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Old 05-09-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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How to bypass Dish and hook up tp campground

We are currently at a campground where the trees are prohibiting us from getting a satellite connection for Dish network. Can someone walk us through the steps for bypassing Dish and hooking into the campground's cable.

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Old 05-09-2014, 10:38 PM   #2
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If you have enough coax cable to reach between the back of your Television. And can find a way to get one end of the cable outside the coach.
Connect one end to the campground cable connection and the other end to the coax connection on the back of the television. You may need to disconnect the coax (if used for the Dish network receiver)
Assuming you have a digital TV. You should be able to follow the menu thru the process where the TV tuner will find all available channels.
When given the option of antenna or cable. Select cable.
Don't forget to reconnect the satellite receiver when you get to a place where you can use it again.
This is all assuming you have a permanent mounted dish. With limited access to the cables.
If you have a portable dish and the receiver is close to the TV just disconnect the coax from the dish itself outside. Connect it to the CG cable connection. Remove the input cable (the one that goes to the satellite dish) from the satellite receiver and connect it to the back of the TV. Where the satellite receiver output cable is connected.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:43 PM   #3
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There's a cable input on the curbside rear corner and may be one on the street side also, just don't remember. The connection inside is in the street side storage above the driver. You should be able to connect the TV to that. Hope that helps.
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On my 2012, there is a cable TV inlet on the driver's side next to the macerator pump and dump valve switches. When I hook up, I've got to leave that door open, which leaves the switches exposed to precipitation. I haven't figured out a work-around to provide weather protection while cable is hooked up.

If memory serves, the cable connection on the curbside rear is a cable outlet, not inlet, so that you can use your onboard antenna with a portable television. But since I don't carry around a portable television I haven't used that outlet to confirm my memory.
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Old 05-10-2014, 02:19 PM   #5
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Answers are in your Interstate owners manual.

Page E-5 reference to diagram on page E-4:
7. Cable/Satellite TV inlet is located inside the utility hatch and is pre-wired for cable/satellite TV. A portable satellite dish can be connected and used in the cable connection.

On Page H-19
SATELLITE ANTENNA WIRING AND HOOK UP
The Interstate Motorhome has a faceplate with two coax cable hook-ups. It is located in the Entertainment Center Cabinet. The faceplate has a small coax cable jumper running between the hook-ups to complete the cable TV circuit when in use. To install a satellite system use the following procedure:
1. Remove the jumper wire from the dual coax faceplate.
2. Connect a portable dish into the Cable TV receptacle on the exterior of the motorhome. This feeds the dish signal to the input side of the faceplate.
3. Install the satellite receiver input and output into the dual coax faceplate.
To return to a cable TV system, remove the satellite receiver from the faceplate and reinstall the jumper cable. Hook a cable feed to the exterior inlet.

First - change the coax cable jumper as shown in diagram on page H-19. This panel is located in compartment above driver seat.

Then just hook up cable TV coax cable to outside connector in utility hatch along side the dump valve and macerator controls.
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Curious to know, Jill, what type of satellite dish you're using. Is it a portable one, or did you get one mounted on the roof (in place of the omnidirectional antenna)?
A roof-mounted dish would have been wired into the system, probably in the area Airstream calls the Entertainment Center Cabinet, which is above the driver's seat; in which case you may need to swap some cables in there to get connectivity with the outside socket.
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