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Old 09-26-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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TV antenna with amplifier

Hi Folks

We have been looking to purchase a trailer for some time now and finally took the plunge this week and ordered a 5.0. We chose Escape for many of the of the reasons listed on this forum including the design and quality, along with the pleasure of buying from such good people as Reace and Tammy. We did have a question about the TV antenna option. We were wondering about the effectiveness and reception here in the US since the conversion to HD signals. Maybe those of you who currently have and use the antenna could pass along your experiences so far. Thanks alot.

Jerry and Julie
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:38 PM   #2
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Hi: Jerry S... And welcome to the forum. The antenna and amp are fine if there are local signals avail. you will get em all. The amp is necessary to boost the signal as the antenna would be better with more height... but not as streamlined on the roof. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie p.s. In "Our Escape Hatch" the TV mount is at the foot of the bed close to the ant. amp. & plug.
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Hi: JerryS... I forgot to say the station on the TV during my photo was Analog. Since Digital inception the TV screen is much sharper. One rainy night in Maine we watched their PBS chanel. WOW!!! Better 'n cable at home. Stations more than 50 miles away are a bit of a challenge. We also have two cable inlets incase it is avail in the campground.
Usually the only thing on at night is the campfire & maybe the news!!! Alf
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Old 09-27-2009, 05:16 PM   #4
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Hi Alf - Thanks for the info and sending along the pix as well. Nice campfire shot! I like your set up and mounting of the flat screen - looks like the way to go on the 5.0 we'll be getting as well. It seems like that antenna should work out well if need be. Since we live out here in the west - who knows where we'll end up when we start traveling, it might come in handy. With my apologies to the late Mr. Rogers "can you say NFL season " sure you can.

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Hi Alf - Thanks for the info and sending along the pix as well. Nice campfire shot! I like your set up and mounting of the flat screen - looks like the way to go on the 5.0 we'll be getting as well. It seems like that antenna should work out well if need be. Since we live out here in the west - who knows where we'll end up when we start traveling, it might come in handy. With my apologies to the late Mr. Rogers "can you say NFL season " sure you can.

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Hi: Jerry... Here's what it looks like from the back and when it's locked into travel position. Alf
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Hi: JerryS... The TV weighs 11# the arm can carry up to 60#. A bit of over kill but it was in there by the former owners.Our local Airstream dealer told me they charge $500. to reinforce the wall and mount the arm...so we were lucky it was done by Reace during the build. Alf
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:58 AM   #7
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Hi:JerryS... I just took the TV off the arm and brought it indoors for storage. I put it on its stand and found a space for it in my new den. If we go camping again this season we'll just have to find some other form of entertainment.
We only have two seasons here...Camping and Storage. Alf
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:23 AM   #8
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Alf, is your arm designed to be easily taken off of its mount? If so, what make/model is it?

I would really like one that does this, as the TV could be put away unless needed as we don't really watch it much, plus it would be better for traveling.

I did see one like that at Home Depot, but it was a real cheap looking unit.
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Hi: Jim Bennett... I owe you big time for making me go out and look at the TV mount arm. When I took the cover off the end fastened to the wall one of the pivot screws fell right out . It could have come off a lot easier than it did when I took the TV out yesterday!!!(required allen key to tighten)
The name of the unit is AVF. Here's a link but I don't know the model# www.avfgroup.com Alf
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:32 PM   #10
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Hi Alf - We're definitely looking forward to more of the "camping " when we do get our trailer, thats for sure. We are including the wall mount TV option as well in our order. It looks like that arm has a quick release bracket to remove the entire flat screen and leave the arm in place , is that correct ? Thanks again for the info and pictures.

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