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Running cables through roof
« on: June 18, 2018, 08:53:53 PM »
My next project is to install both a ham antenna and a Weboost antenna on the bat wing tv antenna and run them into the coach.  I am looking for ideas on how to run the wires through the roof.  Can that be done through the refrigerator hood?  Since I might use the now empty location where the VCR was, left of the fridge, that would be convenient. 

Send me your tips for wires through roof please.
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Re: Running cables through roof
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2018, 09:10:44 PM »
I'm planning on using the batwing for cell boost also, and possibly wifi. Mine's up front so will be making a roof penetration and using one of these
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Re: Running cables through roof
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2018, 09:56:45 PM »
Check your cable diameter because that entrance fitting has about a 10 AWG  maximum

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Re: Running cables through roof
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2018, 11:30:49 PM »
I ran my wifi antenna coax cable through the middle bathroom ceiling vent into the router that I mounted on the bathroom wall.

It's the bathroom my wife uses....took some heat on that one believe me.
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Re: Running cables through roof
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2018, 03:43:21 PM »
I've been considering running solar wires through the fridge chimney.

I went through for my ARP fridge controller routing UP the chimney and into the cabinet.  I found that under the cap, there's a screen cover that had to be cut through to gain access.  Used some hardware cloth and tie wire to re-screen the chimney.  Cut my hands up a good bit doing all that work through the small opening on the wire cuts....but it worked.

I also read somewhere about an idea of using the tank vent pipes, running a cable down inside then out the vent somewhere above the tank.  Seems like a plausible option IF you have access to where the vent pipe connects to the tank or above it.
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Re: Running cables through roof
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2018, 07:25:04 PM »
     JoeandJane,  The several that I’ve done....I used an available access ( in my case between the back of the tub/shower and the kitchen slide), which gave my clear access to the roof and most of the wiring/plumbing to/from the basement area. I used a holesaw to cut down ( measure very, very, carefully) through the roof. I used an outdoor pvc junction box connected to 3/4” pvc conduit dropped down into the aforementioned access. The junction box was glued (epdm caulk) and screwed to the roof rubber membrane. All wiring ( solar, Sirius/XM, satellite cable [if not already run], etc.) was run into the box and dropped into the access via the 3/4” conduit.  The wiring where entering the junction box was sealed.  Now, with all of your wiring inside....do your magic!
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Re: Running cables through roof
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2018, 08:02:22 PM »
The refrigerator vent is a common entry point for antenna and solar panel cables, so if it's a convenient point for your installation, go for it. As Brad mentioned, there is a screen under the cover, and I've found the easiest way to deal with that is to cut the existing screen out and make a simple cap from aluminum window screening that's held in place with a few small self tapping screws. That makes future changes easier as well. How you run the wires from that point on the inside depends on your particular layout.
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