Stuck Winegard Aerial

Submitted: Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 17:40
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Hello I have been a long time lurker here, I enjoy reading all the helpful info that everyone has to share. Now I have a question, we have got our very first caravan after starting off with a tent to camper trailer, rooftop tent (which we still have) to our new family member Jayco Westport poptop. The prob I have is that the winegard aerial wont wind up, it took a lot to get the handle undone and a heap of powdery stuff fell out, the nut ontop of the aerial is stuck, but we did squirt lubricating stuff down there but still no go, can this be saved or do we just try and some how get it out?
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 18:08

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 18:08
I don't know diddly about your aerial, but if you give it a good squirt with penetrating oil as you've done and then leave it for a few days for the lube to really penetrate through all the threads and nooks and crannies you may have some luck.. Time is the go in this instance.
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Follow Up By: FancypantsPen - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 19:00

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 19:00
I hope so Rosco I might just give it an extra squirt for good luck!
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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 18:18

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 18:18
FancypantsPen - They sell a replacement Winegard Antenna Elevating Shaft Assembly on eBay, so it appears they are repairable.
You'll need some mechanical nous, a few tools, and a diagram of how they go together.
With a bit of luck, the new shaft assembly comes with instructions, or perhaps the seller is prepared to offer repair advice, if you contact them through eBay.

Winegard Antenna Elevating Shaft Assembly - eBay

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: FancypantsPen - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 19:05

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 19:05
Awsome Ron I will have a look, I have a list for the hubby I'll ad this one on as well, he'll be so pleased! I know its not a priority but I like all things working, so I thought I would see if I could help! and footy season is fast approaching...
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Reply By: Rob J8 - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 21:15

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 21:15
Had the same problem with the Aerial on my Heritage van, sprayed it with silicone spray. That worked and never had any problems after that. Rob J
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Follow Up By: colanjen - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 14:24

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 14:24
There are a number of You Tube clips that show how to service them, just Google servicing Winegard Aerial

Mine was stuck as well and so over the weekend I followed the hints and it was so easy to fix.

They say clearly that to never use WD40 or RP7 type lubricants, only use silicone sprays. Servicing must be carried out at least once every 6 months.

Col.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 17:45

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 17:45
If all else fails, read the instructions - Video for Sensor antenna


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Reply By: Member - G.T. - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 20:48

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 20:48
Inside your van , the aerial winder handle will not operate the aerial until the two pointers are aligned on the ring that you use to rotate the aerial. One is fixed, the other is the one that you rotate the aerial with. On mine you cannot wind the aerial down very far until the pointers line up. Maybe yours has been forced down ,now it has jammed. Regards G.T.
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Follow Up By: FancypantsPen - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 21:20

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 21:20
Yes that's a thought, as the arrow doesn't want to line up with the other. I guess open surgery is the only way to go as I have soaked it in lube.
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Reply By: TomH - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 21:34

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 21:34
Get up on a ladder and see where its jammed on the roof would be where I would start It could be stuck under something
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Follow Up By: FancypantsPen - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 17:55

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 17:55
I have had a quick look and it is free of everything, I'm just waiting for it to cool down over here before I get up and pull it apart.
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