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Old 07-26-2015, 11:16 AM   #1
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we cant get tvs to work in our 2003 newmar just bought trying to figure out seems like the ones that came with it we are going to change but just trying to get these to work they come on but like no stations at all
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Do they work when playing a DVD or other media playing device?
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:27 AM   #3
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Find the box that all the coax goes into that has a bunch of switches to choose front TV, rear TV, CATV, and Antenna. Make sure the antenna amp switch is on, turn on the TV and start playing with switch positions...

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Old 07-26-2015, 11:30 AM   #4
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Hi dberry53,
Welcome to iRV2 and the Newmar Owners Forum. If all the TV components are original, they are analog technology. Unless you have a professional (motor coach professional) do the replacement, I think you are headed for quite a project.

What channels are you trying to see? If it is off air channels, the distribution box must be on. It provides power to the roof antenna. If the channels are from a satellite TV service, please let us know how you are receiving the signals. Roof top dome, portable dish, etc.

If the TVs are not original, all bets are off. Please let us know what the TVs are and a gut feel when they were replaced. This could be simple or more complicated than it needs to be. From 03 to now, TV technology has changed quite a bit.
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If they are the original you need a converter box that changes the OTA digital signal to analog. When the transition to digital was done you could get the converter for free, now you will have to pay. So now is the time to throw those away and get some HD TV's.
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In your Owners Guide pages 4-4 and 5 it explains how to use your TV's but will have to be off cable connection at campground until you get LCD's and HMDI installed in coach.
You also need to shut off the ANT amplifier to roof top ANT.
If you want to use your TV ANT you will need the control box's from Radio Shack for tuning in the TV stations because every thing is HD broadcasts from TV stations these days.
I replaced my old bat wing with a Jack ANT for HD broadcast's with a LCD HD and got excellent pictures.
You will see many TV to LCD conversions in QT's # 3 in the TV to LCD Conversion section.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:12 PM   #7
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If they are the original you need a converter box that changes the OTA digital signal to analog. When the transition to digital was done you could get the converter for free, now you will have to pay. So now is the time to throw those away and get some HD TV's.
If you need two Trivax converter boxes with remotes, well, at least one remote, I'll need to find the 2nd one, let me know. I just removed the original TV's from our 2001 Dutch Star which had been retrofitted with converters to receive digital signals. For the price of shipping I'll send them to you if you want them! Probably about $15.00 for a flat rate box for the two of them. And if you want the original boat anchor TV's, I'll give those away too, but the shipping would probably be prohibitive! Just waiting for a free appliance turn in to occur in our area to get rid of those, even Goodwill won't take them!
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Not all the advice given here is quite right. I suspect the TV's you have are analog. Virtually all current TV stations transmit a digital signal which an analog only TV cannot receive. So, as stated earlier, a digital to analog coverter box would solve that problem as would a new digital TV. All new TV's are digital. Most all new TV's are also HD, either 720p or 1080p, but they will also display standard definition, 480p. Some signals are broadcast in 480p. I would guess the antenna you currently have will work with a new digital TV and certainly the antenna amplifier will also work, if needed. HDMI is a newer and very nice means of connecting digital devices, but isn't absolutely necesary. If your other devices don't have HDMI, but have RCA plugs, Coax or S wire, you may still be able to connect the devices.


However, at the end of the day, I would replace the CRT TV's with a new digital, whether it be LCD, LED or plasma. However, plasma TV's are rather heavy (not as heavy as the CRT, but heavier than similar LCD or LED and they get pretty hot. It is doable switch for a moderate DIY'er. Lots of discussion on this in other postings. Hook it up directly to the antenna or through the distribution box. If this doesn't work, then the coax to the antenna may be compromised.


One more thing to note, sometime in the early 2000's directv protocols changed which made all the automatic roof dishes obsolete. At least mine was. I never suspected this when I bought the bus. I finally called the maunfacturer and then Directv for confirmation.


Let us know how things progress.
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In 2003 the TVs were the old ANALOG kind, they will not work for Over the Air and may not work for cable in many markets

Today TV's are wider (Called wide screen jor 16x9) and are capable of receiving ATSC Digital as well as QAM digital (Cable).

You need to know how to set the proper switches.. This is described inj your manual but I'm running late today and fighting a bulky web site on the other machines so I do not have time to describe

Do you have a wall plate with switch, Light, 12 volt outlet and antenna conneciton OR

A box with many buttons?

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The TV's in my 2000 Dutch Star are of the boat-anchor type, however they do work to receive a satellite signal and play my VHS tapes. For those of you with this old TV's, does your sound come through the TV or through the speakers in the coach? Mine come through the TV but would like to switch them to the coach speakers. Is there a switch for that somewhere? For sure I'm updating to newer TV's before the end of the year.
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Speaker in TV, other speakers from radio in your year coach.
When you convert to LCD's go to QT's # 3 TV TO LCD Conversion section, info to help..
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Been reading some of the links in QT#3. Was hoping I'd find some unconnected RCA cables behind my old TV's. This weekend is the only weekend we'll be home for a month, so maybe I'll dive into it then.

I do have a slightly used TV with a built-in DVD player. Maybe I'll get it installed in the bedroom as it's not big enough for up front.
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Old 08-03-2015, 01:19 PM   #13
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Thanks guys he finally got them working had something to do with satellite boxes we are new to this I just hope he learns fast sure do not want to get somewhere and things not work
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If you have satellite TV then it's the Sat receivers you need to get working more than the TVs My internet is doing better tonight.

If you are in S.E. Georgia, or plan to be, Google Cathead Creek RV park.. I'm here most of the time and can make "House calls" on TV issues and give instrucitons, We have a good sky view for Sat (read that no shade at all) good multi-format park cable, moderate strength OTA TV so I can likely set you up with your choice and show you how to use 'em all. When I say Moderate strength I can see five stations Folks with the JACK can see 4,, A basic Batwing,, Well I'm not sure.
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