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    Posted: 30 Mar 2015 at 5:56am
I have a 2010 rp-175 that has the360 antenna on it. I've noticed the new R-pods have a bat wing. Can my 360 antenna be replaced with a bat wing? I feel TV signals are being partially blocked by the AC unit.
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Yes they can, but the factory tells me they get way more complaints on the bat wing then the UFO..
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Ok, just wondering as sometimes just seems I don't get half the channels I should.
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My round one took a leave of absence on the highway some place.  The factory sent me a bat wing.  Thing is, it won't quite fit, the radio antenna is in the way, etc.  I need to get up there & do some seal removal & re-positioning of stuff.  I would have gladly taken the round one. 
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Honestly I would order an exterior UHF/VHF omnidirectional amplified antenna and string it up in a tree while in-camp.  Case in point, recently our Directv was out for 10 days (the horrors!).  Around day 5 I went to Wal-Mart and bought an indoor amplified antenna.  With my tech background I know that height is king for antennas, but wasn't thinking about that when I set it next to our TV (first floor).  I was able to pick up 2 stations - both sub-channels from the same transmitter so really just 1.

Duh, gotta get it high.  So I attached it to a 100 foot length of coaxial and ran it upstairs against an outer wall in my office.  Suddenly we had 27 channels from about 9 transmitters.  The difference in height was only about 8 feet, but now it was 16 feet in the air instead of 8.

Throw a rope over a 30 foot branch and haul an antenna up to that height and you'll pick up television signals from Moscow.  Not really.
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Before spending the money and effort to swap-out your antenna, I suggest that you wander around the campground, spot someone with a batwing antenna deployed, and ask them which channels they're able to receive.  Then compare that to your own.  I suspect that you won't find much of a difference.

+1 to techntrek's advice - the biggest boost to antenna reception is height above the ground.
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If you do get an exterior antenna and find yourself in a parking lot for the night, sticking the antenna on an upper shelf inside will give you the same reception as the roof antenna would have.
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the bat wing is an awful antenna we would gladly take back the one that we had in our 2010 ..
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The bat wing on my larger camper works way better than this one. In comparing antennas here right now I can't get CBS station at all and people with bat wing do
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i am at seaside OR now and i know it is nearly halloween but it is weird,  i can close a cabinet door and the radio comes on suddenly.  the other day i walked up to enter the 
pod and the radio came on   Could there be a short somewhere?  Anyone have problems with the system?

I also get nothing when I run auto scan for TV by antenna.  Does the antenna raise and search on its own or do I need to find a way to raise it?  Thanks Newbie

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