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Old 05-30-2020, 04:54 PM   #1
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Weboost - Mounting Questions

I’d like to mount a Weboost Drive X RV on/in our 2018 Escape 19’er.

Reading the instructions and viewing a couple of YouTube videos about the installation, I learned one wants to have maximum separation between the outside (OTR) antenna, and the inside antenna the cell phones communicate thru.

Since the dinette is forward in the trailer and we’d like the indoor antenna at/near the dinette, that means I’d like to mount the external antenna as far back on the trailer as possible, yet in a position such that it doesn’t shadow the rear roof mounted solar panels.

My question is…

Have you had success snaking coax (wire) from the refrigerator roof top exhaust vent (pictured) then obviously between the outside, side of the bathroom module and the trailer’s fiberglass shell and down to the electronics under the front, driver’s side dinette bench? It seems to be a rather convoluted path, potentially with the solar panel and other wires run before the bathroom was installed.

Looking at the inside of the bathroom module (see picture), it does appear that there is space to run wires between the top outer side of the module and the outside fiberglass shell, as the bathroom module’s wall is angled.

Also… Might you know how these side corner panels are mounted (see picture)? Velcro? A screw/bolt behind the button in the middle of the panel. Behind this small panel is an obvious place that Escape has run wires and I’ll probably want to take one of these panels off without damaging it to run a wire.

I’m open to any suggestions. I’d like to permanently mount the Weboost’s OTR antenna so I don’t have another thing to do when we pull into a location for an overnight.

Thank you, in advance, for your thoughts.
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Old 05-30-2020, 06:12 PM   #2
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Hi Greg,

One question: did you happen to configure your trailer for TV when you ordered it? The reason I ask is that the external antenna is connected to the amplifier via a R6 Coax cable. If you have the Coax port somewhere on your shell with the internal lead inside one of your cabinets, that may be an ideal spot for the booster. That in turn may open up different solutions for the internal antenna.

In my case, I knew I wanted the WeBoost system so I had ETI route internal coax cables for everything as part of the build on my 5.0. (Note: my trailer was one of the last one's built under Tammy and Reace's ownership. So this my not be an option now.)

In answer to your question, I have not routed anything behind the shower walls so I don't know how possible that is. But if you have the external antenna mounted on the rear brace for the driver's side solar panel, and the internal antenna mounted on the cabinet above the sink by the door, that would be enough separation. Then you could run the cables in the upper cabinets over the bed around the back, stove and sink.

I would suggest looking into someway to have the mast fold down for travel if mounted to the solar panel. Or get a pole that attaches to the rear bumper and is removed for travel. That is how I do it.
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Old 05-30-2020, 09:59 PM   #3
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I've routed several cables etc. from one end to the other on both my 19 and 21. A bit of wiggle and jiggle process but not a problem.

Pop the cap off the corner piece, undo the screw and you have a path for vertical wiring.

The fridge vent is a very easy path for wiring to go from the roof down to the interior. The easiest way is to remove the 4 screws holding the vent cap on. There is a bug screen, depends if the wire has a larger end piece whether you have to snip a bit of the mesh to drop it through.

At the bottom of the fridge chase, accessible from the exterior hatch, you can drill a hole in the compartment "floor" and drop the wire down into the space below. From there you can either go towards the front or rear.

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Old 05-31-2020, 10:18 AM   #4
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-- you can drill a hole in the compartment "floor" and drop the wire down into the space below. From there you can either go towards the front or rear.

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Maybe I just hadn't seen this before, but great info, thanks for posting this Ron
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Thank you Arnie & Ron for the great info.

Arnie: We did have Escape route a custom cable for our Victron battery monitor, but didn’t think about a Weboost at the time of our build.

It’s interesting that the TV cable is also RG6 (75 ohm), but I guess that makes sense. Good idea about using the TV cable(s) for the Weboost, but unfortunately, where the TV cables run, and the TV cable terminates in the trailer won’t work. But thank you for the info though.

I’ve considered a removable pole to set up when parked. But would prefer a (semi) permanent attachment. I just want to keep it simple when we park - especially at rest areas, etc.

Ron: Thank you for the info about running wires under the floor and the info on the vertical, side panels. That’s a great help!
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I’ve considered a removable pole to set up when parked. But would prefer a (semi) permanent attachment.......
Here's my current setup. I use a directional antenna atop a 16 ft telescoping pole. Both which fit nicely in the front storage box. Cable entry is next to coax connector on driver's side front of trailer. Easy to get set up. Aiming the antenna for best reception takes longer than anything else. But like just about everything these days, there's an app that helps with that process.
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