AERIAL INLET BOX - SITU UNDERNEATH - IDEAS?

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  1. GAVLAD

    GAVLAD Funster

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    Hi all
    I'm looking at fitting an external TV aerial inlet box.
    Although I've got satellite, recently when on 3 x sites, I've not been able to pick up a signal due to trees and the site has been full, so not able to move pitches.
    I have fed the ariel cable from the site bollard through the window.

    I'm wanting to make this a bit neater, rather than having temporary wires dangling, hence looking at an inlet underneath the van.

    I've seen Maxview and VisionPlus and the like offering a side wall fit inlet box, but I would prefer to have something underneath the van and out of sight.

    Marcel Leisure do a control box but it looks like a big section needs cutting out - I'm wanting just to make a few holes and to keep it weatherproof.

    Has anyone any ideas?

    I've thought about screwing and sticking a weatherproof box to the underside and some kind of lid which can be secured when not in use and just having the coax connector inside to plug into the aerial lead from the bollard.
     
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    In our previous van conversion there was an aerial lead in the electrical lead inlet box, it just had a standard end on it to attach a length of aerial cable to, seemed like a good idea to me, out of the weather and you wouldn't forget to remove it when leaving the side as you'd be removing your electric lead anyway.
     
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  3. Mikeco

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    I'm going to drop one through the floor and cable tie it somewhere easily accessible., it will not be used very often but cetainly on the winter site in Spain that we use.
     
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    Why don't you use a flat cable jointer that goes in the door or window we have two in the garage connected ready to put through the door joint when on site the door rubbers seal them and if at the bottom no water ingress, no drilling required.
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  5. GAVLAD

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    I've got one of these and use it through the window as mentioned, but don't want dangling cables as we have a toddler who pulls & swings on loose cables.
     
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  6. mike mcglynn

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    Hello Gavlad, re.fitting an aerial connection underneath your van, I did that years ago on a caravan and it was a pain in the butt scrabbling around in the wet and mud trying to fit the cable in and take it out :confused: can you not fit it in a locker somewhere handy for the tv if you want it out of the way.
     
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    Your got a point with that
    Looking underneath, I'd have to get down on all fours to plug in, so I'm going to have to have a rethink.

    Thanks to everyone for your ideas.
     
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    Had you thought of inside an external locker or perhaps the toilet locker.
     
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    How about one of these

    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/bullfinch-external-satellite-point.html

    Bullfinch External Satellite Point, Three outlets in one, this caravan and motorhome external socket enables you to supply Satellite and TV reception into your van and also offers a 12v cigar socket for taking power out of your van ideal for

    • 12volt (Cigar lighter fitting) / Satellite / TV connections
    • Ideal for touring caravans , motorhomes, etc.
     
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    What about fastening one of these to the 240V socket cover.

    The coax cable can be fed into the van along with the mains cable

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    @GAVLAD
    I'm fairly sure @Stewart J did this on his Mohawk(?) and gave detailed instructions on how in a previous post.
    "External" socket was in the battery compartment with cabling following power leads into hab area.
    Post may have been on a.n.other forum though?
    Might be worth a pm to him?
     
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    Had a few spare hours today, so drilled a hole through back of mains inlet socket and threaded coax cable through.
    Placed three rubber ring seals coved with insulating tape to form a bung/stop to ensure can't be pulled through too far either way.
    Able to pull cable through about six inch to facilitate connection.


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    Could do with a good clean around the inside of the socket!

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    On the inside, I've connected this to a two way Y splitter with one cable going to the front TV and the other to the rear and threaded behind the partitions in the false floor (back ache now!)

    The TV end connections have been threaded through to the TV but not connected.

    When I'm next on site and can't get a sat signal, I'll just plug into the bollard and swap over the coax connections at the back of the TV's.

    I did try the ribbons through the window method, but with an inquisitive kid with sticky fingers, having cables dangling hasn't worked for us.
     
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    Thanks again!
     
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    No problem glad you liked the idea, it works well. I think I would have used a bulk head fitting screwed and fitted into the lid with a loop of cable going into socket housing. They are waterproof.
     
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