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rd tighe 08-01-2008 10:30 AM

installing sirius radio in 07 international f b
I would like to install sirius radio in my 07 international fb. When i look for a way to run the antenna I get a bit nervous I can get behind the radio and see the insulation and when i look on the roof i can see were the radio antenna is. Now all I half to do is get the satellite receiver up their putting a hole in the roof and running a cable to the radio doing this with out a leak in the roof a not tearing up the in side,the insulation or the out side easy? would love some guidance.:blink:

HowieE 08-01-2008 10:58 AM

If you are not crossing a rivet line, indicates framing under the skin, between the antenna location and the place where you are putting the radio you should be able to drill a hole in the roof, from the outside, and "Fish" a stiff wire down through that hole to a hole in the inside skin behind the radio. Fishing take a bit of skill and patience. If you go Fishing tie a string to the end of the wire and once you have found the inside hole pull the wire and string into the trailer. Now use the string to pull your antenna wire up to the roof. When attaching the string to the antenna wire make several clove hitches along the antenna wire and with electrical tape tape the string to the end of the antenna wire so it is a smooth tapering of the electrical tape. This will reduce the likely hood of catching end of the antenna wire in the insulation as you pull it through.

The newer trailer use 2 sided foam to mount the skin to the horizontal framing on the sides of the trailer. I do not think tape has replaced the rivets above the windows so check out the rivet lines to know where the framing is.

If there is a rivet line between the 2 locations I would say short of removing the inner skin or drilling all the way through and running the wire on the inside of the trailer it is out of the question.

Westfalia 08-01-2008 12:33 PM

Yep, no inner skin in the upper endcaps in the FB models. I'd say drill an appropriate hole directly adjacent to the FM antenna in the end cap, thread the antenna wire down to the radio and call it a day.

Roadtoaster 08-01-2008 01:28 PM

Not sure if this will work for you, but one of the members here mounted the antenna on his Fantastic Fan, just above the screen, in the corner if I remember correctly. Said the reception was fine and no hole in the roof.

DandB^2 09-02-2008 09:48 PM

I looked at many methods and found the simplest to be to attached the antenna to the frame next to the jack. I ran the wire up the front and in through the front window. From there it goes directly into the front cabinet where the stereo is located. But thats on the 16' bambi. The only noticeable wire is about 1 foot from in the front of the rig. It was very simple and has been working with no problems for over a year.

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