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Old 04-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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Cable Issues (SOLVED)

I have a cable issue in my 2012 Puma Unleashed, I have separate hooks ups at the outside back, one is for park cable, and the other is for satalite, I have no issues when I hook up my Directtv, but when I hook up to park cable, the picture is extremely snowy, it is the same on the TV hook up in the garage, main entertaiment area and the bedroom. I can hook up directely to the TV and picture is great. Beside the Entertaiment system I have a wall plate, top coax hook up is for my direct TV and the bottom coax hook up is for park cable/Antenna. ANd no I do not have the antenna switch on when trying to use park cable. On the back of the wall plate is the coax coming in and one going out which I beleive is going to the bedroom. Now I have a coax hook up in the garage, and since this is the closest to the outside hook up, I am wondering if there is a splitter at this point that could be causing my issues, took the wall plate off and pulled about a foot or two of coax out, there was more but I stopped. This issue is is not acceptable for me. Any ideas out there????
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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It sounds like you will have to pull the wall plate off along with the entertainment center to get a good reading on where your cables go. Once there make sure everything is wrench tight. I found when I did this most of the connections were more than very loose.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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I was headed that direction, but thought I would post on here first, hoping it would be something simple I have never ran into before. I'm thinking it is a splitter issue, I'm just worried that the splitter may be in the garage area at the first tv hook up, this hook up is only about 3-4 feet from the main hook up outside, if that is the case I have no way of getting to it without tearing out a wall, and that is not happening.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:14 PM   #4
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the outside outlet box can be unscrewed to check that connection. the other end is at the wall plate. don't believe the cable connecting goes anywhere else first. there is a splitter in the sat hookup if u have a second sat outlet somewhere.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:20 PM   #5
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Well I may have found the issue, I decided to pull the wall plate in the garage area something just told me this is where the splitter may be, I pulled about 4 feet of coax, and there was a two way splitter, this thing is hooked up wrong I think, the coax coming fron the outside hook up is hooked up on one of the two out plugs, the other coax hooked up on the second out plug goes to the main entertaiment area in the living room, the in plug was hooked up to the wall plate for the garage tv. Shouldn't the single IN plug be the coax coming from the outside main hook up. and the out plugs should be hooked into the wall plates, Isn't this correct?
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:58 PM   #6
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i don't believe it makes any difference. i've also used splitters as combiners for two antennas.
unless ur going thru a trap or amplifier, it shouldn't make any difference.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:36 AM   #7
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Okay, may have found the issue not 100% sure yet, just got back from camping, and again the horrible picture quality when hooked up to campground cable was there. Once home I hooked up my directtv outside and on the to TV from the back of the receiver I hooked in to my cable hook up on the camper. Picture quality bad, I found a dual splitter in the garage area, fittings were no more than finger tight, one was not even that. Tightened all with a wrench. Removed the enterainment center, and found a 3 way splitter, same thing finger tight at best with one having just less than that. Tightened all with a wrench and quality improved. Makes one scratch their head and go Huh. Will replace both splitters with much better quality and see what happens.
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Well I may have found the issue, I decided to pull the wall plate in the garage area something just told me this is where the splitter may be, I pulled about 4 feet of coax, and there was a two way splitter, this thing is hooked up wrong I think, the coax coming from the outside hook up is hooked up on one of the two out plugs, the other coax hooked up on the second out plug goes to the main entertainment area in the living room, the in plug was hooked up to the wall plate for the garage TV. Shouldn't the single IN plug be the coax coming from the outside main hook up. and the out plugs should be hooked into the wall plates, Isn't this correct?
I am not sure how your camper is supposed to be wired.

However in my camper, the "Campground Cable" coax coming in from the outside is routed directly to the wall amp and switch.

The output TV1 (I think) is then routed to the splitter, and the outputs go to your TVs. The SAT connector on the outside of my camper goes directly to the wall plate connector labeled SAT and that is where the receiver should be hooked up. The SAT receiver only runs the living room TV (there are workarounds to distribute the signal to all TVs).
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:25 PM   #9
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Mine looks almost the same as yours, however, the campgropund cable stops at the TV hook up in the garage, this is where the dual splitter is, main lead in, one "out" goes to the TV in the garage, the other "out" leads to livingroom main entertainment area, it is in this area, where the triple splitter comes in, one to the bedroom, one to the main living room, and one outside. The reason I hooked up the directtv, and then connected it to the cable port outside, I was trying to simulate the issue I was having in the campground while on cable. So I could pin point the pproblem, which after doing all this I was able to improve the picture quality greatly, and I am hoping this truly was the issue, loose connections on the splitters.
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Something else to keep in mind.

As you know; over the air TV is high definition and your HD TV will be beautiful using the roof antenna.

HOWEVER, most parks use standard def down-sampled analog video on the cable system. When displayed on an HD TV, your TV must take a down-sampled signal and "up convert it" so it will fit on your HD screen.

The resulting picture will look "blurry" or "splotchy" due to video anomalies created in the down-up conversions.

The same thing can happen with satellite if you only have a standard def receiver. The low def sat signal will not look good on an HD TV for the same reason. The only way to fix that is with an HD receiver. (Which you might have; I am just sayin')
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