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Old 08-17-2022, 07:15 AM   #1
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Coax Cable Thru Slide Out Seam

When at my space in Indio CA, I have to thread a coax cable into the coach for the Spectrum Cable TV box, modem, and router. Spectrum's excellent service is no extra charge as it is embedded in our monthlies thus desirable to use.

It is easy to do, just leave the slide out a few inches from full extension, thread the coax through the seam, then fully extend the slide out. It works but the coax gets a bit crimped. Is there a protective device for the cable in this situation? Is there another way to get a coax into the coach without drilling a connection through the coach's wall? Can't use the cable TV connection in the cargo bay, because that connection routes directly to each TV and doe snot allow routing to the Spectrum gear.

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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I realize that in 20 years many things have changed in coach construction and wiring ; but ; doesn't your coach have a selector box in the AV cabinet , for cable or antenna fed to each TV in the coach ?

The selector box ( some times called the BOMB ; Box Of Many Buttons ) in my AV cabinet above the driver's seat, I was able to disconnect the park cable input , install a splitter and drop a cable for the router back down the windshield A pillar behind the molding and to the router under the dash.

When I used to carry a satellite dish , it required two coax to the receiver, and I routed both cables from the power cord compartment , along the frame to the front of the coach then followed the air horn supply tube up the A pillar for the receiver, in the AV cabinet .
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If it were my coach, I would hook the Spectrum coax to the satellite in connection in one of your bays. Then connect the other end of the coach satellite coax to your Spectrum box. No crimped coax, no wrinkled slide seal. Using the satellite in coax connection insures no splitters in the coax line in the coach since bi-directional transmission is required for satellite.
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If it were my coach, I would hook the Spectrum coax to the satellite in connection in one of your bays. Then connect the other end of the coach satellite coax to your Spectrum box. No crimped coax, no wrinkled slide seal. Using the satellite in coax connection insures no splitters in the coax line in the coach since bi-directional transmission is required for satellite.
That was my first thought too. My coach has a single coax connection in a cargo bay. It routes to all the TVs to send a park's cable signal to each of the TVs.

The roof-mounted satellite dish is hardwired to a coax connection in the AV cabinet.

I'm not the only one in our Indio place that has to route through a window or slide-out. It appears this is an unanticipated scenario amongst the Class A motor coach makers.

Thanks for your reply.
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I realize that in 20 years many things have changed in coach construction and wiring ; but ; doesn't your coach have a selector box in the AV cabinet , for cable or antenna fed to each TV in the coach ?

The selector box ( some times called the BOMB ; Box Of Many Buttons ) in my AV cabinet above the driver's seat, I was able to disconnect the park cable input , install a splitter and drop a cable for the router back down the windshield A pillar behind the molding and to the router under the dash.

When I used to carry a satellite dish , it required two coax to the receiver, and I routed both cables from the power cord compartment , along the frame to the front of the coach then followed the air horn supply tube up the A pillar for the receiver, in the AV cabinet .
It does not. All sources are hardwired to the connection points. I'm sure it is makes for better signals, less splitters, etc. But flexible it is not.
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Old 08-18-2022, 04:11 AM   #6
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Why not just drill a hole?

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Get a lenght of flat coax.Click image for larger version

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On edit: I would also consider adding a permanent cable.


Rather than putting more on top of the current coax, which would just be adding thickness to the issue, I would opt to the flat coax. Many available at

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You would think, as they build RV's, they would provide connections for "EVERYTHING". Coax, Sat and TV. BUT not all do. I opted for the "flat" coax through the window. In fact I have used 2 of these. One for a Tailgater & one for internet. Seems my coach only supports TV cable and nothing else. Its a Class C so it has no "splitter" box.
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You will be fine running the coax throughs the slide's seal. There is enough rubber there that it will work fine (as you have probably already found out).

Tiffin does a good job of running an external sat input for a tripod. I always recommend it when one needs an inside cable box.

No so much with Newmar or Integra. For such nice RVs I am always surprised they don't do this - even on their top line motorhomes. Go figure.
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I di not know such a thing existed until yesterday when the guy in the next space suggested it. I ordered it yesterday. Thanks. Signal loss hopefully non-existent.
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