Moonbeam my 1970 Safari is getting ready to camp for the first time since 1994. It has been a fun project. It came needing a lot of work to the plumbing, and of course came without a radio. Since I camp by Lake Michigan, I wanted to find an AM FM CD player that had NOAA weather band, as storms come across the lake suddenly, and you better know when to get the awning up and the hatches battened down. I found a new marine radio with AM- FM and CD on E bay that included three NOAA weather bands, and I quickly became the high bidder.
As I looked at the front overhead bin and stereo placement I noticed the back panel had been pushed out and the only way to repair it was to take the whole thing out and refasten it. I then decided I would make it the whole stereo system itself including becoming the housing for the speakers as well.
Moonbeams side mount radio antenna was hanging low pointing to the ground. So I searched the forums and read all things on radio antenna replacement. Many said they could not find a replacement nor could they find how to do this so I figured I was in for a big project just finding a replacement. I did not think I would find one in our one stop light town but at the price of gasoline, I would make a local search first.
The first auto parts store had an antenna clearance about six of them in a bucket for 99 cents each, they just do not carry antennas. The next stop was NAPA, and bingo they had a side mount antenna for $7.99 and it even had a signal booster coil on it. It was part # 730-4871 in case you are interested.
As mentioned on by Airstream Andy on one of the forums, The access is behind the speaker so you can get to both sides of mount. I was able to keep the original Airstream rubber mounting base, mounted with 3 bolts, and the new antenna fit perfectly.
Moonbeam is quite excited to have his antenna up again, and looks forward to being able to party at the beach this summer.
Thank You for taking the time to explain what you have gone through in trying to get it right.
The antenna on our trailer is mounted lower to the street side than yours.
I get an shop price from the local NAPA's here in COS, sooo I know where I'm headed for.
I never thought about adding the weather station with an AM/FM radio. I just went to the local pick & pull to get an car radio with speakers ( that worked ) and I have also added an Royce CB in the same space.
My antenna is quite "droopy" as well. However, when I hurried out to have a look, mine is mounted just a few inches above the lower part of the streetside window. It is much lower than the speaker area too.
Heirstreamer, other antennas may work as a replacement, as most of them are designed to be able to mount without having to get to the back side (in auto's that is often impossible). The one I installed had pointed levers that fit though the hole, then flipped against the inside of the trailer and tightened against it. Feeding the wire through may be a bigger challenge unless the old one can pull the new one up to it's location.
The antennae on my 73 and 71 are low too. I thought about trying to squeeze in some kind of shim to tighten it up but have not tried it yet. I have gotten used to the droopy look. It seems apropos at my age, and works just as good.
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.