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Dennis58

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Posted: 06/09/19 06:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi
I have a Chevy, 2019 3500HD DRW Crew Cab and have been looking at the Lance 975 TC. For anyone with a similar setup does cabover section of the TC interfere with the reception of the SAT antenna?

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Posted: 06/09/19 07:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had an aftermarket sat antenna on my '05 Chevy mounted at the center of the hood at the back, just below the windshield. The TC interfered sometimes with it there, particularly when driving south. I moved the antenna to the very front driver's corner of the hood and that took care of it.
I would think having one one the roof under a truck camper would be just about useless.

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KD4UPL wrote:

I had an aftermarket sat antenna on my '05 Chevy mounted at the center of the hood at the back, just below the windshield. The TC interfered sometimes with it there, particularly when driving south. I moved the antenna to the very front driver's corner of the hood and that took care of it.
I would think having one one the roof under a truck camper would be just about useless.


It won't work. I mounted an aftermarket antenna tight against my hood bug guard and ran the wire inside the engine compartment between the hood and the hood insulation. I works without any issues.

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Even though my Bigfoot is all fiberglass that thing hanging over the cab put the kibosh on satellite reception for the XM. I now have an aftermarket antenna mounted near the front of the truck on the hood. Works great there.


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Posted: 06/09/19 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine works OK most of the time. I can't remember which way I'm traveling when it loses reception, maybe northwest?
I plug in Apple ITunes when I lose XM.


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I have a 2018 ram. the Radio is not NAV but the truck has a service like onstar (uconnect) so it has GPS in truck. truck also has ATT phone connection so there is 2 wires going up to shark fin on roof.

I took apart one of the connectors and found the standard magnetic mount Sirius antenna connect right into the cable for the radio SAT. putting the mag mount antenna out on the hood took care of the problem and the GPS in the truck still works.
I know sirius and GPS use different frequencies, but it works.


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We fully expected to lose Sirius satellite radio reception on our '16 Ram 3500 crew-cab when we loaded up our new '19 Northern Lite 8-11. The OEM antenna sits completely underneath the cabover section. Much to our surprise we've had no problem receiving Sirius radio with the camper loaded.

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depending on your location, SiriusXM has ground transmitters that your receiver will auto switch to. click here

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I have a 2019 3500 gas SRW with a Northstar cabover camper. My Sirius works about 70% of the time and is dependent on the direction of travel for it to work.
On my past truck (2013 GMC) I was able to buy an antenna from Sirius and an adapter (FAKRA) to plug it into the GMC antenna port. This port was located behind the glove box and was easily accessed.
On your new truck the access port for the antenna lead is in the dash behind the radio screen. I am unsure if a FAKRA connector will work with this and I have been afraid to pull the dash apart to check.

Please post if you come up with a solution

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Posted: 06/10/19 06:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just completed a 2000+ mi. trip with the camper. The trip took us up the CA coast to San Fran, back down 395, and across Death Valley. Got perfect Sirius reception for the entire trip. Again, the OEM antenna sits just above the driver, on the roof of the truck, completely underneath the cabover portion of the camper. You would think this location would have completely compromised the signal at some point during our trip, but it didn’t.

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