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Old 09-30-2017, 08:30 AM   #1
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27FB- WeBoost Drive 4G X roof install experiment

Completed our non standard WeBoost exterior antenna install yesterday. Not sure how well it will hold up when on the road; the TV antenna is not very robust so I will be keeping on eye out for any failures.

Why I did what I did was to be able to mount the antenna high enough so there would be no signal obstructions from our trailer. I had contemplated fabricating something completely different, then I thought that utilizing the existing TV antenna might work. Time will tell if the wind and towing will destroy the antenna assembly. I'll update this thread if things go bad so that nobody else will get the idea to perform this installation.

So far I like it, the cell phone booster is working fine.
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:33 AM   #2
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Looks great. We are looking at doing the same thing. Thanks for posting
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:09 PM   #3
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As our 2017 26U only had the UFO antenna, I was stumped on how to move forward. I considered adding the tradition wind up antenna, but was dissuaded due to the vent channels the newer models use within the ceiling. Next thought was to attach to AC shroud, but that would increase my overall height, and there was the wire routing issue. I had hours into trying to think my way out of the box. Then, while wondering aimlessly through Camping World, I saw a Campmor flagpole kit on sale. This one:
Camco 51600 20' Flagpole Telescoping with Foot and US Flag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00192JG9O..._Agc0zb34ZEZ42

And it hit me! A nearly perfect solution. It comes with a very well built foot that you place under a tire, or in my case the tongue. 20' is way up there. I'm stoked. I've gotten a Yagi directional antenna and the proper cabling. I plan to run the cable through the front locker and into the trailers inverter area where I'll mount/power the Weboost 4G-X. Then it's a realatively simple matter of routing the internal antenna and mounting it. Here's what you need:
Wilson Electronics 971151 F-MALE TO N-FEMALE CONNECTOR https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MEW9KDU..._wKekXzTFoJjCb

WILSON ELECTRONICS WSN952330 30 Feet Ultra Low Loss Coaxial Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018PVVBI..._G8r4VRTWkzT3L

Wide Band Directional Antenna 700-2700 MHz (Discontinued by Manufacturer) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DV4JTM..._DMK3aQbEGBoCv


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Old 09-30-2017, 08:37 PM   #4
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I'm about to do something similar, except I have more antenna's on there. A wifi antenna and a directional. I ended up removing the tv antenna and placing a king omni on the roof. We don't watch tv often, so the directional wasn't that important. To keep the antenna mast working, I ordered bracket from King (for their directional antenna that goes onto the antenna mast) as well, $5 + shipping. That directional tv antenna doesn't feel heavy, but it made a huge difference when lifting and lowering the antenna from inside.
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:39 PM   #5
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BTW, I've been traveling for a couple years now with a directional in a similar upright position on the mast, no problem so far...
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:38 AM   #6
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Caption on second photo indicates you drilled a hole in the roof to feed the cable inside. Just above an interior LED ceiling light.

What did you do to seal the roof area where it went through?

How did you feed the wire inside the trailer? Between the inner and outer skins?


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Old 10-01-2017, 09:54 AM   #7
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Nice installation. I've a weboost in my truck. I've picked up a extra exterior and interior antenna which I thought I would put on trailer, but they are the same as is what is on the truck. I haven't yet because not sure of how I want to do it. Now I do. Which Antenna are you using with your weboost?
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:56 AM   #8
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mixedpuppy, can you post a photo of your set-up?
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:28 AM   #9
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Hello folks. I've considered installing a wifi booster, but my experience has been that most wifi sources in rv parks, etc. are overburdened with users and people trying to download movies and live stream. So, does a wifi booster really help or can I get wifi from a Dish or similar satellite service? Any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:24 AM   #10
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Looks nice!

A couple of thoughts for you after the fact, since we did something similar with an anemometer in 2009.

You could double hoseclamp a small rod (we used a 5 foot section of carbon mast to get way more height off the roof, but you could use something m’aller) to the antenna mast. That way, your antenna could lie flat on the roof when traveling, out if the 55-70mph “wind.” But yours looks substantial and has two other benefits—probably also works OK without raising antenna (?), and you don’t have to deal with it bouncing against roof (we created a rest fir the anemometer) when lowered.

On ours, we were able to remove the antenna base and route the cable thru the same opening used for the TV cable, avoiding g drilling new hole on Roof.

How did you seal your hole—Sikaflex?
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Where did you mount the booster? Got any interior photos?

I've got this kit ready to be installed in my Classic 25fb. I'm going to run the cable down the fridge vent and have it come out the existing hole where the TV antenna come through the fridge wall. I'll have the booster installed on the the wall between the window and fridge wall and use the 12v power supply to plug into the 12v port behind the TV. I've run the 13' indoor antenna along the aluminum ledge that supports the curtain rails all the way to the rear dinette table where I'll plug in the indoor antenna. This should cover devices on the dinette table.

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Old 10-01-2017, 01:37 PM   #12
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I have a Weboost that I use in my truck and 27FB. I use a telescoping 12’ painters stick to mount the antenna on when I have the booster setup in the trailer. I have found that being higher up does not always give the best signal. I walk around the trailer with the antenna on the painters stick and adjust the hieght to find the strongest signal. I also use the painters stick as a flag pole so it serves two purposes and collapses down to 4’ High.
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Completed our non standard WeBoost exterior antenna install yesterday. Not sure how well it will hold up when on the road; the TV antenna is not very robust so I will be keeping on eye out for any failures.



Why I did what I did was to be able to mount the antenna high enough so there would be no signal obstructions from our trailer. I had contemplated fabricating something completely different, then I thought that utilizing the existing TV antenna might work. Time will tell if the wind and towing will destroy the antenna assembly. I'll update this thread if things go bad so that nobody else will get the idea to perform this installation.



So far I like it, the cell phone booster is working fine.


I did something very much like this, and it looks like you did yours exactly right.

Here’s our set of photos:
http://www.casarocinante.com/Blog-Assets/Connectivity/
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this is my weboost antenna

it works so well, i find 60+ home wifi's in my home residential area
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