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Old 07-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Mounting plate for Winegard Trav'ler?

Hey folks,

For those that have a Winegard Trav'ler, was it installed using the optional $120 mounting plate for thin roof installations? The drawback, aside from the cost, is the number of holes they want you to put into the shell, though maybe I could get by with some adhesive instead of using all of them.

I am planning to install where the crank up used to be and over a rib so that will provide some stability.

They also sell a cheap $10 square plate to protect the area where the rollers come down on the shell. The more expensive plate also provides this function.

I hate to add on another $120 in cost to the already expensive unit though!

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Hey folks,

For those that have a Winegard Trav'ler, was it installed using the optional $120 mounting plate for thin roof installations? The drawback, aside from the cost, is the number of holes they want you to put into the shell, though maybe I could get by with some adhesive instead of using all of them.

I am planning to install where the crank up used to be and over a rib so that will provide some stability.

They also sell a cheap $10 square plate to protect the area where the rollers come down on the shell. The more expensive plate also provides this function.

I hate to add on another $120 in cost to the already expensive unit though!

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I installed the Trav'ler on my 1976 Sovereign and did not use the $120 mounting plate. It is attached directly to the Airstream Roof.

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The issue I was concerned about was securing the Trav'ler flat base to the the curved roof of the Airstream. I drilled more holes in the base and used a combination of stainless steel screws and Olympic rivets to get a good strong connection to the roof. I started on the center line and then worked around alternating between each side to in in effect pull the curved roof to conform to the flat base. Its been on there for 5 years and many miles and and is perfectly level and has not budged. I used a grey electric conduit to route the cables from the unit and then ran them down the fridge vent to the the TV.

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You will not be disappointed with the Trav'ler. Push the main power button and the dish folds back and point straight up. It then starts to raise and searches for the the satellites. when it locks on the satellites it then starts the final adjustment and the dish will turn slightly from side to side until the signal is tweaked. I have had small crowds gather just to watch it go through the set up process. Its cool.

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Good luck with the install
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:22 PM   #3
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Great info, thanks so much! I like the way you routed the cables too... Very clean. I have some solar wiring that needs to be better managed up there and so I might try that. Possibly for the dish too if I don't get ambitious and try to get it down the inside center channel in the ceiling.

I just ordered a fantastic fan for the front area as I might as well do that too while I am up there.
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The issue I was concerned about was securing the Trav'ler flat base to the the curved roof of the Airstream. I drilled more holes in the base and used a combination of stainless steel screws and Olympic rivets to get a good strong connection to the roof. I started on the center line and then worked around alternating between each side to in in effect pull the curved roof to conform to the flat base.
Did you encounter any difficulty over the rib in that area and getting it to pull up to the base? Or wait... Is it hollow under the base? My unit just arrived and we just slung it up on the roof for a test fit and I think my hand felt under there for a sec and it seemed like wax paper or plastic under there. If so, I guess the rib area might be able to curve up inside a bit.
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