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Hench

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I want to put a CB in my Class C and was wondering where or how to mount the antenna. Obviously, I would want it on the roof but I am hesitant to drill a hole to run the cable. I have seen the window antennas but heard that the range on them is terrible. So, what to do? Can I link up to the radio antenna on the fender? A magnetic antenna would not work because there is no where to put it where it will stick. Anyone install one on their coach, how'd you do it and how well did it work? Thanks in advance.


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Just installed one on my class A rv. Understand the problem on no magnetic surface. Too bad too cause they used the whole surface as a trans/receive plane. Anyway, I too shy away from more holes in top and mounted mine in front of drivers side door and used an antenna long enough to extend 2' above top. Bad news is while the antenna looks the same as my old one 70's, it has an adjustable screw inside that has to be set using a SWR meter, $30 item. Have friend who has one.

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I have a window antenna and am not happy with it. The distance is limited. I wasted money on it because I did not want to go to the hassel of drilling a hole in the side of the coach. The problem I have now is the CB will receive but won't send. I don't know whether that is a problem with the CB or the antenna. I suspect it is the antenna and when I definately determine that fact I'm going to replace the window antenna with a Firestick side mount. Drilling a hole is not a big problem in a motor home or boat as long as you seal properly. I should have done that in the first place.

My suggestion is don't waste your money on a window antenna,


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I mounted mine directly above the cabover. I made a bracket out of angle iron. I screwed it into the cabover frame so it is well grounded to the vehicle. I then mounted the antenna to the angle. This is not the best ground plane, but it works pretty well for a fiberglass roofed RV. It is important to get the proper antenna and tune it or have it tuned by a CB shop.

I ran the cable down alongside the cabover side window to the bottom of the cabover. Then under the plastic insert molding on the corner of the rig. Finally, down under the rig and back up under the bottom door trim molding (actually a step). Up underneath the side kick panel and under the dash to the CB. My CB is mounted in the hole in the center console. I installed quick disconnects to the antenna cable and power so I can easily remove the console.

There is only a foot or two of antenna going down the side of the rig, and I painted that white. It's not invisible, but is a pretty sanitary installation. Email me if you want more detail.


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I get 1-2 miles out of my thru glass antenna (tuned for SWR) and that works great for me. Short CB antennae are not very efficient, regardless of whether they are thru class, mag mount, body mount or whatever.

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Check out some marine/fish suppliers such as Cabelas or Bass Pro. You might find a good antenna that you can mount on the side that does not require a metal ground plane. A common problem in fiberglass boats.
A glass mount is a very poor antenna in this frequency band.


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PABRUCKMAN

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Hench!
I got a Fleetwood C 23'2005 and what I did I mounted my Cobra on the Floor
beside the Driver seat and under the Seat there is a rubber plug that goes
outside under the chassis and I ran the cable inside the chassis Frame back
to under the Rever drilled a hole ran the cable back inside and up the back
of the Fridg.Make sure your away from the Flame and cooling coils. Now your
on the Roof with the cable with out drilling a hole in the rubber.Remove the
Fridge Plastic Vent cover theres a Screen there run a wire down to the access
panel one the side of the MH and pull the CB anntena wire up to the roof no
drilling into the Roof. I drilled a hole on the side of the Vent and I was
lucky I had a Kithen Vent real close to the Fridg. Vent. I just made a bracked
and bolted it on to one of Vent Screws and bolted my Antenna on to the bracked.
I drilled 3 holes (rubber plug,floor of the Fridge and the Fridge Vent) Hope
this Helps.


PA BRUCKMAN

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Mounted my antenna on ladder. Ran lead under unit and in through door.Works fine. Be sure ladder is grounded. if not, ground separately.
Dick

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Have a 97' Jayco Eagle Class C on a Ford E Series SuperDuty. I mounted a pair of trucker antennas on the ends of the swing out mirror arms. Used aluminum channel screwed to underside of each mirror arm which extends out past mirror head. Mount antenna(s) to end of the channel. Routed coax thru door gap, thru Rubber plug into kick panels then to center above 'dog house'.


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Interesting. I had not found any good way to mount to the mirrors.

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