Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-09-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
Machinist
 
Blondin's Avatar
 
1971 31' Sovereign
Yakima , Washington
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 22
Blog Entries: 1
Newbie AS question..... TV antenna?

I am a new airstream owner and new to the forum. I have been thinking about tossing the tv antenna.
Are there any unwritten rules about AS and keeping them as original as possible???
The tv antenna seems somewhat obsolete and thought I would ask.

Thanks,

Mark
__________________

__________________
Blondin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
Why does the TV antenna seem obsolete? They work great for the currently in use digital signals.
__________________

__________________
Vaughan
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 12:12 PM   #3
Machinist
 
Blondin's Avatar
 
1971 31' Sovereign
Yakima , Washington
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 22
Blog Entries: 1
That is true I guess. I am not up on the newer digital system. They must still work then.
__________________
Blondin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 01:03 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
clancy_boy's Avatar
 
2003 22' International CCD
Kiln , Mississippi
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,780
Images: 8
Older TV's need a converter box in the line from the antenna to the TV. Newer units work well with the digital signals. Our 19 inch $89 Walmart off brand LCD monitor/TV works just fine.
__________________
Michael & Tina with Layla and Preston BZ
The family has grown.
2003 22' INTERNATIONAL CCD
clancy_boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 01:21 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
As for unwritten rules about keeping things original, I would only say that if you have a virtually untouched very very original AS and a somewhat rare floor plan or model would you be best to keep it original. Otherwise, update, and make it to your liking.

My 71 Caravel is so original that I don't modify it. My '74 Argosy is so far from original now that I have no problems making it newer, better, and to fit me just how I like it.
__________________
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawas"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,153
Images: 1
Yep.....

Our new trailer Samsung get's better broadcast HD thru the antenna, than the flat panel LCD in the house duz thru cable.

Bob
__________________
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 03:35 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Jim Foster's Avatar
 
1965 17' Caravel
1983 27' Excella
Walnut Grove/Laguna Woods , California
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,615
Send a message via Yahoo to Jim Foster
We have a 19" VIZIO in our '65 Caravel. Hooked up to the original folding TV antenna, the over the air digital signal comes through strong in areas that provide it.

Digital is different from the old analog signal in that you either have it or you don't. There is no fuzzy when you are almost there like analog.

Try your old antenna with a digital flat screen TV.
__________________
Past President, El Camino Real Unit WBCCI#6620
Street Rod Builder (see avatar)
Kite flier (check out links below)
http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1_U2XQ0bI
Jim Foster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 04:03 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
goshawks00's Avatar

 
1966 22' Safari
1954 22' Flying Cloud
Saline , Michigan
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 769
Aren't you limited to what ever channels are local to where you are at, using the old antenna?
__________________
goshawks00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 04:47 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Bigventure's Avatar
 
2016 30' Classic
Currently Looking...
Hinckley , Ohio
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 579
Images: 4
Hi,
Antenna's do age, oxidize is a better word for it. Replacing the head with a new unit will benafit your reception and give you a stronger signal.

New systems also have a boster on them. It's a wall mounted afair with a 12 volt plug and on off switch.
__________________
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I chose America
Bigventure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 05:16 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
Jim Foster's Avatar
 
1965 17' Caravel
1983 27' Excella
Walnut Grove/Laguna Woods , California
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,615
Send a message via Yahoo to Jim Foster
Quote:
Originally Posted by goshawks00 View Post
Aren't you limited to what ever channels are local to where you are at, using the old antenna?
Yes, you are limited to local broadcast, but sometimes that's the only way to get local news, weather etc.

We have been able to watch NASCAR, Olympic games, and other good stuff in High Definition over the air using the old antenna and our digital flat screen on the road. Sometimes, but not too often, local RV parks have HD on their cable.
__________________
Past President, El Camino Real Unit WBCCI#6620
Street Rod Builder (see avatar)
Kite flier (check out links below)
http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1_U2XQ0bI
Jim Foster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 07:10 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bigventure View Post
Hi,
Antenna's do age, oxidize is a better word for it. Replacing the head with a new unit will benafit your reception and give you a stronger signal.
I doubt that very much. Both mine work great, and the new one is 29 years old.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bigventure View Post
New systems also have a boster on them. It's a wall mounted afair with a 12 volt plug and on off switch.
That much is true, but again, both mine had boosters when I got them. I did upgraded them to newer boosters, though.

Now, about that keeping things original vs. modifying it. I fall into the make it your own group. If I had enough money, mine would look like the interior of a private jet. It would still have the original antenna, though.
__________________
Vaughan
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 07:54 PM   #12
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawas"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,153
Images: 1
Thumbs up Original or not....

There are no rules written or un-written about what you do to your Airstream.

That said, there are things that deserve to be kept as built though.



Sweet Streams...
Bob
__________________
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 08:22 PM   #13
Machinist
 
Blondin's Avatar
 
1971 31' Sovereign
Yakima , Washington
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 22
Blog Entries: 1
Thanks for the advice!!
I think I'll keep it complete!

Mark
__________________
Blondin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
mefly2's Avatar
 
2015 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Western , ** Big Sky Country ** Montana
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,283
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bigventure View Post
Hi,
Antenna's do age, oxidize is a better word for it. Replacing the head with a new unit will benafit your reception and give you a stronger signal.

New systems also have a boster on them. It's a wall mounted afair with a 12 volt plug and on off switch.
So, oxidation affects the RF signal induced in the antenna?
The signal booster likely has the most effect ...
__________________

__________________
mefly2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie Question Kd9 2011 - 2015 International 57 09-14-2015 08:08 PM
Newbie dumb question re sewer hookups Rich of SCal Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 62 02-23-2012 08:12 AM
Newbie with question Reesestream 1969 Overlander 1 01-22-2012 12:00 AM
Newbie 190 question jamana1 Classic Motorhomes 4 11-12-2011 07:50 AM
'nuther newbie AS question re: RV parks.. Gringo On The Road... 18 05-26-2011 08:47 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.