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Old 05-25-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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Taking off the crank-up antenna?

I am going to remove the crank-up antenna from my motorhome in favor of placing a smaller, better antenna which receives the digital over-the-air signal better and can be weighed down with a modest-sized sandbag.

Has anyone else done this?

Are there any after-market upgrades to replace the antenna with?

I have a new-to-me 2003 Fleetwood Southwind and I plan to keep the coax cable up there and emplace the smaller antenna each time I set up.

The base and all the seals are going to remain - just the antenna is going to go in the dumpster.

With the switch to digital after 2003, this smaller antenna about 1 foot long receives about 20 channels while the ol' batwing gets about 7.

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Old 05-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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I removed the bat wing last year...what a &%$#@)(??" !!!
Was sealed, and glued so it would not move. I replaced the whole shebang with a stand alone Jack. Pre-amplified digital tuneable...
It is fine, but, if I had to do it over, I would definately NOT remove the whole thing, because of the permanence of the installation of the original bat wing.
You can buy a Jack, that readily mounts to the 'Ole Bats' rigging.
Consider it, sure saves a bunch of blue words, and possible damage to the roof!

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Old 05-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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I think I might consider leaving the bat wing mechanism in place . Just unscrew the co=ax from the bat wing and attach to your new antenna . If the "F" connector is sticky the nut size is 7/16. Good practice would be to fill the 'F' connector with dielectric grease before reattaching to your new antenna ..
In answer to your second part about a better antennas . IMHO there isn't anything better than the WineGard Batwing or the King " Jack system" that is as easy to operate and receives as well . There would be others that would be the equal .
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:13 PM   #4
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We put a wingman booster on out batwing and it works good enough for me. Have one of them in motion satellite things. Never used it and probably never will. TV is a vast wasteland. 200 Chanel's and nothing to watch.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:32 PM   #5
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You can replace it with this one or remove the tall one and replace with this.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:33 PM   #6
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The Winegard Sensar IV is a batwing and works great. If you have an older Winegard, you can add the Wingman and get better performance on the digital signals.

Any antenna that is for the digital frequencies is going to be much more directionally sensitive. I have seen consitantly better performance with side by side comparisons with the Winegard Sensar IV over the Jack antenna. More metal in the air helps.

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Mine had an old Winegard omni directional antenna with a satellite dish mounted on the arm. I decided to replace it with the Jack TV antenna but once I saw how large the Winegard mount was I decided to leave it there and mount the Jack antenna elsewhere. I couldn't mount it in the center of the roof due to a wire race for lights running down the center from front to rear so I mounted it a little off center; it worked out great and the new antenna gets much better reception than the old one did and I don't have to worry about raising and lowering it.

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Old 05-25-2013, 08:40 PM   #8
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I took just the batwing off both my Motorhomes. I left the crank inside it sits there and acts like me doing nothing.
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:27 PM   #9
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I replaced the original winegard batwing with the jack antenna. Mounted just like the batwing on end of tubes and get good reception. Better than the original batwing.
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:34 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by KSCRUDE View Post
We put a wingman booster on out batwing and it works good enough for me. Have one of them in motion satellite things. Never used it and probably never will. TV is a vast wasteland. 200 Chanel's and nothing to watch.
I also added the wingman and it works great. I get signals up in the 200s. Don't usually find much to watch on them though. At home we have DTV with 200 channels and watch a half dozen if that many. On the road, we like to watch the news in the morning to make sure we weren't nuked overnight. Cheers.....
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:09 PM   #11
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we have a Winegard Wingman RV Antenna Upgrade, works great and is easy to install
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Replaced my batwing with a Jack. Mounted the Jack to the existing batwing rotating base with a custom made bracket. No disturbance to roof and no more crank up and down.
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Consider what is near your existing antenna. I have an A/C unit right next to it so I opted for the "replacement" Jack. I can crank the Jack up so it is over the A/C, Sat Dome, etc. 5-min install job was nice too.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:44 PM   #14
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Jack Antenna

I also installed the Jack Antenna on the crank-up system. I found it much easier to crank up and down because of the light weight of the Jack Antenna. I also found it much less confusing as to which direction it is pointing when inside the motorhome. I'm also thinking it might handle the wind with less stress to the pole.

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