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Old 03-05-2019, 10:47 PM   #1
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Name that thingamajig!!!

What is the strange tube like thingamabobber on the outside corner of my airstream?
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:15 PM   #2
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I'm not positive but my guess is that is your antenna mast. I do know older trailers from the 60's and prior had those. My dad's 25' '72 Lark MH has one too, just doesn't look quite like yours though.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:15 PM   #3
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that is part of the tv antenna. on the inside of your trailer is/was a small hand-crank that turns gears in the small box at the bottom of the shaft. this rotates the antenna. kurt
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Old 03-06-2019, 07:38 AM   #4
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It's a “Braund Interceptor” made in Battle Creek, Michigan

That is a difficult part to find. It is an exclusive to 1967/68 antenna rotor. A rotor directional antenna is generally superior to omni-directional.

Yours is installed in the correct area, street-side front, but in an unusual configuration. It's most commonly installed with the gearbox between the two bushed brackets. I'd guess perhaps a California or Dealer install. The box at the bottom, I've never seen. Your trailer is pre-wired with 300 ohm TV flatwire, perhaps that's where it enters the cabin.

The rotor device can be restored. It's very simple inside the pot-cast aluminum housing. The Nylon bushings are easy to find. They're made by Heyco.

The corresponding interior cabin gearbox has a N-S-E-W pointer and is about 5”D, made from brown Bakelite. The entire gizmo is quite functional with today's Over The Air TV reception. Originally, a telescoping mast that had a folding VHF antenna fit into the tube that remains on yours. Today, you'd choose to mount a UHF antenna, and perhaps a YAGI WIFI.

It is a desirable, historical and functional part. Most of them were junked during the pre-digital and cable TV era, then patched over.


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Old 03-06-2019, 08:34 AM   #5
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That is a difficult part to find. It is an exclusive to 1967/68 antenna rotor. A rotor directional antenna is generally superior to omni-directional.

Yours is installed in the correct area, street-side front, but in an unusual configuration. It's most commonly installed with the gearbox between the two bushed brackets. I'd guess perhaps a California or Dealer install. The box at the bottom, I've never seen. Your trailer is pre-wired with 300 ohm TV flatwire, perhaps that's where it enters the cabin.

The rotor device can be restored. It's very simple inside the pot-cast aluminum housing. The Nylon bushings are easy to find. They're made by Heyco.

The corresponding interior cabin gearbox has a N-S-E-W pointer and is about 5”D, made from brown Bakelite. The entire gizmo is quite functional with today's Over The Air TV reception. Originally, a telescoping mast that had a folding VHF antenna fit into the tube that remains on yours. Today, you'd choose to mount a UHF antenna, and perhaps a YAGI WIFI.

It is a desirable, historical and functional part. Most of them were junked during the pre-digital and cable TV era, then patched over.


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Thanks! That is what I thought it was. The 67 has bracket and a hole I had to patch from one. This one I will just rebuild. Not even really concerned if it is functional or not.
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Our '63 and '61 have them in slightly different configurations. The old antennas work great on digital tvs
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Our '63 and '61 have them in slightly different configurations. The old antennas work great on digital tvs
That is what the setup would have looked like on my 67. Not sure if we will have a TV in there or not, but I am definitely not planning on removing it now.
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