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Old 11-10-2014, 12:27 AM   #1
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Have an 2014 F313RE. How can I find out how the cable is wired? Tried to run a cable directly from my DirecTV dish to the outside input, but the receiver can't find the signal. Had to run the cable directly to the receiver and it works. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:01 AM   #2
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In most units, the outside cable in runs to a switch box that controls the antenna. It's the coax plate behind the TV with the little button. Button on, signal from antenna, button off, signal from outside input.

Since the signal is passing through there, it ends up not being a direct run for satellite purposes. Some rigs have a separate dedicated satellite input for this reason.

Depending on how much modifications you feel up to doing, you could always add your own run and provide your own outside connection. Not everyone's comfortable with cutting new holes in their trailer though.




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Old 11-10-2014, 07:13 AM   #3
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What i have done on all mine is to pull the box... Locate the wire that comes from the outside of the camper. It will be one of the cables on the back of that plate.... Take it off. Go to radio shack or box store and get a double male cable connector... Drill an extra hole in the plate.... Theres room. Hook the wire from the outside to it. Hook your satellite dish to that connector. Run hdmi to your tv and leave the other cable from the plate (the original one) hooked to your tv for over the air reception. Now you have the best of both worlds... Local ota channels and satellite by just switching inputs on the tv. And you dont have to run a new cable/satellite wire.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:14 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input! That certainly answers why it didn't work! I'm not afraid to drill holes, so I'll be tracing the cable and making a direct connection!
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:22 PM   #5
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It's actually marked on the back of the plate where the amp is and where it comes through the wall. If I had mind in front of me I'd tell you and provide a pic but should be marked plainly. If not... Trace it, drill a hole in the plate for the new straight through connector... And hook everything up... Wella... Satellite AND regular over the air reception.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:29 PM   #6
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Here is how it works and a GREAT idea for making a work around for satellite.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:35 PM   #7
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Cool. That's what I did... I'm handicapped without my RV. Lol.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:44 PM   #8
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Thanks Herk! That's awesome!
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