Originally Posted by Starsekr
First let me apologize for the harsh tone of my earlier comment. Mr. vsheetz is correct, a roof mounted antenna without some spring or flex mounting is waiting for an argument with a tree limb. If it was magnet mounted, the magnet might give way before anything broke. But then thou have an antenna rolling around on the roof. You might consider rethinking equipment placement. The gain you get from that 12 db antenna is quickly lost in the 50 foot coax cable. If you are mounting the WiFi at the rear, the rear ladder is a possible antenna mount, if you don't plan to use the mifi on the road, we have used a small antenna that sticks onto a steel bolt in the awning rail, with a short cable coming inside the passenger window.
No need to apologize, after few years in the submarine service and 31 years of online interactions, you'd have to drill deep to find the bottom of this thick skin (and head!
) I was sloppy in my wording and it confused pretty much everyone.
The solar guys recommended front mount on the antennas to stay out of the way of the panels. The kitchen table is right about 1/3 of the way back and that's where I'll be working from, so a forward mounting also gets me the shortest cable. Plus I'll get instant gratification from the sound of them snapping off on tree branches (as vsheetz pointed out) rather than having to wait that extra few seconds for the rear of the coach to get there.
It occurred to me while I was responding to folks here that maybe I should wait until after the solar panels are installed, I can probably piggyback on one of their legs (does that sound as perverted to everyone else as it does to me?) (Hmm....I thought not...) and save myself some effort.
I have no clue what all that extra metal on the roof will do to reception either way. Really need a hydraulic mast for the antennas like on a boat.