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Old 08-12-2020, 02:15 PM   #1
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Is the Jack antenna worth purchasing or just stay with the cable ready?
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Old 08-12-2020, 02:20 PM   #2
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I got the antenna, cable and satellite ready. Haven't used any of them. Keep thinking I will tho
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I use the Jack, although only a handful of times. Works okay for me. If you are a commercial campground camper, then chances are you'll have cable. You do need to bring a cable to run from the utility post to the camper. If you are the NON commercial campground type, and want to watch TV, then you'll need an antenna of some sort. If you are thinking of a 5.0TA, the Jack is mounted right at the apex of the roof. It's a pain to put a cover over.

If I had it to do over, I'd skip the Jack and pick up a Leaf for the window, or something along those lines, as I rarely do TV while camping. I do like watching the Superbowl, and TV weather when things get exciting.

The Jack also casts a shadow which may or may not be an issue with multiple solar panels.
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The couple times that we've watched TV it was in a commercial campground with cable supplied. Any other place we've camped would be out of range for over the air broadcasts, so antenna would be of no use. If you're close enough for OTA, you probably will have cable.

We have a 7" DVD player that can be connected to our 15 inch TV, but never watch it.
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Old 08-12-2020, 04:36 PM   #5
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I wouldn't recommend the factory installed Jack antenna.

It depends on what you want from the TV. An OTA antenna will pull in stations even a fair distance away. You can go to TVfool and see the kind of information available. It gives the distance and bearing to TV stations. For folks like us that try and catch TV news whenever we can, although I don't know why sometimes , it's very handy.

OTA reception is a function of height. Raising the antenna higher gives better reception. With our Jack on a pole coverage wasn't too bad and no doubt better than if it'd been just on the roof.

However on the 21 I went with an omni-directional Antop antenna. It's hands down better than the Jack. In our case we're able to do a location by location comparison to what we received with the Jack.

If you only want to maybe once in awhile hook up to a campground cable, run the cable in with the electrical cable port. If you want OTA reception go with the Antop on a pole. We followed Mike L's lead on that and now have a 20' telescoping pole. As I said higher is better.

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Old 08-12-2020, 05:51 PM   #6
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We got the stock TV Jack Antenna and although, I admit, it's performance is marginal...it works...sometimes...and I have no regrets. On the E21 the TV Jack Antenna is located in the front so it doesn't put any shadow on the rear solar panel.

To be honest, however, I never really expect to get any reception with the TV Jack but when we camp close to civilization, it's a fun surprise to find a local news broadcast or an old I Love Lucy episode on PBS.

Some channels can come in clearly but many are extremely pixilated with the Jack so I wouldn't depend on it if you plan to use it with any regularity. If you do, then Ron in BC's set up with an omni-directional Antop antenna on a telescoping pole looks way better and/or I would recommend cable-ready (which we have and works great!) but you would need to be in a campground that provides cable TV. If you want TV for sports, then definitely go with with Ron's set up or cable-ready.

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We mostly have used cable when in a campground . But last year was surprised with our flying saucer Wineguard omi directional antenna . There was no cable channels but being close to station in Utah pulled in 69 stations . We do have antenna on roof at home now for over 8 years . So familiar with antenna ‘s . Would not have one installed on trailer though . But definetly get cable ready for campgrounds . Pat
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The problem I have is, once I go into the first mountain fold, none of this stuff works. No radio signal, except sometimes in a car. No phone signal unless in some hot spot. TV, I can't imagine. Even my fancy cell phone booster is marginal at best.

I think I am waiting for a leap in technology that is satellite based, so we can screw up the sky even further.

I admit it is a different experience when connected to family and friends and I am out camping. I love that. As much as I like being away from the news, I seem to cling to it!

Here is a pic of my rooftop. The antenna, which I have never used, is not in the way of Solar. But with two panels, there is almost no waiting when the Sun is up, even a little.
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Is the Jack antenna worth purchasing or just stay with the cable ready?
Of all the optional items we got when purchasing our trailer, the tv antenna was the one I regret most. Have not used it once since the trailer was purchased in 2013 and is just an obstruction on the roof of the trailer.
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It all depends on how important TV is to you & yours. In my case I opted for a second solar panel. Since KI don't carry or watch TV, it made sense. Much prefer reading.
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Of all the optional items we got when purchasing our trailer, the tv antenna was the one I regret most. Have not used it once since the trailer was purchased in 2013 and is just an obstruction on the roof of the trailer.
If I had it to do over I would not get the antenna either. I would also not get the camera and heat pads.

I was the last Aug, 2019 delivery date and only had 7 days to decide on the extras. I went with everything that sounded remotely like handy stuff to have.

I'm happy I was not aware that there were things not on the option list that were available.

"Wish I could do it over". Has it ever been different?
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Of all the optional items we got when purchasing our trailer, the tv antenna was the one I regret most. Have not used it once since the trailer was purchased in 2013 and is just an obstruction on the roof of the trailer.
Pretty much the same here. We haven't used it much, but we've since replaced the original one for two reasons: it was wired incorrectly by Escape (bad coax terminations) and some idiot (can't imagine who) decided it was a good idea to try and pull the trailer out of it's garage with the door still not all the way up, which broke the mast.

I would much prefer a second solar panel there instead, but I asked about it in late 2014 when we were finalizing our build sheet, and I was told one panel only. If I were having one built today, there's no question I'd go for a second solar panel instead.
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just sayin'...
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Old 08-13-2020, 01:48 PM   #17
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I just keep thinking of John Prine:


"Blow up your TV
Throw away your paper
Move to the country
Build you a farm
Plant a little garden

Eat a lot of peaches
Try to find Jesus
On your own"


No TV in my rig, too much outdoor fun & exploration, games, puzzles. Having a TV around runs counter to detaching from the rat race. That's for home.



Well, okay I do have a 8" screen portable DVD player we carry for the rare movie night...!
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I just keep thinking of John Prine:


"Blow up your TV
Throw away your paper
Move to the country
Build you a farm
Plant a little garden

Eat a lot of peaches
Try to find Jesus
On your own"
....:
yeah, another great one...

and of a more literary bend...



dated but still well worth reading.
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Now that we are empty nesters (for over 20 years, actually) I am NOT the television fanatic of the two of us. The other occupant has somewhat of an addiction, however. She hasn’t complained about the Jack antenna so I guess it is sufficient. I do know most of the times cable has been available it is frequently dismal. Other have mentioned using cable; they can’t be going to the campgrounds we have been to. I do have Dish at home and so I have a Wally (receiver) in the Escape, with the Tailgater portable satellite antenna. It’s a good thing that it searches for and licks onto the satellite because I wouldn’t have the patience to set it to the proper azimuth and elevation. But I did have to rewire the CoAx cable to bypass the junction block used with the Jack. I do not know if anyone else has experience it but I found this junction block was affecting reception of some of the lower numbered channels on the cable systems that are “watchable.” Anyway, she seems to be happy with the Jack and the satellite.
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To me the only good shows on tv now are the reruns of Gunsmoke, Bonnaza , and Perry Mason
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