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Old 07-19-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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Television Antenna Crank ...... Any mod's?

My wife and I went camping over the 4th of July weekend. I went to put the antenna up and the handle came off. I put the handle back on and used an allen wrench to tighten the set screw. At the end of our camping weekend, I put the antenna down and the handle came off again. I see the plastic has cracked and I am not able to use that handle any more. I take a socket and wrench to lower the antenna and get the trailer home.
Here are my questions for you fabulous folks:

1) Has any of you made any modifications to the antenna handle? If so, what was it?
2) I intend to replace the handle before we head out again next weekend. Is there a "heavy duty handle" that replaces the plastic one?
3) Should I replace just the handle or the entire assembly? The shaft is still good, so I would rather replace just the handle.

Thanks for your input and suggestions. I can't wait to hear what mod's have been made on the antenna handle!!!


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Old 07-19-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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Sorry...no mod but I heard that lubricating the shaft and gears make it operate easier thereby creating less stress on the handle.


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Old 07-19-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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Never use the antenna so couldn't offer any advise. I'd agree with the above and replace the handle and ensure the crank assembly is well lubed.
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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If it's a Winegard - I attached the manufacturers lubricating instructions. Personally, I use spray silicone for the base and shaft rubber o-ring seals.....and white lithium grease for the gears.

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Old 07-20-2013, 01:08 PM   #5
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The replacement parts I have seen are all white metal... a little better than plastic..
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:03 PM   #6
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Only mod I have ever seen is a hanging tag to remind you to crank it down.

I did modify the wingman attachment so I had clearance on the roof to use it. Had to cut 3 inches off the end of it. Seems to work fine without it.

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