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Old 08-09-2016, 03:09 PM   #11
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Very interested to know how you ran the wires back to the ladder from the front. On the roof? under and up the ladder?
We drilled a hole in the roof, which in our Solera, went into the corner of the wardrobe. We took the wires where we installed a switch to run the 12-volt that powers the satellite to automatically locate the satellite. Then we ran the coax forward through the kitchen cabinets and eventually down to our Directv receiver that we put directly below our TV.

We took power off the Arctic Pak heating pads for the 12-volt switch and installed the switch beside our control panel.

We bought all the hard-wired supplies from Winegard.
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:21 PM   #12
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Sagecoachdriver, We ordered the braces from solidsignal.com. I've attached pics of the invoice, one of the braces, a rubber lined hose clamp, and the cable lock we use.


We removed both end pieces from the braces, and attached one end to the ladder mount base using the existing bolts on the mount. The other end is attached to the ladder supports using the rubber lined hose clamp. The rubber helps it from moving and keeps it from scratching or harming your ladder supports. We bought the clamps at our local Ace Hardware.

Our Internet is pretty slow here, so I'll post more pictures in another post.
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:26 PM   #13
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Sagecoachdriver, Here are some closer pics of our installed ladder mount.
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:40 PM   #14
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My Pathway X1 has only 1 cable and requires the Dish VS211z receiver as power comes thru the cable. that's why I was asking about the routing. I can just lay the cable along side the solar panel to the roof connection towards the front of the roof. That would avoid all the extra cable and fishing.
Thanks again for the info and great photos.
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:49 PM   #15
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My Pathway X1 has only 1 cable and requires the Dish VS211z receiver as power comes thru the cable. that's why I was asking about the routing. I can just lay the cable along side the solar panel to the roof connection towards the front of the roof. That would avoid all the extra cable and fishing.
Thanks again for the info and great photos.
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Thanks again for the information. Just received my ladder mount this morning. I noticed the "V" shaped notches in the brackets, did you place something on the ladder itself for protection? I was thinking either lots of electrical tape or maybe cut some PVC pipe in half. Looks like over tightening can dig into the ladder.
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Another question, do you keep it permanently close to the body? Reason I ask is the ladder step is in the way. I can raise it or raise the mount ( base is below the roof line) and stick the step in the middle slot of the bracket. But this won't allow me to move the base out and the step interferes with horizontal swing. Guess if the braces are mounted, you can't move it right?
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Thanks again for the information. Just received my ladder mount this morning. I noticed the "V" shaped notches in the brackets, did you place something on the ladder itself for protection? I was thinking either lots of electrical tape or maybe cut some PVC pipe in half. Looks like over tightening can dig into the ladder.
We have nothing protecting the ladder where the "V" shaped notches are attached. We don't plan on removing the ladder mount, so didn't worry about that.
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Another question, do you keep it permanently close to the body? Reason I ask is the ladder step is in the way. I can raise it or raise the mount ( base is below the roof line) and stick the step in the middle slot of the bracket. But this won't allow me to move the base out and the step interferes with horizontal swing. Guess if the braces are mounted, you can't move it right?
We keep it permanently mounted in one position. We have it mounted so the Winegard is 1.5" away from the motorhome itself, and it's mounted on the top of the top step. Only about two-thirds of the it is above the top roofline. We find that has been high enough for it to lock onto a satellite. We took the white dome off when we first got it so we could see exactly what it looked like inside and how it worked when searching for the satellite.

If we haven't answered your questions, please let us know.
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We keep it permanently mounted in one position. We have it mounted so the Winegard is 1.5" away from the motorhome itself, and it's mounted on the top of the top step. Only about two-thirds of the it is above the top roofline. We find that has been high enough for it to lock onto a satellite. We took the white dome off when we first got it so we could see exactly what it looked like inside and how it worked when searching for the satellite.
If we haven't answered your questions, please let us know.
Going to add the braces today and permanently mount it. Added PVC pipe cut in half as shims around the the ladder as that allowed me to place the step inside. My ladder isn't curved like yours but bends at angle at top. Ran the cable from the connection up by the front vent and around the AC, under the solar panel to the dish. Mine only requires the one cable as it's powered thru it. Going to use Eternabond tape to secure it.
Thanks again for the info.
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