A guide to terrestrial TV for my Caravan

We have put together this handy guide when choosing a directional TV aerial for your caravan or motorhome. You need to consider the best option for your vehicle and location to give you the best performance possible. Firstly, it’s important to identify what equipment you would need.


We have a range of mobile external directional TV aerials to choose from. Because they are all designed for travel, they are compact in size and offer great performance.

External Directional TV Aerial Models – please click here

• 9 Element
• 14 Element
• 15 Element (Triboom)
• 20 Element


In addition, you need to consider that the aerial will need to be temporary mounted rather than permanently fixed. Because the aerial will have to be removed and stored every time you move location. Please note, we offer different options for those who can consider a permanent fixing, such as static mobile homes.

We offer the following mounting solutions – please click here

• Jockey Wheel Mast
• Vehicle Side Mast
• Unimax Mast Kit

Please note: Our 20 Element TV Aerial includes a mounting kit as standard. We also offer the 9 Element and 14 Element TV Aerials with or without a mounting kit.


You will need a suitable TV, there are specific 12V/230V TV’s available.

In addition, please note you will require a TV with integrated Freeview Box, or separate Freeview Box (if your TV hasn’t got one integrated) to enable you to watch digital/HD terrestrial TV.

Most TV’s do now come with an integrated Freeview box as standard. Please make sure it’s a “Freeview” compatible and not “Freesat”. Freesat is for use with a satellite system installation.

All our aerials are HD compatible. If your tuner or receiver box has the HD symbol you should be able to access high definition channels where they are being broadcast locally.

For further details on Freeview please visit www.freeview.co.uk

Is there any other equipment I should consider?

Some people choose to feed their coax cables through an open window from the aerial to the TV/Receiver.

This isn’t always the most practical method. We recommend our Weatherproof Socket. This can be easily fitted to the outside of your vehicle offering a neat and watertight connection. Simply, connect your aerial coax cable into the weatherproof socket. View Weatherproof Sockets.

Does the length of the aerial make any difference?

This is a common question. We are often asked this by many motorhome and caravan owners who are researching and wanting to buy a directional TV Aerial.

Generally, the greater amount of elements an aerial has, the more it will receive. A high gain aerial has more elements than a standard aerial and will receive more of the incoming signal to provide the best possible picture and number of channels.

Digital Terrestrial TV signals in general, are now much stronger. In most instances, especially when used in the busiest, most popular parts of the UK, a TV aerial with less elements will be sufficient in most of these areas.

What are the advantages of a directional aerial?

– DIY installation – Lower set up cost
– A range of temporary mounting options available to suit your application.
– Can be easily transferred to another vehicle if required
– Can help to overcome interference issues
– In some rural locations, or locations with obstructions such as trees an Omni directional aerial might struggle to pick up signals. In this situation, we would recommend a directional aerial.

What happens if I can’t get a signal? Can I boost it?

Yes, our TV Aerial booster helps to do just that! Designed specifically for vehicles such as caravans or motorhomes it is small and compact for a neat installation. View Variable Signal Booster.

Can I have too much signal?

Yes, having too much signal can often result in the same type of problems. Our TV aerial booster has an adjustable gain. This allows a varied gain from 0-19db making it perfect for strong and weak signal areas which is essential if you are travelling to different locations.

I can install an aerial myself?

Installing a directional TV aerial is straight forward and any competent DIYer can easily fit one to their leisure vehicle quickly and easily without the need of a professional installer.

How to find the direction of the local TV transmitter?

You can sometimes find a rough position that you can get a picture by copying the direction of aerials in the area. However, when looking for a digital signal, using this method would often result in your picture breaking up and freezing.

We recommend our Digital TV signal finder. When you are setting up your aerial it will help you to receive the best terrestrial digital/HD reception available. The TV signal finder easily locates the signal to ensure a quick and stress free set up of your aerial. So you can sit back and enjoy your favourite programmes. View Digital TV Signal Finder.

It can be essential if you are travelling to different locations. For instance, caravan and motorhome users would need to align their TV aerial in each location.

A further source of transmitter locations is here. https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/information-for-industry/tv/tv-transmitter-maps

Are there any costs involved?

Terrestrial TV is a cost effective alternative to satellite TV. Freeview is of course free, so there are no subscription costs involved either. You can watch everything you would normally receive at home.

Can I use my Directional Terrestrial TV in Europe?

You can, however you won’t be able to receive UK TV channels. You will need a separate receiver box designed for the region you are located in.

Because, we care passionately about our products and want our customers to enjoy them too. So whichever TV aerial you choose, you will receive our customer service support and 1 year guarantee.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.