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Posted: 08/19/21 04:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How hard is it to install a CB radio in a 2018 fleetwood bounder?

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should not be hard, if fiberglass then you will need a ground wire to the antenna. I have installed one on every RV we have own. All worked. You just have to pick a place usually drivers side front and look where to get cable if not already ran and the antenna mount.

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Most difficult part is wiring to the antenna on the outside IMO. Power and mounting are usually easy on or under the dashboard. Breaker, breaker one nine.


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I didn't want to drill a hole in the MH body so I went with a window mount antenna 36" with no ground and my jeep CB antenna came setup so the antenna is not grounded. The only ground I did was the ground wire on the back of the CB itself. The main thing is a meter to set the antenna, so not sure on the antenna ground.

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I mounted one on the side above the drivers window, sold it with the MH. There are groundless antennas that use the coax for the ground, limites the range more than the already limited range.

Not much chatter on CB these days, replaced by cells and ham radio. Questionable value these days IMHO.


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CA Traveler wrote:

I mounted one on the side above the drivers window, sold it with the MH. There are groundless antennas that use the coax for the ground, limites the range more than the already limited range.

Not much chatter on CB these days, replaced by cells and ham radio. Questionable value these days IMHO.


To talk with truckers to get info on accidents/road conditions/ detours use channel 17 on the west coast or 19 in other states. You will get info on conditions approx. 1 mile ahead and behind your location. There is no separate CB channel just for RVers. Use a Wilson CB antenna for the best distance when talking with truckers or other people.

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It is easier than the first reply suggests
First.. If you do NOT have a driver's door here is what i did
I took a 2x4 beveled one edge a bit to make it look better, Stained it to approximate the primary interior color and bolted it to the wall next to the driver's seat... I will discoss other options in a bit.
I bolted brackets to this. Ran 10ga wire from teh batteries to a Rig-Runner power strip (Uses anderson power poles you do not need to do this) and mounted 3 2-way radios on the 2x4 along with other stuff.. Two CB's and a 50 watt ham rig.

Only issue I had was with condensation from teh window if you do that I'd suggest a drip guard (Silicon cutting sheet between bracket and 2x4 draped over radio to block drips (Cost me one radio)

For the antenna I ran the coax up and out the "A" pillar (The first pillar) and set a bracket so my NO GROUND PLANE antenna tip was about 1" higher than the highest point on the RV (Automatic "Bridge Stick")

ALternate point

The center "Pillar" on my Damon (Center of the dash between the seats) was just a plastic panel.
You can easily mount rails behind it and cut a hole for the radio and frame the hole so it looks good. Or mount the radio on it (I would put rails behind it to add support.. Rails are upright brackets bolted to the floor like an audio Rack Panel)

Oh the coax to the antenna

The hole I drilled was directly behind the bracket. Brought the coax out and atteaced the end (Connector) then filled the hole with GOOP (Adheasive sealant) to keep that which needs to be kept out... out.. then slapped the bracket over it and lagged it to the RV.

The bracket was half a mirror mount.


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MarkTwain wrote:

CA Traveler wrote:

I mounted one on the side above the drivers window, sold it with the MH. There are groundless antennas that use the coax for the ground, limites the range more than the already limited range.

Not much chatter on CB these days, replaced by cells and ham radio. Questionable value these days IMHO.


To talk with truckers to get info on accidents/road conditions/ detours use channel 17 on the west coast or 19 in other states. You will get info on conditions approx. 1 mile ahead and behind your location.


Cell with mapping app does that even better. On freeways, 1 mile is often too late to do anything. A mapping app will typically look at your entire route every minute or so and update as needed.


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valhalla360 wrote:

MarkTwain wrote:

CA Traveler wrote:

I mounted one on the side above the drivers window, sold it with the MH. There are groundless antennas that use the coax for the ground, limites the range more than the already limited range.

Not much chatter on CB these days, replaced by cells and ham radio. Questionable value these days IMHO.


To talk with truckers to get info on accidents/road conditions/ detours use channel 17 on the west coast or 19 in other states. You will get info on conditions approx. 1 mile ahead and behind your location.


Cell with mapping app does that even better. On freeways, 1 mile is often too late to do anything. A mapping app will typically look at your entire route every minute or so and update as needed.


my mapping app sucks. showed all kinds of red warnings for a section of road ahead. yes there were jersey walls along a section but nothing to react to. but we must worship our smart phones.
bumpy





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Bumpyroad wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

MarkTwain wrote:

CA Traveler wrote:

I mounted one on the side above the drivers window, sold it with the MH. There are groundless antennas that use the coax for the ground, limites the range more than the already limited range.

Not much chatter on CB these days, replaced by cells and ham radio. Questionable value these days IMHO.


To talk with truckers to get info on accidents/road conditions/ detours use channel 17 on the west coast or 19 in other states. You will get info on conditions approx. 1 mile ahead and behind your location.


Cell with mapping app does that even better. On freeways, 1 mile is often too late to do anything. A mapping app will typically look at your entire route every minute or so and update as needed.


my mapping app sucks. showed all kinds of red warnings for a section of road ahead. yes there were jersey walls along a section but nothing to react to. but we must worship our smart phones.
bumpy


I guess if you want to call relying on superior technology "worshipping".


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