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Old 09-15-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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What will I need for Cable TV?

As a newbie, we never thought about it but apparently some campgrounds offer cable TV. Since we have four flat screens on board that might be nice. So will I need to carry a 25 or 50 foot length of co-axial cable on our coach along with all the other assorted cords, cables, wires and hoses? I don't suppose campgrounds provide the cable do they?
Any suggestions based on experience are welcome.
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I've been to only 1 CG that supplied the cable. We carry both a 25' & 50' length of co-ax.

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Old 09-15-2014, 10:46 PM   #3
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One 25 foot cable to take you from your coach to the pedestal will do it

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I always carry two cables in case I need the extra length. Last, month while camping in Oregon, we came across a KOA with a funky cable box you had to use to receive their cable. It required two cables to make it work.

Tip......Radio Shack sells a slide on connector (coupling). It connects to your cable and then slides onto the campground's male connector, rather than thread on. The reason for this is the campground connects are often buggered up and in a place that is hard to get your hand into. The slide on makes life easy.
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I think you are going to be horribly disappointed in campground cable. My experience is that 99% of campgrounds still have analog cable and your four HD TVs are going to look really less than ideal. A big screen of blurry pictures.

You will do far better with OTA TV than cable. The one exception we have found is Ft. Wilderness at Disney World in FL. Their digital cable system is darn near perfect.

Satellite is really the best solution for RVers. You can get HD, pay only when you use it (Dish), and easily get local stations (Dish is best for this). Something to think about.
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Analog or Digital.... Still looks good to me.

One thing you need to know: IF you are NOT the original owner (Even if you are) of your RV.

Many times the RV owner will modify the thing so he can use the PARK CABLE line for Sat TV as the Sat-Antenna cable..... Works, though to be honest it is far from the best way to do it.

You may have to restore the original connections.

Second... ON my rig, due to some added lengths of quality coax.....

Analog cable is delivered to two televisions and two DVR's (older analog only) the DVR's deliver to two TV's via LINE IN (A/V 1 or A/V 2)

OTA cable is also delivered to two Digital to Analog TV's and one other TV (normally.. NOTE: one TV can go either way, Analog cable or OTA digital (Does digital cable too).

OTA is delivered to the DVR's from the converters via A/V (line) input #1

Nose camera goes to one DVR via LIne-2 Sat (if I ever re-up) to the other via Line-2

So the DVR's auto select the source based on the program guide

The Televisions I manually select the source but have both sources to all sets all the time.. I can switch from CABLE to OTA without getting out of bed (The Multi-switch is not in the bedroom)

Kind of fun. Oh, and I record in one room play back in the other, change rooms, download to computer and take with me, All those things... Even though I do not have the service in the blank "Only ______ lets you do all these things" and never will.
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Thank you all for the good information. It is much appreciated!
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X2 on Rogers comments, I would not rely on campground cable if you are a serious TV viewer. In our case we travel with the three option mentioned.

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