While trying to get into a gas station we went under a previously damaged canopy that had part of the roof dangling down. We heard two bangs, stopped and realized what was going on and then spent the better part of an hour manipulating the RV out of that gas station without causing further damage.
And we didn't even get any gas.
We pulled into a vacant lot and went up to see the damage. The satellite cover was stove in and the OTA TV antenna was at a weird angle.
Fortunately we were able push out the dents in the satellite dish over, but the OTA antenna was not quite so lucky.
We shouldn't have worried - the old sealant just slid off with the knife. In less than 20 minutes, we had the sealant off and the area cleaned up and the screws holding the antenna on the roof exposed.
The new antenna is white since it doesn't make a lot of sense to male component of the team to have black heat holding components on the roof. The above picture shows the difference in the heights of the antenna. The new one is maybe 4 inches shorter. That shouldn't make that much of a difference in the reception and we think it will be a heck of a lot less likely to get snagged by a tree limb.
We used black rubberized roof sealant to a bead along the base of the antenna and then screwed it down. The screw pattern was almost the same - where it was different it the holes were sealed and new ones drilled. While waiting for the black seal to set, we went inside and hooked up the inside electronics. We decided to keep the old electronics in place since it was identical to the new stuff. While waiting for the black seal to dry, we fired it up the antenna and watched the Olympics. Granted we are in an "RF rich" environment, but we could not see any performance degradation from our old antenna.
After it sat for a few hours we put final sealant on it. This was the whole to tube Nu-flex 311 self leveling white sealant we bought from Winnebago. We applied it all to the base of the antenna and true to the advertisement, it flowed out, onto the surface and formed a wonderful water tight seal.
What we did right and wrong:
- Broke the damn antenna in the first place. We need to be more careful about overhead obstructions.
- We used the Nu-Flex 311 self leveling sealant. Self leveling sealant is our new best friend.
- We installed the stem that turns the antenna backwards and didn't realize it until after it was sealed. This had no effect on the operation of the antenna and we are not going to fix it. All it means is that the little arrow on the knob inside is pointing 180 degrees off.
- We applied the self leveling sealant too gingerly. We should have just quickly gooped it on. While the sealing characteristics are not harmed, the surface of the sealant is a bit dimpled. Not quite as pretty as Winnebago applied sealant. But who are we going to offend - the seagulls?