Remember to Lower Your Antenna
On a recent trip, I witnessed a motorhome driving through
the campground, heading for the exit, with the satellite antenna in the raised
position. I ran after the motorhome and let the driver know of his situation.
In this case, this was the driver's first time out with his brand new motorhome.
After stopping to lower the antenna he found that he didnt know how
to get the antenna down and had to read the instruction manual.
Ive seen even experienced RVers drive away, from their campsite,
with a TV antenna in the raised position. So, with the latest incident, I
was reminded of several ways to remember to lower an antenna before driving
away. As you know, it is very important to lower the antenna to prevent serious
damage to the RV roof.
Ive used something as simple as a spring-loaded, clothes-pin to
use as a reminder. When the TV or satellite antenna is down, the clothes pin
is clipped to the antennas crank handle. When the antenna is raised,
the clothes pin is removed from the crank handle and clipped to the gear-shift
lever or steering wheel. The idea is that if the antenna is still up when
getting ready to drive away, the sight of the clothes-pin on the shift-lever
or wheel will remind the driver to lower the antenna.
Our current motorhome does not have a gear-shift lever. However, the steering
wheel has flat spokes. As a result, the spokes are flat enough to clip a clothes-pin
to them. So, when it is time to break camp and I see the clothes pin on the
steering wheel, I know I need to crank the antenna down.
Another reminder is to hang or clip the RV ignition keys to the antenna
crank handle any time the antenna is in the raised position. This works for
any RV, even those that dont have a gear-shift lever. Even though this
is an effective method, I feel that this is not a good idea because it might
make it easier for a thief to steal an RV.
Just about anything that can be hung on the antenna crank handle can be
used as a reminder to lower the antenna. Ive heard of one person who
used a small beaded bracelet to hang on the crank handle. Whatever is hung
on the crank-handle should be bright enough to catch one's attention.
So, always remember to be sure the TV or satellite antenna is lowered
before driving away.
This tip was submitted by Maury