rvupgradestore.com Composet Products Fridge Defend
RV Life Magazine RV Park Reviews RV Trip Wizard

Author Topic: Running cables through roof  (Read 583 times)

JoeandJane

  • ---
  • Posts: 172
  • Zimmerman MN
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.
'04 Minnie Winnie 31C, and yes my questions are about this unit unless otherwise noted.
'14 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive
'11 Suzuki DR 650 Alaska Trip Bike
'13 KTM 250 XCW

Back2PA

  • Global Moderator
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 3655
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
Scott
Fulltiming in a 2005 Newmar Dutch Star 3810, Cat 350
Eezrv TPMS, 970W Solar, Tri-Metric Battery monitor
2002 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab toad
Stowmaster towbar & Brakemaster toad braking system

Jim18655

  • ---
  • Posts: 38
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

Arch Hoagland

  • ---
  • Posts: 2277
  • Clovis CA
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.
2004 Monaco La Palma 36 DBD
W22, 8.1 gas,  Allison 1000 Transmission
7.1 MPG over 90,000 miles

2000 Lexus RX300, 4020lb
U.S. Gear Braking System

blw2

  • ---
  • Posts: 3010
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.
Brad (DW + 3 kids)
’13 Thor Chateau 31L Class C on Ford E-450
'06 Silverado
'05 Rockwood Freedom 1910 (5-1/2 years)
former tent campers

Ghostman

  • ---
  • Posts: 462
  • Jarrod,
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

2016 Forest River Berkshire XL
2006 modified Jeep Grand Cherokee

No need to travel the world when there is so much to see here.

Memtb

  • ---
  • Posts: 546
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!
Todd and Marianne
Home Base: Winchester, Wy.
Miniature Schnauzers - Sundai, Nellie and Maggie Mae
2007 Dodge Ram 3500,  6.7 Ram 6 speed manual, 4x4
2004 Teton Grand Freedom
2007 Bigfoot Class C

NY_Dutch

  • ---
  • Posts: 4650
  • We go where our wheels take us!
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.
Dutch
2001 GBM Landau 34' Class A
F53 Chassis, Triton V10, TST TPMS
2011 Toyota RAV4 4WD/Remco pump
ReadyBrute Elite tow bar/Blue Ox base plate