Install Your Tech Gear Easier with Winnebago's New Roof Port

Connectivity on the road is becoming more and more important for a lot of RVers. But for Stef and me, it's an imperative. We both still work day jobs! The good news is that we can do that from anywhere, but it requires us to be connected. So it's easy to understand why every RV we've had has needed a cell signal booster installed in it. They're must-have RV accessories for us.

And in none of these RVs has the install of a cell booster been as easy as it was in Parky, our loaner Travato. Parky has a new feature that Winnebago is building into some of their coaches: a roof access port. You can see how it works in this video.

Basically, the roof access port makes it easy to get wiring from inside the coach up onto the roof. The roof port consists of a plastic box on the roof -- which is already sealed against the elements -- and a finished port inside near a cabinet with all the connections you might need.

So instead of drilling into a horizontal metal roof on the van (eek!), all I had to do was drill into the vertical wall of the plastic box. The opening was easy to seal with regular silicone, we've had no leaks, and we don't expect any.

Even if you're not a hard-core RV modder, you should be able to install a roof-mounted accessory using the roof access port. On a difficulty scale of 1-5, with a 5 being the most difficult, I'd only give this one about a 2. There are a number of tips in the video for bringing this project home successfully, so if you watch it and follow those tips, we're confident you'll be modding in no-time.

We'll be seeing you (and texting you, and emailing you, and streaming Netflix) on the road!

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