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Old 01-18-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Coax and splitters - diagram anyone?

As I eagerly await warmer weather, we're researching the Tailgater and Winegard Carryout for Satellite tv options. I was looking through the overhead cabinet next to the tv to see how I'd hook the receiver up and that area is an unbelievable mess. Loose cables, unused cables, etc.

I'd like to know if anyone uses the Park Cable input to hook their external sat receiver into? I assume that cable runs into the overhead and connects to the Winegard amp-selector switch - although I'm not sure.

Also - while I can't seem to find it, there must be a coax splitter close to the cabinet for the cable run to the back tv and the outlet in the basement next to the entry door??? Again - I'm assuming that it's even a coax run to the rear tv, I guess it could be RCA from the switcher box in the cabinet.

By chance - does anyone have tv wiring diagram from FR? I've seen a few for other models - but not mine...

Any input and insight is always appreciated!

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #2
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Just an fyi my sat "in" cable goes directly to the winegard switch then straight to main tv .
It does not go to for and aft tv in my sabre.
The cable "in" coax only goes to main tv as well.
Only over the air coax goes for and aft.

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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I'm trying to stay out of this one, but do want to state that in some of my previous rigs (without any sophisticated video switching box) the cable that went to the bedroom TV was attached to the rear of the winegard power supply that turned on the power to the antenna.

To get to that cable, the switch assembly had to be removed from the wall. That system was setup so that either the off-air signal from the antenna or the external cable input would be routed to both the coax connector on the Power Supply and the bedroom TV.

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:35 PM   #4
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Every camper is wired differently.

A photo of your wall plate and outside cable connections will help identify the wiring system used in YOUR camper.

Here is mine and if yours is the same, the SAT on the outside goes directly to the AUX/SAT on the inside.

The outside "CABLE" goes to the middle input on the amp power/antenna switcher. The wall plate switches between CABLE (off) and ROOF Antenna (on).
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:20 PM   #5
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Thanks - while my wall plate looks very similar to yours, my outside cable plate is different. I ONLY have the coax marked cable. I guess one of my questions would be since we never connect to campground cable, can I use it to hook up the portable sat dish? I'm pretty sure my cable feed goes to the rear of the Winegard plate and I could simply remove it to connect to the sat receiver. I checked - the coax is RG6 - which I think is good enough for satellite.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:28 PM   #6
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Yes, but you will need to modify your wall plate.

Here is the file that shows exactly how to do the modification.

The wall plate is slightly different (it is the model with a 12 volt outlet instead of a Satellite output but the amp power/switch is exactly the same.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #7
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Thanks so much - I'll look at the doc you sent.
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I have the Winegard Carryout and plug the coaxial in at the connection in the power compartment.... I installed a double slide switch in the compartment up front so I can switch from sat to cable.... Works like a charm... Also I plug the 12volt inverter in at the power compartment....
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:44 PM   #9
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Thanks Ernest - I couldn't remember which system you told me you had gotten. Good to know.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #10
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I don't know if my experience will help you or not, but I was able to hook up my Dish receiver by doing the following: I finally got it to work, but not as easy as I first thought. I didn't want to climb up on top of the unit to expose the satellite connection, but wanted to use the input connection in the power bay. After several tests and hunting out connections in the TV cabinet, I finally found where the lead comes in from that bay. There are three coax cables that are attached to the back of the antenna boost plate. One is an out to the splitter to allow all of the TV connections to receive a signal from the onboard antenna. Another one is the signal in from the antenna that is being boosted. The third one (the lower black one on the left side) is the input from the bay. I ended up disconnecting this coax cable, hooking it to an A/B switch and reconnecting one output to the prior connection and the other to the satellite receiver. I then connected the receiver to the TV by using the three "stereo plugs" labeled AUX. I then chose Video input on the TV, and selected AUX on the Smart Box, and success. I can now easily switch from my portable satellite external dish to the antenna input by just choosing the input on the remote. The only thing I had to make a note about was if I happen to hook up to a cable TV input, I will need to move the A/B switch to the opposite side. After all this, it probably would have been easier to put a satellite dish on the roof, but a lot more expensive. Good for now. I have attached a picture of the back of the power boost switch. Hope this might help.

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