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Old 12-11-2017, 07:57 AM   #1
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Satellite Hookup

How do I get the Satalite to work Is there a cable diagram somewhere? Canít get Dish tailgater to connect.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:32 AM   #2
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How do I get the Satalite to work Is there a cable diagram somewhere? Canít get Dish tailgater to connect.
If you do a search for "satellite hookup" a lot of threads on the subject will come up. Your answer will likely be there. Did you turn off your antenna booster?

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Old 12-12-2017, 04:53 AM   #3
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The exterior satellite connection on my 2017 Laredo would not work with my dish tailgator either. When I first bought the unit and discovered the problem, I ran a "test" by hooking up the park cable to the satellite connection and also swapped the coax connection inside at the TV. The cable signal came thru fine. Don't have any idea why the cable would work but the tailgator would not. To beat the faulty connection - I used a 50' coax passed through the outside kitchen direct to the Dish black box at the TV - therefore I had a direct line running from the Tailgator to my black box. I rolled up the excess and kept it in the outdoor kitchen for travel. However - the unit is in the shop now (going on 5 weeks) for some warranty work and they supposedly found a faulty splitter or connection in the wall and "fixed it". I will let you know when I pick the unit up in a couple of weeks.
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Old 12-12-2017, 12:43 PM   #4
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Many sat connections wonít work through a splitter.....needs to be a direct run.


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Old 12-12-2017, 01:11 PM   #5
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If you look behind your TV you may see two connectors and a short jumper connecting those two connectors. Remove the jumper and connect one of the connectors to the satellite receiver using a coax cable. If you don't get a picture try the other connector.

I had the same problem in my Cougar and that fixed it for me.
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Old 01-07-2018, 10:21 AM   #6
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If you look behind your TV you may see two connectors and a short jumper connecting those two connectors. Remove the jumper and connect one of the connectors to the satellite receiver using a coax cable. If you don't get a picture try the other connector.

I had the same problem in my Cougar and that fixed it for me.
That also worked for me!
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:50 PM   #7
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I have a dish satellite and it limits you to 50 feet total run. I 'eyeballed' the distance for the cable in the trailer. It is around 30-35 feet. Add in the external cable and you exceed that distance. My interior cable runs from the connection point outside back to the farthest back slide out, then appears to go up the wall, across the slide, and back down before going inside. I drilled a hole behind the TV and put in a cable connection and hook up directly to this. No problems now.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:13 PM   #8
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The length of coax shouldnít have any effect. The coax that came with my carry out is 50í, and the cable run in the trailer is about 20í.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:01 AM   #9
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This is in the DISH Playmaker owner's manual:

NOTE A 25 foot coaxial cable is included and recommended for use with the antenna. Longer coax runs could potentially cause intermittent problems. Maximum cable length should never exceed 50 feet.

Maybe it doesn't really matter, maybe they are concerned about OSHA trip hazards, maybe ours is an old system and the new systems are different? Whatever, this is what Winegard says....
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:12 AM   #10
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The simple fact is the satellite dish will work just fine with coax runs over 50 feet.. my house has a run of 250 feet from dish to receiver..

I use the King Quest direct tv auto dish with my fifth wheel and coax to connect so I can place antenna in clearings thru trees to get signal sometimes when boon dock8ng.. that coax run is 150 feet

The key to a good dish system in an RV is quality RG6 coax with properly installed F connectors...

Also you cannot feed a signal from a satellite antenna thru a conventional every day tv cable splitter... it simply will not work..ever..

The LNB on the dish antenna needs to see power from the coax and with a conventional Wally World or RV style tv splitter it can’t get the power needed ....

That is why the preferred coax run is Quality RG6 coax... a SWM powered splitter can be used however....
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