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Old 09-05-2011, 08:33 AM   #1
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Cable TV

We just bought a new Jayco 154BH. Great camper but one of the first things we did was add a TV. After all, the antenna was already installed, right? Works great for pulling in local stations. Well, we are planning a trip in the fall where several of the campgrounds we are planning on staying at offer cable TV. Any thoughts on mods to add some type of cable outlet without damaging the camper?
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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I have seen some "flat" coax cable that can be closed in a window. That might be the least intrusive. They do make a nice clean connector that goes the outside of the trailer - it would not damage it, but you could have to drill a hole.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:28 AM   #3
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You can get those flat cables at Radio Shack.. Under $5.00 ea
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:34 AM   #4
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Hello JimboC,
I just purchased a 154bh and am waiting for delivery. I wanted to know how you mounted the tv in the trailer and how to connect the cables? Please guide me if you can
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Are you sure you dont have a flip up lid on the outside of your traile usually pretty close to the shore power connector that has two televison type connectors one labeled CABLE and the other one LABELED SAT.

I would be very surprised these connector are not already installed on your trailer.

On the inside you should see TV connectors in the main living area and the bedroom area.
The one in the living room area will be right next to the one that has the RED button you already are using for the OTA antenna reception.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:28 PM   #6
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My 145 RB most definitely does not have an outside cable connector. Adding one is on my list of mods-to-do.
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Can you tell me what these door are for on this side of your 145RB

The one in particular is just below the door where your pull-out 30A cable is located. Right below this is another small door and should be you CABLE TV connection.

The other two large connection to the left of your fridg is the water connections.

I also see something up higher closer to the edge of the trailer that is above the spec sticker in this photo. I cant tell what that is...

I just cannot imagine that all of your inside TV connections are installed and you dont have an outside TV connection. They went to all the effort of installing inside wiring and dont include the outside connection. Just doesnt make sense to me...

I'm still looking on google images and see if I cant find a close up of this area.

I found a real close up photo of all of this but it wont let me post it here on the forum.

found this...


After looking at this photo I dont see the same flip lid in the above photo.
Do you have a lid under the pull out 30A cable lid?...

What is next to the ORANGE running light on the LEFT. That looks like a connector also of some sort.

Ill do some more looking... Not that i dont believe you but I dont believe you haha... You must not have found it yet. This is a 2012 model too...

found this...


This write-up said it had cable TV hookup so this must be the place where it is installed. In this picture it is behind the black shore power cable coming from the shore power cable 30A lid.

If it were me this is where I would install and not do some jeri-rig thing. It could be the wiring is behind this area anyway sine the inside of the trailer is wired for TV. I would get to the other side of this spot and see what is behind the wall. You may find all the cables already run to this location.

It is a very easy thing to mount one of those TV connector flip lids... One large hole in the middle and for screw holes and dope the crap out of it with DICOR sealent. It isnt going to leak on you... I mounted a second similar connect on my fifth wheel for some HF antenna connectors. You just have to look on the other side of the wall and make sure nothing is there before drilling. Since this is new i would almost take it back to the dealer and let him install one for you. This is way less than an one hour job if you had all the parts already.

OH NO - I was talking to AZJERRY and it turns out I should be tallking to JIMBOC with a Jayco 154BH trailer. This means my pictures are possible all wrong haha... Maybe i should just go watch TV for awhile...

As it turns out the pictures of this area of the trailer seems to be the same as a JAYCO 154BH model... geeesch...
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Just to answer your questions about my 145RB:
- To the right of the orange runnning light and under the yellow label is another label.
- To the left of the water heater panel are the two water fills
- To the right of the water heater is the pull out 30A cord
- Under the Swift decal is the furnace

The TV/12V connector is right of the window and above the upper fridge panel. I plan on, probably, drilling through the outside from behind that connector panel. I haven't taken it off yet to see what it looks like.
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AZJERRY - Is there any way to get behind the panel where the SHORE POWER CABLE gets pushed into the trailer. Just below this lid is where JAYCO probably has mounted the CABLE/SAT TV connectors in a flip lid box.

Its possible that JACO has already run the cables you are going to need to connect these cables to where they hook up inside the trailer.

I would definately look in the area and see what is there. I have no idea what is on the other of this wall but the SHORE POWER CABLE has to coild up inside a open area just behind the wall and I'm betting your will find two COAX CABLES not hooked up behind this wall. I suspect the on-board CONVERTER/CHARGER unit is not very far from this area as well where the SHORE POWER CABLE will hook up to.

You can see the CABLE/SAT FLIP BOX in the first and last pictures I posted under the SHORE POWER CABLE lid. The bottom picture said this trailer has CABLE/SAT connections installed. The middle photo didnt say anything about CABLE/SAT TV connections.

If those two RG TV cables are laying inside the SHORE POWER CABLE coil up area it would be silly to me to not use them. They will eventually connect to the panel where the OTA panel is installed (the one with the push button on it to send 12VDC power up to the OTA Antenna built-in amplifier).

The TV connection shown here is where those two RG cables will connect to.
Now that i have looked at this photo you will have complete access to the coil-up area under the bench seat. PLease look in this area for your two RG TV cables laying in the floor behind the converter/charger box. If all of this is where these cables are located then this is where I would mount the CABLE/SAT TV connector box on the outside wall... This is where it porbably is suppose to be installed...


This is what my outside CABLE/SAT DUAL TV connector flip box looks like... Easy install thru the wall.
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Ah, that's a bet you'll lose.

Here's a picture of the area under the dinette seat next to the fridge. The shore cord gets pushed into the sealed wood box above the converter (at the bottom of the picture). You can see the shore cord exiting the lower left corner of that box. There are no coax cables visible anywhere under the seat.

I also took the Winegard 12V/TV plate off the wall. There is one coax attached to the Antenna connector. The Set 2 and Cable connectors are empty.

It's quite obvious to me they didn't intend for an outside cable TV connector. I believe if Jayco could have found a 12V/antenna only plate for less money they would have used that.

I should be easy enough to remedy, though.
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