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Old 06-30-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Is it safe to drill 1/2" hole here or here?

I'm looking for places I can route an antenna. Thinking about a 1/2" hole lined with PVC pipe and a downward-facing elbow. With glue and sealant it feels like a good idea.

EXCEPT I don't know if I'm in danger of cutting other wires, like the back brake lights or the red lights near the top of the back of the coach.

Open to suggestions. Trying to get it sorted ASAP as we leave Tuesday! :-)
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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If it isn't clear from the picture I'm considering a hole into the outside kitchen, just behind the awning support. Or a hole in the back that goes into the bedroom closet.
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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I'm looking for places I can route an antenna. Thinking about a 1/2" hole lined with PVC pipe and a downward-facing elbow. With glue and sealant it feels like a good idea.

EXCEPT I don't know if I'm in danger of cutting other wires, like the back brake lights or the red lights near the top of the back of the coach.

Open to suggestions. Trying to get it sorted ASAP as we leave Tuesday! :-)
Can U remove tail light assembly check wire routing? Also inside rear cap can dremel cut access plate in sheathing. Fab new cover plate of alum plate.
No mistakes that way
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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why dont you just get a powered indoor hd antenna. same reception. no drilling.
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:25 PM   #5
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Antenna is for Internet. I have a Mellenicon mifi with Wilson Sleek booster and I want the external antenna Outside of the RV for better reception.

Sorry and thanks.
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:27 PM   #6
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Thanks VinceU, good ideas to explore.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:32 AM   #7
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Pretty sure those brake light wires go straight up and over the top of the window. I'll go take a look online.
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Here is a pic of the brake light section. The wires turn straight left pretty quickly (passenger side brake light).

One big thing to note. The sidewall stops short in the back corner. The rear wall goes all the way from passenger side to driver side. That tube gets screwed into the last sidewall tube...so you're going to be dealing with those screws when trying to run anything larger than wire. (as in pvc tube).

There is a tube on the driver side next to the tail light that we use to run wires...but that one already has wires. If its just the coax line of the antenna it should work...but I don't think you're going to get 1/2" tube in there.
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If you find a good routing, please post. We're running a ham hf radio in our 2690SF and have been mounting a hustler on top of the ladder and running the coax across the roof and in the window. But that only works when we're parked.
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From what I've seen MOST tail light wiring run along the bottom of the trl. Sometimes along the frame and sometimes inside along the floor. where you plan too drill might at most catch a wire going up to the marker light along the top of the trl. It you hit one of those (though not likely) you should be able to fish the wire out thru the hole you've drilled, repair it and then carry on.
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