I have a 2009 8317SS Rockwood Signature Ultra-Light TT. Just picked up the DirecTV dish kit. Being the TT has to inputs, one for regular cable TV and another for satellite TV. Has anyone used the satellite input? Can I hook the dish to the outside input and put the receiver on one of the wall jacks? Has anyone tried this? What “encounters” did you have to overcome? Or do I have to run the cable inside the trailer and not use the jacks?
You CAN but that's not how I did it. It was more convenient for me to run a coax through the dog shower right behind the entertainment center and connect directly to the satellite box. Then I can connect the TV via the Video port and use the remote to switch from satellite to antennae.
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I agree with Skip - When I had the standard SAT hookup it was easier for me to just run two RG-6 cables from a dual head SAT dish to each SAT RCVR location (One run to the front room - the other run to the Bedroom). Once inside the trailer with the RG-cables I was able to use the ceiling air conditioner foam vents to get from one end of the trailer to the other. I could fish the RG cables through the foam vents by pulling down each of the ceiling air conditioner vents and fish my RG cables from one vent to the next... I had to bring two SAT RCVRs from home with me to do this for two TVs.
Each SAT RCVR then connects to the two HDTVs via their VIDEO red-white-yellow Connections - dont mess with the SAT TV ANT connections - Use the VIDEO connections to the HDTV in each location. Leave the TV ANT connected to the trailer distribution system as before.
Then the CABEL or OTA inputs were left alone and operated same as before. If I wanted to watch SAT TV I would just use the the TV remote and select VIDEO 1.
I tried the trailer SAT input and it wasnt easy for this old man to understand how it was all mixed into the splitters-preamps-distribution prewied in the trailer. I figured it would be best to leave all of that alone and just use the CBL connection.
I ran my two additional RG6 cables (50-100 feet long) into the trailer the best way I could find. You can add two more INPUT connectors on the trailer near the regular SAT-CBL connection (easy job) or run thru the window or come in the outside vent around the fridge etc... Having the two long RG-6 cables allowed me to position the portable Dish setup with a good view of the southern skies. This is not always possible if the SAT DISH was mounted on top of the trailer as most of us like to park in the shade of the biggest tree we can.
I also solved the other problem of watching local area (free and in full blown HDTV mode) National Broadcast TV digital stations (NBC-CBS-ABC-FOX-PBS) that you lose from your SAT TV setup when you get away from your local ZIP CODE. I pick up these local digital TV signals from my OTA Antenna, Cable TV from the CBL outside connection, and SAT TV from the DISH. Then I can switch from these three inputs by using the TV remote all from my easy chair or bed. With the two RG-6 cables run into the trailer I can watch different SAT TV channels on each TV locations. I had to deal with two REMOTES however one for the regular TV operation and one for the SAT TV channels.
Getting SAT HDTV mode working in another story. It definately requires a HDTV dish and probably three RG-6 cables to each SAT TV RCVR. I never got into any of that.
I eventually had to drop the SAT TV since retiring and having to cut back on things. I still use the regular CBL TV from the camp grounds and also always get to use my local area National Broadcast TV Channels using the OTA BATWING antennas. We can pick up 6-36 Digital Tv stations off of the BAT WING antenna just about anywhere we go on the east side of the country.
It worked out good for us. Its pretty neat to watch full blown High Def Digital TV camping off the power grid way back in the woods using my Pole mounted BATWING OTA antenna in my OFF ROAD POPUP.
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The sat input only feeds the sat output where the main tv is located. If there is another tv hook up in the back then that would be cable only. This allows you to only run 1 box(main tv). Sat input single can not go through cable splitters. you do have options here you can hook the video output of the direct tv box by coax into the cable output by the main tv and whatever is on the box would be on all the tvs. also you can run a second input wire from the dish into the back of the camper and then have the ability to run a second box.