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Old 03-12-2014, 11:50 AM   #31
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I knew this guy misquoted the installation price. My hubby is very handy and is a do it yourselfer. However, he is nervous to drill into the roof.
With an RV that is pre-wired, you shouldn't need to drill through the roof.

For RVs that aren't pre-wired (like my previous XLR), I chose a location inside the RV where I wanted the cables to come down. It was inside a cabinet near the TV. From inside the cabinet, I drilled upwards to the roof (after carefully checking the roof to make sure I was clear up there as well). It really wasn't a big deal. The roof is constructed of two layers of thick plywood or fiberboard with insulation in between. When I sold the RV & removed the Trav'ler, a simple piece of white tape completely hid the hole inside the cabinet. Of course, I had to seal the opening onto the roof too.

I could see an installation costing much more if the installer took the time to hide cables inside the RV. That's the beauty of the pre-wiring -- there are very few cables TO hide.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:17 PM   #32
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I want to put a dish on top of my C/C too, one day I will get my nerve up and try it on my own. You have to watch Camping World, I can buy the Trav'ler for Dish for $1200.00 plus free shipping and from Camping World its $1500.00 plus $80.00 shipping. I brought the camper from Tom Johnson and I thought they might be a little cheaper on the install but they told me it would take 4 hours, it looks like I am going to do it on my own or at least try. Camping World gave me a price to install a propane regulator and two hoses at @$125 per hour and it would take a hour and a half, thats $200.00 and I did it in 15 min. The moral of the story is I will try the install myself. Also you have to pay tax on what you buy from C/W and that with the install would be $1785.83 in NC, I would save $585.83. Me doing the work looks better and better
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:42 PM   #33
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My thoughts exactly Spock123! But not everyone has the mech aptitude to do a self-install. You have to know your own limits.

It took me some research to decide whether to install the Trav'ler on the optional mounting pad (SKA-008). The pad is $120 & sold separately. I finally decided that if you have a walk-on roof, the roof will support the Trav'ler just fine as is. I did use the optional landing pad for the roller but that accessory is less than $10.

I bought my Trav'ler thru Amazon for around $1100. I don't know why the DirectTV version is several hundred more than the Dish version.

In general with RVs, I've happier with my own handiwork than with what I've gotten from a paid mechanic. But some things are beyond my capability so I have no choice.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:04 PM   #34
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We also bought our Cedar Creek from tom Johnson. They told us $1650 for the traveler and $950 to install it.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:14 PM   #35
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I thought that since my Cedar Creek was prewired for the Trav'ler that it would not cost much to get the dish installed, boy was I wrong. I am going to try myself, if I mess up then I will take it somewhere. Just a thought but on Amazon now they charge tax for shipping to NC but you can get the Trav'ler Dish from Dyers for $1199 with free shipping and no tax, I have ordered from them and they have great service
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:30 PM   #36
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My thoughts exactly Spock123! But not everyone has the mech aptitude to do a self-install. You have to know your own limits.

It took me some research to decide whether to install the Trav'ler on the optional mounting pad (SKA-008). The pad is $120 & sold separately. I finally decided that if you have a walk-on roof, the roof will support the Trav'ler just fine as is. I did use the optional landing pad for the roller but that accessory is less than $10.

I bought my Trav'ler thru Amazon for around $1100. I don't know why the DirectTV version is several hundred more than the Dish version.

In general with RVs, I've happier with my own handiwork than with what I've gotten from a paid mechanic. But some things are beyond my capability so I have no choice.
Totally agree. If I knew how to attach pictures to the thread, I would show you what a dealer can do to a brand never taken off the lot, $85,000 investment. My husband is very handy except when it comes to the RV. He gets very nervous. So I know if you can do it yourself, you will take pride in it and not do a crappy job.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:54 PM   #37
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Photos of installation

For Spock123, here are a couple shots of my installation on a pre-wired Silverback 29RE. At first glance you might think I mounted it too close to the vents but the vents are below 8 inches (closed) and far enough away for the Trav'ler to work just fine. Notice the small landing pad where the rollers touch the roof when retracted.

Needless to say, I measured several times to make sure I had clearance from all the stuff in that area.

I wrapped the cables in a cheap piece of plastic tubing from Home Depot (or Lowes -- both have it) just to minimize their flapping around while driving. Then I anchored the plastic tubing to the roof and sealed all screws. I cut the plastic tubing along the bottom edge to make it easier to get the 3 cables (1 control cable & 2 coax cables) in.

Holler if you have questions
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For Spock123, here are a couple shots of my installation on a pre-wired Silverback 29RE. At first glance you might think I mounted it too close to the vents but the vents are below 8 inches (closed) and far enough away for the Trav'ler to work just fine. Notice the small landing pad where the rollers touch the roof when retracted.

Needless to say, I measured several times to make sure I had clearance from all the stuff in that area.

I wrapped the cables in a cheap piece of plastic tubing from Home Depot (or Lowes -- both have it) just to minimize their flapping around while driving. Then I anchored the plastic tubing to the roof and sealed all screws. I cut the plastic tubing along the bottom edge to make it easier to get the 3 cables (1 control cable & 2 coax cables) in.

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Do you hpen to have pictures of the work you did inside wiring? Hooking up the satellite to the bedroom tv?
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:08 PM   #39
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Do you hpen to have pictures of the work you did inside wiring? Hooking up the satellite to the bedroom tv?
That's the beauty of the pre-wired RVs -- no interior wiring required! It's all done for you. At both the living room TV & the bedroom TV, there's a coax connection that says "satellite." You just plug a coax from that jack to your Dish or DirectTV receiver and run an HDMI from your receiver to your TV.

The controller also has a location somewhere inside the RV -- prewired. You just remove the cover plate and connect the control cable to your Trav'ler controller.

I'd give you a picture but honestly, I haven't tied up all the cables like I intend to so it looks pretty sloppy behing my living room TV at present. I've only had this RV for 3 weeks.
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For Spock123, here are a couple shots of my installation on a pre-wired Silverback 29RE. At first glance you might think I mounted it too close to the vents but the vents are below 8 inches (closed) and far enough away for the Trav'ler to work just fine. Notice the small landing pad where the rollers touch the roof when retracted.

Needless to say, I measured several times to make sure I had clearance from all the stuff in that area.

I wrapped the cables in a cheap piece of plastic tubing from Home Depot (or Lowes -- both have it) just to minimize their flapping around while driving. Then I anchored the plastic tubing to the roof and sealed all screws. I cut the plastic tubing along the bottom edge to make it easier to get the 3 cables (1 control cable & 2 coax cables) in.

Holler if you have questions
Very clean looking install. Looks great! Now I want to redo mine..
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