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Z-Peller

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Posted: 06/10/19 10:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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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.


Have pulled my 2016 GMC radio to install SiriusXm external antenna with FAKRA connector. Found some good youtube videos first showing how to do it and color of Satellite radio wire at back of radio. Quite easy to do actually. Use plastic tool to pry silver plastic surround off. It is held on with clips. Right & left side clips can be stubborn but they do unclip. Use socket to take out 4 bolts holding radio in. Carefully tip radio out from top and find something to rest it on as you cannot take it completely out of hole. Many wires connected to bottom of radio but enough slack to access antenna wire & unplug OEM & reconnect FAKRA.
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Posted: 06/10/19 11:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I cannot help you with your Chevy. I can tell you what worked with my 2018 Ram. I needed a new shark fin antenna in a better location. I could only find the antenna and appropriate wiring harness through the dealer. I did find the wiring specifics online. I had to remove the cover on the passenger side front window pillar to plug in the new wiring. I made a magnetic base that would work for attaching the new antenna to the hood. Before replacing the antenna, I had about 70% function. Afterwards that went to over 90%. I still lose signal in some locations when the truck is pointed exactly north.

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Just returned from round trip....Albany, NY to Libby, MT. 2019 Chevy 3500HD, crew cab short box, NL 8-11 camper. The shark fin on the cab roof worked well. Sat radio reception about 95% of the time.

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My (Sirius) antenna (1/2 square 1/2 oval flat) on an ext. cab F 350 sits 7" back from top of windshield and 28" from front of TC and I get 99% reception all across the entire top half of country east to west, preety happy.

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Is it possible to mount the antenna to the top of the camper? I may be doing a winter ALCAN trip Wasilla, AK, to Michigan, in an '05 Dodge 3500 with Lance 921. I was thinking of getting the SiriusXM vehicle kit. If not, like someone said, there is always iTunes. Thanks.

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Should be possible as long as the cable is long enough. I see the biggest issue is securing the cable going down the road so it isn’t floppy in the breeze.

As far as iTunes goes, try Amazon Music instead. [emoticon] Because iTunes is dying. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/itunes-is-dead-heres-how-to-back-up-and-sync-your-iphone-in-macos-catalina/


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Dennis58 wrote:

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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?

Thanks
Dennis


2009 Silverado 3500 dually and an Arctic Fox. XM radio doesn't get reception unless I'm heading south. I gave up my XM subscription years ago.

NAV works fine.


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Thank you, Jim. The winter trip did not happen, but it will mid August. I am revisiting this Sirius radio issue, and see if it is worth the trouble. I saw a site where a guy mounted a marine Sirus XM antenna to the top of his camper, then a cable out through the back of his truck. That might be a lot of work/expense, to not much result. Or there is the magnetic mount on the front of the hood. I will take a look at Amazon radio, also. Thanks.

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While shopping for a 2020 F-250 we noticed two black parts n the top rear edge of the cab that appear to be The GPS Navigation Antenna and a Sirius XM antenna. Because of this location it seams like both would be severely impacted by a cab-over camper. Are there any 2020 Ford Super Duty owners who can chime in regarding real world experience with Nav and Sat radio performance when traveling with their camper?

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Posted: 09/19/20 06:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JimK-NY wrote:

I cannot help you with your Chevy. I can tell you what worked with my 2018 Ram. I needed a new shark fin antenna in a better location. I could only find the antenna and appropriate wiring harness through the dealer. I did find the wiring specifics online. I had to remove the cover on the passenger side front window pillar to plug in the new wiring. I made a magnetic base that would work for attaching the new antenna to the hood. Before replacing the antenna, I had about 70% function. Afterwards that went to over 90%. I still lose signal in some locations when the truck is pointed exactly north.


Our 2013 has the same issue. I googled and found the part numbers and purchased the shark fin and wiring extension. Now my question is where do you run the wiring through the firewall?

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