Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-23-2014, 08:41 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
Al and Missy's Avatar
 
2002 30' Classic S/O
Fleming Island , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 4,295
Stiffening Area Around TV Antenna

The top of my trailer around the TV antenna oilcans pretty badly. If the antenna is up, the crank handle and baseplate move when I walk around in the trailer with the jacks up. I read where someone installing a new shore power connector used some expanding foam to stiffen the mounting area around the connector. Any reason not do do this around the base of the TV antenna? Any better ideas? I e-mailed JC and they said not to worry about it, but I do.

Al
__________________
“You cannot reason someone out of a position they have not been reasoned into"
Al, K5TAN and Missy, N4RGO WBCCI 1322
2002 Classic 30 Slideout -S/OS #004
2013 Dodge 2500 Laramie 4x4 Megacab Cummins
Al and Missy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 11:29 PM   #2
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 6,395
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 2
I am one who used the canned foam. However, I injected, allowed to cure, then hole sawed it. The antenna system would hate you for installing that stuff and got stuck to the components.

However.

If you remove the shaft and can seal the hole where the parts rotate with something like a stub of PVC pipe or tubing, you should be able to clear the space by removing. So what if it pulls a little more "foam"?
__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2014, 12:37 AM   #3
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,447
Al,

I've been removing a lot of the crank-up TV antennas on Airstreams to make room for more solar panels. There is an excellent replacement unit called the 'JACK' from King Controls. It is an amplified, digital antenna on an 11" base that rotates to get best signal and has a built-in signal strength meter as well.

They take up far less roof space than the old style crank-up and perform better as well. Check them out: KING Jack HDTV antenna with SureLock signal meter | King
__________________
lewster
Solar Tech Energy Systems, Inc.
Victron Solar Components and Inverters, Zamp Solar Panels, LiFeBlue and Battle Born Lithium Batteries, Lifeline AGM Batteries
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2014, 07:54 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
dznf0g's Avatar
 
2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 11,691
Images: 5
Should OP be sure to use "low expansion" foam?
__________________
-Rich-

"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
dznf0g is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2014, 07:23 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Al and Missy's Avatar
 
2002 30' Classic S/O
Fleming Island , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 4,295
Thanks, Lew and Channing.

I think I'll start with foaming what I've got. I was thinking about using some PVC or something wrapped with wax paper to control the intrusion into the shaft area.

Lew, I've heard about the Jack antenna and have considered it. I just put the "Wingman" UHF accessory on my existing antenna, but I'm also considering Solar. If I do the solar I may have to swap the antenna. I'm thinking about 250 watts or so.

Al
__________________
“You cannot reason someone out of a position they have not been reasoned into"
Al, K5TAN and Missy, N4RGO WBCCI 1322
2002 Classic 30 Slideout -S/OS #004
2013 Dodge 2500 Laramie 4x4 Megacab Cummins
Al and Missy is online now   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
Leak around Antenna G. Traveler Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 5 10-18-2011 08:48 AM
Trailer Inspector Request around West-Palm Beach, FL area e&mRusso Our Community 2 02-06-2009 08:58 PM
Large cracks in ceiling around the post's between the Galley and Sleeping area... Dureedesign Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 2 07-16-2007 01:26 PM
Painting area around toilet stanm Sinks, Showers & Toilets 3 04-09-2007 08:34 PM
West Area around Sundance Utah tornado-bait Boondocking 2 09-06-2006 10:26 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:24 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.