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Old 06-03-2007, 02:38 PM   #1
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Need help with a TV antenna cable... replacement

I replaced the old antenna with a new Winegard. Replacement went well, however, the cable running from the roof antenna down to the wall socket outlet was rotted and has come apart, thus, I cannot fish (easily) new cable thru the roof of our 1984 AS International. I tried removing a couple of the ceiling lights and using a wire fish, tried logically to find access holes in the structure allowing for wires to pass thru. Nope. Nothing. To make sure the antenna does work, I have a cable running from the antenna down to the outside cable outlet, and then into the trailer. Yes, the antenna works really well... but how to feed the cable thru from the ceiling antenna hole, down to the side wall?

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Old 06-03-2007, 04:51 PM   #2
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I had to drill out the rivets for the interior skin, and route the cable through the internal bows, then re-riveting the interior skin back up.
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:35 PM   #3
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I'll be facing that same issue shortly, what I intend to do is get 3/8" aluminum tubing to use as a conduit along the roof and make a hole thru the roof above a cabinet over the fridge to route to the Tv.
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:08 AM   #4
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TV Antenna

So, logically, there is no "easy" repair, and then adding a conduit is the most logical "update" to this dilema! Ouch! Oh well... these are built so well, and they were never meant to be taken apart, so, this should be "interesting"!

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sorry I didn't read this sooner, probably to late for all , the cable can be fished with out removing any rivets , takes a good deal of patience and a little experience helps,. go aft or forward to the nearest roof vent, unscrew the screen frame, there is enough gap to feed a fish wire to the hole on the roof and down the the wall, it is a zig zag run but it works. a semi stiff fish wire works best ( stainless steel center from marine shift/throttle cable ) the end result is factory !
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your post could not have come at a better time I was just about to start drilling rivets to run antenna. I will try this first have to remove screen and window to replace broken glass.
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The PO of my unit ran the new cable across the roof and down the refrigerator vent, then through the wall.
Simple, yet not that high tech.
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I replaced the old antenna with a new Winegard. Replacement went well, however, the cable running from the roof antenna down to the wall socket outlet was rotted and has come apart, thus, I cannot fish (easily) new cable thru the roof of our 1984 AS International. I tried removing a couple of the ceiling lights and using a wire fish, tried logically to find access holes in the structure allowing for wires to pass thru. Nope. Nothing. To make sure the antenna does work, I have a cable running from the antenna down to the outside cable outlet, and then into the trailer. Yes, the antenna works really well... but how to feed the cable thru from the ceiling antenna hole, down to the side wall?

Thanks!

Lawrence Northway
Ottawa, Canada
I owned a 1979 AS International 31' that I replaced the old yagi antenna with the batwing with coax cable. I removed the front light fixture and fan in the roof vent. I drilled out a few rivets where the front plastic end cap is rivited to the interior skin. I then pulled the plastic down enough to snake the coax from the antenna base forward and around trhe roof vent then under the plastic forward into the space behind the cupboard. I fished the wire thru the inside top of the cupboard and out again and routed it around the corner behind the plastic then outside and ran behind the upper curtain valence over to the credenza area. Then I drilled a hole and installed a grommet and fished the coax behind the inner skin down into the TV amplifier . Can't remember for sure but think I came back out thru a second gromment by the amplifier or maybe fed into the amplifier behind the inner skin. This method hid the coax completely. There were small spaces near the roof vent where I was able to route the cable without squashing it. Be careful not to squash the cable as that can change the impedance of the cable and antenuate the signal. Charlie E
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