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Old 09-30-2014, 11:56 PM   #1
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Jack Antenna and Trailer Cover

Reading the thread and posts on "TV Antenna" and with winter soon coming, got me thinking: how to not put a strain on the Jack antenna with the cover. The Jack antenna is about foot tall and about 16" wide. A cover over the antenna surely would put pressure on the antenna. First thought was to make a box structure to encase the antenna and with suitable padding between the Escape and the box structure. Wonder if anyone has already solved this situation. So has anyone that has the Jack antenna use a cover and if so, how do you keep the cover from putting undo strain on the antenna?
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Old 10-01-2014, 12:31 AM   #2
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Sounds like a fairly large plastic tub like one could find at a nursery should work. A trimmed down 5 gallon bucket might be a little small.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:44 AM   #5
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I cut the top off the 9.47L RV Antifreeze container, put pipe insolation on the edges and placed it over the cyclone sewer vent that I installed this spring. The Classic Accessories trailer cover went over without a snag. BTW, this is the 5th year for this cover and it is beginning to tear in places. In the torn area(s) I clothespined the material together then silicone glued between the two layers of material. 24 hours later I removed the pins and all was good for at least one more year.
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:10 AM   #6
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Reading the thread and posts on "TV Antenna" and with winter soon coming, got me thinking: how to not put a strain on the Jack antenna with the cover. The Jack antenna is about foot tall and about 16" wide. A cover over the antenna surely would put pressure on the antenna. First thought was to make a box structure to encase the antenna and with suitable padding between the Escape and the box structure. Wonder if anyone has already solved this situation. So has anyone that has the Jack antenna use a cover and if so, how do you keep the cover from putting undo strain on the antenna?
Hi Rick,

I found a 16" H x 16" Diameter nursery plant pot & cut 4" off the bottom, leaving 12" in height... slightly higher than the antenna.

Should work...

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Interesting. What about cutting it below the rim instead of cutting out the bottom? The cover might slide over it better without an edge there.
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Interesting. What about cutting it below the rim instead of cutting out the bottom? The cover might slide over it better without an edge there.
Good thought rbryan4, but the pot is tapered... so when I first placed it over the antenna, it got hung up. But with the 4" cut off, it fits perfectly. One can probably find these in most, if not all, nurseries. As addition info, these pots are made in the States...

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PS: When the cover goes on, the pot should take the cover's weight off the antenna...

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PS: When the cover goes on, the pot should take the cover's weight off the antenna...

Larry
I would find a foam pool noodle or similar piece of foam to place along the upper edge of your pot so that the sharp cut edge on the pot does not wear through your trailer cover. Another noodle on the bottom of your pot would protect the fiberglass on your trailer roof from being scratched by the pot.

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