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Old 11-14-2017, 01:35 PM   #1
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I own a 2015 Rockwood Signature Ultralite 5th wheel. Recently I had my roof replaced. Glad to say that Forest River covered it. Didn't cost me a dime. My TV roof antenna is about 5 or 6 inches off the roof with it in the full down position. I don't know it it was like that before I had the roof replaced. Is it supposed to be off the roof all the time in the full down position? Any input is appreciated. Have learned so much from you folks and read the forum everyday.
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:39 PM   #2
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When I dropped mine down for travel it would fold all the way down and lay flat on the roof.
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:47 PM   #3
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It's been too long since I worked on one of those... If memory doesn't totally fail me... it is prolly turned wrong. Look or have someone look as it is raised/lowered and see if there is binding. I think they are held together with pins and e-clips... may just need to swap the head or the legs around(rotate 180 degrees).
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Old 11-15-2017, 06:25 PM   #4
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Here is a link to a maintenance video for the Wingard batwing style antenna. It may help you understand how it’s supposed to work and figure out what’s wrong.

https://youtu.be/KATPS5bU0nY
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Old 11-15-2017, 06:38 PM   #5
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It should lower more than that, Many of these have small rubber bumpers on the roof to protect the roof from damage when the antenna moves during towing. It is possible that a bumper is installed incorrectly or as mentioned, the antenna has not been rotated to the parked position prior to lowering it.
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Old 11-15-2017, 06:49 PM   #6
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To answer yor question....in the travel position the antennae should be flat on the roof. You should hear it touch the roof when you retract it.

Have a look up on the roof, and see if the antennae sits better if it is turned 180 degrees. They should be resting lengthwise from to back on your rooftop
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:09 PM   #7
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Mine did that, while it was up and I rotated it to locate a station. when lowering it to move, I did not get the pointers lined up exactly so when I lowered it I heard it hit but it was hitting the cradle edge. When I was on the roof I noticed it. Had to raise it part way and align the arrows then lower it into the cradle. I think it was only off one notch. I would check that first, you can do that without getting on the roof. If that isn't what happened,you will have to get on the roof.
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Does not look right to me, may have put pivot pins in wrong.
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:55 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for your kind responses. All were valid problem areas that could have been the cause. Shortkid had the correct answer though. I had not properly lined up the notches on the winding mechanism. I wound it up and aligned the large points and the antenna came down all the way to the roof. Again thanks to each and everyone of you for your quick and kind responses. Another problem solved by the RV community. I and my wife wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. We won't be out in our RV but all my kids and grandkids will be home. May God bless you all and keep you and your families.
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Thanks for getting back and letting us know that you were able to correct the problem and what caused it. Too many times people share good information with others and then they never give the outcome.
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