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Old 04-08-2019, 06:49 PM   #1
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Moving TV antenna to A/C cover

I got a PM question about moving the older Winegard Roadstar Disc TV antenna to top of the A/C cover. Others might be interested in this info so I'm making a new thread about what I did.

Did this several years ago to make room for four 100 watt solar panels I added to my Interstate. I only have photos of the finished results. I've attached the Winegard installation manual that shows the details of mounting hardware. I removed the roof brackets and just used the bolts on bottom of antenna to attach it to the top of the A/C cover. Added about 3 foot to the coaxial cable to reach the antenna in the new location.

The photo of the four panels installed is an older version. I also added a sunroof air dam in front of the reversed MaxxFan roof vent, shown in the last photo.

New Interstates have a newer, small TV antenna that solved the problem.
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I got a PM question about moving the older Winegard Roadstar Disc TV antenna to top of the A/C cover. Others might be interested in this info so I'm making a new thread about what I did.

Did this several years ago to make room for four 100 watt solar panels I added to my Interstate. I only have photos of the finished results. I've attached the Winegard installation manual that shows the details of mounting hardware. I removed the roof brackets and just used the bolts on bottom of antenna to attach it to the top of the A/C cover. Added about 3 foot to the coaxial cable to reach the antenna in the new location.

The photo of the four panels installed is an older version. I also added a sunroof air dam in front of the reversed MaxxFan roof vent, shown in the last photo.

New Interstates have a newer, small TV antenna that solved the problem.
Great job Mike!
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:21 AM   #3
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Could you give me a link for these solar panels?
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:26 AM   #4
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I did a similar relocation. I had a local shop fabricate three short brackets that replace the longer brackets. The short brackets raised the antenna by about 2", whereas the original ones raised it by ~ 6". I was concerned that the screws and washers may put too concentrated of a load on the fiberglass cover, so I put a 9" square backing plate on the bottom side of the AC cover and bolted the brackets to it in order to spread out the load. (Overkill???) Upon completion of the project I had my wife drive the Interstate while I followed in a car. The antenna seemed solid except when hitting a bump. at which time it vibrated for a short period of time. I have no idea how long the AC cover will last with this increased load (can't be good for it) but that was 4 years and 50,000 miles ago.

I don't recall having to add more coax, but I did put a 90 degree coax fitting on the bottom of the antenna, as the cable would otherwise point straight down.
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Could you give me a link for these solar panels?
I bought those panels from AM Solar about five years ago. They don't carry that exact model any longer. But they do have one very similar at this link...

https://amsolar.com/rv-solar-panels/solar-zs100

I highly recommend AM Solar - they are the best for RV systems in my view.

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IMHO, not a good idea

the roof on the AC is a thin, non-load bearing material
wind may easily lift it off the top and may rip the AC cover

my 2 cents
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I bought my GS Star 100W panels on-line thru Home Depot at a better price than I could find anywhere else. Don't forget the solar tax credit.
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