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Posted: 10/11/18 06:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2017 Coachmen Leprechaun 317SA - Class C

Want to install a CB and looking for simple install I can do myself. Have the CB radio and mount figured out but big question is where/how to mount antenna.

Looking for something as simple to install as possible, even if it doesn't look as slick/factory. Would rather not drill holes in the sides of the MH if I can help it.

BUT, at the same time want something that gives good reception and is tight/secure.

Any advice on mount and type/model of antenna appreciated.

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Posted: 10/11/18 06:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used one in past years but now use two way radios or cells.

I used a magnet mount antenna on the engine hood passenger side .
It worked well enough for the weather alerts and picked up local trucker transmissions.
I only used it to transmit to my DW who acted as backup spotter and sometimes to a second vehicle who was traveling with us. It was basically used for traffic and weather . Most of the time it was turned off due to the nonsense being transmitted by others.

https://www.wearecb.com/wilson-little-will-magnetic-cb-antenna.html

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Other than what Bob mentioned you could glue a piece of sheet metal to the roof and simply stick the antenna up there. Did that for my cell booster a few years ago. A 6 inch square piece of galvinized sheet metal and some Dicor and it was permanently in place.


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Very few use CB anymore and instead use cell phones, etc. Plus GPS gives reliable directions, etc. This summer I started observing CB antennas on trucks and about half had antennas. Our CB is a carry over from 2004 and we use hand held radios as needed. Just a heads up.


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It's not easy to mount a CB antenna on most class C's and have it work reasonably well because the structure doesn't give a good ground plane. I've thought about how to do it from time to time and generally come to the conclusion that I would do without a CB radio instead.

The one time I really would have liked to have one was in Alaska when driving the Dalton Highway; there are a couple spots there where it's very wise to announce one's presence in case someone (particularly a large truck) is coming the other way; there are even road signs stating as much.





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Last time I bent the base mounting bracket so it could be held in place with one of the bolts that held the fender at the hood opening. This was on a Ford.

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There are a couple of possibilities. 1 is the one that CW sold/sells for a glass window mount. the other is to use a marine coax cable which has a built in ground wire. Of course it will entail using a mount on the outside. The window one would work if you have a high side window to adhere to. Again may need to add a ground plane to the roof (metal) to have better range.

Its a shame IMO that people no longer use the cb. Have seen many cases with rv's in particular where there is a problem and you cannot get the driver/passenger attention to it. There was a forest fire some years ago where a guys towed had a flat, the tire disintegrated and sparks were coming from the wheel. His message, 'I thought they were just mad at me for going too slow and holding up traffic'! Open compartments, dragging chains, etc. I carry a hand held but it has no range but it does work if close enough.

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I use a glass mount one. Not the best for transmitting but receive is fine and I mostly listen anyway. My big use is with my Marine band transeivers when we camp. I carry a handheld and the base runs through the glass mount and it extends the range quite a bit.


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I still have my old CB and it is under my truck seat. Have the squelch all the way up and can only hear trucker reports when I cam close to them... My antenna is a door jam mount on my two side doors that open from the inside on my truck. CB on one side and Ham Radio/Scanner on the other side...

You can see the antennas on the rear edge of the rear doors here
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Never hear any RV folks on CB anymore... Still gets good road hazard reports from truckers and they are still very dirty mouths guys....

If I was going to mount an antenna on a CLASS A/C I would get the mirror clamp-on mounts or maybe something to mount to the rear ladder... No drilling required... Get from AMAZON....
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At the camp grounds we use the portable handheld radios from WALMART or our cell phones...

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Firestik no ground plane antenna mounted on the side of your cabover. I have a different Class C and was able to mount the no ground plane on my mirror.


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