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Caravanning: Don’t Go On a Camping Trip Without a TV Antenna!

While we love doing things together as a family and coming up with all sorts of adventures and activities, camping has got to be the preferred one for all of us. I say this in the name of my husband and sons too, as at every opportunity we have, we like to hit the road with our home on wheels. 

Camping with your caravan gives you the kind of freedom and flexibility that get you hooked on this kind of lifestyle and travel instantly. I may not have been the greatest supporter of my husband’s idea of purchasing a home on wheels, initially, but with time and lots of fun, I’ve come to the realisation the wife isn’t the one who is always right; men can have great ideas from time to time (giggles).

As amazing as running away from the civilised jungle may be, there are some comforts we can’t do without just yet. In addition to those nutritious and tasty cooked meals, water supply, toilet essentials, and flashlights, we also need our screen entertainment, hence the need for TV antennas. We may have stopped watching the news a long time ago, but each of us has our favourite shows we need to catch up with. 

How else would we keep up the pace with The Block, or know what the 7 Little Johnstons are up to when they’re not backyard camping without their phones? For that reason, antennas found their well-deserved spot among our list of camping must-haves. 

Do Antennas Make a Difference?

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When you’re away from the cityscapes, as well as from the fully equipped campsites, they make a huge difference. Although they may not prove to be efficient in extremely remote areas that are too far away from TV towers, they’re great when you’re on the road. 

Without being hindered by the terrain, the advanced TV antennas of today come with horizontal and vertical signals to provide you with more options when it comes to channels and access to more programming. All this without requiring the standard cabling to give you excellent reception and signalling. 

It’s the perfect solution that’s affordable, compact, and lightweight. And as such, it can significantly boost camping enjoyment – especially at night when you want to relax after a long day of exploring the outdoors, dealing with setting up a tent, or doing some extreme sports. 

If you’re travelling with little ones, it’s just as great for bonding time without stressing you out with having to come up with the perfect activities to entertain them when you’re all out of energy. Still, with so many options on the market, it can be a bit difficult to find your perfect antenna unless you weigh in the crucial factors. 

How to Find the Ideal Antenna?

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Since this is the type of equipment that’s exposed to the weather conditions (which may not always be favourable), it’s of utmost importance to take durability seriously. Look for tv antennas of a sturdy build made from high-quality materials to be sure what you’re getting is durability. This is essential for the bits and pieces that make up the setup too, including the cables, as they too can affect the reception. 

Coaxial cable of low quality can significantly ruin your entertaining experience over time, so keep that in mind when shopping. Anything that’s UVF resistant, as well as weatherproof, is worth the investment. If you want to make sure you get a good tv antenna out of a range of options, it’s also advisable to check whether it receives both VHF (Very High Frequency) and UHF (Ultra High Frequency) signal transmissions, to get the best reception regardless of your whereabouts. 

Which is why a brand like the US Winegard is one of our top choices. What we love about it, besides the incredible design, is the superior reception even when it comes to HD content, working out just perfectly with our HD TV. They’ve got several options, among which the compact and portable, the mounted dome, and the multi-satellite that works best for those with more roof space. While we’re at this, size is a serious consideration as you need to make sure you have enough for the proper installation of the caravan TV antenna, without affecting other accessories either. 

In case you’re looking for something Australian, Winsig is an alternative that also offers a 5G connection. If you don’t want to get a directional antenna that you have to wind up and set yourself up when trying to get the perfect reception, even if it’s a smooth operation like the Winegard, then you can check out the UK’s omnidirectional Milenco. 

Omnidirectional means you don’t have to go through any trouble with the direction of the antenna yourself to find the best signal, as it provides a 360-degree reception. If your caravan doesn’t come with amplification, you might consider getting a signal amp, which comes in handy with giving the signal a boost, especially when you’re travelling in remote areas. Happy camping!