Tips For Using Winnebago’s New Roof Port

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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!


James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.

    16 thoughts on “Tips For Using Winnebago’s New Roof Port

    1. Ed

      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?

      1. James - Post author

        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.

    2. Jim Perry


      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?


      1. James - Post author

        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.

    3. Dan

      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.

      1. James - Post author

        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???

    4. Craig Zerbe

      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?

      1. James - Post author

        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.

      1. James - Post author

        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.)

    5. Shauna

      Hello I just love all the information that you 2 give. I do have a few questions.
      I am a first timer in Rving. I have been looking for 2 years and am interested in a Class B and possibly 4×4, All weather would be great, not quite sure if always needed. I do know that i do need a shower and enough water. I will be traveling with my 144 pound dog also. I am 54 now and am ready to start traveling on weekends and vacation from work. I truly trust your opinions Would you have any suggestions on which makers to look at? also what Engine would be safe to travel. is it good to buy used or just get new? Thank you in advance!!

        1. Sammy Hamish

          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

        2. James - Post author

          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!

    6. Dhiraj Dewan

      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.

      1. James - Post author

        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.


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