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Old 05-24-2005, 11:41 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by robandzoe
Look at the vintage Thunder site to make sure you don't have metal corrosion up there like VT did once is was prepped for painting and they found all the pon holes.

I have, and I do! hence the idea of a "gasket" to prevent future corrosion in the new antenna location.

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Old 05-24-2005, 11:43 AM   #16
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Good idea

Got it! I did not see you referencing it in the previous post. Good idea I think.

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im having the same concern and i think if i replace the old antenna i might consider moving it to a better location... mine is centered in the front and lay's down in a bracket above the vent.. im wondering if it would not be better moved over to the left down about the center or mid way on the roof... sorta be middle of the roof over to the left ... just my thoughts not that i have any experience with it.. I may be giving bad advice.. so check it out if you can find someone that has done it already that would be great ... member my trailer was raining inside last winter ... the more i read about VT the more i'm thinking about that antenna...
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Old 05-31-2005, 04:26 PM   #18
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update: mission accomplished

well, I managed to get it installed just before last weekend's rally. not that I was desperate for tv, mind you, but that the ceiling was down, and had to be re-insulated and reinstalled before camping. I wanted to do that part ONCE. and for good reason, too. putting it back in place was the hardest part of the job.

turns out, it couldn't go in the original antenna's location; the "wing" would have hit the a/c shroud! (this thing really is longer than the old skyliner). so that was the end of that debate. and even moved over to the side, it still would catch the a/c shroud, unless it was practically mounted on the side of the trailer, instead of the roof. doh! so, had to move it forward, as well. carefull, carefull measuring off a reference rivet led me to the spot. drilled a perfect hole in the outer skin...and down into the ceiling. but there was my mistake: I went straight down; the curve of the roof and inner ceiling call for a more "angled" approach. when I had the antenna sitting in its new location with the shaft centered in the roof hole, it was off-center in the ceiling hole. oh, well. the inner trim plate covers this gaff.

other than that, the job went fairly smoothly. lots of vulkem...made a nice patch for the old hole. I wire-wheeled the corrosion first, and it shined up quite nicely! turns out, it wasn't nearly as bad as what was found on VT.

testing the functionality at the rally, I was pulling in stations from 100 miles away. good spot for tv reception...I did a driveway test when we got back home, to compare it with the old antenna, and I do think that the batwing pulls in the stations a little clearer. it is certainly MUCH easier to operate than the old one.

I was in such a rush to get this done before the rally, I didn't get a chance to take pics of the process. (its been raining every weekend for the last 2 months, which is why I didn't do it sooner). but here's a pic of the finished product:
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