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Old 04-25-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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Dang It - Antenna Woes!!

Dang It!!! Antenna Woes
Dang it.....I made a very stupid mistake yesterday. I was backing the Airstream into it's storage shelter and didn't pay attention to see that the door had slid down a bit on the storage shelter. It snagged the round tv antenna and snapped it off. It's the Omni Directional Antenna. It looks like there is a crack in the stem part and it's still connected to the cable. I was so mad at myself that I just quit for the day and went inside and pouted.

Anyway, I don't know if I can repair and re-attach the stem to whatever it attaches to or if I have to take it in for repairs or if I can put a new one up there myself.

Any input/advice is welcome
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:21 PM   #2
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Probably should replace it. Any RV shop or Camping World if one in in your area. Don't be upset, I've seen much worse on new RVs.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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What a bummer! Given the integral way the internal pieces & components are assembled in the casing, you most likely need to replace the whole mast. It is not hard or even difficult (if you are handy) and it may be cheaper to source a whole new unit via the net. Be sure to use sealant and you should be done within the hour if there is no damage to the metal on the roof.

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Old 04-25-2016, 06:55 PM   #4
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I thought I was the only one...I'm normal Almost the same. Parking garage...tall truck.
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:27 PM   #5
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I did that last year and broke one square tube on the mask. I took the Antenna down, disassembled it and took the one square tube that was broken Lowes. I found the same size square tube, bought it, drilled holes in it to match the one I broke and installed it. It works great.
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:34 PM   #6
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Great advice.....thanks!

I wasn't able to get up on top and take pictures last evening. Am going to try again this evening. Meanwhile, I checked with Winegard and they can sell me just the top round part if that is all I end up needing.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:36 AM   #8
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I got the ladder out and got up on the roof last night to assess the damage. Only the plastic stem on the actual antenna is cracked. The metal base is fine. I am able to order the antenna part without the base for around $54 and will do the repairs when the part arrives. I will definitely be more careful in the future!
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Old 04-27-2016, 05:42 PM   #9
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Definitely good news there!


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Old 04-27-2016, 05:47 PM   #10
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Good news Steve!

Now about being careful on ladders . . .

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Old 04-27-2016, 06:20 PM   #11
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Boy....isn't that the truth.....with my luck lately I will end up intertwined in a ladder wearing a Winegard Antenna Hat!!
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Old 05-10-2016, 06:43 AM   #12
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Boy....isn't that the truth.....with my luck lately I will end up intertwined in a ladder wearing a Winegard Antenna Hat!!
From later posts it appears you survived the high-wire act? How is the antenna?

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Old 05-11-2016, 05:44 AM   #13
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It was easier than I thought to get up on the roof. Stayed on the rivet lines. I got the old one off, connected the cable for the new one and got it installed to the first scribe line on the mast. For the life of me, I am not able to get it to snap down to the second scribe line as per the instructions. I called the manufacturer and they said I may need to take it in or have a mobile service come out. I can't pull the new antenna off or get it to snap down to the scribe line. I will try again one evening this week. I had run out of time and daylight on the first try.
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:29 PM   #14
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you might be able to work on the mast from just the ladder by lowering the antenna so it hangs over the side of the trailer.
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