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Old 12-15-2017, 01:35 AM   #1
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Winegard cable entry plate

I am in the process of installing a wifi ranger & was planning to replace the aluminum plate covering the roof conduit with a Winegard cable entry plate.

The Winegard plate has 10 mounting holes. Seems that 10 mounting holes & one cable/connector hole in a 4x4 area would turn that portion of the roof into swiss cheese. I assume that the reason for so many closely spaced mounting holes is to prevent the plastic plate from warping.

It appears that a similar winegard plate was used when the factory installed the winegard traveler on my coach, except it is the 4 cable version plate. As best I can tell there are only 4 mounting screws under the dicor on this plate.

Are 10 mounting screws really necessary? Has anyone experienced problems when only 4 mounting screws were installed?
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The four screws are fine. Just make sure you put a layer of caulk under the plate and then cover the screws and edges with caulk after the plate is screwed down.
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I ran my WiFiRanger cable down the refrigerator vent
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Refrigerator vents are becoming rare. When I mounted my Ubiquiti Bullet radio I made my own roof access forthe CAT-5 cable and the wireless antenna. Photos.
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I used the same plate. Used 5 screws instead of 4 because one of them didn't grab as good as I thought it should. Dicor the *insert explicative here* out of it afterward. It does seem odd to put 10 holes in a plate designed to keep water out.
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Refrigerator vents are becoming rare. When I mounted my Ubiquiti Bullet radio I made my own roof access forthe CAT-5 cable and the wireless antenna. Photos.
Nice installation. What kind of fittings were used where the cables enter the roof J-box? Did you have to remove the connectors to get the cables thru the fittings?
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I used these Waterproof Glands. The RF-45 ends for the Bullet I put on after the cable was through. The end of the wireless antenna cable that went to the amplifier was small enough to go through. The hole in the plastic fitting is large enough, there is a rubber doughnut that goes around the cable that compresses for the waterproof seal.
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