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Old 09-24-2009, 06:08 AM   #1
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should I remove my antennae?

I have a 76 Sovereign with a GIANT fold down antennae on top. We have replaced the 8 track player with CD/Ipod dock/Tuner and do have the antennae wire plugged in to the rear of the unit. We do not use our 2 LCD TV's for TV broadcasts other than the occasional campsite cable hookup - mostly just DVD movies.
My question is this... to update the look of the exterior of our AS, can I remove the antennae on the top and maybe replace it with something much smaller (like a limosine "flying V" or a small inverted dish style antennae) and where can I find a good replacement. I have seen posts for the much more expensive systems but don't really think I have the need for them. All I want is a radio signal receiver.

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Old 09-24-2009, 06:49 AM   #2
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On my 71 Sovereign, the giant fold down antennae on top is only for TV reception. Many people, including us, have either replaced it with a Winegard TV antennae or something similar. Winegards are pretty common, and available at a variety of places, including Camping World. I also have a separate radio antennae. It's mounted on the port side front corner of the trailer.

Are you sure you don't have a separate radio antennae? Typically there is one just for the radio. One clue would be the cable type. My TV antenna has the old 2 wire flat brown cable, while the radio antenna has a black coax cable.


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Old 09-24-2009, 07:40 AM   #3
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I had our antennae removed last week on our "78" Ambassador. It was a source of leaking. We also have a seperate antennae for the stereo on the front streetside of the coach. It works fine. Cut a round piece of aluminum to cover the hole when antennae was removed. We still have an outside cable connector when camping at a campground with cable hook-up. Don't know that we would have ever used the old antennae for tv. I think our unit has a "cleaner" look to it now.

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:41 AM   #4
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Both of mine have Skyliner (GIANT) antennas, and they work great! I need new gears for the one on the Excella, but they are available. I would have replaced them already, I have the replacements, but I am having difficulty removing the rusted screws that hold the cover the plastic cover on (bimetallic corrosion) without damage. I just checked UPS, and a new cover is already delivered at work this morning. The Trade Wind has an external radio antenna by the front window. The Excella has a splitter inside the box on the wall where you plug in the TV antenna that feeds the radio. This design actually works very well. Since it is on top, it can get signals from all directions.

The location for the radio in the Trade Wind is in the front cabinet over the window and close to the external antenna. The Excella's location is in the center credenza close to the outlet mentioned.

I also doubt that the flying v antenna would be good for much besides right in a city for reception. More of a "triumph" of style over function. Besides, if you want a vintage look, it is hard to beat the Skyliners. Especially since they work so well.
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:13 AM   #5
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I replaced my Skyliner with a Winegard Batwing and a Wingman add on. Works fine. That was before the digital conversion. I have heard the old Skyliners work fine with digital also. The information I found was a Batwing works better than a Boomerang antenna. The Winegard is available also with an amplified head.
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:34 AM   #6
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We have the original antenna on our '66 Trade Wind. It folds up and is mounted to the left of the front window. With the advent of digital broadcasting I thought it was history. But it WORKS! Some stations are too distant but to keep the coach as original as we can we'll keep it. Also mounted to the front of the coach is a radio antenna. We have no radio but the antenna sports an antenna 'Old Glory' flag.
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:00 AM   #7
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...I have heard the old Skyliners work fine with digital also...
They do. Made the switch to HD a couple of years ago. I have a Dish HD DVR, but my local (Little Rock) channels over Dish are not HD yet so I get them over my Skyliner. The Dish DVR has its own over the air tuner, so it will record them just fine.

The Little Rock channels will be HD over Dish very soon. At least that's what they said a couple of years ago.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:06 PM   #8
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I removed the "Skyliner (GIANT) antenna" from the top of my '65 Safari. I also had to cover the holes on the front street side corner from where it looks like it was mounted prior to being on top. I'll agree they can qualify as "vintage look". Without it, I guess I can call it "original look". To me it just looks cleaner without it. I am keeping it in case I decide to put together a removable mast that attaches to the tongue area for intermittent use.
For now I'll just read a book or enjoy the view of the great out-doors.
P.S. - Those antennas should work great for FM radio reception, but not AM. After all FM frequencies live in between TV channels 6 and 7.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:10 PM   #9
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mines gone too, it leaked like a sieve.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:17 PM   #10
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That was the first thing I did on both Argosy's we have owned. All they are good for is causing leaks.

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Old 09-24-2009, 04:04 PM   #11
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I went with the roadstar so I wouldn't have to raise and lower it. I only use it when we travel (RV parks). Camping we might watch a DVD if anything.
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:37 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Aerowood View Post
mines gone too, it leaked like a sieve.
Ooooh. I like the clean look of those patches on the top. I am inspired to get our old crusty antenna taken off. Thanks for posting the pic!
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:40 PM   #13
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You took out the 8-track !
I thought they were bringing them back?
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:47 AM   #14
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unless it is on the top - I have no stand alone radio antenna. When replacing my 8-track with a modern unit, I did have a black coaxial style antenna plug but I have no idea where it leads.
I was assuming that the large Skyliner antenna served dual duty. I have double checked and I have no antenna on the front street side or a prior patch.
I think I am going to go ahead and remove the skyliner and see what happens!

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