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Old 03-30-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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Traveler and Wind

We are in Concord, NC and the wind has been blowing pretty hard today. This afternoon, we are getting intermittent signal. We had a Traveler on our previous coach and don't recall it being very sensitive to wind.

Have others had this issue in strong winds?
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:06 PM   #2
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Them bits are getting blown away in all that wind!

Seriously, the Trav'ler is greatly improved over prior models from Winegard open dishes. Everything is gear driven, and they just don't move around in the wind.

It might be worth a call to Winegard tech support to see what they say. I don't know of any parts on Trav'lers that wear and are affected by the wind, Gary.

It would also be worth climbing up on the roof to see if any mounting parts are loose on the arm. And be careful up there!

P.S. 6" of heavy wet snow here overnight. Yuk..
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Them bits are getting blown away in all that wind!

Seriously, the Trav'ler is greatly improved over prior models from Winegard open dishes. Everything is gear driven, and they just don't move around in the wind.

It might be worth a call to Winegard tech support to see what they say. I don't know of any parts on Trav'lers that wear and are affected by the wind, Gary.

It would also be worth climbing up on the roof to see if any mounting parts are loose on the arm. And be careful up there!

P.S. 6" of heavy wet snow here overnight. Yuk..
Sure hope we've see the last of that white stuff for this year.

Don, the coach has been rocking all day with some pretty stiff winds. I meant to store the dish while we were out and about but forgot. Anyway, I lowered it and let it go through the sat find process again and it is all fine now.
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I can only having to retract my Trav'lr dish once and the winds were >50mph so I just did it for safety.

Although the dish is rock solid, if your coach is rocking around, so is the dish and that could be that cause.

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the coach has been rocking all day with some pretty stiff winds. I meant to store the dish while we were out and about but forgot. Anyway, I lowered it and let it go through the sat find process again and it is all fine now.
It's not uncommon to have to reset the Trav'ler occasionally. Sometimes, after our airbags deflate a bit after a couple of days I have to do what you just did. With the kind of wind you are reporting it's not surprising that the dish pointing was a bit off.
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Yes, I doubt the antenna moved, but if the coach is shaking, so is the antenna. Also, With the wind rocking the coach around, the coach may have settled some which again would point the antenna elsewhere in the sky....

I might be over cautious, but if I am not comfortable with the awning out, then I put the antenna down.. LOL
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I have had the same problem. I have attributed it to the wind as the motor home shakes a lot and with some air bag settling, I believe this is just the nature of the beast. The antenna quickly reacquires the signal once I tuen it on. My jacks are down, but the wind has been pretty strong at times.
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I might be over cautious, but if I am not comfortable with the awning out, then I put the antenna down.. LOL
If we did that we'd NEVER have our Trav'ler up. We'll put the awning up if it starts moving too much, but those winds don't come close to what it would take for us to put our Trav'ler down.
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We've experienced gusting winds in excess of 50 mph in Monument Valley and in Las Vegas in the last two weeks. In neither case did we pixilate out with the Traveller (the over the air was a little with digital channels). We were on jacks, and pretty stable in both cases. Pretty impressed.
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I'm pretty sure the Trav'ler is rated at 50 mph winds when deployed and 100 mph winds when stowed. We winter on the Texas shore and only stowed the dish once this winter.
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I have gone through +30 several times over the last month here in north east NC and what I have learned is that if the wind is coming from the south which would hit our dish on the face it would rock it back about 1/2" and would cause it to pixilate. If the wind is out of any other direction it will not rock it. I got on the roof and checked it and on each side at the base there are two big allen bolts, that is where mine is rocking. Both bolts are rock solid tight. The rig parked right next to mine also has the travler and we checked his and his also rocks about 1/2" at the exact same location and he also lost signal in a south wind hitting his dish straight on the face. neither of us could see any way to tighen that small amount of slack.

Again, any direction other than strait into the dish face does not move it at all. And when I say 1/2" of slack, that would be measured at the top of the dish. Get up on your rig and see if this is your issue also.
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Makes sense...it is plastic, so one might expect some deformation if the wind speed and direction is just right. Just hasn't happened to me...yet, is the operative.
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Makes sense...it is plastic, so one might expect some deformation if the wind speed and direction is just right. Just hasn't happened to me...yet, is the operative.
As I recall, the only plastic on the Travler is the cover on the LNB. Your coach will be rolling over before that deforms.
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Maybe deformation is not the right word...meant the top of the dish moving in a strong wind:(
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