TV Antenna Installation Guide
Installation started with the elimination of the old bat wing antenna. Fortunately it had been in a convenient area close to the side of the RV so I was able to try everything from a ladder. I would rather not walk-on the roof any more than i must. We started out by eliminating the four screws that hold the rotating handle into ceiling. A small set screw allows the handle to come right off.
Now it absolutely was time to check out the roof. I increased the antenna so that it would be off the beaten track and began to scrape from the old Dicor lap sealant. When I started, I found out exactly how defectively it absolutely was applied. Thankfully, they utilized butyl tape hence avoided a leak! We utilized a gasket scraper to remove the Dicor since that is what I had useful. Anything you make use of, just be yes to not ever snag the roofing membrane.
Once the Dicor was off the beaten track, i discovered 8 screws keeping the antenna set up. We removed these and put them aside to be used aided by the Jack antenna. The Jack cannot incorporate installing screws for use on the roof. When the screws were away, we pried the antenna from the butyl tape and unscrewed the coax cable. As you care able to see within the next photo, the builders at Gulf Stream performed a terrible task of cutting the opening for antenna. I am talking about, seriously, exactly how hard is it to make use of a hole saw? If RV makers would take pride with what they build, they might stop going broke.
The Jack antenna is sold with a square synthetic shaft that passes through the opening into the roofing to turn it from inside. It needs a 1.75" to 2.5" hole. Of course, the hole during my roof had been 1.5" thus I must expand it. That has been a pain to do since I have cannot make use of a hole saw, I'd to utilize hand tools to cut it evenly on all edges. The square plastic shaft that comes attached to the antenna is designed for a roof with a thickness of 3.25" or less. Obviously, my roofing is 3.5" dense thus I had to eliminate this 1 (it just brings down) and make use of the longer the one that emerged when you look at the box. The rotating knob inside will attach to this so it needs to function as right length.
In addition needed to drill a 1/4" gap beside the 1.75" hole for coax cable to feed through. The antenna it self has a splitter in the head device with an input through the antenna it self and 2 outputs. One visits the sign meter additionally the other would go to the signal booster. It is possible to virtually understand splitter next picture, but there is a significantly better shot from it more listed below.
Whenever you mount the antenna into the roof, its likely to face forward however with the gigantic hole Gulf Stream cut in the roofing, I became incapable of install it in this way. I attempted, but as you care able to see within the next image the antenna will never protect the opening. Shame for you Gulf Stream for shoddy craftsmanship.
This after that photo could be the coax link going to the booster around. I'd to obtain a brief piece of coax to go amongst the antenna and this cable since there was clearly absolutely no slack inside it at all. Thankfully, I experienced an item useful.
Next we used newer and more effective butyl tape (which I also have readily available) towards the jack antenna and positioned it within the opening when you look at the roof. I made sure the square shaft would rotate freely without hitting the edges of the opening. When I was content with the positioning, I squeezed the antenna down but failed to yet use any screws. We moved inside and attached the address plate towards the ceiling, making certain the shaft was centered in orifice. I place the knob you use to rotate it with on the shaft and made the full sweep making certain it did not hit the sides. We connected the coax towards the signal meter and squeezed the cover into place. We went back into roofing and screwed the antenna down.