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Mr. Shneebly 714

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Is it common for the rear TV not to be hooked up with the coach DVD player? This is the second Fleetwood coach I've purchased that is set up this way. Rear TV works fine except it's not connected to the DVD player or the switch controller for all the functions.

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I have the inverse, rear TV has it's own DVD and front has none. You would think for the money we pay for these things they could tie all the sound/dvd/sat etc together.


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My TV and DVD/VHS player were originally set up so that both the front and rear TVs could get an off-air antenna signal or VHS/DVD signal thru the master switch box. I have friends with '06 and '09 Bounders that are set up this way. But since I could not send the DirecTV SAT signal to the rear TV thru that switch box, I ripped all that stuff out and rewired it.

I have two SAT boxes so that DW can watch what she wants in the bedroom (Syfy/HGTV) while I watch "sports" on the front TV, and I had the dealer run me a second cable off the roof SAT antenna's LNB. All I needed was a way to get the SAT signal to the rear box, short of drilling holes in my roof (dealer suggestion).

I called Fleetwood and the tech rep indicated there was RG59 coax running from front to rear, and if I wanted to run both the TV signal and SAT signal on the same cable, I would need to combine the signals at the front, and then break them out in the rear using di-plexers. I also had to eliminate the master switch box.

So now DW has SAT and HDTV in the bedroom (I also replaced both TVs with flat screen LCDs), and if she wants to watch a movie on the rear TV, all she does is take her portable DVD player and hook it into the video 2 inputs on the front of the TV, and change the input source.


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My Fleetwood has a surround sound/dvd system for the front tv and is not connected to the bedroom tv. Had to get a second dvd player for the BR. Daughter bought a bluray player and gave me her dvd player. All the cables for hookup were in a compartment next to the tv, with red, yellow and white jacks pre-fitted into the wood paneling.


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our 2007 Coachmen had its OWN DVD player in the back.. Also our 2012 Forest river also setup the same way, has plugins for its independent DVD.


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I agree. Possibly the dealer can fix this but they may want to charge extra. I assumed it worked since it has the controller unit for a rear DVD player.

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It seems like most of the coaches have overly complicated wiring for the TV's.
Ours had a huge mess of component video and audio cables and a silly master switch box.
I put a DVD player in the bedroom for that TV, installed a new Marantz AV receiver with HDMI for the main TV, ran a Coax cable to the outside TV that now has it's own Sat box. Now we can watch different programming on all 3 TV's at the same time. I made a whole bunch of other mods for better sound as well. These days all the new coaches should be using strictly HDMI. It would save a few hundred feet of wires per coach.


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Just got off the phone with the dealer and they said "some" models/manufacturers might not hook the TV "DVD" connection for the rear. I thought this was odd since there is a controller box that would give you this option. Guess I need to call Fleetwood and confirm. A few others have suggested to hook a DVD player directly to the rear TV (and that would definitely work) but you would think this stuff is standard. Either way, I'm loving the new RV and I'll work out the kinks with the great suggestions I've received from this forum. Thanks guys!

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Bounder Billy wrote:

My Fleetwood has a surround sound/dvd system for the front tv and is not connected to the bedroom tv. Had to get a second dvd player for the BR. Daughter bought a bluray player and gave me her dvd player. All the cables for hookup were in a compartment next to the tv, with red, yellow and white jacks pre-fitted into the wood paneling.


Great idea, but why do they even put a controller unit switch with those options if they don't connect it? Rhetorical question of course.Cost.

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