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Old 07-22-2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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Finally did it (or) Winegard gets new parts

Depending on the way I want to explain it. Either could work. I was working on the MH in the driveway getting ready for next weeks camp out. I decided I might as well fill the MH up now instead of waiting so up go the jacks and away I go through town. About 10 blocks from the house is a tree that is over the highway....... yup, I forgot that I was working on the TV's last night and I forgot to lower the antenna. At least I have the parts on order and it did no damage to the roof. Dang! I knew I was going to do that sometime. I wish it had a light on the dash . They call those IDIOT lights don't they?
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:54 PM   #2
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I tore off 2 Winegard TV antennas from my first RV within the first 6 month. The first was our first camping trip up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I got very ill and just wanted to go home. Drive about 6 feet and the tree limb took out the Batwing. The next time I did remember to crank the antenna down but I should have also rotated the antenna to the rear. Instead it was pointed 90 degrees off the drivers side and the wind destroyed the unit as we drove. Since then I have done a much better job of actually taking the time to look up before I drive off.
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We've had near misses more times than I can count. I started hanging the ignition key on the antenna crank handle. Now the coach doesn't get started until I check to be sure the antenna's down.

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Old 07-22-2011, 06:25 PM   #4
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That's the first time that I've heard of hanging the ignition key on the antenna crank up handle, that's really a good suggestion, simple and very effective. So far (knock on wood) I've never left the antenna up when moving, but I'm going to adopt your idea and start doing that. Thanks for a great suggestion!
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When we took possession of our Roadtrek, the salesman spent a good hour with us - bumper to bumper. I don't know how many times he would stop and ask what is the first thing you do when you break camp. "Put the antenna down!" The last thing he said as we shook hands and got in the Trek to ddrive off was, "What is the first thing you do when you break camp?" He had commented that he did not remember how many antennas the service department had replaced. So, what is the first thing we do? Check and put the antenna down.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:32 PM   #6
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My reminder method is a small bungee cord loop with ball on one end. It lives wrapped around the antenna crank (twice around and the ball goes through the loop) when the antenna is down. Any time the antenna is raised the bungee is moved to the steering wheel right where I put my hands--it's awful hard to drive off and miss that.
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I hang the ignition keys from the crank if I put it up. No way to drive off and leave the antenna up, been doing it since '97 or so.
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[QUOTE=CharlieTwo;910455]Depending on the way I want to explain it. Either could work. I was working on the MH in the driveway getting ready for next weeks camp out. I decided I might as well fill the MH up now instead of waiting so up go the jacks and away I go through town. About 10 blocks from the house is a tree that is over the highway....... yup, I forgot that I was working on the TV's last night and I forgot to lower the antenna. At least I have the parts on order and it did no damage to the roof. Dang! I knew I was going to do that sometime. I wish it had a light on the dash . They call those IDIOT lights don't they?[/Q

I have been putting ignition key on the antenna crank for many years and it works. There are also several other things you can do. Some put a note on the exit door with "essential" items to do before taking off.
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I use the large plastic claw looking hair clips. I put them on anything i want to remember to store before I leave and, like the bungees, put them on the steering wheel when those items are deployed. Quick and easy.
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I have never moved with my antenna up----but my 50 amp cord is shorter than yours---it does not take to stretching very well----so when I am connected at home (where the---not one but two incidences occurred) I clip one of those day glow orange triangles from my driver mirror---same for the antenna when camping.

It is uncanny. I was parked accross from a friend who had to get an early start in the morning---I had a hunch---so I was up at 6am dressed sipping coffee looking out my window and watching him prepare for take off. After his complete routine he stood and stared at his rig for quite a while and made a final trip completely around ---then got in put it in gear and began to move---with that I shot out the door and yelled at him---he stopped. When he came out I pointed to his door awning which was still extended.
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I clip one of those day glow orange triangles from my driver mirror---same for the antenna when camping.

I meant visor which I pull down.
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I went to walmart bought a new key. Did NOT have it cut. installed a chain and tag. The tag says antenna. When i put up the antenna, i install the key in the ign. Since the key will not start the MH, I always remember to let the ant. down
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