Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-05-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 69
Poor Radio Reception

Recently bought a new 2016 Forest River Flagstaff 26VFKS Super Light with the "V" kitchen front.
Upon getting it home and going over all the amenities I noticed that the radio had very poor reception. Especially AM reception. The entertainment center is an iRV Technologies iRV66. I called the dealer for advice and they had none. So I turned on the radio and the outdoor speakers, and climbed on top of the trailer. I touched the antenna and the reception improved 100%! Well, after that I unscrewed the screw that clamps the two halves of the antenna base and then loosened the antenna mounting screw which secures the antenna to the trailer roof. Placed a ground wire around the the mounting screw and ran it to a good ground screw that is attached to the air conditioner mounting flashing. Thus providing a proper ground. The radio works 100% better. Anyone else have bad reception with Forest River fiber glass side trailers?
__________________

__________________
ornery is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2015, 07:09 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Orion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 172
Our radio is pretty much useless. If I unplug the antenna and hold it get a better reception. I might have to look into the ground.


Sent from my iPad 7 using Forest River Forums
__________________

__________________
2017 Flagstaff FLT21DS
2011 Tundra Platinum, 5.7l, 2WD, Firestone bags...
Orion is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 05:02 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 69
Bad Reception

Well I am glad I am not the only one. I think the radios in Fiberglass side trailers are not grounded properly. Luckily I know a little about 'lectricity
and was able to ground. You might try getting on the roof, or from a ladder and unscrew the screw that holds the two halves of the antenna base. inside will be a mounting screw that goes into the roof. Loosen enough to loop a striped wire around the screw. Then tighten the screw. Attach the other end (striped) of the wire to a good ground screw. It SHOULD help.
Best of luck

Ornery



Quote:
Originally Posted by Orion View Post
Our radio is pretty much useless. If I unplug the antenna and hold it get a better reception. I might have to look into the ground.


Sent from my iPad 7 using Forest River Forums
__________________
ornery is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 06:11 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 7,412
There is a thread about getting better radio reception by using your TV antenna and a few parts from Radioshack. If I remember right everyone who did that mod got a 100% better reception. You might try and find it.
__________________
Rockwood #8289 WS 2012
F250 6.0 / Husky 16k
With 4 point leveling system
Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 08:20 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Frederica DE
Posts: 942
I purchased a coax f connector to rca radio Jack. Now I usethe tv anntenna to get great radio reception.
__________________

2016 Ford F250 XLT 4X4 6.2L
2015 Rockwood Signature Ultralite 8329SS
Hensley Arrow
Nights camping in 2017: 20 nights
Miles traveled in 2017: 1,530
uhduh camping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2015, 12:46 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 69
Did you have to remove the radio, entertainment center from the cabinet? And then run the coax to the TV/cable outlet?

Thanks.
Orn

Quote:
Originally Posted by uhduh camping View Post
I purchased a coax f connector to rca radio Jack. Now I usethe tv anntenna to get great radio reception.
__________________
ornery is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2015, 11:03 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
RangeMaggotBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Somewhere in the Ozarks...
Posts: 484
Quote:
Originally Posted by ornery View Post
Did you have to remove the radio, entertainment center from the cabinet? And then run the coax to the TV/cable outlet?

Thanks.
Orn
Yeah, we need a few more details!
__________________
2015 Forest River Rockwood Signature Series Ultra Lite 8289WS w/Diamond pkg.
2014 RAM CTD 6.7 Tradesman 4WD Auto Crew Cab Long Bed
Honda eu2000i generators
RangeMaggotBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 07:15 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
PhoneDude 8289's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,070
The antenna mod does not help AM frequency at all but it does wonders for the FM and weather band. My FM reception has increased by what seems like 1000%, way more stations and crystal clear.
__________________
Lifted 2014 8289WS Diamond pkg
2014 Ram 2500 4wd SB DC TCD
PhoneDude 8289 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 03:14 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Frederica DE
Posts: 942
MCM electronics sells a coax f connector to rca radio jack adapter. Find the wall plate that allows you to push button to switch from anntena to cable/satellite. Remove the anntenna cable and attach this cable to a splitter. Put the adapter on splitter plug into radio. Attach a second coax to splitter and that goes to wall switch. Power the wall switch to listen to favorite your FM stations. You will can watch tv as usual.
__________________

2016 Ford F250 XLT 4X4 6.2L
2015 Rockwood Signature Ultralite 8329SS
Hensley Arrow
Nights camping in 2017: 20 nights
Miles traveled in 2017: 1,530
uhduh camping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 03:26 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Frederica DE
Posts: 942
[URL]http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/27-5695/[URL] This isn't quite was I have but similar to this.
__________________

__________________

2016 Ford F250 XLT 4X4 6.2L
2015 Rockwood Signature Ultralite 8329SS
Hensley Arrow
Nights camping in 2017: 20 nights
Miles traveled in 2017: 1,530
uhduh camping is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
radio, reception

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:56 AM.