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Old 07-12-2018, 08:40 PM   #1
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Dish tailgater and 2007 Cambria

Hi all. I just purchase a dish satellite tv for my 2007 Cambria (29H). It is a portable self seeking “Tailgater”. When we set it up and activated it the tailgater was connected directly to the receiver and it worked great. There is a hookup in the area holding the shore power cable and I hooked it up there after it was activated. The receiver hooked up to the portable satellite connector above the cab. It communicated with the dish, but it couldn’t find all of the satellites and many channels could not be displayed.k

Reconnected directly to the receiver and it worked perfectly. Tried shorter coax and still didn’t work over factory installed system. Even tried connecting two coaxes together to see if that affected the system while by-passing the factory installed coax. It worked perfectly. So, I’ve concluded there is something impeding the signal between the dish and the receiver with the factory installed system. Any ideas?
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:06 PM   #2
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do you have two connections above the cab...sat & cable? if so try the other...they may be mislabeled. also check the backside of those connections and be sure the cable isn't kinked.
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Old 07-15-2018, 07:59 AM   #3
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It is highly likely that Winnebago did not use the low loss RG-6 cabling at the time your coach was built. That coupled with the additional connectors is contributing to a signal loss at the receiver. Use the cabling with the antenna for best reception. Not much else you can do unless you can find a wide band (satellite) inline amplifier to add to the coach wiring and are able to power it..
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:38 AM   #4
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also if there is a splitter in line between the incoming cable and the receiver this will interfere as well.
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