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Winnebago has started building a roof port feature onto some of their rigs, particularly their campervan line. It’s a simple but brilliant feature, because it means you can add any sort of roof accessory, like an antenna, without having to cut a hole yourself in your RV’s roof!
We made this video for the WinnebagoLife blog, so see the full post with more details over there, otherwise watch the video here:
In the video, I demonstrate how to access the roof port as I run cable to set up a new cell booster antenna on top of Parky, the Limited Edition National Park Foundation Travato we’ve been traveling in. I share a few tips along the way that will help ensure your success if you work with the roof port in the future.
Feel free to leave comments or questions below. Happy Modding!
We’d like to install a Pepwave Mobility 22G which has 5 wires that need to be run from the antenna to the Pepwave box inside our Travato 59KL. Would you recommend drilling 5 small holes in the access port box or 1 larger hole? I was thinking that 5 small holes would be easier to seal well with silicon sealer. But I’m a bit wary of drilling 5 holes. Any thoughts?
I agree the smaller holes would be easier to seal, but how many holes is too many? I don’t know.
When RV manufacturers like Winnebago need to run multiple wires out through one hole, they use expanding foam sealants to seal the hole and the gaps between the wires. Perhaps you could try something similar?
They make “foam pond sealant” that’s black and waterproof, so it would be better looking than the typical home-center Great Stuff foam…
That’s probably what I’d try. Along with a grommet or something around the edges of the hole.
Good suggestion – thanks!
How long of a cord do you think you would need if the antenna is 4 feet from the roof opening? Trying to understand how far it needs to travel between antenna and the inside unit. Looking at a cellular modem and I’ve seen posts that say the longer the cable, the more strength you lose. Thanks!
I’d say 6 feet would probably get you to where you need to go, but I’m just guessing. I don’t know what’s on your roof, and we no longer have the loaner rig in the video.
Easy enough to figure out with a piece of string though – lay the string out, tape it in place, and then measure it.
I am trying to install the WeBoost antenna cable from the roof port box to the inside of my 2022 Winnebago Travato. Got cable into roof access port but can’t find it from inside cabinet port. I removed a small wooden block that was hiding the port hole but cannot find any of the cable even though I pushed several feet of the cable into the roof port. Is it behind the foam that has been glued to the wooden bar beside the inside port hole? I hate to rip it all out if I don’t have to. I wanted to use my weBoost on our vacation but was not able to find the cable that I pushed through the roof port box from the inside. Your wonderful instruction video didn’t say anything about this problem. After making several attempts to find it, I finally gave up and left on our vacation anyway. Any ideas?
That seems odd. Whenever I’ve used the roof access port box, there has been a clean shot from the inside port directly to the inside of the box. It’s nothing more than a hole through the roof with a box on top of it.
There must be something amiss with yours. I would just try to move whatever is blocking the hole aside.
James. I just started the same install on my Boldt. When I removed the interior cover to the roof port, all I ran into was insulation. Is this what you experienced? I ultimately dug through and found my wire but it was very hard. Now I’m trying to decide whether to leave the excess cable on the outside, wound up and cable tied down or pull it inside. Pros or cons?
Didn’t hit much insulation when I did it.
As far as cable outside or cable inside… I’d go with cable inside. Won’t flap about in the wind. Not exposed to UV or the elements. But it’s probably not much of a difference.
I know this was a temporary install in Parky. However I did notice that you secured the cable inside the cabinet as it came through the roof port access and turned toward the front of the T. What did you use? Is there wood behind the cabinet’s liner so that you can simply use small wood screw to hold a standard cable clip?
It’s been a while, but I think I just secured it with regular cable clips. I don’t recall doing anything fancy, and I had to keep it simple because I wasn’t supposed to mod the rig that much.
Great couple of videos, installing mine now on our new NPE kl. I’m curious if you installed yours on Lance now and if you shortened the rg6 cable coming in from the outside. If so, what did you replace the ends with? The cable seems smaller then typical rg6 cable used in homes, hence my ask.
Lance already had a cell booster that works really well, so we decided to leave well enough alone on Lance.
I know what you mean about the cable. But the connectors are non-standard, so I don’t have the tooling to be able to successfully shorten one.
I don’t think the extra length hurts it too much.
Perhaps Wilson sells a shorter cable as a parts department item???
James, thanks for the video. What did you use to secure the cable onto the roof, as it runs between the box and the antenna?
That was easy. There’s a channel in the side of the roof rack. I just tucked the cable into there and zip-tied it into place.
What did you do with the excess cable?
It’s pulled inside and coiled up in the cabinet.
(Remember, Parky is just on loan to us. I’ll have to remove the install one day soon, so I didn’t go to a bunch of trouble to hide the extra cable.)
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Have you found that the internal antennae can be left in cabinet to function adequately. How much does having the cabinet door closed impact the signal enhancement
If you watch our other video on the install, you’ll see that the cabinet we put it in does not have a door on it. So no issues there!
Hi, another YouTube group – you might have heard of them: rv lifestyle , Mike Wendland – he had this same booster. He mentioned it didn’t work well and took it down. He also mentioned when going 60/70 miles it makes a constant loud sound. And when it’s windy, same issue. They switched to a Winegard antenna.
We’ve not heard any unusual noises from our install, and the booster works just as you see in our other video.
I can’t really comment on what problems Mike may have had, as I haven’t talked to him about it.