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Old 12-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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Cool How to run Cable from the Roof to the Inside of 5er?

First of all, I did contact Jayco for specifics and they politely advised that since my 5er was still under warranty, they couldn't advise. However, they said there are many ways of doing it. I want to install a sat dish on the roof. I have researched extensively the forums but I don't see any advice for running the cable. I know that a hole must be drilled in the roof but how do you access it from there? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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Sort of depends on the proposed satellite location and where your TV is. On my previous rig the TV was in a cabinet beside the stairs to the bedroom. It was simple to locate the dish close enough to the cabinet to fish a wire through a cut out in the back wall of the TV enclosure to the roof. My present rig has the TV in the slide out, greatly complicating any added wiring. Fortunately is was pre wired for satellite if I choose to go that way.
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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Question, are you going to use the uhf/digital antenna that came with the 5er?

If you are not going to use that antenna, why not disconnect the coax at the antenna (that feeds through the roof and to your media center), get a barrel connector and hook that to your Satellite antenna and use that cable into your trailer. You will need to just rewire around your signal amp (in the media center) that comes with the standard antenna. You can also install an A/B coax switch to allow you to switch between Satellite and cable.
That would probably be the easiest way. The coax is the same for both satellite and regular cable and will carry the voltage needed to align the dish.
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Question, are you going to use the uhf/digital antenna that came with the 5er?

If you are not going to use that antenna, why not disconnect the coax at the antenna (that feeds through the roof and to your media center), get a barrel connector and hook that to your Satellite antenna and use that cable into your trailer. You will need to just rewire around your signal amp (in the media center) that comes with the standard antenna. You can also install an A/B coax switch to allow you to switch between Satellite and cable.
That would probably be the easiest way. The coax is the same for both satellite and regular cable and will carry the voltage needed to align the dish.
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My plan was to keep the digital antenna for any local stations (wherever we are camping). I have the cable on the side of the 5er to use for a portable dish IF the rooftop dish is obstructed. Your suggestion was a great one if there was a way to split the signal on the roof? I was hoping to "have my cake and eat it too".
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Sort of depends on the proposed satellite location and where your TV is. On my previous rig the TV was in a cabinet beside the stairs to the bedroom. It was simple to locate the dish close enough to the cabinet to fish a wire through a cut out in the back wall of the TV enclosure to the roof. My present rig has the TV in the slide out, greatly complicating any added wiring. Fortunately is was pre wired for satellite if I choose to go that way.
My TV cabinet is in the back of the 5er. My concern was what was "underneath" the roof and would a cable just drop from the roof to the back of the entertainment system?
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:02 PM   #6
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I like the idea of using the coax cable from the roof tv antenna. The only issue I foresee, is that you will not be able to receive over the air broadcasting. If you want to use the roof antenna too, then if your refrigerator has a roof top vent, you could run the cable down that existing penetration; from there you have a few options, depending on your 5ver layout. You could run the cable through cabinets alongside existing wiring and piping runs. Or do down below the floor to the cargo hold or under the 5vers floor and run it across the trailer to where you want it to come back up.
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Can you mount the Satellite Ant near the ladder on the roof of the5er? You could then run the cable down the ladder, under TT and come up through the floor to where ever your media center is.
Just a thought
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Here's how we do it. Tailgator on a mast mount, hooked to the regular cable coax input. If blocked by trees, we put it on a tripod. Very quick, very easy and no holes in the roof!
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I would opt for the tripod also. With a roof mount, if you have to park under trees, you may not get a good signal. On a tripod, you have the option to move it around.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #10
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Fellow Campers:

These are really great suggestions and I appreciate the feedback. Just one more supplemental question........my intent is to get the Trav'ler DirecTV SWM dish with the automatic positioning. Do you think there are any issues with it "not" being "permanently" mounted. In other words, could I use either the tripod option or the attachment to the back ladder? I currently use a tripod with a Slimline dish but the "positioning and access of signal" is too big of a PIA to do every stop.

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