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Old 11-04-2014, 08:51 AM   #11
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My thanks to everyone!

In some regards I am 'Scottish' but do want what is least harmful to TT. Great ideas that got me thinking.

Thanks again for all. I am sure there are many others out there. Perhaps the next issue is the minimum/maximum cable length for any satellite system.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:20 PM   #12
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For what it's worth...I have 2014 Catalina that only has a "cable" port on the outside. I contacted Coachmen and talked to one of the techs. He said they are wired for ota and cable and have a very low power splitter inside the wall where the booster switch is. He said all I need to do is go in, remove the splitter, and replace it with one that is rated up to 2500mHz. That is what the satellite systems require. I got a 3 way splitter at home depot for 6 bucks, put it where the old splitter used to be, plugged the cable into the outside of the tt and voila! Perfect satellite reception. For 6 bucks it might be worth a try before drilling into the body.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:14 PM   #13
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Hello Paradise

Glad to meet you via the forum. My dad was WWII navy person and during my young life was stationed in PA. In 2001 my wife and I visited Lancaster and vicinity for about a week. Enjoyed it very much.

I sincerely appreciate your response! I am of the opinion that there is always a better mouse trap. I had no idea that Home Depot carried parts like that. If possible do you still have model number? I am excited about the hopeful outcome. As a side note I emailed King Satellite about the 'proper' length of the feeder cable from the tailgater to receiver. So far no response.

Again thank you for your response. I will let you know ASAP.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:13 PM   #14
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Albob, I'll get the model number of the part tomorrow. It's in the department where they sell the phone and cable supplies. As for length of the cable I'm good with the 25' cable that came with the system so I don't know how long you could use before losing signal strength. I did see someone posted they used 250' with no problems.
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:29 AM   #15
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Albob, I'll get the model number of the part tomorrow. It's in the department where they sell the phone and cable supplies. As for length of the cable I'm good with the 25' cable that came with the system so I don't know how long you could use before losing signal strength. I did see someone posted they used 250' with no problems.
The splitter I got is an Ideal brand 3 way satellite, digital cable splitter. It says 5mhz-2.3ghz and model number 85-333.

This may or may not be the fix for you but I think I'd try it before drilling holes.
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Old 11-08-2014, 04:59 PM   #16
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Afternoon Paradise

Finally had a chance to go to camper. Tried to pull out the TV plate with no luck. From what I can tell the connecting wires are not long enough for slack. I am a little nervous about a hard tug. Plan to try again soon after I visit a dealer and ask some questions. Thank you for all your input.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:30 PM   #17
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Afternoon Paradise

Finally had a chance to go to camper. Tried to pull out the TV plate with no luck. From what I can tell the connecting wires are not long enough for slack. I am a little nervous about a hard tug. Plan to try again soon after I visit a dealer and ask some questions. Thank you for all your input.
Sorry to hear that. Maybe it doesn't have any slack or the splitter might make it seem hard to get out. Anyway I'll be interested to hear what your dealer says. Then again maybe they are like car companies and make their product very difficult for regular folks to work on it. Good luck!
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:18 AM   #18
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Older post, but I'll add anyway. Sometimes the wall plate can be a pain to remove, as the hole usually isn't quite big enough to pull straight out. Try removing the bottom first then the top. On mine the 3 coax cables plug in vertically from the top. Should be enough slack as it had to be out to connect it at the factory.

Adding a sat plug to the outside of the RV is a good way of doing it, especially if the tv is fairly close to an outside wall. With a little patience a professional looking job isn't hard to do.

What I did with mine (I use a Answer sat dish) was to remove the antenna/sat connection from the wall, locate the cable that comes from the outside cable connection. Drilled a small hole next to it and stuck this cable thru the whole labeling it "outside plug". Took a short piece of coax (12" in my case) connected it where the outside cable was hooked and stuck the other end thru the hole, labeled it "cable". Now I just hook the outside cable to my sat box and plug my portable antenna into the cable connection on the outside of the trailer. With a small male to male coax connector I can then connect these to cables back together when I'm at a park that has available cable tv. No holes in the outside walls, no cable on the floor. So far works pretty well.
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Old 12-27-2014, 05:12 PM   #19
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BooBoo23 - I have used those flat connectors and recently tried to locate them by asking my local Directv guy. He said most pulled them from the market as a fire hazard.
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My first TT was a Coachmen with the same floor plan as the Catalina. (2004) I purchased an outside wall connector, drilled a hole close to the tv location (being very careful not hit any hidden wires). I used RG6 cable and fed it through the wall. On the inside, I ran the cable to the receiver. worked fine. If you want to conceal the hole, you can put another wall plate made for cable inside.
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