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Ask a question - de How do I hook up the Tailgater to a pre wired RV?

Ask a question - de How do I hook up the Tailgater to a pre wired RV?
Hugo asked this question 7 months ago
  • SuperAIRBORNEMan

    I've been a tech for Dish Network for 12 years & Directv for 3 years. I also was a Paratrooper (509th)...

    Hugo once ur receiver is connected inside ur RV, There's a connection outside ur RV. U'll need a piece a coax wire from that connection to the Tailgater. Also make sure u don't have a splitter in the RV wiring, This is a big issue on the installs I've done in RV's. if there is a splitterull have to remove it so the tailgater can work properly. If u can't, u'll need to run coax fron the receiver to the tailgater bypassing the wiring in ur RV. Let me know if u need more help.

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    • H

      Hugo

      I tried a few ways. First I hooked up the Tailgater to the outside cable connection. Then ran a a cable from the receiver to the built in box where you can switch from Ant/cable/aux. Nothing. Then I tried connection the tailgater directly to the inside switch, several different ways. I got a weak connection with a lot of snow...and when the reciever started to search it wouldn't finish. I have 3 tv's in my rv all, built in so I can't to the back of them to hook up the cables from the Dish receiver to tany of the TV. HELP!
    • SuperAIRBORNEMan

      Hugo that tailgater will work only 1 receiver, Also r those new receivers or have they been used b4?
    • H

      Hugo

      Yes ..If I get one TV to work I will be happy. Yes all brand out, out of the box.
    • H

      Hugo

      I through, maybe since the RV is pre wired that they all might get the same channel that I am watching.. Should I hook hook the receiver to one tv and try to hide the wiring? The Tailgater was I 500.00 gift..so I can return it..:(
    • H

      Hugo

      sorry for the typing errors
    • SuperAIRBORNEMan

      Try just 1 receiver & see if that works. Also that's a awesome gift. :)
    • H

      Hugo

      Thanks. I know one direct line to from the receiver will work...but will lots of wires all over the place. You don't think I can use any of the pre wiring that is in my Georgetown?
    • SuperAIRBORNEMan

      Hugo try both, Try the RV wiring & then ur own wire. Let me know if one of them works.
    • Dish Master Tech

      You can,t run the the sat signal through that built in switch. You will have to bypass that switch so there is a continuous run from the receiver to the tailgater. Also the only receiver that works with a tailgater is a 211k, if you have any other receiver you will have to get a different antenna. Instead going through the switch try using a 3 Ghz barrel connector to to hook the lines together.
    • H

      Hugo

      Yes I have the 211. I guess I giving the wrong infro from the RV dealer..who said any portable sat setup would work since the RV is prewired for all 3 tv units and the switch that that connects all 3 from a single in comming cable. The switcg inside the RV is form Ant/Calbe/ Sat, Aux. They also said that one receiver would work on all 3 tv's at once, but only showing the same channel on all three. Sort of a plug and play set up. My main problem is getting the signal from the bypassed switch to each TV . It sounds like that I will install a hdmi cable to the tv that I use the most and run that to the 211k. All 3 tvs are flush mounded with all the connection in the rear. Do you think I should invest in a different dish that I can at least run 2 TV's at once. One tv is mounted outside, that I would like to have service to. When I am at a RV park...the cable comes in great with the pre wired setup. I am just pissed that a sat set up is difficult and exspensive to have it work on a RV with one or more TV's.
    • Dish Master Tech

      Hugo,
      First off let me apologize for taking so long to get back to you as I have been really busy and not had time to get on here in a while. I would suggest taking your RV to Camping World as they are authorized Dish dealers and have specially trained techs. Take the 211k that you have with you as well the tailgater and tell them what you want. You will have to get a different dish antenna than the tailgater and another 211k for each tv you want to work. They will have everything needed and the know how to get it working before you pull out and warranty their work to boot. Let me know if I can help further : )
  • ajaja2009

    Operations Manager for Dish Network with several years of experience in the satellite industry. I have...

    As long as you have existing coaxial that is not damaged, you should just hook it up to a 211 receiver and it should work. The only way you would have to change out the cables is if you were tryingh to run from a high definition receiver. Since this is not the case you should be fine. Also may sure that it is stationary when attempting to install.

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      Hugo

      Everything is brand new. You are saying that that I can connect the Tailgater to the outside cable that runs to a switch that has one " in" coaxial connection with three pre wired "out" cables going to 3 tv's. The switch lets you choose Ant/Cable/Sat. On the back of 211K receiver I would use a coaxial cable from the calble out to the switch? I tried that and got a very, very weak snowy pic that froozed before it was finished loading up.