Satellite or Cable TV Connection for your RV
A TV Connection is something that you'll want to hook up just like water or electric when you get to a destination. Lets face it, not everywhere you visit with your RV has to be completely isolated.
You'll find the TV connection on the driver's side of the RV, similar to many other “hook-up” items. On a 5th wheel, I would normally look inside the fifth wheel basement. Normally, you'll find almost every connection you need for your RV from water to sewer controls in your 5th wheel basement on the drivers side.
One of the connections you'll find is for your TV connections. The picture I'm showing is from my Open Range 399BHS fifth wheel. The way the connection works is that every room has access to a single satellite connection and the main connection. So you have Satellite #1 in the front bedroom, #2 in the living room, and #3 in the bunkhouse. The Main connection is in every room.
Many RV parks will have basic cable, but probably not HD. For many of us simpler folks basic cable is enough so that you can watch TV in your RV or see that emergency game.
To bet basic cable from the park and have it go to every TV you would hook up the RV parks cable wire to the “Main” connection on your RV.
If you are getting TV over the air, you won't hook anything to the cable TV or main input.
You'll need to select between the Antennae and the Cable TV wire. Normally there is a switch.
The Antennae/Cable TV switch is usually located INSIDE in the RV.
You would simply select where you are getting your TV signal from – the wire from the RV park or the antenna on your RV roof.
Of course you can connect both and pick between the two – you'd have to deal with programming the TV's for the different systems when you flip back and forth – but no big deal, right?
Below is a picture of a representative set of connections for the outside convenience center. When looking at the outside of an RV you should be able to locate something very similar :
In the picture below, I'm showing one of the rooms. This was a bunkhouse in our Open Range. You'll see that you get a satellite connection, which connects to ONE of the THREE above, or the main connection which goes everywhere.
Here are the TV connections for an outside TV. You can't read the labels, but again you would see the “Main” for the TV cable connection and a satellite wire, but going to a different satellite on the convenience center.
I've written a few articles on entertainment systems for RVs. Here is a list of related articles:
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- RV Satellite TV and Internet How To Videos
- RV ing the light and Spartan way – Cutting the ties to Cable TV
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- RV TV Outside Entertainment Jacks – Fifth Wheel Pictorial Guide
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