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Old 04-17-2017, 12:52 PM   #1
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XM Sirius Antenna for Motorhome

My current satellite radio antenna is a hockey puck on the dash of my motorhome. It does not work very well, losing the signal whenever we turn a corner or change direction of travel.

I have seen a roof mounted marine antenna (Shakespeare SRA-50 Sirius XM Sat Radio Antenna) on The Web that looks aerodynamic and robust. I am wondering if anyone has had experience with it on a motorhome.

If not, I'd like to hear some opinions on what the best antenna solution is for a satellite radio in a motorhome.

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Old 04-17-2017, 12:59 PM   #2
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I installed a roof mounted antenna like the one you are looking at and it works fine. Better than one laying on the dash which I also tried for awhile. Some have said they mounted the little magnetic puck in the cabinets under the front fiberglass and that worked well also.
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:01 PM   #3
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I have the low profile SRA 25 antenna on both my travel trailer and runabout. works great and easy to install. I mounted the one on my TT right above the cabinet that houses the radio, behind a false wall was a wire chase, all the speaker wires, fm am antenna and power wires ran thru that chase, so I just dropped the sirius antenna wire down the chase. I have an old, portable (Sportsman) sirius receiver I use in the TT.
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On my previous coach, 2005 Diplomat, I ran the satellite antenna wire up one of the "A" pillars and then above one of the upper cabinets. I was able to reach above the cabinet and set the magnetic puck right on a piece of metal framing. I took it for a drive and lost signal in a certain direction. I moved the puck over two inches and it worked great. No need to drill through he roof.
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:51 PM   #5
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I ran mine out the refrigerator vent and it's been sitting on top of that vent for many a mile. (Willie's Road House, all day long)
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The previous owner of our coach had one of the low-profile antennas glued to the roof (there isn't a metal plate underneath) and sealed with dicor. I've not plugged our receiver into it yet, but channel 184 was coming in to the receiver he left in there so I'm assuming it works. The wire comes down the a-pillar under the dash and I ran it out the bottom of the rear-view monitor hole when installing a new monitor along with the aux cable that he had going to the stereo.

As a side not I installed a cellular booster and bought a metal cover plate from the electrical department @ Home Depot and epoxied that to the roof and drilled through the roof next to this antenna wire. I could probably get a Sirius antenna on the plate with the one for the cellular booster if needed.
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:14 AM   #7
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The following mostly applies to a Class C installation.
Reading extensively about mounting options before installing ours, we learned that a fiberglass roof does not impede the signal. First, mounted a metal plate behind a removable corner panel in the cabinet above the table....and attached the antenna puck to the plate. No need to drill through the roof. Attached the wiring along inconspicuous places....under the bunk, then carefully stuffed between the door molding and headliner, down the pillar, then under the dash. No one ever sees it. Took some time to install, but it has worked flawlessly.
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I just installed one of these Tram truck antennas on my Entegra. The factory installed Shakespear antenna often lost signal. The manufacturer installed a second one with the same results. This new Tram antenna was cheap and gets a great signal. I threw away the mirror mounting and just used SS screws to anchor the L bracket at the back of my fiberglass cap and sealed everything. Works great.



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Old 04-21-2017, 03:49 AM   #9
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My 1st adventure in the Bounder I ran the wire for my Hockey puck out the side window beside the drivers seat and let stick to the rear view mirror bolt cover and it road just great and had good signal the whole trip.
Coming back I set it on top and stuck it to the wingaurd base plate.
Road good there too.
Gonna be doing something different soon as a permanent fixture.
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:57 AM   #10
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Installed a couple of months ago a Shakespeare SRA-50 Galaxy Sirius XM antenna https://goo.gl/1dsgBT on the cockpit of a 36' sailboat. Price around $50, small, solid, easy to setup, excellent reception. Boat cockpit is made of fiberglass, should be fine as well on a motorhome roof.
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