About Winegard Rayzar Air
The Winegard Rayzar Air claims to be an amplified off-air local HD and digital broadcast RV antenna with an ultra-thin and sleek design that delivers near Blu-Ray quality programming at no monthly cost. When compared to other antennas, whether from Winegard or other manufacturers, the Rayzar Air claims that it can receive signals from the front and back of the antenna head (known as bi-directional reception), which requires minimal aiming.
The Rayzar Air is also claimed to help you receive more channels and achieve better reception from a farther distance due to its patented element design, which means that it captures full UHF spectrum and doubles your coverage area. On top of this, Winegard claims the Rayzar Air is even capable of receiving high-band VHF reception in some circumstances.
Note: When compared to the company’s other popular Sensar RV antenna, Winegard claims that the Rayzar Air’s multi-directional reception pattern and UHF-optimized reception provides more coverage and requires less tuning.
Rayzar Air Specifications
The Winegard Rayzar Air weighs 5 pounds and is available as a standalone or a conversion kit, which is claimed to be easy to swap out with your existing antenna. The Rayzar Air also measures 13.9 inches from the roof to the bottom of antenna element, which is claimed to give it an optimal look angle over rooftop obstructions. And although the antenna will be permanently mounted to the roof of your RV, once lowered it is only 4.4 inches thick, making it ideal to stow away when traveling.
In order to use the Rayzar, you’ll need to operate an interior crank assembly to raise it to the appropriate position, and then turn it using a directional handle toward broadcast tower locations. In order to receive signals inside your RV, all attached TVs must have an ATSC tuner (TVs manufactured after March 1, 2007 are required by law to have this), although the manufacturer claims that you can use the included wall plate/power supply to connect to multiple televisions.
Each Winegard Rayzar Air is claimed to be designed, built, and hand tested in the USA, and to be constructed of durable materials for superior UV and weather resistance.
Rayzar Air Pricing & Refund Policy
Winegard Rayzar Air antennas are available in black or white, and are priced as follows:
- Retrofit HD Antenna (conversion kit): $49.99
- Amplified HD Antenna (includes full lift assembly): $129
Note: The only difference between the Retrofit and Amplified models is that the former is intended to attach to your existing Sensar mount (assuming you already had this Winegard model previously installed) as well as the existing wiring and power supply, while the latter is intended for new installations.
The Rayzar Air comes with a 2-year warranty for parts, a 1-year warranty for labor, and complimentary phone and email support. The antenna also comes with a 30-day refund policy.
In order to initiate the refund process or to file a warranty claim, you’ll need to contact Winegard customer service at 800-788-4417 to obtain an RMA number.
What Do Other Customers Have to Say About the Winegard Rayzar Air?
Overall, the Rayzar Air seems to be a fairly new product, with most of its limited online customer reviews beginning around June 2014. With this in mind, the antenna appears to have a mostly positive reputation, with some of the most common compliments citing no “freezing” of digital signals, that multiple channels can be received (some customers have stated 30+ channels in some areas), and that the installation process is easy and straightforward. In fact, the Rayzar Air appears to have such a solid customer reputation that we were hard-pressed to find any negative online comments.
In addition, Winegard has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with only 5 closed complaints over the past 3 years, most of which appear to reference difficulties getting an antenna repaired under warranty. The company also manufactures the Flatwave Air Outdoor HDTV Antenna, which appears to also have mostly favorable online reviews.
Bottom Line: Can the Winegard Rayzar Air Provide Good TV Reception from Your RV?
Although satellite TV in your RV is often the most convenient option, it can be expensive and impractical, especially if you don’t use your RV on a frequent basis. With this in mind, based on Winegard’s overall reputation for manufacturing quality antennas and providing dedicated customer support, and considering the favorable online reviews for the Rayzar Air, it’s likely that you’ll be pleased with your purchase. However, there are a couple things you should keep in mind:
Looking for the Best Reception?
Although the Rayzar Air provides reception benefits when compared to traditional rabbit ears, specifically the fact that you don’t have to readjust its position for each channel you’re tuning to, it’s still possible to boost your reception even more. Many RV users claim to have accomplished this by attaching a Wingman unit to their Sensar antenna (known as the “Batwing”), and then combining it with the Rayzar Air.
While this will certainly boost your reception in almost any circumstance, it could also prove to be expensive.
The Difference Between UHF & VHF
While the Winegard Rayzar Air can pick up both UHF and VHF signals, keep in mind that the vast majority of stations will be broadcast via UHF (ultra-high frequency), as this carries a better signal for digital content. However, in some areas where digital signals are not available, your Rayzar Air may pick up VHF signals, although the quality will likely not be as high.
Between the two frequencies, Winegard claims that you’ll be able to receive most major network broadcast channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS. In some instances, you may be able to receive additional networks such as Qubo, ION, The CW, Univision, Telemundo, and more. However, you will not be able to receive “premium” cable channels such as the Food Network, CNN, AMC, etc with the Rayzar Air.
For more information about how you can still enjoy many of your favorite programs without signing a cable contract, be sure to read through our Cutting the Cord article.
Location, Location, Location
Also, remember that whether you’re using an inexpensive “As Seen on TV” home-use antenna such as Clear TV, or a more expensive RV-specific model such as the Rayzar Air, keep in mind that much of what you’ll receive depends on your location. In other words, if you’re in a remote area, the likelihood is that you’ll receive fewer channels, while more populated areas will often provide a better channel selection.
Speaking of ClearTV: Many customers have expressed their frustration about the product, here on HighYa as well as other consumer review websites, due to high shipping and handling charges and complaints of not working as advertised (e.g. did not pick up the channels they were expecting).
In direct contrast to this though, as we alluded to above, Winegard has a solid reputation for products that work as advertised, and for providing a high level of customer support. As such, as long as you’re not expecting to pick up “premium” cable channels in your RV with your Rayzar Air, it’s likely that you’ll be pleased with your purchase.
Finally, while this may seem obvious, it’s worth noting. Although the Rayzar Air is intended to hook up to your RV using your previous antenna’s mount and interior crank assembly, there is still some installation that needs to be performed. In other words, the Winegard Rayzar is not considered a plug-and-play antenna, although most individuals seem to have found the installation process simple and straightforward.