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Old 05-12-2019, 03:11 PM   #1
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How do you replace the TV antenna coaxial cable?

Greetings RV'ers...

Re: 2004 24' Minnie 324V

Anyone know how to replace the TV coaxial cable to the antenna.

I have a defective TV coaxial cable between the TV cabinet and the antenna head...

I have loosened the cable inside the cabinet and punched out the calk holding the coaxial cable at the base of the antenna where it come through the roof...

It should be free to move. However, I am not able to get it to move no matter how hard I pull on the cable from the inside of the TV cabinet... We are only talking a 30" pull at the most but it will not budge.

Any ideas????

Would greatly appreciate any suggestions....

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Old 05-12-2019, 03:16 PM   #2
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It may be stapled somewhere along its path. Is there enough space to just run a new cable?
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:05 PM   #3
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The general cause of failures in coaxial cables is the connector. Are you certain the connector fittings on both ends are good?
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:44 AM   #4
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It may be stapled somewhere along its path. Is there enough space to just run a new cable?
WinnieView, Thanks for the input...

I have not tried to run a fish tape yet.

I have no idea how Winnebago routed the several cables, 12vDC and 120v lines from the TV cabinet or how the coax gets to the antenna from there. they are all in a bundle as they leave/enter the TV cabinet. It is quite possible that they are all wire tied at some point making it impossible to pull the coax out.

The only thing I can see is that the coax comes out a 3/4 hole in the base of the antenna mounting bracket and is bent away from the opening where it enters/exits inside of the TV cabinet that is only 30" away?

My really big complaint is that Winnebago used interior grade RG56 coax for what is an exterior coax application. If they had used the right grade coax I would not now have a cracked and defective coax cable.

I am trying to not have to remove the antenna and all that that entails if possible. I will try and push a fish tape through the hole in the base of the antenna as a last resort. Not sure it will push because the roof material is styrofoam with a chanel cut in it. Fish taps don't like styrofoam... BigMac
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:51 AM   #5
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The general cause of failures in coaxial cables is the connector. Are you certain the connector fittings on both ends are good?
CoatalEd, Thanks for the suggestion.

I did inspect the connectors on both ends and they are good...

It's the interior grade coax used in an exterior application that is the problem..

See my more extensive reply to WinnieView... BigMac
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:12 PM   #6
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tv coax

good evening BigMac, I am having the exact, same problem on my 04 Vectra.
If I find a solution, I will let you know. I continue to try tomorrow. good luck.
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:06 AM   #7
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I just went thru the same problem, and had to pull the base plate off to be able to pull the cable up enough to replace the connector, it just won't come thru the small hole.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:06 PM   #8
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It may be stapled somewhere along its path. Is there enough space to just run a new cable?
Have A 2004 Brave with the antenna signal boost. On ours the coax cable goes to the signal boost circuit board about 1 foot from the antenna base plate towards the front. From the circuit board it then goes to the coaxselection box above the passenger seat. There were no staples or ties from the circuit board to the front selection box
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:13 AM   #9
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I had the same problem w/my 2007 Aspect. My buddy and I finally quit trying to pull the old coax out; we drilled a new hole through the roof and ran new coax to the t.v. and problem solved! Yes, we caulked the new hole and managed to hide the coax inside the rig. When your rig gets so old, you take more drastic steps, so say I.
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I would have zero hope of running a new cable in the existing channel. I'd just get the proper exterior grade of cable and drill a new hole new the TV. As for as patching the roof hole I like using a cable entry plate like: Winegard CE 4000 cable entry plate. This is a four cable version, but its in also made in single and double cable versions. Make sure you face the opening in the plate towards the rear and use plenty of lap sealant to cover the edges and the cable openings. On the inside you can cover the cable with some plastic surface mount cable channels. These can be painted to match interior colors if desired. Make sure you use weather proof coax connectors at least on the roof. These are usually a compression type connector, very easy to get a perfect end.



Good to go....

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You can contact Winnebago and they may be able to email you a drawing of the roof structure, showing the routing of the cable. They did on mine. I found that mine was taped to other cables. This was not apparent on the drawing, but would be logical as I had found other cable bundles taped together. Ended up running a fish tape to pull a new cable. Left the original cut off and left it there.
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:26 PM   #12
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I assume you had to remove the antenna base to see all that... I don't see any other way at this point...
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:31 PM   #13
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Thanks for the input... I have not tried the fish tape yet. Just got back from a trip... I will contact Winnebago for help also...
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:35 PM   #14
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Thanks for the input... Not sure I want to start drilling holes in my roof just yet... I will try all other replacement options first...
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