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Old 05-23-2015, 04:14 PM   #1
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Sleek (WeBoost) booster on a 5.0TA

Has anyone installed such on a fifth wheel? If so where did you install the booster and the antenna?
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:31 PM   #2
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A few of us have them in a 21, which is same as the 5 from the doorway to the back. I added mine just aft of the fridge, in the overhead cabinet, so I could replace the antenna easily if needed. Haven't had any feedback issues with the cradle in the same compartment.
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Charlie's right. Locating the cradle near the antenna hasn't posed a problem with these. The most logical location for the cradle is probably in/adjacent to an overhead cabinet over the dinette, with the antenna roof mounted aft above it.
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Old 05-23-2015, 07:53 PM   #4
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I just finished drilling an exit hole from my truck cab so I can use mine while underway. Later I might buy a second antenna to mount on the trailer.

It looks like several people have these now. I haven't used mine yet but will on the way to Osoyoss. It'll be interesting to compare notes at some point. I think it'll be an improvement on my previous units but time will tell.

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Try it in Manning Park. Came upon a car accident a few years ago and couldn't report it until I got to Princeton.
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I had the antenna mounted just forward of the entry door and keep the cable coiled in the overhead cabinet next to the door. Reace drilled a hole in the forward corner next to the wall and added a rubber grommet. The cradle base is mounted on the lower cabinet counter top. 12 volt power is right there. I just pull the cable down and connect to the sleek cradle when needed. When traveling or not in use, the cradle lives in the drawer and the cable is coiled back in the overhead cabinet. Works for us.
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Try it in Manning Park. Came upon a car accident a few years ago and couldn't report it until I got to Princeton.
Will do. Telus coverage map doesn't look good for the first half. I'll be doing a side-by-side comparison between two phones so I should be able to get a good impression of how much good the weboost does.

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Will do. Telus coverage map doesn't look good for the first half. I'll be doing a side-by-side comparison between two phones so I should be able to get a good impression of how much good the weboost does.

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In our experience, the Sleek and antenna did a good job of boosting an existing signal. If there was no signal at all, it didn't create one.
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In our experience, the Sleek and antenna did a good job of boosting an existing signal. If there was no signal at all, it didn't create one.
Hmmm... all any booster can do is boost an existing signal. I assume this means that unless the network signal is strong enough to show some service (although perhaps very low), the booster won't be able to boost it to a usable level. That's a useful guideline - there are places on mountain highways where a typical mobile phone shows no network at all (as far as it can tell), not just poor signal.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:35 AM   #10
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I have a Sleek 4G kit with a window mount for the short antenna. The last place we camped had reception of one bar on the Verizon network without the Sleek and three with the Sleek and window mount. Three bars was enough for email, weather, and news. We didn't try any more than that. When I was checking on this last year I found that Technomadia's The Mobile Internet Handbook - 2014 had some very basic info but also some very useful info on boosters, antenna selection, etc. One other item I was concerned about was the loss of signal strength with couplings which is why I'm trying just using the one coupling to the short antenna. I'll get a larger antenna if this short one doesn't do the job for me in the long run.
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