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Old 04-17-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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Can roof antenna be installed at an angle?

Installing a new Winegard Sensar IV and my center Fantastic Fan Vent is in the way. I want to use the existing antenna center hole. It will lay flat to the right of the center vent on if I install it at a slight angle. Any negatives to doing this?
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Yeah. A big negative. It will sit at an angle which looks less than well done.

I don't know if there is a technical reason why it should be level. Appearance was a good enough reason for me.

You can mill a couple of polypropylene mounting pads to make it level.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:15 PM   #3
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Installing a new Winegard Sensar IV and my center Fantastic Fan Vent is in the way. I want to use the existing antenna center hole. It will lay flat to the right of the center vent on if I install it at a slight angle. Any negatives to doing this?
As long as you are comfortable that it will still have a low wind resistance when towing, being off line fore and aft should be no problem. I am assuming that this is what you are talking about rather than tilted when upright.

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My antenna goes across the top of the fantastic vent. I made a somewhat higher bracket for the antenna to rest on when down.. I am able to open the vent a few inches that way. When camped the antenna is up so no problem with the vent
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Yeah. A big negative. It will sit at an angle which looks less than well done.

I don't know if there is a technical reason why it should be level. Appearance was a good enough reason for me.

You can mill a couple of polypropylene mounting pads to make it level.

It would sit level, just slightly turned. In other words, when it lays flat for travel, it wouldn't lay pointing to the front of the trailer by rather more to the front-side of the trailer.
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There is a new Digital fixed antenna that stands 12" high in a somewhat wing configuration that PPL in Houston carries. Used RVs, Motorhomes, and Consigned sales - PPL Motor Homes The brand name is Jack Antennas I have not tried this antenna. I was considering it to free up roof area for solar panels. It does rotate 360 degrees.
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It would sit level, just slightly turned. In other words, when it lays flat for travel, it wouldn't lay pointing to the front.....
I did the same type of installation on my Tradewind last year. Havenít had any issues to date.
I did consider making a bracket to support the lift tubes and guide them into position if I found them to be moving and hitting the vent. So far theyíve stayed in place while traveling.
Iíve got a pic somewhere of the finished installation if youíre interested. Looks OK to my eye.

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I did the same type of installation on my Tradewind last year. Havenít had any issues to date.
I did consider making a bracket to support the lift tubes and guide them into position if I found them to be moving and hitting the vent. So far theyíve stayed in place while traveling.
Iíve got a pic somewhere of the finished installation if youíre interested. Looks OK to my eye.

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Yeah, I'd love to see it. I can't imagine it would "look bad". It's on the roof.
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I must have taken this right after the installation was finished and before I put the new roof vents in.
Somewhere in the trailerís life she had been towed under a low branch or something, which tore off the antenna, damaged the vents and part of the roof.
The patch under the antenna base covers a multitude of sins, reinforced the torn metal under the base and made everything watertight.

Good luck with your installation,
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