Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-29-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10
advice about T.V. reception

We were at a campground in Ohio a few weeks ago. We wanted to see how our t.v. reception worked during NFL preseason as a test for the real season. We were camping almost at the edge of this town and we did have good cell phone use, but no channels at all. Our t.v. is a new digital flat screen and were using a "direct t.v." antenna. In two weeks, the first week end of the season we will be in Myrtle Beach and the tv and antenna are just for camping and football season. any advice other than stay home to watch the game, which isn't an option?

dixons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 11:13 PM   #2
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
TURBS's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,205
Was the antenna booster on?
did you swivel antenna in different directions for better reception?
Not sure what a direct tv antenna is? Do you mean the roof top one?

TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 11:29 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10
There is no antenna booster on this. It is a digital antenna and it is made by direct tv. We did move the receiver around a bit but no channels came in. We tried it at home and it worked great.
dixons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 06:00 AM   #4
Senior Member
Oakman's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Jefferson County, MO
Posts: 4,689
If you are talking about DIRECTV the satellite service provider then you must be a subscriber and have their receiver to get TV. If this is what you have then call them for troubleshooting.

If you purchased some “direct T.V.” antenna claiming to get free satellite reception using their antenna, then you’ve been scammed.

If all you want is to receive the free over-the-air local television stations then the antenna on your trailer is all you need. In that case, raise your antenna, turn the power booster on, turn on the TV, using the TV’s menu system scan for available channels. You should have no trouble getting over-the-air TV in Myrtle Beach.

Bob and Joyce
2013 CC Silverback 29RL
2010 Ford F250 XL Crew Cab 6.4 liter diesel
ATU Local 788
Oakman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 07:09 AM   #5
Lottery Non-Winner
Ovair's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 435
Can you take a picture of your antenna and post it here? There seems to be some confusion about what kind of antenna you actually have. At this time, there are too many variables to be sure what you need to do. But...
You said it worked at home, but not in the camper. That tells me it is not the antenna that is mounted to your camper (which has a booster). You used the term "direct tv" which sounds like it's a satellite dish. If you are using a satellite dish with receiver, you will need to hook it up to your camper using the satellite input on the drivers side of the camper (not usually the same connection as the campground cable input), turn off the camper's booster, and depending on how things are wired, you may have to change the input on the TV itself.

2011 Georgetown 337
Ovair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 07:19 AM   #6
Senior Member
jaxfl's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: jacksonville fl
Posts: 319
If it is a DirectTV satellite dish system then follow the above directions. If it is a TV and you are talking about the roof mounted anntenna, the power boster is next to the electric plug in on the camper. Not always can you get TV over the regular antenna. Here in Florida at many of the state park campgrounds even those close to towns you get nothing or only 1 or 3 stations and most of them are in spanish or chruch stations.
jaxfl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 08:08 AM   #7
AKA Bluebird
dimurrrw's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 1,061
Send a message via Yahoo to dimurrrw
Let's try this again. The Rockwood Hard Side (A-Frame) does not have an antenna according to the literature (cable ready only) so we are talking about a straight dish setup. Will one of you who is more conversant than I with such things please explain the setup, including aiming the dish, for dixons?
Happy Camping! ///// Richard D.
2006 4x4 Ford 250 SD / 2007 Flagstaff 827 FLS
One very patient wife and one furry child who travels with us. Forty-two years of trailering and camping, and I still have a blast.

dimurrrw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 09:00 AM   #8
Senior Member
jimh's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Lake Charles, La.
Posts: 1,531
when u set it up at home, how did u do it. i'm trying to figure if u had a dish antenna that u were receiving on or another antenna.
if it is not the dish, u will have to rotate your receiving antenna abt 45 deg at a time and rescanning. then zeroing in. a signal meter is a big help. my converter (analogue to digital for older sets) have that feature. i use it on my new set to set it up. then i turn it off and rescan the tv. some tv's have this built in as well. it isn't a fun process.
my first question "how did u do it at home" will give me an idea of what u have.
jimh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 09:04 AM   #9
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
TURBS's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,205
I'm not so sure he isn't talking about an over the air antenna that I have seen mounted to direct tvs actual dish. Its a horse shoe looking thing for local channels that you mount to the dish.
Which brings up a new thing. Is his tv old enough that it needs a converter box to receive signal?
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 11:05 AM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 280
Another thing, if your camping among trees with alot of leaves, the will knock down a digital t. v. signal. Wayne

wayne anthony is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:04 AM.