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Old 07-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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We have a 2013 Forest River, Surveyor Sport. I believe when we purchased the travel trailer we were told that the antenna was stationary. I am just making sure so we don't waste time looking for the crank. We have found the "booster" but we are unable to watch the TV. This is our first experience. So far it has been great.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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That should be correct, I believe all the surveyors have stationary antennas.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
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And, you said you found it, but to clarify- the booster should be ON if you're going to watch over-the-air TV and OFF if your'e going to hook up to the campground's cable.
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Also, you need to go into the tv's settings and do a channel scan for over the air channels if using the antenna, or use channel scan on cable if using cable before anything will work.
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Also, you need to go into the tv's settings and do a channel scan for over the air channels if using the antenna, or use channel scan on cable if using cable before anything will work.
Oh yes. You have to do this every time you move the camper from one campground to another.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:14 PM   #6
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The antenna is stationary and questionable. Make sure you have the source on the correct setting (I can't remember off hand but it is not HDMI or componant) and do a channel scan. Then you will have to flip channels manually to find one that works. You will need to be within 40 miles of the transmitter to receive a channel.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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If the above suggestions fail to get you any reception, check the cable connections at the TV and booster too. The connector on the back of the booster panel was broken on our trailer, they're pretty cheap, and had it replaced under warranty. I rarely watch over the air TV, and generally find the recpeption poor or nil where we go camping.

The fixed antena Surveyor uses on most of their trailers is the omni-directional type. Yes it is fixed, requiring no cranking up or down or rotation.

The "older" style crank antennas do need to be cranked up and down, and are directional. This means they can be rotated to better recieve signals from a certain direction. This generally results in better reception from a particular transmission tower as compared to the omnidirectional fixed antennas.
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Just a thought. Our TV had a cable running to the satellite, but not hooked up to the antenna or the radio/dvd player. I had to remove the tv to find that out.
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