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Old 10-19-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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Probably another stupid quest. from a newbie to TT's. The more i fix on my (new to us ) 2000 25' Keystone Springdale, the more a find wrong ? I learned about the amplfied tv antenna's and know i have to change the antenna for the new DTV, but what is the recepticle below the coaxial fitting ?

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Old 10-19-2013, 07:39 AM   #2
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It's a 12v outlet (cigarette lighter style), a hold over from the days when 12v TVs were in use.
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Don't assume you need to change the antenna for digital TV. Depending on the type you have it may or may not be optimal for DTV, but I'd try it first. Most will work.
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There is no such thing as a digital or HD antenna. An antenna receives any signal and the TV is what converts the signal to digital, either SD or HD. The bulk of the digital stations are in the UHF band and a few are in the VHF-High band.

If you have the Wineguard batwing style, simply add the "Wingman" and it will improve on the UHF band performance. Be aware that the antenna will be more directional and that digital signals are either on or no picture. You won't get a snowy picture.

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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It's a 12v outlet (cigarette lighter style), a hold over from the days when 12v TVs were in use.
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Actually the 12 Volt D.C. outlet is now standard on our 2014 Keystone Cougar High Country 321RES. We use it to recharge our cell phones etc....
Nice feature.
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I just added new HDTVs in my coach and the old antenna works fine. Be sure to turn on the signal booster( the switch on your 12v outlet). I plan on getting a 12v cord for the outlet for the bed room tv so we can watch tv without gen running. Need to see if booster is 12v or not, forgot to check.

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Many of the new 24" and smaller flat panel tv's now run on 12 volts. They use those obnoxious plug-in transformers like computer printers or modems use.

This is very convenient for RV applications. Plus a lot of them only draw 18 to 30 watts. Not too bad.

My current favorite brand, Samsung, runs on 14 volts which means I need to select a different brand for my plan to work.

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I see someone actually found a use for that almost useless 12 volt outlet. .YES it has enough power to re-charge a cell phone.. Might run a 5" TV,, Not much more than that.

But that is what it is.

Also the plate is upside down, Normally the 12 volt outlet is on top.. This, however, will NOT affect performance.
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Golly, I have a couple of those "useless 12 volt outlets" in my TT and I love them, I use them a lot. But, I like to go "dry camping" which is where you do not have a place to plug into 120 volts. I've converted my battery's to 2-6 volt golf cart batteries and I then use those 12 volt outlets to charge my phone or, I plug a cheap power inverter to it so that I can run my Television for a couple of hours a day. Thanks to that 12 volt outlet I can go 3-4 days without electricity.
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I use the 12v outlet to charge my phone. I also use the 12v outlet to power my 22" Samsung LCD TV. I just got the adaptor at Radio Shack. It says it needs 14v on the back but operates fine on 12v (down to about 12.5v so it has a built in battery protection) and it draws about 2 amps on the meter. An added feature I like about the Samsung is the USB, it will play any type of video like avi, divix, mkv, mp4, in 1080 or 720. The 19" also has the same features. 12v plugs come in handy!
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I see someone actually found a use for that almost useless 12 volt outlet. .YES it has enough power to re-charge a cell phone.. Might run a 5" TV,, Not much more than that.

But that is what it is.

Also the plate is upside down, Normally the 12 volt outlet is on top.. This, however, will NOT affect performance.
If the outlet is at the top the "Winegard" W is upside down!
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