My TT came without a Television Ant...kids got us a nice 22 inch Vizo for christmas...cables, dvd and all are installed..We don't watch TV much while out, but would like to watch the local channels for news, ect. Would a crankup & one that rotates be better or one of the newer fixed position one?? We do travel across the country alot. Thanks, for your help!!!
I replaced my Wineguard batwing antenna with a JACK antenna and the results have been amazing. It's an HD antenna and brings in even low signal stations. All you have to do is replace the "head" of the crank up antenna with the JACK...it takes about 15 minutes to do it!
At one CG that I frequent here in Georgia I was able to pull in only 5 channels with the batwing. When I replaced it, I got 29.
They're available at most RV supply centers and online. The head replacement antenna runs about $40.
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He said he has no antenna. So a Jack head replacement would not be in order here.
Do a search for "jack" in Tech Issues.
The Jack is fairly new, but my research so far indicates that it edges out the newest Winegard Sensar IV by a whisker. AFAIK, since analog is virtually gone, these are your 2 best bets for reception, so it's almost more of a mounting preference.
The Jack you do not have to crank up and it probably swivels a hair easier. More importantly... you don't have to remember to crank it down before you pack up and hit the road. But, if your rig will regularly see forest conditions, since the Winegard does still crank all the way down, it is less prone to damage from falling tree limbs and such.
Prices are similar. The Jack's built in signal finder option seems like a nice feature.
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bought this mh in melborne,florida from a unscrupulous dealer . he said every thing works... tv dident work. but figured i could fix it. no antenna the head and jack were missing.... got the sensor wineguard for $150 and a Hd flat lcd 19 inch tv. wow in the houston got 30 stations in hd . better than cable and free. u have to aim the antenna but its easy. in the rural areas it picks up stations 60 miles away.
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Ideal for camping, mobile homes and boats
Opens and closes like an umbrella
Stores in a weatherproof tube when traveling
All mounting hardware ins included
Picks up stations in all directions without rotor
I carry one in my RV TOOL BOX for emergency to back up roof mounted antenna
My Posts are IMHO based on my experiences - PM me Roy and Carolyn
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2008 Starcraft 14RT EU2000i GEN
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We have a 22 year old batwing and a RCA converter and two 22 year old TV's. In one campground the owner said no cable but we should get 11 channels, I got 25. The converter has a signal strength meter and I just scanned and tuned with the meter. I get over 40 channels at home including a PBS about sixty miles away. When I have my PD converter out for maintenance I think I'll put in better coax. Love my cheap American made entry level rig with all the amenities.
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I will describe 3 antennas and give a few examples of each and talk about their advantages and disadvantages.
The Fixed ones.. Like the Winegard Roadstar, what I call a "Flying saucer" Are junk, they are not new by any means, they were never that good, and they are now worse.
The second fixed one is an electronically aimable uint. These units only work with SELECTED receivers, they have a communactions cable (looks like a modular phone cable) and "chat" with the tuner or receiver to decide how to "Aim".. One such if the link is still good
These are better than the flying saucer types, however though I've never tested this model (I'd like to) it too is not a long range antenna.
Finally we have the crank ups, Like the Jack from King Controls, and the Sensar II, III and IV from Winegard.
For many years the standard antenna has been a Winegard II, it's a VHF/VHF/UHF antenna and works fairly well.. adding a "Wingman" makes it a III (3) and adding the Sensar pro indoor module turns a III into an IV, and that.. is mostlikely the best.. The Jack, from what I've heard is about a 3.1 (slightly better than a 3)
I would go with any of those (Sensar III or IV, or the Jack)
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