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Old 09-05-2014, 10:27 AM   #11
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I too don't want to drill holes in the roof of my trailer. I have had good luck drilling thru the side of the trailer up near the roof and mount my SCANNER and VHF/UHF Ham antennas there. They extend up above the roof as shown here... Everything on the outside all sealed up and weathertight.


This area on the inside of the trailer comes out inside a cabinet mounted near the ceiling. From there I can route the cables almost anywhere in the trailer using wire management items from LOWES.

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Old 09-06-2014, 10:39 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info and the very helpful picture. I'm a newbie to drilling into the sides of houses and campers, so I had some more questions:
What kind of screws do you use to hold the antenna's base and the other fittings?
How do you know you're not going to hit something unwanted, like an electrical cable?
How did you match where you drilled in from the outside to where you wanted to be on the inside? Did you just kind of approximate?
Thanks for helping a fellow Virginian!
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:50 AM   #13
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Looked at the Sleek, but confused by the 3 models from basic at about $80 and up from there for the 3G 4G. What is the best model for basic phone usage?
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I also use the Wilson sleek with external antenna. The antenna is attached to the ladder in the rear of our FW. I then dropped the rear panel of the belly panel and drilled a hole up thru the floor under the dog box that covers our water pump. The antenna coil stays in the dog box till we need to hook up the sleek. We use my iPhone as the mifi. We run the iPad as well as the laptop on it works real well. Pretty hard on the iPhone battery, so we keep it hooked up to a charger as we use it. As someone said before, it uses a lot of band width if you stream much video.
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Looked at the Sleek, but confused by the 3 models from basic at about $80 and up from there for the 3G 4G. What is the best model for basic phone usage?
The basic sleek model (2g/3g) will work just fine for phone service. Be aware tho that it does require that the phone needs to set in the cradle to be used. Some sort of bluetooth device will be needed to talk and receive.
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Looked at the Sleek, but confused by the 3 models from basic at about $80 and up from there for the 3G 4G. What is the best model for basic phone usage?
The main thing is to get one that works with your provider's technology - either AT&T or Verizon technology; right now, I think, there are really only the two versions, one for AT&T and one for Verizon. Both the Verizon version of the Sleek and the AT&T version will work with 2G, 3G, or 4G networks.

Here's what their web page says:
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Cradle Boosters

Built into each of Wilsonís all-in-one Cradle Boosters is a signal booster, internal antenna, cell phone holder, and battery charger. It is ideal for hands free operation, and can be used with your Bluetooth device, handset or phoneís speaker. The Cradle Booster product line includes the Sleek, Wilsonís most affordable and compact cell signal booster, the sleek 4G-V* and Sleek 4G-A** to boost 2G, 3G and 4G signal and coming soon the Sleek 4G-C and Sleek 4G.

* The Sleek 4G-V works with all devices on conventional 2G and 3G networks, as well as the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network
** The Sleek 4G-A works with all devices on conventional 2G and 3G networks, as well as the AT&T Wireless 4G LTE network
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