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Old 05-16-2018, 03:36 PM   #1
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Question No roof room for satellite dome - help

I'm taking delivery on a Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL with 470W of solar panels. It has arrived at the dealer and they tell me there is not enough room on the roof for a Winegard Roadtrip T4 dome (or any satellite TV dome for that matter.) I'd rather not use a carryout (interior space consumer, may walk off, may drive off and forget etc.) Does anyone have any creative ideas for mounting the T4?

There is no ladder and the semi truck mounts I have seen all use the vertical flat space on the back of the cab - I don't have any vertical flat spaces high enough other than the back doors (window actually) and the vehicle sides (probably not a good idea.) I'd hang it off the back over the backup camera if I could find a mount that worked but haven't found anything yet.

Hoping someone else has solved this problem??

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Old 05-16-2018, 05:24 PM   #2
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Does your RV come with roof mounted TV antenna? You can remove it and place satellite instead. If your entire roof is taken by solar, maybe you would need to remove one of the panels to free up space.
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Good thought. I may need to go that route. I asked Roadtrek support and they suggested I move the rear solar panel to the top of the AC unit and then use the space that freed up at the back of the RV for the dome. I'm checking with the dealer to see if they can make that happen.

Has anyone had experience with a solar panel on top of their AC unit?
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Good thought. I may need to go that route. I asked Roadtrek support and they suggested I move the rear solar panel to the top of the AC unit and then use the space that freed up at the back of the RV for the dome. I'm checking with the dealer to see if they can make that happen.

Has anyone had experience with a solar panel on top of their AC unit?

RT has done that on their Agile RV, which is based on the short wheelbase Sprinter. When a customer requests additional solar panels, there is no room except on top of the AC unit.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:58 PM   #5
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Not that you asked, but:
Satellite dishes are so 20th century. Unless you routinely camp where there is no cellular service, you might want to consider investing in a good MiMo LTE antenna connected to a MiFI hotspot. Virtually everything you can get on satellite can now be streamed using your existing satellite subscription. A good antenna setup can get good service even in very marginal signal zones.
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I agree with Avanti. I'd also invest in an unlimited data plan and use the phone to stream the video to the TV.
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Please no smart remarks, but have you thought of mounting it off the 2" bumper hitch? All you would have to do is weld an L shaped piece of 2" tubing, then whatever would be needed to mount the dish at the top.
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Please no smart remarks, but have you thought of mounting it off the 2" bumper hitch? All you would have to do is weld an L shaped piece of 2" tubing, then whatever would be needed to mount the dish at the top.
My guess is the body of the van would block the signal of the satellite.
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This is from the Roadtrek & Hymer Owners Group FB group. It is closed so I took a screenshot. This is a cool idea similar to what RUFFNIT suggested.
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My thought was to make the vertical part as high as the roof line. You could make the vertical part telescoping so that it could be removed and stored during transport.
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