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Old 11-15-2014, 10:52 PM   #1
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RV TV antenna crank. Please help.

My Dodge motorhome has the standard satellite TV cranking antenna on the roof. As much Rving as I have done. I have to admit I have really never used an rv rooftop antenna. The cranking mechanism might need some lubing and maintanace. While I am familiar with every other aspect of the motorhome, the tv antenna is a totally alien concept to me. So my fellow trusty RViers. I could us your input on both the best use and best maintenance of the cranking rooftop antenna. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:03 PM   #2
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There are a number of videos on Youtube that show how to maintain that. I remember watching one that showed how to completely disassemble and reassemble the unit and properly lube it.
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Mine was hard to raise so I sprayed all moving parts with WD40 and it works great now. Make sure to spray under the plate that allows it to rotate so it's easier to turn the antenna in different directions for better reception.
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You say satellite tv antenna. Do you really mean over the air tv antenna? Assuming so, go up on the roof with some spray silicone lubricant and spray the gears and under the rotating base. The antenna should now raise, lower, rotate much easier. Spraying under the base will also help prevent leaks.

While you are up there take a look at any and all coax connections and check for rust.
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My crank-up antenna has a grease fitting. It is also different from the older ones and works a lot better. If oiling does no good, just buy the newer model. Not that expensive and not that hard to change.
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On ours there is a small black plug you remove from the unit on the roof and spray lube in/onto the swivel plate. We haven't used the OTA antenna in several years now so I probably should go do it.
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