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Travel Trailer antenna coax

mosseater
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I have very little experience with coax cables in general, so my frame of reference is limited here. My cable conductor (inner wire) broke off and is jammed into the antenna (Winegard standard Sensar) and I've decided to replace the head with the updated version instead of messing around trying to replace the male plug in. The problem is, I have to crimp another end on the cable to attach to the new head and the cable does not fit the crimp sleeve that came with the tool. The coax which comes from the box in the entertainment center to the roof antenna is slim and won't slide over the crimp sleeve as necessary to hold it in place. The inner sleeve on the new end won't fit down inside the coax outer cover with the shield wires folded back.

Are there many different sized coax crimp ends? I thought it was a standardized thing but appears not.

If I decided to run a new cable, are there outdoor grades, or will any coax work? I already have a new extension cable but can find nowhere on the package where it mentions if it's for outdoor use.

Thoughts? Another 10min job turned into an excursion in frustration. Thanks for any insights.
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Tom_M1
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Here's a link to an article by Chris Bryant about maintenance of the Batwing antenna and how to install an F connector:
https://web.archive.org/web/20130814121735/http://blog.rv.net/2008/06/tech-tune-up-your-tv-antenna
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mosseater
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The tool I bought came with type "F" connectors and they arent going to work. The cable is just too small for the inner sleeve. I have found crimp connectors at Lowes and my buddy at work has the crimp tool, so I am going to go that way and hope it works out. Another 10 min job that takes 3 days. You'd think I'd be used to it by now. Thanks for all the help!
"It`s not important that you know all the answers, it`s only important to know where to get all the answers" Arone Kleamyck
"...An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Col. Jeff Cooper
Sunset Creek 298 BH

theoldwizard1
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The best F connectors for RG59 or RG6 are called "Snap-N-Seal". The connectors are bit more expensive, but worth the additional cost. I have yet to find a REASONABLY priced installation tool !

The Belden/Thomas & Betts IT-1000 is a good tool (stripes coax and presses Snap-N-Seal connectors on), but even used on eBay, it sells for $40-$50.

Bill_Satellite
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For the short OTA TV run, the existing RG-59 is just fine. You just need to go grab the smaller F connector. Lowes/Home Depot should have it. Ace Hardware, as well. Most any small electronics supply store. Your existing crimper will work with the smaller connector.
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Chris_Bryant
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The RG59 that Winegard uses specs out as good as most RG6. They use Belden. The extra flex can be good on an antenna that cranks up and down and rotates.
-- Chris Bryant

edbehnke
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RG59 is the cheap **** they have. most places use a thicker cable RG6.

you can get RG59 connectors at hardware stores and etc. or order a few extra from amazon.

learn
https://www.google.com/search?q=rg59+vs+rg6+coax&rlz=1C1PRFI_enUS817US830&oq=rg59+vs+rg6+coax&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l2.15580j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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Chris_Bryant
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Stock will be RG59.
-- Chris Bryant

rk911
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take a look at the cable and see if it is marked RG-6 or RG-59.
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