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Old 06-28-2014, 06:58 AM   #29
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Mike, that looks nice. We ordered ours "cable ready" too. Is that the standard factory set-up, or was that something you gave them to install?

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Old 06-28-2014, 07:37 AM   #30
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Tom ours is a 2008 factory installed cable ready. The inside cable connection is in front of the table near the floor. It works good so you can set it on the table or at night we have a cooktop cover and it sits on it.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:41 AM   #31
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Thats the one the factory used and installed.
Not sure if they have changed to a somthing
different. Works great!
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:57 AM   #32
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We're having our antenna cable mounted on the upper corner of the closet so we can install the TV over the bed. I'll try to get some sort of swinging telescoping mount so we can swivel it forward to watch from the couch as well. With the antenna / cable connector in that area, we might even hang the TV from the rear curbside overhead cabinet. Looks like a quality connector. Thx!
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:07 AM   #33
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Mike,

BTW I like your antenna choice too. I wonder if a telescoping pole like a boat hook might be good for that? Shorten it to 3'-4' for travel, and mount it to a bracket on the rear bumper when you get to your destination. They extend to 8' to 10' and would get the antenna up above your trailer. Thanks for sharing. Tips like your's are what makes this forum such a valuable resource.

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Old 06-28-2014, 08:18 AM   #34
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Tom Home Depot has 10' sections of galv fence pole for $10.88 per section. It is tapered at one end so you can cut it in half and slip the two sections together when needed. A 2 foot section of 2x4 fastened to the tongue jack with c clamps than the opposite side with 2 smaller c clamps for the fence pole. Or you can set a stake in the ground and slide the fence pole over it.
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:21 AM   #35
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I will be setting up on the river for the July 4th weekend.
I will send pictures of the antenna set up after the weekend.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:03 PM   #36
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I will be setting up on the river for the July 4th weekend.
I will send pictures of the antenna set up after the weekend.
That would be great Mike. I will also have the receiver hitch installed by Scamp below the rear bumper as a possible mounting point. I was thinking we'd use it to hold a bike rack, but it sounds like that has it's share of problems. I left it on the order "just in case". Curious to see your set-up though. Thx again.

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Old 06-28-2014, 06:23 PM   #37
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I wonder how well these antennas might work for my home TV.....
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:37 PM   #38
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I wonder how well these antennas might work for my home TV.....
Depends how hard it is to move the house for better reception.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:26 PM   #39
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Here is a link for a cable/tv ready hook up. This is what Scamp installed on my camper it works fine or you can just feed the cable through a corner opening in your window.

JR PRODUCTS 47815 - Jr Products Interior/Exterior Cable TV Install Kit White 47815 - RV Plus
I put the same connector on my Scamp. I first used an old set of VHF rabbit ears on top of a mast with some success but one of the ears broke off. I saw a folded dipole design on the web and threw one together using insulated wire, a 300/75 transformer, and PVC pipe. The pipe slips through a wider PVC "T" that is mounted on the rear bumper with zip-ties. This non-amplified antenna does pretty good for it's size, and I can break it down and place the assembly tucked behind the cushions of my side dinette when traveling. Picks up lots of stations when coverage is good, and zero stations when coverage is bad.
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I tested a high gain antenna at my house and got 67 channels. If you remove the home shopping channels , foreign language channels and duplicates, you end up with the three big networks, a Hogans Hero 's channel, and a old black and white movie channel--the same as we we saw in the late 60's.

It hardly seems worthwhile for broadcast TV any more with Netflix and Redbox.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:52 AM   #41
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Some people are not happy unless they have all the channels. But I'm happy to have ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, THIS movie channel, BOUNCE movie channel, CW, ME TV, The Family channel, LIVE WE, HEARTLAND, WDSC News Channel, CW18, WDRQ 27, GET TV Movie channel, WDRB 65 PLUS cartoons for the kids and for the Spanish community and the religious community. IMO plenty to watch and worth every penny to set it up. It's better than paying for Satellite! I'm not sure when Conrad did his last channel scan but more and more HD Digital channels are being added often!
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I tested a high gain antenna at my house and got 67 channels. If you remove the home shopping channels , foreign language channels and duplicates, you end up with the three big networks, a Hogans Hero 's channel, and a old black and white movie channel--the same as we we saw in the late 60's. It hardly seems worthwhile for broadcast TV any more with Netflix and Redbox.
I'm all for turning back the clock. My kid (10 years old) thinks it is a treat to watch Gilligan's Island, but only if she gets her homework done.
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