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Old 09-07-2016, 06:37 AM   #1
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How do you watch television?

Before I put up my interior walls, I am considering options for television. We are not huge television watchers, but would like to have access. From my reading, I see these options:
1. Some campgrounds have cable you can plug into - is it worthwhile to install a cable inlet on my trailer?
2. Antennas: Any recommendations on type/brand?
3. Netflix: are wireless signals ample enough for this to work in campgrounds?
I know satellite is an option as well, but I don't think that is for us.

Advice, recommendations much appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:54 AM   #2
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I installed a Furion cable/phone inlet during my Trade Wind full monty, but I doubt I will ever use it. For one, I don't tend to camp in the type of campground where those services would be available. I also installed a Jack antenna on the roof. Although they are supposed to work fine for over-the-air signals...something went wrong with mine...and I am reluctant to pry it off the roof if I am not going to replace it. For the time being, I purchased a Wave antenna that I can move from window to window, depending on where the signal is coming from. But again, I tend to camp remotely....where there are no signals available in the first place. Mother nature is so much better than TV.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:56 AM   #3
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We've looked into satellite as we are out there six months a year, not ready yet either.

1. We have used the campground cable at times but they are moving toward wireless signal, I wouldn't install it.

2. Our old style factory antenna works well, but it's a good idea to lower all the way down in heavy wind. Overall this has been our most reliable tv solution.

3. A lot of campers streaming with wireless really bogs down the campground systems, they often seem a step behind the campers' needs even though they say they are upgrading.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:57 AM   #4
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Personal opinions,

1. Yes
2. I replaced my OEM antenna head with the King Jack. It easily doubled the number of channels I receive at most locations.
3. No and if it does streaming videos or movies will kill the signal for your fellow campers.

*I will be going with Dish satellite as I get closer to full time. Dish and receiver prices ar dropping. Dish has a monthly use program that seems popular with happy campers.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:17 AM   #5
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Television is not a priority where we usually camp. If we get one broadcast channel thats normally enough for any important emergency news info.
We also have a Weather/emergency radio.

Now music is a different story...ALWAYS take my DVD & music library & Bose Wave.

Plus...at least 'three fingers"

WIFI is not all that important, as my 'smart phone' is still learning.

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Old 09-07-2016, 11:08 AM   #6
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If the campground had cable TV and you wanted to plug in, you could run your RG6 cable right out a window...
I have never seen campground Wi-Fi with enough bandwidth to watch streaming video from Netflix...
We have the Winegard TV antenna that goes up and down and rotates, but I wish we had a stationary omni-directional TV antenna.
We do travel with a satellite antenna that we seldom use. When we use it, we bring a satellite receiver from home.
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:05 PM   #7
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Yes, I would install a CATV jack will it is easy now. We usually watch DVD's when watching, but we usually watch TV in the morning while preparing for the day to catch local weather forecasts, either on cable or over the air. With the modern antennas and digital TV's it is amazing what kind of picture you can get even in some relatively remote campgrounds.
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:46 PM   #8
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Run 3/4" (minimum) smurf tubes where ever you want AV/NET/PH port. This will give you lots of flexibility as your needs require.

Since you may not be sure what you want/able/decide yet.
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:58 PM   #9
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Smurf tube? Assuming the 3/4 inch corrugated blue plastic electrical conduit.

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Old 09-07-2016, 04:03 PM   #10
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Without walls installed, it's a no brain'r, run wires for both cable & satellite then down the road you have every option. Also, a digital over the air antenna on the roof, now you have it all. You're welcome! ��
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For me, it's all about options. I changed out the cheesy flying saucer that comes on the new Airstreams with a King Jack. It sucks in weak signals with ease. The trailer also has a cable input, which I've used when/if the CG offers cable. Also installed a Winegard Traveler satellite dish on the roof. Invariably, the best of all signals is from Sat. TV, but you have to be sited somewhere without structures/trees blocking a SW signal. There have been times without any TV at all, and I don't mind that either. We are just back from three solid weeks in the AS -- all New England destinations. There's something really cool about being in a CG without any hookups and being able to enjoy your favorite TV show -- or the news.....depressing as that tends to be.
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:26 PM   #12
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We enjoy having television when it's raining and at night. We have a dish tailgater and like it's portability for getting a signal. It's only $7/month if you have a dish service at home. Downside is signal loss during heavy rain, but then you always have your music, books and games for that. My opinion is it's nice to have it available if you are out for more than a few nights. Our antenna only picks up over the air if we're in the big city, and we try to avoid the concrete jungle at all costs.
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:29 PM   #13
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For me, it's all about options. I changed out the cheesy flying saucer that comes on the new Airstreams with a King Jack. It sucks in weak signals with ease. The trailer also has a cable input, which I've used when/if the CG offers cable. Also installed a Winegard Traveler satellite dish on the roof. Invariably, the best of all signals is from Sat. TV, but you have to be sited somewhere without structures/trees blocking a SW signal. There have been times without any TV at all, and I don't mind that either. We are just back from three solid weeks in the AS -- all New England destinations. There's something really cool about being in a CG without any hookups and being able to enjoy your favorite TV show -- or the news.....depressing as that tends to be.
Totally correct. We use a tailgater portable dish & in July we camped in a county park outside Sarasota Springs, CA for 12 nights with limited hook ups & no cell, air TV or cable. Our dish was a godsend for watching the news & just keeping in touch with reality. We like being off the grid, but not to far off!
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:37 PM   #14
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I'd recommend at least installing an RG-6 coax for cable TV from somewhere on the outside to the vicinity of the main TV location, another RG-6 from a potential off-air antenna location to the main TV location, and RG-6 coax from there to any other potential TV locations like the bedroom. Also run a 12V power line (low power, #16 probably more than sufficient) to that location to power the antenna preamp. The Sensar and Jack antenna control plates provide power to a preamp in the antenna and provide switching to select between the antenna and the cable input. If you anticipate running the TV from 12V, #14 should be adequate.

Satellite can utilize the cable RG-6 or you could run two RG-6s from the external location to the vicinity of the main TV or where you (or the next owner) might place a satellite receiver and then run HDMI cables from the satellite receiver location to the location of all TVs. If you want to use the cable TV input for satellite, here is a link to a document that describes how I wired my 2001 Safari 25 to do that.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...6&d=1469409767

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