Motorhome DIY

We now have TV!

Having returned to the uk, a couple of weeks ago, we have had a chance to start looking at a few upgrades for Paloma, our motorhome.

While I like to relax away from hustle and bustle of daily life, and in 8 months full time on the road haven’t missed the google box one little bit, Michele prefers to escape by watching Tv and why not, getting away from it all doesn’t have to literally mean leaving all traces of your everyday life behind. If TV is part of your must-have list, then why not, bless her she has managed on movies and box sets since April.

Given that the digital switchover in the UK was completed a few years ago, it’s unsurprising that our 1999 van has an inadequate setup.

So currently we have a flying saucer type fitted on the roof, with no signal boaster at all, so after trying and failing to tune in the telly, an upgrade was required!

We are confident we have chosen well, the status S570 is clearly focused on performance and possibly one of the most user friendly directional antenna on the market today.

It features:

• Horizontal & Vertical Polarisation Indicator

• Low Profile Roof Assembly

• DAB & FM Radio Reception

• Fixed FM radio antennas

At the heart of this new antenna system is the Vision Plus VP5 Digital TV Amplifier with its integral Signal Finder. the VP5 is said to offers the latest in TV / Radio reception technology and features:

• Digital TV, DAB and FM Radio reception

• LED light power indicator with red, yellow and green colours to indicate signal strength

• Variable Gain Control for strong and weak signal areas.

Installation was a breeze, well almost……

Step one remove the old mast and foot, re lots of mastic removal…..

Step two, sware and curse that the original mast was considerably smaller in diameter than the new one !

Step three, drill a 50mm hole( or our case enlarge the original), probably the scariest part!

Step four, fit new foot and boot assembly, secure to roof using screws.

Step five, aline the gearbox and aerial head and attach together.

Step six, slide head and mast into foot from above.

Step seven, fit and wire in the signal boaster.

Step eight, attach all the leads

Step nine, tune in the tv ……

Step ten, sit back and relax ! – one happy wife !

Now 1 hour and £135 later, we have so many channels of Tv and Radio we don’t know what to watch first !


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