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Old 11-12-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Bad Coax to Rear TV

I have a brand new 2012 Access that has a bad piece of coax going to the rear TV from the distribution amp in the front of the coach. I hate the thought of taking it in for warranty work to have someone tearing apart panels to replace that coax. Anyone ever pull a new cable in their coach?

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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Maybe just has bad fitted connectors. I would check them first. You can get the tools and the "Very Good" style connectors for around 40.00 bucks at the box store. Then you will have the tools if you need to make up some cables. If you do not want to do that, check with a local Dish/cable guy, and see if he wants to make a couple of bucks on the side. He can check the line and replace the ends for you. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:00 PM   #3
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I had similar problem with rear TV. Dish man put a meter on it and in two minutes he found a cable connector that was bad. He states that's a common problem. Look at the run from the front to rear where it dead ends they connect a new cable to run to the TV. What ever that male threaded part is is possibly bad. Good luck.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:39 PM   #4
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I ohm'd out the center conductor and it is open and not shorted out on the connector shield. Definitely a bad cable. I just looked over the Winne site and the wiring diagrams on the website don't really do a good job showing the routing of the coax. Looks like its going to be a tough job.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:41 PM   #5
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I would go through the wiring diagrams to see if there are any splitters in the cable route. They are usually in reasonably accessible locations but not necessarily obvious locations. I had a similar problem with a video cable that was open in my Journey. Turned out to be a connector not connected and not shown on the wiring diagrams and was repaired in no time. I would call Owner Relations at Winnebago and ask for the routing of the coax and if there are any intermediate connections if you are comfortable trying to fix it yourself. They can often send you a drawing not available on line. I would be concerned a dealer might run a new cable without concern of how he gets it to where it should be.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:50 PM   #6
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I ran a new cable along the undercarriage frame with the existing wire bundle. Used RG6 & have had no more problems. Both my front & rear TV cable needed to be replaced.
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:56 PM   #7
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#1 "Bad coax" is those cheap ***ed Crimp on connectors that come off if you sneeze hard... They are easily replaced either with a slightly better crimp on or a high quality compression connector (My choice when I can afford)

And if all else fails.. I did it the same way as DSBIKE As a ham radio operator I have coax all over the place.
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:04 PM   #8
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If you have to run a new coax, why not run a HDMI cable at the same time. You might find it useful if you upgrade to HD eventually. Just an idea.
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:37 PM   #9
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I ohm'd out the center conductor and it is open and not shorted out on the connector shield. Definitely a bad cable. I just looked over the Winne site and the wiring diagrams on the website don't really do a good job showing the routing of the coax. Looks like its going to be a tough job.
The center wire in that coax is not crimped at any point. If you checked it
wire end to wire end and it's open there is a break. The shield is the only crimp. With your meter check the shield on that same coax run to make sure you are checking the ends of the same wire. You might be able to hook another run of new coax to one end of the old run and pull a new one through. I say let the dealer fix it.
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The center wire in that coax is not crimped at any point. If you checked it
wire end to wire end and it's open there is a break. The shield is the only crimp. With your meter check the shield on that same coax run to make sure you are checking the ends of the same wire. You might be able to hook another run of new coax to one end of the old run and pull a new one through. I say let the dealer fix it.
While I too am leery of letting dealers touch our stuff, I kind of agree with Zippo above in advising to let the dealer handle it. You paid a phenomenal amount for warranty and, if you did your homework, and checked things out and found a broken coax center wire, then you simply tell them and let them handle it. In my opinion, they have no choice but to do the job in a such a manor that will satisfy both you and the dealership.

I suppose you could ask them how they plan of repairing the problem and, if they plan on "tearing" anything apart to do so. I hope you get this fixed, I hate issues like this.
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do you have a outlet for an outside tv? if so does it work? there would be a splitter there that may not be hooked up. if there is cabinets close to the outside outlet take out the bottom drawers and look for a splitter. maybe you would only have to run it to there or from there. I think I also remember seeing coax behind the thermastat and monitor panel. I agree the other people that it is probably a bad connection some where. make sure and let us know what the fix was.
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do you have a outlet for an outside tv? if so does it work? there would be a splitter there that may not be hooked up. if there is cabinets close to the outside outlet take out the bottom drawers and look for a splitter. maybe you would only have to run it to there or from there. I think I also remember seeing coax behind the thermastat and monitor panel. I agree the other people that it is probably a bad connection some where. make sure and let us know what the fix was.

This was the case when I did a splitter search on our Sightseer...nothing was wrong, I was just curious....
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I ohm'd out the center conductor and it is open and not shorted out on the connector shield. Definitely a bad cable. I just looked over the Winne site and the wiring diagrams on the website don't really do a good job showing the routing of the coax. Looks like its going to be a tough job.
Likely that the line you checked goes thru a splitter (to accommodate an additional TV - outside or some other location)

If so, all standard splitters are NOT voltage passing - so when you ohm'd out the center conductor you should get "open" just as you would get if the cable was disconnected.

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you say you checked the center wire for continuity. what about the sheild?
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