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Old 10-16-2019, 06:42 PM   #1
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Tailgater and Wally hook-up

I finally decided I was tired of limited TV channels and purchased a Tailgater and Wally satellite system only to hear from a couple other RV'ers that they could not use their coax hook-up in their wet bay to receive a signal at the receiver. Anyone else have that problem? They said they had to pass the cable thru a window and then attach it directly to the receiver.

I would really like to avoid that if at all possible. Anyway , is there an alternative to the window fix if this turns out to be the case. Expecting delivery tomorrow.
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They sell a flat coax the passes through a closed window. Did that from 2012 till last year and put a connection through the side wall to the box. Flat coax worked fine.
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I finally decided I was tired of limited TV channels and purchased a Tailgater and Wally satellite system only to hear from a couple other RV'ers that they could not use their coax hook-up in their wet bay to receive a signal at the receiver. Anyone else have that problem? They said they had to pass the cable thru a window and then attach it directly to the receiver.
I would really like to avoid that if at all possible. Anyway , is there an alternative to the window fix if this turns out to be the case. Expecting delivery tomorrow.
It all depends on how your coach is wired. Some have two coax connectors, one for cable TV and the other for a Tripod/Satellite. If you only have the cable coax, then you won't be able to use it without modifying it to bypass the powered splitter for the amplified antenna. Our '06 Itasca (Winnebago product) had both connections so yours might.
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I can be such a putz sometimes. I looked behind my dvd player and there are 2 coax connectors that have satellite marked on the mounting plate and separate in and out coax connectors. System will be delivered today, so crossing my fingers that this works.

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On our 2004 Newmar MADP, I have our tripod mounted satellite dome coax connected to the cable TV connection in the electric bay. I just had to disconnect the cable TV coax from the back of the distribution box (box of many buttons) in the front entertainment cabinet and connect it to the back of the Wally receiver. To use cable TV instead of the satellite in the future, I would just have to reconnect the coax to the way it was previously, a one minute job. Works great!
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I tried hooking to the coax connector in the wet bay and connected the Wally to the satellite out connector and got a no signal message on the TV. Lots of coax cables in the overhead cabinet where the Wally will sit so it looks like I need to buy a coax cable tester ($15-$20) to make sure I'm attaching the correct coax cable to the Wally.
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I tried hooking to the coax connector in the wet bay and connected the Wally to the satellite out connector and got a no signal message on the TV. Lots of coax cables in the overhead cabinet where the Wally will sit so it looks like I need to buy a coax cable tester ($15-$20) to make sure I'm attaching the correct coax cable to the Wally.
You could just do the trial and error method and save the money.

Make sure your tv is set to look for the proper input (hdmi) usually. Your Wally should be directly connected to the tv hdmi port for best picture and sound.
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My TV is in a slide, and eventually the SAT coax from the control area to the slide practically quit working. So, since there is practically no insulation in the slide, I just drilled a hole in the slide wall next to the TV/Walley and ran a short 3-ft coax to the Walley. Then I put a wall socket coax plate on the slide outside and now I connect the Tailgater almost directly to the Walley. The total length of the coax to the Wally is limited to 35 fn per the Tailgater,and I'll bet the length of my old (broke) coax in side of the RV was at least 35 ft! Now, the signal is clear/good and connects every time first time with all HD, including local channels over 100's miles distant. The coax wall plate on the outside of the slide looks good, and is hidden (and waterproof) when the slide is closed. I did practically the same thing when adding a SAT coax to the Walley/TV in the bedroom, avoiding the RV's original coax cables that were pee-poor coax cables to begin with.
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