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Old 06-11-2012, 10:18 PM   #1
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antenna handle.

I have a travel trailer. While winding down antenna, the handle cracked. Is this easily repairable?
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:24 PM   #2
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Cracked how? I would suspect some Epoxy for Plastic might help if its not cracked the wrong way.. You have to sand the plastic for the Epoxy to stick.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:28 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

If you're talking about the common Winegard "Batwing" crank up antenna, I would think it would be pretty straight forward and the parts might even be available via Camping World's website. Check this out. Replacement Elevating Crank for Winegard Batwing Antenna - Winegard RP-5000 - RV Supplies - Camping World If this is what broke it looks like about eight bucks can fix your problem.

These mechanisms are supposed to be taken apart and lubed well twice per year and I'm sure many of them get neglected and end up getting hard to operate... resulting in the handle breaking.

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I just ground a groove in the back of the handle and filled it with JB Weld. Cheaper than driving to Camping World and now its stronger.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:31 PM   #5
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One screw, it is kind of hidden, You can get a replacement at Camping world or most any RV dealer.. BE VERY CAREFUL when you remove the screw as there is a spring and some washers that you do not want to loose..

That's about all there is to it.

Oh, I think it's an allen wrench type screw.. but not sure, been a while since mine came down on it's own and I had to put it back up.
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My batwing is getting hard to rise.Can someone tell me how to do maintenance on it? As long as I'm up there,how about maintaining the dish also?I have a rubber roof and I am a little nervous using any oil products. Thank you. J.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:15 PM   #7
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I just last week replaced mine. $3.89 direct from Winegard.com. Had it in two days easy fix.
Like OP, be careful of falling objects, mine had a nylon washer that was transparent, took a flashlight and about 1/2 hour to find it.
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I Did a little more research and answered my own questions.So if anyone has been wondering the same, here's what Winegard has to say.--- The Winegard Sensar or “Batwing” antenna requires very little care throughout its life, however 3-4 times each year it is strongly recommended that the unit receive some maintenance. By raising the antenna and spraying the gears with a Silicon Spray Lubricant you can increase the life and the enjoyment of the Sensar. This “bath” helps in two ways. First by cleaning the dirt and debris from the gears the unit will be easier to operate, making raising the unit much less taxing. Secondly, this lubricates the seal that prevents water from flowing into the coach. Without this lubrication, the seal will eventually get brittle and crack. Properly lubricated, this seal should last for the life of unit.
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Go to eBay.com and do a search for Winegard Handle.
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Most RV stores have the part, Just tell 'em or take the broken one in with you.
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Most RV stores have the part, Just tell 'em or take the broken one in with you.
Yep! Installation instructions are inside the package.
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My batwing is getting hard to rise.Can someone tell me how to do maintenance on it? As long as I'm up there,how about maintaining the dish also?I have a rubber roof and I am a little nervous using any oil products. Thank you. J.
White Lithium Grease in a spray can.. available at any hardware or auto parts store.

Screw the silicone spray..
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I replaced Ours . It cost less than 5 Bucks even in Canada!
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