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Old 08-16-2014, 11:19 AM   #1
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TV and Radio Antenna

Hi all.

Have a few antenna questions.

My RV is the 17 BH, it has an antenna on the roof that you can pull out with a crank from the inside. It also has an outside tv/satellite/cable connection.

How does it work since there is only one coax connection inside the RV, right under the 12V jack. Does it automatically use the antenna on the roof and the outside jack? What is the purpose of the on switch on that jack? A light comes on when it's set to on. And last question, where is the radio antenna, is it connected to the TV antenna on the roof?

Also, what kind of TV should i get in order to enjoy this TV antenna i got? (i'm from Quebec, Canada)

Thanks
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:41 AM   #2
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If you have a satellite and cable connection on the outside of the trailer there should be two separate coax outlets on the inside. One would say aux/sat and the other would say TV. The button on the outlet is for the signal amplifier for the roof antenna. You won't get much (or any ) over the air signal to the tv with it turned off. The radio has a separate antenna on the roof, just a thin wire that sticks up about 1-2 feet.

If you are hooked up to cable you would leave the amplifier turned off. I would think there should be a separate outlet for satellite.

The 12V outlet is like a cigarette lighter outlet in your car/truck.

As for the TV, you need to run the setup program on it to select whether the signal is from over the air, cable, satellite or DVD. For over the air TV you will need to run a scan to setup it up. Best to check you TV owners manual for that info.

Any of the new LCD or LED digital TV's will work. I would prefer a LED TV for lower power consumption and will probably survive more abuse moving it around. I wouldn't consider a plasma TV.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:51 AM   #3
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Thanks booboo.

See, the thing is, i couldn't find any other connection inside the RV besides the one with the 12V jack.

Also, there are only 5 things on the roof.

1. TV antenna
2. AC unit
3. Bathroom vent
4. Grey and 5. black water vents.

Nothing else.
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Since I don't have the same trailer as you I can't relate exactly to your situation. I Have a 2014 Puma and it has two separate outlets on the inside and two ports on the outside plus has a separate radio antenna on the roof. The 2015 models may have a different setup for the radio antenna and they may be running all the TV signals through the one outlet but if that is the case why would they have two separate ports on the outside? Why not just one port for cable and satellite? Ask your dealer about it, maybe they can explain it.
The radio antenna may have been left off for transport to the dealer and he never put it back on.
5 Black water vents?
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:31 PM   #5
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5 Black water vents?
Well, i assumed it was one for the grey water and one for the black water.

My previous camper only had one.

You know, it's those 3 or 4 inches small capped vents on the roof.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:12 AM   #6
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Short Tutorial on the COAX system.

The wall plate with the little button on it switches the coax source from the roof antenna to the cable. Light "ON" roof antenna; light "OFF" cable input on outside wall. When the light is "ON", not only does the wall plate switch the input from CABLE to ROOF, but it also sends 12 volt DC power up the roof COAX to power the amplifier built into the antenna "head" (white box at the top front of the antenna).

In use, the white box part of the antenna (and leading elements if you have a SENSAR IV or Wingman attachment) MUST point to the Television transmission towers for maximum digital signal. A tower finding web site like www.antennaweb.org or www.tvfool.com can tell you where to point it. An iPhone App like "TV TOWERS" is also useful.

The 12 volt "accessory socket" is an amperage limited socket to power a 12 volt DC television and not much else. (see photo)

The SAT connection outside is direct wired to a wall plate that says SAT on it and is only used when a COAX connection directly from the outside to THAT connection ONLY is needed.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:58 AM   #7
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Well Herk, that is exactly what i was looking for but couldn't find anywhere!

Thanks a lot.

Now i just need to find where that radio antenna is! lol
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