I bet they'd put a bunch of sealer on both walls of that compartment.... Probably a better plan to use the rear mount but run the OEM cable around the back overhead cabinets above the dinette.

The antenna has a built in ground plane, so maybe an 8 ft separation between the booster and antenna wouldn't cause oscillation - their cable is 11 ft long to start with.
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:36 PM   #28
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For the past couple of months I’ve been trying to find reliable information on cell phone antennas and boosters for calls and data. Yesterday, on the Fiberglass RV forum I ran across a link to this Youtube video posted by Technomadia that has some very good info about mobile internet options. Technomadia also has just published a new version of The Mobile Internet Handbook - 2014. I haven’t yet read all of the book. Some of the info is very basic but there is a chapter on boosters and also (about half way through – unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a linked table of contents) is a chapter on antenna selection and installation. Technomadia’s web site has the book available in PDF. I got the Kindle addition from Amazon for under $10.
Based on my previous research and the info in the video and book, my current plan is to get a Wilson Sleek 4G booster to use with my iPhone/router and use the supplied antenna inside the trailer with a ground plane. If that doesn’t give me a good enough signal for a limited amount of data, I’ll get an external antenna and route the antenna wire through the power cord portal.
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