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Old 09-11-2016, 12:44 PM   #1
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Good morning all,
I have a 2013 Coachman Catalina. I'm considering the purchase of a satellite t.v. system.
Question, will the wiring need to be modified? Or can I just plug it into one of the 2 existing connection points used for rv park cable systems.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old 09-11-2016, 01:26 PM   #2
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Our 2012 Freedom Expressway only has one TV connection, so I had to modify the trailer TV wallplate. If you have 2 connection points, I would assume one is cable and the other sat, but just guess.
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:27 AM   #3
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I have a DISH sat and internal splitters will prevent at least DISH from working properly. Right now we connect directly through a slide seal.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:29 PM   #4
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If your Catalina didn't come with an outside satellite connection, you will need to modify the existing "cable" connection. As said above, if there are splitters between the outside connection and the tv, it will block a Dish or Direct satellite signal. There are satellite specific splitters. My Chaparral came with one to have a satellite cable connection in the living and bedroom, but I doubt they would have put one of those in your Catalina.

Our friends have a new Cherokee TT. He was lucky and discovered the outside "cable" connection went straight to the antenna booster in the wall in the living area. No splitter. He used this wire for his satellite in and fixed up some coax A/B splitters to feed the proper signals to the right places depending on whether he was on park cable or using his satellite. It's fairly straight forward as long as you don't have a splitter between the outside connection and the booster.

Another option is one of these. It is a flat coax cable made to fit inside windows. You will still have coax running from the nearest window to the receiver, but it may be easier than pulling a new coax cable through floors and walls.




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Old 09-16-2016, 11:41 AM   #5
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My '15 310BHDS has a plate near the tv with two male connections. The top one was labeled "SAT TV" and the bottom was labeled "CABLE TV". The bottom one also has the button to push to turn on the "gain" for the TT antenna. I had used the cable tv connection many times so the g'kids could watch whatever weak channel we could get. Once we were at a park with cable and it worked fine with the button out and the light off. BUT, when I purchased a portable satellite TV system things changed. A friend of mine who has had portable sat tv for years was helping me get mine set up but we could not get a signal to the tv using any of the connections near the tv even when we connected the sat to the "CABLE IN" port on the outside of the TT. We ran a dedicated line from the sat dish to the tv and it worked just fine. I removed the wall plate and there was nothing connected to the back of the "SAT TV" connection. The "CABLE TV" connection had an electronic board on the back of it. I wound up running a new cable line in the TT to connect to the "SAT TV" connection and all is well. Later I learned that the electronic board is some type of splitter that does not allow sat tv signals to pass through and serves as the splitter for the bunk tv. I wound up pulling a new co-ax up into the entertainment center, under the front bed, into the front storage compartment and that is where I put the connection for the sat dish. I intend, I really do, to put a port on the outside of the TT at the storage compartment door soon so I don't have to run the cable from the sat in through the door.
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My 2016 312BHDS was identical to that so originally the dealer asked me as I bought if I would use sat TV. When I said no he replaced the outlet with a single male coax for cable/antenna and a 12v power outlet instead to be useful. I am now replacing that back to the dual male coax plate.

Where did you run your sat coax from? I know one end went to the empty male coax connection for sat. Someone just suggested I might be able to use a satellite splitter on the outside coax line and run a very short piece of coax to the cable splitter (as it originally was) and then also to the sat coax connector on the dual plate to achieve both.
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I've run 2 RG 6 cable from pin box. 1 goes to inside wall plate for main tv. the other one goes to an outside wall plate under the awning. Then, from the back of trailer, ran 2 more cables, one to inside wall plate, same plate, different connector, and the other one to my outside under the awning wall plate. Then, ran a cable from storage compartment (park cable port from factory for outside TV) to same under the awning wall plate......the reason?....No cables on ground, the King Flex can support 2 receivers, and can watch different channels from the main TV.....also made a removeable mount (for the Flex) for the ladder and for the pin box. Bought a dedicated receiver box off E-Bay to leave in trailer, and if needed, take one from home for the extended trips......with this system, no splitters were required, although I did make up short jumpers for the pin box and the ladder mount. When not using, I use what's called Termination caps on the connectors that are exposed to the elements...and the factory cable/ sat connections still work...
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Good morning all,
I have a 2013 Coachman Catalina. I'm considering the purchase of a satellite t.v. system.
Question, will the wiring need to be modified? Or can I just plug it into one of the 2 existing connection points used for rv park cable systems.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Jim
Seems all these units are wired differently. Not only between brands but between like models.

You are just going to have to experiment what works for your particular unit.

Mine had a separate 'sat' input on the outside of the R/V (and another marked cable) that goes to a wall plate marked 'sat' on the inside. I was lucky and mine worked as intended. Others have reported no such luck.
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This is how I set mine up in our 2014 FE 233RBS and it works great.
www.tv4rv/wiring.pdf
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:36 PM   #10
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This is how I set mine up in our 2014 FE 233RBS and it works great.
www.tv4rv/wiring.pdf
Link is incorrect.

Web sites do not end with .pdf

Maybe this????
http://www.tv4rv.com/wiring.pdf
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