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Old 01-24-2016, 07:44 AM   #21
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All I can say is; the small antenna inside the RV near the roof works great. Have used from SD to UT to TX to FL. Don't know anything else would be better. That's just me.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:45 AM   #22
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You do not need a ground plane for an XM antenna. The groundplane is only needed for transmitting. And XM antenna is just a receiving antenna. You could simply use double stick tape to attach it to the roof. Or a few wire ties.
Thanks Roy! Been trying to get this point across for a while. The actual antenna is the size of a dime inside the housing. The rest is low noise preamp.
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Old 01-24-2016, 04:43 PM   #23
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All I can say is; the small antenna inside the RV near the roof works great. Have used from SD to UT to TX to FL. Don't know anything else would be better. That's just me.

Certainly all good if that works for you! If we're pre-wired on the roof (fingers crossed) I'm sure going to use that. Otherwise I'd have to figure out where that black thingamajigy goes in the dash...😨 And the white one too! 🙀


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Old 01-24-2016, 04:51 PM   #24
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You may be right about a grounding plane but clearly they make you believe you need one.
Check this link
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00V0S...hsL&ref=plSrch
The description states
"SiriusXM antenna Antenna base includes a 22ft" cable 5" x 5" Aluminum mounting plate provided to create the proper ground plane required on some RV's with rubber roofs (Plate can be removed when not needed)"
A money maker after looking at the price and especially if not needed
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:44 PM   #25
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I am thinking that antenna in the gloves box came with the chassis and is not needed. Is your radio XM ready or XM capable?
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:34 PM   #26
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Absolutely right mikejax. That is for the rear of the full bodied sprinter. No idea why they keep it in the rig after the coach is mounted. It just confuses people. Throw it out. You'll never use it.
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Hmm. Was told by dealer we needed it if we wanted to use SXM. But he was no techie, so we'll see this spring. Thanks for the tip.


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I am thinking that antenna in the gloves box came with the chassis and is not needed. Is your radio XM ready or XM capable?

Not sure the definitional differences there, but it has a SXM setting on it but we haven enrolled it yet. Also, as noted, we were told it needs the antenna installed but we'll see.


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I probably should have said XM ready or XM radio. If it is XM ready you need to add a XM tuner. If it is a XM radio, just turn that function on. XM has a test channel (1 I think) that you can use to check the radio receiving satellite without signing up. They also do free trials occasionally.
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