Radio Aerial

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  1. Floridalil

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    Hi All, does anyone know where the aerial is on a Autotrail Mohican 06, as I have to retune my radio to a different frequency every few miles as I lose the station.?
     
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    All radio station frequencies change every few miles, nothing you can do to the aerial will change that. I'd assume an 06 vehicle has a radio with RDS which automatically retunes the radio for you as required. Make sure that's switched on and working.
     
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    Chances are it utilises the tv aerial as most chassis cab vans have the aerial on the roof....obviously that has to come off for the motorhome bodywork.

    As nicknic said, rds will retune but only national channels (radio 1/2/3/4 etc), not local/regional ones.
     
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    Thanks for replies, only asking as in our car radio 2 is on the same frequency all over the south of England, whereas in the mh 6 miles down the road I lose it!
     
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    Sorry but it isnt....

    Theres a lot of radio frequencies between 88.1 and 90.2 mhz.
    Sounds like your RDS isnt working.
     
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    As PJ says, it isn't.

    Your car will retune it as often as it needs to, if you're on a motorway several times a minute isn't unusual.

    When the display just shows the name of the station you won't notice it happening.
     
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    Some radios have a 'local' or 'regional' button that, when switched on, prevents RDS from moving away from a local or regional signal. Check that's not switched on.
     
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    Thanks for help. Will see what happens on next trip
     
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    Thanks again all.
     
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    Would still like to know where the aerial is, dont think it works with the status aerial.
     
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    I was told ages ago that they were fitted inside the door mirror. On another van it was in the hollow moulding that connects the cab to the M/H habitation section (it had a special name but can't remember what it is).
    Whatever sort of antenna has been fitted by the factory it's sure to be rubbish. Why makers of expensive vehicles can't fit a decent antenna is a complete mystery to me. Even the most basic car has good radio reception but a £60k + M/H that we spend much more time in can't even pick up Radio 2 half the time.

    Richard
     
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    If it's a Ducato Base, then most probably in the Nearside Door Mirror. We were still getting rubbish reception when we added a DAB Radio and eventually went for an external Aerial, purchased from DABonWheels. They have a great selection of FM & DAB Aerials.
    John
     
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    Our previous coachbuilt vans have always had pretty average (or worse) radio reception - aerial in the wing mirror.

    But the new van came with an external fixed vertical aerial fitted above the windscreen - can't believe the difference it makes, especially in France. BBC Radio 4 (Longwave 198) perfectly clear as far south as Tours and Orleans, which was as far south as we went this time. Have never had much success previously, even with a freestanding portable radio as an alternative to the one in the van. Spent most of our trip around Brittany and UK radio was superb there - able to listen Radio 4 and Radio 5 (Medium wave).

    Of course this van might have come with a better radio, but I think it's the aerial that makes the difference.
     
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    Thanks everyone. All helpful.
    Barry
     
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