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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 3 months ago #361333

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Being at a loose end at the weekend I started reading all the literature we received with our van.  The aerial leaflet has the statement:
"To reduce the possibility of damage when travelling, point the antenna backwards"
I, like most people I've seen, travel with the antenna pointing forward as it's more aerodynamic.  The van was even delivered with the antenna pointing forward!!
The leaflet also says "DO NOT TRAVEL with the antenna raised or set for vertical signals."
Perhaps the owner of the van I followed on the motorway coming home from work tonight also needs to read the leaflet as his was both raised and vertical.
Am I being too much of a Woosie by following instructions???  (Answers on the back of a £10 note please)
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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 3 months ago #361334

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Got to admit as it was on the roof and worked when I got the van havent read the leaflet.
It does however have a orange dot on the pole on the inside and when facing forward (the dot) so the arieal is facing forward and rightly or wrongly I assumed this was the way to travel.
But thanks for giving me something else to worry about
Ps I dont have a £10.00 note
 
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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 3 months ago #361335

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Yes i did that as well when i fitted my status 530 on the roof, i do remember something about the direction of them when towing a few years ago.
http://www.practicalcaravan.com/forum/equipment-accessories/status-530-aerial
So when mine is fully down & pointing backwards, i put a mark on the mast with a marker pen so that it lines up with the vertical joint on the clamp.
 
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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 3 months ago #361336

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If left pointing forwards, it makes a Delta wing, just like Concorde.
The faster you go the more lift it generates. I don't think that it will lift the van of the road, unless you tow at supersonic speed, but it can't be good for the fixing.
 
 
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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 3 months ago #361337

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That's exactly it Steve. Its not so much about the 'van taking off, but the forces generated will break the waterproof joint where the the antenna enters the roof.

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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 3 months ago #361338

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steve w77 wrote:
If left pointing forwards, it makes a Delta wing, just like Concorde.
The faster you go the more lift it generates. I don't think that it will lift the van of the road, unless you tow at supersonic speed, but it can't be good for the fixing.
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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 3 months ago #361339

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I've got to say i keep mine facing forward but reading the op i will face it backwards
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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 3 months ago #361340

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Hmmmmmmm, Very very woosie reading a what did you call it??? destruction manual???  We were told red dot to front when towing but no idea which way it's pointing as never bothered to look or take it in so I'll just keep the red dot forward.  Or did they say red dot back???? now if they said that then mine's pointing the wrong way?? Oh I don't know???  As far as your £10 note goes, 3x school uniform, 3 x trainers for indoor, 3x trainers for outdoor, 3 x PE kit and the new van on order from Lawns yesterday means not a hope of anyone getting a penny out of me at the moment.
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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 2 months ago #361341

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This issue raises it's head quite often. If you read the manual it explains that the red or orange dot denotes the front of the aerial but then goes on to explain, not very clearly, that the aerial should face rearwards when travelling. The problem is also compounded by dealers misinforming people when they pick up a caravan that the dot faces forwards. This happened to me when I changed caravans. My previous caravan had a status directional aerial and I had always travelled with it facing rearwards. The dealer at induction for the new van tried to tell me the dot faced forwards. We ended up getting the manual out and I am relieved to say I was correct and he was somewhat embarrassed as he had always given out the wrong advice. That maybe why you see so many on the road facing the wrong way!
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Travel Direction of Status 530 Antenna 7 years 2 months ago #361342

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I notice in the Nov edition of PCv Magazine that Niall Hampton (page 15) is telling in 'basics for beginners' to "Retract the aerial and move it to the transport position, ie with the red dot to the front".  Another reason why people stow the aerial in the incorrect position.  Perhaps Mr Editor could correct this glaring mistake in the next edition.
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