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Old 09-08-2005, 08:59 PM   #1
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Just wondering what everyone is doing about TV reception. I'm looking to get out once this season while restoring my 68 Safari. Do antenas work at all? Should I invest in a satelite system? I havn't been out at all yet camping so I don't know if cable is even available at most campgrounds?

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Old 09-08-2005, 09:20 PM   #2
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Good question! I was looking to replace my old Skyliner.
Does anyone use their antennas?
What kind you have?
How well does it work?
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Old 09-08-2005, 09:43 PM   #3
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The Feds aren't requiring the networks to broadcast much longer. They MIGHT stop sometime after that date in time.
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Old 09-08-2005, 10:12 PM   #4
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Good question! I was looking to replace my old Skyliner.
Does anyone use their antennas?
What kind you have?
How well does it work?
yes i use mine

batwing

works better than the one on top my house!

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Old 09-09-2005, 02:03 AM   #5
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Batwing

Same here, John. For some reason, the batwing on my Bambi out performs my home system, which is higher and has more signal amplification. To the point that I'm thinking about getting one for my house. I live so far out in the woods, I'll never get cable. Satellite works fine, both for the house and in the Airstream.

Scott - One thing to consider with satellite is, at some campgrounds, you don't know if you're going to get a good shot at the southwest until you get there. Some, but not all, campgrounds have cable. A few charge extra for it.
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Old 09-09-2005, 07:26 AM   #6
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A couple of other things to consider.......

Do you already subscribe to a satellite system? If you do the cost is minimal, since you use the receiver out of your house when you travel.

The other question is - Do you want to install anything on top of your vintage unit if there isn't alerady anything up there? With the satellite systems, they can be mounted on a tripod and placed outside which also helps with locating the satellite.
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Thanks for all the info coming in everyone. I do not subscribe to a satelite service now. Its something I may want to consider if I want TV when Im out in the Safari and also with the rising price of cable. It would probably be alot cheaper this way too, the ones I looked at on the internet were $1000 and up. As far as the dish goes on my classic, I think the tripod is an excellent idea. I will however be compromising the classic/vintage look when I install an AC. I cant even imagine going out without AC. What is a bat wing? I have the original antena which still goes up and turns, do you think it is worth cleaning up and using?

I also want to thank everyone here for their time, experience and wisdom!!! I'm a skilled cabinetmaker and manage a small colleges buildings and grounds department, so I have the skills and know how to do all of the work myself. The information I get from this group is invaluable to me, without it, it would take me forever to figure things out and I'm able to learn from everyone before making critical mistakes or butchering my Safari.

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Old 09-09-2005, 09:29 AM   #8
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What is a bat wing? I have the original antena which still goes up and turns, do you think it is worth cleaning up and using?


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Scott, a Batwing is a type of antenna. This is a good visual http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...26655&src=SRQB. I would keep the original antenna.. But thats your choice. The choice was allready made for me on my 67 Safari. LP
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Good question! I was looking to replace my old Skyliner.
Does anyone use their antennas?
What kind you have?
How well does it work?
From what I understand the "old Skyliner" might just be your best choice for fit and reception. More than one person has swapped thiers for something more modern and been less than pleased with the result. P.
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I assume the old Skyliner your referring to is my original antena?

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From what I understand the "old Skyliner" might just be your best choice for fit and reception. More than one person has swapped thiers for something more modern and been less than pleased with the result. P.
I had to switch because my skyliner was leaking, and the innards were corroded beyond repair. However, it worked well. it worked much better when I added a signal amplifier to it. (I installed the signal amplifier before I knew there was a leak issue.)

So since I already had the amplifier, I bought the batwing model that does NOT have a built-in amplifier. It works really well, too, but its hard to say if its "better" than the skyliner, because everywhere you go, reception is different. In my driveway, trying to compare apples to apples, the batwing seems a little better. It may be my imagination, though. If it is better, its not by a lot.

What I do know is that one time at a rally, I was parked right next to someone w/ an amplified batwing, and they were pulling in more channels than I was with my un-amplified skyliner. In all likelyhood, its the amplification that was making the difference; not the antenna itself. My understanding is that the skyliner and others of that type, are about as good an antenna as can be had.
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Ditto what JohnHD said. Thinking of getting one for the house! I get channels in the A/S I can't see at all on the house antenna. I do have an extra DirecTV receiver that I take.
I was at the dump the other day and I saw a guy throw a brand new Super Dish in the dumpster. I was in line and could not get up there fast enough. Dang!
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Most of the tripod models are running between $150 and 300 around here.

Speaking of AC, this may sound a little strange, but this is what we do....
We purchased a small house window AC unit for around 100 bucks, when we need AC- we have fashioned a replacement for the bathroom window screen that holds the unit. It cools well, doesn't hardly show (especially if you have slide on window awnings), is only in use when you need it, and doesn't compromise your sleek lines. It doesn't look like trailer-trash like you might expect.
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