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RE: "Jack" digital antenna

I see the usual arguing about Jack & Winegard antennas is on again. My normal range Winegard III and an additional R.S. inline amplifier is 120 miles (day), and 160 miles (night) and up to 240 miles for analog. I have covered the bases by checking all coaxial connections from roof to connections on back of plate. I replaced all original coaxial cable with RG6, quad-shielding (except inside roof and wall. Too hard to do.). Nothing wrong with the Jack for most people. The reason most think one might work better is that they compare their current campground at different times. Height matters, along with any specific site in a campground. For example, I have a favorite campground down by the shores of Lake Pepin (Mississippi River). The bluffs are all about 800 feet above the river bottoms in all directions. Dependent on which site I pick in the park I can go from around 6 channels to 35. The transmitters are all located from 60 to 95 miles away. Things can also very because of weather (fog, heavy clouds, storms). I normally can get 40 to 60 channels, and as many as 99. I think I maxed out the memory of my older 19" LCD TV that time. Being retired I will spend more time locating channels in all directions. I log my channels along with site number in park so I know which site works better when returning there. Remember. Height makes might, and location, location, location. Sometimes reversing the direction parked on a pad allows front of antenna's need to point exactly at a tower (or getting a signal bounce off an opposing bluff). 2X Way too many variables and unknowns for an accurate comparison; just like tow vehicle MPG. I’m going with the test equipment and similar conditions post. Overall my Winegard III does a great job….but would love to have a next generation antenna that pulls in that one fuzzy local station – especially when storms are brewing.
VAfan 03/28/14 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: New camper frozen water lines

Hopefully you are ok……I was surprised how many people don’t winterize when we were looking at used trailers several years ago. They claimed no problems and we have occasional lows in the single digits.
VAfan 03/18/14 06:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping with small grandchildren

Thanks everyone…..lots of great info. Good chance we all will be worn out and staying up later won’t be a problem.
VAfan 03/01/14 06:14pm General RVing Issues
Camping with small grandchildren

We plan to take our 2yr old granddaughter camping this spring. Our travel trailer is a typical 27ft layout with a bed at one end and bath at the other. No obvious “best solution” for a sleeping arrangement so we can stay up past 8:00pm. Anyone have experience / advice regarding camping with small grandchildren?
VAfan 02/28/14 04:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: How old were you when you retired?

52 A Forced Retirement. Me too....did me a favor.
VAfan 02/20/14 11:16am General RVing Issues
Good idea to contact Credit Card company before traveling

On the first day of a trip from Virginia to Florida last week pulled into the second gas station of the day in South Carolina; after inserting the CC a “see the casher” message appears on the pump. Decided to pull into the campground for the night with out getting gas - thinking something was wrong with the pump. While looking at my emails see an “Alert: Unusual Credit Card Activity” from the CC company. Determined after a round of “who’s on first” with the rep. they shut down my CC after seeing a charge from another state. So…..if I would not have found out before trying to fill up again I would have been at a gas station…pulling a travel trailer… trying to find a reason why they declined my CC. The rep. wanted to know our travel plans and return date; said make sure I contact them if we change plans. The CC worked fine for the remainder of the trip. Probably old news to most travelers – first time for me…….sign of the times I guess.
VAfan 02/08/14 03:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Santee Lakes campground - South Carolina

Thanks everyone.....will check it out. Santee state park is always an option but per a conversation Friday with a ranger water pipes are frozen due to the latest cold snap. Would be a good idea to call before planning to stay.
VAfan 01/26/14 05:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Santee Lakes campground - South Carolina

Planning on stopping around Santee SC on the way to Florida soon. Santee State Park seems to be recommended often but don’t find obvious info on Santee Lakes campground. Would like to have FHU – anyone familiar with Santee Lakes?
VAfan 01/24/14 06:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Quail cooking suggestions?

Have lots of farm raised quail and looking for different ways to cook them. Would love to find a crock pot recipe.
VAfan 01/02/14 01:37pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: There are still good people out there

We had a flat tire on our suburban towing the travel trailer in 5:00pm bumper to bumper traffic around Hampton Va. three years ago. In the span of ~30mins it took to change it we had 3 people get out of line to offer help….2 said they were also RV’ers. I didn’t need the help but sure felt good to have offers. Lot’s of good folks around....
VAfan 12/27/13 04:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Suggestions for building toys - 1st grader

Thanks for the excellent suggestions everyone. I placed an ad on craigslist for building toys and someone donated a large tin of Lincoln logs. I’m now looking for Legos. I’m thinking between the logs and Legos he’ll be happy for a while. He loves birds so I’ll plan on a bird house in the spring. Any other suggestions are welcome.
VAfan 12/12/13 06:33pm Around the Campfire
Suggestions for building toys - 1st grader

I’m mentoring a 1st grader that loves to build things. Lego’s, Lincoln logs and an erector set come to mind. Any other suggestions? Also thinking about us working on something together – I only have ~30min once a week.
VAfan 12/09/13 07:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Skylight crack fix?

Thanks....called my RV dealer and he said use putty tape between the skylight / roof and Dicor on top. I’m finding several posts stating Dicor is not compatible with polycarbonate (Lexan). I’ll call Dicor to confirm compatibility.
VAfan 11/22/13 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Skylight crack fix?

Thanks everyone to the great advice and responses. Took a closer look today……found lots fractures “thinking about” becoming cracks on both of my skylights. So I now plan to replace both. Replacement looks straight foreword – thanks for the link to EZ Tops. Any recommendation on the best sealant? I have the typical rubber EPDM roof – I’m thinking Dicor lap sealant.
VAfan 11/21/13 03:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace Fan Only Mode?

I use a 1500 watt electric heater and the AC fan on low….along with the furnace. Worked great for our fall camping – down to the upper 20’s at night.
VAfan 11/20/13 03:05pm Travel Trailers
Skylight crack fix?

I have a ~1 inch crack from a middle edge up. Anyone fixed a small crack with success? I’m thinking drill a hole at the top of the crack to stop it and cover it with lap sealant.
VAfan 11/20/13 09:18am Travel Trailers
RE: any other options to increase tv reception?

Got any links? Other than very expensive professional equipment, I have played with two signal hunters. One dis the Winegard SensarPro that works really well. The other is a small handheld spectrum analyzer that scans and displays even faster than the Winegard and shows the entire spectrum on an LCD display. The Winegard is about $75, and the other about $250. But they both do an excellent job This is an example….. http://www.amazon.com/King-Controls-SL1000-SureLock-Digital/dp/B0045E3MHK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1384819837&sr=1-1&keywords=signal+strength+meter
VAfan 11/18/13 05:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: any other options to increase tv reception?

I guess in your case things are not going to improve until you sit down and figure things out... Oh I DO have it figured out. When there's no signal, there's NO SIGNAL :S ---snip---'No Signal' doesn't necessarily mean 'NO Signal'. It just means it may or may not be clean enough or quite strong enough to recover all the bits. Often that’s just a matter of minor tweaking of the antenna. The Batwing/ Wingman combo is hands down the best for the mobile market. But if you want an excellent tool to point it, the SensarPro is the best short of portable professional gear. Its often amazing how far away you can pick up an ASTC signal, sometimes way farther than the analog equivalent. Patience………. BTW, Don't blame the government completely. The digital train left years and years before the government stepped in and put it on schedule. Any experience with “inline” strength meters…like the ones on Amazon?
VAfan 11/17/13 07:50pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Relief from dreadful RV gas mileage

We were thinking about taking a motorcycle last week while in Hershey PA. Solves the "someone with no transportation problem" when we have different interests. I like the size……just need to figure out how to mount it – have a Suburban and a travel trailer.
VAfan 10/28/13 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone biked around the Gettysburg battlefield?

Thanks for the replies everyone. Multiple days would be great…….hopefully my wife can find several days of activities around Gettysburg to keep her occupied.
VAfan 09/28/13 07:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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