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Hi Guys. New to this forum but not a new RVer. We recently purchased a 2020 Thor ACE 33.1 motorhome. Have not camped in it, only had a chance to drive it from dealership to home, and had to go back to work. Anyway, my question is that it has a single outside cable jack, which I assume, is for a park cable connection. I have had this on previous coaches and when I try to tie in the Dish Tailgater (Wally receiver)at this connection, I received no signal, I can run the cable thru a window to the box and everything works fine. I am thinking, although I don't know that this will be the case with the Thor also. I don't want to have to run my satellite cable thru the window. Does anyone know of any type of mod that can be done to make the outside cable jack useable to tie the Tailgater into?

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The "Cable" jack coax runs through a switch box where you select cable or OTA to the TV. It may be a simple single push-button wall plate that also houses the OTA antenna power injector or it may be a more complex multi-source entertainment selector box, but either way it interferes with the power feed from the Wally to the Tailgater. Running a more direct line is the best option that leaves the cable/OTA setup intact. Feeding a new coax from the sat receiver location to the panel where the cable jack is can be a chore, but only needs to be done once. Or you can feed the coax through a slide seal or window each time you set up.


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I assume that the outside cable jack passes through a box with various switches (for roof antenna, cable jack, etc). The signal to the Dish Tailgater cannot go through that box.

What I did was to look at the lines in and out of the box (what is it called, anyway?) and find the the cable jack input. Unplug the cable jack line from the box's input. Use a short extension coax (if neccessary) to connect the Dish receiver directly to the line from the cable jack.

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Just install your own weather proof coaxial plate and connect it to a new inside coaxial wall plate. Simple and there are no splitters or other items that could filter out the signal.

That's what I did.


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Let me add to my reply above. I had two outside lines, labeled "satellite" and "cable", so I ran the first directly to the Dish receiver and still had "cable" running through the switch box.

Last season, a blowout severed both of my TV coax lines. I had a new coax wall plate installed near the TV (RedRocket204's solution). A line goes directly to the Dish receiver.

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RedRocket204 wrote:

Just install your own weather proof coaxial plate and connect it to a new inside coaxial wall plate. Simple and there are no splitters or other items that could filter out the signal.

That's what I did.

Same here since I only had the one outside coax connection.

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Wait a second, a 2020 coach should have a cable AND a satellite connection. Have you asked the dealer about this or called Thor. I would investigate further before trying to run an additional cable.


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lryrob9301 wrote:

Wait a second, a 2020 coach should have a cable AND a satellite connection. Have you asked the dealer about this or called Thor. I would investigate further before trying to run an additional cable.


No I have not. I was only home in time to get it home from the dealership. The cable in jack is on the side of the motorhome, not in a basement compartment, so, I would think that if there is another jack for satellite, it would be right beside it. I'll check it out better when I get home, but, I don't think that there is two.

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Specs say it is prewired for sat. Maybe the coax you are looking at is for an outside tv.
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RoyF wrote:

I assume that the outside cable jack passes through a box with various switches (for roof antenna, cable jack, etc). The signal to the Dish Tailgater cannot go through that box.

What I did was to look at the lines in and out of the box (what is it called, anyway?) and find the the cable jack input. Unplug the cable jack line from the box's input. Use a short extension coax (if neccessary) to connect the Dish receiver directly to the line from the cable jack.


This is what I did on my old trailer. Just bypassed the box that had the splitter or whatever in it, bought a single coax wall plate and wired it directly. Problem solved.

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