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.

EXTERNAL DIRECTIONAL TV AERIAL

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

TV AERIAL MOUNT

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.

TV

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.

What is Roam?

As previously mentioned, the Maxview Roam allows you to create a stronger 4G hotspot from a powerful router and antenna, increasing signal strength and reliability.

This allows you to obtain a signal virtually anywhere in the world, whether you’re on the border of France or camping out before a climb up your favourite mountains.

Make sure you have a sim card, and you’re good to go – allowing you to travel stress-free with the comfort of the internet.

And believe us, you’ll be glad to have it.

15 benefits of caravan or motorhome internet when on the road

To help illustrate just how useful motorhome internet is on the go, we’ve put together a list of fifteen benefits below:

1. Entertainment

Staying up to date with your favourite TV shows, listening to music, or catching the latest films has never been easier while on the road.

With a stable internet connection, you can relax and unwind after a long day of travelling with various entertainment options. Of course, we’re not saying you need to pack up the board games for good, but it’s always a nice alternative to playing monopoly for the seventh time this week.

You can also use a data usage calculator to provide an estimated use and cost based on activity. For those working to a budget or planning a trip, it’s essential to stick to your finances, and tools such as this one help massively.

Watching Netflix or Amazon Prime
Two of the most popular streaming services are available with your basic subscription and a Wi-Fi connection, such as the Roam.

You can expect to use an estimated 1.00 GB of data for a two-hour film in SD, and 6.00 GB of data for three episodes of your favourite series in HD quality.

So, whether you’re binge-watching the latest season of Downton Abbey or looking for travel inspiration, the world is your oyster.

2. Listening to music

Whether on the go or parked up for the night, there’s nothing quite as chill as listening to your favourite music.

A solid wireless caravan internet connection allows you to listen uninterrupted, tuning into your preferred radio station, or perhaps listening to 80s rock on Spotify – whatever you fancy, really.

3. Watching satellite TV in my caravan or motorhome

You may already watch satellite TV in your caravan or motorhome, perhaps with a Maxview dish or a similar alternative. However, streaming Sky or Freesat through the internet is an alternative option, if you don’t have a dish.

So, no matter where you are, you can stream into live TV as long as you have motorhome internet.

4. Watching terrestrial TV in your motorhome or caravan

Following on from our previous point, many channels and devices provide terrestrial options, such as Freeview player and BBC Iplayer. However, you require an internet connection to stream.

So, if you can’t watch strictly come dancing live, or another one of your favourite shows, then catching it on demand is the next best thing. Just ensure you’ve got a Wi-Fi connection set up and ready to go.

5. Listening to the radio

Did you know that most radio stations are also online nowadays? Not only is this super convenient, but the signal is often stronger, too.

So, whether you want to tune in to the local radio wherever you are or to travel to, or perhaps your favourite station, you can with little interruption and the best listening experience.

6. Organisation

Having good motorhome internet is essential. A strong internet connection, such as the Roam Motorhome WiFi system, reduces stress massively. For example, you can spend less time on admin tasks, including finding a solid internet connection, and instead, spend more time having fun.

It’s an investment – allowing you to enjoy your holiday to the maximum. Besides, no one wants to spend hours searching for the internet… it’s just more unneeded stress.

7. Working from home with motorhome internet

Many of us have been working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic in the last couple of years.

If you usually work on the road, or perhaps in a remote location, then a solid internet connection is paramount.

With less stress finding a connection and no need to find an internet cafe, you can spend more time being productive and, ultimately, less time working.

8. Caravan or motorhome navigation

There’s nothing worse than getting lost. Well, aside from getting lost and having no Tom Tom, internet connection, or not having the right map installed…

In this instance, navigation is more than difficult. It’s near enough impossible.

With caravan internet, such as the Maxview Roam, however, you can use Google or Apple maps to find your way. You can also use the Tom Tom app, but you’ll need an extra-strong connection. Therefore, we recommend the former.

9. Checking toll information for France and other countries

An impromptu caravan or motorhome trip can be fun. But the logistics can be stressful. For example, if you’re planning on crossing the channel, you may wish to check toll information.

Without an internet connection, you’re going to struggle…

But with a solid connection, you can use tools such as Auto Routes to set your journey and even receive the most up to date directions. For example, using the Auto Routes website, you may plan a route from Birmingham, UK, to Normandy, costing a total of €73.

With the most up to date information, you can budget accordingly with a whole lot less stress.

10. Finding things to do in my caravan or motorhome

Struggling to find things to do when you’re on the road? Well, the internet is your best friend.

Browse sites such as trip advisor, google maps, booking.com, or even do a quick Google search to find the best attractions.

It should be noted that different sites service separate areas, so one may work in one country, and others may not.

Perhaps consider downloading multiple apps before hitting the road to avoid disappointment.

11. Booking or researching campsites online with motorhome internet

Whether you’re travelling by motorhome or caravan, you’re going to need somewhere to pull up and sleep at night.

Depending on where you are and what country you are in determines what sites you can use.

For example, the Camping and Caravanning Club has a breakdown of all UK sites and links to specific campsites.

If you’re in Europe, however, you can visit Campingo for a rundown of European sites.

12. Booking events or tickets

There’s nothing quite like live entertainment. Let’s say you’re at a busy campsite and you find out about a live music event nearby which you wish you had known about before you left on your travels…

Well, with motorhome internet such as the Maxview Roam, you book tickets for the event, reserve a spot, and even find the dress theme.

That could have potentially saved you a drive and the disappointment of not acquiring a ticket.

13. Staying connected

Just because you’re travelling around Europe (or elsewhere) doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected with friends, family, and loved ones.

Video calling
With a plethora of video calling tools available, whether Zoom, Whatsapp, or Facebook messenger, it’s never been easier to stay connected. As long as you have a stable Wi-Fi connection, you can talk for as long as you’d like. Besides, calling can be expensive, and it’s less fun. Video calling is the way forward.

Messages
Check your messages on the go by using your caravan internet. You have the usual options available such as Whatsapp and Facebook messenger. However, you can also use an app known as Signal – a high security messaging app ideal for those travelling for maximum encryption and security.

Business meetings
If your office is on four wheels, then a stable Wi-Fi connection is a must. There’s nothing worse than delayed video calls, connection loss when sending emails, and missed meetings as you’re walking around a field trying to find a signal.

14. Smart caravan or smart Motorhome

Caravans and motorhomes are becoming smarter. These vehicles now have air conditioning controls and gas level sensors built into them, usually controllable via an app.

Alexa
Control your music, set reminders, and turn your caravan or motorhome into a smart set-up with the popular Amazon’s Alexa, paired directly to your caravan internet.

In fact, you can also control your Amazon firestick (if you have one) for ease of use. Talk about a smart setup… you’ll never want to go home.

15. Life admin

When you’re travelling, admin tasks catch up with you. Now, with Covid passports, tests, and other restrictions, you need to remain on the ball to prevent disappointment.

Checking Covid restrictions by country
You can use the internet to check covid restrictions by country. This ensures you can gain access and do not need to quarantine upon entry.

Booking Covid tests
With restrictions changing all of the time, especially for events, you’re going to need to book Covid tests. Find the nearest testing centre near you with the Wi-Fi on your phone, allowing you to de-stress and focus on having a good time.

Passenger locator forms
These forms need to be completed before arriving in the UK (and other countries). Therefore, you’ll need quick access.

You’ll need an internet connection as these can be found on the Gov UK website.

Finding a local mechanic when things go wrong
Things go wrong from time to time – it’s almost inevitable. However, if you’re not the handiest, you don’t have the parts, or you don’t want to get dirty, then you’re going to need to find a local mechanic.

A quick Google search will reveal your options, allowing you to seek help in a matter of minutes. If you’re lucky, you may even be back on the road within the hour.

Unlocking debit or credit cards when abroad
Trying to use your debit or credit card in another country may result in them becoming blocked.

And guess what? You’re going to need to use the app to unblock these with ease. Well, that is unless you want to call up the bank with overseas fees. So, save yourself the trouble, download your banking app, and be ready to unblock them. You’d be surprised at how often we all forget!

Topping up travel cards such as Revolut
There are various travel cards out there, such as Revolut, which allow you to transform GBP into EUR at a great rate.

You can use the Revolut app (or other apps) on your smartphone – all you need is an internet connection.

The bottom line

Strong consistent Motorhome or caravan internet is a must-have on the go. Not only can you watch your favourite Netflix shows in your home away from home, but you have endless entertainment options, can use Google maps for navigation, and can even find things to do and book live events.

A reliable Wi-Fi connection is your best friend when travelling – don’t make the mistake of not upgrading.

 

 

 

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