I Have Bad Digital TV Reception In My New RV

by Mark

I Have Bad Digital TV Reception In My New RV

I Have Bad Digital TV Reception In My New RV

I have a new camper. It came with a 26" flat-screen TV. With the antenna up, I can only receive PBS stations. My old camper with a flat-screen would pick up 12 - 15 stations at the same location.

The four PBS stations come in great, but why have I lost all other stations?

ANSWER: Hi Mark You are not alone in your problem with getting good Digital TV Reception in your RV. There are a lot of other RVers who are having the same Digital TV reception problems in their new and older RVs.

Important Update: Since I answered this question Winegard has released a brand new antenna called the Winegard Rayzar Air antennaicon. This multi-direcional antenna was designed from the ground up by Winegard to maximize signal reception of digital TV channels, and expands the coverage area to provide maximum channel reception with less aiming or pointing. Watch the video below to learn more:


If you currently have a Sensar Antenna on your RV you can buy a Rayzar AIR Retrofit HD TV Antennaicon that you install on your existing system. If you have a different antenna or no antenna at all than you will have to buy the Full Rayzar AIR HD TV Antenna systemicon. The Complete kit includes the amplified antenna with the boom and lift assembly, the 12-volt power supply and interior control parts, 20’ and 6’ lengths of coax cable and the mounting hardware.

The SensarPro TV Signal Strength Metericon mentioned in the video is an optional accessory.

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There are some steps you can take to improve the reception of Digital TV in your RV.

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If you have a standard Winegard Sensar crank up antenna on your RV; Winegard has come out with an attachment (pictured at left) for their crank-up Sensar Antennas that increases db reception gain by up to 100% on DTV channels which will give you more reception range.

The attachment is called the Winegard Wingman. The Wingman Optimizes the antenna's Sensar for DTV Channels, it is compatible with all Winegard crank-up Sensar antennas and it attaches to existing Sensar head with 4 simple snap-on screws. Watch the video below from Winegard on how easy it is to install the Wingman on your existing Winegard Crank Up antenna.

Amazon.com has the Winegard Wingman and a vast array of other Winegard Products at excellent prices.

If you want to get even better reception I would recommend installing the highly rated PCT 1-PORT BI-DIRECTIONAL TV SIGNAL BOOSTER. This TV signal booster improves both off the air Digital and Cable TV signal strength by up to 32 times (15 dB). Since it is bi-directional it also supports Pay-Per-View and Video on Demand (VOD) Services. If you want to install this TV booster, you can read the answer I gave to this question How Can We Improve The Digital TV Reception In Our RV? for the easy installation instructions.

For even more information on TVs and RVing you should visit our Digital TV Tips For RVers Page.

I hope that this information has been helpful.

Do you have any suggestions or comments on this topic? You can add them to this page by clicking on the "Click Here To Post Comments" link located near the bottom of this page.

Happy RVing

RVing Al

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Digital TV Reception
by: BoB Morley

With our over the air converter I discovered that my Wingard crank up antenna receives the best reception when not up in the full position. We RV in a remote area of eastern KS. I use the signal strength feature of the converter. Hope this helps. Bob Morley

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