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Old 08-05-2019, 09:49 AM   #1
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Hi, I have a 2016 28ft AS FC and want to replace the TV Antenna. I removed the top half of the disk and noticed it was factory wired with no connector. Does anyone know if the connector is below the metal base or accessible? Thanks -Mike
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There is probably a connector below the base. If not, and it is fed with standard coax you can cut the cable and put a connector on it. The tools and connectors are available at Lowes, Home Depot, and Harbor Freight. I carry a set on my trailer for repairs.


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The cable is a very thin coax; not something i seen before in any HomeDepot etc. I can only see soldering the wires together at this point. I haven't removed the base yet as I don't want to open Pandora's box.
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The cable is a very thin coax; not something i seen before in any HomeDepot etc. I can only see soldering the wires together at this point. I haven't removed the base yet as I don't want to open Pandora's box.


Just curious... What do you want to replace it with?
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At TV frequencies, maintaining the impedance of the line is important. cutting and soldering is probably not a good idea.

If you can figure out the brand and model number, Google it. The installation instructions will probably answer your questions.

I'd be surprised if Airstream ran anything other than RG-6 coax up to the antenna. That small flexible stuff is expensive.


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the thin cable has higher losses that std RG59 cable
you may want to use std cable with vs the small rg6
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Hi, I have a 2016 28ft AS FC and want to replace the TV Antenna. I removed the top half of the disk and noticed it was factory wired with no connector. Does anyone know if the connector is below the metal base or accessible? Thanks -Mike
I recently sheared my antenna off accidentally and can confidently tell you that there is no connector down inside the tube or anywhere that I know of. My antenna is salvageable so I'm going to put a connector on the coax remaining in the tube, add a mating connector to the antenna, and reattach the antenna.

I'd be interested in what you plan on replacing it with as this one never has worked very well. It does however do an excellent job of letting you know the garage door isn't all the way up before you shear off the AC.
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the thin cable has higher losses that std RG59 cable
you may want to use std cable with vs the small rg6
RG-6 is newer and better cable than RG-59. It has a slightly larger diameter, not smaller.

https://www.google.com/search?client...&q=rg6+or+rg59

RG-59 would be fine for use with an antenna, but RG-6 would be better. I just use RG-6 for everything since I got a good deal on a 500' box of it.

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I can't find a manual or specs for the Roadstar but its cousin for the marine environment uses RG-59 which comes with the antenna. Maybe that is what you have. If so you can go to HF, HD or Lowes and get the tools and connectors to cut, strip, and crimp connectors so you can connect the new antenna properly.


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I recently sheared my antenna off accidentally and can confidently tell you that there is no connector down inside the tube or anywhere that I know of. My antenna is salvageable so I'm going to put a connector on the coax remaining in the tube, add a mating connector to the antenna, and reattach the antenna.

I'd be interested in what you plan on replacing it with as this one never has worked very well. It does however do an excellent job of letting you know the garage door isn't all the way up before you shear off the AC.

Kellogg, way to fess up (and in doing so, save someone else from a lazy garage door.)
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I recently sheared my antenna off accidentally and can confidently tell you that there is no connector down inside the tube or anywhere that I know of. My antenna is salvageable so I'm going to put a connector on the coax remaining in the tube, add a mating connector to the antenna, and reattach the antenna.

I'd be interested in what you plan on replacing it with as this one never has worked very well. It does however do an excellent job of letting you know the garage door isn't all the way up before you shear off the AC.
Well at least it is good for something.....

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Kellogg, way to fess up (and in doing so, save someone else from a lazy garage door.)


Love the self-deprecating sense of humor,
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