Originally Posted by cactusjk
Does anyone have experience routing a cable into a Flying Cloud 23D and booster placement?
On our 23D, we decided to try a Yagi directional antenna on a mast first (before resorting to a "booster" RF amplifier).
Here's a picture of the test set-up:
A piece of scrap 2x12 under the tongue jack, with a 1-1/4" floor flange and 24" pipe nipple form the base.
The mast is a Max Gain Systems (MGS) 33 ft telescoping Fiberglas mast; it's WAY overkill for this application. It's only extended about 13-14 feet, so didn't need guys, even in 20 knot wind last weekend in Rockport TX. A similar length of study PVC would be fine, as long as the antenna is about 2 meters away from the trailer body.
The Yagi is part of a kit available on Amazon, which includes 30 ft of low-loss coax and an adapter cable for your hotspot (in our case, AT&T, $10/month using our existing cell data minutes; if starting from scratch, I would have selected Verizon, I think.)
The cable is routed into the battery box, then into the trailer through one of the flexible conduits which used-to contain the inverter cables (since relocated to a marine battery switch inside).
Where we formerly struggled to get reliable 3G in this State Park, we got 4 bars of 4G LTE. The trick is to use a web app to find the nearest cell tower, then a compass to aim the antenna. +\- 10 degrees seems to be close enough for Government work.
A better, more permanent solution would be to make a bracket for the rear bumper to hold the antenna, then route the cable either through the rear compartment, or a dedicated coax box on the aft end, or even to repurpose the exterior cable inlet (although that would require snaking new cell coax in place of the lossy cable TV coax).
If necessary, we can always add a "booster", but the Yagi has ~11 dB gain which combined with the improved elevation and being outside the Faraday Cage of the A/S shell, is likely all we'll need.