Originally Posted by rfield54
If, like me, your trailer is more or less a perminent structure and/or mostly in an area away from tall trees, AND you plan on retracting the dish when you're away (to avoid possible leaking issues caused by wind), THEN permenant installation is a sensible plan.
I have a feeling that is how/why mine was installed. But now I get the pleasure
of dealing with all the issues it has resulted in. When it was installed they used a regular pop rivet (not strong enough and leak) Some type of caulking that hardened to the point that the easiest method of removal is cutting the aluminum out. I may have to install a large patch plate to repair the damage caused by the install. Also I think a lot of the movement issues are caused by the raising and lowering of the dish as well as high winds, even when retracted. I was inside my AS this past weekend when we had a severe storm line blow thru, I kept hearing a "bumping" noise from the top, it was the dish flexing in the wind. It was in the fully retracted postion. If I do use a dish, I will go with a ground mount and run the cable thru the bottom fridge vent. The PO ran it thru the upper fridge vent, it was one source of leaks, the water was following the cable thru the vent in a heavy downpour.
Just a few of my observations.