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Old 12-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Cable Hookup on older Class C

Another newby question about my 1997 Coachmen Catalina Sport. I have several coaxial jacks throughout the coach but I absolutely cannot find an outside hookup to connect to cable line from the campground. My dealer assures me that it's there somewhere but I have looked EVERYWHERE.

Is it possible that these coax connections are just for the antenna and there isn't a way to connect a cable line?


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Old 12-24-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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Yes, there possibly is no campground hook-up given the age of the RV, just like many RV's still don't have a connection for an external portable SAT dish.

Our old El Dorado Class C only had the basic batwing and coax outputs where the TV was and where optional TV's could go...plus it had no box of many buttons (BOMB) for a VCR or anything else.

But it is very easy to add. Just a simple coax cable from Wal*Mart or similar store can carry the signal to the needed location -possibly a splitter/combiner where the batwing enters the RV (just be sure NOT to run the cable signal through the signal amp for the batwing). Campgrounds usually put the cable TV near the post, so if you put the end of the wire near the shore power cord, it will be easy to use...with some extra cable left on the end, you won't even have to carry a separate cable to make the final connection.

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Old 12-24-2013, 10:38 PM   #3
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The owners manual for your rig on coachman's website implies that it was an option. See page 38. There was an outside receptacle that had both cable and telephone.

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Old 12-24-2013, 11:17 PM   #4
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If you really don't have an external coax connection, remove an interior wall plate and see if you actually have coax cable. If so trace it to where it exits out. If you have an attached power cord which coils up and stows in an outside box...look in that box for a connection. If nothing else just drill a hole in the coach wall where you want the connection and install weather tight wall plates. A visit to Lowes will provide all necessary hardware. Simple job. You may have only cables running from the over the air antenna which probably run thru the cabinets. Cabinet bottoms are hollow. If you think on the possibilities you will find a way. I have retrofitted tv cables in several older motorhomes. PM me if you want over the phone help...
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