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Old 09-08-2017, 10:05 PM   #1
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CB Antenna

I've got a problem with the factory mounted CB antenna, and need to get to the inside where it is mounted.

Anyone have a suggestion of how to easily do it? It looks to me like the entire front set of cabinets have to be removed, and I sure don't want to do that.

Any help appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:15 AM   #2
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The mount should be from thru the outer skin, right?

It's the coax routing that's the concern? (And ought to be replaced due to age)

A fiberglass-bodied coach is the usual recipient of a No Ground Plane Antenna. Is it placed on a vertical surface?

Mount at front of coach, port-side, with factory DC power and coax arising near transceiver mount on or in dashboard?

I'm thinking coax was run down A-pillar to dash then underneath. AM-FM the same on starboard side.

A pic would help showing antenna mount.
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The radio is not working because the coax reads a short at the radio end...the only end I have access to. The antenna is mounted thru the wall above the driver's seat, above a window and behind a part of the front cabinets. I need to get access to the back of the antenna mount on the inside, and the only way I can see to do that is to remove the entire front cabinet system, TV and all, and I don't want to do that for obvious reasons.

This is why I asked for info from anyone experienced with this on the XL type motorhome.
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Okay. Dumb question. Why not remove mount from coach?
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Okay. Dumb question. Why not remove mount from coach?
If no one has a solution for getting into the particular cabinet, I will have to do that, but when I do, I will have to cut a hole with a hole saw and destroy the antenna to remove it. The antenna is a side mount with two studs going into the coach, with the connections on the inside. If you were familiar with the motorhome antennas you would understand. They are not like trailer, or vehicle antennas.

I was hoping someone would have had this problem before and came up with a way to get into that cabinet.
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It's this kind of mount: https://www.amazon.com/WORKMAN-PSM-2...+antenna+mount
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I took mine down, twer pretty easy:

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The biggest trick is that the corner piece is held on by finishing nails. Just worm your fingers over the top and pull it gently down. Behind are screws holding the side cabinet to the front cabinet that you don't need to take down.

Remember to take the window valence off and the curtain rail needs to be removed. There are several hidden screws going straight up to hold the weight of the side sun curtain. Push it back and you'll see. The bad news was putting it back together the screws going into the sidewall were just screwed into fiberglass and didn't hold easily when I tried to screw the cabinet back into place. Let me know how it goes with yours.

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If no one has a solution for getting into the particular cabinet, I will have to do that, but when I do, I will have to cut a hole with a hole saw and destroy the antenna to remove it. The antenna is a side mount with two studs going into the coach, with the connections on the inside. If you were familiar with the motorhome antennas you would understand. They are not like trailer, or vehicle antennas.

I was hoping someone would have had this problem before and came up with a way to get into that cabinet.
That same mount type seen on many big trucks. Had a pair on a Peterbilt. And I first installed a CB on a fiberglass Moho in 1975

That type will "can" come apart to access the coax (depending on supplier). But may not go back together due to age.
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Thanks israndy, that is exactly the information I was looking for.
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That same mount type seen on many big trucks. Had a pair on a Peterbilt. And I first installed a CB on a fiberglass Moho in 1975

That type will "can" come apart to access the coax (depending on supplier). But may not go back together due to age.
Thanks, All fine and dandy, but without access to the back of this panel, just more irrelevant info.
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If you do take it apart, do us a favor and make a screw list. I took the photo of the screws but I didn't organize which when where.

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