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Message posted by corni on 04/10/2011 at 12:49pm
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Hi again.

I'm thinking about fixing the aerial to the awning rail. Can anyone recommend a good bracket that won't rip side of caravan off in the wind.

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i use the stick on type with bracket £10.95

http://www.gradeuk.co.uk/shop/vision-plus-masts-brackets/

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is sticky side strong enough michael? or do you use it on the awning rail?

How does it fit into the awning rail?

sorry for all questions matey

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I can well recomend the Uni-Plate. I use 2 vision-pluss "uni-plates" and the "uni-brackets" The plastic uni plates are secured to the side of my van by double sided tape. I think its a superb system.

One night this summer, we were away in the van and had a really rough night with gale force winds and rain. I decided to chance it and left my aerial attached. I was abit woried that the 6 foot pole would be on the floor next morning but i need'nt have, it was as i left it that evening!

The guy opposite me had a very tall mast attcahed to his a-frame and i noticed that he had to mess with it on 3 or 4 occasions, tyeing it up with rope in 2 differant directions to keep it steady. No me!!

Uni-plates and brackets here - http://www.leisurepower.co.uk/acatalog/vision_3_section_uni_mast.html


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Quote: Originally posted by michael on 04/10/2011

i use the stick on type with bracket £10.95

http://www.gradeuk.co.uk/shop/vision-plus-masts-brackets/

product imageCLICK ON PICTURE


Beat me to it

These are what you need!!


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Quote: Originally posted by corni on 04/10/2011

is sticky side strong enough michael? or do you use it on the awning rail?

How does it fit into the awning rail?

sorry for all questions matey

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the plate sticks onto the side of the caravan not the awning rail.the clamp goes onto the pole and clamps onto the plate.had mine for years.two clamps are better in windy conditions.one side of the clamp will fit into the slot of the top awning rail if required but not without a lower plate fitted.not strong enough to hold a full pole 

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Quote: Originally posted by michael on 04/10/2011
Quote: Originally posted by corni on 04/10/2011

is sticky side strong enough michael? or do you use it on the awning rail?

How does it fit into the awning rail?

sorry for all questions matey

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the plate sticks onto the side of the caravan not the awning rail.the clamp goes onto the pole and clamps onto the plate.had mine for years.two clamps are better in windy conditions.one side of the clamp will fit into the slot of the top awning rail if required but not without a lower plate fitted.not strong enough to hold a full pole 
Both of my plates are stuck to the side of the van and its as steady as a rock using a vision pluss ariel and a 6 foot pole. The other adavantage ofcourse is that with the top plate close to the roof line, just under the awning rail an inch or two, the pole already has a 6 feet height gain rather than something thats anchored to the ground or a-frame. I fitted the lower uni-plate at about face height (standing on tera ferma outside the van) job done. I then plug my lead into an ariel socket that resides inside the front locker. Its just a case of poking the lead up through a gas vent hole in the front locker.

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this forum never fails me. Thanks gary n michael.

i'm going for 2 uni brackets & 1 pole.

cheers

len

 


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Right chaps, confirm your use of the brackets and mast if you could please.

I understood from Grade that the Uni-Mast is to rest on the ground with use of a ground stake, then the brackets are used more to hold and support the pole against the side of the van.



Is this how you use your brackets/poles or do you clamp the poles off the ground for height?

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 I take it the awning rail/brackets etc are used on the offside of the van ?..



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Quote: Originally posted by stevo1 on 04/10/2011

 I take it the awning rail/brackets etc are used on the offside of the van ?..


yes

Is this how you use your brackets/poles or do you clamp the poles off the ground for height?

i put a spike/awning peg into the ground and fit the pole over the top,means the base is not going to move.the two clamps hold it vertical.



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Thats another variation on a theme but my setup is slightly differant.

 My pole is about half the length of that one and in one piece rather than a more expensive telescopic version. Personaly, i find a one piece pole of about 6 feet long is all i need to get a good freeview signal. The lower bracket on my van  is about 5 inches higher than that one in the pic. I then fitted another plate higher up, just under the rail, on the offside ofcourse. The Pole is then already about 5 foot off the floor.

Theres a number of options.

Michaels setup will be stronger than mine as its anchored to  a spike in the ground but what ive done seems to work well. The gails we had didnt seem to affect it anyway.


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Quote: Originally posted by Gary H on 05/10/2011

...The Pole is then already about 5 foot off the floor.

Theres a number of options. Michaels setup will be stronger than mine as its anchored to  a spike in the ground but what ive done seems to work well. The gails we had didnt seem to affect it anyway.


Your option sounded the most logical use of the brackets, especially given the benefit of height versus pole length etc., but my only concern was whether the self adhesive brackets would be upto the job. I currently use an 'A' frame bracket and don't find it particularly stable, so looking at a neater option. You obviously appear pleased with their strength, so maybe I'll try this route.

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Hi

What can I use to replace the self adhesive part of these brackets, mine have come from a previous 'van and are nearly new, but have lost there stick, thought of trying double sided selotape but am worried this wont be strong enough.

 


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Google status aerials littlejack and ask them if the just sell the part that goes onto the caravan..

if you can get that part for a couple of quid it's not worth messing about with glue. + we will all be able to buy one when ours drops off. i mean the bracket drops off. lol


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Quote: Originally posted by corni on 05/10/2011

 

Google status aerials littlejack and ask them if the just sell the part that goes onto the caravan..

if you can get that part for a couple of quid it's not worth messing about with glue. + we will all be able to buy one when ours drops off. i mean the bracket drops off. lol


Yeah, the uni-plate wich is the part that sticks to the side, are not that dear but you could get some double sided trim tape from a local motor factors if yours has lost its 'stick', its pretty tough stuff. I agree on the glue though, not worth messing with glue pluss it will probably mess up the side of your van and paintwork.


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