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Old 01-23-2007, 05:44 PM   #1
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Smile Satellite help request

Need some help.....I have a 2000 - 30W Excella. It's wired for cable, and has the Winegard "Batwing" antenna. I want to be able to use my Dish satellite service.
Question is: Can I connect to the the Dish to the factory wired cable coax?
I've been told be some "so called experts" that I can, and there will be no problems......I've also been told by another "so called expert" that if I do this it will screw up the satellite LNB switch, and that I need to run another coax and use an "AB" switch...
Any help is appreciated, I plan to do this myself.....
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:23 PM   #2
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You'll need two diplexers... one up top to combine, and the other one goes inside to split. I think places like Lowes/HD has them.



The IN/OUT is the airstream cable, SAT is the dish up top and reciever inside, U/VANT (sometimes labeled ANT... well, you get the idea.

In fact, I should have a slew of these (i'll need to double check) I can send you a couple.
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:25 PM   #3
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Hi Larry,

While I don't consider SAT TV as one of my top areas of expertise, I have worked on a bunch. I see no reason why you couldn't use the cable 'in' terminal for a feed, so long as you have the SAT box connected to the other end. Then connect the TV to the SAT box, and you should be good to go. Just about every SAT system I have seen uses RG-6 cable and connectors, just like the one in your coach.

If you are unsure if the cable is the correct one, jump one end of it together and use multi-meter to find continuity on the other end. When you get a reading in ohms, you found the right cable. Mark it and connect away!
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:35 PM   #4
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larry,
There is a loop under my dinette that come from the Hookup in my left rear storage box and an output to the Winegard amp. Disconnect the loop and hook up the sat reciever to the from the storage box.
I wanted two feed for my tivo. I ran the through the chaulking in the refer compartment they come out under my aft dinette seat. i now have a fully functional tivo.
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:37 PM   #5
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Well, I'm no expert either, but I will tell you what I did. I bought a Direct TV dish on Ebay and had a satellite guy in town come out to aim the dish. Then I ran the cable from the dish to the "cable in" outlet on the outside of the Argosy. Then I connected the cable from the receiver I brought from home to the connection on the inside of the trailer and SATELLITE TV on my new 20" LCD. Of course I am working with a 1978 Argosy, but there was certainly no problems.
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I love these forums... several answers in a matter of minutes!

I guess I'm confused. I thought he was wanting to use the antenna coax for both the antenna AND the dish.
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from what I could discern the antenna runs directly to the amp (winegard box). the other line for Cable runs to the amp but has an interrupt (the loop).
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What I have done is to run a cable behind the refrigerator and then out the wall next to the refrigerator (that is where the TV is). I can then open the side refrigerator vent door and connect to the cable there. I did not trust the internal wiring since I could not see it. You can also use one of those flat coax pieces and put it through the fins.
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Not sure how the 2000 is wired for cable. I have a 2007 and have a cable input in the back. I hook up the Winegard satellite to the cable input on the back of the trailer and put the satellite box where the cable loop is under the dinette and use the batwing antenna for local stations. You have to push the button (green light) to watch antenna stations and turn it off to watch satellite stations (channel 3). Has worked great for us all over! I used to crawl around and disconnect every time I wanted to watch local or satellite - until I just tried leaving everything connected and switching back and forth and it works great. Good luck!!
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Old 02-06-2007, 11:05 AM   #10
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Not sure how the 2000 is wired for cable. I have a 2007 and have a cable input in the back. I hook up the Winegard satellite to the cable input on the back of the trailer and put the satellite box where the cable loop is under the dinette and use the batwing antenna for local stations. You have to push the button (green light) to watch antenna stations and turn it off to watch satellite stations (channel 3). Has worked great for us all over! I used to crawl around and disconnect every time I wanted to watch local or satellite - until I just tried leaving everything connected and switching back and forth and it works great. Good luck!!
Pete,
Your response seems to make the most sense for my application.....I'll try it! Seems to me as long as I remember to turn off the amplifier, there should be no problem......if it goes up in smoke, I'll see how well Good Sam Insurance works.
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I do it the way Pecos Pete, except I'm still crawling around and disconnecting and reconnecting things - what a pain - I'll have to try it w/o removing the Directv box next time.

Aligning the portable satellite dish can be a real pain, too, even with the small signal meter I bought. Kind of a hit or miss proposition ...
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Hey Larry,

I have a 2004 Classic and connect the satellite dish to the coax connection at the rear of the trailer with no problems. Don't know if yours has similar wiring to mine, but I'd be happy to show you. If you drop an e-mail we could set up a time.

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I do it the way Pecos Pete, except I'm still crawling around and disconnecting and reconnecting things - what a pain - I'll have to try it w/o removing the Directv box next time.

Aligning the portable satellite dish can be a real pain, too, even with the small signal meter I bought. Kind of a hit or miss proposition ...
Has anybody tryed Align-A-Site http://www.alignasite.com/
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