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Old 05-31-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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Satellite radio with a Land Yacht

Since we're planning on doing some travel this year (we leave next week from Ontario to go to Bozeman), I decided to put in satellite radio (in my case I chose Sirius). I bought a typical kit from Costco, but when I read the installation instructions it became evident that getting the antenna to provide decent reception was going to be a challenge. When I was at the Region 2 rally last week I asked around, and one owner of a 345 motorhome showed me that he had purchased the type of antenna used by the truckers that attaches to the West Coast mirror - it doesn't need a ground plane (something that requires major modification in the case of a fiberglass rig). He purchased his antenna from one of the Flying J truck stops for $25.

I searched around the 401 corridor between London and Toronto, and ended up buying the trucker package - consists of the regular automotive tuner package and the trucker antenna for $107. (I returned the $180 package to Costco).

Got the antenna attached to one of the horns on the roof, snaked the wire down near where the horn wire was, and got the whole kit running. I'm now having a nice bracket built to hold the tuner to the dash.

Many thanks to Howard Lefkowitz for his idea. It works perfectly!

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Old 01-24-2016, 11:39 PM   #2
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This is an old thread from 2008 that I thought could be updated. I bought my 97 LY diesel pusher in April 2015 which still had the original Sony cassette radio. I already had a Sirius portable unit for my home system that came with the car adapter. Found a new Kenwood CD radio with Aux connection on face of radio.

Installed the new Kenwood radio and Sirius car adapter and it sounds fantastic. Actually I thought the speakers may need updating but they are in excellent condition. Does not appear they were used much. Later, I decided to get the portable boom box for the Sirius adapter and now have music outside around the campsite. It impressed a group of campers in Sagatuck so much last summer that 3 of them bought the same system for their older RV's.

Nothing like sitting outside the most expensive RV in the campround listening to Bloomberg Financial News in surround-sound no less...haha!!

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Old 01-25-2016, 07:25 AM   #3
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I've had the Sirius adapter in my car for many years, the boom box too. I recently purchased another car kit for the AS. I haven't installed it yet but I was able to get it to work (had to tape the antenna to a window ) so I could hear it play through the Sony radio. It sounds pretty good. Looking forward to a permanent installation.

I'm fortunate that my son pays the Sirius bill for me. He has one in his car / boat and got the second subscription for a discount. He says it's my annual Father's Day gift that I can enjoy all year long.

I know you can get Sirius built in, but using just the head unit I can transfer from the boom box to the car to the AS. It's very handy
For a guy who used to listen to static filled, AM station rock 'n roll on a 7 transistor plastic radio, this technology blows my mind, but I like it. Then again, I'm still amazed by cordless phones.

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