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Old 07-05-2016, 02:20 PM   #1
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How to access underside of roof for radio antenna?

I was removing a damaged front radio antenna on the roof and the antenna cable fell inside the roof cavity. The cable hole is very small (just big enough for the cable) so fishing out the cable from the roof is impossible without enlarging the hole.
How do I access the underside of the roof? I don't see how this can be done, except by maybe removing the wood strip on the ceiling (see photo), which would hopeful allow me to remove a ceiling panel.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:22 PM   #2
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I don't know the answer to your question, but would something like this allow you to get it from the top?
https://www.zoro.com/general-mechani...g&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:28 PM   #3
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antenna base

will the antenna base cover a slightly larger hole, if so, drill the

next size hole and fish it out, avoid pulling a panel if you can help it.

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I don't know the answer to your question, but would something like this allow you to get it from the top?
https://www.zoro.com/general-mechani...g&gclsrc=aw.ds
Good idea, but as I mentioned, the hole is only about 1/4" in diameter, so I can't use any sort of tool to retrieve the cable without enlarging the hole -- which I may have to do as a last resort.
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:40 PM   #5
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We always drilled a 3/4 hole in the roof. That allows enough room to use a light and long nose pliers to retrieve the dropped lead. Make a patch out of aluminum and screw it down and cover in sealent.
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Old 07-05-2016, 04:27 PM   #6
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If your antenna breaks, you can likely just replace the broken top section by removing the screw in the swivel base attached to the top. Then just replace the top section. No risk of losing the cable. Good luck,
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:11 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice Bob, but the antenna broke at the swivel base (with a little help). The rabbit cable has already disappeared down the hole. The only suggestions I am getting is to drill a bigger hole and fish out the cable. I was hoping that the underside of the roof was reasonably accessible.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:14 PM   #8
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If the fitting on the end is metallic, you might try a pen type magnet to see if you can get it close enough to grab. Hate to drill hole in the roof, Good luck,
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By mistake I found that the cabinet right above my door had a false side that came out fairly easily by removing a small piece of trim. After removing the panel I could access the base of the antenna. My purpose was to check the connection and whether the plate was grounded.
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By mistake I found that the cabinet right above my door had a false side that came out fairly easily by removing a small piece of trim. After removing the panel I could access the base of the antenna. My purpose was to check the connection and whether the plate was grounded.
OK, I'll keep checking for hidden doors.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:07 PM   #11
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On my Vista the antenna is mounted on top of the fiberglass front cap, and the underside of the fiberglass front cap can be accessed by removing the trim panels inside the cabinets in front of your coach. Might try that next. The interior panels behind the front cap are part of a sandwich of roof + rigid insulation + interior panels that are glued it would be impossible for you to get access from below without doing something that will end up being very un-attractive.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:45 PM   #12
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Thanks -- I will continue my search for a secret access panel in the cabinets.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:55 PM   #13
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When I installed my cell phone booster, there was solid Styrofoam under the roof.
I think your ant is more forward than where I drilled.
You might try to remove a back panel from the front overhead cabinet and use a mirror to see if there is access. You might get lucky.

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We had a water leak and the water dripped down the wood trim. We removed the wood trim and found that the trim connects the 2 pieces of roof material, and were able to bend enough out of the way to see inside the void. We found the water leaking thru the Satellite antenna. There was plenty of room to reach inside and if yours is similar to the journey, you should be able to get in there.
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