Having access to a reliable TV connection can be something easily taken for granted until you hit the road.

There are a number of ways you can connect to the free-to-air service from a caravan, using devices such as satellite dishes and digital set-top boxes. If you have always used an analog TV in your caravan, it is important to note that by the end of this year all analog TV signals will be switched off, so you will need to connect a digital set-top box to your analog television to continue receiving signal.

In remote areas, you may need to access the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service, which provides reception in regional and remote pockets of Australia. You need a VAST set-top box and portable satellite dish for this. Full details on connecting to this service are available on the myVAST website.

If you are experiencing one-off connection problems, there could be a number of reasons why your TV signal is weak. One of the most common issues is obstruction from trees, buildings or local terrain. In these situations, you need to check whether your antenna is being obstructed and adjust it accordingly. Poor weather can also affect reception, as can noise interference from appliances located too close to the TV and its wiring. Retuning a set-top box can also help you connect to all of the available services in the local area.

If you are having trouble picking up reception after trying these trouble-shooting methods, you can enter your location into mySwitch. This is a government-provided website that can advise of any reception issues in your area.