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    Installing RV satellite question....

    Good day! I recently bought a Tailgater satellite dish for my 2018 Cyclone 4115 toy hauler. Iím not the handiest of guys, so I took it to an RV specialist to have them install it for me...mostly to make sure itís done right, however, they told me something that I have a hard time believing...

    i was told that, in order for them to install the system, that I must disconnect the the original TV antenna that is OEM?! I bought 2 receivers with the system, and had intended to move them around from TV to TV (my rig has 4 TVs), but can this be true? If so, what happens to the TVs that donít have a box connected...are they then just useless? To me, it doesnít sound right, nor does it make sense. The guy told me the only way to make it work with both, is to fish another cable which he told me is a big task.

    I would love the input from the community on their experiences or solutions to similar issues.

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    Nate

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    Re: Installing RV satellite question....

    Hi TX-Nate,

    Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum.

    Your Cyclone should have multiple coax connectors in the Universal Docking Center (UDC), where the water hose gets connected. One is for cable TV. That coax merges with the rooftop antenna coax at the signal booster, and then continues to the various TVs.

    The others are for satellite dish connections which have separate wiring to at least 2 and possibly more TV locations. You should call Heartland Customer Service at 877-262-8032 / 574-262-8030. Have your VIN # ready. Ask for a COAX diagram for your trailer. That diagram will help you identify which coax connector goes where.

    It's possible that the trailer's satellite wiring includes splitters, which may or may not be compatible with your Tailgater. It's also possible that not all of the TV locations have satellite wiring. Your installer may have been planning to run satellite to one location and then use the antenna coax to feed the satellite receiver output to the other TV locations. If that's what he's planning, and you want to preserve the antenna capability, he may need to install diplexers to combine the satellite and antenna feed.

    Start by calling Heartland to get a diagram of the coax runs.


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    Re: Installing RV satellite question....

    We own a 2018 Road Warrior 427 and we did not have to disconnect the antenna. In the UDC should be some cable connections. On the Road Warrior there are 4 of these for the satellite. Two go to the roof, for a roof installed system, and 1 to living room tv and the other to the bedroom tv. For a diagram look on the door it should show a diagram.
    To get the system set up I hooked the Pathway X2 directly to the receiver box then used a HDMI cable from box to tv. The reason that I did it this way is least number of connections and direct connections. There is also a connection for cable in our UDC.
    Now we can switch from satellite tv to over the air tv when we want.


    I used this to trace my cables to see which was to what to make sure I had the correct cables:
    Southwire Coax Continuity Analog-Volt Datacomm Tester

    that I bought at Lowes: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Southwire-C...ester/50278121

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    Re: Installing RV satellite question....

    Quote Originally Posted by david-steph2018 View Post
    We own a 2018 Road Warrior 427 and we did not have to disconnect the antenna. In the UDC should be some cable connections. On the Road Warrior there are 4 of these for the satellite. Two go to the roof, for a roof installed system, and 1 to living room tv and the other to the bedroom tv. For a diagram look on the door it should show a diagram.
    To get the system set up I hooked the Pathway X2 directly to the receiver box then used a HDMI cable from box to tv. The reason that I did it this way is least number of connections and direct connections. There is also a connection for cable in our UDC.
    Now we can switch from satellite tv to over the air tv when we want.


    I used this to trace my cables to see which was to what to make sure I had the correct cables:
    Southwire Coax Continuity Analog-Volt Datacomm Tester

    that I bought at Lowes: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Southwire-C...ester/50278121
    I bought that same tester. All of my connections show as open except the catv connection. It shows as shorted. Either I'm using the tool wrong or all of my cables are not installed correctly. The cable diagram from Heartland shows a 3-way splitter. I suspect that may cause some of the issues, but I don't know where they put it.
    Mike and Nancy White
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