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Old 10-28-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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Cable TV Problem

I have a 2008 Jayco Melbourne 29D that has 2 cable tv jacks at the electrical shore cord door. For the life of me, I cannot get cable reception when I am in campgroubd and hook up the wire. I turn my Westinghouse tv on and go to setup and change from "air" to cable, turn off power to roof antenna and then run scan. No results. Any suggestions? I can't check except when at campground, next time.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:01 AM   #2
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Not familiar with your exact rig but, most RV's will have some type of distribution box with two or more inputs ie ant, dish, cable, etc. with one output to the TV. You need to then select which one you want to use.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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We had that problem last week. We we ran scan, nothing would come up. But we took a chance, and entered a channel that was on the cable list, and it worked. We just had to change the channels by putting in the channel number. Try that.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #4
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I have often wondered if you can take a old VCR and run a coax from it to the input on the MH. Toss in a tape and hit play. This would give you a signal as if it were hooked to cable or I might be wrong.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:27 PM   #5
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Yes you can do the VCR test suggested above to confirm if you have an analog signal on channel 3. This will confirm if the wiring in the RV is working properly. Even new digital TVs still support analog signals so this is a valid test.
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On many rv's there is a power button for the antenna that MUST be in the off position for you to receive the cable signal. Refer to your owners manual for location and more info.

I only know this because I went through similar frustration on our first trip.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:44 PM   #7
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On many rv's there is a power button for the antenna that MUST be in the off position for you to receive the cable signal. Refer to your owners manual for location and more info.

I only know this because I went through similar frustration on our first trip.
Funny - I just discovered this on our trip last weekend. First time we used cable... Why Jayco put the antenna power button BEHIND the TV, I cannot fathom. And of course the rig's manual doesn't even cover that stuff.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #8
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Two cable TV jacks.. The following is "Odds" And it really helps if you are the original owner.

One of those is for SAT TV.

You very likely have a wall plate in the motor home, it will have a button or switch, a light, a 12 volt outlet and one or two antenna connections.. Alternative, two wall plates one has ONLY an antenna connetion the other one has the switch, light, 12 volt outlet and an antenna connection.

The "odd" connection is the cable for SAT tv, if you tone it out or test it with meters you will find that this cable runs from one of the cables in the bay, direct to this jack, non-stop, single length, nothing in between (WE HOPE)

Or you have a box of many buttons and a loose cable (often on the other side) in a compartment marked SAT-IN" Again that is ONE of the cbales in back.

When you figure out which this is eithe rcap it or put a old connector on it or a termination resistor (Radio shack sells those) on it, Just to make sure you know what it's for.

The other one SHOULD run to either the wall plate with the switch or the box of many buttons.

HOWEVER.. if you are NOT the original owner.......

Was in a Fleetwood last winter, The poor gal could nto get cable TV to work (park had cable, free no less) we tried and tried and I will tell you I"m good at this stuff.

Finally pulled the wall plate to see if someone had messed with teh cables on the back of it.... WHAT CABLES, we could not even find the cables, they had been ripped (partially) out it seems. The only wires back there were the 12 volt DC lines.

No wonder it did not work.
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One jack is fro SAT and the other cable. You also need to be sure the TV is hooked up correctly inside.


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