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Old 02-04-2006, 09:38 AM   #1
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We recently dry-camped at Palo Alto VA Hospital and when we left, I lowered the TV antenna. I was dumb and didn't check that it was all the way down. It wasn't. We stopped a very short distance later and tried to lower it. I was down as far as it was gonna go. It is partially raised, but not higher than the AC. Any suggestions or reasons and fixes?
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Old 02-04-2006, 09:38 AM   #2
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We recently dry-camped at Palo Alto VA Hospital and when we left, I lowered the TV antenna. I was dumb and didn't check that it was all the way down. It wasn't. We stopped a very short distance later and tried to lower it. I was down as far as it was gonna go. It is partially raised, but not higher than the AC. Any suggestions or reasons and fixes?
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Old 02-04-2006, 09:46 AM   #3
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Hey Chief, greetings from another retired Senior Chief. You might try having someone gently lift the antenna as you crank it up a little ways and then try to lower it. Mine binds some on the way down and I have to baby it as I bring it down.
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Old 02-04-2006, 02:10 PM   #4
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Thanks Chief

I'm gonna try that as soon as I put the handle back on. It came off when I was putting it down and I have to get an Allen wrench to loosen the set screw. That's better than having to replace it. We don't use it much unless we're somewhere like Palo Alto VA hospital and there's nothing else to do...especially if you don't have the Toad along.
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Old 02-04-2006, 02:24 PM   #5
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Chief, you have to go up on the roof for this one on top of the housing there is a fiber nut that will access the gears for your ant just drop some grease down there and work it up and down with help inside and it should take care of problem. "007"
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:48 AM   #6
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Chief,just as 007 says a little grease or vaseline on the worm gear. Not oil it may drip through to the inside of ceiling. This is one of the maintainances that people forget to do until they have a problem.

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Old 02-05-2006, 10:28 AM   #7
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I'll guess grease will not do the job.

I'll guess something bent when he drove with the antenna partially up.

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Before you get all worried, get the handle on and then crank the antenna up aways. then make sure that you have the antenna turned so that the arrows line up on the locater plates. then try cranking the antenna down. Bet it will work! You can frequently tell if it is down by a thunk sound when it settles on the roof.
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Dsouthw524 is right - the antenna will not go all the way down unless it is in the centered (fore and aft) position. Raise it up aways and turn the dial to get it lined up and it will probably be OK.
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Okay...found the problem. The insert you turn to turn the antenna was very worn and had cracked. So the antenna wouldn't go all the way down. I went to a dealer and bought a new insert and will replace it. I also had my repair guy look at it and he said that was the problem. He put in a temporary one (he didn't have one in stock) and it went right down.

Thanks for the help.
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My Wineguard did the same thing but I caught it and cranked it back up then down. I applied a little more pressure and it went on down.
Hope it helps. Remember the gears are probably plastic but only cost about $10
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I had it checked out at the National RV Rally in March and the techs said that it was worn and needed replacement. I did that and it's working fine now.
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