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Old 02-13-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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Sound system and satellite connections in Precept

We had a chance to look at a 2014 Precept yesterday and were really impressed by what this motorhome has to offer. One think that concerns us is that there doesn't seem to be any sound system except that in the dashboard. Also we couldn't figure out how we would connect our Directv receiver to the tv. The salesman didn't seem to know either. Anyone had any experience with this. We like to listen to cds and music on our mp3 players and also watch dvds. Thanks for any help and/or info.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:44 AM   #2
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Yout best bet would to be call/"E" mail JAYCO directly.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:16 AM   #3
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Response from Jayco

An overview of satellite wiring installed on 2015 Precepts built after 1/28/14 follows:

1) Unit prepped for roof mounted Winegard Mission, Winegard Travel'r DirectTV, or Winegard Travel'r Shaw domes/dishes. The wiring we install is compatible with all the Winegard satellite domes/dishes the customer listed below. It is also compatible with the RoadTrip MiniMax - but the Winegard is discontinuing the RoadTrip MiniMax. We've not seen the Winegard replacement for the RoadTrip MiniMax - but I'm told our wiring will be compatible with it as well. If I were self-installing a Travel'r on my motorhome I would install the optional SKA-004 plate for the LNB roller. Jayco installs reinforcement in the roof for attachment of dome/dish mounting legs... so SKA-008 plates aren't required when mounting Roadtrip Mission or Travel'r domes/dishes.
2) 12-volt power and ground wires run to roof satellite area from main TV area.
3) Winegard Travel'r control cable runs to roof satellite area from main TV area
4) One RG/6 coax runs from roof satellite area to main TV area, one RG/6 coax runs from roof satellite area to bedroom TV area, and one RG/6 coax runs from roof satellite area to exterior TV area. This means that when installing a ground based satellite dish the RG/6 coax pre-installed in the motorhome only works with a single satellite receiver located near the main TV.
5) A single RG/6 coax (for a ground satellite dish) runs from the exterior cable/satellite port to the main TV area.
6) The exterior hook-up is in the wet bay.
7) The multiple RG/6 coaxes from the satellite dome/dish do not connect to the TV's. They dead end near the location of each TV... meaning a satellite receiver could be installed at each TV location (if there is available space to mount a satellite receiver in that area).
8) There are no HDMI cables installed in the coach. Composite RCA cables run from a composite audio/video distribution box located (near the passenger side of the dash) to the main, bedroom, and exterior TV's. If customer installed satellite receiver has composite RCA cable output it can be connected to the audio/video distribution box using a composite "A-B" switch box and cable (for distribution to all TV's).
9) The assumption that "the satellite will be on a different input than the DVD player" is incorrect. A single composite RCA cable runs to each TV location - which means the customer will need to install a composite "A-B" switch box (DVD in "A" position and Satellite in "B" position) to enable selection of DVD or satellite viewing on all TV's.

The dash mounted radio is the DVD player for the entire motorhome. Sound for the dash mounted Am/Fm/Cd/DVD radio plays through the ceiling mounted speakers. Line level audio from the main living area TV is run to the dash radio auxiliary input, is amplified, and output to the ceiling speakers.

As far as outlets go, the dealer can add others.


Although asked, I didn't get an answer as to where to place each of the satellite receivers and/or a single to handle all 3 TVs. Most concerned about the awesome 40" at the dinette and where a receiver would go.

Any insights or advice from current owners would be helpful as Jayco themselves do not seem to want to answer having asked twice.

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Old 02-24-2014, 05:20 AM   #4
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We had a quick response from Jayco when we called them the other day. Nothing yet from the email question. The big issue is where to put the receiver. The man we talked to said you might be able to put the receiver in the bedroom and use an IR system to transmit a signal to the front tv. Or figure out a way to install the receiver in the front and send a signal to the back. The space near the tv in the front seems pretty limited to me. Anyway, the people at Jayco were very prompt in responding. It was the sales manager we talked to I think. Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:19 PM   #5
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I would have thought you could connect a satellite receiver directly to each TV and that they would have planned for room. Or that Jayco planned for a single satellite receiver that could be hard wired to send a signal to all three. Very disappointing that they are recommending an IR system. I have used those and they aren't the greatest. They also need access to 110v as well the RG6 cable. So far I haven't been able to get my dealer nor Jayco to identify exactly where the RG6 cables terminate other than somewhere near the TVs. Is near 1ft, 3ft 6ft or more.

Seems they may not have fully thought this through and interested in any creative solutions beyond IR that present owners may have come up with.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:42 PM   #6
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More information provided by a local dealer.

_Bedroom, the receiver can be installed on top of the shelf in the closet near the TV. The door of the closet will have to open to where the reciever's sensor is.*
_Exterior the receiver can sit in front of the TV or on a attachable shelf.*
_Main area, it has the option of been placed on the left of the TV , a feed hole made and perhaps a extended shelf attached to the location.*

If Roof Top Satelitte is used, there is existing coaxial cables running to each of the 3 locations where each receivers can be installed.

Portable Satillete Dishes, the outside connection will only feed the main TV area. If your choice is to have them all work from one receiver, wiring can be installed and arranged that all TV will play what's on the main area.*


* Please note, all the suggestions above must be confirmed and a formal quote
be given by our Service Department.


Definitely surprised so much service work, likely at a steep cost, is required to have satellite at all 3 TVs and or all 3 TVs serviced by a single satellite. Seems more thought was required in the design.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:58 AM   #7
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We went to Tennessee RV the other day. The salesman there, Jim Harden, knew the answer right away. There are connections for a satellite receiver in the compartment above the passenger seat. It was nice to learn this. Nothing like a good, knowledgeable salesperson.
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:00 PM   #8
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dvd player / radio

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We had a chance to look at a 2014 Precept yesterday and were really impressed by what this motorhome has to offer. One think that concerns us is that there doesn't seem to be any sound system except that in the dashboard. Also we couldn't figure out how we would connect our Directv receiver to the tv. The salesman didn't seem to know either. Anyone had any experience with this. We like to listen to cds and music on our mp3 players and also watch dvds. Thanks for any help and/or info.
The radio is where you play dvd's. & cd's.. Also if you flip a cover just under to the left of the volumn knob, there is a aux input and a usb input.
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