Satellite Dish Mounting Bracket?

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  1. Gromett

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    I am looking for a satellite mounting bracket that I can permanently attach to the back of my panel van conversion.

    I am on a bit of a budget at the moment so a roof mounted one isn't an option. I can pick up a satellite internet package including hardware for less than 500 Euros but mounting it to the back of the van is proving to be interesting to say the least.

    I have looked at the tripods but these would be blown over when I am on a hard standing such as aires in France.

    I have considered all the options and the best one for me is something mounted on the rear of the van. I just need to find a bracket. Here are the requirements.


    1. I must be able to remove the dish for storage.
    2. It can't stick out more than 12" when stowed. Doesn't matter how far it sticks out when in use though.
    3. Must allow the dish 45 Degrees of motion from straight out giving me 90 Degrees total left right movement. I will park the van facing south when I need to use it.
    I am open to any suggestions or pointers :BigGrin:
    Thanks guys :Wink:
     
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  2. madbluemad

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    You may like to revise your post title. :Eek!:
    Jim
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  3. Gromett

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    Why? :Confused:
     
  4. otis the staffy

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    Mounting Sat dish

    Certainly gives a new meaning to screwing dish on roof:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:Stay Safe:thumb:
     
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    Got it... Title changed...:Doh:
     
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    hi i have an old awning pole fastened to the rear ladder on my van.
    when i get on site i just put on another section with the dish attached to it and as it is above the van with the extra piece on it i have a full 360 deg rotation if i need it.
     
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    Thanks aba. I don't have a ladded on the back of the van. I don't want it peeking over the top of the van for practical reasons (solar panels being one)

    I have just seen this.... If I stick a steel plate to the inside of the door
    3mm steel or something similar then moun this to the outside.
    I can quickly fix the dish to this and when not fitted I can push it flush against the back doors?

    What do you guys reckon?
     
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    just had another thought for you if you get one of the household wall mounting brackets with the large flat plate you could fasten it on a larger aluminium plate with some strong magnets fastened to it then you just have to plonk it on the roof and if you use an old sky minidish they have holes in them and dont get as much wind as a solid dish.
    http://www.satcure.co.uk/accs/images/patio_stand.jpg
     
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    what about a towbar mounted bracket or something similar???

    if you don't have a towbar then a piece of angle iron mounted where the towing eye fits on the rear of the van with a tube for the dish on that.

    just thinking about not drilling holes in the bodywork.
     
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    Patio mounts not practical as they would have to be on the roof.
     
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    why ?

    you get 90 deg ones
     
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    Towbar mounting not practical either. I have loads of gear attached to the back of the van. these would get in the way. It needs to be mount above the half way point on the doors. Top half panel.
     
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    They are permanent fixings, for ones that would allow an 80cm dish enough motion they stick out too far and don't move flush with the door.

    Did you see the ebay link? Any thoughts on that?
     
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    yeah.. that looks good ..

    I had similar on the roof of the RV (before the Maxview) .. used to fold it flat for travelling
     
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    loads of options in the tv aerial section of B&Q

    The tv aerial poles for caravans would not be strong enough to take the weight as many mounts are plastic.

    Another option for a removable mount would be to use those strong double or triple suction cups used for moving glass. You could fix a pole to one or more of these and a bonus is, if you cant get a signal from the back of the van, move it to the side or front easily
     
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    I use one of these 4 suction cup mounts for my long range wifi arial.
    I doubt it would be much good for the satellite dish. Also could warp the panels with that much weight on them.... Nice idea though. I did look for magnetic mounts but these would be a bitch to get off again.... :Rofl1::Doh:
     
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    I am now thinking this bracket would do the job.
    Here

    One of these dishes with a folding arm.
    Here

    I could then keep the tripod for when I am on a site and can't face in the right direction. For aires I would ensure I could park in the right direction.

    With the folding LNB arm I could leave the dish attacked to the back of the van when driving. Just need to bolt two eyes and have a strap across to prevent it coming loose while moving...

    I just hope the tooway Buc (LNB) is a standard 40mm mount......
     
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    magnetic mounts are easy to come by if you look for CB mag mounts. Either use 3/8 BSP threaded bolts directly in the aerial socket or strip it down and re-engineer it using stainless bolts and wing nuts

    Removing them, and of course preventing scratches, put a piece of thin cloth behind. Makes getting the off far easier by lifting one side
     
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