Ok Gang! I can’t remember if it was @Buhlockaye or @m0to, or someone else that is working on a Starlink extrusion mount that is a little more elegant. I found this on Etsy;
My thought would be to use something like this to mount the dish on the rig perpendicular to the roof. Then when the tent is up it has the ability to pivot to be perpendicular with the ground when the tent is deployed.
I made the WeBoost mount and have sold a couple. Still have 3 from the first batch.
I could model up something but I don’t have a Starlink or access to one to see what it would take. If someone in the San Diego are wants to meet up I can look into it. I have access to a few different manufacturing options.
Nice! How have your PETG prints been holding up in direct sunlight? The wireclips are doing fine, but I just mounted a prototype for the WeBoost brace mount and I’m curious how it will hold up until I decide if I’m going to get some of those made.
hey sorry just resharing a better link than I did earlier. I think this has several benefits over the 3D printed options, primarily since its metal, it will be much more robust, additionally it’s adjustable, so you can mount the Starlink dish with the top up or down, and still get a proper angle so that the dish adjust its self properly without risk to the motor.
No issues at all! There are some better materials but PETG is very heat/UV resistant. Also fairly easy to print with which is why it’s common to use. I’m sure @Eisenheim can give you more info on materials as he’s super knowledgeable in it.
yeah, if you have a Starlink account already you can log into the store and view it under the name pivot mount. It wasn’t difficult to make it fit with the GFC, some of their t-track hardware, 2 small sections of 90º aluminum, and some rivnuts to mount to the angles.
NICE! This is what I was talking about! Now the real question is, is it possible to have that pivot so that Dishy is upright when the tent is stowed?
I know this isn’t directed at me, but I have @jedgar OG latch covers and they’re two winters in and just slightly showing signs of fading. I should really just take them off in the summer. I’m sure that’s what he used. He’s a smart young whippersnapper!
This is the design I was referring to in my post. I like the simplicity of this; but when you’re carrying two water crafts (Canoe, kayak) on the roof. There’s little room. That would work great for me in the winter.
I’ve seen the debate on mounting height too with some saying anything helps and others arguing the shift in 10-15 feet doesn’t make a difference with satellites miles away. My take is that if you’re by trees, that extra height can make a different for obstructions so the ideal setup is the highest point of the open camper but I have yet to see an off the shelf solution that allows the adjustment to be vertical when the camper is closed and open.
I’d be interested in one of those for sure. Would you consider making one for when the tent is closed? I’d be curious to know if you could mount it on the lower extrusion during mobile use. Then swap it over to the roof mount at camp.
I won’t recommend mounting/using the starlink while mobile. I’d be very concerned and not a risk I’d want to take personally. The mount would have to be a very robust metal mount which most mounts I’ve seen are plastic. Lot of wind force on the dish/mount at speed. Would recommend something like a WeBoost to use while driving.
Like I said earlier, keeganbuilds will be releasing one to be used in the open/closed position but not while moving.