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Old 03-22-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Weird TV reception problem - 2011 V-Lite 30wrlts

We just returned from 10 days camping. we spent 7 day at Barnwell State park in South Carolina and then 3 days in Zooland Family Campgrounds near Asheboro, NC. At both of these sites we experienced up and down tv reception. We would have a strong signal from the local channels then all of a sudden they would just drop out and then come back in. This went on for most of the trip. At Barnwell State park there were only about 5 campers in the whole campgrounds but in Zooland it was almost full most of the time. My brother was also camping near us just a few sites away and he did not experience any problems with his tv reception at Barnwell but he did experience problems with Zooland on the second day of our stay. I had checked out the camper before we left home and noticed no problems with the tv reception. I also checked the TV when we got back home and it is working great now. I would think that this would point to an electrical problem with the campground but I have never experienced anything like this before. I did check all connections inside the trailer and even went on the roof and checked the antenna and connections. All were tight. We have a tv in the living room and one in the bedroom and we had the same issue on both tv's. I re-scanned the channels several times on both tv but no help. We are planning several longer trips starting next year so I would like to get this problem fixed if it is with my trailer. Everything is factory on my trailer, Thanks,
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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Faulty antenna booster/amplifier?
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:34 PM   #3
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We just returned from 10 days camping. we spent 7 day at Barnwell State park in South Carolina and then 3 days in Zooland Family Campgrounds near Asheboro, NC. At both of these sites we experienced up and down tv reception. We would have a strong signal from the local channels then all of a sudden they would just drop out and then come back in. This went on for most of the trip. At Barnwell State park there were only about 5 campers in the whole campgrounds but in Zooland it was almost full most of the time. My brother was also camping near us just a few sites away and he did not experience any problems with his tv reception at Barnwell but he did experience problems with Zooland on the second day of our stay. I had checked out the camper before we left home and noticed no problems with the tv reception. I also checked the TV when we got back home and it is working great now. I would think that this would point to an electrical problem with the campground but I have never experienced anything like this before. I did check all connections inside the trailer and even went on the roof and checked the antenna and connections. All were tight. We have a tv in the living room and one in the bedroom and we had the same issue on both tv's. I re-scanned the channels several times on both tv but no help. We are planning several longer trips starting next year so I would like to get this problem fixed if it is with my trailer. Everything is factory on my trailer, Thanks,
Were you on the fringe of reception for these channels? If the answer is yes then that is your problem.

In the "old" days before digital television if you had a less than perfect signal you would get snow and maybe a fair picture then back to snow. With digital TV you either get a picture or not. There is very little in between.

I was in a fringe area a few weeks ago and the channels would come and go. Redirecting the antenna helped sometime.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:41 AM   #4
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Were you on the fringe of reception for these channels? If the answer is yes then that is your problem.

In the "old" days before digital television if you had a less than perfect signal you would get snow and maybe a fair picture then back to snow. With digital TV you either get a picture or not. There is very little in between.

I was in a fringe area a few weeks ago and the channels would come and go. Redirecting the antenna helped sometime.
That is possible but we have been camping with this trailer since 2011 and this is the first time that I have experienced this problem. Also my brother was camping with us in his trailer and he did not have any problems during our stay at Barnwell. He only experienced problems on the second day of our stay at Zooland. Also I checked the signal strength on all channels and some of them were showing 98% at their strongest point then they would just drop to maybe 40% and then drop out all the way. Then a few seconds later they would come back in at 90 some % for a few seconds. We finally had to start watching DVD's or turn the TV off. I did try redirecting the antenna a lot of times during our stay, but this did not help. It was also weird in the fact that I did get good reception several times at Zooland. It was usually in the early morning (around 6AM) then I would start loosing the channels again around 9 AM. I think that this had something to do with the other campers starting to use the electricity but not sure. Like I said earlier this has never happened before to us and it was very odd.

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Old 04-25-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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Is your antenna designed for digital TV ? As stated previously, with a weaker Digital signal, it pops on and off. With my 2006 Sunline, I had to add a Wingman to the antenna, assuming that you have a Wineguard Batwing style.

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Yes, I just checked and I have the Wineguard Batwing style so I am going to upgrade to the Wingman. Hopefully that should help.

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The Wingman made a big difference in our reception.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:16 AM   #8
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Sounds to me like has been mentioned, your booster could be acting up with the signal bouncing around like that.
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