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Old 10-01-2004, 05:59 PM   #1
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HELP!!! Cable & Phone Connections

Cable & Phone Jacks

For the life of me...I cannot figure out where to connect the TV cable or the phone cord. There is plenty of line for each, connected to the outlets for these 2 items, but I can't figure out how I'm supposed to get them OUTSIDE to hook up to the 'hook-up' post.
WHERE do they "exit" the Airstream?

If it matters, I have a 1981 Excella 500...and both cords were wound up in a bunch in the rear bedroom, near the outside storage door on the 'roadside', which would lead one to think these cords/lines just went out that little storage door; but then, you'd have to open it! ... that's fine if you're in Arizona or Florida...but what about colder damp areas like the Oregon Coast etc., you can't leave that door open!!

HOW DO THE REST OF YOU HOOK UP? (Cable & Phone).
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Old 10-02-2004, 02:59 AM   #2
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my phone and cable exit my trailer through the electrical cord storage compartment.

there is a connector for each, and i attach the cords there. perhaps your cords were ment to exit through the rear bumper bin somehow. is that where your electrical cord is stored?

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Rear Bumper Storage....

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my phone and cable exit my trailer through the electrical cord storage compartment.

there is a connector for each, and i attach the cords there. perhaps your cords were ment to exit through the rear bumper bin somehow. is that where your electrical cord is stored?

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It's possible...I've been remodeling, and not 'wheelin' ', so there's been no activity in this regard.
Yes, the bumper storage is where my electrical cord comes from. And, when I peeked in the bumper last night with my flashlight, I made a mental note that the sewer hose and connectors need to be replaced. Now, what I'm gonna do, is remove everything from that compartment, and clean it all out (spider webs, et al)...and maybe then, I'll locate the connector areas.
I've already decided to replace cable, phoneline, jacks, connectors, etc.
All I have to do is locate WHERE the connection is.
But, JOHN>>>?
How would the cable and the phoneline EXIT the chassis and get into the bumper storage area in the first place..? Would finding a connection place (in the bumper storage area) for cable and phone, MEAN that it was done at the factory?

Thanx for your reply.
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Cable & Phone Jacks

For the life of me...I cannot figure out where to connect the TV cable or the phone cord. There is plenty of line for each, connected to the outlets for these 2 items, but I can't figure out how I'm supposed to get them OUTSIDE to hook up to the 'hook-up' post.
WHERE do they "exit" the Airstream?

HOW DO THE REST OF YOU HOOK UP? (Cable & Phone).
I have the same dilemma. Been full-timing for a week now and figuring out one system at a time...except for this one! My cable connection is curbside, in the cabinet above the sink, and I have no idea how to get to it from the outside. I guess I could call the PO.....but I'd rather check with you guys.

I have another tv question and will throw it in here....Have any of you used your laptop as a tv? In an effort to save space and $$, I'm thinking about getting a tuner to attach to my laptop. The computer, by the way, has a great screen and DVD so a tv/dvd combo seems a little redundant. Any ideas?
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I'm thinking about getting a tuner to attach to my laptop. The computer, by the way, has a great screen and DVD so a tv/dvd combo seems a little redundant. Any ideas?
Should work out fine - just be sure to get the proper "adapter" from the tuner to the Video input of the laptop.

Another useful addition would be a good set of PC speakers for the laptop.

Good speakers make a huge difference in video enjoyment.

BTW, be sure to check that your tuner has a way of interfacing with any audio system you may have or plan to have.
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I have another tv question and will throw it in here....Have any of you used your laptop as a tv? In an effort to save space and $$, I'm thinking about getting a tuner to attach to my laptop. The computer, by the way, has a great screen and DVD so a tv/dvd combo seems a little redundant. Any ideas?
Anette,
I've recently purchased Pinnacle PCTV USB2 hardware/software for $99. http://buy.pinnaclesys.com/dr/v2/ec_...P=0&CACHE_ID=0 It plugs into your USB port on your laptop. You can hookup TV antenna, cable, camcorder or DVD player to it and watch on your laptop. The only requirement is you need a Hi-speed 2.0 USB port on your laptop. If you don't have this, you can purchase a Hi-Speed USB notebook card from Belkin that fits into one of your card slots and provides a USB port that PCTV can work from. I can show you my setup at the Forums Rally in Newport.
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Thanks Dennis and Jim...good speakers a definite must and I will be sure to check out your system in Newport, Jim.

One drawback to this idea is that I won't be able to fool around on the computer while I watch t.v....may force me to have the tv on less...dang!
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Flat Screen TV also works well

I know by mid-80's the TV cable and phone connections were coming out on street side of trailer under little trap doors, but I'd search manuals (or have forum members with manuals check theirs for you.. ) from Airstream to see how factory cabling was originally routed in 1981...

We opted for small Sharp wide-screen LCD TV to mount to wall of trailer, and added hookup from laptop to tv inputs so laptop can work as a DVD player.. Costs a little more than Pinnacle's TV Tuner box into USB, but allows TV and computer use together, and avoids need for separate DVD player... This option also allows everything to work from 12V DC, so you can see TV or work laptop (using airline power adapter cable or mini-inverter into lighter plug..) or watch movies when out of range of 110V...

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I know by mid-80's the TV cable and phone connections were coming out on street side of trailer under little trap doors, but I'd search manuals (or have forum members with manuals check theirs for you.. ) from Airstream to see how factory cabling was originally routed in 1981...

We opted for small Sharp wide-screen LCD TV to mount to wall of trailer, and added hookup from laptop to tv inputs so laptop can work as a DVD player.. Costs a little more than Pinnacle's TV Tuner box into USB, but allows TV and computer use together, and avoids need for separate DVD player... This option also allows everything to work from 12V DC, so you can see TV or work laptop (using airline power adapter cable or mini-inverter into lighter plug..) or watch movies when out of range of 110V...

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Thanks John. I have the original manual but couldn't find anything. I'll go back and look again.

The mounted flat-screen tv is appealing...something less to stow during travel. And it sounds like this option allows you to get a tv that doesn't have to have ac/dc capabilities.

(BTW, I really hate typing on a laptop. I'm always accidentally sending email and closing programs. Makes me feel like a clutz!)
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I don't remember a phone or cable attachment on my 74
My owner's manual tells where the jacks are located inside the trailer but not how to access them from the outside. I'll dig out the operations manual (or whatever it's called) and see what it says.
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Flat TV...

Our Sharp Aquos unit hangs from a cable and study hook mount on wall beside refrigerator, and we do drop it in a towel into storage area beside couch to travel. It is designed for LCD computer terminal wall mount (4 screws) that sells at local computer store for about $30, and we may give in and permanently mount it. It's much much easier to stow and set up than 14" Combo TV/VCR unit it replaced... We found quick-fit cable connectors much easier than screw-on units, and make set-up a breeze. TV recalibrates channels for local broadcast or campground cable in about 2 minutes, and we're good to go... Sharp recommends against running TV directly on 12V, even though 11V plug feeds a transformer to convert to 12V DC, as they claim vehicle battery power too unsteady. We added $25 inverter, that plugs into cig lighter jack, and creates smooth 120V, which Sharp pwr supply downconverts back to 12V. I may just try an adapter plug, as our 12V when parked from two large deep cycle house batteries is pretty stable... Inverter also works with laptop, which uses few watts AC to produce 19V DC...

We also added clam-shell folding speakers (battery powered) from Radio Shack for under $20, which can work with MP3 player or laptop as well, and fold into storage pouch smaller than size of a VCR cassette...

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Oh yeah.. Is your new Vespa a 50 or 150 or GS? Are you happy with it? I have a vintage Puch moped intended as camp runabout, but haven't solved transport issues yet.. Do you take Vespa camping, and if so how does it ride along? Ramp on back of trailer? Front of truck? I used to own Vespa 150 in early 60's (bought new for $321..), and admire new ones almost as much as restored old ones..

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