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Old 01-09-2019, 10:51 AM   #1
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Antenna mast and other hardware on A frame of travel trailer

I have a travel trailer and want to figure out where I can best mount an antenna mast for a WiFi booster as well as an antenna for my backup camera. I have wire to send the backup camera antenna to the front of the trailer but need to figure out how to best mount it. I need to do this since the aluminum body of my trailer will make the camera useless if I leave its antenna at the back of the trailer with the camera. Ideally, I would be able to do this without making any holes in the roof or body of the RV for mounting stuff.

The thought occurred to me, the A-frame is exposed and should be pretty easy to attach stuff to where there is space. Figured I would ping the community here and see if anyone has done anything similar or had other ideas.

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Old 01-09-2019, 04:16 PM   #2
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What do you mean by the aluminum body?

My camera works fine from the back to the receiver in the trick without issue. My Impact has aluminum framing.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:39 AM   #3
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Cookin, if you click on this link it will give you info on a product that will do just what you are asking. It is a material that is designed to caulk large joints between concrete panels in warehouse structures. If you contact a commercial building supply house (not HD or Menards, etc) they will be able to sell a couple tubes to you in varying colors. It may not be this specific brand, but this is one of the best.
file:///C:/Users/Jim%20and%20Brenda/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/IE/IGWO6GKK/Pecora_Tilt-Seal_Brochure.pdf
You would simply clean and lightly sand your small roof surface, apply the sufficient amount of mastic and place the antenna base in it, and let it sit for approximately seven days.
Yes, this material can easily be used on a sloped surface. It is very heavy bodied and will run under no circumstances.
Probably in the $7.00 per tube range. Standard caulking gun is necessary.
This is one company: http://www.metrosealant.com/Locations
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:06 PM   #4
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The sides and front of my trailer are aluminum sheet metal. Very unhelpful for RF signals. Given the amount of electrical noise already when moving at highway speeds around other vehicles, I just want to give myself the greatest chances for success. Also, I need a solution for the WiFi booster anyways so this could be an easy twofer.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:38 AM   #5
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Ok, thanks for the update. Youd just need to make sure that it is very solidly attached at the base. It will catch a lot of wind and accumulate a lot of stress while traveling.

Please be sure to post your plans and progress. It should be an interesting project.
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