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Question Of The Week

Readers Respond Yes and No to Satellite Radio and How!

“No.  We do not subscribe to the Sirius XM and we don’t miss it.  We had it on last three vehicles and did try it on them with the free trial periods.  We enjoy listening to local stations when we travel.” – Dee Bartel, 2010 Chevy 2500HD, 2012 S&S Camper

“Yes, we subscribe to Sirius XM radio and enjoy it very much.  We travel quite a lot in the mountains of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana where there aren’t a lot of FM stations that work.  As you know, with the camper overhang above the factory antenna the XM radio doesn’t work well.  I bought a factory antenna and cable and installed it permanently in the cowl cover in front of the windshield on the driver’s side.  Installed in this location there isn’t any interference from the camper overhang.  Being installed this way it will not fall off, as a magnetic antenna can.  I tried this route first and, when the snow was on the hood, the antenna would fall off.” – Leonard Eagle, Jr., 2009 Ford F450, 2008 Okanagan TKS126

“I subscribe to Sirius XM satellite radio for my pickup.  When the camper is installed, I use a Roady XT XM Radio module in the pickup connected to my radio with a magnetic antenna on the hood.  I also use the module in the camper with compact speakers.  When not traveling, the module is connected to my home stereo.” – Ron Lange, 2004 Chev 2500HD, 2012 Northstar Liberty

“No modification was needed since I have a non-cabover.  If I had a cabover, I would have simply used a remote magnet mount like you have done.” – Robert Beckett, 1999 Ford F150, 1963 Alaskan Camper NCO 8′

“Picked up a magnet antenna, a FAKRA adaptor (just like in your published article).  It took a total of fifteen minutes!  I routed the lead-in on the underside of the hood under the insulation blanket and hid the antenna behind the bug deflector.  It works fantastic! I also have a Delco SkyFi in the camper and mounted a marine use XM antenna on the roof!” – John Brantingham, 2011 Chevy 2500HD, 2007 Palomino SL1000

“I mounted the antenna on the hood about six inches from the back edge in the center.  I was expecting to lose signal when heading north, but so far I have not.” – Tom Best, 2008 Ford F-450, 2010 Chalet TS 116

“Yes, we listen to XM; no mods needed.” – Jim Mallery, 2005 Dodge Ram 3500

“In 2005, I purchased a lifetime Sirius membership and a portable satellite Sirius radio.  I used it on my walk, in different cars, trucks (on my second truck now), at home, and in the camper.  I have no problem with reception at home or with the cabover camper because the radio antenna is next to the windshield.” – Ron Oh, 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, 2008 Six Pac D650

“We subscribed to Sirius so we could get radio in places we go where there is no, or limited, radio reception.  We’ve been subscribers for about ten years.  In addition to enjoying whatever genre of music and other programming we desired while out in the tulles, we had lots of fun playing name that tune with our kids while en route.  Our old radio was a portable model so we could place the antenna on the hood for good reception.  We plan on getting an extension antenna for our F-150’s built in Sirius radio since the antenna is on the roof and blocked when the camper is on.” – Ken Woodward, 2012 Ford F-150, 1994 8′ Trav-L-Mate

“The XM antenna is now mounted on the truck roof.  I will have to modify and move the antenna.  I’m thinking about a a hood ornament.  Thanks for bringing the issue to my attention.” – Jesse Atchison, 2006 Dodge 2500, 2005 Lance 845

“I can only get satellite signal facing certain directions.  I have been wondering about a fix for this for the last two trucks.  Years ago, when way up north in Canada, we pointed the truck southwest to get a signal, just so we could get a weather forecast.” – Bob Dobbe, 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2007 Lance 950

“Yes, I do have Sirius XM radio with no modifications.  It works only when headed south, west, and east.  Going north I lose reception as well as losing reception in the mountain canyons of Idaho.” – Virgil Moore, 2007 GMC Sierra 2500, 2007 Arctic Fox 811

“We do subscribe to Sirius XM and it does not work about 30% of the time.  I was looking for a fix.  We will try this one.  Thanks!” – Randall Rice, 2012 GMC Sierra 3500, 2002 Bigfoot 25C 10.6

“No.” – David Botkin, 2008 Ford 450, 2007 Lance 1191

“Yes, we use Sirius XM.  We installed the same antenna modification (due to blocked signal) several years ago.  We installed the antenna exactly like shown on Truck Camper Magazine.” – Ron Day, 2008 Chevy 2500HD, 2005 Sunlite

“My truck came with XM satellite radio and a six-month subscription.  During that six month period, I found myself often switching to either FM radio as I would lose the satellite signal driving through 200 foot high hills in my area when they blocked the satellite to the south, or switching to my MP3 player.  With my satellite television I am paying for many channels I never watch.  With Sirius XM I knew I would be doing exactly the same with radio.  If they changed the service to where I could pay only for those stations to which I want to listen then, i.e. a free market approach to the medium, then and only then will I subscribe to their service.” – Bruce Stenman, 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2008 Lance 845

“I purchased an antenna from Best Buy online for $19.  That included the FAKRA adaptor.  I mounted the magnetic antenna centered on the hood just above the grill.  The antenna being black on a black hood looks like it was part of the hood.  I ran the wire thought the grill and between the hood and fire blanket and through the hole for the steering column in the fire wall. I removed the glove box door and had to remove the Sirius unit to make the connection.  The plug was hard to remove in its mounted position.  I made the connection and we now have music.  It works like a charm.  When I take the truck to a car wash, I open the hood, pull the antenna through and attach it to the inside of the hood.” – Ray Fair, 2008 Ram 1500, 2012 Lance 825

“We’ve had SiriusXM for years and love it in our camper.  We bought a dock for it and my husband built a shelf for it and wired up the antenna to the roof and we have never had a bit of problem with it.” – Ken and Lynn Gillespie, 2008 Ford F 250, 1988 Lance


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