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Old 05-27-2017, 09:47 AM   #1
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Portable Sat Dish

I have just purchased a new 2017 Vacationer 35K, I noticed it has only one place to connect a coax cable for TV. It has a sat dish on the top but there are times when you need to use the portable dish because of trees. Where do I hook the coas for the portable dish?

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Old 05-27-2017, 09:55 AM   #2
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Do you want the best idea? Find a starting place and run a dedicated coax from point A to point B behind your TV.

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Old 05-27-2017, 10:40 AM   #3
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I use the cable jack to feed my tailgator. I did have to remove the cable from the AV switch and put my box inline but it works fine this way. When i have cable I just remove the box and put an inline adapter on the cables.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:07 PM   #4
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I snaked a new coax from under the hood (gas coach) and up the corner windshield trim the the A/V cabinet. I followed another electrical wire bundle from under the hood.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:26 PM   #5
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Our RV had the optional SAT Prep...

One coax in the roof is connected to the rooftop antenna.

Another, dedicated second coax goes from the entertainment cabinet - down to the front driver's side bin (off door side) and works perfectly.

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A dedicated coax is easiest/simplest and provides the best signal feed to the receiver. By not moving the cable coax, you don't lose any function. Ours runs up inside the pillar next to the windshield.
The 12v socket (pictured) would be for the portables that need 12v feed...but our Tailgater has power on the coax.

BTW, King says the Tailgater will work out to 75' of coax...but we have used up to 150' of coax to clear trees with no problem (camping in a heavy wooded area).

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Use a diplexer at the existing cable run from the outdoors and one at interior end of the cable. This way the one cable will support both campground cable and your satellite all at the same time. I have done so successfully for years. You can think of it as "magic" or research it yourself. splitters, Diplexers, Combiners and Separators for Cable TV, Satellite TV and Security Systems
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We use the cable connection for the external dish. However, the coax run from the outside to the switch box does not have any splits in it in our coach so it works. If the coax is split somewhere between the external connection and the satellite receiver, it will not work.

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