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Old 06-13-2015, 09:45 PM   #1
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Wireless rearview camera - booster antenna installation advice

Hi folks,

I'm looking for some advice from the engineers and/or budding McGuyvers'.

I need to install a small (approx 8") booster antenna for my rear view camera. The antenna I have been supplied from the camera dealer, has a magnetic base. Unfortunately, I don't have a metal surface on the roof of my 38FL on which to attach it. Has anyone else pondered this question and if so, how did you fix it?

I have thought of either a small steel plate that I could attach to the roof using industrial strength velcro and duck tape but I'm not sure if this would last the rigor of driving through rain, winds, etc. at 60mph without flying off.

Another fix I thought of was to attach a steel 'L' shaped bracket to the side or front of the rear A/C unit and mount the antenna on that. Again, not sure if that would last the test of time and road conditions?

If anyone has any tried and tested winning fixes for this and would be willing to share, I'd be happy to try it out.

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Old 06-15-2015, 10:43 AM   #2
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Hi folks,

I'm looking for some advice from the engineers and/or budding McGuyvers'.

I need to install a small (approx 8") booster antenna for my rear view camera. The antenna I have been supplied from the camera dealer, has a magnetic base. Unfortunately, I don't have a metal surface on the roof of my 38FL on which to attach it. Has anyone else pondered this question and if so, how did you fix it?

I have thought of either a small steel plate that I could attach to the roof using industrial strength velcro and duck tape but I'm not sure if this would last the rigor of driving through rain, winds, etc. at 60mph without flying off.

Another fix I thought of was to attach a steel 'L' shaped bracket to the side or front of the rear A/C unit and mount the antenna on that. Again, not sure if that would last the test of time and road conditions?


Tried that on my Cedar Creek 36CKTS-Didn't help







If anyone has any tried and tested winning fixes for this and would be willing to share, I'd be happy to try it out.

Thanks
I wound up running a 35' extension cable from the camera to a 80" antenna extension. Now my antenna is mounted on the front cap.

The cable is secured to the roof with stick on pads that you can run
tie straps through. I also tie strapped the cable to AC and vent mounts on the way to the front.

Here is what I used from= www.rvcams.com
1-80"antenna extension
part#WVOSANTEXT

1-35' extcable
part#WVOSANT-EXT35


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I took the bottom cover off the antenna and removed the magnet.Then took a bolt ground down the head almost gone and used JB Weld to attach the bolt to antenna bottom Drilled small hole in AC cover and with washers and nut attached antenna 600 miles at highway speeds antenna still there with perfect reception As always happy camping
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Thanks for the replies. I got around to trying the 'L' bracket on the side of the A/C cover with some bolts to hold it on passing through the holes in the A/C cover and some duct tape holding the antenna to the bracket. It works for now but the acid test will come with the drive home on Sunday. Not the look I was hoping for but if it works I might try something more permanent and better looking when I'm home and give it more thought.
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Thanks for the replies. I got around to trying the 'L' bracket on the side of the A/C cover with some bolts to hold it on passing through the holes in the A/C cover and some duct tape holding the antenna to the bracket. It works for now but the acid test will come with the drive home on Sunday. Not the look I was hoping for but if it works I might try something more permanent and better looking when I'm home and give it more thought.
Curious as to what backup camera system you are using. We're still shopping. Thanks
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Curious as to what backup camera system you are using. We're still shopping. Thanks
I bought the Rearview Safety wireless camera system from a dealer in Calgary but the company are based out of NY. The NY office has sent me two booster antenna (one for the monitor and one for the camera) at no cost and free postage to Canada. Their customer service has been impeccable. The camera works great but due to the length and height of my 5er and location where it was pre-drilled and wired for the connection, there was too much of an obstruction between the camera and the monitor without having to seek assistance from Rearview Safety.

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