By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from an RV Travel reader.
I just watched your video on the Rayzar antenna. I have a Roadtrek (camper van) which does not have a Winegard antenna on the roof. Would you have suggestions for an HDTV antenna for this type of RV. —Dave
There are a couple of things to consider when deciding on an antenna for a Class B motorhome.
First, how much roof space do you have? Is there an adequate space for a crank up style antenna to lie down? Second, is there a spot for the actuator to be installed through the roof into the living space where it will be accessible and a good spot for the antenna on the roof?
If you can do a fold down type antenna, the Rayzar Air and the older style Sensar are fine choices. If there isn’t enough room for a fold down antenna, but you can still place the antenna in a good spot for the actuator to come through the roof, then the King Jack antenna is a great choice. The downside is that its always in the ‘raised’ position above the roofline, but that added height isn’t usually a concern for a Class B. Lastly, if you can’t do any of the others, then Winegard makes the RoadStar and RS-3000 series omni-directional antennas which have no moving parts and sit directly on the roof of the coach. I’m not a huge fan of omni-directional antennas, but they’ll work okay if that’s all you can do.
One additional option is to install a Rayzar on one of the windows of the coach. Unlike the Rayzar Air, the Rayzar is a glass mount antenna which is basically the same element as the Air has inside it. Again, not as good as having an aimable antenna above the roof of the coach, but it is an excellent antenna element and will pick up some good channels for you.