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Old 09-27-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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Cable TV inlet

While I am sure this will seem like a simple question, please be gentle, as we are first time Airstreamers and first time RV'ers.

We have a 1965 Globetrotter which has been nicely restored. We're looking to put in a cable TV connection. I am having a tough time finding what I want for the outside connector (i.e., the connection between the Airstream and the park's CATV outlet). What I'd really like is something low profile, metal, and waterproof, kind of like the Marinco connection we have for the shore power. Unfortunately, I just cannot seem to find that sort of a product. I'm sure someone has purchased exactly what I'm looking for, and I would be grateful if you'd share the source.

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Old 09-27-2009, 12:44 PM   #2
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:53 PM   #3
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Our LY MH has an indoor type AS installed just inside the door for the electric connection. Makes sense as cable would only be hooked up when electric is available.
Previous owner put an exterior type by drivers door so it would be easier to hook up satillite dish connection near the front.
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Old 09-27-2009, 01:20 PM   #4
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If you don't want to punch a hole in your skin, you can do what I did. I ran my TV cable through the hole in the floor where my gas line comes up to my water heater. I then ran the cable behind the twin bed to where I mounted my television. Alternatively, you could run it up through the vent in the floor for you refrigerator and behind the adjacent cabinetry. Whichever works better for your television placement.
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Old 09-27-2009, 01:42 PM   #5
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Any RV parts store should have one. Winegard also has them on their website.
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Old 09-27-2009, 02:15 PM   #6
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My trailer has an indoor connector that the PO installed inside the bumper area. We have used it a few times and it works well and is out of sight.


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Old 09-27-2009, 09:41 PM   #7
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The PO of ours ran a coax line through the front vent. Only a little of the cable comes out and when your done, it slides right back up into the vent. No extra holes in the aluminum and no water running along the cable to the inside.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:56 PM   #8
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How hard is it to fish a cable line under the floor & up a wall? Everything enters my Argosy on the port side (left), but the TV is on the starboard (right). Has anyone tried this?
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:48 PM   #9
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When I first got out of the Army, my wife and I were fulltiming for a while in my father's Sovereign. I ran a cable inside the credenza through the wall into the refrigerator outside access. When we were parked near a cable hookup, I would leave the access door cracked open to allow the cable to be hooked up. It was a temporary fix to say the least, but I certainly didn't want to damage the skin on a trailer that wasn't mine.

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How hard is it to fish a cable line under the floor & up a wall? Everything enters my Argosy on the port side (left), but the TV is on the starboard (right). Has anyone tried this?
Wall is packed full of insulation. If you're REALLY good with a fish tape, it could be done, but it certainly wouldn't be easy.
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You can pick up a kit like this...

Cable TV Kit, Colonial White

...I like the idea of mounting it somewhere without having to penetrate the skin. I ran mine from entry point through the overheads (one across the bedroom door to the pantry).

There are more out there, this just to give you an idea...

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