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Old 06-28-2015, 12:15 PM   #1
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Satellite cabling question

We picked up our new 33CKTS yesterday and wanted to know if anyone has information regarding the sat/cable connections in the external hookup area. The individual doing the walk thru (service manager) didn't and said he would call the factory for wiring diagram. You would think now days the question "where does the outside connection labeled Sat go to inside the 5th wheel or the one labeled cable" would be a standard question.

I see that the plug w/ booster in the bedroom has a TV and a sat/aux coax connection and I hope that Forest River wasn't dumb enough to only run the sat connection there. I am okay using the "cable" labeled connection if that will get sat signal to the main TV. anyone by chance have the wiring schematics for the coax?

In our previous 5th wheel there was an external connection that went to the TV in the living room and then another line that ran from there to the bedroom. That way we could use one receiver and watch the same channel on both TVs.

I hope after buying a brand new rig we don't have to take it back for a bunch of cable wiring to make things work!

Any help would be appreciated.

thanks,
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:28 AM   #2
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Did some more research but need to confirm with dealer and FR. It seems that the outside connections for Sat & Cable run to the bedroom ceiling plate that contains the roof mounted antenna power for amplifier. The unit didn't have a TV in the bedroom and seems really dumb to have the satellite connection run there instead of to the big 40" TV that is in the living area.

If my assumption and investigation is correct I am going to see if the dealer can just put a connection thru the wall of the slide where the 40" TV is and will connect my dish there. I am then going to look at a wireless HDMI that I found on Amazon for $180 to share the signal to the TV in the bedroom. That way all the stock TV wiring from FR will still work as it should.

Said that you pay $50k for a brand new unit and have to spend a few hundred more to make the TV work when it states satellite ready.

Will update when I get everything worked thru.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:33 PM   #3
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What I was told on my Columbus is that the one labeled Sat is for when I use a portable dish and the one labeled Sat in RED letters is for if you wanted to mount a permanent dish on the roof and that those cables are in a fake roof vent up on top, you pull the cap off and there is the cable. So if its like mine then you may have a fake vent cap on top and that's were that RED sat connection goes to. hope that makes sense.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:01 PM   #4
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I think that every model is wired somewhat differently in regards to the Sat connections if their are any Sat connections at all. I have a 2015 Sanibel 3601 and it has direct coax connections from the UDC to the bedroom and to the living room TV wall plates. I use a Sat box on each of the TV's when we are long term, one in the bedroom and the other in the living room. This is so that we can watch different TV programs at the same time. So in my UDS I have three coax connections, one for the cable TV, one for the bedroom TV and one for the living room TV.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:33 PM   #5
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thanks for the replay clr. We only have two external connections one labeled cable and one labeled sat. I looked at the wires behind those two connections and one is orange (cable) one is grey (sat). When I looked behind the amp plate in the bedroom there was an orange connected to what i believe it should be and the grey was connected to the port labeled sat on the plate.

Just really surprised me when I looked behind TV and only saw a black coax which I saw a black coax in the bedroom hooked to ceiling plate and labeled set 2. Strange to me that they run the only sat connection to the bedroom.
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Old 06-29-2015, 06:48 PM   #6
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If sat is only run to br, use a jumper in br from grey sat to black cable running to lr. Connect receiver in lr, HD in lr. You should be able to backfeed output of receiver to br to mirror lr.


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Old 06-29-2015, 09:27 PM   #7
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i thought of that but there is only one wire if I jumper it won't I lose off air to lr tv and not sure how i would back feed to br. I don't think i can run multiple singles on the same cable can i? thanks.
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I was told by winegard if there are splitters in lines then the satellite will not work properly. So found the splitter took it out and was able to connect.
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Old 08-02-2015, 04:36 PM   #9
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same issue

I just bought a brand new 36qbok and have the same issue. I asked the dealer several times about satellite and nobody could answer any of my questions. this is the stupidest thing ive ever seen saying the camper is sat ready and only putting a sat jack in front bedroom. the dealer was tickled to death about showing me outside kitchen because you can put tv inside of it. yeah idiot but if im somewhere that doesn't have cable hookup im not getting anything because the front bedroom is the only thing wired for sat. im just angry about this whole deal. I had my sat guy come over to test to make sure and in fact there is only sat hookup in front bedroom. after much discussion he was able to put splitter on so I could have sat in the living room and bedroom, but doing it this way I wont have cable hookup in living room unless I mess with wires in ceiling again. so there is light at end of tunnel but for now I have sat in the two most important places. the kids are not happy they will not have sat, but as long as I go to larger camping resorts that have cable they will have some channels back in their room.
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:39 PM   #10
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What I ended up doing was putting a cable out the floor of the slide where the entertainment center is fished the wire up to the cabinet above the TV where I put the sat receiver. I then added a wireless hdmi unit from Amazon (IOGEAR GW3DHDKIT) to broadcast the signal to the bedroom TV with HDMI. Not the cheapest solution but works great and didn't have to mess with the factory wiring. I also attached an optical cable from the TV opt audio out to the back of the iRV unit to get TV in the surround sound on the ceiling which didn't work either.

Took our new 33CKTS out this weekend and it worked great! Don't' get me started on all the other issues, it is back at the dealer with a 3 page punch list of items one being loss of power in the slide both for the microwave and the entertainment center. but that is for another post when I am not so angry.
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