I have been thinking about this a while and it's surprising how a good plan comes together with some patience. I have had a TV/DVD player in my 5-wide since day one and also had installed a cable TV plate in the bottom rear corner of my trailer for use in RV parks or wherever cable TV was available. I will admit that this has come in handy and been of value when I have been lucky enough to have cable TV. I look at TV as more of a diversion when I am traveling as I prefer watching wildlife and looking off the tops of mountains as opposed to being a couch potato or staying glued to the TV. But after thinking about this, seeing some set-ups here on the forum (thanks Verna!) and seeing John's set-up out in Cottonwood I bit the bullet and have purchased an antennae so that I can catch some news and get full use out of my TV/DVD.
I had thought about the suction cups (purchased for around $6.50 at harbor Freight) and watched Mike Hefner working with his tarp/canopy set-up and then Verna, using the suction cups so that is the way I went. I have always been leery of drilling holes in these units as I like a stock and clean look and have shied away from putting any unnecessary holes in my trailer. With this installation I did find that the suction cups would not accept the extendable paint pole I purchased yesterday at Home Depot, so I ended up grinding down some of the plastic handle in order to get the end of the pole through both suction cup holders. A small, circular grinding head on my battery powered drill did the trick and things shaped up nicely and I was in business! As Susie noted, stay off the trailer graphics with these suction cups as you could distort them easily I believe.
Note: If you are considering such an installation, keep in mind that you want to place it in a location that will not interfere with a screen room, canopy, rain-fly or any other item used with your trailer. This is important especially if you are going to drill holes for coaxial cable and cable TV plates. You can find the cable TV connection plates (shown below) on places like EBay or RV suppliers.
The antennae is the RCA model (Walmart - $40) and mounts easily to the top of the extendable pole. I drilled a small hole through the mount so that could use a tie strap and keep the coaxial cable snug near the top, along with a small drip loop for added measure. This antennae has a small power converter to evidently power up the antennae, along with a coax adapter that easily attaches into the antennae port behind the TV. I had to think about it a second as I missed the instruction manual that was conveniently hiding inside the box! Okay, I AM one of them guys who just dives into things, begins assembly and has things together without first reading the instructions. Hey, it was only a TV antennae , right!?
These antennae's are nice and I was able to pull in over 35 channels with my trailer sitting just outside the door of my garage. I was impressed and obviously your reception is going to vary depending on your location, line of site with local transmitters and elevation. I'm actually thinking about buying another antennae for my home and the two bedrooms that do not have cable boxes. That way my company can catch some channels if need be..... And the last shot below shows my installation. I know it means more gear to carry around, but it's small enough that I can stick it in my equinox or even in my trailer while traveling.