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Old 02-18-2019, 11:27 AM   #1
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TV antenna

I am very new to this. Just purchased a 1977 Trillium 13 and would like to put a small TV in it and do not know anything about TV antennas. Am looking for something very inexpensive since I don't plan on using it that much, but would appreciate any opinions/advice from you guys. Thanks, Lucy
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:11 AM   #2
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Welcome to the FGRV forum. We just use a thin/flat indoor antena that we purchased from Walmart. I just use a small twist tie through a mounting hole in the antena and hang it where ever I have room in an out of the way place, and take it down when not in use.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:54 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by lherring3 View Post
..Am looking for something very inexpensive since I don't plan on using it that much, ...
Your right, you wont be using it very much if it is inexpensive

Or put a better way, it really depends on where you plan to use it. A cheap and simple antenna will be very limiting except in highly urban areas. I use a cheap one that is not so simple, and it works OK but takes a lot of storage space and some effort to set up. My choice if I were to install one in the trailer would be (in this order):
Winegard Rayzar z1 Amplified HDTV RV Antenna
Winegard Sensar RV TV Antenna

How much antenna do you need (based on location)?:
TV Fool
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:31 AM   #4
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Inexpensive antennas are a dime a dozen.(Wah! I got a million of 'em! (Bad jokes))

Decent antennas aren't cheap (depending on what "inexpensive" means to you).

Not counting private campgrounds, state and federal parks tend to be in the country on the fringe of over-the-air (OTA) TV coverage. Directional antennas are better in this circumstance. In the winter as I'm plotting my summer trips I print out the radar view of each camp ground from TvFool. A good reference site and helps me point the antenna.

Learn to like shopping and foreign language channels. And 1960's cop shows. And TV preachers...

Gordon's list of antennas looks pretty close to my experiences..
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:30 PM   #5
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The best I have found is the King Jack antenna for small or for that matter large campers.
Since almost all OTA are now UHF the antennas can be relatively small
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