Folks, I wanted to add a bit of info to this thread in regards to satellite hook up in our rigs. After being rather disgusted with how the Coaxial cable was run in my new Sabre, this weekend I proceeded to trace out the cable and also test it. I was taken back by the lack of quality and the stupidity of how it was run. Also, the terminations on the cable was beyond stupid.
After owning a company where we installed VSAT systems, DirecTV, DishNetwork, HughesNet and etc for over 14 years, I Pulled out the tools and equipment to find the weak points of the wiring. I am not going into detail but will address what YOU need to do to make sure your wiring is at least has continuity.
Please, Please, take off wall plates and re-terminate with proper or professional, water proof ends. http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Betts-B.../dp/B002OFA8AG
these are what I use and have for years and you will need the tool to properly compress the fitting. Also redo the ends where cable/satellite enter the RV. After retermination, all were a lot better but not perfect but you could not Pull it apart. DO NOT USE SCREW ON TERMINATIONS. Remove all of the screw on terminations and put on the good ones! There are 900 mhz splitters in the walls, my device indicated this. Satellite connections from the Dish to the receiver will not work properly as it needs a 2 to 2.3 ghz splitter/power passing as to power the antenna.
The orange Sat cable was broken near the entry point in the wall. That means the center pin had been put in such a bind, it broke that brittle pin. I replaced the sat cable from outside connection to broken point. The Cable connection was broken at near the same place Replaced the cable and reterminated.
If you do not want to buy the tools or the connections, I highly recommend finding someone to just take off all the terminations and replace with good grade. The junk you find at Walmart or those cheap crimp ends where they are 100 for a dollar, please pass on those.
Once I did my due diligence, I tested my Tailgater, my TV's and and Antenna. I now have clear picture, and am very comfortable that it will last.
Now next project, how to get HD to the main living area PROPERLY and not using expensive HDMI wireless.