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Old 11-25-2011, 11:47 PM   #1
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Looking for some info on hooking up directTV to our TT. I have DirectTV at home, so already have the "receiver". What other eqpt? How does it hook into TT and does it operate on multiple tv's, outdoor tv, etc? Needless to say, no printed PT literature to reference.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:04 AM   #2
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Looking for some info on hooking up directTV to our TT. I have DirectTV at home, so already have the "receiver". What other eqpt? How does it hook into TT and does it operate on multiple tv's, outdoor tv, etc? Needless to say, no printed PT literature to reference.

Do a search on e-bay for a spare dish. Your choice if you want to get a 3 or 5 LNB dish if you want HD reception. If not, then just the simple 18" round dish will get you tuned in to the 101 satellite. Or check out Camping World. They have several dish combinations you can purchase.
If you hook to the "Satellite" connection in your docking station, that will only feed the main Tv in the living room area. Splitters will not work due to the varying voltage signals between the receiver and the dish. There is another thread on this forum where someone modified their cable connection and was able to "loop" the satellite signal to the other Tv connections in the TT and outside.

Hope this gives you an idea on a direction to take.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:35 AM   #3
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:38 PM   #4
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:09 PM   #5
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I use a sat dish like the one at home on a tripod and use the receiver from home like you say. I hook the coax from the dish to the sat input outside and into the receiver like normal. Now, what I do to get the programming into the rest of the trailer and outside is this. From the receiver to the tv in the "living room" I use the AV output, the red, white, and yellow RCA plugs, and plug them into AV1. Then, using another short coax, I come out of the sat receiver from the tv out, and screw that into the air/cable jack. This is where the coax comes from the mounted antenna. Just use the same coax from the mounted tv. Make sure the signal booster if equipped is turned off. This routes the output from the sat receiver to every coax hook up in the trailer. The coax in the trailer doesn't care which way the signal is going. No modifications needed. Just can't change channels outside, have to do it at the receiver and every tv shows the same thing but it works like a charm. Just remember that the tv's hooked up like this will have to be set to air and tuned to whatever channel the sat receiver is broadcasting, usually 3 or 4. All of the outputs on the back of the receivers are operational at the same time. Just one way of doing it without using splitters and such. Has worked like this with no problems as long as I've had this trailer. The best thing is the sound can be run to the surround sound in my trailer from the inside tv and played through the outside speakers for those weekend games or races. Not loud enough to cause a disturbance but I'm always surprised at the friends I make in campgrounds due to people walking by and asking about the score and before it's over they have gone and come back with chairs. The dish that stays in the camper I got from a guy at work that changed to cable at home and didn't need the dish anymore. Before you have to buy one look around for one someone isn't using anymore and ask them for it. Maybe they'll let you have it just to get it out of the way or off the roof.
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