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Old 04-06-2011, 06:25 AM   #1
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Need to run USB cable through roof

I am mounting a WIFI extender on my Wineguard antenna and need to run a USB cable to it. The antenna is mounted above the passenger seat. I need to run the USB cable through the roof into the entertainment compartment just forward of the passenger seat where it will connect to a wireless router. My question is what is in the ceiling above this compartment? I know the antenna cable is in the ceiling but what else is in there. My big concern is drilling into wires. The MH is a 2008 Bounder 35E.

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:52 AM   #2
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Almost all motorhomes have two or three compartment doors above the windshield. I always decided which one I wanted to go through. Then I opened the door, remove the paneling at the top of the compartment. Remove the insulation. Drill your hole. Make sure you seal it good. reinstall everything.

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:53 AM   #3
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Here you go. I did the very same thing for a wi-fi antenna. I ran the cable through the A/C duct to the roof. I secured the cable to the roof with clips screwed to the roof and caulked over them. My wi-fi antenna is a USB adapter and it is mounted on my Winegard TV antenna. It has worked great. I found in excess of 10 dB more signal with it mounted on the roof compared with the same adapter inside the MH.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:59 AM   #4
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Odds are nothing in in the way, However you have hit upon the reason I use a Wireless Game Adapter for Wi-FI... Since it is a LAN type device (Cat-5 cable not USB) I don't have a 10 foot limit, I can hang that out there 100 feet or more, in fact I think the limit is 300 feet but I only ahve about 100 feet of cable.

Means I can take the low route out the rig, via a hole in the wall (Power inlet type)
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:19 AM   #5
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Consider using a sewer vent cap and run the wire thru the vent openings on to the roof. That will provide you with a 'covered' hole that can be fairly large. The wire is then secured to the roof, lower than the cover. Any rain water will not come in & you will have a proven water tight seal to the roof. Our 2002 TS utilizes this method for the solar panel wires, it works nice.
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