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Old 09-07-2016, 04:47 PM   #15
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1. Some campgrounds have cable you can plug into - is it worthwhile to install a cable inlet on my trailer?
Yes it's worth while especially since the skins are off right now. You can get one pretty cheap and worth it if you like watching tv.

2. Antennas: Any recommendations on type/brand?
If you have an old winegard on top already you can use that. Or swap out the head of the antenna with a king jack head. They have heads exactly for this. If you are starting from scratch the king jack antennas get good reviews.

3. Netflix: are wireless signals ample enough for this to work in campgrounds?
LMFAOx 100000000.

I know satellite is an option as well, but I don't think that is for us.
You can run cables for it and just leave in place.

I've been traveling since May, only 2 parks I've stayed at offered cable. Most of the time I just use the antenna. Many times no tv antenna signal.
If you really like watching stuff run a HDMI from where the tv will be to where you can put something like a roku, wdtv, or other video player that you can play video from a hard drive or laptop.

Personally I kind of need some background noise so I like to have some tv options. I've been using my laptop and a chromecast, but the chromecast is a bit of a pain. Going to get my roku or wdtv in there with a hard drive loaded up with shows.
Apple TV gets good reviews as being easy to use.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:35 PM   #16
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In AS never. Won't even take tv, go to enjoy out doors not watch tv. To many times I see class A motor homes pull in down go stabilizers chairs set up out side antenna goes up windows covered never see again, I don't camp that way, and did not pur.AS for that kind of use.... Bill
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:01 PM   #17
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I don't even watch TV at home...


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Old 09-07-2016, 07:05 PM   #18
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Thank you all - lots of great options! I think I will definitely lay some cable down to keep my options open.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:29 PM   #19
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Smurf tube? Assuming the 3/4 inch corrugated blue plastic electrical conduit.

Never heard it called that, but it fits...😀


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If you've been around wires long enough, you pick up a few things. I was a wire monkey when I started in the AV industry, never heard of it called other than "smurf tube". Since the OP has open walls, this would be best thing for OP to do. As OP travels and lives in the AS, OP will learn what is required to live as OP see fit.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:33 PM   #20
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How do you watch television?

Yup. Biggest thing with the tubing is to be sure the bends total less than 270 degrees, else the wire can't be pushed or pulled into it.

I've fallen on my sword on that issue just once...

Never heard it called 'Smurf Tube' but I've run miles of it. Much easier than other methods if you plan it right.


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Why do you need the "smurf tube" if the walls are open?

So I was wondering about these newer antennas...are they really any better than the "batwing" that was the standard a few years ago? (with the uhf add-on attachment).

I replaced the original Skyliner with a batwing probably 10 or 12 years ago; they came 2 ways: amplifier in the head, or non-amplified. I had already purchased a stand-alone amplifier/12v outlet, (fits in a standard 4" box), so when I got the batwing, I opted for the non-amplified head unit. It worked fine.
From the info I've seen, it seems that all of the current units have an amplifier built-in, and I'm wondering if that will work with my existing amplifier, or if I will need something else? Also, this "adapter" they have to power them requires 110v, and I assume converts back to 12v. fine unless you're boon-docking.
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The absolutely best thing about running 'smurf tube' in a fairly large size is that you can fairly easily replace or add additional wires to the ones in the tube.

Many times on the forums, folks interested in upgrading a circuit have trouble doing so because the wiring is either tied inside the walls, or otherwise untraceable.

Smurf tube is a handy way to run easily maintained wiring, it also protects the wires from rubbing on edges of ribs, etc. A good thing to consider when the interior walls are open.


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When installing the Smurf tube, remember to run pull strings at the same time. The pull strings will come in handy when you need to pull new cable.


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We have one RG-6 cable run for an outside NOAA Weather radio antenna. With that we get at least 2X to 4X better reception and we don't have to go outside to get a good signal.

We have another RG-6 cable run for an outside cellular directional antenna. This is connected to our internal cellular hotspot (others have connected it to a cellular booster).

Both cables terminate in a water resistant outlet on the side of the Airstream. Both antennas go onto a removable/expandable antenna mast.
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Run an exterior antenna for the radio if you think you'll listen to it a lot. Also consider some rca cable from the tv to radio if that applies in case you want to listen to tv through radio speakers. The air con easily drowns out small tv speakers.
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Thanks - I had not thought about using speakers for the tv - will be easy to do now.
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When installing the Smurf tube, remember to run pull strings at the same time. The pull strings will come in handy when you need to pull new cable.


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Even better, run one at least double the length of the installed tube with a tied loop in the middle. Makes it easy to run wires in either direction.

Note: it is wise to tie the ends to a solid anchor at each end. Don't ask how I figured that out, but gravity had a hand in the lesson plan...


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I would certainly wire it for cable using RG6. I would also think about running wires for any speakers that you want for both audio and the TV. Most flat screens have crappy speakers. Depending on the size (if it's a bit larger) a sound bar is a nice option if you don't want to get too fancy. I find our standard 1999 Wineguard actually does a decent job with digital TV. I would think there may be better alternatives now. As for Netflix, we camp mostly in state and national parks which (at least where we go) don't have wifi. Even if they had it, I would think it would be quite often overused with the resultant fairly low bandwidth for movie streaming. I think they recommend at least 5mbps.

Our story: for years we didn't have a TV, but now that our daughter is in college, we decided we would enjoy watching a movie etc. once in a while. Therefore in July we installed a nice Samsung 24" (+/-) on the side of the pantry/microwave cabinet along with a fairly compact Sony blu ray player. Both purchased at Costco BTW. We have a Verizon XXL data plan on our iphones, so we can stream movies, TV, Youtube etc. Most places we go we get a decent, fast LTE signal. We get local TV when available via the antenna, but we are cable cutters at home so we really don't watch network TV anyway. I actually have been enjoying having the option of watching a movie from time to time. I think it will really be handy in off/late/early season camping when it's colder (even though I enjoy my "fire" time in that weather!). I'm still sorting out the wires and the location for the blu ray player. Right now I just store it in it's box and unpack and repack it. Only takes a second. I run wires from the TV to my audio system mounted in the cabinet over the couch (Alpine head unit, JL speakers with a Bazooka subwoofer under the couch), that gives us very nice sound. I want to route them in a more permanent fashion once we get out of the relentless 90's and into to better "working in the trailer" weather LOL.
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