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Review: Winegard RM-DM46 Satellite Antenna

With a trailer, motor home or camper, whatever the destination, people who can’t live without their favorite TV channels are well served. We tested the closed-signal mini satellite dish, from installation to end use. The Banda Ku system is already widespread in the market and present in urban and rural homes with packages that include open broadcasters and also subscription channels. The Virtual Parts Store for RV`s MY TRAILER made sure to send the WINEGARD RM-DM46 model for review.

This model was designed to operate only the satellite signal, having no local reception in VHF and UHF. Its main attraction is practicality and compactness. With the fully internal controls, it is possible to open the antenna, adjust the elevation and the pointing towards the satellite. In the guard position, it is lowered and ready for travel, where the plate is lowered horizontally and protecting the LNB rod that has automatic joints. Perfect for not losing space to store an antenna.

We did the full test. The purchase process in the MEU TRAILER online store , installation and end use. Let’s go to the first stage.

THE PURCHASE: The virtual store is very practical and simple to operate. A menu on the left contains all the sections that, by the way, cover a very complete range of parts for trailers, motor homes and the like. Having chosen the “antennas” tab, we chose the product and followed the common steps of any online store. Finalize the order, choose the payment method, calculate and choose the freight modality and the initial registration of those who were never customers. Fast and very clear, we chose the bank slip and delivery via carrier, since this item is not delivered by post due to its size.

It took a few days for delivery on the promised date. The product arrived in perfect condition at our address when we went to open the big box full of curiosity.

EXTERNAL INSTALLATION: At the camping, it is time to install the toy. Studying the product, the manual and especially your RV is essential. Our biggest fear is to miss the hole. In addition to the location of the antenna on the roof in relation to outside interference and also in the correct position in relation to the front of the vehicle, you also have to meet the position of the internal control inside, in addition to the internal structure of the trailer roof. The whole process is simpler in the video illustration below. Basically, after carefully choosing the location, it is time to make the single through hole and fix the base with glue and screws with complete caulking.

INSTALLATION INTERNAL: Once inside, after fixing the base, it is time to mount the internal antenna commands. The first element is the internal base that must be cut by taking the “thickness” of the ceiling by the tip and transferring this measurement to the base. After all the control elements have been screwed, it is time to cut the threaded pipe which will be where we will attach the inner nut. Finally, cut the hexagonal rod where the crank will be fixed.

CABLES AND POWER: There are two cables that come out of the antenna. The main coaxial cable goes from the LNB (receiver of the signals in the focus of the antenna) straight to the decoder of the chosen operator. The second, somewhat thinner, goes from the elevation sensor that is hidden in the rod to the location chosen for the display. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can see both this and the TV screen, as it will help in the process of pointing the antenna towards the satellite. The only supply (12V) of the set will be the internal elevation sensor, and in the absence of this energy the antenna will function normally.

LNB: Before operating the satellite TV, it is necessary to change the LNB that comes with the antenna. Is that Winegard is a foreign brand without official representation in Brazil and the signal receiver that is at the tip of the rod – in the focus of the parable – is original from Direct TV in the USA and does not work with any operator in Brazil. Then you will need to choose the subscription company and then install your corresponding LNB. It will also be necessary to support / clamp the national LNB, since those here in Brazil are not integrated as the original.

+ Descriptions: Weight: 5.5kg; Height raised 76.2 cm and Height lowered 20.3 cm; Internal Commands; Digital elevation sensor; 360º rotation; Band KU; Foreign LNB (which needs to be exchanged)

PRICE: The antenna cost R $ 3,650.89 + shipping in the store MY TRAILER on the date of purchase and this review.

REVIEW – PRODUCT AND PLACE: This equipment was sent by  MY TRAILER who relied on MaCamp’s know-how to test its products in the Reviews section. The tests and photos were performed at Camping CCB in Campos do Jordão in July 2017.

Quechua Arpenaz Folding Chair

Basic camping equipment, for use restricted to family camping, can be used all the time in the residence itself or as a spare seat for those party days.

The Quechua Arpenaz Foldable model has as its main configuration the foldable model in “x” system and low backrest looking for the minimum dimension when closed. That’s why it doesn’t have armrests or cup holders. It is a choice, as other models have these differentials. This model is the most compact to carry.

Armed, the seat is 41cm high and the back is lower than the model that Quechua manufactured in the past. It has thick and resistant fabric with reinforced rubber corners with eyelets that run smoothly through the metal frame at the time of opening / closing. To close the chair, just press the feet in an “X” shape. To open it just separate them and the weight of the body also makes the opening force. The feet have a good support area, since they also articulate two structural supports each. With six of these rods, the product is quite capable for service.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8959365990645001&output=html&h=60&slotname=6374340739&adk=3646161604&adf=3483950181&w=468&lmt=1600676159&psa=1&guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&format=468×60&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmacamp.com.br%2Fcadeira_dobravel_arpenaz_quechua%2F&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1600676159015&bpp=9&bdt=422&idt=402&shv=r20200915&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dd9c4544eb70c4658%3AT%3D1600673630%3AS%3DALNI_MZi1A9fT5BsdopYbfbKu4gUC7STog&correlator=1936483438164&frm=20&pv=2&ga_vid=2095761607.1600673630&ga_sid=1600676159&ga_hid=1630193856&ga_fc=1&iag=0&icsg=50080431&dssz=42&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=480&u_his=2&u_java=0&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=255&ady=1709&biw=1349&bih=625&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=42530672%2C44723322&oid=3&pvsid=4023643767448729&pem=561&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fmacamp.com.br%2Freviews%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1366%2C728%2C1366%2C625&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CoeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8192&bc=31&ifi=1&uci=a!1&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=HCR6sye1bo&p=https%3A//macamp.com.br&dtd=430

FOLDING CHAIR ARPENAZ QUECHUA
BENEFITS
Light and compact
Carrying handle
DISADVANTAGES
Very low back (justified to look for a smaller dimension)
Lack of transport bag, which would help to make it even more compact
DATA PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER
Seat height41 cm
Tube materialSteel
Seat material600D polyester

Quechua Limited Edition Folding Chair

The differential of this model of chair from Quechua is the armrest that guarantees a lot of comfort in a retractable equipment. A basic accessory for use restricted to family camping that can be used all the time at home or as a spare seat for those party days.

Despite having a print belonging to a limited edition of the brand, the chair model itself will last for a long time having this review well used.

The Quechua Limited Edition model is foldable in an “umbrella” system – an “x” system that causes the rods to run through the eyelets on the seat to make it compact. Closed and attached to a velcro tape, it can be easily transported or accommodated in the luggage compartment

Armed, the seat is 41cm high and the backrest reaches 77cm. It has thick and resistant fabric with nylon bias edges and rubber reinforced corners with eyelets that run smoothly through the metal frame at the time of opening / closing. She already arms with the arm rests in place and in one of them there is a cup holder. The total width when opened is 73cm and a depth of 50cm.

To close the chair, just press the rods or the feet or the backrest inwards. The “X” system will go into action smoothly. There is a velcro strap to wrap the chair around and prevent it from opening during transport and a strap to carry it over your shoulder. To open it, just separate the rods. The body’s own weight also makes the final opening force. Closed it is 81cm long by about 18cm in diameter.

The feet have a good support area, since they also articulate two structural supports each.

One of the most important points in our assessment is the anchoring of the rear rods close to the backrest. In the first versions of the brand, the rubber terminals were torn with weight and pressure and invalidated the chair before it aged. Now the rods are accommodated in a well folded hem and sewn on the back and it seems that it will no longer present that problem.

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QUECHUA LIMITED EDITION FOLDING CHAIR
BENEFITS
Light and compact
Carrying handle
DISADVANTAGES
The second cup holder was missing from the other armrest
Lack of transport bag, which would help to make it even more compact
DATA PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER
Seat height41 cm
Tube materialSteel
Seat material600D polyester