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Old 06-25-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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TV Wiring question

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I am new here so I hope I am posting correctly. I have been searching on line for information about our camper but am not getting anywhere. I joined this group because it looked to be very professional and friendly, I thought I might be able to find help here, and meet some fellow campers too.

We have been camping only 5 years and just traded up on our 2nd toy hauler. It had one previous owner that rarely used it ...we have not been able to get the TV in the bedroom to work.. it has a cable hook up but there appears to be no wireing behind the wall..how can we get a schematic from the maunfacturer? This is a Forrest River 37 ft Salem.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:20 AM   #2
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first, Welcome to FRF.

it would be helpful if you posted the year and model Salem you have, not the length.
second, schematics are nearly impossible to get, especially if you have an older model.
i think i've only seen one MH owner get a schematic from Forest River.
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Hello, and WELCOME. Now when you say no wiring behind the wall, did you pull the wall plate and find nothing connected to the antenna jack? Also when you say you can't get the TV to work, do you mean come on and even play, or be able to tune channels. For the roof antenna, you will need the boost button turned on, probably on the wall plate near the main TV. If a digital TV, make sure you are in the right mode, either cable or antenna. Might help also to know what the TV is, brand, model, etc.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:39 AM   #4
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first, Welcome to FRF.

it would be helpful if you posted the year and model Salem you have, not the length.
second, schematics are nearly impossible to get, especially if you have an older model.
i think i've only seen one MH owner get a schematic from Forest River.
Good morning, thanks for your reply. It is a Salem Sport 37 6 SRVBS ...Tri Axle..has 2 slides...the TV I am refering to is in a built in cabinet with a door and the thing is attatched to a mount that slides out for viewing. We have the previous owners name and thought about calling them but it truly appears they never really used this camper more than once or twice, which is why they sold it.
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Hello, and WELCOME. Now when you say no wiring behind the wall, did you pull the wall plate and find nothing connected to the antenna jack? Also when you say you can't get the TV to work, do you mean come on and even play, or be able to tune channels. For the roof antenna, you will need the boost button turned on, probably on the wall plate near the main TV. If a digital TV, make sure you are in the right mode, either cable or antenna. Might help also to know what the TV is, brand, model, etc.
Ok I hope I get this right for you. I didn't explain very well the first time. The signal is dead. We tried more than one TV in there. We don't use the roof antenna because we have a Dish Network Tailgater. The input wire does not work with it and we had to run another wire (got help from our Dish network guy) the existing wire had a spliter. Does the boost button ever go bad? There is also a place for a TV in the loft area (over the garage) and that does not work either. Otherwise we can use the main TV ..and the one in the garage which also works outside.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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I called Forest River manufacturing and talked to a service rep today. I asked him for a wireing diagram of our camper..he said there is no such thing. He did ask what our problem was and he explained there is a spliter somewhere in the wireing and most likely in the wireing box in the garage, which by the way there is no access to without tearing out a wall or cutting a hole in the bottom of the box to get to the wires, I just hope that is where the splitter is located. It could not have been difficult to put an access door on the front of that box.
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Ok I hope I get this right for you. I didn't explain very well the first time. The signal is dead. We tried more than one TV in there. We don't use the roof antenna because we have a Dish Network Tailgater. The input wire does not work with it and we had to run another wire (got help from our Dish network guy) the existing wire had a spliter. Does the boost button ever go bad? There is also a place for a TV in the loft area (over the garage) and that does not work either. Otherwise we can use the main TV ..and the one in the garage which also works outside.
OK, this explains a lot.

The reason you have not been able to get a signal back there is that it only works with the roof antenna or the outside cable input. Period.

Power light "ON" roof antenna selected for ALL TVs; Power Light "OFF" exterior campground cable selected for ALL TVs.

There is a "fix" to this and here it is (THE PDF NOT THE PHOTO). You can make this modification and you will be able to watch the same dish channel on all the TVs (just not different ones). Swapping the connections will allow DISH on all TVs.

The photo is another way of hooking it up.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:07 PM   #8
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Thank you...I just printed all that information and I know it will be helpful...my husband is in the camper now trying to figure this all out.
TV in a camper may not be important to some but he likes his NASCAR and the Western Channel.

We are fortunate to have discovered the RV experience. We have a business and a farm so this is our only escape...we can't take long vacations yet...only extended weekends at campgrounds not too far away, but we love meeting new people, and campers are so friendly. We will retire soon and are looking forward to traveling.
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