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Old 05-30-2017, 04:35 PM   #1
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First Time Cable TV Hookup

We are at a campground that provides cable hookup. I've never hooked up the cable TV to the AS prior to this. I screwed the connector into the jack on the outside of the AS where it is supposed to be attached. And of course I attached the other end of the cable to the outlet provided. But I cannot get it to work.

Is there anything that needs to be done inside the trailer? Is there a way to check conductivity (if that's the correct term)? Any other suggestions?

Our AS is a 2009 FB Int.

If I could get it working my DW would be very happy!

Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:38 PM   #2
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Somewhere in the trailer is a little pushbutton switch with a red or green LED light and some cable TV connectors on it. This is the power supply for the booster amplifier in the TV antenna. Check your manual for details...

If the light is on, you are on the antenna setting. Push the switch to turn off the LED. Then the cable TV connection should work.

Then turn on the TV and scan for available channels.

That should do it...
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:08 PM   #3
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Change the source on your tv from Air to Cable. Then do a search for channels.
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:22 PM   #4
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On my AS, you also have to change the little coaxial cable connector that's under the dinette table (yours may be in a different location).

This was the case on my prior AS as well. I believe the antenna wiring is separate from the cable TV wiring. Therefore, when you have external cable TV connected to the trailer, you'll need to complete the circuit, so to speak. Otherwise, even if cable is going into the AS, it's not reaching your TV.

Under my dinette, there's a short length of coaxial cable. I have to disconnect one end and connect it to another receptacle above it. That completes the incoming loop from the external cable vs the external antenna.

Hope this helps and I'm sure someone will have a much better technical explanation!
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:32 PM   #5
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You guys are the best! I got it working and my DW is now happy, which makes me happy as well!

Thanks again!
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:36 PM   #6
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I have a newer airstream so this may not be the same for you. My cable connection comes in to the TVs maybe through a splitter but behind my front TV is a outlet that has the cable coming through in a small push button switch with alight that indicates whether the booster is on Or off. For cable to work the light has to be off.
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:41 PM   #7
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I have a newer airstream so this may not be the same for you. My cable connection comes in to the TVs maybe through a splitter but behind my front TV is a outlet that has the cable coming through in a small push button switch with alight that indicates whether the booster is on Or off. For cable to work the light has to be off.
That's what did it. I saw the green light and thought it meant that it was hooked up. I failed to see the little off/on push button. Sometimes it's the simple things and this was one of them!
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:21 PM   #8
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I complained at two different campgrounds about the cable before I found the switch too. One of The campground owners was really patient and told me how to look for the switch. Once I found it it fixed my problem. Simple things...
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:53 PM   #9
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Same problem here. New to Airstream life and still figuring things out.

I've camped only once where cable was offered ... couldn't get it to work.

Scanned for channels and all that ... without success.

Next time I'll check to be sure the little green light is dead.
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And don't forget to switch it back when you want to pickup channels over the air, like I did the first time!
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Some places have a box that you hookup in side
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Old 05-31-2017, 03:38 PM   #12
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One night we were in the same boat. Not newbies but veterans wold be a stretch, especially on the electronics (TV/BR/Stereo) config. I should also say I had the cable plate off for a peek behind the weekend before to see if the was 12V accessible there (future 12v TV connection).

It was a long drive and I was tired. Tried everything and I finally gave up. Figured I must have pulled off a plate connection and I'll revisit that theory at our destination.

At the destination all worked as it should. I can only surmise that in my haste in the dark, I had connected to the TT's satellite connection and not the cable connection. I have since capped that connection off.

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Old 05-31-2017, 03:48 PM   #13
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with Digital OTA TV ( Other the Air). push the button to turn the TV amplifier on. then on the TV scan for stations. Unlike the older analog TV, you just cant start browsing channels. The TV must discover and record what it finds.

depending on the TV, this many take up to 5-10 minutes each time you move
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Somewhere in the trailer is a little pushbutton switch with a red or green LED light and some cable TV connectors on it. This is the power supply for the booster amplifier in the TV antenna. Check your manual for details...

If the light is on, you are on the antenna setting. Push the switch to turn off the LED. Then the cable TV connection should work.

Then turn on the TV and scan for available channels.

That should do it...
Thank you so much! I was so frustrated hooking it up last night. I turned off the power antennae and bingo. Works great!
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