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Old 02-08-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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Mounting Satellite Dish to Pinbox?

I'm thinking about drilling 4 small holes and mounting my Satellite Dish to the top of the Pinbox with self tapping screws.

This seems too easy and the perfect solution. Just loosen the bolt that goes thru the mast and mount and remove mast and dish when moving.

I must be missing something because I've never seen anyone else do this.

Is drilling into the Pinbox a No No?
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Drilling four little holes isn't such a big deal, but are you able to make sure the nose of the trailer is always pointing in the general direction of south? How about any trees or other obstructions?
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are you able to make sure the nose of the trailer is always pointing in the general direction of south?
OK, hadn't thought about that.

I knew there had to be a reason, it just seemed too easy...
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Old 02-08-2016, 03:23 PM   #4
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Drilling four little holes isn't such a big deal, but are you able to make sure the nose of the trailer is always pointing in the general direction of south? How about any trees or other obstructions?
Even with our Tailgater, it can be difficult to get a good view of the southern sky at times. I use a bicycle cable lock most of the time to make certain it doesn't get legs, but usually put it up on the roof. Even then, I wouldn't want it permanently mounted since there's many times when there are trees or whatever in the way.
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Old 02-08-2016, 03:32 PM   #5
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We have a bicycle rack attached to the pin box. A friend built an attachment for the rack to mount the dish when the bicycles were not there.

Works good for us as long as the 5er is not pointed away from the direction of the satellite.
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Tried a rear mount for a while. Got tired of always having to make sure Camper pointed right way. Unmounting it and getting out tripod. Bought a Pathway 2 Wineguard unit. Good money spent.
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I have a 2" hitch type adapter on my satellite holder. I installed a receiver on the pin box and one on the rear for the bike rack.
When facing south I install it on the front receiver and facing north I use the tear receiver. The 2 location cover 360 degrees. When in trees i will use the truck 5Th wheel hitch top section for weight and lay it on the ground somewhere in view of the satellites. Worked for 20 years or more. Trailer is always level so setting is eazy. And I can receive from 3 satellites for recording unlike some auto pointing setup.
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