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Old 03-30-2014, 06:09 PM   #1
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Best easiest to TV reception>

Just bought a 2007 Classic 27FB. What is the best way for my to go as far getting TV signals. I've heard some about these portable Satelites that set themselves up by looking for the signal and can go through trees and such. Winegard has one for $700. Any thoughts. Thanks Bob
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:34 AM   #2
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The Winegard Sensor III antenna that should have come with your trailer should do pretty well as far as broadcast television.

The various satellite TV alternatives are expensive but some people have good luck with them. The portable ones require a fair amount of setup. From what I have seen trees and other obstacles do block reception at least some of the time.
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Do you not need a digital converter now to get any type of reception?
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Do you not need a digital converter now to get any type of reception?
Not with a recently manufactured television.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:36 PM   #5
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The TV's in my 2007 require converters.
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We purchased a new TV (i.e. digital) and it works fine with the original antenna equipment on our 1992 Classic. We simply crank the antenna up, use AntennaPoint.com on a smartphone to find the direction of the signals, then rotate the antenna to the appropriate angle (using a simple compass). After that we use the menu on the TV to scan for the channels in the area and we receive the local stations. Works fine for us.


In some locations, the broadcast signals come from varying directions. If the signals are weak, and the signals come from dramatically different directions you might have to rotate the antenna depending on the channel you want to watch. This situation is true for us about 50% of the time.


By the way, we use a similar approach at home - we have new digital TVs but we use an old-fashioned multi-element antenna and we receive all the channels in our area.
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For short stays the on board antenna should work fine. Obviously very local channels will be best so research the channels in your area. As for satillite service, I am very satisfied with Directv. I puchase a manual satillite dish from Camping World about 3 years ago with a finder gauge, haven't missed a TV signal yet. Well, if the weather allows it, its really not bad at all. I take one of my receivers with me on the road and use it for longer stays. Once you set it up a couple of times it becomes easier and easier. As I recall the dish was about $179 and the finder was about $29. Good luck which ever way you decide.
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