Maxview crank-up, not so good in the wind.

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Title says it all, we've had a bit of wind today, not that bad but I've had to lower the crank-up, a gust of wind pulled it out of alignment, I don't think the locking mechanism that prevents it from rotating is up to the job.. :Sad:
     
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    I think they should be made of a mesh material the same as ordinary house dishes.

    Not sure how much it would help but must be better in winds?
     
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    Jim it's blowin a hoolie down here are you expecting tooooo much. Was the roof flexing much?
     
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    Hi Jim
    have you any thoughts on an "instead of " or has any body got a suggestion?
     
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    It's fairly sheltered where we are, windy but not stormy.
    Do I expect too much.. I don't think so, the mechanism isn't man enough for the job.. Roof doesn't flex, it's made of plywood

    This was my 'instead of' I used to use a domestic dish and mount it on the ladder or a handy pole..
    The only 'wind proof' dish is a Camos dome..

    I'm complaining to Maxview, apparently this is an issue they are aware of..
     
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    You tellin me them big fancy RV's are made of wood.:Rofl1:
     
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    Yip .. all American, best quality sheds on wheels .. :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Are there no other crank up owners on here ?

    I complained to Maxview who said they had no others with this problem and if it was installed correctly it wouldn't move in the 'wind' .. :RollEyes:
     
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    Hi Jim we have one, but as we don't use it much, and as soon as it gets windy I wind it down, so I can't say I have had any problems because of this. As you say the plastic locking mechanism is just not up to the job in high winds, and I think thats something you will just have to accept.

    I don't think it was ever intended for fulltimers, its just to flimsy for that, and to cheap.

    Olley
     
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    No doubt designed for the leisure user rather than us hard core campers :Rofl1:

    but it doesn't excuse poor design, and it's not that cheap, I'd rather pay an extra £100 for a more robust and durable product..

    90% of users will have no issue 90% of the time.. perhaps they should trial these products with fulltimers before marketing .. :RollEyes:


    PS.. the tablet has my name on it .. :Cool:
     
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    Hi jim the target market was leisure not fulltimers, there's not enough of you to be a viable market yet I would have thought.

    In the five weeks we were away this year in portugal, I never put it up once, so begining to wonder why we got it. :Doh:

    I agree your name is on the tablet...................trouble is its under mine.:BigGrin:

    Olley
     
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    I've got one:Wink:
     
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    I have one and I am very happy with it but it has moved in bad winds on me too, I just wind it down in high winds. Good idea to make it out of a mesh.

    Lampie
     
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    Hi Jim

    We have a Maxview crankup and prior to it we had an 85cm Oyster which managed to have all its teeth on the gearwheel ripped of by what was not really a very high wind.:Eeek:
    The Maxview we have now has still been up in much higher winds and up to now its has been fine, i installed it myself and whilst i must agree the plastic locking mechanism does not look to tough to date we have had no probs with it being blown out of alignment.
    No way would i buy another Oyster £1000 more just so it aligns itself there having a laugh, longest its ever took with the Maxview is five minutes to align, then i tried it with my eyes open which was much quicker,:Wink: top bit of kit even if it has a dodgy looking plastic locking mechanism..:thumb::thumb::thumb:

    Keith
     
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    I was just about to buy one, thanks to Jim I will wait and see what the outcome is from Maxiview. I do thinks as Jim says it should be fit for purpose, the wind does'nt know if you are fulltiming.
     
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    My gut feeling is that there will be no forthcoming fix from Maxview and the way to go for all weather viewing is a Camos Dome.. but keep the cranky on standby in case the Camos can't find the satellite.. :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Hi Jim,

    I installed a Maxview crank-up system earlier this year but as yet have suffered no problems, very easy to use and install, very impressed with this bit of kit considering that the next step up in price would be about £1000.

    We went to Normandy in September this year and the dish did not move despite some very strong winds, force 8/9 I believe.

    I feel like some of the other poster on this thread that perhaps the locking mechanism could be beefed up a little as I am not sure that it will stand-up to the rigours of normal use unless handled consideratly but I still remain very impressed with this bit of kit.

    John D.
     
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    My first email to Maxview

    I have a complaint to make about my Maxview crank up, during windy weather today, (22 mph SW, BBC Weather info) the dish rotated, I heard the noise as the lock moved on the ratchet. I immediately lowered the dish to prevent further damage. I've heard of others complaining about this and that you were working on a 'fix' .? This issue is presently being discussed on several motorhome forums with several unhappy owners. I look forward to your comments.
    Regards

    Maxview Reply

    As long as the unit has been fitted correctly, with the direction unit clicked fully in place with no gaps, the dish should stay locked in place by both brakes. I am surprised that you have mentioned customers who are also having the same problem, as none of them are in contact with us about this. Could you please let me have the details of your B2590 system, date of purchase, fiited by-, and serial number (this should be stuck to the zone map).
    With Thanks
    Mark

    My Reply

    I purchased the dish from SDS ( http://www.sdsdigital.co.uk/ ) around May 07 ( sorry, I don't have the exact date to hand) , serial 052532, and installed personally, the mechanism is fitted correctly with no slack in the braking lock.
    Others I mentioned have been in contact with Shane at snellyvision ( http://www.snellyvision.co.uk/store/index.php ) it was he who said he had been in contact with you re this issue and you were working on a fix.
    I have no issue with it other than it's poor performance when it's windy.


    Nothing since, and I doubt there will be any, other than to deny a problem. :RollEyes:
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Well, it's windy again, i can hear the trees rustling gently and the dish had to come down.. AGAIN :Angry:
     
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    How about the old fashioned pole with aerial on it Jim?
     
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