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Old 12-11-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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Drilling Holes in the Roof - 2008 Berk 360QS

Ham radio is one of my vices. The need to mount radio antennas on the roof is about to overcome my reluctance to drill holes in my new (to me) motorhome. Any thoughts or suggestions from others who may have already crossed this threshold?

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Old 12-11-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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holes in roof

don't know if you are planning on running out of the hole(s), but for me would find another way to run your wires/cables etc. sounds like you are planning to mount some antennas on roof, I believe your unit is already 12'6" tall and putting anything with height might really put you in a bind when you go into places like gas stations etc. best of luck.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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What kind of mount do you plan on using?
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:51 PM   #4
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The only thing I would worry about is that you install some backing materials to screw into. The sealant if applied properly will work well, but if the mounting screws are not installed into something substantial will allow the piece to work itself loose in time resulting in leaks. Also, best to use SS screws.

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Old 12-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #5
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Primary antennas contemplated are WiFi, Cellular, and UHF/VHf for ham radio. Would plan to keep the footprint about the same height as the AC units. Good thought on backing. I also realize that a metal groundplane may be necessary with some antennas/frequencies. Thanks for the thoughts. Just the kind of input I was hoping to get.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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John,

I placed a couple antennas on the roof, a marine SAT antenna and an amplified wifi antenna. I could not bring myself to drill into anything. I mounted a metal panel to the refrigerator cover (used the white roof sealant like glue) and ran the coax down the frig vent - which is handy as the coax comes out on the back side of the heater panel. Then I just cut a small plate opening next to a heater vent and ran the coax out at that point. Neat, no holes to ever leak and the coax is out of sight, protected and easy to get to if I need to tweak or change something.

Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:23 AM   #7
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Jeff, you hit a home run with your post. EXACTLY what I was hoping for. I knew there had to be a way, but I was stumped on how. Collective brain power of the forum to the rescue! I'll look at this project in a different light now (as soon as it warms up a little). I can at least size up the inside access and cable run requirements. Cheers and thanks for sharing another great idea.

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Old 12-13-2013, 11:33 AM   #8
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My little rig has a hole where the TV antenna goes through. Does not fix the mount, but helps with the wire.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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Wish mine did, Iwannacamp. I'd love to mount a small wifi or cellular antenna on the crank up 'batwing' TV mast, but mine is all one piece with the TV coax connector as part of the antenna mount itself. Hoped to find part of the mount inside the upper cabinet, but no such luck...
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