Television in the RV market has changed dramatically over the years. In the beginning having television while RVing was either impossible or very rare. Not only is television a necessity in today’s world, it has progressed to the point that having both an over-the-air antenna along with a satellite TV antenna is the norm. Furthermore, RVers are equipping their RVs with multiple TVs that have access to hundreds of channels including high definition programming. Recently portable antennas have gained popularity by providing television entertainment while RVing and doing other favorite outdoor activities such as tailgating, camping, attending races, picnicking, backyard BBQs and much more. No matter the reason, one thing is for sure: consumer demand for television continues to grow.
Winegard Company entered the television reception industry at the dawn of the television era back in 1954. Ever since they became a Camping World vendor in 1973 they have continued to demonstrate a strong commitment in adapting to evolving technological advancements and customer needs. Today Winegard Company is the leading television reception products provider in the RV industry. With the most diverse product line and a proven track record when it comes to quality they have earned the distinction of being Camping World’s preferred satellite provider. What is even more impressive is in just the past three years, Winegard has launched more than 10 new mobile television antennas!
The good news is if you are in the market to buy a new satellite TV antenna, you have options. The bad news is that with so many options it can make the decision-making process a bit overwhelming. Here are the questions you need to ask yourself:
•Do you want an automatic or manual antenna?
•Do you want a permanent roof mount or portable antenna?
•Is high definition important?
•Which provider fits best - Dish Network®, DIRECTV®, Bell TV™ or Shaw Direct™?
•Do you plan on using multiple TVs at the same time?
•Is in-motion viewing important?
•What is your budget?
Winegard satellite TV antennas can be categorized into three main groups:
•Automatic Roof-Mounted Domes
•Automatic Multi-Satellite Antennas
By understanding the difference between each group, you will be able to identify which features are important to you to help you select the best antenna to meet your specific needs. Let’s take a closer look at each group.
Flexibility is the greatest advantage in a portable antenna. With a portable antenna you have the ability to move the antenna around so that line of sight obstacles aren’t an issue. You also aren’t limited in using the antenna just for RVing. Take your portable antenna with you anywhere, anytime to make any outdoor event more enjoyable. And if you ever change RVs, you can take your portable antenna with you! Portable antennas are also popular because of their lower price and are often a first pick for that very reason.
If a portable antenna is the route you want to go, the next decision is whether you want an automatic or manual portable antenna. The Carryout® Automatic antenna (#44150) is a “no hassle, plug in and let it do the rest” TV antenna. The speed and accuracy of this antenna is really amazing but what users rave about most is how simple it is to use. The Carryout antenna hooks up to a 12V power source inside the vehicle and comes with 50’ coax and power cables for maximum flexibility in selecting the best location for optimum reception. The easy grip handle provides for effortless carrying. An eyelet on the base allows the unit to be locked up to a permanent fixture for added security. Temporary and permanent mounting options are available and sold separately. It’s compatible with DISH Network and Bell TV (standard and HD) and DIRECTV (standard).
Brand new to the Winegard satellite product line, the Carryout MP1 manual portable antenna (#49428) is the least expensive option, perfect for anyone not wanting to spend over $200 on an antenna or for those not intimidated by having to manually find the satellite. This super compact manual antenna includes a bubble level, compass, elevation markings and 25’ of coax that stows in the base, making set up fast and easy. The MP1 fully encloses inside its own case. The case is great for easy transport and storage and acts as the base for the antenna while in use. It’s compatible with DISH Network and Bell TV (standard and HD) and DIRECTV (standard). In a short time, this antenna is proving to be a top seller.
Domes are popular among RVers because they are automatic and provide both stationary viewing and in-motion viewing options depending on the model. Some prefer how the sleek look of a dome complements the RV and choose a dome merely for that reason. Another benefit with a dome is that unlike a portable, it doesn’t take up any storage space.
Compact Winegard 15” RoadTrip® MiniMax™ domes are the newest line to the automatic roof mounted dome category. Designed primarily after the Carryout Automatic Portable, the MiniMax requires minimal roof space with the smallest footprint on the market (23” diameter). An enhanced antenna design and a high gloss, rounded dome provide strong and impressive performance. Compatible with DISH Network and Bell TV (standard and HD) and DIRECTV (standard), these antennas automatically switch between 2 – 3 satellites depending on the provider. Both stationary models (#48577 white, #48609 black)and in-motion models (#49005 white, #49006 black) are available.
While 15” MiniMax models outperform the 12” RoadTrip models, in situations where there is a height restriction, the 12” RoadTrip domes are an excellent choice. Both stationary models (#33313 white, #33312 black) and in-motion models (#33315 white, #33314 black).
Multi-Satellite TV Antennas
TRAV’LER® antennas are Winegard’s premier satellite TV antennas. They are recommended above any other antenna because they provide superior performance. Made from reflectors that are approved, certified and used for the home market for each satellite provider, the TRAV’LER antennas provide everything satellite TV has to offer. And if you are looking for the antenna capable of providing DIRECTV HD, the Slimline KU/KA model is the answer. No dome or portable antenna on the market is capable of delivering DIRECTV HD.
With one button on/off operation, TRAV’LER antennas automatically raise, rotate and skew to lock on all satellites simultaneously, so there’s never toggling between satellites. There are two main benefits to this: 1) Family members can watch separate programs on any TV in the RV at the same time; 2) They work great with DVRs. This means while traveling down the road to your next destination you can keep the kids entertained with their favorite shows you have prerecorded. With a TRAV’LER antenna there are no compromises, they are the best of the best and are geared for the family or the television guru.
Deciding which TRAV’LER to purchase all depends on which satellite provider you prefer since each antenna is specific to the provider. DISH Network (#37341) provides all standard and HD programming, DIRECTV Triple LNB (#37342) provides standard DIRECTV programming only, DIRECTV Slimline KU/KA (#37343) provides maximum DIRECTV standard and HD programming, Shaw Direct (#42477/#42478 – must order both for complete unit) provides all standard and HD programming in all of Canada, U.S. and parts of Mexico.
The Right Choice
Winegard Company, located in the heart of the Midwest, in Burlington, Iowa takes great pride in designing and manufacturing all of their antennas in the U.S. Unlike competitors, they are more than just an ‘assembler’. Winegard is also committed to providing top quality products by putting all of their antenna products through stringent environmental testing procedures to assure their antennas can survive the harshest weather conditions. Furthermore all automatic antennas are live tested before leaving the facility. With a Winegard antenna you can be confident you are getting a top quality product. All antennas are backed by a two year parts, one year labor limited warranty.
So no matter what your budget is, what your needs are, or the type of RV you have, there is a Winegard satellite antenna just right for you and Camping World is here to help you make the right choice. Contact your favorite Camping World SuperCenter today or visit campingworld.com and let us assist you in finalizing your decision. SuperCenters nationwide will also provide professional installation if needed.
July ‘41 – First Commerical Television Broadcast
1954 – Winegard Company incorporated
1973 – Winegard Company becomes Camping World vendor
1981 – Sensar® home antenna is modified to RV antenna
Fall ‘01 –Movin’ View® domes introduced
Late ’05 – DIRECTV starts shifting HD programming to KA-band satellites
Spring ‘06 – Motorized Sensar launched
June ‘06 – 12” RoadTrip domes provide low profile option
Nov ’06 – Awarded Camping World “Outstanding Vendor 2006”
April ‘07 – Clint Bowyer wins Phoenix Busch series race in Camping World/Winegard Chevrolet
Nov ’07 – Digital Receiver awarded Camping World “Best Internet Product 2007”
Nov ‘07 – TRAV’LER DISH Network and DIRECTV models introduced
Jan ‘08 – TRAV’LER Star Choice Canada model introduced
Jan ’09 – Wingman™ launched - #1 Winegard product in ‘09
Spring ’09 – CLUB-W Winegard consumer lub launched
Mar ’09 – Carryout Automatic Portable introducd
June ‘09 – U.S. 2009 Digital Transition
Fall ’09 – 15” RoadTrip MiniMax antennas introduced
Jan ’10 – Carryout® MP1 Manual Portable antenna launched
Jan ’10 – Sensar® IV with integrated Wingman launched
DID YOU KNOW?
While Winegard Company holds the title of one of the longest standing RV TV antenna manufactures, they are also one of the largest home satellite antenna manufacturers.
An 800 ton press can stamp out an impressive 500,000 reflectors per month, ranging in size from 46 cm to 1 meter. Winegard distributes satellite antennas to U.S., Canada, Mexico and New Zealand for companies such as DISH Network®, Sky Mexico, SkyNetwork Television, and Bell Distribution.