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Old 06-15-2007, 03:41 PM   #1
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It Won't Stay Up

I have an original antenna on a 71 Overlander. When you crank on it the leading edge raises about 8 inches but then it suddenly drops back about 5 inches. Crank on it again and it does the same thing.

Any ideas as to what's causing my problem.... Thanks.
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:45 PM   #2
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What a thread title!

So many many jokes I can't make on a family forum.

Don't worry someone who is not a wise acre like me will give you a usefull answer.
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:53 PM   #3
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Yes, the title of the thread is an eye catcher!

The antenna crank is attached to a worm screw which inturn drives a gear that raises the antenna. I suspect that the gear is stripped at the location where it fails. You might want to invest in a new bat wing antenna rather then look for parts for the one you have. At least it doesn't leak!
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:16 PM   #4
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you can find the plastic gears at any Airstream dealer or
at Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies!

$10 plus shipping.
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:18 PM   #5
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If the design is the same at the newer "Monument to the flying Nun" types, it's an easy and common fix. Almost any RV dealer will have the two plastic parts.
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:25 PM   #6
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You need to put a little blue pill in the gears
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:10 PM   #7
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Ran out to the c/ground tonight to finish painting the emblems. Quick look at the antenna setup - how do you get to the gears? Do I have to remove it or can I get to them from the inside.
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:41 AM   #8
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We all have that problem once in a while.
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:15 AM   #9
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Unfortunately, you can not get at the gears from the inside. You have to take the antenna off the roof and dismantle it. When it happened to mine, I went to a batwing. The amplified version has the amplifier in the head and it therefore much better than the old Clothes hanger type that has the amplifer in the wall of the trailer.
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:54 AM   #10
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Quote:
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You need to put a little blue pill in the gears
I tried it!!!

Now my antenna is up so high the BBC is coming in like it is right next door!

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the old " clothes hanger type " works very well, clean the elements with a brillo pad, eleminate the 300 ohm twin lead, replacing it with RG 6 or better coax and you can forget about needing the amplifier for most reception area's
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Old 07-01-2007, 09:47 PM   #12
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If you change to a new style antenna, remember that the old one is "trade goods."
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:37 AM   #13
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Haven't tackled the job yet. I did inspect it and all the fasteners are rusted so I got all new brass screws - stainless wing nuts, etc.. It has coax patched to ribbon cable above the roof and ribbon cable inside. There's no way to replace with all coax - the ribbon runs out of a cabinet - behind the wall then up to the antenna by the vista view.

I think it just needs some tlc and the new gear set (which I have now - thank you all) - but we will see.
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:49 AM   #14
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Cute...

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You need to put a little blue pill in the gears
AFTER THIS..I nearly broke the handle..it wouldn't come down~!!
THANKS FOR THE SMILE...
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