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Old 06-10-2014, 05:34 PM   #1
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Creating Holes in the Roof

Hey gang, like to have your thoughts on drilling holes in the roof of our FR3. Looking at 2 future projects: installing solar panels and installing a WIFi Ranger Sky. Both will require holes to access the newly installed panels for each project. Any suggestions? Locations? What sealant to use?

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Old 06-10-2014, 05:50 PM   #2
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Why not use the fridge opening on the roof to route the cables? That is what most people typically do...

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Old 06-10-2014, 09:06 PM   #3
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:56 PM   #4
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Thanks! That should work for my Solar Application. My WiFi Ranger will need a hole because the wire is under the unit. Plenty of Dicor, I guess.
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I would not buy a wi-fi Ranger again. It did little to improve reception. Just "tether" or use your "mobile hotspot" feature on your smartphone. That will be the best connection you can get. I get full bars almost everywhere when doing it that way. As for the solar, yes the wiring should go down the fridge vent but you will have to use lots of Dicor for the brackets that you mount your solar panels onto the roof with.
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I would not buy a wi-fi Ranger again. It did little to improve reception. Just "tether" or use your "mobile hotspot" feature on your smartphone. That will be the best connection you can get. I get full bars almost everywhere when doing it that way. As for the solar, yes the wiring should go down the fridge vent but you will have to use lots of Dicor for the brackets that you mount your solar panels onto the roof with.

Ehhh, I just ordered the WiFi Ranger. I hear some good and some bad. Think it's really dependent where you are. I'll let you know.

As for the panels, thanks for the tip on Dicor . I am also thinking I may order the flexible panels that get siliconed down instead of drilling holes....
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I have had very good results with one of these:

Amazon.com: Alfa 2000mw 2W Waterproof Marine high power Long Range Outdoor 802.11 B, G, N, USB wireless network Wifi Adaptor with Integrated 12dBi Antenna - Up to 150mps: Computers & Accessories

Sometimes I attach it to the rear ladder up high running the cord out a window, other times I just aim it toward the WiFi source from inside the RV. In either case, no holes needed.
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Ehhh, I just ordered the WiFi Ranger. I hear some good and some bad. Think it's really dependent where you are. I'll let you know.

As for the panels, thanks for the tip on Dicor . I am also thinking I may order the flexible panels that get siliconed down instead of drilling holes....

Even so we have a Solera (thinking on trading for a FR3)....

We installed the flexible ones after our other panel flew off on the interstate (yikes!!!). I do not regret as the output is better in variable conditions without needing to tilt them (you can't).

Wise choice on going flexible :-(

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