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Old 04-16-2018, 03:19 PM   #1
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Post Adding a TV Antenna

First post here but had been looking for the answer I needed on here. Anyhow I just bought a brand new 2018 Coachman Catalina Legacy Edition 273BHS and the antenna pretty much is crap. I could only pick up 5 channels, which most of the time would be fine cause not usually watching tv when we are camping. However the first weekend we took it out and the weather was horrible and spent a lot of time inside so I was wondering about buying an antenna then I can just hookup to the outside cable hookup. My question is first of all would that work? Will it feed to all the TV hookups? Any help or ideas will be well appreciated Thanks
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:34 PM   #2
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The radio in mine (2018 Grey Wolf 26DBH) is connected to TV antenna. I know reception sucks unless you push the button on cable jack to power the antenna. then it seems to pick up a lot of stations. Not sure how that works if you want to listen to the radio while connected to campground cable access.
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:07 PM   #3
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So an antenna should work through my cable hookup but I will lose radio reception? If that's the case I think I could live with that
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:22 PM   #4
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I think what he is trying to say is that most RV antenna connections have a small push button on the wall cable plate that starts an amplifier that will get more stations to appear on your TV. There should be a small LED that will light up when the antenna amp is on.
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:41 PM   #5
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Ya I have that on when trying to watch tv. My antenna is just crap and only picks up 30 miles away. I want to have antenna that gets farther but not mess with my new campers roof. Why I was asking about just hooking an aftermarket antenna to the cable hookup on the outside of my camper. I just want to know if that will work through all my tv hookups on my camper
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:45 PM   #6
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Most outside high definition tv antennas that are out now have a built in amplifier that needs to have power run to it thru the coax. If you have a separate sat hook up outside it might be better to use it as it should be a straight thru cable and not going thru the switches. Our last camper had the junk omni-directional tv antenna and I thought about using a powered tv antenna on the outside like the one we have at our home. I was going to use the sat connection for it, but we traded that camper, so didn't get to try it out. Just my thoughts.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:01 PM   #7
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Your getting about what you should, 30 miles is about it with any "Over The Air" antenna that is not elevated 30-40 feet in the air. I'm sure you are aware that HD tv reception is VERY directional dependent/sensitive and you must be pointed AT the broadcasting station to pick up their channels.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:49 PM   #8
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pick up a good external antenna and a couple of lengths of pipe to get it high off the ground... run this antenna with a length of coax to the back of the tv...

I have something similar and get signals from 100 miles away
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:02 PM   #9
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Looks like not a lot of great choices I can do. If I do get an antenna outside I will need to run the coax all the way to the back of the tv and not just to the back side of the camper. Wasn't really wanting to do that. I'm about 70 miles give or take from depending where I camp so might just be out of luck
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:20 PM   #10
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I can not understand why running a non amplified antenna thru the cable hookup would not work. At home I run my antenna thru my cable (sat) to get local channels. OTA antenna is not usually hampered by splitters like sat. is. I think it would work since these new "plate on a stick" antenna the mfg's are using are such junk. Give me my old batwing!
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