Antenna Upgrade Part 1 – Satellite Removal
Why Remove the King Dome Satellite
Our vintage 2008 King Dome Satellite needs a major upgrade for it to work. Our King Dome 9704-LP requires a circuit board replacement and a firmware upgrade. Even with that, it does not recognize newer satellites. We have other entertainment options such as:
- Streaming content if we have a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection
- Downloading content and watching later
- Using Blu-Ray or DVDs
- Renting from RedBox
- Watching the dozens of DVDs copied to hard drive
Having a satellite dish on the roof is also a handicap since you need to park the RV in a spot with good reception – something we don’t always have control over. If we are going to use a satellite service, we will go with a more portable solution such as the Dish Tailgater or similar setup.
For the past few months on the road, we use the WiFi Ranger for WiFi access. This antenna is often attached to the crank-up TV antenna on the RV roof. We also use the Wilson Electronics WeBoost 4G cellular signal booster for our phone and MiFi use. We have been manually zip tying the WiFi Ranger to the TV mast and putting the WeBoost on a metal pie/cake pan on the roof each time we stop at an RV park.
With the removal of the Satellite dish, we can use the access panel in the roof to route the WiFi Ranger and WeBoost cables through the same access hole. I don’t like walking on the roof so much – especially as the weather gets rainy.
The WiFi Ranger Go 2 not only gives our WiFi connectivity greater range, but also links all of our gadgets using a single connection when we buy WiFi access at RV Parks. Some campground WiFi providers limit the number of devices that can connect. We have seen services that only allow 1 connection at a time, and others allow different #’s of devices depending on how long of a contract you select. With the WiFi Ranger there is only a single connection to the WiFi service for all the gadgets.
WeBoost Cellular Booster
The WeBoost Drive 4G is a cellular signal booster that is for RV’s and trucks. It has a little rubber duck antenna with a magnetic mount that gives us an extra bar or two. It cannot boost signals that are not there or are too weak, however it can often make a significant improvement when signal strength is marginal. We even use it at our cabin with a larger truck antenna mounted on a flag pole!
Part 1: Remove the Satellite Dish
This is Antenna Upgrade Part 1 – Satellite Removal. We first need to remove the King Dome satellite and the cables. In Part 2 we install the new antennas and route the cables, and in Part 3 we install the inside equipment.
Here’s the video with the details:
To remove the old satellite dish, Dicor and adhesives from the rooftop we use:
- Screwdriver & socket wrench
- Mineral Spirits to remove the Dicor & old adhesive
- Magic Eraser to get some of the hard to remove dirt off
- New Dicor Lap Sealant to seal the holes
- Eternabond tape for extra protection
Note: We are not professional RV repair technicians! The information provided here is how we upgraded our antenna system and your installation will be different. If you are uncomfortable working on rooftops or with electrical wiring please consult a certified technician.
Thanks for reading and watching,