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Old 10-28-2007, 03:11 PM   #1
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I have been in this 2002 Endeavor now for about 7 months. My problem is that every RV park with cable is so different, that I really don't think it is my equipment. Seems like the reception varies so much from park to park. We can have great reception in one park, and 300 miles down the road, all we get is fuzzy reception. I have checked all of the cables, bought new connection cables for outside, still get fuzzy reception at times. I thought cable should be clear. I am wondering if anyone else has this dilemma and what have you done about it. I would go to satelite, but to convince the financial officer " my wife" to spend that kind of money, it better work, and work well.
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Old 10-28-2007, 03:11 PM   #2
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I have been in this 2002 Endeavor now for about 7 months. My problem is that every RV park with cable is so different, that I really don't think it is my equipment. Seems like the reception varies so much from park to park. We can have great reception in one park, and 300 miles down the road, all we get is fuzzy reception. I have checked all of the cables, bought new connection cables for outside, still get fuzzy reception at times. I thought cable should be clear. I am wondering if anyone else has this dilemma and what have you done about it. I would go to satelite, but to convince the financial officer " my wife" to spend that kind of money, it better work, and work well.
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Old 10-28-2007, 03:16 PM   #3
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Be sure to turn off the antenna power supply when using cable. If you have a long cable that will reach a TV without using the wiring of the coach and it works but does not when you connect it through the coach then you have a problem in the coach wiring.
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I took your advice and ran a seperate cable to the television. The picture was great. I then checked the connections to the RV compartment where it comes in from the source and the cable literally came apart in my hand. NOW, I need to find a way to reattach the end of the cable. Radio Shack should be able to help me, but how difficult is it to put these ends on?<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RV Wizard:
Be sure to turn off the antenna power supply when using cable. If you have a long cable that will reach a TV without using the wiring of the coach and it works but does not when you connect it through the coach then you have a problem in the coach wiring. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by buckeyes:
I took your advice and ran a seperate cable to the television. The picture was great. I then checked the connections to the RV compartment where it comes in from the source and the cable literally came apart in my hand. NOW, I need to find a way to reattach the end of the cable. Radio Shack should be able to help me, but how difficult is it to put these ends on?<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RV Wizard:
Be sure to turn off the antenna power supply when using cable. If you have a long cable that will reach a TV without using the wiring of the coach and it works but does not when you connect it through the coach then you have a problem in the coach wiring. </div></BLOCKQUOTE> </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Radio Shack, Lowes or Home Depot all have a screw on type connector that requires no tools except a sharp utility knife to install along with your hands. You can use a finger nail trimmer to adjust the center lead if you have the need.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:09 PM   #6
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It looks like you did the first step, but before you run out and get some of those connectors. (The screw on are the worst for cable no matter what you hear) you should do a few things. There are several things that come to mind after reading your post. I have worked on several motor homes and trailers in my work (hence Cable TV, Cable Wizard) when connecting the winter visitors to cable TV or working a service call for what you discribe. Those things could be bad connector, barrel,spliter or cable. The first thing you need is a F-81 connector thats the barrel that can connect 2 cable ends togeather like when your cables to short and you need to add another piece to help it reach, ans also a some cable, like you already used.
The first thing I would check is your connections behind the wall plate, and I dont mean just is it tight. Start at the input to the camper. Remove the connection from the plate look at the connector and be sure there is nothing on the stinger (the center conductor) sometimes the white dielectric that shields it from touching the other wire sticks to it and it makes a bad connection. If thats ok be sure that there is no small piece of wire touching the center and the connector which sounds like the possibility. This wire is very thin and sometimes wrapped around a few times or as simple as a small piece that is inside the connector. The center coducter only needs to stick above the connector no more then the thickness of a nickel. If the first connector looks good before you connect it take your new barrel and use it to connect the cables with and see if your pictures are good. If your still bad the next step is a bit tougher most rigs have a split for both tvs I find most in the bedroom outlet you need to locate the spliter mark which connector is hooked to the INPUT of the splitter, and again check the connectors, if all 3 are good, no wire inside again use the barrel taking the connector you marked connect the barrel and the to the tv if that picture is good and was bad before the spliter may be bad. now before you run to radio shack or wally world connec the other cable and check the other TVif its good its probably the spliter. Now what if it was bad after you hooked the barrel up the first time take your cable and run it fromoutside to that outlet to see if the cable in the floor and wall might be pinched. again if the picture is good that means the cable.If the TV at the split has always been good and the other bad then check the other. One thing I have not mentioned yet is if you have a switch box thats for cable, Antenna, Satilie, or VCR it could be just that switch try flipping it a few times or even bypass it input to the cable to that tv. Let me know wht you find or dont and we will try some of the other things.
Also for those that use a utility knife to make the cuts nicking the center conductor is a reason you can get snowy pictures. As the cable systems change the signal is combined on many systems and a nick is a major problem it also effect digital satilite for those the have satilite and bad pictures.
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