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Old 03-17-2011, 11:52 AM   #1
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Tips for running cable to exterior on 2010 26TBUD???

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I haved tried every search and can't find any posts on the subject. Has anyone tried running cable to the exterior of the TT for using under the awning? Looking for tips on the least destructive way to run coax from the "entertainment" area between the living room and bedroom to the ouside. Idealy, I'd like to run it close to the 2 electtrical outlets under the kitchen window. I set a table up in that vacinity and would be the perfect spot to set the tv on. Anyone tried this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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I haven't done it, but am considering something similar.

I was thinking of mounting our tv on one of the Thule Smart LCD TV Mounts and it would be able to be moved to/from the outside and inside relatively easy. I'm just not sure if the mount will position the TV very well inside.

For the connection, I found this plate on eBay. Thought it would be easy to go right through the wall near the inside tv.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:38 PM   #3
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While you are at it you should consider running a long Component or HDMI cable out there as well as Coax. Who knows when you might need it.
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Thanks Brian. I'm not to much worried about the mounting of the tv as much as I am for how to get the cable ran to the outside. I don't know where to snake it with the least resistance.

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We did this on our Puma, the TV/Entertainment center was between the bedroom and the living area smack in the middle of the TT. I went down through the cabinet then the floor, then strapped the cable to some structural members as I router it over to the side right under the electric plug. I also added a rubber cap to protect it .
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:50 PM   #6
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Thanks for your input Camper Lucy. My Salem has a weather membrane on the underside of the camper and sure makes me uneasy going thru that. Does your Puma have the same? I worry that I'll screw something up and let the elements in.
I was just thinking. I have a jack on the exterior for hooking up a cable tv line. I'll never do this. Any reason why I can't take the wall recepticle on the inside of the camper and reconfigure it so that I have my antenna signal split and running out to that jack on the outside, as well as wired to my tv inside? Seems logical. That way I wouldn't have to drill holes in anything......in theory. Anyone tried that? I'd gladly hang a cable under the TT each time I wanted to use the tv outside. Heck, I'd probably even just set the tv on a table so I don't have to hang a mount. I'm going to test this out this weekend. Wish me luck.

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Go figure. Looks like rain all weekend will hamper any progress!
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If your enclosed belly is sealed the way most are around pipes etc, I am pretty sure you won`t be able to screw it up any more than any of the factories do. FR seems to love silicone sealant and I was looking at a 2011 K-Z Spree that my SIL and hubby bought and they must have used enough expanding foam to seal up abt 3 trailers on just the one 3 inch sewer pipe.
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You've got a point TheSasks! I'm still going to test my theory before drilling, though. I just have to know....
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The wineguard plate should have a connector for a second tv.By taking the cable from the outside and switching it to the second tv connector,it should work.
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how difficult would it be to mount another box next to the amplifier (tv out box) inside the trailer? i'm thinking a two outlet coax face plate.

if this is doable, u could locate the cable coming from the outside wall (to hook tv to park catv). disconnect this cable (from the catv input at the amp... the one u switch on to amplify the tv signal from ant...there will be three coax wires connected to this: one is the catv input; one is the ant input; and one is the output to the 2nd tv) and connect it to one of the coax outlets on the face plate. connect a short coax between the other face plate outlet and run it to the amp where u disconnected the catv cable. both of these connections will be on the wall side of the plate. mount the plate.
on the two coax outlets, u have several options: you can simply jump between the two to return to original; run a wire from the amp tv jack to the the connector leading to outside; hook anything else to the one leading out. hook a cable from the one on the outside of the camper to ur outdoor tv.

may be a good idea to label the two new coax connections so that u will know which u wired to the outside and which u wired back to the catv input of ur amp.

with this setup, u could could hook an ab switch and simply select what u wanted to go to the outside or if u wanted the outside connection to go back to the amp (origional location).

if you are watching a sat, dish network has a two receiver setups that will transmit the 2nd output over the air. you can take the remote to where u are watching tv and do the channel selection also. makes for a good opportunity to leave ur remote on the picnic table when u drive off. (replacement remotes can be purchaced on ebay...)
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I had to do the same thing on my Starcraft because the factory cable didn't work anymore. The major difference is we didn't care about what got hacked up, so we took the easy route; beside the front door is a tv stand with storage underneath. I drilled into the side of the trailer, near the underside of the cabinet top and drilled a hole in the top to route the cable through for the tv. A cheap coax cable mounting plate was attached over the hole and sealed. It may not be the prettiest but it cost less than $2 for materials (had nearly all of it laying around) and about an hours work. So far works great and no leaks.
If I had a $50,000 trailer I may have done it differently, but for a POS like mine this works great.
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I had to do the same thing on my Starcraft because the factory cable didn't work anymore. The major difference is we didn't care about what got hacked up, so we took the easy route; beside the front door is a tv stand with storage underneath. I drilled into the side of the trailer, near the underside of the cabinet top and drilled a hole in the top to route the cable through for the tv. A cheap coax cable mounting plate was attached over the hole and sealed. It may not be the prettiest but it cost less than $2 for materials (had nearly all of it laying around) and about an hours work. So far works great and no leaks.
If I had a $50,000 trailer I may have done it differently, but for a POS like mine this works great.
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The wineguard plate should have a connector for a second tv.By taking the cable from the outside and switching it to the second tv connector,it should work.
Thanks for the info, dap!
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how difficult would it be to mount another box next to the amplifier (tv out box) inside the trailer? i'm thinking a two outlet coax face plate.

if this is doable, u could locate the cable coming from the outside wall (to hook tv to park catv). disconnect this cable (from the catv input at the amp... the one u switch on to amplify the tv signal from ant...there will be three coax wires connected to this: one is the catv input; one is the ant input; and one is the output to the 2nd tv) and connect it to one of the coax outlets on the face plate. connect a short coax between the other face plate outlet and run it to the amp where u disconnected the catv cable. both of these connections will be on the wall side of the plate. mount the plate.
on the two coax outlets, u have several options: you can simply jump between the two to return to original; run a wire from the amp tv jack to the the connector leading to outside; hook anything else to the one leading out. hook a cable from the one on the outside of the camper to ur outdoor tv.

may be a good idea to label the two new coax connections so that u will know which u wired to the outside and which u wired back to the catv input of ur amp.

with this setup, u could could hook an ab switch and simply select what u wanted to go to the outside or if u wanted the outside connection to go back to the amp (origional location).

if you are watching a sat, dish network has a two receiver setups that will transmit the 2nd output over the air. you can take the remote to where u are watching tv and do the channel selection also. makes for a good opportunity to leave ur remote on the picnic table when u drive off. (replacement remotes can be purchaced on ebay...)
Sorry, Jimh.....I think you lost me.
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I'm happy to inform all that dap had it spot on! Behind the wineguard plate was another/unused hook-up for a 2nd tv. I switched the line that was running from the exterior of the TT to the "cable" connection on the plate over to the "second" connection and now have an antenna signal running to the outside of the camper without having to drill!!!!

It's the little things in life that make me happy.......

Thanks all for your suggestions and I owe you a beer, dap!

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I just purchased a 2012 26tbud, where is the exterior cable connection hookup? I have looked for it and do not find it anywhere.
Thanks for the help.
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Sorry, Jimh.....I think you lost me.
i can see how that would happen. after it got cold, i had problems with it also. what i was doing was splicing into the exterior connection between the outside of the trailer and the splitter (inside that u turn on to select ant) and feeding the ant back to the outside connection.

this would give u an outside outlet without drilling any holes.

their are wireless solutions to this as well. i have not used this one but this in one of them out there. X10 VK82a Wireless Video and IR Receiver/Sender
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Similiar Question How I solved it..

I had the same question when outfitting my Wildwood.. But I also wanted to have any one of three outputs (Satellite, Cable or Antenna) available under the patio awning depending on our location. The first thing I did was install a dual coax Box on the outside of the trailer just opposite the dinette bench.. I carefully drilled 2 holes for the coax and then sealed and mounted the box. Now I had both an external connection for the portable satellite dish to connect to the DTV SD receiver and a connection point for the outside TV. all wiring is hidden under the bench seat. When the Sat box is not being used, it passes wither the antenna signal or cable signal (depending on external wall mounted amplifier on/off switch position) back outside to patio TV, and when the sat box ix on.. same thing. I hope this makes sense.. I have included pictures of the outside box and wiring diagram I made...
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