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Old 04-13-2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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Broken Coax in Roof Antenna

We bought a 2015 White Hawk 27 DSRL in September. We camped twice with it before putting it away for the winter. We covered it with an ADCO trailer cover over the winter. I removed the cover yesterday and everything was fine except for one thing. The coax on the Winegard Sensar antenna had broken right at the top of the rubber boot as it comes out of the top of the roof. I've thought I can put a male/female coax connector to reconnect the two ends of the coax. I can put it under the rubber boot. Has anyone come up with a similar issue? Why would it have broken? Should I push my Jayco dealer to fix it? The dealer is about an hour drive away. We have a trip planned in about 3 weeks and would like it to work and wouldn't want it in the shop when we are ready to travel away. Thoughts?
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:33 PM   #2
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If your travels take you past the dealer can you make an appointment for that day at X hour?
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:39 AM   #3
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15 min fix.. most dealers should do that in the parking lot right away
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:17 PM   #4
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As an update, I emailed Winegard support and described my issue. They said it was not a warranty issue as I must have damaged it somehow. I explained that the only thing that could have caused this problem was my ADCO cover and northern IN snowfall. They did tell me the part number of the cable. However, I can't figure out how to get the roofside end of the cable unhooked. It is covered with copius amounts of caulk. After trying to dig it out, it doesn't look like a coax connector at all, rather it appears the wire travels into the roof. I'm still planning on crimping a male and female connector to the two end of the coax and cover with the rubber boot and caulk. The coaxial cable is a different size, so RG6/U connectors are out of the question. I'll talk to local electrical supply stores and try to get the connectors there.
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As an update, I emailed Winegard support and described my issue. They said it was not a warranty issue as I must have damaged it somehow. I explained that the only thing that could have caused this problem was my ADCO cover and northern IN snowfall. They did tell me the part number of the cable. However, I can't figure out how to get the roofside end of the cable unhooked. It is covered with copius amounts of caulk. After trying to dig it out, it doesn't look like a coax connector at all, rather it appears the wire travels into the roof. I'm still planning on crimping a male and female connector to the two end of the coax and cover with the rubber boot and caulk. The coaxial cable is a different size, so RG6/U connectors are out of the question. I'll talk to local electrical supply stores and try to get the connectors there.
Use 2 male connectors and a double female. Then wrap it with electrical tape. And in my no so humble option throw out that cover.. they create more problems than they solve. Just wait till one of the straps works loose and the wind starts flapping the cover and it damages the finish on your Rv.
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Hopefully you can find a couple of inches on both sides of the damaged RG CABLE to add the MALE connectors and double FEMALE ADAPTER in place. No need to remove the cable from the trailer roof.

Don't rule out CABLE TV guys for getting parts from them... Used to go to RADIO SHACK for all my parts but they are getting harder to find these days... AMAZON is another great source for repair parts. All you need to know is the RG number stamped on the cable...

A better solution for me when repairing a broken COAX cables is to slip the right size of adhesive filled HEAT SHRINK on one end of the RG CABLE after you have installed the MALE connector.

Then when all connected back up move the heat shrink over the connections and heat shrink it in place. This will really give the best weather-tight seal.

The also make a brush on substances that dries hard and makes a great weather seal.

Wrapping TAPE around the connections works ok but might start coming loose over time...

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