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Old 05-16-2016, 01:25 PM   #1
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Omnidirectional Antenna

Does anybody know who makes the omnidirectional antennas Coachmen is installing on 2016 Freedom Express trailers? I got no documentation for the antenna, and so far I've only seen it from the ground. It has two metal wings, but it's not one of the type that can be aimed or raised, since there is no control inside the trailer. Just trying to find info on it, since I was camping this weekend with a friend who has a directional antenna and got several stations, and I got none. I know it does work at least somewhat, since during the PDI, I was able to get a few stations at the dealer. I verified did have the amplifier on this weekend.
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:12 PM   #2
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Was your power amplifier turned on? It is behind the tv on my unit integrated with the coax plate.
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Did you have your TV do a channel scan?


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Old 05-16-2016, 05:42 PM   #4
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It is a look-a-like omni antenna that is virtually useless from a no-name company. I suggest installing a King Jack antenna. It is the most popular. Note the Jack and most other antennas will require a larger hole in the roof (2 1/2" vs 1/2") and a hole in the ceiling. Here is the info for the antenna Coachman installed.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:41 PM   #5
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These antennas suck, next on my list of items to fix/replace on this trailer.
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:49 AM   #6
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Was your power amplifier turned on? It is behind the tv on my unit integrated with the coax plate.
Yeah, I had the amplifier turned on. Mine is just below the tv in one of the storage compartments. The little red light was on. Eventually, I got a few channels but they were basically unwatchable.


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Did you have your TV do a channel scan?
Yeah, I did perform a couple of channel scans, and eventually got a couple of channels, but they were pixelating so bad it was worthless.


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It is a look-a-like omni antenna that is virtually useless from a no-name company. I suggest installing a King Jack antenna. It is the most popular. Note the Jack and most other antennas will require a larger hole in the roof (2 1/2" vs 1/2") and a hole in the ceiling. Here is the info for the antenna Coachman installed.
That's what I seem to be finding from other threads I eventually found. Thanks for the link! I will check out the King Jack antenna. I'm really worried about making a hole in the roof though. Have you done it?


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These antennas suck, next on my list of items to fix/replace on this trailer.
Yeah, it looks like that'll be one of the upgrades on mine eventually too.
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Old 05-18-2016, 05:57 PM   #7
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Hey flybob, I will be getting one of the king jacks. I see that it requires 12v, is that a new wire I will have to run or is there an existing one from the original junk antenna?
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Hey flybob, I will be getting one of the king jacks. I see that it requires 12v, is that a new wire I will have to run or is there an existing one from the original junk antenna?
The power is sent to the antenna with the existing coax, it comes with a wall plate to replace the current amplifier which has spade connections on it to connect the existing 12v that is already behind your current plate.
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The power (12V) is supplied via the coax along with the signal. You can use the existing coax and just replace the antenna and the wall mounted power source.
I have not done the upgrade as I don't spend much time inside ( except sleeping). Will complete it before fall.

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Hey flybob, I will be getting one of the king jacks. I see that it requires 12v, is that a new wire I will have to run or is there an existing one from the original junk antenna?
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:35 PM   #10
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Not to hijack the thread but this is the same antenna used on the Clippers and I was wondering if anyone has replaced the antenna on their Clipper with a King? If so where did the controls come out in the cabin?
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:44 PM   #11
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Omni directional antennas do not suck, per se. A trailers inability to raise them high enough to receive clear signals is what holds them back.

We have an Omni at our home that is approximately 40 ft in the air. We receive clear signals from as far away as 41 miles.

Now, if we could only figure out a cartoon way of pushing a button and the Omni would rise 30 feet above the trailer, we would be all set.
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:27 PM   #12
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Look up continu.us they also have a support section.

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Old 05-27-2016, 09:05 PM   #13
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I had to take mine off and tighten up the connection. the antenna has a pigtail coming from it that connects to the line from the wall plate up to the roof. I thought it sucked at first as I was getting nothing at all to scan on the tv. Once I did this I got about 20 channels which is what I got from my old directional antenna
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Thanks Cableguy, I wouldn't doubt that there is something loose either. None of the connections on the coax down below were actually crimped. Just put onto the coax and that's it.
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The coax used for TV Antennas in the trailer is poor quality. Replacing with a Sat Grade RG6 and properly crimped connectors will make reception much better.

Also there have been issues with bad LED lights creating interference. They replaced mine at Goshen one year with better ones. I still have some flush mount lights that cause issues. I traced the problem to the 12 v power lead. Powering the antenna from a 120 vac to 12 vdc power adapter helped a lot. Broke the interference path on the 12 wiring.
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the coax isnt the problem its the crappy screw on connectors.
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:20 AM   #17
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the coax isnt the problem its the crappy screw on connectors.
The connectors on mine were actually compression and branded Ideal. They just never used the compression tool to finish the job, so the wire pulled right out. I have the compression tool, so I just did them myself, to avoid having to bring it in for a simple repair.
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