Where and What are the Extra TV Connectors for my RV
If your RV has any extra rooms in it, perhaps in your bedroom or a bunkhouse, or even the external areas, you might want to check around to see if there is coaxial cable routed into those areas. Since an RV is really tough to modify compared to a sticks and bricks house having it prewired in the factory is much easier.
Its easy to find these connections, just walk around and look for coaxial cables.
Our RV is a little odd in that for every extra TV connection you’ll see TWO coaxial connectors?
Because one is a wire straight through from the external convenience center and that is marked satellite.
The other is for a master whole RV TV connection, usually the over the air antenna.
Where are my External TV jacks from my RV entertainment center?
Owning an RV is like having your own personal land based party barge. Its true. Even if you are in your retirement – your job is to tour the country and have the best time you possibly can – all the time. If you aren’t retired – maybe you are just a tailgater – you want to have a first class rig so that you can go to the football game and tailgate in style.
Before you buy the RV, it is easy to check around the outside of the RV to see if there is a place to connect the TV and other electronic toys to the outside.
In a typical fifth wheel RV with an internal entertainment center you can find the following items INSIDE the RV basement on the passenger side of the rig :
- RV TV antenna connection
- Satellite RV TV connection
- 110 Volt ( US ) outlet
- An extendable LCD RV TV mount
With these connections, we’re able to watch TV outside, using the same antenna connections that we have inside the RV. By having a nice mounting bracket, we’re able to retract and extend the TV for travel and “theft-free” TV storage. Also the TV should be located under the awning – which is a big plus on a sunny day.
Networking and Entertainment Center use cases for an RV
What we wanted was a system that could :
- Record any TV shows we wanted to watch so we could watch them later
- Record multiple channels simultaneously
- Play our music on the built in audio system
- Play any TV/Music found on the internet on our TV or audio system
- Share files all over the house ( RV )
- Not worry too much about where the printer/scanner resides ( yet still be able to use copiously )
- Have access to all of our iTunes content everywhere
- Interconnect all of our electronics
- Not have any wires all over the house
- Play DVD’s/CD’s
- Have movies/content available on OTHER TV’s!
- Not have to deal with the cable TV company or phone company
Here is a list of the components I have used ( and can personally recommend strongly )
- Apple TV ( Very cool… but )(We’ve recently switched to Amazon Fire Sticks and love them dearly)(Now we’re almost entirely Roku)
- Apple Airport Extreme ( I tried others but other routers were truly unreliable )
- Clear Wireless Internet ( hard to find anymore after the Sprint purchase in 2013 )
- Western Digital USB Disk Drive
- Epson Workforce Printer –> We now use a Brother Laser – very awesome.
The video below is a little bit dated, but I like it because it has a lot of good ideas on interconnecting things.
Most RVs have LED TV built in now
Most RV’s now have LCD TV’s that come with them. The RV TV tends to be a lower end LCD TV. Ours, as an example, was from a company called Sansui. You can buy a Sansui, but I think there are better brands that you can get for a modest adder in price at best.
Unless you are looking at a truck camper or camping trailer you should expect an LCD TV to come with the RV.
Ours was hooked into our RV Home Entertainment system which provide surround sound for the RV.
Should you need a replacement TV, I’m pretty sure any TV will do.
Additional Information about RV Entertainment Centers
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