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Old 04-23-2018, 04:11 PM   #1
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Angry Satellite Antenna Question

We have had a new Pinnacle 36FBTS on order for several months and we are scheduled to pick it up tomorrow. One of the options we ordered (dealer installed) is a Traveler Sat. Antenna. Received a call from our salesperson about an hour ago that all Pinnacles are NOT wired for any satellite antenna on the roof. I'm finding it very hard to believe that in 2018, a manufacturer would not wire for this. I looked around the campground I'm in and see about 6 5th wheels with Sat.antennas on the roof. Really disappointed with this and I'm seeing the Pinnacle as something less then the Pinnacle.
Does anyone with a Pinnacle have a Satellite antenna on the roof? If so, how was it cabled? Thanks!
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...One of the options we ordered (dealer installed) is a Traveler Sat. Antenna. Received a call from our salesperson about an hour ago that all Pinnacles are NOT wired for any satellite antenna on the roof. ...]\
Maybe some clarification is needed. It sounds like you ordered a dealer installed option of a Traveler Satellite antenna. Your dealer says your trailer is not wired from the factory for a satellite antenna. Yet your dealer previously agreed to install one and this is, presumably, part of your contract with the dealer.

Is the dealer now saying he can't install the antenna he previously contracted to install? People, even dealers, install all kinds of antennas all the time. Even if your new trailer is not "wired" for one, this is not an obstacle of any sort. Your dealer should be easily capable install a satellite antenna on the roof. Which he, apparently, has already contracted to do at the cost specified in your contract!
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My Eagle was not "factory" wired to the roof for Sat either and I don't believe any of Jaycos are. It was not that big of a deal for my dealer to install a Trav'ler it and I would think any competent dealer could do something like this. In my case they followed the tank vent pipe from the roof into the underbelly and ran the cable that way to tie into the existing wiring in the coach.
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My 2017 Eagle is sat wired but not at the roof level. I use an automatic sat on a ladder mount. I can take it off and move it to get a view of the sky if needed. I wouldn't want a roof mounted sat as we camp in state parks and you'd never get a view of the sky. Been to many parks that had no view of the sky at all.

As posted, a good RV tech should be able to fish cabling to the roof and install it.


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My 2017 Eagle is sat wired but not at the roof level. I use an automatic sat on a ladder mount. I can take it off and move it to get a view of the sky if needed. I wouldn't want a roof mounted sat as we camp in state parks and you'd never get a view of the sky. Been to many parks that had no view of the sky at all.

As posted, a good RV tech should be able to fish cabling to the roof and install it.


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Depending on which service you want or need, this may not be possible using the smaller domed units. In my case, we wanted DirecTV's HD service, which was only possible with the Travel'r roof mounted antenna. I believe DISH has HD service available in the smaller domed units, but not DirecTV.

That's not to say you can't pull out a Travel'r and put it in the grass, as we did for awhile. It just got heavy and monotonous when setting up, and I was constantly worried it'd disappear at $1500! Ultimately, I mounted it on the roof of my 377RLBH using the stiffener plate that's available. I ran the cable inside the roof cavity to where the vent goes down into the basement, and continued along the frame rail and up into the slide that has the living room tv. That put all my controls right there at the "entertainment center".

As a side note, I didn't want the cable running outside on the roof to the vent, so I poked a hole through the roof, and gained access to the roof cavity by pulling the bathroom skylight/vent trim out. That gave me a few feet in each direction to run the cable, and I was easily able to get over to where the blackwater vent goes down to the basement area.
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Depending on which service you want or need, this may not be possible using the smaller domed units. In my case, we wanted DirecTV's HD service, which was only possible with the Travel'r roof mounted antenna. I believe DISH has HD service available in the smaller domed units, but not DirecTV.

That's not to say you can't pull out a Travel'r and put it in the grass, as we did for awhile. It just got heavy and monotonous when setting up, and I was constantly worried it'd disappear at $1500! Ultimately, I mounted it on the roof of my 377RLBH using the stiffener plate that's available. I ran the cable inside the roof cavity to where the vent goes down into the basement, and continued along the frame rail and up into the slide that has the living room tv. That put all my controls right there at the "entertainment center".

As a side note, I didn't want the cable running outside on the roof to the vent, so I poked a hole through the roof, and gained access to the roof cavity by pulling the bathroom skylight/vent trim out. That gave me a few feet in each direction to run the cable, and I was easily able to get over to where the blackwater vent goes down to the basement area.
You think you could post a pic of the roof setup? I'd really like to see how it looks!
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I can, but it may take a couple days until I get a pic of it! Sorry!
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I can, but it may take a couple days until I get a pic of it! Sorry!


No problem...I donít have mine yet...
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Gonna give this a try, but uploading pics never seems to work well on this forum!
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It turned them sideways, but hopefully these will work. As you can see, I pretty much ran the cables straight into the roof rather than run them down the roof to the vent stack. Once in the roof, I did run over to the vent stack and down to the basement.

Be aware, use the sealant that Jayco calls for. Even though I did, the roof membrane swelled up for a few days. Scared the hell out of me!
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