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Old 05-05-2006, 05:34 AM   #29
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matrerial for antenna repair

Oh yes! How could I have forgotten to say? I used a fender well from under some Chrysler, the plastic is thick enough and strong enough and I hope will last a long time in the elements.
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Old 05-05-2006, 09:05 AM   #30
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I see. I was thinking of some aluminum " u" channel and insulating it from the antenna center and the tubes that spread. Yours is a good idea, it should allready have UV protection in the plastic.

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Old 05-05-2006, 09:16 AM   #31
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Axel,

What we are talking about , are the pieces that make the older antennas spread open as yuou crank the antenna up. The parts were made of a plastic material and over time , would deteriorate.

This isn't a fix to pick up other signals . It's a repair to make the 30 year old antenna work as it was designed .

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:03 AM   #32
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TV Antenna leak/ removal/ patching

I did a couple of searches and read several posts, but no help on my specific question.

This pertains to a 76 31ft Sovereign that I have owned for 5 months and I'm still checking it all out and doing repairs as I go.

I now have a slow leak that drips from the inside crank handle on my TV Antenna. The water seems to be running down the shaft from the roof area. There was no sign of a leak until I recently cranked the Antenna up and down and rotated it all the way around just to see how it worked. I have climbed up on a ladder and looked at the mounting mechanism on the roof, and from 3 feet away it all looked OK and had a lot of sealant in the obvious places. I have looked at the Antenna parts blow-up diagram in my maintanence manual and I can see that there is a rubber O-ring around the crank handle shaft where it connects with the gear mechanism up on the roof. I wondered if that might be the problem. Since the part that's on the roof looked a bit daunting to get at and disassemble, I thought I would first ask what others have found to be the most likely cause of this leak.

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Old 11-15-2006, 11:18 AM   #33
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I have a '75 that had a problem like yours.

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Old 11-15-2006, 11:32 AM   #34
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Had the same problem...leaking at the shaft. when I removed it from the trailer with the intention of "fixing" it (finding/replacing that o-ring), it became clear that it just wasn't practical. the shaft had been leaking for so long, the innards were all rusted up and impossible to get apart. So I decided to just bag it and replace it with a new one.

newer antennas won't fit in the same space between the forward vent and my AC unit, so I had to make a patch, just like Andre did in his pics.

The antenna plate didn't appear to be full of holes, like Andre's...but I didn't glass bead it, either. The underside wasn't damp...no sign of leakage from the plate itself. But I suspect that my trailer spent a good deal of its life indoors, as the finish is in very good shape for its age...so this plate may just not have weathered to that point...yet. I've seen others, though, in the same exact state of decay as Andre's, so I knew it was only a matter of time, which helped with my decision to just replace it.
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Old 11-15-2006, 03:39 PM   #35
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Getting up there.

Thanks for the comments.

I guess I may have to bite the bullet and get on top of the trailer and see what condition the antenna mechanical parts are in. I was hoping I wouldn't have to get up there, since I'm 6' 3" and weigh about 240 pounds! ......and not as spry as I once was. And besides, I know I will need some help, a ground person to hold the ladder and be a "go-for". Is this thing difficult to disassemble? Bill
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Mine was partially removed by the PO. I ended up cutting the rod so I could leave the handle on the inside to leave the illusion ov an antenna
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well, I don't weigh a whole lot less than that, and I haven't been described as "spry" lately, either. It'll hold you. just keep your weight on the bows (look for the rivet lines), and don't step on the end caps. Its awkward at first, but I've spent enough time up there to get comfortable.

the antenna isn't hard to get out...I found it impossible to "dis-assemble"...which is why I replaced it. take the crank handle off from inside, first. it "should" come off just by loosening the set screw; mine was just frozen on there, and I had to cut the shaft. Up top, you just drill out the rivets and it should come right off. might be a little bit stuck on by sealant...putty knife and some gentle prying cures that easily.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:52 AM   #38
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Antenna repair

Since my antenna works well, cranks up and down and rotates, I would like to find a way to just stop the leak.....hopefully without having to remove the whole thing from the roof. Anybody been able to do this? Bill
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Leak around Batwing

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Thanks, this is what I have been looking for to repair the leak around my antenna on a 73, 29th AS.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:51 PM   #40
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I love the classic antenna. I've been repairing mine with thinwall aluminum tubing purchased from McMaster-Carr. I think the way they rise up and unfold is just too cool for words. Everybody–if you decide to upgrade, don't s---can the old one. Its remains will keep others going.
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:31 AM   #41
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Any suggestions on how to repair the antenna wire where it goes through the roof. I think mine has become intermitant at that point due to the strain of going and and down. I really don't want to tear off my internal panels to run new wire, but I'd be happy if there were some way to push some extra slack up through the antenna hole and slice in a new piece of 300ohm antenna wire up top. (I have the orginal non-rotating 1979 airstream antenna).
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:42 AM   #42
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What kind of "cool roof"?

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I just put the new model Batwing on and the new wings don't turn down as much as the old ones and they put four rubber pads under the head.
The two modifications seam to have elimanated the roof rub problem. I also painted the roof with cool roof which shows no rub signs yet.

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Can you specifically tell me what product you used on your roof?
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