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Old 06-16-2016, 08:18 AM   #1
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Winegard Rayzar z1 HD Antenna

I just received this months trailer life magazine and saw an advertisement on the above captioned. It appears to be new and an upgrade over the old one. They claim that you can get all local (abc, cbs, abc, fox etc.) channels and has superior VHF and UHF capabilities. They also claim its an easy install utilizing your RV's current antenna arm. I believe my TT has a winegard antenna on it presently. Has anyone purchased this? antenna only on website is $49.99 and if so how does it compare to the antenna already installed on my 2017 flagstaff 27RLWS.

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Old 06-16-2016, 10:42 AM   #2
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Probably their answer to some of the other modern looking antennas that are showing up. I would be surprised if it is any better than their older Sensar antenna.


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Old 06-16-2016, 11:06 AM   #3
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I put one on last year. Works great. Much better than the old one.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:43 AM   #4
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What did you replace


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The kit comes with a new head and shorter mast plus connectors.
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Has anyone purchased this? antenna only on website is $49.99 and if so how does it compare to the antenna already installed on my 2017 flagstaff 27RLWS.

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They must have JUST changed this. My 2017 2703WS (Rockwood version of yours ) came with one. I looked at another 2017 two months ago and it had the Sensar on it. It seems to aquire channels a little faster than my last one, but not a huge deal of difference. The up side is you don't have to worry about forgetting to bring it down.
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My, who would forget to lower it?


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I ALMOST did once . I've probably seen a dozen or so running down the road. I think what I like most about it is not having to raise it to clean under it.
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:22 PM   #9
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When the Wineguard antenna that came on my 5er got snagged and was destroyed by a tiny, low hanging branch I decided to go with a King replacement head on the original elevator tubes:

https://www.amazon.com/KING-OA8000-R.../dp/B003FO2O1G

Everything needed comes in the box and it takes longer to climb on and off the roof than to replace the antenna. Better reception than the original Wineguard, and what I like best is that all of the antenna elements are protected in the plastic shell so they can't be snagged again (lots of hanging Spanish moss here in the South). If you go for one of these be aware that the "front" of the antenna is the blunt part (that has the UHF elements) and not the pointed, arrow looking side.
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I just put on a King Jack antenna head two days ago. I had my Sensar antenna damaged by some low over hanging cable/phone wires. It pulled my antenna up and damaged the gears and lifting arm as well as the bracket on the head. I purchased the gears for under $20 and the King Jack head for $40 at Camping World. Easy fix on the gears, had to straigten the metal arm that was twisted and install the new head.
I tested the old Sensar head at home before I took it off. I received 54 channels. With the new King Jack antenna and trying to position it exactly as the Sensar was, I got 51 channels. I turned it slightly and I got 47 channels. Repositioned it in the opposite direction and I got 53. So, no great improvement with the King Jack but I like it as it is smaller and does not hit my bathroom vent MaxAir cover as the Sensar did. Not a scientific study but found it interesting how sensitive it was in a small change in direction. Hope this won't be a problem on the road trying to find a decent channel to watch.
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