Radio Antenna - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-23-2003, 02:10 PM   #1
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I'm trying to install a car CD/AM/FM unit in my 17' Boler. I'm having problems finding a suitable antenna for an outside mount. Everyone refers me to Canadian Tire but the attachment mechanism on theirs would need significant alteration. Has anyone else tried this and would you please refer me to alternative sources for the antenna. Thanks.
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Old 06-23-2003, 03:45 PM   #2
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You do not need to put your radio antena out side.Just leave it in side in back of radio.Just buy one of those 14 inch rubber antenia.Don't make holes unless you have too.Radio waves go through fiberglass.:wave
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Old 06-23-2003, 03:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for that quick reply. I hadn't really thought of an inside mount due the the fact we camp in the forestry preserve where
reception is limited. In this case I'm not sure if an inside mount would impede the reception or not.
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Old 06-23-2003, 03:57 PM   #4
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Yes radio waves go through fiberglass....but....
sometimes we are out in the boonies and reception needs a little help.
In that case an external antenna that is made to work on fiberglass items such as boats and motorhomes etc help to bring "Prairie Home companion" on NPR or the baseball game etc.
Do a search on Google for a
"4350 AM/FM Marine Antenna from Shakespeare
This 3' combination antenna features Shakespeare's exclusive distributive load for super signal ".......also the model 4351.....
prices run $35-40 on the internet.
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Old 06-23-2003, 06:18 PM   #5
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Insulation

FYI

Some Scamps have aluminum backed insulation which will impede radio reception.

I plan on someday installing a radio in my Scamp, and am not at all worried about the hole drilled for the antenna leaking water.

-- Dan Meyer
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Old 06-23-2003, 06:46 PM   #6
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* * * * * * Thanks for that quick reply. *I hadn't really thought of an inside mount due the the fact we camp in the forestry preserve where *
reception is limited. *In this case I'm not sure if an inside mount would impede the reception or not.
Hi
I live and camp in the Fernie BC area.I am in the mountains so radio stations are sometimes hard to find.I have always found a station.
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Old 06-24-2003, 09:02 AM   #7
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Noel,

Checked out the Shakespeare antenna. Exactly what I am looking for. However, here in Calgary they are asking $90CAN. Not exactly
a cheap item. Might beable to get it out of the US for around $70.
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Old 06-25-2003, 05:34 PM   #8
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Antenna

Hi!

Do you think that a VW Bus antenna could be a solution?

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efa232006ae4antenna.jpg/>

http://www.bus-boys.com/antenna.html

Alain
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Old 06-25-2003, 05:42 PM   #9
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Lightning?

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I gotta ask. Is an external metal antenna a concern with Lightning? I remember quite a thread on Lightning on one of these forums and I think Augie B. had quite a lot of good info on it. I know the Fiberglass Body is not like a metal body in terms of protection. In fact, the next time I'm out and one of those ''tunderboomers'' comes up, we're getting in the car. I was in one over memorial day in Colorado at about 9500 feet and was quite concerned. I don't want to be a crispy critter. I can't stand the smell of fat burning.

I'm concerned because I too am planning on installing a radio in the Egg.

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Old 06-25-2003, 09:55 PM   #10
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Keith,
Fiberglass is an insulator not a conductor, without an antenna the chances of a direct hit are pretty slim. With an antenna, slightly higher. I think you need to worry more about the big tree next to you falling on the trailer when it gets hit.

Since most times I find myself next to some behemoth bus or trailer I figure the lightning will get him first.
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I take a CC Radio along on trips. It has the best AM antenna in the business and with AM, antenna is everything. I listen to distant AM stuff and this radio works great for me. Its sound quality is designed to enhance the spoken word. It does have FM, TV, and WX bands also.

Jim
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My Trillium 4500 came with a Realistic AM/FM casette stereo, with an external antenna. It is similar to the single mount VW antenna, and mounts on the front surface of the trailer. If you like I can post a photo. I have very good reception, and I live in a mountain/valley area of central Interior British Columbia

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Did anyone ever think of a power antenna from a car. The one on our Olds goes up when the radio is turned on and down when turned off. (maybe they all do) Could be mounted in one of the cupboards and just the little tip would show above the roof when not extended.
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I checked out the Shakespeare antenna model 4350 and it fits the bill. It has a lift and lay mount so when travelling or in a thunderstorm it can be laid down, but I really don't think that is a concern since it is made of fiberglass.

Calgary prices are high, $91.50 at Renfrew Marine. I've checked around and you can't get it out of the States any cheaper once you consider postage, GST and exchange rate. Try Popeye's Marine Store in Vancouver. $67 plus $10 flat rate for postage.

For those of you looking at car antennas I've found the mounting system is designed for the sheet metal a car is made of, not the fiberglass of our trailers. Major alterations would be required.
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