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Winegard Introduces Carryout® G2 Automatic Portable Satellite TV Antenna

April 9, 2014 by Chris Dougherty | Comments Off | Filed in Electronics, Television

BURLINGTON, Iowa – (Apr. 9, 2014) – Winegard, a pioneering innovator in consumer and enterprise antenna design and development, recently introduced the compact GM 2000Wht lo Winegard Introduces Carryout® G2 Automatic Portable Satellite TV Antenna Carryout® G2 automatic satellite TV antenna designed for use while RVing, camping, tailgating and other fun outdoor activities. The new and improved antenna is almost half the size than its predecessor, the Carryout (GM-1518), and features a sleeker lightweight design.

The Carryout G2 portable satellite antenna is fully automatic and is quick and easy to setup. With two coaxial outputs, two TVs can be connected for twice the viewing fun (receivers and programming sold separately). The antenna is powered through a 12V output (included), but can be connected to a 110V outlet with a power converter (sold separately).

“The Carryout G2 pushes the ‘size-versus-performance-trade-off’ common to satellite antennas to the limit,” said Aaron Engberg, Director Mobile Sales Channel for Winegard. “Reducing the size by 40 percent from our original Carryout, without a single compromise in performance, is truly what makes Winegard the leader in antenna design. Consumers want smaller, faster, better and Winegard has once again delivered with the Carryout G2.”

Key benefits to the Carryout G2 antenna include:

  • Fully automatic antenna eliminates the need for manually aiming/finding satellite signals
  • Compatible with all major satellite TV programming providers
  • DISH® (SD/HD), DIRECTV® (SD) and Bell TV™ (Canada -SD/HD)
  • Works with most satellite receiver models, including activated receiver(s) from home
  • Allows for two TV connection for twice the viewing with its dual coax ports and cables
  • Compact and ultra-lightweight design (13.5″ h x 14.3″, 10 lbs.)
  • Backed by an industry-leading, two year parts, one year labor limited warranty

Several mounting options are available by Winegard including the tripod mount (TR-1518) and permanent roof kit mount (RK-2000)  (sold separately). Winegard also has plans to unveil a window mount and rear semi-truck cab mount by summer of 2014.

The Carryout G2 is now shipping and has an MSRP of $649; models are available in white dome (GM-2000) or black dome (GM-2035).

For more information or to purchase the Winegard Carryout G2 automatic portable satellite TV antenna, visit http://www.winegard.com/carryout. For DISH or DIRECTV receiver sales or activation, call Winegard Receiver Hotline at 1-800-288-8094, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST.

Source: Winegard press release and RVTravel.com.

 

The Weather Channel returning to DirecTV

April 8, 2014 by Chris Dougherty | Comments Off | Filed in Misc., Television

El Segundo, CA based DirecTV announced today that after a long hiatus, The Weather Channel will be returning to the company’s channel lineup on Wednesday April 9th. ” The Weather Channel will return to DIRECTV (channel 362) tomorrow as both companies have settled on a new agreement, the financial terms of which were not disclosed.”

“This is important to many RVers who use and depend on DirecTV and The Weather Channel for up-to-date weather conditions and severe storm notifications.” says RVTravel.com’s Chris Dougherty. “RVers rely on accurate and timely weather information, and the Weather Channel has historically been an important resource for them.”

As part of the new pact, The Weather Channel agreed to reduce reality programming by half on weekdays; return instant local weather and allow authenticated DIRECTV customers to watch The Weather Channel’s video programming on multiple devices inside and outside the home.

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Trailers, trucks, toads, and motorhomes all make recall list

April 7, 2014 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

WASHINGTON – The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has announced recalls on several vehicles which may be of interest to the recreational vehicle community.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain model year 2014 Free Spirit FS22, FS22SS, and FS22TE motorhomes manufactured September 2013 through March 2014. In the affected vehicles, the spare tire carrier and spare tire cover obstructs the visibility of the driver’s side taillight. If the driver’s side taillight is obstructed, drivers behind the vehicle may not see the motorhome’s intention to turn left, increasing the risk of a crash. Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will replace the old tire carrier with a newly designed one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact Triple E at 877-992-9906. Triple E’s number associated with this recall is CA#7841-1.

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2014 Cougar, Springdale, Hideout, Passport, and Bullet fifth wheels and travel trailers manufactured January 13, 2014, through February 12,2014. In the affected vehicles, the inner wheel bearings on the axle may have insufficient lubrication. With an insufficient amount of lubrication, the wheel bearing and hub may become overheated and the wheel may seize or separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the axle hubs and bearings for the proper lubrication. Any damaged bearings will be replaced. These repirs will be performed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact Keystone at 866-425-4369. Keystone’s number associated with this recall is 14-202.

Contract Manufacturer, LLC (CM Trailers) is recalling certain model year 2012 Cargo Van and Revolution trailers equipped with certain Hydrastar and Hydrastar XL trailer brake actuators produced from October 5, 2011, through December 9, 2011. One of the rotating components in the hydraulic pump missed a heat treat operation causing the actuator to wear at a higher than normal rate. As a result, the hydraulic pump could fail and result in a loss of braking ability in the trailer. Loss of braking ability can lead to loss of control of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash, serious injuries, or property damage. CM Trailers will notify owners, and dealers will replace the hydraulic pumps, free of charge. The recall began on March 21, 2014. Owners may contact CM Trailers at 888-268-7577.

General Motors LLC (GM ) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 series and model year 2015 Suburban and Tahoe; GMC model year 2014 Sierra Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 Series and model year 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles equipped with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission (feature code MYC). The subject vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not securely seated in the fitting. If the line is not securely seated and transmission oil leaks from the fitting, the oil could contact a hot surface and cause a vehicle fire. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission oil cooler line connection and repair the vehicles, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 28, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 or GMC owners may contact GMC at 866-996-9463. GM’s number for this recall is 14121.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2006 Malibu Maxx, 2009-2010 HHR (non-turbo), 2010 Cobalt, 2008-2009 Saturn Aura and 2004-2007 Ion, and 2005-2009 Pontiac G6. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will perform one of four bulletins. Parts are not currently available. GM expects to send an interim notification around April 28, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the applicable bulletin applied. Bulletin 14115 covers model year 2004-2007 Saturn Ion, 2009-2010 Chevrolet HHR and 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts. Dealers will replace the EPS motor. Bulletin 14116 covers model year 2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, 2005-2006 Pontiac G6 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from March 1, 2008, through June 27, 2008. Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly. Bulletin 14117 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from February 1, 2008, through February 28, 2008. Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly and EPS motor controller unit. Bulletin 14118 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from October 1, 2007, through January 31, 2008. Dealers will replace the EPS motor controller unit. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, Saturn at 800-553-6000, and Pontiac at 800-620-7668. GM’s number for this recall is N140115. Note: GM bulletin number 14119 will be implemented for model year 2006-2008 and early production of 2009 Chevrolet HHR (non-turbo) and model year 2003 Saturn ION to provide EPS Motor replacement for the life of the vehicle.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through September 8, 2013. The subject vehicles have a brake booster with a center shell that may corrode and allow water to get inside. The water inside could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced. Repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is P14.

This is NOT the complete list of vehicles and equipment recalled, only those we feel may be of interest to our readers.