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Old 09-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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8289 Antenna

so??? JUST GOT THIS 8289, RECEPTION IS TERRIBLE,,,Went to look for the fold down antenna on the unit and found out that it is no longer made,,,,,what's the deal with that???? on a new 2014 5th wheel??? no longer made????? so before I do something really stupid,,,,does anyone have any experience with this deal???
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:43 PM   #2
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Radio or TV? My radio antenna is on the dining room slide behind the radio. I get decent reception. It folds out from side and then extends. TV is normal crank up located in bedroom and gets good reception.
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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the Radio,,,the antenna is on the outside side wall,,,only 3 extensions and it folds flat when not in use,,
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:56 PM   #4
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Yep. Same one. Had the same one on last camper too. I have to agree it is probably not as good as the whip antenna my first trailer had but I can still pull in most of the signals I can with my truck radio at the same location. May be a loose connection on back of radio unit. Would have to remove trim ring and unscrew and slide out to verify.
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:59 PM   #5
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antenna is connected OK,,,,looking for a ground wire,,, seems like there are 3 wires off the antenna, the antenna itself, a blue and a red,,,,any idea of where these guys might be???
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:20 PM   #6
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I abandoned the OEM Radio Antenna, and connected the receiver to the batwing roof antenna. There are a few posts on here telling how to do that.

Reception using the batwing FAR exceeds anything you'll get with that little stub.

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Old 09-17-2013, 04:06 PM   #7
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the Radio,,,the antenna is on the outside side wall,,,only 3 extensions and it folds flat when not in use,,
I think the antenna you are talking about is for the sirius xm only, I think the genesis antenna is just a wire behind the unit. I do not think the sirius and the genesis are connected to that antenna, but like I always say I have been wrong before.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:14 PM   #8
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well, I heard from an Electrician at the company, and found out how they were wired,,,the antenna is the AM-FM antenna, connected through a harness, at the back of the radio....to a ground and a positive,,,,, will fool with it when I get home, if my next post is asking for advice on how to put out a fire,,, I did it wrong
This is my 4th RV, always had Keystones before, and I am impressed with the quality concern the folks at Rockwood have,,,, as well as the 5th wheel itself,,
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I think the antenna you are talking about is for the sirius xm only, I think the genesis antenna is just a wire behind the unit. I do not think the sirius and the genesis are connected to that antenna, but like I always say I have been wrong before.
Not so on the 8289WS. The antenna on the side of the TV/Dining Room slideout is the AM/FM antenna for the Genesis unit.

Reception using this antenna is horrible. I received 2 full limiting FM stations and 3 very fuzzy stations when this antenna was used.

I Connected the Batwing on the roof to the genesis and at the same location with the Antenna Amplifier turned on, receive 8 full limiting stations. I also can now receive two WX stations, and had zero with the OEM antenna.

Posts #17 and #19 in this thread explain the modification:

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Old 09-17-2013, 06:03 PM   #10
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cool.....will give it a shot this week end.....thanks man
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