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Old 03-04-2015, 08:56 AM   #1
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Winegard Trav'ler installation

I would like to add a Winegard Dish Trav'ler to my 2015 Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel 33IK. There is a decal on the roof that says "Data and/or coaxial cable for Winegrad Satellite antenna is located below this decal". The Dish receiver is below the TV. Before I drill a hole in the roof I would like to have some idea what lies below this decal. Are the connectors installed on the coaxial & data cables or do I need to provide them? The Trav'ler has a long data cable attached to it, is there room to put the excess cable in the roof?
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:22 PM   #2
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Who did you buy it from? They should know. Since this is a new model, doubtful you will receive LIKE UNIT INSTALL info here.
Contact your selling dealer and ASK HIM to contact FR directly for the answer. IF HE CANNOT OR WILL NOT, go direct to FR.
TRY the above. If not good, PM me and I will send you a FR Inc contact.
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:29 PM   #3
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Below the decal is the roof membrane however the hole in the wood below the membrane has already be cut out. If you push on the decal you will feel no wood and the outline of the hole. You can take a knife and remove the membrane around the hole. Once opened up you should find 3-4 wires depending on how many TV locations you have inside. 2-3 coax cables that will connect to the dish and run to the receiver and 1 traveler control/data cable that terminates in the front closet. The data cable is terminated properly but I do not recall if the coax cables were or not. I have the tools to add my own coax connections so that was not a concern for me.

If I recall you can remove the long cable that came with your traveler and use the one already installed that is run to the front closet. You will not need it as it is already in the coach. The front closet also has a power outlet to plug in the traveler control box.

Hope this helps give you an idea of what is under the decal.
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:26 PM   #4
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You will need to put connectors on the coax. Also remove the tv in each room and instal coax on the wall and tv that reads sat .
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:32 AM   #5
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It appears we may also go this way with our CK. Currently, we have DirecTV SD, with 2 inputs from the 18" portable dish. Right now, I have the dual tuner receiver working on one tuner, using the internal RV wiring from the "convenience center'. I hate to drill holes in a new RV. That soon will pass.

With the hole already cut, and all wiring in place, it seems I can install the dish myself. Hardest part may be hauling it onto the roof.

We had planned to go to Dish Network, but no DNS nationwide networks is a non-starter for us. We move somewhat often in the summer (28 locations last year) and the portable HD dish seems like more of a p.i.t.a than I need.
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:44 PM   #6
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BigDog pretty much said all. I would add that the cable in your bedroom closet or linen closet is probably not hanging out so that it is easy to reach. I had to take a hole saw to make the opening bigger so I could fish it out. The coax in the roof is color coded one for the bedroom TV one for the living room TV. The Traveler will only use one coax so you will need to be using the splitter that is provided. Use the one provided it is designed for that unit. Be sure to use self leveling lap sealant ands be generous with it for around the base of the unit, the splitter, and the cover that goes over the opening where the cables came out. When you have finished the installation you will realize just how easy they are to install. Enjoy.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:08 PM   #7
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I did not want to mention this diagram until I could find it but this should help explain what is going on with the wiring. This picture show the color codes as well and paints the picture for what I was describing. I thought I had it at home but it was in my RV. This did not come with my RV however I obtained it from a dealer several years ago.

I also have the diagram for the over the air/cable wiring if anyone needs it.
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With this kind of help..........

With this kind of help on this forum. I am beginning to understand what lies in store for this installation. I had a satellite installer tell me he would install the Trav'ler for just $550. No receiver, just the Dish on the roof.
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With this kind of help on this forum. I am beginning to understand what lies in store for this installation. I had a satellite installer tell me he would install the Trav'ler for just $550. No receiver, just the Dish on the roof.
I've installed the Trav'ler on 2 RV roofs... I wouldn't pay anyone $50 to do it unless you are not physically capable yourself. On my XLR, I had to drill through the roof and do the wiring myself. The Cedar Creek pre-wiring makes it much easier.

Next to getting up the nerve to do the installation, the hardest part is literally lifting the unit to the roof (I just wrapped a strap around it and lugged it straight up). I won't repeat what has already been said as you have good advice and info already. But ask away if you have more Qs.
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With this kind of help on this forum. I am beginning to understand what lies in store for this installation. I had a satellite installer tell me he would install the Trav'ler for just $550. No receiver, just the Dish on the roof.

Not worth 550 for sure. Hardest part is getting it on the roof. Mounting and connections are not bad at all.

Good luck.
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