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jabbo 04-28-2014 09:15 PM

Help explain how to hook up multiple tv's in a sandpiper
 
We have a new 2014 sandpiper 380bh5. It has 4 coax hookups at the docking station outside. They are park cable, sat front, sat main, and sat rear. I guess the question that I have is can I use out tailgater sat to run a tv in bedroom, living room, and bunkhouse at the same time on the same channel. It also has a coax output in the storage area outside. I would really like to put a small tv there too. The antenna on top of the camper is hooked to the bedroom up front. It has the push button with the light on it up front. The front bed room is the only place I can get the tailgater to work. Is there any way if can split out of the front bedroom and go to the living room then split out of the living room and go to the bunkhouse. Any input would really be appreciated. Thanks Steven

kz08h5 04-28-2014 10:56 PM

You have to move the reciever box to each area you want to watch TV and change input outside at the docking station. Cable TV is a distributive system, so when you put a signal on the park cable input it goes to all the coax outputs. Satellite is a single system for various reasons, but mostly because the LNB at the antenna needs power to operate it. To get your Tailgater to work at your front, main and rear locations you will have to move the reciever box to each of these locations when you want to use that location. With my Tailgater I use a HDMI splitter to route the TV signal from the satellite box to 2 different TVs.

Cable is easy for signal distribution, satellite is not.

jabbo 04-29-2014 06:30 AM

Why can I only get sat to work in the front. I've tried the main sat connection in the living room and I've tried it in the bunkhouse with the receiver in both places and can't get it to work. Also were does the component cable go in the bunkhouse. There is a set of component in the living room also. The one in the living room I think is hooked to the radio under the tv.

mlong 04-29-2014 06:52 AM

You should be able to run a 3 way splitter from the single coax coming from the sat dish. You will first need to run it to your receiver, then from the receiver output you add the splitter. One side of the splitter will have a single input (from receiver) other side will have 3 outputs, You will need 3 additional coax cables, one cable for bedroom, living room & bunkhouse. This should work. I run this set up (with a 2 way splitter) in my house for my sat dish.

bubbles 04-29-2014 07:22 AM

Why not connect the tailgater to the park cable input and receiver to where the park cable terminates in your unit and run a jumper from receiver out back to that termination point? If it is all coax you would not have HD but you will have SD viewing on all tv's.

jabbo 04-29-2014 07:42 AM

When I connect to park cable with sat and try every coax port inside I get no response. Maybe something is wired wrong in the camper. Is there anywhere you can get a drawing on how the coax is run and where junction boxes are located in the walls of the camper.

mlong 04-29-2014 07:47 AM

Are you going directly from the sta dish into the receiver? I think you need to go through the receiver & then into the park cable input for the signal to work correctly.

jabbo 04-29-2014 08:02 AM

So I need to figure out how to get the coax from tailgater to sat receiver inside camper then out of receiver back to docking station and plug into park cable and then I will have sat tv at all locations but it will be the same channel.

mlong 04-29-2014 08:07 AM

I would hook it up temporarily outside to make sure it works the way I described before buying everything and running cables in and out and all over the place. If you just get the plitter and one cable to go from the splitter to the camper input and make sure that works. Move that one cable to each of the other inputs and make sure they all work that way also. If all is good then you can invest the time and energy into running the permanent cables.

Yes, you would have the same channel on all tv's. If you wanted different channels you would need a new LNB on the sat dish with 2, 3 or 4 LNBs. I don't know how that would work as I only have a single LNB at my house and I do not use it on the camper.

jabbo 04-29-2014 08:12 AM

Ok I'll try that this afternoon and let you know how it works out. Thank you so much for the info and help. Steven.

bubbles 04-29-2014 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by jabbo (Post 599091)
When I connect to park cable with sat and try every coax port inside I get no response. Maybe something is wired wrong in the camper. Is there anywhere you can get a drawing on how the coax is run and where junction boxes are located in the walls of the camper.

If you use the park cable input for the antenna you need to find the other end of the park cable in your rv and disconnect that from where it is connected and connect that cable to the receiver cable "in" port. install and connect a new cable from where you disconnected the park cable from and the other end to the receiver cable "out" port. You should have SD sat tv on all the tv's that were previously viewing a CG park cable input. If you can't find where the park cable terminates inside your rv then this will not work.

jabbo 04-29-2014 08:23 PM

Thanks to everyone's post on helping me out. Finally got it all working. I used the method bubbles said use and all four tv location are working. Thanks again to everyone. Steven

tone100 04-30-2014 04:40 PM

I have a 376bhok and did it a little different. I was able to keep my park cable open. I used a diplexer tongue front room to back feed the receiver. I then split it and fed it to each room at the docking station. I also an extra cable over by the electrical outlet on the other side in case I ever put a TV there. I screwed everything to the outside wall of the docking station to keep the wires out the way.

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kennithbk 04-02-2015 08:30 PM

Need an update on this thread please
 
Hey all,
I have a 2015 sandpiper 37rkok and have 3 tv's in the coach. Living room,bedroom and out side entertainment center. On the outside there are 4 inputs satellite front,satellite rear,satellite main and park cable. I get a satellite signal In the bedroom only. The Livingroom tv gets the beep beep beep on satellite signal test mode but cannot watch any tv. Behind the tv on the wall is 2 connectors labeled antenna and one cable. The cable is actually a gray satellite cable. I took the fireplace out and there are 2 splitters Behind there. There are 2 inputs and 4 outputs. The inputs are gray for satellite and white for antenna. If I hook the outside cable to satellite front the bedroom tv gets a satellite signal and can watch tv. When you hook up the receiver to the livingroom and change the outside cable to satellite main nothing. Anyone have anything I can try. Thamks in advance.

ov845 04-06-2015 08:56 PM

Are you trying to use one sat box to run all 3 TV's?


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OldCoot 04-06-2015 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ov845 (Post 828350)
Are you trying to use one sat box to run all 3 TV's?

We do in ours, but you have to watch whatever is on the lv tv. If you take the remote to the br or outside, you can change the channels on all 3 locations. In other words, the remote controls the satellite stations on all 3 tvs, if the br and outside are tuned to chan 3.

kennithbk 04-08-2015 10:34 AM

still not working
 
I am only using 1 receiver to run the tv in the "livingroom". The receiver worked fine when i moved it to the bedroom. I do not care about running 3 tv's off 1 receiver. I just want satellite signal in the living room tv. Any one else have suggestions? Thanks again for your time.

ov845 04-08-2015 11:52 AM

So I gather you didn't swap cables. All you did was plug & play in the bedroom. Sorry for being a pain but I'm just trying to be thorough in helping you. Do you know the color of the coax behind the faceplate you used in the bedroom? The reason I bring this up is it could be wired wrong. On my TT white was used for antenna, orange was cable, black was satellite & gray was straight to the TV's but only worked with antenna & cable. I would check the living room coax and make sure it's the same color as the bedroom.


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kennithbk 04-08-2015 12:18 PM

I did not swap cables I shouldn't have to. There are several cables behind the wall plate. I have a service tech coming in today to hopefully diagnose it.

kennithbk 04-09-2015 05:33 AM

It works!!!
 
Update: the service guys came last night and behind the fireplace in my camper there are 2 splitters with 2 inputs and 4 outputs. The damn things were hooked up backwards. The guys had a short piece of coax wire with something on the tip to show them an open or closed circuit. I now have satellite tv in my livingroom and can watch the same channel on the outside tv without moving the receiver. They said if I want to watch tv I then bedroom then I have to move the receiver to the bedroom and hook the input cable on the outside of the camper to the satellite front input. Hope this helps someone.


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