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Old 11-14-2017, 10:49 AM   #1
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Where the heck is my basic cable connection?

I have a 2007 Alpine Apex mid entry coach. I just want to watch basic cable when at a park. For the life of me I cannot find the connection for cable coming in. Any input is appreciated. Bob
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:56 AM   #2
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Not Alpine but both my Tiffin and Discovery have been in bay where power cord is. Normally up in top of bay.
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With both my DSDP's the connection was in the electrical compartment, present rig's is in the wet bay since it doesn't have an external electrical bay.
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:39 AM   #4
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My 09 40MDTS has a cable connection in the wet bay (sewer connection) and on the curb side holding tank bay. Both cables run to the TV cabinet area. They make a cap that can be screwed on to one end of the cable that connects center wire to the outside shield allowing you to check for continuity, so you tell which cable is which. I use curb side for my satellite and the street side for the park cable connection
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Likewise, mine is located in the tank/water service bay near the top. Remember to have the TV amplifier (receptacal) connection switch turned off when using CABLE TV. This bypasses the antenna amplifier and connects directly to the input in the bay. If the receptacle light near the TV is on, the internal cable (wire) is directed to the antenna and not to the receptacle in the bay and you will not get CABLE TV.
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Mine is the same as Steve's. And, in the compartment above the drivers seat is a switch. The switch turns on or off a green light co located with the switch. If the green light is on the signal comes from the antenna. If the green light is off the signal comes from the connection from the service bay.

I'm 6'2" and it's a hard reach to get to the switch - hopefully that's been improved with later models. The switch is on the left panel of the compartment.
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Likewise, mine is located in the tank/water service bay near the top. Remember to have the TV amplifier (receptacal) connection switch turned off when using CABLE TV. This bypasses the antenna amplifier and connects directly to the input in the bay. If the receptacle light near the TV is on, the internal cable (wire) is directed to the antenna and not to the receptacle in the bay and you will not get CABLE TV.
Thanks, well I'm not totally insane then. I know of the one in the curbside bay. But was told that's only for dish or the like. Also I found the amplifier switch and it's off. But still cannot get any cable channels. Ran the tv through every programming sequence available on channels 2,3 and 4. Nothing.
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Do you have the "box with many buttons" in the cabinet above the drivers seat? If so, you need to have the proper switches switched in order to get the cable tv signal started. Likewise with the television. It needs to be set electronically with the tv remote to the input the cable is coming in on.
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Thanks, well I'm not totally insane then. I know of the one in the curbside bay. But was told that's only for dish or the like. Also I found the amplifier switch and it's off. But still cannot get any cable channels. Ran the tv through every programming sequence available on channels 2,3 and 4. Nothing.
On newer TVs the cable signal does not go to channel 2/3/4 ... it goes to the TV and then the TV QAM tuner is utilized.

What is the make/model of your TV?

Does your TV work ok with OTA antenna?

Have you tried running a coax thru the window to the cable source to verify TV works ok?
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Have you tried running a coax thru the window to the cable source to verify TV works ok?
That would be a good thing to try if nothing else appears to work.
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Do you have the "box with many buttons" in the cabinet above the drivers seat? If so, you need to have the proper switches switched in order to get the cable tv signal started. Likewise with the television. It needs to be set electronically with the tv remote to the input the cable is coming in on.
I have that box. So tell me which switches do what and what positions?
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Curious--do you have an old analog TV or have they been updated to digital--some local cable systems use analog, others are digital. As mentioned, ch 3/4 is used for older satellite boxes and maybe new ones too. OTA and cable require the TV tuner be set to search the incoming signals to assign TV channels. Not sure we are making progress here?????
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Curious--do you have an old analog TV or have they been updated to digital--some local cable systems use analog, others are digital. As mentioned, ch 3/4 is used for older satellite boxes and maybe new ones too. OTA and cable require the TV tuner be set to search the incoming signals to assign TV channels. Not sure we are making progress here?????
Hence the question "make and model of TV?" and the suggestion to run a coax out the window to the source.

Most TVs (but certainly not all) after 2006 had QAM tuners. A 2007 Alpine might not have QAM.
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This thread might prove helpful:

TV/cable coax drawings
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