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Old 01-17-2017, 03:38 PM   #1
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Roof penetration for cables

I will be installing a least one, maybe two flexible solar panels on the roof to maintain the batteries while in storage or not in use and also as an additional power source when we don't have access to shore power. (Solar Battery Maintainer Options) Additionally, when we move next year, I will probably be dumping the cable for my house and look to use satellite for tv reception. The satellite option will also allow me to use the subscription in my house in the RV for longer trips which means I may be looking at a dish that can be either mounted on the roof or or the ground in places where we might be under trees. The key here is that I'd like to create a centralized roof penetration point that can accommodate both the power cables for the panels and dish as well as a signal wire for the dish. Since the dish receiver will be in the cabinet above the door (see picture) and the batteries are in the steps right below it, it seems to make sense to go through the roof right above this cabinet and directly into it.

I think this all sounds good but I'm having some trouble deciding on what the best option is to penetrate the roof and install a small cable chase from the roof into the cabinet.

has anyone done something similar or have a good option they can suggest?

PS Being able to get blueprints for my 2016 3011 roof/sides would make this job a lot easier. Is that just wishful thinking?
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Old 01-17-2017, 03:54 PM   #2
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I believe either Xantrex or Go Power Solar makes a double and triple roof port that would be ideal for your use.
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:16 PM   #3
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Well your rig is pre-wired for satellite. . That cubby above radio is a cable connection that terminates on your roof to another cable connection where satellite connects. The roof connection may be under Dicor possibly right in front of AC . As for solar easiest is to come down fridge vent all the way down to batteries.

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Old 01-17-2017, 10:48 PM   #4
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Blueprints are wishful thinking indeed.
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Old 01-18-2017, 02:01 PM   #5
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Not solar, but satellite and wifi antenna. I suggest you first remove vent shrouds and ceiling lights in the area so that you can get a look at where wires and air vents are. I've successfully snaked through the attics of several trailers.
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Old 01-18-2017, 02:26 PM   #6
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I would talk both with the mfg and with RV solar companies, and get estimates from them all. You should be able to get them to explain how they intend to do the install. That would provide you with more information and a choice. You might even want to go to the factory and take a tour...you could also take some pictures.

That should help supplement what the experienced members are telling you and give you more options.

There may be some internet and youtube videos you can watch for install examples of other rigs as well.

Ask the installers if they have done an install on your specific rig.
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Old 01-18-2017, 02:39 PM   #7
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Well your rig is pre-wired for satellite. . That cubby above radio is a cable connection that terminates on your roof to another cable connection where satellite connects. The roof connection may be under Dicor possibly right in front of AC . As for solar easiest is to come down fridge vent all the way down to batteries.

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It would be nice if there actually was a satellite connection already on the roof but I have not seen any and the wiring schematic does not show any. (see attached) As for the solar, my panel is going to be in the front of the vehicle right above the cubby so it almost does not makes sense to run it half way back on my 3011 and then all the way back to where the batteries are when I can go straight down.
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The wire that goes from the satellite on roof to the wall plate in schematics is installed at factory by FR. It terminates on the roof. A small length of wire from roof termination to satellite is needed. Some units its under dicor in front of AC and others a small box closer to front of rig. It may take some looking but its there. The picture of your rig in post shows the wall plate for satellite in that cubby above radio. It also shows the hdmi wall plate that goes from satellite receiver to your TV. Maybe someone with your particular model rig can tell us where on roof it comes out. satellite prewire is a standard feature.
I agree with you about running solar wire. You want it as short a run as possible. With that said you need to get it somewhere that wires can be hidden in rig and not exposed. that may not always be the most direct route.
I plan on doing both theses upgrades in spring. I have the 2801 and luckily my fridge is right next to the steps and batteries. Good luck let us now how it goes.

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The wire that goes from the satellite on roof to the wall plate in schematics is installed at factory by FR. It terminates on the roof. A small length of wire from roof termination to satellite is needed. Some units its under dicor in front of AC and others a small box closer to front of rig. It may take some looking but its there. The picture of your rig in post shows the wall plate for satellite in that cubby above radio. It also shows the hdmi wall plate that goes from satellite receiver to your TV. Maybe someone with your particular model rig can tell us where on roof it comes out. satellite prewire is a standard feature.
I agree with you about running solar wire. You want it as short a run as possible. With that said you need to get it somewhere that wires can be hidden in rig and not exposed. that may not always be the most direct route.
I plan on doing both theses upgrades in spring. I have the 2801 and luckily my fridge is right next to the steps and batteries. Good luck let us now how it goes.

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Thanks for the feedback. I did see the standard option list included a satellite cable connection but did not think it also included the wiring to the roof which would be awesome if that is the case. So then the last page of my previous attachment showing the satellite hook up would be how's it's set up, now I just need to find the cable on the roof!

PS if my fridge was next to my steps I most certainly would look at using the vent. However, mine is back by the bedroom/shower which makes that option less desirable.
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Roof penetration

If you have a vent near your prefered location, you can drop the trim ring around the vent to see if there any wire chases nearby that you could use. If you can fish your wires through, you could exit up through the vent flange.
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