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Old 04-10-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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Smile Antenna on a pop-up?

Has anyone had an antenna or dish installed on a pop-up? Cable TV connection? Advice or recommendations??
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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Ha ha! You are bringing back some memories. Back in the 70's we had a pop-top-roof on a Chevy Sport Van 20, equipped by Travco. It is when the Dallas Cowboys were at their prime and winning every year. It would not do good to be without television. First we had a B&W with rabbit ears. You know how they work, and then we had a small portable Color TV we would haul around. We camped with some friends who had a pop-up camper. We put laid a normal house type tv antenna to the pop-up and tied it down.

We got to the campground, and everyone was very curious when i was casting a fishing line up into the trees. As dusk settled I finished my task of "catching fish in the trees." As we were sitting there at dark watching a great picture on the screen, people would walk by, stare, then go slap their tv and wiggle their rabbit ears - to no avail.

In the morning they could see up 30 feet, suspended by a nice rope, the regular TV antenna. On the nose of it was a lead line for guiding it in the right direction. American ingenuity at its best.

So yes, there are many combinations that you could use. As for a dome, I would rather go with a Winegard Carryout for the portability and the advent of parking the pop-up under some nice shade trees. You can set the Carryout 50 feet away in any direction for a clear view to the sky.

As for "cable," there are some nice waterproof enclosures with cable fittings on them that could be attached at any point on the pop-up, or you could just run a line in through the door or other smaller opening.

Just use your imagination and let people talk about your set-up.
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I used to work for a cable company and the same connection you use for your antenna is for cable. As stated above they do carry outlets with covers at RV suppliers. As far as a dish, we used a stand that sat on the ground it had north marked and you just lined it up with a compass.We also had 100' of cable to get it in the open. Never put it on the roof it is a line of site beast if all you see is trees it will not work.
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If you were just looking for OTA (Over The Air) TV, I would think you could easily install a Winegard Sensor Batwing Antenna. The same think you find on 95% of all Trailers and MHs. Folds down to the roof for travel and crank it up once you're setup at the CG. For Sat, the above suggestions are probably the best options.
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Before drilling into the roof be sure there is no roof warranty or it could be void.
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Not sure about the roof thing. I have direct tv and take a portable dish on a tripod. Works for us.
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I wouldn't even try a dish on a pop-up, not unless they've really changed since our pop-up days. The movement of the roof on a pop-up would most likely cause signal loss, unless you installed one of the more expensive in-motion dome type. For sat in a pop-up I'ld use one of the portable self contained units or the old standby tripod and dish.
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We have a teardrop trailer and I fixed up a full size Dish antenna with four suction cups that can be set up on the side top on the ground on the TV. I use the same mast/positioned to hold our Jack antenna. The through the wall fitting is easy to install.
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We have a teardrop trailer and I fixed up a full size Dish antenna with four suction cups that can be set up on the side top on the ground on the TV. I use the same mast/positioned to hold our Jack antenna. The through the wall fitting is easy to install.
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If you mean an over the air TV antenna.. I don't see why not.

IF you are talking about Satellite TV antennas. I"d go with one of the portable ground mount's IE: The Vu-Cube or Carry Out.

Actually even with a Class A there is reason to have a ground mount.. When I was using sat TV I found more than half the time my room mount (AN in-Motion Dome that worked quite well when it could) was useless.. Due to the "Evil Signal Eating Tree".
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