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Old 09-15-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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What is it?

OK, this is my first query. I bought my 69 Trade Wind in April and have since been doing some work on it, replacing the Univolt and toilet, etc. The trailer is, I think, in generally very good shape but small things have been needing attention.

Come to the top of the list at the moment is a puzzle. You will see a round plastic cover on the top of the trailer in front of the AC. I don't know what it is or what is under it. There is no indication inside as to what might the item might be. The cover is poorly, that is to say messily, caulked, though water tight.

Can anyone help solve my puzzle? I may just lift the cover and look, though it is thoroughly sealed.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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The round plastic piece you talk about is probably where the TV antenna would normally be. My guess is a jury rigged cover to seal off the hole. Do you see the antenna crank or a 1/2" hole on the ceiling?

You might be able to put in a TV antenna, satellite dish but you have to allow for clearance for the AC which you probably don't have. Or a permanent seal with a riveted aluminum patch. If you don't have 3 roof vents, my guess is the middle vent hole was used for an aftermarket AC. Is the AC an original Armstrong?

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Old 09-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #3
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This is a bit of a long shot, but it looks like one of the disc type TV antennas. These are normally mounted on legs above the trailer, but it is located where the regular TV antenna would have been. Some one could have just glued it down over the original hole. If this is the case the performance would be degraded considerably
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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Your PO installed the A/C in the wrong spot and had to remove the TV antenna, and did a poor job of it.

You can get rid of the ugly monkey's cap with a small circle of aluminum riveted over the 1/2" hole (unless the PO removed the whole mounting plate, which means you'll have a rivet hole circle about 7" in diameter to cover up).

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Old 09-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for your feedback, people. I guess I will open it up and see what has to be done.
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