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RV TV Standard Antenna – Overview
It would be CRAZY to think that everywhere your RV would go that there would be cable TV for you to plug into. Of course having satellite everywhere wouldn’t be crazy, but there is a FREE built-in option into almost every fifth wheel that isn’t too bad. It is the RV TV Antenna.
These antenna’s are not repurposed home antennas, but they are specially constructed RV TV Antenna’s.
One thing that makes these antennas unique is that they will actually fold down for towing. Just as easy as it is to fold down, it is just as easy to “fold up” or extend as well.
The next thing that makes the RV TV Antenna very special, is that after it is extended to the “up” position it is VERY easy to rotate the antenna for the best possible reception. This is really useful for RV’s, since you never know where the TV towers might be located.
I’ve been very impressed with the reception that I get with this antenna so would encourage people close to large urban areas to make sure they give over the air TV a try. One reason is that the over the air high definition is very good – I think better than cable, satellite, or dsl.
Additionally, most RV’s also have a built-in TV signal booster to even make the reception just a little bet better.
It is very easy to locate the RV TV Antenna. Just look at the roof and see if you can find a very funny looking “T” shaped piece of metal that surely isn’t a vent or an air conditioner.
Manual Antenna Crank – Controlling your antenna from inside the RV
Most RV’s have a foldout antenna that you can locate on the exterior of the RV. One neat thing about that foldout antenna is that you can control if from inside using a RV Antenna Crank.
The RV antenna control, usually called an antenna crank, is located directly in the same spot in the interior that the antenna is located on the exterior. That is because it is a straight though mechanical connection.
Calling the device the RV antenna crank actually sells the device a little bit short. It is true that it’s main function is to turn/crank the exterior antenna into an “up” or extended position or to retract it into its folded or travel position.
One of my FAVORITE things about the antenna crank is that you can also use it to turn the antenna 360 degrees so you can easily turn the antenna to get the best reception. Even better is that no ladder is required to turn it. You just reach up and grab the outside of the crank, not the lever, and turn the whole assembly.
On the assembly, you’ll notice that there is a pointer of sorts. Before folding or stowing the antenna back into it’s travel position, you will align the pointers, then turn the crank to stow the antenna. I’m not sure you could even operate the crank if the pointers aren’t aligned – I’ve never tried it.
One thing I’ve noticed that makes me really like the antenna better than cable at most places is that the over the air local TV has really spectacular High Definition reception. Given it is so easy to swap between cable and over the air I would prefer to capture the over the air almost every time.
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