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Sirius Antenna I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 witha Sirius antenna on the roof. When I put my camper shell in the bed of the truck, it covers the antenna. It looks impossible to get to the back of the radio to put another cable in. Can I extend the existing rooftop antenna?

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  • jmreilly Dec 26, 2008

    same - dodge 3500 wirh Lance camper & Sirius - need solution

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There are several ways to tackle this problem, most of which would involve getting to the back of the radio, but before you do, make sure you have an "antenna extension cable". Then plug in the 'extension cable to the radio/sirius unit' leaving the other end to 'hang out' where you can then get access to the 'extension' cable. Then you can plug in the existing antenna when you're not using the camper or plug in new antenna that gets clear view of the satellite. Depending on your location and general direction of travel you may be able to use a 'home unit ' antenna on your dash as I do and it works very well. In my truck I often use a home antenna also, although I also have the large unit that bolts to the (tractor) truck mirror assembly.

The other solution is to find a CB repair place (often at truck stops) that is familiar with repairing, satelite antenna wire and pucks. Have them split the wire and place a male and female plug to accomodate the extisting antenna and the new antenna. This service will cost you about $30-50.00 They should find the parts needed at a satellite radio store that sells marine/business/home antennae systems. The parts are not all that common - or the CB fellow may connect male/female connectors that are unique to your truck situation - then any connectors will work but only on that truck of yours. -- Frank

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