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Old 09-01-2016, 10:37 PM   #1
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Need help with antenna

I'm wanting to put a aftermarket antenna on my camper . Can I hook the coax wire to the outside hook ups or do I drill a new hole for the coax wire? The antenna will be on a pole not the camper.
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Old 09-02-2016, 07:55 AM   #2
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Timmer: We need more info. You state that you want to place "an outside antenna" on your RV. There are many types of "outside antenna's" out there, a bit more specific please. IF you are installing a satellite antenna, dish type, then you may find a problem that has been discussed at length on this forum. Some of the cables that run from the outside connection to the inside connection point go through a splitter that is not compatible with satellite antenna's, mine was one of those. IF you set up a sat antenna, connect it to the port on the outside of the RV and you cannot get a picture, or a bad picture, then connect the cable directly from the antenna to your receiver. If you get a good picture this way then you know that the RV's original cable has a splitter which is found on the backside of the plate inside the camper for your TV connection. I had to run a new dedicated cable in my camper in order to use a satellite dish system.
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:57 PM   #3
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Sorry for the lack of information. I have a 2016 Cherokee 274dbh I'm wanting to put uhf vhf antenna that reaching out 150 air miles. But when I hook it up to the cable ports on the camper it won't come in but when I hook it directly to the TV it comes in great. I was trying not to put a hole for the cable in the camper. Is there a way to use the cable ports on the camper?
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:14 AM   #4
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On your cable connector receptacle in the back of your tv you should see a small button. Make sure it is pressed to select antenna mode. ( most RV's have an LED that will illuminate when in antenna mode). Your RV can either receive a signal from the parks cable system or from your rooftop antenna. This switch selects which input to send to the tv.
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Old 09-03-2016, 01:26 AM   #5
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Sorry for the lack of information. I have a 2016 Cherokee 274dbh I'm wanting to put uhf vhf antenna that reaching out 150 air miles. But when I hook it up to the cable ports on the camper it won't come in but when I hook it directly to the TV it comes in great. I was trying not to put a hole for the cable in the camper. Is there a way to use the cable ports on the camper?

Question Timmer. The antenna your looking at, how far out can it pick up digital channels ? Also, what is the brand and model of the antenna that can pick up a signal that far?
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Problem one could be that you don't have the antenna amplifyer turned on. Make sure the LED is on. Secondly if you need to increase the range there are add one available for your existing crank up antenna or you can swap it out for the new digital antenna. Both available at Camping World.
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Sorry for the lack of information. I have a 2016 Cherokee 274dbh I'm wanting to put uhf vhf antenna that reaching out 150 air miles. But when I hook it up to the cable ports on the camper it won't come in but when I hook it directly to the TV it comes in great. I was trying not to put a hole for the cable in the camper. Is there a way to use the cable ports on the camper?
To use the cable port on your camper you want the booster box light off, despite what others are saying. Do you have 2 ports outside your camper, like one for cable and one for satellite? Sometimes, like mine was, they mix up the wires. Try both if you have 2.
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:40 PM   #8
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I don't have your answer but I am very interested in the solution. Forest River may as well have put a coat hanger for a antenna on these Cherokee campers. My dealer spent 2 hours trying to get reception for me. They finally hooked up a cable from a different camper and got 11 channels. Forest River says the range is 35 miles. We are 32 miles from 3 different towers and no luck.
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To use the cable port on your camper you want the booster box light off, despite what others are saying. Do you have 2 ports outside your camper, like one for cable and one for satellite? Sometimes, like mine was, they mix up the wires. Try both if you have 2.
^^^ correct answer right here
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:59 PM   #10
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If you want to reach out there you have two options. Both involve a directional antenna with built-in amp.
1. Connect coax from amplified antenna to cable port on outside. Turn off internal amp on wall. (Red lite off). Connect power injector (comes with antenna) between inside cable port and tv. Set tv to air and scan.
2. If your new antenna,s amp works on 12 volts (most do) disconnect coax from existing antenna and connect to new antenna,s coax (use barrel connector). Go inside turn on amp (red lite on), set tv to air and scan.
After several days trying to better the new saucer style omni antenna including replacing it with one supposedly better the only thing that helped was raising it 5 feet. Since DW would not let me have a pole sticking thru the ceiling when traveling I bought a satellite.
The others are correct on how the ports work. And I would pull the wall plate and fish out the splitter and make sure the connections are tight.
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