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Old 11-22-2018, 11:57 AM   #1
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Extra solar or TV Antenna

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Has anyone had this decision wanted to do a second roof mount solar panel on my build for a 21' but would lose the TV antenna. We really want to use the TV too so looking for antenna options that work.
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:02 PM   #2
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I had the antenna and never used it, always used the cg cable or if there was no cable, there was no signal.
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:07 PM   #3
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:17 PM   #4
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Hello,


Has anyone had this decision wanted to do a second roof mount solar panel on my build for a 21' but would lose the TV antenna. We really want to use the TV too so looking for antenna options that work.
Thanks
If you want to keep the antenna, which we found was quite good and generally if there was a signal provided better picture quality than the cable, you could always get ETI to provide an external plug in for a portable solar panel. In that way you could get something approaching a reasonable compromise.
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:22 PM   #5
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Yes thank you we are having the zamp port put on the trailer was just thinking about the convenience of roof top and if the TV antenna really worked. Thanks
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:27 PM   #6
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Has anyone had this decision wanted to do a second roof mount solar panel on my build for a 21' but would lose the TV antenna. We really want to use the TV too so looking for antenna options that work.
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Our Build Sheet has both the second solar panel and the antenna. ??
No one at ETI said we could not have both.
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:29 PM   #7
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Yes thank you we are having the zamp port put on the trailer was just thinking about the convenience of roof top and if the TV antenna really worked. Thanks
Obviously you would lose the convenience (and security) of the roof top, but we have found that just having one solar panel was always good enough, although we don't use lots of power as we don't have a microwave/instapot/or electric coffee pot. However, having the Zamp port and a plug in might give you a bit more flexibility in setting a portable solar panel at a better sun angle/direction when the sun is at lower winter elevation.
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:33 PM   #8
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We have dual rooftop solar panels and no TV antenna on our current 21 ft trailer
If we were to do it again , we would purchase a single Solar panel and the TV antenna
For us the dual solar panels are overkill .’
We have a single 100 watt portable solar panel on our Casita which has been more than adequate
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Old 11-22-2018, 01:18 PM   #9
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Our decision

We debated this same issue as you are. FWIW, our decision for our E21 (to be finished Dec 7th) was to go with the single roof mounted solar panel, the Jack TV antenna and a Zamp port for a portable solar panel. We really don't like watching campground CATV on our HDTV so we opted for the roof mounted antenna. In our previous trailer we used one of those flat HD antennas taped to a window with some success but we hope the roof mounted version will be more effective.
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Old 11-22-2018, 01:26 PM   #10
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Thanks Chama I think that is going to be my plan unless other suggestions lead me to change. I am going to try to do a search for best portable solar panels to see what the cost will be.
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