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Old 05-09-2006, 08:33 PM   #1
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Question Braund Delta T Antenna

Does anyone know if parts are available for the Braund Delta T television antennas that were used in the late 1980s? They were the "rabbit ear" type that had 2 extendable and retractable rabbit ears. I have one that has a nylon retraction cable that has come loose on one side. Great antenna, but no luck finding parts. I've tried the usual parts places, Braund, and vintage sites. Has anyone had any experience with these antennas? Also, I don't have an exploded view of how the retractors work, only the installation instructions with a very limited parts list - which is not clear nor labeled. Thanks for any assistance.
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Tim,

I have some old paparwork on antennas. I'll check to see if I have anything on the Delta T. If so, I'll post the results.
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:37 AM   #3
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The same - but DIFFERENT!!!

Noiva -

Your post brings to mind yet another reminder that when we talk about our AS's we think that we are talking to others that have the same/similar year and therefore equipment or set-up to ours...! Uh...

Ou-contrair!!!

There is nothing that could be further from the truth than that last full sentance.

These "beasts", for all their assembly line construction, and 'big' company "commonality of parts accross product lines", these are for all intents and purposes - one-off-pieces. Great to be a "One Off" right?

Yes, the screws, bulkhead walls, cushions, and water heaters and furnaces and faucets, and the like are mass produced and parts are available nearly everywhere.... but still....

They are unique.

Your antenna is a perfect example. You would think that all trailers before and after yours had that same antenna, therefor there are ample parts and installation and repair advice. Yeah right.

I mean, I HOPE that your fishing experience is a GREAT one, but I don't hold out much hope.... Sorry.

Hope that your experience is otherwise!

I just need to remind myself during every 'AS conversation' I have, that I need to EXACTLY specify WHAT I am talking (Year, make, model, package, options, etc) about because the 'same as' assumption - well, it ain't worth squat in my experience. Not across models, length or even year. Then again I am a 'newbie'.

Thanks for the reminder to be "SPECIFIC" Noiva!

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Old 05-10-2006, 08:26 AM   #4
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Noiva -

Your post brings to mind yet another reminder that when we talk about our AS's we think that we are talking to others that have the same/similar year and therefore equipment or set-up to ours...! Uh...

Ou-contrair!!!

There is nothing that could be further from the truth than that last full sentance.

These "beasts", for all their assembly line construction, and 'big' company "commonality of parts accross product lines", these are for all intents and purposes - one-off-pieces. Great to be a "One Off" right?

Yes, the screws, bulkhead walls, cushions, and water heaters and furnaces and faucets, and the like are mass produced and parts are available nearly everywhere.... but still....

They are unique.

Your antenna is a perfect example. You would think that all trailers before and after yours had that same antenna, therefor there are ample parts and installation and repair advice. Yeah right.

I mean, I HOPE that your fishing experience is a GREAT one, but I don't hold out much hope.... Sorry.

Hope that your experience is otherwise!

I just need to remind myself during every 'AS conversation' I have, that I need to EXACTLY specify WHAT I am talking (Year, make, model, package, options, etc) about because the 'same as' assumption - well, it ain't worth squat in my experience. Not across models, length or even year. Then again I am a 'newbie'.

Thanks for the reminder to be "SPECIFIC" Noiva!

Peace

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You are so right! In my case I have to be careful about even the basics, since the 370 was unique even down to the chassis (Gillig), drive line (Ford), and even the air compressor and air suspension system . Very little is directly the same as other classics. Then there's the problem of only 15 produced, and knowing of where only 4 owners are left - here on the Forum. However, this has still been the greatest group of people I've ever shared with. I've already been helped my so many people that I've lost count . Hoping someone will have had experience with this Delta T antenna, but if all else fails, I'll just disassemble the whole thing and see if I can fix it by making my own repair parts. Won't be the first time .

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Old 05-10-2006, 09:37 AM   #5
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View of Delta T antenna

Here's a link to a site that still sells the Delta T antenna, although it's been a number of years since Braund made them . Anyway, maybe the picture will help someone recognize what I'm trying to repair.

http://www.rvstuffusa.com/braunddeltaantennabybarker.html

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Here's a link to a site that still sells the Delta T antenna, although it's been a number of years since Braund made them . Anyway, maybe the picture will help someone recognize what I'm trying to repair.

http://www.rvstuffusa.com/braunddeltaantennabybarker.html

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Well, after disassembling the antenna head on the roof of my 370 today, I discovered that the retracting cables were made of nylon filament, about 1/8" diameter. Impossible to repair, and broken in several places on both sides.

I bit the money monster and just ordered the new antenna from the link in the above quote. Can't believe their still selling these things. Anyway, at least it won't involve a new hole in the roof, messing with the present mounting, and should involve just mounting the rooftop parts of the new antenna. If so, I guess a few hundred dollars now and then is to be expected when owning one of these houses on wheels.
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Old 05-15-2006, 01:08 PM   #7
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Exclamation HELP with Braund Delta antenna

For those who have been following my trials with the broken nylon cables on my Braund Delta antenna, there's a new twist. After attempting to repair the unit, and realizing it was not possible, I "ordered" a new one listed at the link above. Just got an E-mail that they no longer carry the Delta since "the manufacture(sic) no longer produces it,". That's been true for about 10 years ! That's exactly why I ordered a new one from them, thinking they must have some in stock from years ago .

Help ! Can anyone help me find a replacement Delta antenna? Some dealer is bound to have one unsold somewhere, but I've had no luck so far. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated .

By the way, I keep getting referred to the Wineguard "Batwing" antenna, but that would require disturbing a current seal that is NOT leaking, and probably drilling new holes, sealing originals, etc . Besides, my dad had a Wineguard on his 72 Argosy trailer which needed a new head almost every year, and wasn't that great at reception of stations either. Anyone have experience with Wineguards if I simply cannot locate a Delta ?


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... Besides, my dad had a Wineguard on his 72 Argosy trailer which needed a new head almost every year, and wasn't that great at reception of stations either. Anyone have experience with Wineguards if I simply cannot locate a Delta ?
went through the same thing trying to locate replacement parts for my old "skyliner", and I finally gave up and installed an amplified batwing. It gets better reception than the skyliner got, using the same amplifier. (tested from the same spot in my driveway). haven't had to replace the head yet, either ...although its only been a year. why you would need such frequent replacements, I don't understand.
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went through the same thing trying to locate replacement parts for my old "skyliner", and I finally gave up and installed an amplified batwing. It gets better reception than the skyliner got, using the same amplifier. (tested from the same spot in my driveway). haven't had to replace the head yet, either ...although its only been a year. why you would need such frequent replacements, I don't understand.
I may have to do the same. The Skyliner was certainly used much more often and longer than the Delta. I had one on trailers back to 1972, and still had one on a 1983 trailer. (Kept braking the lift gears.)

I really don't know what the problem was with my dad's situation on the Wineguard. I do notice that whenever the Wineguard is shown in a catalog, the "replacement" heads are listed right below...Of course, at least they make them! Glad to hear yours works well. At least if I go with that, I can assume the reception should be OK. Thanks,
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I do notice that whenever the Wineguard is shown in a catalog, the "replacement" heads are listed right below...
um, i think i can answer that one, most of them get left up when people take off for your next campsite!

i personally have never done that with mine!

i can say mine has lasted since 1992, and i get better reception with it than i do in the house! my house antenna is about 30 feet higher in elevation but unamplified.

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um, i think i can answer that one, most of them get left up when people take off for your next campsite!

i personally have never done that with mine!

i can say mine has lasted since 1992, and i get better reception with it than i do in the house! my house antenna is about 30 feet higher in elevation but unamplified.

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John,

Thanks for this news. I'm very glad to hear your antenna works so well. I don't really watch enough TV to care about reception, but I guess it is nice to get a good signal when I do. I have no idea what my dad was doing with his antenna to cause it to need so much maintenance. I've always had Braund Skyliner antennas, and they have worked well except for constant lift gear failures. Finally just took the one off my last trailer and used rabbit ears on the set. Reception was about the same! Anyway, I'm chasing down the last lead on getting a replacement Delta today. If that falls through, I'm sort of stuck. There's not enough room on the MoHo to put a Wineguard in the same place without running into an AC unit. I definitely don't want to move it somewhere else and have to completely patch the Delta's mounting spot and reroute the cables. Maybe I'll have to just use rabbit ears on the sets inside the MoHo ...

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before you give up there are plenty of trailers and i'd bet a few moho's out there that have batwings with an "M" shaped bracket that hold the head up off the roof.

you may be able to keep your current location and have the batwing "land" on one of those brackets.

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tim

before you give up there are plenty of trailers and i'd bet a few moho's out there that have batwings with an "M" shaped bracket that hold the head up off the roof.

you may be able to keep your current location and have the batwing "land" on one of those brackets.

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John,

What I'm really hoping for is to find an RV parts store on my travels that has a Delta they've never sold. It does happen sometimes with items like that. However, I happen to have an "M" shaped bracket from the Skyliner I took off my trailer. I'll have to measure it and see if it will hold the batwing high enough so I can keep the same location. Thanks for the tip.

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Tim, I have a blueprint and parts list for the Delta. Also can you replace the nylon line with a like size from a weed whip line. I'am sure we can come up with something, we have done it before.

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