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I thought it happened 1 week 1 day ago #1

While driving to FL last week, I had an oh crap moment..

Our last stop we used our antenna, when leaving I was 100% sure that I put it down..
we were going down 95 when someone in a pick up pulled along side me pointing to the roof..
My stomach dropped, i thougt I had the dredded roof bubble!!
Since we had our bike rack on, I could not access the ladder so I sent my kid up. I told her to go to the front of the trailer and look for a bubbles and or signs of the membrane flying in the air. She yelled down to me no everything's fine everything looks great ,,,, by the way why didn't you put the antenna down?
Turns out it was sticking, i crank it up and down a couple times and finally it went all the way down .. so the number one thing to do when I get home is to lube it up nicely ..

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I thought it happened 1 week 1 day ago #2

Joe, so happy it wasn't anything worse. Safe travels.
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Glad you didn't strike something low and tear the antenna and roof apart. Remove the black hex nut on the antenna base. Lube the gears and down the shaft hole with a good silicone spray. The Winegard manual specifically states not to use WD-40. WD-40 is not actually a lube but more of a penetrant. You might have to press down when re installing the black hex nut as if I remember correctly there is a spring in the stack somewhere.

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I thought it happened 1 week 1 day ago #4

My bet is that we have all had "Oh Crap" moments...

We had our RV at home. I pushed the main slides out. Guess what? I didn't pull up far enough to clear the mailbox. I have 2 nice little reminders to check that every time now. Luckily, they are small (about 1/2" each). But when you baby everything and then do one stupid little thing like that, it makes you sick. Now it's a war reminder for many to remind you to check everything coming and going and before moving anything.

I guess its kinda like having a new truck with a pristine bed. Then, you load up the bed with all kinds of crap and scratch it up. From then on, you don't worry about it.

That's not to say that the antenna wouldn't have been a BIG reminder....My luck, it would have torn the roof and ripped up the plywood.

Glad you caught it! Thanks to that passer-byer that noticed it.
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I thought it happened 6 days 9 hours ago #5

One time we forgot our antenna, when we remembered it was too late. One time we forgot to secure our refrigerator doors, we arrived with condiments, salad dressings and chocolate cake all over the floor. I'll stop there.

Now I have a long checklist (app on my phone) I use before we pull out of any campsite. So if a friendly neighbor interrupts our breaking camp routine, I know what is left.

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