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Old 03-24-2016, 08:18 PM   #1
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Where do I plug satellite in exterior

Hello just bought a new satellite tailgater setup. Works fantastic. Dish network service winegard pathway x1 dome vip211 receiver. Running cable thru window now. My trailer is a 2016 Salem Cruise Lite 201bhxl "satellite ready" and does have factory built in digital antenna . The interior has 2 jacks one for antenna one marked satellite. I took the outlet box off there is indeed a cable running from box to antenna and satellite cable is hooked and running as far as I can see thru the same hole in top of cabinet. There is even a 3rd cable with this I am guessing could be used for standard cable hook up?? But no exterior jack anywhere. I called forest river and there Vin check just said satellite ready. Any clue before I start drilling holes for a custom install where forest river ran there satellite lines? I have checked every hold back sides front underneath with creeper I don't see a tv cable line let alone a jack anyplace. Besides this minor issue we love our little R.V. thus far.
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:01 PM   #2
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I'm sure someone with a unit like your will chime in about the cable connection on the outside of your unit or at least where it should be. The pre wire for the satellite is not a direct wire connection at least it isn't on our unit. It is a set of wires that are ran from the tv areas to the roof,. If you check you should find a label on the roof where those wires are located in case you want to mount a dish on the roof.

When we use our dish I connect it to our standard outside cable connection, works fine no signal loss.
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Check out this youtube video. Wait til the videographer gets to the rear. Just to the left of the spare tire on the back wall, there appears to be 2 coax ports. Possibly 1 for "park cable" & the other for "satellite". Do you have these on the rear of yours?

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Old 03-24-2016, 10:59 PM   #4
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rracer5 they certainly appear to be the connections. Not to jack the thread, I too have a satellite connection inside our compartment the goes directly to the back of the living room tv, while I'm sure it can be used I was told this cable type is more for a system that sends 12 volt thru the cable as well as the satellite signal. My portable antenna requires a separate power supply, so I use the standard cable connection which is RG-6, which I have always thought was for sending voltage.

Interested in hearing from those that use satellite more than me, which is only on occasion when there is no other source.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for the effort. My rig does have one of those ports not 2?? And it's the black water tank flush. It is my exact trailer in video though. Mine was built in Oregon and I am seeing some minor differences with those built in the mid west. Like privacy curtains on the bunks. I had to order mine from mid west plant wierd?? Not even an option out west.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:34 PM   #6
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Mine had a cable and sat next to each other. I mounted my sat on the roof. Ran the power and sat cable down the back then over to my sat connector. Mounted the receiver above the doorway to bedroom. Its beed there a few years now and no problems to date. Hope this helps
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:39 PM   #7
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I am going to take my digital antenna apart tomorrow I will take photos of what I find. My dealer told me satellite ready on my trailer means the end od satellite cable should be zip tied to digital antenna cable and easily routed to the dome mount on roof. That's great all but I don't want a permanent mount on roof. If you have camped much in washington state you would know why. They don't call us the evergreen state for no reason..... but thanks you all again very much
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Satellite ready usually means that they have run a cable up to the roof someplace, however most units have a place for cable tv. Ours is located in the electrical bay, but check inside all of you outside storage cabinets for a cable connection. Since you bought a portable unit don't think it is a good idea to mount on roof.
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I'm following this thread to see what's said as in so many things there often isn't any rhyme or reason to so many manufacturer set ups and most don't seem to have any documentation as to why it is done that way!
Our TT is a different model and has 2 outside cable style connections, not labeled, on the outside walls near the back with one near the electric connection and one on the opposite side. I found out by just using our cable to the post that the one near the electric connection is apparently the park cable IN. So I'm guessing the other side to be the satellite in? I'll just watch and see what the collective mind comes up with this problem.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:24 PM   #10
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When I get home I am going to climb up and follow what my service tech said. Supposedly all the wires 12 volt and white satellite cable is zip tied to the digital antenna cable in the base and placed there for a simple and quick roof install. Sounds logical but so far just this one issue is the only thing that seems not very well thought out at factory. My dad has a brand new 150,000 thor motorhomes and nothing was engineered well, literally the quality of construction is better in my 18,000 dollar Salem!
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