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Old 04-13-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Removable Cell Phone Antenna

Anyone using an exterior cell phone antenna which is not permanently or magnetically mounted to their trailer? If so may I ask how you have it mounted? My research tells me that I will get optimum reception in the boonies if my antenna can be located 2 or 3 feet above the trailer and be able to be pointed toward the signal. I have seen one way to do it on RV Sue's blog: rvsueandcrew.com
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where she has hers attached to a telescoping pole mounted on her Casita's bumper.
Just wondering if anyone else has any other ideas?
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #2
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kheiser, Where is Bend?
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:49 PM   #3
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Jmac...Bend is in beautiful central Oregon
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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kheiser, RV Sue is a pro at full-timing. You could to consider building a coffee can antenna for your phone (lots of these projects shown online) and mounting it on a telescoping pole like those sold at hardware stores. You should be able to strap the pole to your trailer and rotate the pole while watching the signal bar on your phone. I would not mount it...just leave it portable. Good luck!

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:34 PM   #5
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You might check out Cell Phone Signal Boosters and Antennas at Wilson Electronics | Wilson Electronics
I have one of their larger home units at a somewhat remote farm and a smaller unit in the car. Both work well. I was also treated very well when I had a warranty problem with replacement by overnight shipping. Commercial quality products. Not cheap but great considering the quality.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:23 PM   #6
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We recently camped with a Casita friend who had a Wilson Sleek. She had a Wilson ground plane magnetic antenna on a circle of metal about 5 inches diameter, mounted on a pvc pipe mast. The antenna base was about as high as the trailer roof. At my campsite, my phone had 1X, 1 bar. Thirty feet away in her Sleek, I had 3G, 4 bars. I bought a Sleek when I returned home.

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Old 04-14-2013, 11:06 PM   #7
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Where are you from MMarvin?
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:22 PM   #8
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We are using a portable Wilson Mobile Pro cellular signal booster with the accessory kit. Getting consistant, good results in remote areas for Verizon 3G phone service and 3G mobile HotSpot.
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I like the concept of a removable mast - is the spare tire carrier on an Escape hollow and open on top? Could drop a mast right into that if it is; otherwise attach a vertical tube alongside?
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:58 PM   #10
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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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