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Old 11-14-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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Replacing the Crank-up Winegard with New Omnidirectionl Model

I would like to replace the crank-up Winegard TV antenna that came with my 2014 International 23D. The 2015s come with the Winegard RoadStar Omnidirectional TV/FM Antenna.

Does anyone know what is involved in making the switch?
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:30 PM   #2
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I would suggest calling customer service at Winegard.

We had to replace our antenna once, and they were wonderful to deal with, basically walked Doug thru it over the telephone.

Good luck, and post a picture!


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Old 11-18-2014, 01:29 PM   #3
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I'm not sure the Omni directional are all that good. Some with 2015 models are complaining about the reception with this new antenna. You might be better off adding the Winegard UHF enhancer or install the Jack head replacement.
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:50 PM   #4
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This was part of my "Phase 2" this last year.

New mount for the thermostat for the AC and the new Jack antenna terminal:




I put a new JACK rotating antenna up on the roof and ran the antenna wire back down through the fridge vent and into the back of this antenna terminal. There is also 12v access that allows power to the base of the antenna to power the signal strength meter.


And the little wing antenna up on the roof. The antenna can rotate about 350 degrees and the signal meter will show the strongest level of signal. This antenna is designed solely for digital signals, analog need not apply. When I first powered up the flatscreen on the antenna it found about 20 channels, many of which I didn't even know existed.




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Old 11-18-2014, 04:43 PM   #5
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Ditto! The only thing I do with Wingard antennas is remove them when I replace them with the Jack units. They are always taking up valuable roof real estate that should otherwise be used for solar panels. That includes the crank-up type, the large 'flying saucer' original Roadstar found on the Interstates and the newer, smaller Roadstar Plus that Airstream started using on the 2015 models.

The Jack will out perform them all!!!
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Replacing the Crank-up Winegard with New Omnidirectionl Model

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I put a new JACK rotating antenna up on the roof and ran the antenna wire back down through the fridge vent and into the back of this antenna terminal.
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When you ran the wire down through the fridge vent, did you simply drill a hole through the back of the vent and seal the hole up around the wire? If do, what did you use to seal it up?


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Just wondering......

Do you not have an existing co-ax cable already on the roof?


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Nope, no existing coax at all. Great thought though.


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Nope, no existing coax at all. Great thought though.


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Guess they didn't watch much TV in the 70's.........
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:25 PM   #10
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For the record digital/analog is simply the manner of signal modulation. Any antenna compatible with the frequency being tuned (VHF/UHF) will receive both equally well.
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Thanks for the info everyone. Lots to think about.
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When you ran the wire down through the fridge vent, did you simply drill a hole through the back of the vent and seal the hole up around the wire? If do, what did you use to seal it up?


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Went across the roof, up through the bottom of the vent and through the screen and then down. No need to really seal it that way, it doesn't penetrate any new openings. There was no original coax on mine, though there was a connector that went from outside to inside that they must have used for cable hookup to a tv.

Very happy with the performance, you have a dial on the inside that lets you point the antenna and gives you a relative signal strength via LED's.

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I don't know Jack!

I'm Checking these out on the internet. It appears they come in both complete replacement antennas or just the head unit that utilizes the existing crank up mechanism. Is this true? There also seems to be big price variations from one place to another. Any comments on that?

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I had virtually no luck with my crank up antenna on my 2013 Flying Cloud. I have since purchased a 2015 Cloud but have not had to opportunity to test out the new style antenna. Reading this thread to get reports on it.
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