Do you travel in your RV often and would like to be able to relax and watch some TV when you are parked? Well, the best RV antenna models are fairly inexpensive and get many more channels than you might think. These easy to install products will get many of the same local channels that you pay big bucks for to get with satellite subscriptions so why spend the money? In this article we will review some of the best TV antennas for RV use in 2017. We will also go over with you what is important to look for when you are buying an RV HD antenna. After extensive review, here is what we feel are some of the best RV TV antenna products you can buy:
Comparison of the Top-Rated TV RV Antennas
KING Jack OA8000 HDTV Over-the-Air Antenna for RV
Here is a sleek and low-cost digital antenna that will not look out of place on top of any RV. It’s also an under $50 King jack model that mounts very easily and can be retracted down so it stows easily for safe traveling. It will pick up a wide array of TV signals and do it from a fairly good distance too. It does a great job of picking up digital signals that are broadcast in the UHF (80% of digital signals fall in this frequency range) and VHF frequency ranges.
One of the nicer features of this model is that it’s not as directional dependent as some RV TV antennas are. That means you do not constantly have to move it and adjust it to pick up your area TV channels.
It also has a specially designed mounting bracket that will let you turn its base in order to mount the unit easier around rooftop vents and air conditioning units on top of your travel trailer. This antenna is an affordable brand but don’t mistake that for meaning it’s a cheap antenna that is poorly made. This good quality product comes highly recommended by those that have purchased it.
- Easy mounting on RV’s
- Compact and lightweight design
- Designed to pick up a wide range of digital and UHF signals
- Low profile/sleek design
- HDTV signal capable
- Not great VHF reception
- Does not retract easily for travel
Winegard Pathway X2 PA6002R Satellite TV Antenna
Winegard came up with an excellent idea for portable digital TV antenna products with this design here. That is because it does not mount on the roof of your RV. Instead, you bring it out of your vehicle when you get to your camping stop and set it up on a ladder stand each time.
Not only does it simply pull out of your car and set up quickly in an advantageous spot when you are camping, but this portable TV antenna for RVs can also supply channel selections to 2 different TV’s at the same time. Once its setup and running you simply have to press a button and this top-rated camper antenna will even find all the available digital channels by itself.
No need to worry about picking up digital TV signals in the area with this model either. That is because it is specially designed to work with the Dish TV satellite subscription service where you will get a virtual endless supply of channels to watch.
- Can hook up to 2 TV’s
- Dish satellite TV ready
- Receives standard and high definition signals
- Automatic channel finding
- Portable ladder mount for easy setup
- Slightly heavy 16-pound weight
- Not easy to store in the RV when driving to the next destination
Winegard RVW-395 Sensar IV HD TV Antenna
There is a reason this antenna design continues to be popular as it has been upgraded over the years. It’s because the design works really well. This nicely made good RV HDTV antenna will last you a very long time too.
This extended range antenna will pull in not only standard definition digital TV signals but it will pull in high definition digital cable signals too. People who have used have reported getting crystal clear TV signals on it no matter where they park their vehicle. The RV antenna booster is already built right into this product too.
This popular product has a proven signal receiving configuration and is built to last too. Its external components are nicely powder coated to resist corrosion. It has a good rating and the manufacturer also backs this model over the air antenna with a 2-year parts warranty.
- Enhanced, amplified antenna design
- 55-mile range (unobstructed)
- Receives standard and high definition signals
- Powder coated anti-corrosion finish
- 2-year warranty
- Need external 12V power for the booster to work
- Holes need to be drilled into your RV roof to mount it
Winegard SK-1000 Satellite System For RV, Motorhome, Camper
If you think this camper TV antenna looks eerily familiar to all those satellite dishes you see mounted on homes you would be absolutely right. That’s because this model is designed to be used with the satellite TV provider dish network which provides many of those home satellite dishes.
It’s a great way to get many channels when you travel. Dish network has special plans for RV users that will allow you to only pay for the time you are on the road too. Reviews by customers rave about how much money this saves them when they use their RV.
This is a sturdy satellite dish that is built to last too. Everything on it is very solidly made and the surfaces are all covered with a powder coated paint finish. The 30 foot long TV cable and the 24-foot long power cable are both included along with this RV roof-mounted satellite TV dish.
- Works with Dish TV subscriptions
- Sturdy mounting
- Retractable for storing while moving
- Sturdy construction
- Includes 30’ TV/24’ power cables
- Need a subscription to get the most out of it
- Heavy unit (50 pounds) that takes 2 people to mount
Winegard RV-3095 Batwing Amplified RV TV Antenna
Here is a proven design for RV antennas that the best brands manufacturer Winegard has been using for a very long time. Lately, this budget model has been modified so it does an excellent job of receiving both standard and high definition digital TV signals. It has an extended range estimated at around 55 miles. This must be true because most customer reviews claim they get over 20 channels and not just local ones either. It retracts down nicely for when traveling too.
This well-designed RV antenna is easy to set up and it comes with all the necessary mounting hardware too. Winegard even supplies the hand crank and the power outlet for the wall to plug it into so it will operate. This model also has about the best price you will find on a quality RV antenna.
- Proven batwing shape design
- Sturdy mounting/Complete installation kit
- Extended 55-mile reception range
- Receives both standard and high definition digital TV signals
- Proven longevity and corrosion resistance
- Not all parts painted with powder coating
- Does not include required caulking
RV Antenna Buying Guide
Here are some important characteristics to keep in mind when shopping for a high quality RV TV antenna:
Just because your new outdoor RV digital antenna has the ability to receive a variety of TV signals does not guarantee that it will. Some models have a much longer range in which to receive signals than others do. Make sure you know the approximate range of any product you are thinking about buying before you purchase it. If you visit many remote campsites with your vehicle then you will need a longer range motorhome TV antenna.
- Ease of Installation/Sturdy mounting
Many times when an RV antenna is purchased to use it just ends up sitting in a box in the garage. That is because the owner had trouble mounting it and decided it just was not worth the hassle putting it up. Make sure you are not the victim of the same thing. Before you purchase any model go to the manufacturer’s website and get an idea of how easy that product is to install and how sturdy that mounting process is once finished.
- Type of TV signals that can be received
You want to know exactly what type of signal frequencies an RV antenna is designed to receive before you buy. It has to be especially good at getting UHF digital signals because that is what dominates the airwaves these days and will get you the most channels. A big bonus with any model is to choose one that has the ability to not only to get digital signals but to get high definition digital TV signals as well. There is nothing quite like the picture you see on your television with a good HDTV signal.
- Storage for travel
Some models are always in a fixed position while other can be retracted nicely into a lower position for traveling. The latter is the preferred type of antenna to mount on top of an RV. The top of your car is already so high it has little clearance when going under bridges so an antenna that does not retract down may not be on your vehicle anymore after you go under a bridge with a low underhang.