TV4RV MARCH NEWSLETTER
Vol. 7 - No. 3
CHECK THOSE TRIPOD LEG CLAMPS
evaluation article published in the March 2015 issue of MotorHome Magazine hit the
newsstands and mailboxes the first week of February. This generated great interest,
increased sales and depleted our inventory. We were caught off guard and began
ordering extra inventory immediately. Our source for tripods did their best to
accommodate us but the weather in the East hampered quick service. We should be up
and producing early this week. You may download the article here if you don't subscribe to
Before we realized
it, the end of the month had arrived and we had not yet written our monthly Newsletter.
We then received an email from one of our customers, Ed Hale, with the perfect
subject for this month's Newsletter. Ed wrote:
"I just thought I would give you a
little feedback on my HD tripod system I bought from you almost 5 years ago. I full time
so it has been used a lot. It has suffered through high winds including a near miss from a
tornado 3 years ago and has never even moved, until last week. On a gusty windy day it
blew over. After closer inspection I found it was operator error. I noticed when setting
it up the leg adjustment latches were getting loose, but I ignored it. What happened was
during a gust one leg slipped just a little and the whole thing just kept going. I
tightened up all 3 legs just a little with a trusty wrench and now all is well again.
Thank you for a superior product. I don't
know how many I have sold for you over the years, but I show how easy it is to set up and
aim numerous times/week as I camp host about 8 months out of the year. Great
product. I use a half of a cement block as as a center anchor suspended enough to be
heavy, but not quite enough to swing freely.
Thanks for the reminder Ed. Check the
clamps of your tripod during the next setup. If the clamp closes too easily it
probably needs to be adjusted. Simply give the hex nut on the back of the clamp
lever a 1/4 turn and check again. Repeat until the correct tension is reached.
ADDITION TO LAST MONTH'S ARTICLE -
Last month's Newsletter had no sooner hit the
IN BOX when I received an email from reader Chris Hempstead. In the article we had
written Many have reported that it takes 3 to 4 seconds for the signal to display on
the screen after the dish is moved slightly during the adjusting process.
Chris indicated he didn't have that problem
and others might be having it due to the signal strength screen they are using.
"From talking to people on rv net, I
gather that some use the 'Signal strength' screen. This might be where the problem lies,
as that screen shows numbers for each transponder. They do not appear quickly. I use the
"Signal Meters" screen - just a couple horizontal bars with a percentage
strength reading. It reacts very quickly to changes. Shoot the 101 to 90+%, set the skew
and you're in business."
Thanks for clearing that up Chris.