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post #1 of 11 Old 11-16-2012, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question about hooking up satellite tv..

So I got a cable jack on the outside of my toyhauler and a direct tv dish and box.Is there anything special I am going to need?You basically just hook the cable up to the trailer and tv and adjust the dish right? Any help would be greatly appreciated,I wanna be able to watch football for thanksgiving in the desert.



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That's pretty much it. BUT, it's not as easy as it sounds. I had the same setup for my 5er, but finally threw it away and gave up. Too much trouble doing the setup.


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Is it dedicated for satellite? If it is labeled cable you may have issues if it passes through any type of splitter...

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Is it dedicated for satellite? If it is labeled cable you may have issues if it passes through any type of splitter...
I would agree. Additionally, most installations in trailers for "cable" are only RG-59, which doesn't work with "satellite" connections. Satellite uses RG-6 cabling since it supports higher frequencies.

Assuming it is using RG-6 cable, it may take a while to dial in the signal, but that would be all you need. We use our DirecTV dish and box all the time while we are out camping.

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Wonder how you get those "dishes" they use on aircraft. Looks like an upside-down plate.

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Some good info....thanks guys.Not sure if it's dedicated,gonna go look at it Tues since my trailer is in storage a ways away.I'll give it a try when I get out there,if worst comes to worst I can always pull the tv out and put it on the table outside and try plugging it straight into the box and dish like people do when they are tailgating.I have seen those dishes at the camping store that mount to the top,but dam those things are 1000 bucks.



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The issue is not with the cable, but the fact that the park cable hook up usually goes through the antenna booster, which has a circuit board. The sat signal needs to go STRAIGHT from the dish to the receiver, with only cable in between, for the most part.

You can also get a KD-5500 by King Dome for around $550, I think. But you need a specific Dish Network receiver. But it's an automatic dish.



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My 5th wheel (a Fox Mountain) has a cable jack and a satellite jack on both sides of my trailer.....so I'd think it's more than just a matter of hooking the box up to the cable jack, like in the house.

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Yea,it's gonna take some toying with I think,I did look and I do have 2 outlets,one says CSS,and the other cable.



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Yea,it's gonna take some toying with I think,I did look and I do have 2 outlets,one says CSS,and the other cable.
CSS? Cable satellite system?

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