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Old 02-09-2019, 07:07 PM   #603
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Hi - I’d like to join this group, please. Thanks to the group’s feedback, I overcame my fear of slide outs and took the leap to purchase “Mildred.” She’s a 2005 30’ Classic S/O. We will be picking her up next week.

I’m gathering all of the accessories and supplies but am uncertain about the TV antenna setup. Is there some sort of universal mount or will I need a custom installation for the HD antenna? Thanks
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:45 PM   #604
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Welcome Mellie and Mildred! You will love your slide! I know we do!
We use a dish but I’m sure others can help with antenna.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:37 AM   #605
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Welcome aboard!

Hi Mellie - Welcome to the group Slider! We're excited for you with the new to you Slide-Out. I've got some intel that Gary S/OS #001 is out Sliding around on an adventure. He'll Slide you out that official S/OS # soon. LoL

We've got a 2008 Classic 30 S/O and it came with a Winegard Sensar TV antenna on the roof just above the entrance door area. I'd make a WAG that yours is probably the same, unless a PO made a change. It folds down flat on the roof when not in use. There's a crank handle on the interior ceiling in the same area to raise and lower the antenna. These are directional so you point it in the direction of the stations. A collar at the crank handle lets you turn the antenna to point it.

We had to replace our antenna head with a newer model to catch digital channels. Ours was original to the trailer and needed to be updated for the DTV conversion. That was a simple and inexpensive ($49) swap that took all of 5 minutes with a ladder. The new unit works great. You can find replacements on Amazon, along with many other options to catch broadcast tv.

Here's to you and Mildred!

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Old 02-10-2019, 09:56 AM   #606
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Hi - I’d like to join this group, please. Thanks to the group’s feedback, I overcame my fear of slide outs and took the leap to purchase “Mildred.” She’s a 2005 30’ Classic S/O. We will be picking her up next week.

I’m gathering all of the accessories and supplies but am uncertain about the TV antenna setup. Is there some sort of universal mount or will I need a custom installation for the HD antenna? Thanks

Hi Mellie, If you have the original bat wing antenna, it will pick up HD. However, you can add the Wingman to improve the signal. It works just fine for us. https://store.airstream.com/product/winegard-wingman/



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Old 02-10-2019, 01:01 PM   #607
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Hi - I’d like to join this group, please. Thanks to the group’s feedback, I overcame my fear of slide outs and took the leap to purchase “Mildred.” She’s a 2005 30’ Classic S/O. We will be picking her up next week.

I’m gathering all of the accessories and supplies but am uncertain about the TV antenna setup. Is there some sort of universal mount or will I need a custom installation for the HD antenna? Thanks
Mellie,

Big congrats and keep the questions coming, but business first.

Fresh from a long weekend getaway with my better half and checking Data Officer Tom's file..............Mellie you are S/OS#098

Wahoo!

Don't forget to check your possibles and see if you can make it to Alumaslider II this Oct.

Now one additional TV antenna quirk, look at the dial just above the crank handle, see an arrow on the base and an arrow on the rotator ring? When lined up, safe to lower and raise. If not lined up with antenna up pull down slightly on rotator ring and turn to line up arrows. That puts the mast in the correct position to park it on the roof. Wrong position, not sure how much that'll cost, but one time it cost me a radio antenna.

Not sure if your AS has the TV signal amplifier , consult manual for details.

Safe travels,

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Old 02-10-2019, 02:00 PM   #608
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As usual, y’all are helping me prepare to slide right out onto the road with Mildred next week. Thanks again for all of the support.

We are thrilled to officially be “Slider #98!” We look forward to meeting some of y’all at a rally in the near future.

I’m sure I’ll be shouting out for more help after we pick Mildred up next week.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:54 PM   #609
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What size trailer ball do I need to tow the slide out? Thanks #098
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:29 PM   #610
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Mellie,

The ball size is the standard 2 5/16" size.

I grease the hitch ball with bearing grease before each coupling. I do all my own maintenance including repacking bearings so I usually have a container of 'extra' grease in my garage. Bearing grease is thick and does not drip. A little goes a long way.

Be sure your hitch is rated to handle the 1,000+ pound tongue weight of a SO. Only a limited number of Class IV hitches are rated for more than 1,000 lbs. You may need a V.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:17 AM   #611
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Great idea to grease the ball. That will sure save a lot of extra work.

Good feedback on the hitch too.

Thanks bunches
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:52 AM   #612
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Not to start another mine is better discussion, but what hitch are you using to tow the slider with?

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Unfortunately, that’s a moot point right now. We did the walk through today, discovered a problem with a water leak in an air conditioner and while they were fixing it, a fire almost started. So, we stopped the closing and are awaiting a response from the dealer on the repairs.

It was a sad but good moment. I learned the smoke alarms need to be replaced every 5 years and thankfully, we weren’t caught in an RV that was on fire.

Fingers crossed that everything works out and we are able to get her.
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Wow! I hope it all works out for you.

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Old 02-16-2019, 05:22 AM   #615
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Mellie,

Sorry to hear that but at least you were able to walk away and regroup.

Good luck keep us posted.

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Old 02-16-2019, 05:23 AM   #616
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Howdy from DFW. We're original owners of a 2004 30ft Classic and have used it extensively since '04 with travels to most of the USA and Canada. We've remodeled it with new flooring, leather upholstery, Sleep Number bed, roof mounted sat antenna, Hensley Hitch and disc brakes. We love the newer models with two ACs, 8" wider coach and twin beds but don't feel comfy with the techy stuff and complaints from owners we've met on the road to say nothing of the price! A mortgage doesn't appeal either. We have had trouble with bolts breaking on the S/O mechanism but we now have a great vintage repair shop in the northern part of DFW so we feel confident the slide is repaired once and for all. Time will tell.
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